Love Your Mom; A Gift Guide

Kate Spade push pins

It’s that time of year, the weekend that kicks off summer, Mothers Day!  We have the best gift ideas for any mom, so take a peek at our favourites and let us know what your top picks for mom’s gift is.

A subtle, sweetly scented candle can warm up the atmosphere in any room and one of our most popular candles is the double wick candle that comes in a hand painted, reusable glass bowl.

Double wick candle in a Bowl
Double wick candle in a beautiful bowl.
Kusmi Tea Tin set
kusmi tea tins

Kusmi tea is packaged in bright artistic tins, the rich flavours have been around for centuries and come to us from Paris.

hand embroidered tea towels
hand embroidered tea towels

Hand embroidered tea towels are so unique and rare, made locally using vintage patterns on old flour sack fabric they are a fun gift that will most likely end up on display in the kitchen.

Kate Spade push pins
Kate Spade push pins

Kate Spade gold bow push pins are so fun and unique, perfect to pin your mom’s favourite picture of you on the wall. Add some hand made accessories (like these in the picture from Canadian designer duo CoutuKitsch )and your mother will be so pleased you thought of her!

Thanks to Karyn Kimberley from Our Collective Muse for some of these lovely pictures, check out the OCM blog for more amazing mothers day ideas.

Grandma’s Tea Party Favourites – Raisin Squares Recipe

One of the first play sets I had was a tea party set from my Grandma.  As I got older, she had me over often for tea. Grandma spent a lot of time baking for these special afternoons and I’m reminded of her when I see these beautiful hand-stitched tea towels. She loved handmade items and so do I!


My favourite tea towels help pull the baked square out of the oven.
My favourite tea towels help pull the baked square out of the oven.


Grandma served black tea and many, many different kids of dainties. She would serve mini cucumber sandwiches, cookies, squares and my very favourite, Raisin Squares. These are some of the best uniquely Canadian desserts. It’s a rich cookie base topped with a raisin brown sugar syrup mixture that’s been baked crisp in the over. These freeze well.


Raisin Squares

1 cup flour
 1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 eggs
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups raisins

Preheat the oven to 350F.

In a medium sized bowl, mix together 1 cup of flour, and the white sugar. Cut in the softened butter until the mixture is crumbly and mixed together.

Press into an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper and bake the crust for 15 minutes.

While the crust is baking, mix together the butter, eggs, vanilla and brown sugar. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until combined. Stir in the raisins and pour the mixture over the base.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is brown and crispy. Cool completely and cut into squares.

Delicious Raisin Squares with my favourite Emma Coffee Cups!
Delicious Raisin Squares with my favourite Emma Coffee Cups!

These squares are delicious served with Kusmi Tea. Farminista has super cute tea cups in three different patterns that I’m in love with. I’ll be using them to serve tea at my next party!

Dressed up in Stitches

Dressed up in Stitches has been working on a few handmade items for Farminista. The embroidery she she made can be found here.

“There’s a lot of really cool stuff to browse through on their website – they sell lots of gorgeous dresses and accessories as well! I feel like my style is fitting for this website. My work often has a vintage feel to it, and my obsession with stitching floral motifs fits right in!” — Carrie