April 21, 2014 § 1 Comment

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I began this creation way back in 2009 when I was pregnant with Zara. I had picked up a cute little Japanese craft book way back when that huge bookstore Borders was in every major shopping centre. (How I miss being able to go to the bookstore and browse for two hours!).

I loved the retro yet modern simplicity of this project, and the chance to practice lots of new stitches. But after I finished one tree, the unfinished piece sat in my craft cupboard for five years….until recently when I knew my mother’s birthday was coming up. In true style of course I only dragged it out approximately three days before the birthday celebration, and in the midst of preparing and running a craft workshop at home.

With five children, including a toddler who seems to stay up until I go to bed, getting some craft done at night is becoming more and more difficult. Still, I persevered, right up until 1am the night before, stuffing the pillow over breakfast the next day and finishing the final stitches in the carpark whilst waiting for Mum to arrive for Yum Cha!

My mother loved it, and it has a special place on her lounge. Of course I think hand made presents are extra special, but it is incredibly satisfying when the recipient thinks so too.


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