What do you think about birthday sewing?
If you live around these parts birthday sewing can be a full time job. There are so many sweet little friends and from about February to June or so there are so many birthdays that we all refer to it with fondness and dread as "Birthday Season."
Around the new year I was doing a lot of personal projects and not getting them done fast enough and as I saw "Birthday Season" looming on the horizon I declared to my husband and friends that I would not be sewing a single birthday present this year because with all of our personal projects going on I didn't have the energy to come up with multiple projects for kids of different ages, genders, oh yeah and not duplicate what someone else is already making (and probably making better than me - let's face it), or something a kid would actually want or use!
and worse yet
there is always the dreaded un-finished birthday or shower gift promise....
You've probably said the unfortunate phrase yourself a time or two.
I know I have.
And I know I have had it said to me- sometimes more than once by the same person! haha!
"I have a gift for you..... I'm making it..... it's almost done!"
And sometimes it's true and sometimes you have a great idea for it and more times than not.... that fateful gift is never delivered.
Easy come easy go in "Birthday Season," but since I knew I would be making that lame promise more than once with all we had going on I REFUSED to put myself in that position and decided we would mostly be buying art supplies and the like for gifts this year.
Well, this week I had a stroke of genius!
And it comes in the form of inspiration from another one of our treasured society members Rachel Bennett. If you don't know her already, you will, she is a very crafty lady.
She gave Ambrose a camping bag at his camping birthday and it had a book in it.
I said, "Ambrose this can be your library bag!" because we always have stray library books lurking around our house and as we trudge to and from the library I am trying to make sure we have them all and keep them together. Now we have a special re-usable bag that he can bring them home in, keep them in when not being used, and take them back in to return.
AH HA! I love making bags! So, I am on the hunt for some great fabrics and will be printing "My library bag" on the front.
They will be mass produced.
They will be adorable.
They will be functional.
They can be used by boys and girls and all ages because all kids should have an active relationship with their local library.
I'm so stoked!
Too bad "Birthday Season" is almost over, but I will be well prepared for next year.
Whew, I'm such a planner. It feels great to have that all settled!
Now all my friends know what I'll be giving their children for the whole next year! hahaha!
Oh how I love to sew and enjoy making something for people I love because you get to think about them while you make it.
What about you? What do you like to make for gifts or do you prefer to shop for the perfect gift?
Where do you fall in the handmade gift spectrum? :)