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The Joy of Giving (and Receiving) Handmade

Last week I spent a few days in Minnesota visiting a friend who just had her first baby. It was a great trip, although I did come back with my biological clock in overdrive (ah! babies!). Also, Minnesota is quite a bit colder than Seattle. It’s funny how fast you become used to the climate where you live. Coming from NH, you’d think I’d be able to handle some negative degree weather… but no. I’ll take rain over cold any day!

IMG_5375Anyway, I spent a lot of time with a blanket wrapped around me when I was there. The blanket (shown to the left) was a hand-woven gift someone gave my friend. It is made of silk and wool and absolutely gorgeous. It got me thinking about handmade gifts and how, often, they mean a whole lot more than store-bought ones to the people receiving them. Why, though? Here are a few reasons I came up with:

1.) Handmade gifts take time and effort and people appreciate that.

2.) Handmade gifts are often better quality than store-bought ones.

3.) Handmade gifts can be personalized to the person receiving them.

 

 

What other reasons can you think of? Tell us in the comments, and keep on making handmade!

Want a great gift idea you can make on your Mirrix?
The Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet is a perfect one, and the kit makes two bracelets! Keep one and give away the other!

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