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Gifts that Resonate

The best gift to give is one that is used and loved and many years later still treasured. The kind that get constant use and love, the kind that need to be repaired many years later.

I think I hit the mark with a recent gift to my niece on the birth of her daughter; a fabric basket and a care seat cover. They were both practical and with a fabric choice that spoke to her.

A one hour basket sporting one fish two fish red fish blue fish
Said baby gift already being used daily

Also a gift my sister and I made 12 years ago had been treasured by our mother. We worked on a photo memory quilt for her 80th birthday. Today it came back to be repaired again. Which is ok because it’s means that it’s treasured. The good news is that this repair was minor compared to the last round. My repairs could be seen as a bit unorthodox in the world of quilting. I call it quilmend! Not to be mistaken for true restoration at all but it works.

The hole where the fabric had fallen to pieces
“patching” the quilt and seriously stitching it up

Some gifts last even longer as is the case of the two baby blankets my children received when they were infants. They were gifted to me by a family friend who was both practical and giving .

Spencer and Alyssa’s favourite baby blankets

Baby A was fortunate enough to receive many homemade gifts and a picture of her wearing one of her little hats inspired my friend to want to give the same gift to a special new baby in her life. The only issue is that she does not knit. I linked up the gift giver and the friend who wishes to give that gift. Those that love their hobbies usually give freely of themselves and such is the case here. Although I suspect that knitter might just end up with some sort of token of appreciation in their mailbox.

My friend, the card maker, always seems to have a card tucked away to pull out and brighten someone’s day. It seems like such a little item but it can be a gift that keeps on giving. I have another friend who makes me a special card every year with my “word” on it and I keep it around to remind me of my focus.

People are so giving and it is wonderful when something you create and gift is treasured.



I won’t hire out for mending when I retire although it is oddly satisfying.


I have had a love of the written word for my entire life. It's no surprise that eventually I found a platform where I could write. It's random; sometimes funny, occasionally sad, maybe even at times from anger and I lean towards creative photography and hands on crafts. I have a few blogs that high light these interests.

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