December 29, 2008 at 3:23 pm 5 comments

I can’t believe Christmas is over already! We spent four wonderful days at my parents’ house up in Fernandina Beach, and although we were happy to get back home to Tampa (we missed our kitties!), we certainly wouldn’t have minded a few more days with the family. 

The weather was beautiful and sunny for most of the time we were up there, except for one foggy afternoon that we spent on the beach hunting for sharks teeth.

One of the gifts I gave my mom was a tote bag that she “ordered” from me at least six months ago.

She mentioned many moons ago that she wanted a tote bag with her first initial and a large front pocket. I found out what dimensions would work for her and tucked all that information away until Christmas, hoping she would forget that we talked about it.

I’m really happy with how the front pocket turned out, and I’d like to repeat that feature on totes I make in the future.

I’ve mentioned before (and I’m sure some of you fellow crafters have dealt with this as well) that some people don’t use the stuff that I make for them because they’re scared it’ll get stained or ripped. Although I make it a point to ensure that my pieces are durable and machine washable, and I truly hope that people get a lot of use out of them, I’m certainly not offended when someone treats a bib or an apron as decoration instead. It’s quite a compliment.

However, with my mom, I always know she’ll use what I make her. This tote will not hang untouched on a hook somewhere in her house. Nope. This tote will get used and filled with books and pens and worn out and covered in dog hair and thrown in the back seat of the car and washed and dried and used some more. And I love that!


Entry filed under: Family/friends, Handmade goodies, Look where I went, Things and stuff.

Happy holidays! A year in crafts

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Hannah  |  December 29, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    What a beautiful bag. I think the best presents are the ones that are completely forgotten about and someone special remembers! What a special gift!

  • 2. Mom  |  December 29, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    You are so right…that bag is going to get a lot of use!! Thanks so much for remembering what I wanted and making the perfect bag for me. I love it!

    I also love that photo of the beach, the chairs and the fog. As interesting as that day was, I’m glad we also had some sunny days to enjoy. Merry Christmas!

  • 3. Betty  |  December 30, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Yes- I find it the same way. In fact sometimes I don’t even use my own handmade bags. I just like how nice they look without being used all the time. With my quilts, at least the quilts I make, I use them all the time. On the bed, as throws, over the quilt rack.

  • 4. kalki  |  December 30, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Handmade gifts are the best. Especially when they look as pretty and professional as yours. Merry belated Christmas!

  • 5. Billie/ Zu-Li Designs  |  December 30, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    What a cute bag! I bet your mom loves it!


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