Wednesday, July 26, 2006

How Do I Love These, Let Me Count the Ways....

Earlier in the week, Autum from Creative Little Daisy posted about the anxiety she feels when creating something that is intended as a gift for another.
She made the point that when someone buys something you've made, you know they've bought it because it fills a need that they have. But to give someone something you've made - that's a little more perilous. As difficult as it is to believe, not everyone values handmade gifts.
You can read her original post here.

She then posted pictures of the intended gifts, and they were oh-so-lovely. She received many comments (including one from yours truly) assuring her that anyone would be thrilled to receive such gifts.

Fast forward to this afternoon - a package is on my doorstep. Thinking it must be something for Schecky's upcoming birthday*, I was startled to see my name on the address label in a gorgeous clear script.

I was stunned speechless - and trust me, that doesn't happen often - when I opened the box and realized that I was the lucky recipient! Just look at this:



As you can see, the both the pillow and apron are simply beautiful, as well as fantastically constructed.

What you might not be able to see is the amount of thought and consideration that is there as well...
Autum took time to think about what I might like and use. She took into consideration the colors that she knew that I liked, and she must have gone to Flickr to see what colors I have in my house (because this was before I posted the "Corner of My Home.")
Additionally, see the dots? the gnomes? the absolutely wonderful goldfish print fabric??? These are all fabrics that I have commented on when she's used them in other projects. She remembered and she incorporated...
As gorgeous as these both these items are - and they truly, truly are - I think the thing that I love the most about them is simply just how incredibly thoughtful they are.**

And, Autum, you should never, ever worry about how your handicraft will be received ...



* In an early attempt at "Gratitude Friday", let me just express my appreciation for amazon.com - which allows me to do all my toy shopping late at night, in my pjs, without having to set foot in a ToysRUs...

**Although, if I may say so - look at how gorgeous that pillow makes my house look! You can see it on the mission rocker facing forwards, and on the couch facing backwards. It even looks at home on the old wooden pew - it's going to be hard to figure out where it gets to live, it just looks "right" in so many places...

6 comments:

capello said...

Ah, lucky girl!

I loved that set when Autum made it; it is wonderful and I bet you are correct in thinking she did some research on flikr, because everything matches perfectly!

autum said...

Oh my goodness if everyone could be made that happy with a pillow and an apron we could have one big world wide pillow/apron swap and there would be world peace.
I'm so, so glad you "got" that I put the gold fish and gnome prints in there for a reason. They don't exactly go in the matchy-matchy sense, but I like to add a little something unexpected and in this case I knew you liked those fishies. Thanks for the sweet, sweet post! I'm smiling ear to ear.

autum said...

I should add that Mrs. BFC did some research of her own a while back and one of her precious little, lovingly made bears found her way to my door. I forgot to ask what kind of detective work you did or is Ami a global tracking bear?

MéLisa said...

You lucky girl! I was admiring those in Autum's post after see made them! How neat to now see them in the home that she intended them for. Just lovely!

bekka said...

wow. super gorgeous! what a lovely addition to your home. all those pretties. they do look so well-crafted.

MéLisa said...

Thanks LLA for posting on my Blog too but I can't seem to figure out how to get back to you other than to post here again. I am so I am so blog illiterate! Sorry!