My life stays busy, and while I wish I could sit around the house and play with fiber all day, I can’t. I have a daughter, clients, a garden, I volunteer with a few ministries with my Lutheran church, I exercise, etc., You get the picture… I don’t have a lot of free time for crafts.
I enjoy making numerous crafts, many of which are fiber related (crochet, embroidery, knitting, and sewing). And while it’s true that I’m a process crafter (I enjoy the process more than the finished item) when it comes to giving away items, I’m very selective as to who receives my handmade items. After all, not everyone is worthy of a hand-crafted item. A handmade item isn’t the same thing as going to your local department store and giving someone a similar item.
About a week ago, I stumbled upon this yarn worthy diagram on Panopticon’s blog, I smiled, while reading through the yarn worthy chart. You see…I go through my own mental checklist before making something for someone I know. Before investing time into a project, the receiver has to be worth the investment. I do make an exception… I make a variety of items for charity organizations, like Lutheran World Relief and the Mother Bear Project. I rarely know the recipient of these charity item, but these organizations I support are definitely worthy of my handcrafted items.
I love receiving hand crafted items
My favorite gifts received happen to be hand crafted items. It’s obvious the items aren’t slapped together, those who’ve made items for me put a lot of thought/time goes into making the items I’ve received. Just like I do when making items for others. And while I don’t expect a handcrafted item, I’m always thrilled on the rare occasions that I do receive them. After all, they could have easily purchased an item for me, and I would have appreciated that too.
Several years ago, I received a beautifully detailed wood crafted case to store my essential oils. I was blown away by the detail, and asked the person who gave it to me how much time was spent on the item. I knew they were a carpenter/woodworker. Oh, at least a 100 hours was the response. Let’s say I was touched, that they thought enough of me to take the time to make something I still use today. I also have a hand-sewn quilt that took much longer, but that was handed down to me, since the original recipient had passed away — but I still treasure it. And like the cabinet, and the other handcrafted items I receive, I feel blessed that someone thought I was worthy of a handcrafted gift.