Giving and Receiving

From being very young I always tried to instill into my children the idea that handmade gifts were treasured, they always made presents for Grandparents and aunts etc, it might be a tray of mince pies, or a decorated matchbox. I loved the paintings they turned into calendars and I still use a pinsafe Helen made me when she was about six.

I try and make them presents each year, even if it’s just a little something. A few weeks before Christmas I happened by chance to find the Peacock & Fig website and their ‘Lest we forget’ collection. In amongst the poppies was a lovely design just called ‘To Serve’. It was perfect for my daughter Helen, she’s training to be a nurse in the Army. Now I’ve given it to her I can share it with you.

To Serve is described as ” a typographic art representation of what it takes to serve one’s country. These words are used constantly in unit and training mottos, and are at the very core of the military ethos. To serve your country and your community is a position of great honour, and also of great sacrifice.” 

I love the simplicity of the design, the colours are based on the desert camouflage colours, blending gradually from ivory to dark brown. I adapted the pattern a little to personalise it. I changed the spellings to the English way with the addition of a couple of ‘u’s, I left out ‘airman’ and ‘sailor’ and added nurse and qaranc. Yes that’s the word you were all wondering what it said! Queen Alexander’s Royal Army Nursing Corps.

I took it down to Artworks in Otley and they framed it in a soft grey/brown frame which works perfectly. I was really pleased with it and Helen loves it, it’s already hung on her bedroom wall!

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When it came to opening my presents I had a lovely surprise. Helen had made me a patchwork cushion! It’s gorgeous! I was so impressed as she hasn’t got any quilting equipment down at Uni, in fact I don’t think she’s ever done patchwork before, just watched me occasionally!

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She cut out the triangles using scissors and a homemade paper template! She made a different design for the front and the back and just worked it out as she went along, learning from her mistakes and unpicking it and restitching it until it worked! It’s beautiful and I love it, it looks great on my favourite chair.

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When we went round to my son’s house for Christmas dinner, I found he was also making me a present, it’s not yet finished but it hopefully won’t be long. He’s in the middle of making an oak dining room table with a ‘river of blue resin’ running down the middle. From the pictures I’ve seen it’s going to be stunning. With two of the smaller pieces he’s making me a chopping board, though it will probably be too precious and beautiful to chop veg on, it might become my special cheese board.

I felt a very lucky mum on Christmas Day!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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11 Responses to Giving and Receiving

  1. Laura says:

    Wow! Beautiful and thoughtful gifts!

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  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    You are certainly blessed as are your children. They are reflecting your beautiful giving nature and your many talents. Merry merry…

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  3. tialys says:

    What better Christmas gifts could there possibly be?

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  4. Marlene Scobbie says:

    How wonderful. Love your cushion and how special the effortvshe put into it, and look at those perfect points. Your lesson of giving handmade has been well learnt. One of the best presents I have received over the years was when my god daughter was young and she made me a tin of shortbread cookies. The look on her fahce as she handed them over was just precious.

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  5. kathyreeves says:

    Wonderful gifts, both given and received!

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  6. anudge says:

    You are loved and blessed.

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  7. Catherine says:

    You have certainly instilled some good values in your children! They are lovely gifts, and gifts made are always more thoughtful.

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  8. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Beautiful sentiments and all so lovingly done. Thank you so much for sharing these precious gifts, and for teaching such love to your family. Ripples and ripples that will go on and on! πŸ₯°

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  9. claire93 says:

    Helen really did an amazing job with those cushion covers!
    I also treasure hand-made gifts, and will be sharing the ones I received on my blog very soon.

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  10. KerryCan says:

    How awesome! The cross stitch is wonderful, and so thoughtful. And the fact that your kids are now making thoughtful, well-crafted gifts for you must make you so happy!

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  11. Roz Hill says:

    You must be so proud and the children are getting into crafting too. Well done!

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