My family has a long standing tradition of giving homemade presents. My mum would build up our arts and crafts repertoire each year to help us think beyond classics like handprints on mugs and photos in frames. This year we thought it would be funny (and ridiculous) to make mum a photo book, recreating pictures from our childhood.
Inspired by a really nice Aesop wash bag that was given to me as a gift, I wanted to make one like it, just a little thicker. I used gingham cotton as lining on the inside and dark blue cotton on the outside. The yellow drawstring is made from polyester grosgrain ribbon.
Today my mum turns 60. For months my sister and I tried decide what we should do for her. What sort of gift or gesture would do justice everything she has done for us, our family, friends and the community. Our mum is an incredibly modest woman. She is never boastful, never seeking attention or reward. She is relentlessly positive and acts altruistically nearly all of the time.
So we decided to make a little book. A book that would share with people the wonderful person that she is and the life lessons she taught all of the children she helped raise.
Mum, if you’re reading this, your physical copy is in the post. It’s just a little late – like me and Missy when we were born.
Big love to Zoë Quirk and Alex Johns for helping us pull it together – Zoe for producing and sympathy crying throughout production; and Alex for late night lessons in book binding lessons and for laughing at us crying. Thank you x
This year as I get ready for Christmas, I’m particularly proud of this little contraption I’ve made. (It’s a tea cake stand made from old records, just in case you couldn’t tell)
You can get the fittings from Amazon for a few quid.
And the records from a charity shop. 3 for £1. Bargain!