Making Memories

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With Grandma

Doily Days

Grandma was a maker. She baked. She sewed. She crocheted.

Doilies adorned every shelf and table. They showcased every potted plant, lamp. and vase.

Grandma was a planner. She created BIG days. She brought a quilt-factor to ordinary moments: homemade, wrapped-in-warmth, and treasured.

Yes, Days

I remember days with grandma. Cupcakes for breakfast? Yes.

Sprinkles on top of strawberry pancakes? Yes.

Cartwheels in the living room. Yes.

Pass it on

When I am stitching a mug rug, I remember. And now it’s my turn, to plan.

My niece, Danielle likes pink. She likes pink unicorns. She dances around in tutus and pigtails. She sings about baby sharks, do-do-da-do, and is fascinated by baby cows.

Here’s my plan for a BIG day with Danielle. It’s going to be a girl’s day with her mom, her aunt (me), and her two grandmas.


Danielle Day

I brainstormed ideas, interrogated her mom, gathered supplies, and started making.

I stitched a mug rug and turned it into a serving tray using a photo frame.

Now it’s time to shop around for ways to make Danielle’s day unforgettable.


How to plan a BIG Day

Danielle’s day is a guide, not a recipe. Your plan may not include pink unicorns and rainbow cupcakes. But if you follow its lead and sprinkle in your own magic…Oh, the places you’ll go.

B is for Brainstorm

Make lists for toys, games, clothes, indoor/outdoor, big/little, handmade/store-bought. Think themes: interests, inspiration, book, movie, TV show.

I is for Investigate

Ask the parents. Find out what kids are interested in this year. Observe what they’re wearing, TV shows they’re watching, movies they love, books they’re reading, and apps they’re using.

G is for Gather

Look around the house for what you already have. Make a shopping list of items you want to get for the BIG day. Prioritize the list. Find creative options to keep costs within budget.


Finding that Perfect Gift

When I think about gifts to give, I always think: puffed sleeves. Matthew Cuthbert paid attention and knew just what to give Anne. I get goosebumps every time I watch those scenes from Anne of Green Gables. I’ve learned how to pay attention.

That’s a Christmas present for you, Anne,” said Matthew shyly. “Why—why—Anne, don’t you like it? Well now—well now.”

For Anne’s eyes had suddenly filled with tears.

”Like it! Oh, Matthew!” Anne laid the dress over a chair and clasped her hands. “Matthew, it’s perfectly exquisite. Oh, I can never thank you enough. Look at those sleeves! Oh, it seems to me this must be a happy dream.
— from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery


Wow, that’s cute. Oh, look at that. Wow, expensive. They want how much for that little thing? I could make that for pennies. There’s so much. Where do I start?

Window shop. Yes, it’s a thing. And it can be fun.

I get lots of ideas for handmade projects just by looking at store products. Sometimes, I may think I want it all, but I don’t need it all and I don’t buy it all.

You can fill a day with WOW in simple ways. Remember, kids like cardboard boxes!

SHOP in the name of love. Think it oh-over.
— Anonymous

Find the Light

There’s a blizzard of products swirling around every day. How do you weather marketing storms?

Read Marie Kondo. In her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, she challenges us to pause and focus on what brings joy.

...take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it. This is not only the simplest but also the most accurate yardstick by which to judge.
— Marie Kondo, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
The true purpose of a present is to be received.
— Marie Kondo

Brave the Blizzard

Venture into the links below with a what-brings-joy measuring stick:

  • Which items do you have around the house that can be used for your BIG day?

  • Which items spark an idea for a handmade project?

  • Which items can be used more than once?

  • Which items will bring joy?

Build Memories

Plan for outdoor adventures.

  • Build snow people? Yes.

  • Make snow angels? Yes.

When frosty fun is done, put on comfort clothes for indoor adventures.

  • Dance party in the dining room? Yes.

  • Yoga warm-ups? Yes.

  • Build a blanket fort in the living room? Yes.

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Bake Memories

Make time for food and beverage.

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Get Crafty

Transform the kitchen or dining room table into a maker station. Sip tea or apple cider as you draw, stamp, stitch, and paint. Splash color on paper, fabric, and wood. Enjoy a playground of tools and techniques to make treasures together.

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Wrap it Up

Snuggle up with a warm blanket and books that take you to magical places.

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Start with what you know and love. Baking? Sewing? Stamping? Dancing?

Start with what the kids love. Baking? Sewing? Stamping? Dancing?

Try new things. Make a list of outdoor adventures. Make a list of indoor activities.

Make a Together-We-Can plan for more BIG days together.

Sew Very Grateful

Grandma is no longer with me, but I have her crocheted Christmas stocking and treasured memories of big days together. And now, I have doilies, not on every table, but having them in my home makes me remember and smile.

And now I sew.

…making memories.

Winter Song Sentiments  for craft makers.

Winter Song Sentiments for craft makers.