A guest post by Teresa from The Fat Cactus in the form of a post from her blog. I loved this post because it brought to mind a similar gift I made for a colleague and friend when she left on maternity leave.
This week, a lovely work colleague is leaving and I wanted to make her a keepsake gift. I had read about handmade Survival Kits on the internet last year and thought that this would be perfect. I used a tin (from Ikea) and various bits and bobs that I had lying around to assemble this gift.
I love these papers from Trimcraft – so cute and made from recycled paper!
I punched a little label for the lid.
Then added some houndstooth ribbon around the sides.
The contents are an assortment of everyday objects.
I made a little book explaining the significance of each item:
A battery – to keep you going.
A paperclip – to hold it all together.
A plaster – to fix hurt feelings.
An elastic band – to stretch yourself beyond your limits.
A candle – to light the way forward.
A marble – to keep you rolling along.
An eraser – because we all make mistakes.
A jigsaw piece – to remind you that you are an important piece in people’s lives.
A penny – so you are never penniless.
Sellotape – for those sticky situations.
A button – for your lip, when you can’t thing of anything nice to say.
String – a little extra for when you reach the end of your tether.
A special gift deserves a special gift bag. I decorated a brown paper lunch bag with some backing paper and added some silk flowers, ribbon and a die-cut flourish.
The bag was big enough for the card box I’d made too, which I’d decorated with a die-cut shape, flowers and rub-on quote.
Ahhh, such a thoughtful gift. The words say exactly what we would want for a friend.
Now hop on over to The Fat Cactus and tell her ClaireBear sent you :o)