Peonie & Me...x

By Renee Christel Rispin x

Friday, 9 March 2018

A Handmade Mother's Day x

"If love is as sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love".
Stevie Wonder

Today I collected Henry, my (almost 3-year-old) toddler from nursery and from his little tiny hands, he presented me with a homemade daffodil for Mother's Day.    

His little face beaming and proud, promptly explained to me how "Henry, did it" and then skipped off without a care in the world.  To him it was just a little something to make his Mummy smile, to me, it filled me with intense love and I felt like the most important Mummy in all of the world.  Because this little paper flower was made by my little son, a keepsake, that is as personal as any gift a Mum could want.  

Every year my husband asks me, what would I like for Mother's Day and beyond "a sleep in", I never quite know what to ask for.  But this year, with my daffodil proudly pinned to the wall, it got me thinking about other handmade gifts.  Or gifts that would allow me to spend more quality time with Henry.  Since Georgie came into the world, I'm always conscious of making extra moments in the day, for just us two.  Whether it's snuggling to read his favourite book, dancing around the kitchen to silly songs or pretending to be a PJ Mask and dive bombing off the couch (true story).

So this Mother's day with the ideas of Homemade and quality time, I love the idea of baking with Henry.  He is now at the age that I think he would appreciate making cakes, beyond just sticking his head in the mixing bowl.  My own Mum is more of a cook than a baker, however, my Mother-in-law, Henry's Nana, loves to create delicious cakes whenever we go to stay.  Fruit crumbles from seasonal ingredients, fruit loaves straight from the oven and my favourite apple turnover pudding (yum).  

So with this in mind, I need some essential baking tools (ok an excuse to shop) to help bring to life my romantic vision of baking with Henry.  (not the real life, a messy kitchen, toddler tantrum reality - thank you very much).

This Mother's Day the rather clever peeps at Amazon (I say clever as I've yet to be disappointed by a Prime delivery) have come up with Handmade at Amazon which features thousands of handcrafted products supporting up and coming artisans. From personalised cards, delicate jewellery, ceramics and baking goods.    

My favourite pieces include: 

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