With a fresh year of holidays upon us, I've been thinking a lot about an idea that my friend Kendra had. After countless hours of making thread wrapped eggs together, she threw out the idea of creating an array of holiday crafts over the years, made with the anticipation of giving them to a newly married child or grandchild. A holiday spin on the hope chest concept. Now, this doesn't mean that you wouldn't use them in your own home, only that you would consciously make holiday crafts that were meant to last and meant to be given away to someone special.
I've grown to love this idea more and more, perhaps because I've already completed a few projects that I think are worthy of heirloom status. My rule of thumb is pretty simple - make them in a style that's fairly timeless and make them out of good materials. With my personal crafting time at a minimum, I've begun to narrow my focus to the projects that will teach me something new and feel worthy of the time required.
I have nothing for Valentine's Day, so I'm mulling over classic concepts and designs and perusing other blogs for inspiration. The embroidered linen love note from Katie Cupcake wasn't meant as a Valentine's Day project, but I think it's delightful - and how could it not be relevant decades from now? So I'm putting this idea out there and if you find projects for any holiday that you think are worthy of heirloom status, I hope you'll email the link to me. Throughout the year I'll post various ideas to inspire those of you who might want to join me on this creative mission.
The only thing that's better than the pleasure of creating something beautiful is the pleasure of giving it away...someday!