Simple gifts

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."
Richard Bach

Disclaimer: There were no books hurt in the production of this blog post

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