Handmade not Homemade

Handmade not homemade.

Seems like a silly set of words to compare but there is a difference.  I think most artists would agree. To me handmade implies that an item was made by (usually) a single person and a considerable amount of thought, time and love went into it. Think about a handmade quilt, dress or flowerpot, pottery or jewelry. I’m certain I shouldn’t  but I do get offended if someone refers to anything I make as homemade.*

A neighbor of mine is a Doctor at the CDC. Sapna studies Tuberculosis and travels the world doing amazing things. I’m truly in awe of her. She is getting married at the end of May. Our neighborhood had an engagement party for her the Saturday before Easter. It was a lot of fun.

Sapna is one of the most down to earth, likeable people I know. I decided to clean off this flower pot and use it for her gift. I had all the kids in the neighborhood leave their handprint on the flowerpot. Then I added stems, leaves and grass. My friend Amy painted on “Bloom where you are planted” across the top (she’s an architect and has amazing handwriting). I added some day lilies, zinnias and a draping green plant (the name escapes me) to complete the gift. It was a big hit, and handmade gifts are best.

Another neighbor is having a little girl in three weeks. I made this taggie blanket out of some scraps a friend gave me. Love it!

* homemade isn’t necessarily bad, either. Think of homemade jams, breads, cookies, and other confections. That’s how I want my homemade. Might have to go make something homemade now.

Published by Patty Murphy

Designer. Quilter. Fabric Hoarder.

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