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Some of my favorite handmade gifts came from my grandmother.
She was a prolific crocheter and knitter, and often made handmade holiday gifts. (She’s not my only handmade holiday crafting inspiration, though!) My grandmother’s handmade bears always seemed to be really fun, and I remember playing with them.
Like her mother, my mom is an accomplished needlecrafter, but her talent lies in sewing. She went through a phase in my childhood where she sewed me some pretty fashionable outfits, but as a tomboy, I just wanted to yank them off and run around in the dirt.
My high school boyfriend’s mother was a seamstress. The first Christmas after we started dating, she gave me a handmade blouse that actually fit perfectly, although she had never measured me. (She was so skilled that she could size up my measurements just from seeing me visit her house!) The fabric was a kind of psychedelic print with lots of grays and blues in it. At the time, I was in more of a black and plaid phase, and I think I only wore it once when I visited. Now I regret that I didn’t appreciate the care and skill that went into this blouse, and I don’t even know what happened to it over the years.
If you need some inspiration for a Holiday Stashdown Challenge post for next week, here’s the prompt for Tuesday, July 17: We’re at the 10 week mark, so let’s talk about our progress. This is the time to share your accomplishments, your obstacles, your starts, your finishes, and so on. If you’re making gifts for people that read your blog, share a small detail that still keeps the project secret. If you’re making gifts for people that aren’t readers, go ahead and flash your progress!