My two sons blessed me with wonderful daughters-in-law and I wouldn't trade them for anything. They are both intelligent, attractive women with very good tastes. After all, they chose my sons, didn't they? lol However, their tastes are different enough from mine that sometimes, gift giving can be challenging. I get tired of just giving gift cards and cash. I grew up with the notion that gifts should be from the heart and that giving something you made to someone you love is like giving a piece of your heart. So, while I try to make my gifts to all my children something they want or something they can use, I also like to give them something of myself. So this year, I decided to make very simple beadwork for my modern, sophisticated daughters-in-law. I have one finished except for the clasp. It's the spiral in the right hand photo and will go to the one studying to become an RN. The other, I've just started and will be a herringbone chain and will go to the one who is in a pediatric fellowship. I hope when and if they wear them, they will feel the love that went into their creation.
I love to create and have been involved with crafts all my life. If I could make a living from my beads and floral designs, I would, but I guess I'll have to be content supplementing my income with them.