This year, as part of the Make My Christmas, a friend of mine drew my name. She remembered this tidbit about me, and here is what I got from her:
She did a pencil drawing of a penguin for me and framed it!
Isn't it amazing?
A few years back, she visited Africa, and in her travels there, they came across a colony of penguins. She took a bunch of pictures, so she made a collage of those pictures and put it on the back of the frame!
But she didn't stop there!
She recently had a milestone birthday, and a bunch of us went down to the OuterBanks for a birthday weekend celebration. Unbeknownst to me, she was finding driftwood pieces on the beach, and collecting bottle caps at her party.
And out of that, she made me THIS:
The bottom of the body is a piece of the license plate from when she owned a motorcycle.
Isn't it GORGEOUS!?!? So innovative, and so much fun! It is hands down the most creative penguin I own. And the best handmade penguin I have in my collection!
I can only imagine the time and thought that went into this. And then I realize that's what I do when I quilt. I try to capture the recipient in the fabric. I think of them the entire time I work on it. I hope it shows, and I hope they can tell it was made with love. Just like this guy above was!
What's your favorite handmade gift that you've received?