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When I was in junior school I learned to knit, sew and do cross stitch. My hand sewing wasn't very good but I excelled at knitting and could knit an Aran jumper with the best of them. Then when my children were babies (in the 1970's) we had very little money so I used to knit baby clothes then jumpers for the kids and jumpers for us too, for that matter. I sewed a little (badly!), did a bit of cross stitch for a hobby and repaired socks to make the money stretch. As the years went by, handmade went out of favour. It was cheaper to buy knitted garments than to make your own so I stopped doing it and jumped on the bandwagon of shop bought mass- produced clothing. I really missed my hand knitting but the kids no longer wanted 'mummy made it' clothes. Only now that I am in my 6th decade has handmade made a big comeback. I have rediscovered my make-it-yourself Mojo! Hurray!
I make cards, have rediscovered the pleasure of knitting, have bought myself a cheap sewing machine and am trying so many techniques that it's exciting once again. Last night I watched a Kirsty Allsop programme for a Handmade Christmas and really felt in the true Christmas spirit. It's all about families, isn't it. I refuse to be sucked in by the commercialism. Yes, I enjoy the ads on TV, the food fest ads, the technology ads...but that's all I do...watch and enjoy. There is nothing I need. I refuse to be a 'Bah Humbug' kind of person though. Everyone wants their own kind of Christmas and good luck to them if they can afford to spend hundreds if not thousands of pounds on it. Notice I said " if they can afford to spend..." In my view it is pointless to spend so much that you are paying it back over the next 12 months. I only spend what I have saved and budgeted for and yet we still have a wonderful family Christmas. It can be done on a budget. I look to blogland for cooking inspiration, cheerful makes, patchwork tutorials and I have found it all :)
Did anyone else abandon handmade until recently? What do you like making best of all? I would love to know...
My Small Treasure for today is all the wonderful people who are happy to share their time, tips and inspiration with anyone who cares to look for it. Bless you all x
Advent Gift day # 19
1.5l of Comfort pure was on offer at £2 in Morrisons so I bought an extra bottle and gave it to DD to help out with her budget.
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