The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 5, 2001 · Page 5
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Salina, Kansas
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THE SALINA JOURNAL FHIVIILIES SATURDAY, MAY 5. 2001 • MOTHER'S DAY GIFTS T MOTHER'S DAY BOOK Get crafty Parents most appreciate handmade presents Mom's advice lasts a lifetime By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY The Associated Press NEW YORK — Nothing says Mother's Day like a noodle necklace. And for dads, there's probably a tie made out of construction paper waiting to be made for Father's Day Parents love to get any little thing from their kids, says Joyce Marlow, author of "Making Memories: Celebrating Mothers and Daughters Through Traditions, Crafts and Lore." Kids' gifts are usually "simple and endearingly sweet — and always appreciated. "A remembrance of the child, that's what the parent wants. They want to see the child in whatever the gift is," she says. That's why homemade cards are better than store-bought, and a bouquet of wildflowers from the garden is better than a selection from the florist. Marlow says kids should feel Jjroud of the gift and feel it is their own work. Every scribble and cut should not be guided by detailed instructions. The best gifts, Marlow says, reinforce kids' self-esteem, and that is best accomplished if the kid is the "boss" of the project. Help with ideas • But coming up with ideas isn't always easy, so some help 'might be appreciated in this department. Heidi Safer, editor-at-large at Rosie magazine, suggests an older person — a teacher, neighbor or sibling — offer the child a little guidance. (She adds that, depending on his ;age, a child also might need assistance with scissors.) ACADEMY AWARD WINNER BEST nOCUMENTAnY FlATURl ?000 GRIPPING!" - Jiim BiwTd. *£w rant our KWs one day in SEPTEMBER ^RT ShowDatesi&WM TER Tlmrs,-Fri. 6:00 7;0fl SaL 2:00 5:00 7:00 9:00 Sun. 2:00 6:00 7:00 The Associated Press Paper flowers made by hand will make a longer-lasting gift than real flowers, suggests Heidi Safer, editor-at-large of Rosie magazine. Kids have plenty of artistic freedom making "refrigerator art," the finger-paint, crayon and construction-paper creations that decorate the door of the fridge. Another display option suggested in the May issue of Real Simple magazine is stringing a clothesline across a child's room or playroom and hanging the art from clothespins. For a more sophisticated touch, professional framing is a good way to preserve the most treasured artwork, says Tamara Frankfort, assistant editor at Real Simple. She says the "I \/)<'i/n/rv Ddll Sliiniidoin Jhr lln ydiin^ & yaiiiif' al Iwiiil." Huge Discounts on Lee Middleton Dolls! l.i)c:Ucil in AiilU Lang Svno 101 N. Saiitii FL '. Sliliiia ALL^SEAT kids should sign their work, just as professional artists do. A videotape is another creative gift that allows kids to use their imaginations. A neighbor or a friend can be the cameraman while children act out their Mother's or Father's Day messages, Frankfort explains. Another much-appreciated, do-it-yourself gift is a book of "gift certificates," offering help around the house, a backrub or a day together. Think paper Flowers are a common gift for mom, but Safer suggests making them out of paper so they last longer. Kids can use cookie cutters or stencils to trace the flowers, giving the project a "polished, finished look" that they can feel proud of. Kids should then decorate a terra-cotta flowerpot to hold the paper flowers, she explains. A very coordinated kid can try a simple knitting project, Marlow suggests. She says children as young as 7 can learn the craft, and little knit bags or potholders are ideal gifts. But, as always, it's the thought that counts. A kid's creation technically might be less than perfect, but if it's made with love, it's still the perfect gift. ENCHANTED COTTAGE! 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So Costanzo, 52, compiled a collection of handwritten inspirational notes, held together by string and tape, for her two children. They responded to the gesture in typical teen-age fashion: They told her it was "nice" and moved on. But Costanzo knows that it touched them — call it her mother's intuition — and now that her children are grown, they admit they gained knowledge from the notes. Costanzo has turned the notes into the book "The Twelve Gifts of Birth." The Associated Press Charlene Costanzo's "The Twelve Gifts of Birth" grew out of a collection of handwritten inspirational notes she gave her teen-age children. The book begins "a long time ago," when wise women bestowed 12 gifts to every royal child. The gifts are strength, beauty, courage, compassion, hope, joy, talent, imagination, reverence, wisdom, love and faith. Costanzo writes that these gifts belong not only to royal children, but to every child "born anywhere, at anytime." She believes all children — and the child in every, adult — should know they have the gifts within them. "It's very important to hear the words," she explains. "It's never too early and it's never too late." Costanzo's mother was the one who convinced the first- time author to get the book published. Although her mom died before seeing it in bookstores,' Costanzo says her mother's "peaceful, graceful" spirit helped her to ignore the 20 rejections from publishing companies and keep trying. Costart- zo, who lives with her husbaild in Phoenix, has since given up her "day job" as a headhunter- to concentrate on writing. 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