I skipped home from work today to an afternoon of sewing.
The 6yr old has had a flurry of invites to parties recently. A few years ago I set myself the challenge to make all birthday cards and most of the gifts. With her friends being 6 and 7 I can still get away with homemade gifts.
Or can I?
Do I make something that the child would like? Or something I know I would like my daughter to receive?
You see the mothers are mostly my friends as well. They know I make things and whenever I ask them they all say they like to have a handmade gift.
My back up is to but nice sets of felt tip pens and a notebook.
It is a nice gift to have and does not cost much.
In my eyes children can't have too many drawing materials
This is, however, being pushed by the number of times I find pens without lids on bedroom floors.
Do I keep "making" as I enjoy it so much or should I pay out for that plastic tat that 6 year olds love so much?
Ok so that was a leading question.
The trouble is that on a blog about making things is maybe not the best place to ask for an honest opinion on what it is like to receive a handmade gift when you are 6.
Today I made 4 cushions, adapted from a design from the delightful book by Kajsa Wikman. More on her blog here.
I am a happier person because I make things.