Thursday, December 25, 2008

Enjoy Today

May you enjoy your Christmas day, whichever way you observe it. May you have much to be grateful for. May your loved ones know how you feel about them...on this and every other day.

Enjoy today.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A gift for Mia

I have a beautiful neice (one of 5 that I am lucky to have) who was born 2 weeks before my little girl. They are thick as thieves when they're together.

My S is infatuated with handbags...any bag really. She carries plastic shopping bags (from those naughty times I've ducked in for 2 things and come out with a plastic bag) and fills them with little goodies she finds around the house.

So I am assuming that Mia would like a little hand bag of her own to enjoy. That is when she's not indulging her Wiggles obsession. I thought I'd cater for both...

Happy 2nd birthday Mia!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Wrap yourself in gratitude

With Christmas fast approaching, I've been trying to find gifts for friends and family that I haven't already given. I have been inspired by Soule Mama's gratitude wrap which she generously posted a free pattern download of recently. Not only did I love the concept of sharing gratitude which Amanda describes so beautifully, but I loved the idea of giving a gift that would inspire the recipient to share their own thoughts of gratitude.

As a beginner sewer I was stretched a bit by sewing on the binding neatly. Not only being a recovering people pleaser - but also a recovering perfectionist - I decided any imperfections were part of the creative process and the recipients would be less critical of my work than I.

Also, in typical me fashion, I paid little attention to the pattern in terms of measurements and pockets (for some reason I feel like falling asleep when reading a pattern as it tends to suck the joy out of creating...), but still managed to make a couple that basically represented the pattern which I was happy to give away as gifts.

The few I've made have been well received and it felt good to give something a bit different to people. I'll be doing a few more for upcoming birthday gifts. Perhaps you want to try one too? The free pattern can be found here.