Wednesday, May 4, 2016

16 Sweet Gifts that are Sure to Make Mother's Day!

Let's talk Mom. Mother's Day is THIS weekend (eep!). Don't worry; Gardner Village has the perfect gift for the special lady in your life! Here are just a few (16, to be exact) of the many possibilities you'll discover:

Okay, so cold, hard cash may not seem the most personal of gifts, but gift certificates are always a welcome treat.

1. Kamille's has a special running now through Saturday where they are actually giving money. You see, if you purchase a $50 gift certificate, they'll add $5 to it. And they're adding $10 to $75 certificates. That's FREE money! And a chance for Mom to indulge in much glorious yarn. (Have you seen their impressive assortment?)

Plus, you'll receive a free knitting or crochet book with the purchase of a Ghana basket (shown above). A beautiful basket full of yarn, a book, and a gift certificate?! Seems a perfect surprise for that creative mama (or grandmama!) in your life!

2. Pamper your pretty mommy with a gift certificate to Cottage Retreat Spa & Salon. They're a full-service salon, so Mom can take her pick from a new hair style, a massage, a mani/pedi, new lashes, or all of the above!

And Cottage Retreat makes purchasing a gift certificate so easy. You don't even have to leave your computer. Do it online from here. Or go in for a visit and grab one of their lovely beauty products to add to it for a little something extra!

4. Dress Mom up in some gorgeous, personalized baubles. Whether you make your own (with or without help from staff) or purchase a pre-made option, The Bead Farm has a heartfelt line of Family Tree pieces to make Mother's Day extra special.

The little beads of color represent birth stones. The first two are for Mom and Dad. The ones below it stand for the kiddos. Isn't that cool?

You can take it a step further for Grandma, or even two steps for Mrs. Great! Such a neat idea!

Here's a sweet one for a new mom. Give her three peas in a pod, with one pea representing her birth month, one representing daddy, and one for their beautiful bundle. The Bead Farm will help you make this wired design in no time, allowing you the opportunity to give heartfelt AND handmade. Nice!

Or you can choose from any of their fancy tree pieces, with or without added birthstone add-ons.

5. If mom is bag babe, she's going to LOVE these new beauties at CF Home!

6. If a more traditional handbag feels more like mom, you must pay Lulu's Boutique a visit. Their assortment of gorgeous pastel purses will have mom the envy of all her friends!

7. For a gift that really says "mother," the on-trend assortment of bracelets at Shopaholics are just the ticket!

In addition to "Mom," you'll find options for pet lovers, teachers, music lovers, grandmothers... and the list goes on. And on! (So many choices! And all for only $20!) And they come in three different metal finishes.

8. Dress mom head to toe in style at Plum Dandy. The details are perfection!

If the way to your mom's heart is through her sweet tooth, these ideas are just the sugar you seek.

9. The Chocolate Covered Wagon is loaded with options. Some of the most popular include caramel apples, chocolate covered berries (raspberries and strawberries), and boxes of chocolate. Yum! This mama's tummy is grumbling.

10. If baked goods are more mom's cup of tea, Joe's Sugar Cookies (named because Gardner Village co-owner Joe Long provided the delicious recipe) at Naborhood Bakery are where it's at!

11. Shine a light on just how important mom is with one of the many original lighting fixtures at CF Home.

12. Ordinarily, it's the striking bedding at Layers Beautiful Bedding that has me foaming at the mouth, but I couldn't take my eyes off the newly added wall art in the store. Share an enlightening message of love with mom. (Honey, if you're reading this, I reeeallly like these! Just sayin'...) ;P

"Life is amazing. And then it's awful. And then it's amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful,  it's ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing. Hold on through the awful. And relax and exhale during the ordinary. That's just living, heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it's breathtakingly beautiful."

"You are always on my mind. Always."

"I love us." 
 Yes, those are sale tags you spy. These beauties are ON SALE! Woot!
"I am stronger because I have been weak. I am fearless because I have been afraid. I am wise because I have been foolish"

Give mom the gift of relaxation. She works hard. She's tired. She could use the R and R. Here are a few ways to acknowledge that fact.

13. Bath bombs, lotion bars, and organic soaps from Natural Joy are sure to put mom's mood in the "relaxed" mode. And they're locally made AND all natural products, so you know you're giving her the very best!

14. Help mom kick up her feet with pretty new pillows or, if you want to go BIG, a fashionable new chair or sofa from Down to Earth. (Again, not trying to drop hints here--okay, yes I am. I mean, that yellow chair! Hello!)

15. Let your friends at Aunt Elsie's Antiques & Consignment help you create a backyard oasis. In addition to the awesome handmade and vintage finds available, they have great yard options!

16. Make more memories together and get mom some cool storybooks she can enjoy with her babes. So fun! Check them and many more out-of-the-ordinary book options at Storybook Nook.

Money--Ornaments--Treats--Highlights--Enlightenment--Relaxation... Put it all together, it spells MOTHER. And Gardner Village is here to make her day heartfelt and memorable! (And make your prep easy and fun!)

And don't forget to treat mom to brunch at our Mother's Day Brunch Buffet at The Gathering Place. Breakfast and lunch items are being served (at a brunch? go figure!), and the meal concludes with the most impressive dessert bar in town. We'll see you there!

Megan Hoeppner

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Enjoy Magical Woodland Fairy Displays (including three new display additions!)

Have you visited Gardner Village this spring? The Woodland Fairies are back for their second annual stop at The Village. What started last year as a single display area in the courtyard has grown into three primary display areas and a magical Wishing Bridge. Let's take a look at each of these charming fairy playlands.

Main Fairy Display
In the center of Gardner Village, next to Celebrations by Modern Display, you'll find the primary display area, complete with large, handmade fairy dwellings, gorgeous handcrafted fairies, and bitty details designed from pine cones, branches, moss, and other natural elements.

The whole thing is quite remarkable. Read more about how these impressive displays came to be here.

Fly on in to Gardner Village before the end of May to see it all in person. You'll be glad you did.

Fairy Tree #1 (New!)
Word has spread since last year, and more fairies have decided to set up shop in Gardner Village this year. One of the new dwellings on the block sits in the big tree outside of Kamille's.

Again, each detail was crafted by hand, including this stunning door.

Fairy Tree #2 (New!)
Discover the second new fairy setting at the base of the tree outside The Bead Farm. It's a gorgeous place for fairies to get their rest and enjoy calming activities such as picnics and even harp play.

Even the wood fences surrounding the new displays were hand crafted from tree branches. What talent!

Wishing Bridge (New!)
Find your own fairy magic under the Wishing Bridge.

Grab a wishing ribbon from inside Aunt Elsie's, make your wish on it, and tie it to the bridge for the fairies to find.

Make your mark and become a part of our fairy fun by adding a wish today.

Fun Fact: The beautiful wood "Wishing Bridge" signs hanging above the iconic covered bridge in Gardner Village were handmade by talented Careen Densley. The letters were actually hand carved. Isn't that something?

Additional Displays
Beyond the main Woodland Fairy Displays, you'll find additional whimsical settings throughout The Village.

Make sure you take a close look at the window displays at The Bead Farm. They're so sweet and come complete with hand-beaded details, like this sparkling toadstool. So pretty!

Something for Everybody
Whether you come with the family or make a date out of it, the free Woodland Fairy Displays throughout Gardner Village are a wonderful way to spark your imagination this spring.

Megan Hoeppner

P.S. There's still time to enter our Name the Fairies giveaway. Check out this post for more details and email your entries (including a photo of you at with one of the displays) by May 15 to qualify.