You've made it to the gallery for: a year of handmade. This year I committed to making only handmade gifts. After my son gave me a delicate garland of hand cut snowflakes for Christmas, it dawned on me that handmade gifts are literally constructed with intention and presence and meaning. There is no other way to make something by hand. It is this effort that imbues handmade gifts with value in ways that store-bought gifts just cannot have. Inspired, I became determined to make all my gifts this year handmade. You can read about the original inspiration here, or the details here along with my favorite handmade gifts from 2011.
If you want to join me in my handmade pledge, or if you want to share handmade gifts you've made, I would love to see them. Please share your beautiful handmade gifts in the a year of handmade flickr group.