a pretty cool life.: Gifting

Monday, August 16, 2010


We had a fun weekend filled with birthday parties and handmade gifts. 

A lap quilt for my mom, made of vintage linens:

A tote bag for my sister, made from a super preppy madras and lined in yellow:

And for our next door neighbor who turned one, a crayon roll and applique puppy shirt:

We certainly enjoyed the parties...I hope everyone enjoyed their gifts!

And for the record, it was also my dad's birthday, but he got a stack of books...nothing handmade.  I need to find some manly handmade gift ideas because I just don't think an applique tshirt would work for him. ;)

ps. Hop on over to Cat's blog to see me interviewed today!


  1. The bag you made for your sister is of the same material that I made into a dress for me. :) I love how happy and preppy it is! :) The gifts are all lovely!

  2. Thanks for sharing all of these ideas. I always feel like the gifts I make aren't "real gifts" because they are homemade. I use them as thoughtful little presents but then go out and spend an arm and a leg on a real present.

    Thanks for reminding me that when you put your heart into making something, it is REAL.


  3. The binding on the lap quilt looks really nice. It really brings it together. Is that tote bag as enormous as it looks?! I love it.

  4. Beautiful lap quilt
    Love those fabrics
    I'm having a giveaway!!

  5. LOVE the yellow lining of the bag. That shirt with the dog is so adorable with the ribbon. How creative! Sounds like a great weekend.

  6. That crayon holder is such a fab idea. It's all lovely though.

  7. Awww...I love handmade gifts!! So cute and I am sure the recipients loved them!!

  8. here's my current go-to handmade man gift:


    Guys are hard!

  9. I love, love, love that quilt! Beautiful gifts!

  10. gosh! i've just got to say that the yellow flower vintage sheet in your mum's lovely lap quilt is exactly the same vintage sheet that i bought from a car boot sale the other week. the oddest thing? i'm over in England! i wonder where they were made?


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