Thursday, August 27, 2009

Creating and Giving

I love creating things, and there are times when I am feeling down that I think that I would feel better if I could sell the things I make: that strangers finding my creations worth paying for would somehow make me a more worthwhile person. Well, I am moving towards trying to sell some of my books, but more of that in a week or two.

Most of the time though, I find making things for people I care about the most enjoyable. I love making things for a specific person who I know - personalizing them. It is as if, by making something while thinking of that special person, I am giving, not just a present that they will (hopefully) value, but actually giving them a little bit of me.

Recently I have made a gluten-free birthday cake

and a photo album for my #3 son's green-loving partner's 21st birthday,

and now I am making a pair of fingerless gloves

for my #2 son's wife, who loves pink and red (I just finished the first glove.)

These things make me feel so much better than selling to strangers.