Friday, January 11, 2013

Handmade Gift Pledge 2012

Last January while Facebook surfing, I came across a handmade gift pledge. You probably saw it, too. The one that said:

Pay it forward 2012: I, (your name goes here), will give something handmade by me to the first 5 friends who leave a comment here. They must in turn, post this on their status and send something to the first 5 friends who comment on their status. The rules are that it must be handmade and delivered in 2012!

I don't always get caught up in these kinds of things, but this one sounded fun. I commented on my friend, Diana's post and then posted on my own page. I quickly got my five friends and after a few days of thought, I knew what I wanted to make. It was something new, something I hadn't made before. Problem was, I was really busy. I thought I could put it off until summer. Summer came and went. Then I figured once school was in full swing I would be able to find time. Ha! That never happened. Determined to stick to my promise, I finally went to the craft store to pick up what I needed at the beginning of December. I collected all of my materials in a basket and whenever I had a few minutes, I sat down to create. Over a couple of weeks I was able to finish all six (I made one for Diana, too) gifts. And here they are:

For Diana:

For Amanda:

For Audrey:

For Aubry:

For Shannon:

For Heather:

I think I had even more fun with the packaging than I did with the hoops :). I learned how to make pom-poms from yarn and went to town with a hot pink, mustard and gold color palette.

This was such a fun project! I'm really glad I didn't give up and was able to finish these before 2012 was over. There's a new Pay it Forward pledge floating around Facebook these days. Should I sign up again for 2013?

Have a great day! Tessa


  1. These are so pretty, Tessa! I love the color scheme and how you (made?) each monogram. I agree the packaging is SO fun!

  2. Thank you so much again! The package was so beautiful I didn't want to open it!

  3. They are all so lovely!! Your work is amazing, as always!

  4. Hi Tessa,
    I am new to Flickr and I was looking for Embroidery Hoop Art since I have been making some and started to put them on Etsy. I came across yours and I just love them. I am a sucker for a yo yo so yours on a hoop really speaks to me. Your etsy shop is also really fun. Loved it all


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