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July 23rd, 2017 at 07:21 pm

When I was a kid, I remember a commercial showing a man laying bricks. I don't remember what the ad was touting, but i remember the bricklayer at his craft and was fascinated.

As an adult I'm still pretty fascinated at how things are made, both commercially as well as by hand. Growing up with a mother who crocheted I realized the work that went into many of her creations. She was a seamstress for the garment factories of many years and she could sew about anything as well. When she was in her 60s, she decided to teach herself how to quilt. I learned to appreciate fine talent.

We were watching television the other day and an ad came on for a show called "Handcrafted." I guess it is going to start a new season. I don't know if we get that network, but if we do, I hope we can catch a few of the episodes.

I am amazed at how talented so many people are with their different skills. Some people make things simply because they enjoy the craft. Others make things to save money or even sell their wares to make money.

When I was in college there was very little available funds, but I decided to crochet an afghan for one of my friends for Christmas. I scraped up enough money for the prettiest yarn I could find. I worked hard on this during the summer. It was a labor of love because we didn't have air conditioning and it's often hot and humid here in the Midwest. I was so proud of my work (My mom had taught me to crochet a few years before) and I worked hard on making it as nice as possible. I really thought she would appreciate it because it was a labor of love. It really hurt my feelings when I gave it to her and I could tell when she opened the present it wasn't anything she thought much of. A few months later I went to her unfinished basement to get something she sent me down for and there was the afghan thrown over some boxes. It still kind of bugs me because I worked so hard on something and she didn't appreciate the work. I guess I didn't know my friend very well, but she didn't take into account I didn't have a lot of money then and tried to make her something nice with what I had.

I can honestly say I make things now because I enjoy making them and give them to people I think might like them. I appreciate it when people give me handcrafted items because I know the labor involved. I give away some of the things I bake and jams and jellies because I like working on these items and think people appreciate them. I have decided that one couple will probably never get a gift like any of this again. Every time we give them something I've made or fixed, they admit that they didn't eat it, but one of the kids or grandkids did. It isn't a dietary concern. I don't give stuff to people that I know they can't and won't eat.

I wonder if we have become a society that no longer appreciates handmade items whether it is goods or foods? Yet, I have one friend who makes me feel very special. Every Christmas I give him a basket of handmade goodies and canned items. I asked him one time if he liked it and his comment was "I love everything you give me because I know you made it and gave it with me in mind." You sure can't beat that!

6 Responses to “Handmade”

  1. Wink Says:

    I love this post! My mom used to work as a seamstress, and she also made many afghans and gave them as gifts. I still have about 5 or 6 of them that she made for me over the years. I cherish them. When she recently came to visit I put my favorite one on her bed. When she saw it her face lit up with joy and she exclaimed "Oh you still have this"! I love handmade items and gifts. It's so thoughtful of you to make them for the people in your life!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I love things handmade! Although if the colors are not my style I may not like as much, but I would still appreciate the time and effort involved.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Some people just don't appreciate handmade gifts, or gifts from the heart. I've learned who they are in my life, and they get whatever they picked out for themselves on Amazon. Doesn't seem like too much fun to me.

  4. bluesfemme Says:

    I've been in that position @Rob.
    What i realised is that putting time into creating is how i show love, but it's not how others may do. Generally, they're not meaning to dismiss the time/effort i spent, but looking for a different affirmation. I found the five languages of love explanatory material very helpful.

  5. bluesfemme Says:

    Essentially - if you want to make people feel valued/loved/cherished - work out how they value that. Then it's up to you to decide how comfortable you are using that love language style.

    Because integrity/truth to oneself is also something people tend to instinctively recognise, using your natural language is also a valid approach - but you have to recognise that sometimes their love language hardwiring will not see your particular love language preference.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I love handmade things, my DH, not so much.

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