Mother’s Day Gifts as Unique as Mom

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As a mom, I can attest that yes, we love flowers, chocolates and handprint art by the little ones. But if you are looking for something unique and creative for Mom this Mother’s Day, Winston-Salem, NC, is full of unique options. It’s all about togetherness this Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 11, 2014).

The Family that Paints Together

Choose an example painting both you and mom agree on (if you can) at Merlot & VanGogh’s website, sign up, bring a snack (Burke Street Pizza is just next door), your favorite bottle of wine to help get your creative juices flowing and paint your hearts out. In most classes, students all paint the same image, but for this holiday, may I suggest the “Paint Your Date” class, in which you will paint mom Picasso-style, and vice versa. Another option for the animal loving family is the “Paint Your Pet” class. Or really get your wine on and paint a set of wine glasses together.

Merlot & VanGogh
1130 Burke Street

Show Mom She’s a Jewel

If painting is not mom’s thing, then show her what a gem she is and join her in a beading class at Bubbling Well Tea & Bead Bar, located in the heart of the Arts District of Downtown Winston-Salem. Sip one of 90 teas, a raw chocolate drink or a superfood smoothie while you learn to make earrings, a bracelet or necklace in this relaxing setting. If you prefer a more social experience rather than a how-to, opt instead for a beading party (of five or more), for which the instructor will finish off your trinkets for you. The huge bead selection is mind-blowing and includes natural stones, semi-precious stones, glass, wood, plastic, etched and even horn and bone beads. It makes me want to run my fingers through them all.

Bubbling Well Tea & Bead Bar
612 Trade Street

Arts on Trade Street this Mother’s Day

As an extra treat, after Mother’s Day brunch at Breakfast of Course or 6th & Vine, or the new Spring House Restaurant, stroll the Arts District with mom and enjoy local artists and crafters on the street, as well as live music by Big Ron Hunter.

About The Author:

Kristi was born and raised just up the road in Mount Airy (a.k.a. Mayberry) and frequented Winston-Salem often growing up for school field trips, shopping, and dining. After attending Appalachian State University, and a brief stint living in Southern Virginia, Kristi returned to Winston-Salem, NC in 1999 and began her work in non-profit, public relations and writing. She and her family enjoy the convenience of living near downtown Winston-Salem. She enjoys the arts, photography and cooking. "I'm a small town girl at heart, but Winston-Salem isn't an overwhelming city. It is rich with friendly people, history, culture and has a vibrant art community and that is why I am proud to call this "My Winston-Salem!"

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