Greetings fellow revelers of Fall! Are we already getting giddy about the holidays?? I know I am! And this year I wanted to create something handmade that was pretty to look at, but also had the POW of emotional impact. The result? This memory box!
So what's the theory of a "memory box" and how did I create it? I wanted to make something for my mom, who has filled my life with gifts from her talented sewing hands. She made me beautiful clothes while I was growing up, she sewed a quilt for me when I got married, and she kept my dolls stylin' when I was a kid by surprising me with new outfits for them. She is so talented in any sort of handwork and I wanted to honor her for that. So I put together some notions and fabric to fill the inside of the box:
On these items, I wrote some of my favorite sewing-related memories of her (stamped onto the cloth that unrolls from the spools, written on the back of the button packages, etc.).
Next, I included this nifty recordable card from Picture that Sound. It's a company that makes cards which you can embellish and record a message onto. You get 20 seconds of recording time to leave just the right sentiment for your loved one.
The card started out like this:
(Front and back views-- you can decorate either side)
And I made it into this. My mom will just push the "play" button on the back to hear my message.
Adding a personalized message instantly makes any gift more memorable! So with the notes written to my mom on the sewing notions and a card with a recorded message, I'm hoping she'll see just how much I love and cherish the beautiful things she's made me over the years.
For this project, I used paper, stickers and embellishments from "The Sweetest Thing" collection from My Mind's Eye. Always LOVE pretty much anything that MME cranks out! I also used stick pins from Maya Road and flowers from Prima, some of my other favorite brands.
So if you're struggling to know what to give someone this year, try a memory box filled with things they love, and reasons why you love them, too!