Have you ever been told “It’s better to give than to receive?” I think we all have. It was a bit of a confusing concept when I was young, but with experience in gift giving and a bit of hindsight, I’ve come to understand the meaning behind the phrase. After all, gift giving is a universal way to show interest, appreciation and gratitude as well as to strengthen bonds with others. And there’s no higher compliment to family or friends than receiving a homemade gift with personal touches reflecting the recipients personality, shared experiences and likes.
So many things quickly become “a thing” nowadays….and typically only last until the next “thing” comes along. I was thinking about this as I made Holiday fabric postcards to send to my family and close friends. There’s an emotional lift in giving a gift from the heart that makes me feel good…and nothing replaces that feeling for me. I love watching the recipient’s face for that moment of realization when they recognize THE personal touch. The card above will be given to my daughter-in-law with her son’s photo in the snow globe. It was taken the day he learned he would be having a baby sister soon….his shirt depicts a construction vehicle and reads “Can you dig it? I’m going to be a big brother” in other words, a tangible memory of a treasured moment.
This fabric postcard, “A Cool Dude”, offers the perfect opportunity to add those personal touches to make the lucky recipient realize just how special they are to you. The photo you choose could be a snow scene, a winter sport, a pet, a vacation destination, or that of a loved one. From now through December 25th, this fabric postcard pattern will be on sale on my Craftsy site. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that the “glass” globe and “snow” are actually made of items I’m certain you have readily available in your home. I hope you’ll have the time to visit my shop at https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/patterns/A%20Cool%20Dude/535669
…and in doing something positive, you’ll attract more of the same … a good habit to get into as we look to make resolutions for 2018!
“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness…every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” –Scott Adams
It always seems to me that we celebrate the holidays each year to allow ourselves to pause and take stock of what’s really going on around us, to notice those in our life that we genuinely care about and even to look a bit “over our shoulder” to see what it is we’ve recently accomplished that we can feel good about. This requires taking the time to step back a bit to get a better view when time seems to be in even shorter supply as the holidays near. It’s worth it though. Throughout the year we get caught up in what’s happening right under our nose and so forget to view ourselves as a part of a bigger picture. We forget to notice the people around us and what they might have going on in their lives that shapes our interactions with them, sometimes on a daily basis. Simply said, the holidays are a time to realize and remember that “it’s not all about us.”
…and yet it can be! Doing something out of the ordinary feels refreshing and simply amazing! Being the first to give the experience of an unexpected Random Act of Kindness feels good to two people…the recipient and you. Kindness starts with one person…be that person. It doesn’t have to be overt, the recipient doesn’t have to know who “the perpetrator” is…but you will. One small thoughtful gesture can turn the tide and flow of someone’s day. Leave a cup of their favorite morning coffee or a single flower on their desk…small kindnesses somehow mean more than grand gestures. Those small kindnesses leave a trail of warm-and-fuzzy feelings in their wake…hopefully to be paid forward by their recipient…most likely to the next person they encounter.
Secret Santa events continue to be a favorite occurrence at this time of year. Why? Because at the heart of the event is taking the time to please someone with a gift that’s personal in some way for them. The giver must pay attention and focus on some small thing to bring on a smile…anonymously. The very definition of a Random Act of Kindness.
So why not look to be the one to start those ripples of kindness by sending a gracious holiday message in the form of a fabric postcard?…anonymous or not. I’ve designed a fabric postcard to be assembled quickly as you listen to your favorite holiday music in the background. As one of my Random Acts of Kindness I’m offering the “Holiday Wishes” fabric postcard pattern free on Craftsy in time for you to make several and place them in mailboxes, on desks, or even to mail them as your version of a holiday card. If you can sew a straight line you can make this happen…and I will have started a ripple….
Take a moment to visit “Quiltings By Kathy” at Craftsy for my Holiday Wishes fabric postcard pattern.
I’ll be continuing to add a variety of Holiday fabric postcard patterns on Craftsy through the holidays and into the New Year should you be looking for additional designs and are able to give yourself the gifted kindness of time to create….
Each year I spend a great deal of time choosing holiday cards, writing individualized handwritten notes in each and addressing them to mail to family and friends….and each year I feel more old-school. We’ve all become so accustomed to sending greetings via technology that holiday cards are feeling obsolete. I admit to having a subscription to an electronic card service that I use throughout the year, not only because I can schedule to send the cards weeks beforehand, but because sending cards can be quite expensive. Soooo…..I’ve been thinking recently of making my own holiday cards this year in the form of fabric postcards because “no one displays an email on a mantel or shows off a tweet on the fridge, or saves a Facebook post in a box of treasures…” Add to this the price of the cards. Hmmmm….at this point I made myself a cup of mocha and gave it more thought….
Fabric postcards are unique and one of a kind for the most part as they are not mass produced. I would be able to personalize each pc as to color, memorabilia, special interests, shared experiences, pets, photos….while also sending the message that they are worth the time to make something special for…a genuine expression of affection and caring OR I might design a new pc each year to send to everyone, much the same as buying a box of holiday cards.
On a more practical level, pc’s are real stash busters when it comes to materials and supplies. They require scrap-size amounts of fabrics and use a small amount of fusibles and embellishments. All of the materials and products I’ve purchased without an actual project in mind are fair game for this endeavor. I have to say I thoroughly enjoy the entire process of making pc’s, from designing to embellishing to choosing the techniques. I’m always working on exploring or refining my skills with either a new technique or with a new product….holiday pc’s offer the perfect opportunity… complete with a theme. Pc’s are a small commitment in both time and materials.
Well…the mocha is gone and I’ve made my decision…I’ve decided to give this a try this season…I’ll continue to post my holiday pc’s as I complete them…would like to know what you think…what you would add…how you might make it yours…
Remember….handmade items are about people, their skill and the magic of their imagination….