Purls of Wisdom

A Mother's Pride - a Valentine's Story from the Heart

Posted by Laura Kelly on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 @ 10:47 PM

Those of you that know me, know I'm not much of a crafter (irony of that we'll save for a future blog).  However what I do love are kids, and this business was built around the idea of loving, nurturing and teaching kids from the perspective of a mom.

And so this past week, my dear friend, mentor and supporter Marjie sent me the sweetest email.  She knew that this email would mean a lot to me as a business woman, but probably even more as a mom.

Marjie had a Valentine's Day lunch with her long time friend Judie. This is a picture of Judie at lunch.  

Judie Koss

You may notice Judie's beautiful scarf.  It is hard to tell from the picture but her scarf is made up of red hearts, brown hearts and even cow hide like fabric hearts.  Judie's daughter made that scarf for her in our camp and Judie wore it on Valentine's Day.  As a mom, there is great joy in receiving a gift that your child made for you.  It is always perfect,  you love it just as it is and in Judie's case, you wear it proudly. 

Though Marjie knew Judie for 20 years she didn't know Judie's daughter went to our camp, but she recognized our work immediately. Marjie knew that I'd be so honored that Judie loved and wore the scarf, not only because it was made at The Handwork Studio but because it meant so much to Judie.  Now, my kids are 19 and 17 so I don't get the handmade gifts anymore, like the finger knitted bracelets that I wore for months until they fell off my body.  I wore those bracelets until they were felted and frayed and utterly gross because they kept a part of my kids close to me at all times.  So Marjie knew that sending me that picture would make my day and bring a tear to my eye. Seeing the photo made me grateful for the work we do and showed me that maybe we do touch others along the way.  Thank you Marjie and Judie, you look beautiful.

Crafting a Heartfelt Valentine's Day

Posted by Laura Kelly on Mon, Feb 04, 2013 @ 10:56 AM


Valentine Heart Pillow


So Valentine's Day for this mom is filled with conflict.  One of the things I remember most growing up was the HUGE box of Russell Stover candy that my parents gave me every year.  I loved that heart shaped box. I looked forward to that heart shaped box, no I longed for it.  Today however we know better.  Is a pound of chocolate really the best way to express your love to your kids?


Now, don't get me wrong, my kids (are they still kids when they are 18 and 19?) will get a heart, maybe just not the largest one.  Instead I'll try to express my love with something handmade.  Now you might think that is obvious coming from The Handwork Studio lady, but truth be told......I'm not the craftiest.  My work is my craft.  But the longer I work with kids the more I see the power of a handmade gift.  


In our classes, we often see kids work for weeks on a project, pouring their heart and soul into their creations. Then after much hard work, they proudly proclaim how they are going to give it to a parent, a grandparent or a friend.  Sometimes we are even lucky to watch it happen when mom walks into to the studio and is given the gift.  Such pure, honest, beautiful love.  


So this year, if you don't already, let me encourage you to make something for or with your kids.  If you are looking for some ideas, here is an oldie but goodie from an article we did last year with MetroKids, or the craft Martha Stewart did on the Today Show this morning.  You can even check out our Facebook Page and see the great, simple heart pillows our kids made yesterday in a workshop.  Send us your pictures or comment on what you'll be doing for your kids this year.  I'd love to hear about it.  


Happy Valentine's Day from all your friends at The Handwork Studio.