Saturday, 19 July 2008

Good enough for a gift?



This is the back view of a child's apron I have just made for a birthday gift. I have sewn it really carefully but I am still doubting myself that this is good enough. I know that I have done an excellent job, not bragging but it stills so well. I am going to add a packet of brand new wooden spoons and two jars of cookie mix (with handwritten instructions).

So why do I feel that unless it is shiny, plastic and has a lable that it is inferior?

Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

16 comments:

Di said...

Looks great! and as a mum I would love it if party guests gave something that was so useful and original. SOOOO much better than the regular plastic Barbie and Bratz stuff or things that need batteries. My 11yo son would love something like that well maybe not the candystripes lol.

Lisa said...

I think it sounds like a lovely present! I know what you mean though, I knitted a lovely little bag for a birthday present and thought I would be considered cheap. But you know what? It is the only present the little girl still plays with 3 mths on.

Cheryl said...

Hi crone....I know which I would rather have and it is not shiny and plastic.........you are doing what my mother does....looking too deeply.
Give it with love....no better gift than something that has been made for you.

brazen's crafts said...

it's gorgeous Lara. and i love it when we get homemade gifts for teh kids :)

karenmc said...

Marketing.

I think it's gorgeous, and with the wooden spoons etc would make a fabulous gift. And my 5yo son & 7yo daughter agree ("Awesome!").

goingferal(ish) said...

You kidding me? It's absolutely gorgeous! Well done :)

Cwm Goch Chronicles said...

OMG! I just made an apron too! Actually i made 3 - One large one for my mother-in-law and two kiddy sized ones and they were all together as her birthday gift (she loves to cook with the kids!)
It is the first thing I have sewn and I only did it because I was ever so envious of all you blog peolpe who can sew and felt I should start on something easy.
They turned out great and I thought to make a couple for my friend in Albany and her kids for christmas - never thought of the spoons and recipe addition to the pack but will include that too.
Great idea!

My pattern came from the net - really easy!

Congrats - forget the 'inferior present' thing,I know how proud you are feeling really! i had to brag to Cathode (whose a great seamstress) about my set I was so proud of myself!

Cathode said...

Because that is how we have been conditioned by society.

Personally, I think a gift that has been hand made and thoughtfully put together is a wonderful expression of how much I mean to them.

Stop doubting yourself : )

molly said...

Brilliant!

If we want the change, we have to be the change, showing others how to do that is worth far more than anything shiny, I think the apron & accessories is a wonderful gift!

Kylie said...

Ditch the plastic I say. A present such as the one you have created shows so much more thought and care for the recipient than the biggest, shiniest, most expensive thing on any shelf in any shop.

Anonymous said...

I love the apron and not a frill in sight! I would be really touched that you went to the time and trouble to make something rather than just ran to the shops. Very impressed!

Cheers Kelly

Crazy Mumma said...

I totally agree with the previous comments! I felt the same way when I gave away my first homemade present, but I have had so many positive comments since from the mother's of the kids who have received the homemade gifts, so don't doubt yourself. I *love* the stripes - what kid wouldn't? Sensational.

Cheers, Julie

Julie said...

I think it is wonderful. Some of the best presents I ever had were those that encouraged me to create and imagine. I carry the memories of those gifts with me all these years on. You are giving more than the apron: you are giving imagination and that is more precious than.. well, I was going to say gold, but perhaps I should say... shiny plastic.

TheCrone said...

Thank you all for you kind and encouraging words :)

naturewitch said...

Hey Crone - go and have a look at this

http://pinkpiggywiggy.blogspot.com/2008/07/candle-tutorial.html

it's a tutorial on candle decorating and they look oh so professional. You could do different motifs, of course, to adjust to your own taste. And with peak oil, maybe candles will become more precious again.

I think home made gifts are best and they are more cherished than shop-bought gifts. Well done, you! xx

Melissa said...

I LOVE it! I've been trying to find a non 'girlie' one for Alexander.

Could I get you to make one for us????? Honestly, set me a price..