One of my favorite activities has always been gift-giving. I know that the perfect something is out there for the person I want to surprise, and I patiently scavenge until I find it. Sometimes I buy the gift. More often lately, I’ve been making them. I’m never sure if this is appropriate, as I know some people find handmade gifts offensive. The thing is, I’m finding it harder and harder to find the right store bought item…
I’ve been thinking lately about when I began to disconnect from highly commercialized products. While I can’t pinpoint a timeline, I can say with certainty that I no longer feel ethical supporting many of the corporations that sell a lot of the product people seem to like (or expect). Their products feel plastic and the story behind how the products were created casts a pretty dark shadow over an act of giving. So. I find myself in a dilemma, especially as our niece was born yesterday.
I’ve been struggling for months to determine an appropriate gift. I wanted to make something but wasn’t sure if they would be offended. I searched and searched with no luck and time was running short. I decided to re-examine Kahlil Gibran’s passage from The Prophet “On Giving.” In it I was reminded that “it is when you give of yourself that you truly give” and realized I’d been going about this whole process in the wrong way.
Basically, I needed to give from my heart. The only way I could do this was to make a gift that I would have liked to make for my own baby, if I had been able to carry him or her to term. I started by selecting some vintage postcard images on Etsy and used them to create a color palette (look at picture above) for a blanket, a lamp, some bunting, and a couple of crocheted picture frames.
I was hoping to be finished the blanket today but need more yarn. So, I’m going to get started on a design for the lamp. Pictures will be posted soon!