Crafting and Gift Giving Thought

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Thursday 23 October 2008 at 6:56 am

Are you ever hesitant about giving away items you’ve crafted? I don’t mean that in the “I love it and want to keep it sense,” but more in the “what if the person doesn’t like it or worse thinks it’s stupid” sense. Oh, did I just say that out loud? But, I think you know what I mean.

I’ve been making these littleHalloween foam sticker pins, and I plan to give them to some of my friends and family. While my family is a no brainer on this kind of thing because they are used to me doing wacky stuff like this and have learned to put up with it and at least pretend to appreciate and even sometimes act a little impressed, friends and co-workers on the other hand can be a totally different story. With them, I have to think about the what and the who. What will I give and who will I give it to?

I’ve got these pins stashed in my purse to give someone later today (her choice one of the two), and I selected her as a recipient because I know she will “get it.” She’ll think it’s funky but fun and will actually probably wear it around a little and enjoy it. However, a few other folks I feel myself holding back on. These are nice people I get along with but I think you know the type I’m talking about: They will say things like “Oh, you made that? I wish I was crafty, but I just don’t have the time…..I’m not artistic….” These are the same type of people that tell you they don’t watch TV at all and read instead. (And let me say that I do read, but I also enjoy not reading sometimes, especially because I spend a good chunk of the day reading!) It is almost like I should apologize for being crafty, spending time on crafts, and watching TV instead of reading War and Peace or finding a cure for cancer. They seem like they are complimenting you, but it just doesn’t feel that way.

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