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Mother’s Day

We all celebrate Mother’s Day, but have you ever wondered how this holiday came about?

It is said that the early Greeks worshipped Rhea, the Mother of the Gods in the spring. In England starting in the 16th Century, a holiday called Mothering Day was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent when everyone, even servants, went home to spend the day with their families.

Mother’s Day as we celebrate it now can be traced to three American women: Julia Ward Howe, Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis and her daughter, Anna Jarvis. In a large part, Mother’s Day started as a peace movement.

In 1857, Anne Marie Jarvis, a Methodist minister’s daughter married to the son of a Baptist minister, organized Mothers’ Day Working Clubs to improve the sanitation and health of families. In 1865 after the end of the Civil War, she organized Mothers’ Friendship Groups to try to reconcile Union and Confederate neighbours.

Julia Ward Howe, a brilliant poet, writer, activist, suffragette and lecturer was influenced by Anne Marie Jarvis’ work and was appalled by the devastation and suffering the Civil War had brought about. [During the Civil War on the suggestion of a friend she wrote the lyrics for THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC which was published in 1861.] She believed that peace was one of the most important world issues, the other being justice. In 1870 she wrote THE MOTHERS’ DAY PROCLAMATION FOR PEACE urging women all over the world to oppose war in all its forms. In 1872 she promoted the idea of a MOTHERS’ DAY FOR PEACE to be held on June 2.  It was celebrated in Boston for 10 years and in some other areas of the United States for 30 years.

It was Anna Jarvis, the daughter of Ann Marie Jarvis who finally manage to establish Mother’s Day as a holiday.  In 1907 she held a memorial service for her mother three years after her death. During the following years she campaigned relentlessly to make Mother’s Day an established holiday. She wrote hundreds of letters to influential people and by 1911, it was being celebrated in most of the states of the Union. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day a national holiday to be held on the second Sunday of May. Since then the celebration of Mother’s Day has spread around the world. Most countries celebrate it in April or May.

I have many suitable gifts for Mother’s Day on my website. In addition for those living in the Montreal area, I have a great deal of jewelry for sale which are not on my website. I can be contacted at 514-739-5744 or at donnadavidson35@gmail.com.

I have many hand carved marble boxes with flower motifs from Viet Nam which would make wonderful Mother’s Day gifts such as the ones below.   [#294 -301]

For a mother who is a musician, perhaps a hand carved marble  musician from Vietnam would  be suitable.  [#145-6]  Other musicians from Vietnam made of resin are less expensive. [#519-21]

Many mothers like cat and there are many hand carved wooden cats on my website.  [#325-339] Also, I have very cute cloisonne cats.  [#340-344]

Happy Mother’s Day!

Donna Davidson

Valentine’s Day 2014

I’m a little late in posting my Valentine’s Day blog, but Valentine’s items are appropriate for wedding, anniversary and engagement gifts through the year.

The first 4 items I posted on last year’s Valentine’s blog – Jan., 2013 are still available, but the large Javanese marriage couple was sold to a museum in South Korea.  A similar marriage couple is still available #124 in the Statues section. Another suitable gift could be the following wood panel from Bali.  #74

Marriage couples are a very popular theme in Java. The statues below are definitely of the folk art variety. – #128

The following marriage couple puppets are from Java. #147, 148

These Javanese puppets are characters from the Hindu epics.  #153, 154

The Javanese puppets below are both men so could be suitable for a gay couple. In java, men wear hats and women don’t.  #159,160

This small inexpensive marriage couple is from Java, also. #586

Another small unusual Javanese marriage couple.  #587

There are still plenty of beautifully carved marble boxes from Vietnam. #296,297

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Donna Davidson

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is coming soon.  Don’t leave it until the last minute to buy a rushed gift for your beloved. [S]he deserves better than that! There are many items on my website which would make very appropriate unusual gifts. Item #27 below, a hand carved relief wooden panel of Rama and Sita, the great Hindu lovers from the sacred Ramyana Epic would make a spectacular gift! Item #26a is a larger panel of Rama and Sita. Also, these carvings would make great wedding or special anniversary gifts.
This heart shaped box made out of colored palm leaves from Lombok would make a very unusual, appropriate Valentine’s gift for either a man or a woman. [Item #307]
Do you frequently send flowers to your beloved on Valentine’s Day just because it is the easiest?  They are very nice for a few days, but then they are gone. Why not give her [him] a marble box with beautifully carved flowers which will last much longer and be a great deal more useful in the long run? Items #298, #299 below would make wonderful permanent Valentine’s gifts. Items #294, 295, 296, 300, 301 have lovely flower patterns, also.
If your budget is not very large, or if you just want to give a smaller gift, these small hand carved Balinese wooden statues of lovers might be just what you are looking for.  Items #590, 591, 592
Representations of marriage couples are extremely important in Java and are often found in Javanese homes. Item #124 below is just such a traditional marriage couple. All the marriage couples on my website are from Java and are hand carved and hand painted wood. Take a look at #125, 126,127, 128. Items #129, 586, 587, 588,  589 are smaller carvings.  All the marriage couples are suitable gifts for for Valentine’s Day, engagements, weddings, and anniversaries.
Happy Valentine’s Day!

Last Minute Christmas Shopping

Christmas is coming soon and I bet there are many of you who haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet. If you live in the Montreal area, you can do One Stop Shopping at my Montreal Bazaar.  I have items for men women and children and many inexpensive stocking stuffers which are not on my website.  My official Open Houses are over, but  I am still open for business until noon Mon. Dec. 24.  I am expecting some people on the afternoon of Sun., Dec. 23, so that would be a good time to come. You can also make a special appointment with me if that time doesn’t suit you.  However, please telephone me at 514-739-5744 if you plan to visit. I live in the Snowdon area.

Item #294, a beautiful hand carved marble box from Viet Nam would make a great gift for a man or woman – or teenager. This hand carved wooden box from Lombok would be a good gift for a woman or man.  – #302

Children would find these sand animals from Thailand fun – #658

Item #657 would be a perfect stocking stuffer of the cat lover on your list.

Last week a friend wanted to buy a wall hanging or panel for his wife.  I showed him a number of items including one which he thought would be too elaborate for his wife’s taste. However, when he showed his wife my website, that was the one she chose. So, if you are not certain about a friend’s or relative’s taste, you can make a better choice by having them look at my website.

I am originally from British Columbia, and when I would return there from traveling abroad, I would ask my relatives to pick out a number of items they would like for birthday and Christmas gifts. Before I left, I wrapped their gifts and for those special days they received gifts that they liked.  You could be sure that a relative or friend would like the gift you are planning to give them by having them pick a few from my website.

I hope to see some of you before Christmas, but if I don’t, Merry Christmas!  For those of you who receive money for Christmas, feel free to contact me after Christmas or in the New Year.