Handmade is heartmade

Christmas was coming and I had the usual problem of deciding what to give my daughter, Chantel.  I know she enjoys many things clothes, movies, jewelry … but this year I wanted it to be something different.  It wasn’t until a friend brought something in the store to show me that I realized what I needed to do.  I wanted to make her something. chantel-book-1

I found just the right things in my scrappy space, and I sat and had the best time creating this book for her.

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After I was finished, I tucked it inside this box and anxiously awaited for her to open it on Christmas Eve.

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From folding each bag, placing them and stitching them together, I knew exactly what I was going to do to complete the book.

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In each pocket, I would place something for her … and as I continued making it, I knew that this gift was absolutely perfect.  She would have something to keep, but she would also have so much fun with the things I would tuck inside.

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All of the little things I was finding in my scrap space, they just seemed to all work together.  The quotes I found were perfect … and it all was going together in a way I knew she would love.

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Chantel is 25 now, she no longer works with me in the store, she has a full time job elsewhere … and for us, for our relationship … that has been a good thing.  We enjoyed working together, but we both knew that we weren’t spending Mother/Daughter time together as much anymore … as we were always together at the store.  We were missing the time together, the closeness that you just don’t get when you work together 5-6 days a week.

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Chantel and I used to have a day together at least twice a month and we both missed that.  Early this year when Chantel said she was applying for another job, I was sad, she was sad, but we both knew it was for the best.

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I am so happy to say that she found the perfect job for her, she is so good at it, and the people she works with and for absolutely adore her.  She has found exactly where she needs to be, I am so proud of her.

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Seeing her open this gift, it was extra special … I knew she would love the book and all of the little details … but watching her light up with each thing she found inside the pockets and envelopes … well, that’s Chantel … she loves to shop, she loves her hot chocolate and muffin in the morning, and being able to fill her tank up with gas on Mamma … that would make her day.

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I know that making this book was the exact right idea … look what she sent me early this morning … Tim Hortons hot chocolate … LARGE … she had typed under the picture.  Made me smile … cause I know it will be fun for her … and I know that with each things she does (compliments of the things tucked inside the book) … I will get a text, a photo and a big smile.  So from this little book, I will receive some extra special gifts too … nothing better than a message from your child.

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This post was written by Lori on December 27, 2015


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