redefining handmade

EDIT: Okay, ladies! Thanks for the FAB ideas for my sisters. But you must stop! They all read this blog, and you’re going to start giving them ideas. Before you know it, they’ll be leaving wish lists as comments.

So, on my side of the family, the boys (Gabe, Josh, Stew, and Daniel) drew names for Christmas and are each buying a $25 gift that either flies, attaches to a computer somehow, or is dipped in scarlet and gray.

The girls (me, Jess, Bethy, and Steph) are making “handmade” gifts for each other. We didn’t draw names. We’re sharing the love all around. It was my idea. I’ve been wanting to do it for years. Mostly because I want to own some more of the creative things all three of these girls can make–scarves, quilts, aprons, jewelry…

Here’s the trouble. I wasn’t really thinking about the fact that I would have to make something. Three somethings. Ha! Can’t sew. Can’t knit. Definitely can’t make jewelry.

Then my fourth sis, Angie, saved the day by giving me all those free photo book coupons. (Don’t worry. They all already know about them.) So, that was my “handmade” gift. But it was free. And I feel like I should spend at least a little bit of money. And I also feel like I should try to make something with my hands. My hands and something other than a keyboard and mouse.

I thought about writing them poems, but that is really out of the question. I do love to write, and I can even make (part of) a living from it. But I ain’t got a poetic bone in my brain. So, I’m going to try something else. I have an inkling of an idea, but it may not be feasible. I only have 20 more days… Eek!

I found a couple more Ava-bits on scraps of paper on my desk.

Ava: Why are you putting on make-up for Cubbies?
Me: I’m just freshening up my lip gloss and powder.
Ava: For Cubbies?
Me: I always do this before I go anywhere.
Ava: Anywhere?
Me: Well…mostly.
Ava: What about a fire drill?

Ava: (for the 50th time one day last week) Can you take my temperature?
Me: Ava, you do not have a fever. I can tell with just my hand.
Ava: Pleeeeeeeeeeeease?
Me: (Sigh)
two minutes later…
Me: You’re perfectly normal, sweetie. Sorry.
Ava. No! I’m not normal! I’m not normal! I’m not normal!
Me: Well…

Me: (today after lunch when Ava came down the stairs dressed for school in jeans, long-sleeved striped shirt, solid-colored short-sleeved shirt on top, all perfectly coordinated) Ava! You match!
Insert background info here: Ava never matches. Ava hates to match. Ava does not like jeans. She likes flowered skirts. Over striped leggings. With various-printed shirts.
Ava: (smirking) I just closed my eyes and reached in my closet and this is what came out.

Doggone it. This was going to be short so I didn’t have to scroll down to read comments. Special Christmas GIVE-AWAY coming tomorrow (or later today rather) Oh, you don’t want to miss this one, no sirree!

17 thoughts on “redefining handmade

  1. kkakwright

    that sara is so crafty.  i however don’t have a craft bone on my body.  i put together some shutterfly books this year (don’t tell my mom!), that is about as crafty as I get. 

  2. FlyingCAB

    I’m going to jump into idea sharing….I think you should write a children’s book about you and your sisters when you guys were little.  you could use family photos for illustrations (assuming you are like me and can’t draw….)

  3. rocknnell

    more ideas….your frames w/ pictures ?  The ribbons that hang them with their husbands ?  just them? or their kids…their names in little letters…. that all says Marla..too and they are awesome/ each of them have “their” style of decorating, do it to fit them ? thinking out loud….typing thots….finger thinking ?

  4. ladyjabez

    Give them the gift of something you enjoy….. the gift of writing.  Go to Wal-Mart and buy one of those (actually 3 of those) old black and white speck paper journals.  (they cost about $1 a piece) – then go to Michael’s and get some pretty paper to cover the bind and cover with … you can even get some pretty stick-on’s (sounds cheesy, but its really nice) and maybe even something to attach to the covers that would close the journal.  Then get a really nice pen to go with…  Just an idea.

  5. filledeparis

    What about homemade fudge, cookies, puppy chow, chex mix, etc. ? A variety pack of whatever you are good at making?…also, you could add in the cool idea I saw on Joanne Heim’s blog (Christmas vocab. on cardstock for decorating). Or, whatever vocab. you want… Or, a shutterfly gift…that’s kind of like handmade(album or one of their many other choices)…keep us posted.

  6. gsowell

    Caroline has been into the long sleeve striped tee with the solid matching tee on top. But she LOVES to match. And she wears jeans a lot. Does Ava have gym every day? My girls do, so they have to wear tennis shoes with any skirts to school, which is not their favorite look.

  7. bethelaine

    fire drill.  LOL.

    good luck with the homemade gifts!  just go into Michael’s (or another craft store) and walk around until inspiration strikes.  (i do this on occasion…)  or ask an employee for some suggestions!

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