There is nothing more satisfying than making something for someone else. Oh I do love making things for me too. But there is a certain amount of excitement when you are doing it for someone else. Oh and stress too ~ will they like it? Will it be good enough to give away? Will they notice all the little errors?
The heck with it ~ just do it. I had the privilege of making a gift for a friend this week. It was a pillow for her birthday, I've already made 2 prior to this so I am starting to get the hang of it, of course just when you think you have it all figured out something new pops up but hey that's the quirkiness of handmade.
I love the planning and executing stages of making something for someone. Asking other friends for advice on colors etc. The satisfaction of completing the project and knowing you just learned something new! (that usually is everytime I craft, amazing how much stuff there is out there to learn everyday!)
The best part was when she opened it and exclaimed...how did you know I love these colors and patterns! Yay, score! Not everyone has a positive reaction to something you make and as a note to those who have received something not quite their style ~ remember the heart that went into it. Always remember to keep your negative thoughts to yourself ~ nothing harder on a crafter than to hear what someone doesn't like about it ~ just tuck it away and don't use it if it is not for you.
Anyhow, what better way to give and to receive than to give a gift that you made. Here is a picture...not the best lighting but I forgot to take one before I left for the evening ~ I should have gotten one of her holding it ~ oh well this will have to do.