Monday, Dear Dad took Dear Mom and I out to lunch to celebrate our Birthdays. Dear Mom's Birthday was the 25th, and mine was the 27th of August. For those that follow the stars, that makes us both Virgos.
I made Dear Mom a jewelry box, from a cigar box that Dear Hubby had picked out especially for crafting. This was not one of the pilfered ones I referred to in my earlier post. This box had a unique lid, that gently lifted back and remained open. I decorated the outside with toile vintage inspired scrapbook paper. Upon opening, the pink inside lid displayed a die cut emblem and the word "treasure". The bottom was lined with antique looking ticking striped paper, also in pink. Dear Mom has an extensive collection of jewelry. I thought she might need somewhere to store this, or even to tuck away notes or photos.
"Treasure" can mean different things to different people. The key is, to treasure people and not things. The older I get, the more this becomes an apparent life lesson. I love my fabric and crafting. But, I love the people in my life more! I try to always think of the person when making something, and not so much the thing I'm crafting. My thinking is that this imparts the love that accompanies handmade items.
Whenever possible, make it a point to hand make gifts for the ones you love. The loving thought makes up for much more than skill level. For example, my Dear Hubby hand made a lanyard for me!
It is school themed, representing both my involvement in the PTA and my recent job application. He picked everything out himself. And obviously put a lot a thought into it! For example, he included a watch. As a lefty, he knows I have a hard time wearing watches; so he included one, turned upside down so it would be easy for me to reference. He also knows that I'm the creative type and time is a force in the universe that I might need to work with, instead of against. He placed beads on each side, spelling out my name and the school name. He also used pencil buttons, that I understand he basically whittled out with a pocket knife to fit the ribbon, as additional decorative elements. Now, not only was this creative and handmade, but the addition of the 2.0 gig jump drive made it more useful than the initial I.D. holder purpose! I still can't get over Dear Hubby's creativity! Creative, handmade, and useful...the three pillars of my Artsy Amy crafting endeavors! Maybe I am rubbing off on him after all. (Visit Dear Hubby's blog to see more detailed photos.)
As I was mentioning before, it was the loving thought that meant the most to me. So I guess in this case, a thing can remind you how much you love a person!