Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Passing it on.

My husband's goddaughter and niece's birthday is the day after mine. So naturally I feel the urge to slightly nudge her in the crafty direction every year. I remember when I was a kid I loved crafty presents. Rug hooking, paint-by-numbers, sewing stuff - I just couldn't get enough. One of the best birthdays I had was my fifth, when I was given a huge trunk full of dress up clothes and then for my party, all my friends brought their dress ups and we went to town getting creative and sharing things.

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So this year for the little one's seventh, I decided to put together a box of goodies and a book to get her going on her crafty way. The book I chose is a really sweet little book called The Girls' Best Book of Knitting, Sewing and Embroidery by Virginie Desmoulins. It has a little history, a few projects and even a paper doll that pops out of the cover of the book that you can dress up.

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I got a lovely tin box from Paperchase and filled it with some felt, yarn, fabric, a notebook, a pie pincushion, stickers, beads and ribbon and then when I wrapped it up I strung a few vintage buttons on some yarn and wrapped a few lengths of the yarn around the present instead of using regular ribbon. I love the Paperchase kitty wrapping paper and card and I thought they looked so cute I had to share them here. Here's hoping the crafting bug will catch her in Australia!

My creation

7 comments:

fridica said...

Splendid idea, I'll keep this in mind for future niece birthdays! :)

Noas' libellule said...

Such a nice idea! I hope she likes it!

meghanaf said...

Thanks fridica & noas' libellule! The package has just gone to the post office, so fingers crossed she likes it!

rosemary said...

Wonderful idea - I would have LOVED this gift when I was her age! I'd still love it, haha :) You've inspired me to put together something like this for my little sister, who is quite the budding crafter, and turns 10 yrs this Fall.

Fiona said...

I am twenty and I would still be thrilled to get a present like this. What a fantastic idea - I think I know a few people who would love to get something like this! Hope you don't mind if I shamelessly steal it...

meghanaf said...

No problem with the shameless stealing! I've always thought that personalised presents like this are more fun than knitting "kits" for example. So glad there are other little (and not so little) girls who will be encouraged to be creative!

TLCknits said...

I too, LOVED all things crafty when I was a kid.. LOVE this idea....perfect