|Fuzzy Pink Socks -- Image from Easy|
I had the joy of speaking with a beloved family member recently who shared with me how much she enjoyed a special pair of fuzzy socks she had. You see, my mother, Ruby Evelyn Skidmore Fancett, who passed away seven years ago, had knit them for this special lady. My mom was always making lovely things, particularly quilts, and gifting them. She had a special knack for knowing who needed what. Granted, she may have asked! This family member shared that she could no longer wear any of her shoes, but the fuzzy hand-knit socks are now keeping her feet warm. And we both shared a good cry remembering how my mom loved people and shared her talents with them.
If you're thinking of making some heartfelt hand-made gifts this season, here are three reasons you really should:
1) You're creating the gift of self. The giving of your time.
2) Hand-crafted items can be the gift of love. They represent that you care enough to make something unique for the recipient.
3) Well-made hand-crafted gifts can last even longer than the maker and be a beautiful reminder of #1 and #2 above -- someone took the time to send you a gift of love.
In a way, books are a hand-crafted gift by the author to the readers. That's something I realize now.
Question: Have you ever crafted something special for a loved one? How was it received? I'm giving away a commenter's choice of several pairs of my hand-made earrings (here's an example above) OR one of any of my books this week.