Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The joy of a handmade gift!

I don't believe anyone appreciates a handmade gift quite as much as those of us who like to make handmade gifts ourselves. For that reason alone, I was so delighted when Sandy G. sent me this surprise package in the mail last week! You know the package is going to be something you love when it has a teapot on the mailing label and a tea-themed card inside, don't you?

This reversible teacup hot pad is a crochet design I've never seen before (I would have had to make it!), and I absolutely love it! Larger than a potholder, it's large enough to actually use beneath a hot dish on the serving table, but it's so pretty with that lovely stripe of shell crochet that I wouldn't want to cover it up. Can't you practically feel the cozy texture from this photo? It's such a beautiful and unexpected gift … and it inspires me to go make something to give away myself! Do any of you give handmade gifts? If so, what's the last handmade gift you gave?


  1. What a nice gift! Yes, handmade gifts are very special. The last gift I made was a doll dress for my granddaughter's AG doll. I have several more gifts waiting to be made, but that's the last one I completed. :-) If I knew how to crochet, I'd be wanting to make one of these, too.

  2. So pretty! I wish I was crafty, and could make things. However, I know someone who makes all sorts of things. She needed a tea cozy, and I bought her everything needed to make one. She made one for both of us! Perfect!

  3. My sister in Chapel Hill frequently makes me very nice hand-made gifts. For my birthday in March, she sewed me a wonderful, sturdy tote-bag to use at baseball games (I always carry my scorebook, binoculars, hand towel, bottled water, snacks, sunscreen, etc.). One side of the bag has a St Louis Cardinals print fabric, and the other side has Baltimore Orioles fabric, since those are my two favorite teams. I have already received several compliments on it from other fans.It is definitely one of a kind!
    --from Vernona in DC

  4. Very sweet! It is amazing how many of your readers send you gifts. Handmade ones are indeed very special.

  5. I am very interested in the tea card. If possible, I would love to know where Sandy got it or perhaps the information on that backside that might help us find them online... ??? Please and thank you :)

    1. Heather, it says "Sandi Gore Evans" and is by Crown Point Graphics. Hope that helps!

  6. I have a tea wallet I made from an old, torn tablecloth, ready to give to a tea drinking friend. I've given several away. It's my go to item for tea drinking friends.
    I'm going to have to figure out how to make that adorable teacup trivet.

  7. I'm a knitter. A bag of dishcloths every New Year for work.

    Sweaters if I really like you, lol


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