I took a page out of Diane's book :-) and added buttons to several headbands. Diane talks about some of hers in this post on her blog Lace-lovin' Librarian. She's been crocheting around buttons but I put tatting around mine instead.
I have tatted around buttons before but never thought to put them on this kind of hair accessory. It adds a little something to these bright but plain headbands that's quick and simple. And fun. They were gifted to my daughters and granddaughters for Easter.
Last year I tatted around buttons when I made Easter eggs. This year I put a few of them on paper clips as simple gifts for my mother and her sisters. They make really great toppers for them.
On a sad note a friend of mine lost an aunt the week before Easter. I gave him one of my go-to sympathy gifts of a cross bookmark which was put inside the card.
As usual I just had to try for something a little different. This cross is made in Lizbeth #115 Springtime in size 20. I'm not that happy with this pattern, probably because I had trouble making it even though it is a simple pattern. I was a little distracted and I kept making mistakes. And I'm not sure I like the center. It did turn out better than I thought once it was blocked, which straightened it out. I should have joined each arm to the center in more than the one place to make it a bit more stable. Maybe next time.
Do you have any favorite things you give for simple gifts?
"Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness."
Disclaimer: There were no books hurt in the production of this blog post