Handmade Home

Handmade Home

I am lucky to be surrounded by things that have been made by people I love.  Wherever I go and wherever I live, I always have things with me that remind me of family and friends and are special to me because they have been handmade, with care and attention to detail.

My Mum has always made things for my brother and I – when we were children she made us clothes and toys, quilts and other hand made items that we loved then and treasure now.  I still have many of those things, either on display or packed safely away, to be taken out on occasion when the nostalgic mood strikes.  She is now continuing the tradition with her grandchildren, nephews and nieces,  and they have already benefitted from her skills with sewing and painting.

Some of the items Mum has made I have on display in my new home :

A birthday card she made me for my 40th, complete with a handmade tag inside…

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…a sweet little doll (I like to think she’s a fairy with invisible wings – she is so light and dainty and pretty)…

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…a heart-shaped country plaque – I used to dream about having my own little country cottage nestled in rolling hills, with a white picket fence…

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…cheerful and uplifting messages…

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…gifts for our wedding (this was on our “candy bar” on the day – I still display it, even if the marriage and jars of sweets are no longer in existence)…

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…my gorgeous patchwork quilt that she sewed and quilted by hand, that bears the handwritten cloth label “…this quilt may not be perfect, but there is love in every stitch to keep you safe and warm…”.  I treasure this and will keep it forever.

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My brother also is artistic, and I have many of his pieces in my home, many of them rescued from his moments of artistic passion and frustration, when “nothing is working!” and he wanted to throw them out.  I love having them here because he is so important to me and, although he doesn’t get the time to “do” much art these days (four kids are hard work!), I know he still has that artistic talent and heart, which he now shares with his children who are already showing that they too are creative and talented, with much of their handiwork being displayed proudly in the home.

Some of my favourite items of his are:

…a lion collage made for one of my birthdays…

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…a resin/collage piece featuring a photo of my Mum when she was a teenager…

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…another birthday gift – this time a card, featuring a bird collage/painting ( I have this framed on my book shelf).

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I am also lucky to have creative and talented friends.  I’ve already mentioned the gorgeous portrait of me my friend GK sketched for my birthday (see here).

 These bears were made by a friend’s friend – I love them :

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Homemade things are so much more special than bought gifts.  They are heartfelt and made with love, perfect in their imperfections.  A home isn’t a home without a few handmade treasures.  I love all of mine.  Do you have anything made for you that you wouldn’t part with or that means something special to you?

Happy homemade weekend to you all – hope your house is filled with love and creativity, in whatever form it takes x

What is Your Crafting Style?

What is Your Crafting Style?

What is you crafting style?

I could say I am neat and tidy, organised and orderly when I craft, but my pants would immediately catch on fire and my nose would grow about 6 inches longer.  As I have spoken about my hoarding tendencies and messiness ad nauseum in this blog, I won’t go on about it here but I thought, as a sort of connected subject, I could talk about my crafting “style”.  By which I mean my complete lack of any style while crafting.

When I am at home and not expecting company (other than hubby who doesn’t notice me any more and is very short-sighted anyway even if he did) I tend to gravitate towards comfort.
What does comfort mean to me?  Well, it usually involves baggy clothes, slipper socks, jeans I haven’t washed in a few weeks (oh come on – you all do it!) and hair that is pulled up and back and makes me attractive to no one.  I avoid mirrors on such days because I am interested only in paper, glue, fabric and scissors – I do not care about makeup or fussy hair or fashion.  I want to be comfortable and not worry about getting paint on my best shirt or accidentally glueing sequins to my dress.

My crafting day will typically involve many cups of tea.  Many.  There will be toast.  There will be music (and possibly daggy dancing when no one is looking) and there will be warmth – I am a cold morsel and although fresh air is nice some of the time, I mostly like to be ensconced in cocooned warmth and solitude.  I can’t do anything when it is cold.  My hands hurt, my neck aches and I feel decidedly un-creative because I am too cold to think about anything else.  So warmth is what I need.  In our old house this meant practically sitting on top of the small heater in the lounge and dressing like an eskimo.  In our newer house I am hoping to be slightly warmer this year and be able to craft comfortably without being wrapped in a blanket with a hot water bottle strapped to my back (yes, I have done that in the past – don’t judge me).

So how about you?  Do you like to be colourful and comfortable when creating, or is simple and plain more your style?  Do you wear jeans or track-pants, PJs or dresses?  Hair up or down? How ever you do it, I hope it makes you happy and brings out the real you.  Unfortunately for me, the real “me” is style-free and possibly not fit to be seen in public.  But that’s ok 🙂