By Meda Kessler
Photo of Rick Bragg and Margaret Bragg by Terry Manier
Every year, she says she doesn’t want or need anything. But you can’t help yourself. It’s Mother’s Day. Here are a few gift suggestions for everyone from the new mom to the one who loves to garden. And be sure to give her a card with a nice note. That will really make her smile.
Fort Worth jewelry designer Megan Thorne is best known for her beautiful vintage-inspired engagement and wedding rings. But she also offers a small line of delicate pretties such as earrings and necklaces. Far from trendy statement jewelry, Thorne’s pieces whisper style. These limited-collection Venise frame drop earrings come in 18k yellow gold with diamonds and 1.5 carats of emeralds. $3,025. Visit her atelier on Magnolia Avenue; she’ll soon be moving to a new (and bigger) studio in the Dickson-Jenkins lofts, also in Fort Worth’s Near Southside.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg’s tribute to his mother is a testament to his Southern heritage, family and, of course, Margaret Bragg. Margaret never owned a cookbook and didn’t really measure anything. But she could turn out perfect corn pudding and short ribs. The Best Cook in the World, now out in paperback, offers 74 family recipes passed from one generation to another, along with delicious stories connected with food and family, some sad, others funny. Look for it at your favorite bookstore or on amazon.com.
This line of baby clothing is sure to appeal to the new mom in your life. Austin-based Hey Gang features cute, practical designs in ethically sourced fabrics, including jersey from Texas cotton, for the playful clothes. We like the romper’s slightly retro look and sincerely wish they made the desert pink coveralls for grownups. Find the spring line at Baby by Design; romper, $56.