Some of them are really creative on top of being great mates and seem to cram a huge amount into one day.
One such friend, Claire, has sent me a couple of parcels lately – which I’ve been very grateful to receive. As well as having two small children at home, she manages to find the time to bake and sew, as well as keep a blog about it.
The first parcel I received was a jar of this year’s batch of marmalade (despite what the label says) which is delicious, and a small bottle of damson gin. I haven’t tried this yet. I’m not usually a gin fan, but this smells gorgeous so I will try it very soon.
My second parcel arrived this week. I had been to visit Claire recently and she’s got back into sewing whilst being on maternity leave. We’d spent some time pottering around town and went into a local shop where lots of different people could sell and showcase their crafts. We both bought some bits, and Claire picked up some ideas of things to make, including dribble bibs and mini baby change pouches.
I remembered I had a lot of fabric at home that I’d got for some previous craft projects that I’d not continued with so the next time we met up I passed it over. Claire promised to make me a few things out of it and she was true to her word! She said they were only samples and needed some work, but they are really well made and look perfect to me.
I received a cat-head shaped sleep mask (made out of a fabulous foxy fabric, that she’s also made her two year old daughter a skirt from) and two zipped and lined pouches. These are both from fabrics I had donated – one a great starry cow print and the other a Cath Kidston-esque shabby chic rose pattern.
They are all fantastic and I have no idea how she finds the time but I’m very glad she does. I have given her a few more ideas of things to try to make (all fired by self-interest!). I think she should definitely make them to sell or at the very least as gifts for friends and family – the kids bits are really great and practical – the latest creation is a crayon holder and is a brilliant idea (and would be good to store make-up or grown-up art supplies or just pens and pencils). My eye mask and pouches are really useful – and I’ve offered to be the guinea pig should she decide to make a sample Kindle cover. How nice of me!