Rafu Craft Editor

A specially made succulent arrangement is available at the Homegirl Café and Catering in Los Angeles. (Courtesy of Homegirl Cafe)

A shout out to all the amazing M-O-M-S out there! You provide the roots for love to grow, blossom and endure.

Happy Mother’s Day, one and all . . . it’s your time to kick back, relax, enjoy!

Got plans for Mother’s Day on May 13?

Dare to be different! Check out this casual spot for breakfast or lunch. Located in Chinatown right off the Gold Line exit is Homegirl Café and Catering. Think Latina flavors with a contemporary twist.

Yelpers rave about the chilaquiles! Yum to crispy tortillas simmered in salsa, topped with red onions, cotija cheese, crema fresca, cilantro and green tomatillo or red morita salsa, with a choice of black beans, salad or Homegirl potatoes.

Equally tempting is an omelet with roasted poblano, spinach or hibiscus blossoms topped with morita salsa, more side choices, and tortillas or sourdough toast.

On a sweeter note just for Saturday brunch, you can choose from multi-grain blueberry pancakes, mango upside down cornbread and all-the-time freshly baked goodies from their own Homeboy Bakery.

Reclaimed wood makes up this bento box containing various succulents for an earthy vibe. (Homegirl Cafe)

Pick out a unique gift for your special gal while you’re there! Bento box succulents in reclaimed wood boxes make really cool centerpieces. Smaller cacti in aluminum tins, ceramic or mason jars are a good deal, with prices starting at $15.

Their marketplace also offers homemade fruit preserves and granola.

The café is one of six divisions of Homeboy Industries, sharing space as the first floor storefront. Some 30 to 40 homies receive training in restaurant service, culinary arts and gardening, all part of a one-year program.

It’s good to know that you’re helping support once at-risk and gang-involved young women and men whose lives are being redirected in a positive way at Homegirl Café.

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More gifts for moms, dads, grads and BFs can be snatched up this Sunday at A Time for Sharing in Gardena, the last spring Asian arts and crafts show.

This is the place for the Hello Sushi Store stuff by artist Karen Kanagi.

Karen Kanagi of Diamond Bar works with Fimo clay to create a funky sushi necklace. (Courtesy of Kanagi Design)

A graphic designer by trade, it’s only natural that she loves to do crafty things. This spicy tuna aficionado wowed family and friends with sushi jewelry Christmas gifts two years ago.

But, what happens when bead production far exceeds demand? Make more necklaces and bracelets to sell at the local arts and crafts show.

Artsy Kanagi also sculpts dim sum, mochi and fortune cookie polymer clay replicas. They’re baked and glazed on skewers to make more jewelry.

This Photoshop and Illustrator whiz has designed over 50 animated food items in various combos on fabric, T-shirts, aprons, cards, magnets and what-nots.

For the foodie, a sushi-filled fleece blanket makes a statement! Destined for that “can’t get enough sun” grad is a microfiber terrycloth beach towel and a smaller lap blanket will surely bring a smile to those who are wheel-chair bound.

With wishful thinking about the future, she said, “I hope to be retired in the next five years so that I can expand my jewelry and product lines outside of SoCal.”

Perfect for chilly nights, this happy faces sushi blanket doubles as a wall hanging in a kid’s play area. (Kanagi Design)

Sunday, May 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
A Time for Sharing Spring Boutique
Elks Lodge
1735 W. 162nd St., Gardena
(310) 329-5874, Stephanie Nakayama