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When we lived in the south, we were teased for driving an Outback. We never saw another on the road, and I chuckled at the teeny tiny Subaru dealership the one time I had the car serviced - I think they only had five cars on the lot! Our first five minutes back in New England, though, we noted how every other car on the road was like ours, and joked that it wasn't just us but also our vehicle who was happy to be "home." So last summer as we headed to Kansas, we were expecting to be the exception once again... imagine our surprise when we turned onto our new street and there was another family with a Subaru, and they hailed from our home state! It might be silly to pin so many hopes on a car make, but we were certain we'd have a lot in common and looked forward to meeting them.
Fast forward six months, and I'm happy to say that I have a wonderful friend who shares a lot of common interests (she even quilts!), and my kids have two little friends who they love to play outside with. Unfortunately, as is the bane of military life, when you meet wonderful people, you must soon say goodbye to wonderful people, and this month it's their chance to move (to the south, where they can experience the thrill of being the only people on the block not afraid of flurries ; )
I wanted to gift something thoughtful for them to remember our time here together. The mom likes useful and minimal, and loves educational, open ended gifts for her boys, so I settled on placemats for the family (added bonus, they'll take up very little room in the car since her going away party is happening after the movers depart). I had a mini charm pack of V and Co's Color Me Happy on hand that included some of my friend's favorite colors, and really, what boy wouldn't enjoy eating with Vikings? On the reverse of all four, I appliqued table settings for the kids to practice setting the table with. I'm hoping they'll use these for years to come, and that with a little luck, we'll all cross paths again!
If you'd like to make some of these for your family or friends,
check out my Table Setting Placemat Tutorial.
Do you have a favorite handmade farewell gift? One you've received
or one you love to give to friends who depart? Let me know below
because I say a lot of goodbyes and would love some fresh ideas!
Those are awesome farewell gifts. I really love making quilted placemats, too, they are so functional and practical. I hope they have a safe move.
What an awesome gift. A fabulous idea to help children learn how to set the table. I'm sure they will be well loved and a wonderful memory of your friendship.
I like to make water bottle carriers as gifts. I size them to fit a half liter bottle of water and add an adjustable strap and some sort of flair or decoration on the body of the carrier. So far, each one I've made and given away has been unique.
Isn't it funny the little things that spark a connection? I can't imagine how challenging it would be to move from place to place with one's family... I have a hard enough time managing my wee ones with the love and support of my hometown family and friends. I love that these placemats will help kiddos learn to set the table - a definite life skill!
I know first hand that these placemats are AWESOME. And, oh, I smiled the biggest smile reading about your subaru. I think I've mentioned before that we just swapped ours for a prius. I actually cried (a lot) the day we drove it to have the title changed over to the new owners. I hope you find a new sewing buddy soon, Sarah!
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