Cincinnati Enquirer, May 3, 2008 May 03 2008

The Cincinnati Enquirer, once again, reported on Beaded Hope as part of a special Mother's Day article on the front page of the Life section. Looking for the right gift? Here's some help To Mother, with love By Joy Kraft Cincinnati Enquirer May 3, 2008 No two mothers are the same. They are as different as the children they bear. On Mother's Day, some tear up at a badly penned poem. Others take solace from a burnt-toast breakfast in bed, a make-believe tea party, a day at the spa or a sparkling diamond. But they all want one thing - a gift from the heart. Mother's Day is the second highest gift-giving holiday in the United States - behind Christmas - with consumers spending more than $11 billion on their mothers, grandmothers, daughters and friends, according to the National Retail Foundation. Here are a few suggestions for this year's Mother's Day, a week from Sunday. Soft shoes: These little Oka b slip-ons we spotted at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Norwood's Rookwood Pavilion are cute as a button. But a closer look revealed the design is reflexology-based and they are antimicrobial and odor resistant, slip-resistant and dishwasher washable. $28 at Joseph-Beth or www.shoesthatloveyou.com. Gifts that help. Beaded Hope sells hand-made African beadwork to help mothers impacted by HIV/AIDS near the capital of Pretoria in South Africa to feed their families and buy medication. These Ndebele bracelets, $24, are available at www.beadedhope.com. Other Beaded Hope products are at Red Tree Art Gallery in Oakley, Second Chance Consignment in Springdale, Pedigree Interiors in Montgomery and Optimistic Outlook in Fort Thomas. Another top spot to shop where proceeds go back to needy communities is the gift shop at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, downtown. Roses and rubber: This rose arrangement from Jones the Florist is designed to honor Mother Earth. The Green with Envy arrangement of VeriFlora roses (grown in an environmentally and socially responsible manner) comes in a recycled rubber container. $95. 513-961-2525 Tuffets for two: Mommy and Me Ottomans from Springcliffe Designs are two 10½-inch and 15-inch high footstools covered in a variety of fabrics with "feet" to fit mom's style, whether stilettos or tennis shoes. Each one is hand-crafted with "shoes" and "socks" signed by the artist. $375 for the pair at www. mytuffet.com. Berry batch: In 1991, a French nursery introduced "Mara des Bois," which produces aromatic fruits about the size of acorns with a rich, sweet flavor and tender flesh. In full sun, hybrid "Mara" bears throughout the season and throws vigorous runners. Six-pocket, 14-inch high terra cotta container with nine bare root plants. $135 from www.whiteflowerfarm.com. Bag of benefits: Ten Thousand Villages in O'Bryonville, which sells fairly traded handicrafts from around the world and channels money back into needy communities, is out to help Mother Earth with a Guatemalan tote made from recycled fabric from the traditional skirts worn by native women. The bag is big enough for books and groceries, and small enough to use as a shoulder bag. $34. 2011 Madison Road. 513-871-5840. Mom's custom cookbooks • TasteBook (www.tastebook.com) is an online service that allows you to upload recipes and photos to create a hardcover, custom-published cookbook filled with up to 100 recipes - or you can supplement mom's recipes with dishes from Epicurous.com and other Web sites. $34.95. • At KeyIngredient (www.keyingredient.com), get oil-splattered and torn family recipes converted into hard copy recipe collections and into personalized, bound cookbooks. At 39 cents per recipe, it transforms collections into digital format that you can share, archive or create a cookbook, starting at $9.95. Check out the online article here