Sunday, January 27, 2013

Gifts

 Today is one of my favorite kinds of posts.  Gifts and special people.  That's what I'm here to discuss.  Many years ago, when I was a brand new baby-blogger, I stumbled upon Kearsie.  She is witty and fun, and smart.  She made me laugh and smile and think.  She made my man laugh whenever I would read snippets from her writing to him. There was a moment when I first "met" Kearsie that I was literally hanging across my husband's desk laughing so hard I couldn't speak for about five minutes.  If you don't believe me, ask my man.  He stood there laughing, because I was laughing, but he had no idea what we were laughing at.  That makes me laugh. 

Anyway, time passed and sweet Kearsie developed breast cancer.  Our family prayed for hers and I felt a deep love for her in my heart.  As she recovered from treatment I would always see her post things on Facebook that she had created out of felt and fabric.  Really cool things like toy cake.  That sort of thing.

I keep telling her she needs to open an Etsy shop.  She keeps telling me, "Yeah I know..." 

As my little niece's first birthday approached, I began stalking my sis-in-law's Pinterest boards (I know y'all do it too) and found a few different pins for puffy alphabet letters.  I knew I wanted them for her (and my niece)... so I turned to Kearsie.  She whipped them out.  She hand blanket stitched them.  She made them so they can be tossed into the wash, drooled on, and chewed up.  She made them cute. She made them soft. And best of all... SHE made them.  There is something about giving a hand-made gift with meaning, made by a person you adore, for a wee little baby-type person you adore, isn't there?
 She made them in a sort of ombre color pattern.  I'm a big fan.  It didn't escape my notice. 
 
 (Please excuse the frumpy sweater.  I sometimes wear my man's sweaters -though they hang to my knees. Haha!)


Seriously, I'd never have had the patience to make these.  They are sweetly raw-edged and colorful.  I don't believe it gets any cuter. 
 My contribution was wrapping them.  (And yes, you can chain stitch anything.)  I told you I was in love with embroidery.  FYI if you are going to embroider wrapping paper, pre-poke your holes and it will work like a dream. 

 I sewed a package envelope out of brown wrap after embroidering her little monogram onto a piece of the wrap first.
 We wrapped the whole thing in gray and white string/twine... and I created a darling tag that has us all singing this song. (Which basically means that my hoodlums have been doing a Sound of Music mash-up for days.)
If you would like something as cute as these letters, Kearsie has a ton of creativity and can make play foods, rag dolls, tea sets and other fun things.  You can find her on her blog... or email her directly at kearsie@me.com.  Tell her I sent you! 




19 comments:

  1. Those are the cutest! And that gift wrap is perfect! You are making me want to learn!

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  2. Those are seriously adorable!!!!!! Great packaging too <3

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  3. Seriously??? That is the cutest wrapping job ever! I love it.

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  4. How sweet is that? I will learn to sew...

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  5. They are so adorable - I wonder if I could make with liquid stitch - ah haaa - jk - I so do not SEW. Love your packaging too :)

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  6. I would SO buy those! Not only for baby gifts and birthday gifts and holiday gifts, but for my own kiddo too. So cute!

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  7. ok this is soooo weird, because i have a couple bdays coming up, one being my girlie's, and I just made a list of gift ideas and THIS very thing is one of them!! so cute!! love it all so much. and your wrapping?? seriously!! can't stand the cuteness. cuteness overload.

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  8. How cute! Love these. And you have a way with packaging yours always look so cute.

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  9. seriously now...these are DARLING!
    so is your frumpy sweater..and so is your dear friend and her story
    what a gift to have her make them.
    one thing i am beyond grateful for with blogging is the sweetly real women i have met..who encourage and love and support me.
    i am babysitting my almost two this weekend granddaughter until wednesday...wish me luck.
    oh my..right on the heels of the dumpster.
    love and hugs girlie
    xo

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  10. Ok I was so excited about those abc letters I need to go back and read your blog again..haha...did you say she makes those in her store! i am sooo needing some of those for my babies!!!

    off to reread!

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  11. Adorable, just adorable...letters and package, that is. ;) And yes, I can relate to stalking the Pinterest boards. I plan to "pin" strategically because mine have been stalked too. :)

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  12. Oh my gosh, those letters.... and your gift wrapping.... supa dupa cute. Heading over to Kearsie's right now...

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  13. Oh my, those are sooo cute!! Great packaging, too. LOVe the creativity! :)

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  14. this is so sweet and precious. all of it. your wrap is fantastic. will you be my aunt? ; ) and the letters! amazingness.

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  15. Totally adorable ~ gift wrapping too! Both of you did a wonderful job on this gift. My favorite things are gifts made by someone...so meaningful!

    xo
    Pat

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  16. oh my gosh. this post made me so happy! fabric! letters! twine! oh my! what a way to start my day! now to catch up with the rest of the smile inducing posts... ;-)

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  17. I love those letters, and the sweet story behind them. I have an unhealthy obsession with brown wrapping paper....so easy to pick out our gifts under the tree. Now I must sew it, eek! Exciting! Thank you for sharing your sweet ideas. With 2 little ones (one is easy, the other never sleeps) my list of ideas is far longer than the hours in my day, so for now I live vicariously through my favourite blogs! Taking a moment this afternoon to work on a new watermark for my blog, so hopefully will be back to crafting and blogging soon...one can dream right?!
    ~Kim

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