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My hand crafted heirlooms and the place
of handmade in today’s world.
By Larissa Robinson-Joice (http://www.Giggleicious.com)
“There is constant pressure true of things that they made thing. I am also very lucky to be
in today’s society to have the themselves. Being a person who able to pass these things down to
perfect house/body/children/ also makes things brings a link my daughter and beyond.
relationship, and we can only fail I would not have otherwise of
because the standards are set had. Once upon a time we made
in the media are so ridiculously many of the things in our homes.
unrealistic. But the joy of My Great-grandmother was an We made the furniture, the
knitting or stitching or baking avid patch-worker and cross- clothes, bedding and gifts for
or homemaking lies in the fact stitcher, she hand stitched new additions to the family. We
that there are no rules, there are everything until her sight gave grew our own food and made
no levels of perfection that we out and lived till she was 101. preserves and crafted our own
need to attain. The whole point My Mother was an artist when Christmas decorations. It was
about the gentle arts is that they I was born; she trained as a natural for things to pass down
are non-competitive, soothing classical painter and makes all of through generations and for
and utterly pleasurable.” ‘The her own curtains, is an amazing them to be treasured. I think
Gentle Art of Domesticity” by gardener, marmalade maker and that some of that has been lost
Jane Brocket. 2007. Hodder & is amongst many other things, in this day and age of IKEA (but
Stoughton. a photographer. My neighbour it’s wonderful for toys and cheap
when I was a teenager made furniture!!) and of popping down
wooden birds in his retirement the shops for Christmas presents.
I don’t remember my Great and my Mother in law runs a fudge It’s so easy now to buy cheap
grandmother very well and I making business, is a jam maker things (or even expensive things)
didn’t have much to do with my and has made many hats and baby for our homes that have very
Grandparents but the things outfits for my daughter. So on little if any emotional worth. I
I hold dear are the one or two both sides I have highly creative would have no reason to leave
things that my daughter and I families and to have some of the my CD rack, bought in flat pack
have inhereted. This is especially things that they made is a lovely form and made of MDF for future
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