I am here with the next superstar woman I have invited to our gift retreat. She’ll be sharing a gift she’d make if we were all huddled around the craft table this weekend turning out handmade gifts together.
If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you already know that LoraJean makes beautiful things. She also throws beautiful birthday parties for her little girl, and together the two of them make the sweetest creations. She is also hosting a Free Halloween Challenge, which I love.
But today, LoraJean is here to tell us a little about some of her favorite handmade giving. Take it away, LoraJean!
What is my favorite gift to give or receive? I have to say hands down it’s a handmade gift! A handmade gift says, I am willing to spend the time, whether it’s time wrapping it beautifully, time planing out what the gift is, or time making the gift itself. My most recent favorite gift to receive was a skull and crossbones blanket my mother made for my son. I love it because my son is obsessed with skeletons, & I love it because my mom went outside her own craft style just for him. (She’s not the scull and crossbones type at all.) I also love it because every night when I tuck him in, he is reminded his grandma loves him.
One tradition that I do is I make a plush food toy for each of my kids every year for Christmas. As a kid I loved to play store or pretend cook. My kids are the same. My daughter loves pretend cooking. At three years old she professed the desire to be a chef, now at 6 years old she still plays with the food toys I make. Throughout the years here is some of what I have made, a 3 layered cake, brownies, chocolate cookies, pizza, spaghetti, and a popsicle. (I may be forgetting some.)
Wrapping the gift, for me, is just as fun as making it. A wile ago I fell in love with the cute packaging I was seeing at the craft stores. But I was unwilling to buy them, I was bent on figuring out some way to do it myself! And I guess I finally did. This simple origami box has changed my take on wrapping and gift giving. I am obsessed! (Yesterday I even tried to make one out of a 3×3 ft piece of canvas… it didn’t work.)
What was your favorite gift to give or get?
Be sure to stick around through October and into November to meet the rest of the talented women joining us on our gift retreat.