Thursday, June 21, 2012

Third Thursdays with Tash

Remember, every third Thursday of the month, there is a series on the blog called Third Thursdays with Tash. My sister-in-law, Tash, posts something creative to share with you (my stalkers!)

Tis a gift I am sewing...

Hello everybody, I hope you have had a fabulous month. Since we last spoke I have found my self in need of gifts. No. Not me wanting gifts, although I wouldn’t mind that either. I have been in need of gifts to give away. The first one was for my 6’2" little brother, who I like to call Bug. Bug graduated from high school and went on a trip to Deutschland for a foreign exchange with some of his German class buddies. Before he left, I wanted to give him something special to use while away from home.

I went on the same trip when I was his age, and I remember that my friends were always asking me for pain killers and allergy medication. Towards the end of the trip I felt terrible saying no, but when your supply is low and you feel your own head aching…. you get the idea. So to spare him from the guilt of saying no, I sent him off with his own mini pharmacy in a convenient drawstring bag. In case he forgot what was in the bag, I appliquéd a large red cross on the front. Can I just say I thought appliqué was difficult? Thanks to the expertise our (Ashley & Tash) awesome mom-in-law, it was a cinch! (editors note: insert drum riff here)

The second gift was for a baby shower. This friend has two rambunctious little boys and is now having a girl. The first thing I made her was a large pink flower that screamed girl. However I quickly remembered that most babies are bald...This posed a problem. How was this baby girl supposed to declare her femininity without a way to wear the hair flower? Thankfully I had a white t-shirt that nobody was going to use that made a fast and simple headband. Hooray for ingenuity and scrap fabric! At the shower, this friend was given even more hair flowers and head bands. Now baby will have a fashion for every day of the month.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, “…love is really spelled t-i-m-e….” This is why I like giving homemade gifts. The time and thought put into the gift is more valuable than how much it cost. Then again, I can spend forever in a store looking for the perfect gift. What do you think? Is home made or store bought better, and why? Does it depend on the person or item? I would love to hear your thoughts.

See you next month!

P.S. Here is a sneak peak at a work in progress…

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