Things like this lovely award that the even lovelier blogger Jane kindly passed to me, and all the lovely comments on my last post, have reminded me once again just why I love blogging!!
I'm going to do my usual shirking of any responsibility and say I'm going to pass this award on to anyone who reads my blog - in either a commenting or lurking capacity - and to all those lovely blogs I read too :-)
I'm also feeling somewhat guilty as another lovely blogger sent me an award a week or two back and I can't find it anywhere...or remember who sent it to me! How ungrateful can you get? In my defence yer'onour I have trawled through my comments and emails twice and now dots are dancing before my eyes...so I gave up! What I will say is THANK YOU.....whoever you are!
Now then, down to business.
There's another reason why I love you all.
Because you appreciate the handmade in all it's forms.
Because you understand the simple joy to be found in making something for those you love.
Because you appreciate the love and thought that goes into handmade gifts.
For valueing those handmade 'things' above anything that you can buy just because it's got the right label.
I don't know if any of Moogsdad's family ever read this blog. I'd rather like to think not as it's my space to be me and not to be their idea of who I should be.
I had yet another full-on experience of S-I-L's snootiness about my crafting this weekend, during a family trip to the theatre.
Minx was wearing her new jacket and skirt combo on Saturday and looked, might I say, extremely gorgeous. When S-I-L arrived she looked over at my baby and said (imagine sneary voice here) 'Oh, Mummy's been sewing again has she?'
Not 'Oh lovely - did you make her outfit?'
Or ' Where did you get her jacket from?'
Or ' Oh my God woman how can you send your child out looking like that?' - which, I imagine is what she was actually thinking!
I responded by bristling and saying ' Why, does it look homemade?'
To which she replied 'Yes' - I then went on to thank her for her kind remark and she then tried to bluster her way out of it by spluttering about 'designer boutiques' and 'a fabric combination that was very you'!
Do you know I have felt quite sick about it since?!
This is why I will not be making her children's presents this year. Things I have put hours of thought and love into in the past have met with a very frosty response. This is the woman who returns most of hers and her children's Christmas presents to the shops on Boxing Day people!!
She's scuppered when I make things 'cos she can't return them!!
If it doesn't have the right label she isn't interested. She seems to regard people that don't do this as somehow beneath her. Sad, huh?
I'm not going to let this put me off making things for my beautiful girl. She appreciates everything I make for her. In fact, I've got three very funky patterns at the ready for the next assault on the sewing machine :-)
p.s. if she does read this......consider yourself told!