|Graphic by Little Birdie Blessings|
When I read Myra's post, The Legacy of Handmade, my heart was touched, because her words about handmade gifts she had received just summed up how I feel about handmade gifts for family, especially grandchildren. Sure, not everything I make for them is heirloom quality -- felt food is a case in point -- but some of the things I've made, like the birthday banners, are already heirlooms.
And sometimes I want to make things, like the felt food and superhero capes, that they can just plain have fun with! I just want them all to know they have a Grammy who loves them enough to make them special things with her own hands. (And I do recognize that not all grandmothers can do that. There are many other special ways to show love to grandchildren -- probably as many ways as there are grandmothers. This just happens to be something I can do and that I love doing.)
Abby's post, A Handmade Christmas, was even more of a blessing because Abby shares a list of wonderful, "think-outside-the box" ideas for handmade gifts.
Abby's post reminded me of a neighbor lady when I was growing up. She made many small, handmade gifts with an old treadle sewing machine -- little felt stockings with a child's name on them, into which she tucked a dollar bill; little sachets made from interesting fabric scraps and filled with balsam needles to give off a lovely fragrance of the forest; and many more things. I had a great-aunt who pieced pot holders from scraps of flannel in crazy-quilt fashion. Sets of her flannel pot holders were a hoped-for gift on many occasions. My grandmother made many doll blankets and baby blankets for gifts. Making handmade gifts is a dear old tradition I will continue for as long as I possibly can!