The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

............................................ ............................................ A blog devoted to the ramblings of a small town, middle aged college professor as he experiences life and all its strange variances.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Making of Gifts

Even though I cannot YET mention WHAT I am making, I wanted to write about something I have been working through as much as I can for about six weeks or so now.  As the time draws closer to when I (hopefully) will be finished, I will talk more about the specifics of what I have made, so (hopefully) that will occur in the middle of December.

I have had in the back of my mind the idea to make these things for four different, important females in my life:

1.  my wife
2. & 3. my two sisters
4. my mother-in-law

What I am trying to make are hand crafted gifts by me, that I believe each of the above four women will find beautiful and appreciate. 

I enjoy making things with my own hands, but I do not often make or find time to do so.  But, with the idea that these items will be gifts for these four people has helped me to push, shuffle, and squeeze time in to do this work.   I am hoping I keep squeezing in enough time so that I can get all four finished by at least 20th of December at the very latest. 

I am estimating that each gift takes me about 8-10 hours of in hand work to complete.  And, besides the actual hands-on work.... as with damn near anything I do, it takes a lot of "thinking" and "contemplating" time from me as well as I work through how and with what materials I will use to make these items. 



Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Good for you having the ability and then taking the time.

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Blogger Pat McDowell said...

Let me guess... you are carving a nice pipe for each of them, so that an important male in each of their lives may enjoy it? :-)

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Blogger PipeTobacco said...

I am hoping and fervently struggling to find enough time! I hope I can.

Monday, 18 November, 2019  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...

That would be a wonderful idea.... if only! But I did carve a pipe myself from a kit about 25 or so years ago. It turned out reasonably nice looking. And it is an excellent smoking pipe. Many, many fond bowls have been indulged in that pipe. It is on the rack of pipes in my den. I miss it. :)

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Blogger jenny_o said...

I look forward to seeing what you are making. A gift made by hand while thinking of the recipient is really the ultimate of gifts, in my opinion.

I've had the same challenge this year in trying to fit in time for making crafts for my group's Christmas sale. I settled for handsewing small felt items because I could start and finish several in an evening, in a very small space with limited supplies. (Next year might be different, if I get my craft room in place.)

Good luck as you work away at your surprise gifts :)

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