Thursday 3 February 2011

my creative space - birthday girl

Its commonly agreed in my family that my prominent craft gene was inherited from my Dad and my maternal grandmother. My brother and sister missed out, they aren't compelled like me to always be making stuff. And while all my kids have the artistic gene it is Miss A who has been stockpiling buttons, beads and pretty paper since she was tiny, making them into pictures, sculptures, dolls clothes, necklaces etc. She has it bad!
My beautiful niece, who turns 9 on Sunday, is also a maker. She rises early to craft cardboard castles, chocolate cake and dressups. She has the bug. Sadly she doesn't live close enough that I can craft with her, so I thought the next best thing would be a sewing/knitting kit made with love, in a little lined pouch/bag whipped up in the 40 degree heat we've been having round here. Made with a postal deadline I didn't get a great picture of it, but you get the idea. It is finished with my first machine buttonhole on the newish Janome. Yay! I feel a bit like a craft pusher but I know she'll love it and I can't wait to see what she makes.

Do you have the crafty gene? Who did you inherit it from and have you passed it on?!

Check out the craftiest kids around at Kirsty's.


  1. What an awesome gift!
    My whole family have some sort of creativity going on. My mum is a crafter as are me & my sister. My dad was a 'shedman' & so is my brother too!

  2. That's one spoilt birthday girl :)
    My mum used to craft when I was younger but I think I have it from my grandparents, even though they made it their work. they're both furniture upholsterers, although that's a bit too full-on for me. i'll stick with 'little' craft projects.

  3. I would have loved a gift like this when I was little - ah who I'm I kidding I'd still love it now =)
    I hope she has a great birthday!

  4. Wow ! Happy birthday to the lucky girl !

  5. Once i nearly cried when i was in spot light and a little girl asked her mum to teach her to knit...i so hop my little girl asks me some day

  6. What a great present. YOu are a fun aunty!
    Mum crafts, grandma crafted, aunty (other side) BIG knitter...I think I got it from both sides.
    My brother is an architect and he used to draw cartoons all the time!

  7. Just keep on pushing, 'craft pusher'!!!!

  8. My mum, sister and I all share a creativity gene. I'm hoping to pass it onto both my children, even my son.
    He already enjoys glueing, painting and drawing. And I have a lot of trouble keeping him away from my sewing machine.
    I'd say I'm on track!

  9. That is one lucky neice you've got there! I bet she'll love it!

  10. Craftiness of the most fabulous kind! She will love this :) Kx

  11. What a fabulous gift! it would be great to know what she does with it- any little creations she might make.
    I think I inherited my crafty gene from my mum - she sewed, knitted, crocheted, cooked, took classes in silversmithing, upholstery, pottery - I reckon she could have tackled anything!

  12. How beautiful and thoughtful! The perfect gift.

    I got my crafting gene from my mother. She was a dressmaker when we were growing up, and we spent hours and hours playing with scraps of fabric and pincushions full of pins. She taught me how to sew, quilt and crochet. Not bad, especially since she is left handed and I am right handed!


  13. I'm all for craft pushers!
    I don't know where my craftiness comes from. Honestly no idea. I'm sure my family have no idea either but they happily accept what I make so no complaints here.

  14. Crafty supplies are just the BEST pressie for anyone who is crafty. The birthday girl will be sooooo happy with thay haul!
    I think my crafty genes came from my Nana and my Grandma. My mum has no crafty genes at all/

  15. what a lovely present, she will love it! I got the artistic gene from my mum who was always making crafty things at home with me and my brother and sister when we were small... she always had loads of crafts on the go! jenny xx

  16. What a lovely idea, very thoughtful. I got the craft/creating gene from my maternal grandmother. It skipped my mum. Chamaine


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