The Guilt that’s all Home-made

I’m working on making some stockings for our family. We’ve always had REALLY ugly ones, and I’ve always thought I’d like to have individual ones with a unifying trend. So, when my mom was here we set-off for the fabric store. We found some great red courderoy with snowflakes (love courderoy) and some stuff for the tops, and notions to help everyone individualize theirs. I’ve sewn the kid’s and I’m jsut disappointed, I see flaws in all of them. I mean, when I hang them and look from across the room they’re pretty dang adorable but up close I see ALL these flaws, and I just want to rip them to shreds and throw them away.

So, as I was cleaning this morning I was thinking what I’d think if I had a stocking that my grandma had hand-made. I know I’d cherish it. I’d probably give it a place of honor in our Christmast decorations just because it was from her, and now she is no longer with us. And it hit me. The reason I make things is to leave a legacy. It’s not to save money (because, regardless of all the good intentions they rarely do save money), it’s not to be better then what’s sold at Pottery Barn (I wish), but it’s to show my kids that I care enough about them, and Christmas to spend some time sewing a bit of myself into the season.

I think home-made has gotten a bad rep lately. It either needs to be amazing as Martha Stewart would do, or it’s worthless. That’s not how I feel about the things people who I love had made for me, and I need to place the same measurement to myself.
Go me. :)

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Comments

  1. says

    I do have a stocking my grandma made by hand when I was born. It’s UGLY> But I love it. I think it’s at my mom’s house still, but anyway…It’s pink with flowers, totally 70′s fabric. But, she made it for me, so I love it.

  2. miranda says

    I still have the stocking my mom made for me. It has seen better days, but it reminds me of such wonderful memories of Christmas morning as a kid. Your stockings will have such memories to come.

  3. says

    Okay – need to see picture! I just got my first sewing machine so I am itching to look at cute sewing projects. I guarantee you my sewing would be worse than yours ever would be!!

  4. says

    I love your post. I really do love making things for people. They never turn out how I envisioned they should have and lots of times I feel like you….like I’d rather just rip them up and throw them away. The pirate outfits were a perfect example. But even after spending a horrendous amount of time on those, a few weeks later there I was in the fabric store racking my brain for what I could make somebody next! It turned out to be aprons for my cute nieces for Thanksgiving. they didn’t turn out perfectly either, but on I went…now it’s a little blanket for another niece. I guess somewhere in the way back reaches of my little head I know how much I value the thoughtful things made for me and assume that someday these things will mean something to them to.

    Boy, that was long winded! sorry!

  5. says

    I saw the pictures of your stockings and I thought they were really cute. Then I saw this post – and I thought… I know exactly what she means.

    But GO YOU! Your comment of “and I need to place the same measurement to myself” is right on. I’m glad you were able to recognize that.

    As you said in your most recent post… your kids LOVE them. And THAT is what it is all about.