Woman Crush Wednesday: The Madre

I absolutely love this picture! Mom probably hates it because her hair is all outta whack, but I think it perfectly fits her. She's holding our family pup (RIP Sunshine), she's at the beach (her natural habitat), and all her favorite people are standing on the other side of that camera lens!

I absolutely love this picture! Mom probably hates it because her hair is all outta whack, but I think it perfectly fits her. She's holding our family pup (RIP Sunshine), she's at the beach (her natural habitat), and all her favorite people are standing on the other side of that camera lens!

This month that is often dedicated to thankfulness has me thinking about the women who I most admire, the women for whom I am ever thankful. Of course, at the top of this list is my mother. She raised me, she encouraged me, she kept me in line, but most of all, she was there. Through the leaps of joy, the emotional tears, and the "hey, there's something making noise in my closet, what do I do?" phone calls at 11pm that I still make much too often (uh, last night to be exact...), my mom has always been there to give advice or lend a hug. Far too many times do I forget how truly lucky I am to have a mother who is there for me.

I was lucky enough to have my mom (and dad!) come visit me while I was studying in Italy in college. It sure would have been a long semester without their visit!

I was lucky enough to have my mom (and dad!) come visit me while I was studying in Italy in college. It sure would have been a long semester without their visit!

As some of you may know, the Charlotte's Web Skinny Cuff was named after my mother, Loretta. What some of you don't know is that man that woman is just hard to please sometimes (I love you, momma!!). She has high standards in the best way possible. She always pushed my sisters and me growing up to be the best we could be, even if that meant we weren't necessarily the best in the class or the best on the team. She just wanted us to be as proud of ourselves as she was of us. So when I beamed with pride showing her my first ever cuff made in jewelry school, the Charlotte's Web Cuff, I was less than thrilled when she looked disappointed. She said that she liked the design but that she just couldn't see herself or women her age wearing such a wide cuff. So, I made a new, skinnier version per her request. Well, let me tell you, that lady has one smart eye. The Charlotte's Web Skinny Cuff has been one of my best sellers by far (thanks, mom!). She liked the concept, but she knew I could do better. She knew I could make something that was more universally appealing, and she was right!

Last year, I surprised my mom with a gorgeous ruby ring (with help from the padre, of course). I'm the worst at secrets so I was quite proud that I made it all the way to Christmas morning without even telling my sisters. My most favorite thing was when she cried when she opened it. Not that I like seeing my mother cry, but when she does, I know it means she's happy, she's proud, and I did something very right. (If you want me to make something custom for you or a loved one for Christmas, just email me by Nov 14!)

I can't believe I haven't gotten this baby professionally photographed yet! Mom won't take it off her finger long enough to let me get a decent picture so this was the best I could do. 

I can't believe I haven't gotten this baby professionally photographed yet! Mom won't take it off her finger long enough to let me get a decent picture so this was the best I could do. 

My mom grew up as the youngest of five girls (can you imagine the hormones in that house?!) so we've always bonded over being the "babies." She, like me, had to yell to be heard and learn patience from an early age. Mom's patient yet willful spirit is one of my favorite things about her. I was not fortunate enough to inherit her patience, but I'd be proud to say I've earned her "know what I want and I'll do what it takes to get there" attitude. She raised her three girls to fight for what they want, explore the world around them, and never settle for mediocrity. I think she did alright, what do you say E and G?

Circa 195?. How ADORABLE is my sweet lil momma in the front?!

Circa 195?. How ADORABLE is my sweet lil momma in the front?!

It's the month of being thankful so show some love to those most dear to you whenever you get the chance. This life we live is short; take advantage of every minute you can!

I love you, mom!


xo,

Mary Frances