So here is the other thing I made for mother's day gifts--they are little aromatic birds. I made them from this pattern from Spool (lovelovelove their shape--so simple, so sweet, and so utterly bird-esque)-but I stuffed their bodies with dried lavender and rose buds. I guess so they can be sachets or air freshener type things or just something pretty to look at that also happens to smell nice.
I made the birds from some of these reproduction fabrics I bought a while back at a quilt show my mother-in-law took me to. I know--they are lovely. Seriously, I never tire of vintage fabrics or fabrics that just look vintage--they always make my my palms sweat when I see them. My only problem is that other than ReproDepot, I can never seem to find really good reproduction fabrics like these--anyone else have a go-to source for these?
Anyway, I am really pleased with how the birds turned out and am even more resolved to make the full-on bird mobile now for my workshop.
And on a tangental note, when you hand-make stuff for gifts a lot or all the time pretty much, do you think the people who are the recipients get tired of it--like, Oh god, here comes another handmade gift from Holly...smile pretty now and act like it is extra special. I mean, I do buy gifts every now and then because there are only so many hours in a day, and I do find things at stores attractive once in a while, but I really do make a lot of gifts these days. What is your take on this? What do you feel about receiving handmade gifts?