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Monday, 29 September 2014

Loving and giving

I’ve decided that the cold is now on the retreat so today I have ventured out. 

I went to a craft class a few miles away.   Mandy (aka Dunholme crafter) runs lovely groups in her own home and it’s one of my favourite afternoons out.  Three hours in congenial company getting inspiration along with coffee and biscuits and I come home with three or four cards.  What’s not to love?  I am feeling very frustrated that I can’t upload photographs on this computer but I’ve booked another class next month I promise I’ll photograph the cards I make then.

I also wore a new tee shirt for the first time having made it last month.  I could have bought one for less than it cost me to make it but for what I paid I got not only a tee shirt but the deep satisfaction of having made something myself.   

I love to make things.  I‘ve decided that October will be the month when I complete thirty homemade things.  (I’ll be writing about that on my other blog.)  Much of the stuff I make will be for giving away, especially at Christmas.  No-one I give to is actually in need of anything I give them.  Most of my recipients are in the second half of life when one has acquired enough stuff anyway but if they needed the small things I give they could afford to go out shopping.  The thing about homemade gifts is that the recipients know that with each gift there is also the gift of some of my time, my skill and my love. 

And if Christmas means anything it is that love is a gift which is always worth giving.


  1. Glad to hear you are feeling better. I love craft afternoons as well :)

  2. I love a great craft afternoon. I have made some of my gifts and still making more, I totally agree with you they are made with love.

  3. I really like your views on gift giving -- I have been thinking the same thing for sometime now. Here in the States the holiday chaos has already shown signs of starting and I really don't like it. I think the entire meaning has been lost and I think we need to go back to homemade gifts and time spent. Much better.