Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I'm giving an old AND homemade gift
Maybe an heirloom in the making? I finished this needlepoint monogram in 1980. Since I divorced in 1981, I did not frame it. Now, stretched, matted, and framed, it is a Christmas gift to my son and daughter-in-law.
Old, you say?
Homemade, to boot? And. Cheap?
Old or homemade does not mean inferior quality or a dowdy gift. I am in awe (not in a good sense) of the people who don't like homemade gifts. I feel sorry for the people who make things with love and then are faced with detractors, complainers, critics.
My son knows the framed piece is coming. He has no idea what it looks like. But, subdued though he is, he is still excited. A mother can tell!
It is not like I used a milk jug to make a piggy bank. Or, that I wrapped an orange juice can with wallpaper or cloth scraps and rick rack!
I had found an excellent frame for this, only fifty-cents at a yard sale this fall. Last week, I looked at the needlepoint and realized that I had bought a square frame for a rectangular piece! Bummer! It was too late to look for another frame. My knee keeps collapsing, and walking is not my best feat right now. So, I went from a cheap to more expensive frame. The cost to me--I took back the small, cheap artificial tree I had bought so I could have a tree this year. Instead, I gave this framed piece to my son and his family. I will never tell him! He thinks I managed to get a tree.
The inexpensive frame was from a frame shop with a framed quote in it. So, I have an excellent frame and nothing to put in it!
There is no frame of reference in the picture, but the dimensions of the frame are about 13" x 15".
I gave this identical framed gift to my two sisters in 1980. However, I gave them initials of their first names. And, I had theirs framed, too. My homemade gifts, as you can see, are not shabby at all. Even without the frame, it is a nice gift. If it were matted only, the cost would be so much less that even the most frugal or money-strapped person could afford matting in order to present this as a gift. I washed the piece and blocked it right here at home. So, that cost was avoided.
Keep your fingers crossed that it makes it 1000 miles, unbroken.
Do you give homemade gifts? Are they appreciated? If not, shame on the recipients. Do you use your talents for gifts?
Does anyone know where I can obtain more letter patterns like this one? I cannot.