The Motherhood Diaries | Meet Dori

We are excited to introduce you to another mama, sharing all the moments that make motherhood beautiful.
Meet Dori.

Images: Nat + Glo Photography 

Hi - it’s Dori! I am a mom to a toddler, parenting alongside my high school sweetheart and hubs. It’s hard to believe that next year, we are celebrating our 10-year wedding anniversary!!

I am also the calligrapher and artist behind Jars of Clay Calligraphy and co-founder of Hello Pretty Market.

As a sentimentalist, my purpose and love is to create deeply meaningful pretty things with ink and paper, so that those precious memories can be displayed and visited often in the home. One of my all-time favourite pieces is when my identity as an artist and mama inspired each other; I made a poster-sized calligraphy piece of my son’s first words! It proudly hangs in his room, and it is such a sweet keepsake for us to look back on :)

It is my honour to create art that preserves and magnifies the sweetest memories that we hold so close to our hearts.


What is your favourite recipe?

My favourite recipe in the fall is a Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie, from Sally’s Baking Addiction. They are SOO soft and delicious, and I love that it calls for simple ingredients you can easily find. Happy Baking :)


What are the must-haves you can’t live without as a mom?

A cute backpack or fanny pack - It’s so important to have both hands free!
Wet wipes - I like clean things and places :)
Pretty scrunchies/hair clips - The easiest way to keep hair out of my face and look pretty Leggings with pockets!

What is your favourite room in your house?

Hands down: my son’s room! His room is the most stylish and clutter-free space in the house :) It is also where we shared some of the sweetest moments as parents; rocking baby to sleep around the clock in those early days after birth, seeing his crazy bed head first thing in the morning, and watching him upgrade to the next big bed all too soon. It’s a very special room for us as a family.


What are your favourite family activities for the fall?

Walking in our neighbourhood! My son is the best teacher in appreciating all the little things; he would point out and narrate anything that stops him in his tracks, like a caterpillar crawling by, how bright the sun is, or the cool kid on a bike whizzing away across the street. I love following his little footsteps and taking in all the senses of Fall. As the weather cools down, I love baking our favourite treats to warm our home and our bellies.

What advice would you give a new Mom?

You are the best mom for your baby!!

Becoming a parent is going to be the hardest thing you’ll ever experience, especially in those early days. No matter how many books or articles you’ve read, or tips and tricks you saw or were told, it’s going to be more challenging than expected.

You are going to love more than you’ve ever loved! All the practice you’ve had loving on your family, pets, friends, coworkers... all of that combined is only a fraction of the love you’ll have for your baby!


What has surprised you most about motherhood?

I would say the biggest shock factor for me was having “me time” (creative/art time) chopped up into bits, sprinkled here and there during unpredictable nap times. It felt so strange to leave projects unfinished... but I’m so glad I continued to do what I love with the little pockets of time. It was refreshing to use the other parts of my brain and muscles that have been inactive since becoming a mom.


What makes motherhood beautiful for you?

All the firsts! There is nothing quite like seeing your child experience or do something for the first time in their lives, and witnessing those for the first time as parents. It is so, so special and I love documenting them in photos and art.

Some of the cutest firsts are: first belly laugh, bubble bath, first time singing, walking hand in hand, putting sunglasses on all by himself, and helping mama with inventory. I could name so many more!


Thank you for spending the time to get to know me a little bit! I’d love to meet you at one of my upcoming Hello Pretty Markets where you’ll find my art, cute cards, and my “love like a mom” collection. Find out more about the market here and come by and say hi :)


As a special gift for our readers, Dori is offering a FREE gift with purchase and $5 OFF your order with code NITCMAMA (only available for the next 5 customers). 

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