Tuesday, April 24, 2012

hot pads and happy couples

Gift giving can be such a chore sometimes, can't it? Don't get me wrong...it feels so good to give. But what feels so difficult is finding the right gift and the appropriate gift and the gift that won't let someone down. So much pressure! But I've found that in a world where people are increasingly dependent on buying the things they need, a homemade gift is almost always appreciated.


Somehow it seems particularly important for weddings. When I give a homemade gift to a new couple, I feel like I'm giving them something full of love for their home...something that will contribute to the warmth and happiness I hope for them.


I made these hot pads as a little extra something to add to our gift for the wedding we attended this weekend. I used this pattern and this yarn.

And the wedding? A blast! A beautiful bride, delicious food (I ate five slices of watermelon), and a ridiculous amount of dancing. I drank amaretto sours, collected all the extra favors from people who didn't want them, and swung and jumped and clapped as hard as I could during the Italian wedding song. How adorably retro did we look?


You might recognize those photobombers from a past post...

And though I'm no 1950s housewife, I did manage to make use of my project's scraps and make an extra potholder for our own kitchen, since we've been using a few ratty ones for years now.


You can find the granny square pattern here. Then I just crocheted a square backing and stitched everything together.

Hope your weekend was just as enjoyable as ours!

20 comments:

  1. I don't know what's cuter, the hot pads or you two!

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  2. You both look adorable and I love your dress! Where did you get it?

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    1. Forever 21...I don't get a lot there, but it's the perfect place for one-time wear dresses!

      Thanks!!

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  3. dang girl! that dress was made for you.

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    1. Thanks so much...took awhile to find!

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  4. Aw this sounds like a super fun wedding! That dress is spectacular & the hot pads came out great!

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  5. Awesome!!!
    I just don't know about that blog title - it should totally be : HOT COUPLE AND HAPPY PADS!!!! ;P
    You both look Amazing! The hot pads are too darn cute.
    This post just made me so happy ;D
    xo

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    1. Too funny! Your comment made me so happy! ;-)

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  6. You two are the cutest - how adorable is your dress and bun?? Pretty lady.
    Nice job on the hot pads, too!

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  7. Woow look at this gorgeous couple! I love your dress Clair, where did you get it? It might be good to know at the time I am looking for commencement outfit:) The colors of hot pads are good match

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    1. Forever 21, but I had to order online...as huge as the Newbury location is, they didn't have quite what I needed!

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  8. I also love to give homemade gifts, is something made with love specially for that person... And you look so completely adorable! Really really pretty! :)

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  9. I haven't made a hot pad since I was ten. I think this has sparked me to make some--thanks for sharing!

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  10. OH my goodness you are both the cutest. And I love your hot pads the most.

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  11. GIving something homemade is such a nice and personal touch! Love the dress Clair! and the hair, super cute! :)

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  12. these are gorgeous and such a sweet idea to make something yourself!

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  13. Hahaha, Clair, I'd rather you make the tomato fritters :) Can I tag you on that one? ;)

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  14. you guys are so absolutely glamorous! a modern mad men couple :) and um YOU ARE TEACHING ME HOW TO CROCHET SUCH BEAUTIES. girl, you are impressive.

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    1. It's a deal! It's so not hard...so I can't wait for you to learn!

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Thanks for making me smile. =)