A couple of months ago, my family and I visited Trinidad. My parents also went, and so, for a few days, we were lucky enough to have 4 generations together at the same time: My granny (Mom’s mom, who is 86 years old and lives in Trinidad), my mom, myself, and my two kids.
Before our trip, I made a sentimental gift to give to each of the generations. The idea behind it is worth much more than the items themselves. It was entitled "Cut From The Same Cloth". This phrase represents the family bonds that we share. Even though we may live far apart, we are all connected and have similarities to each other, as a result of sharing a bloodline.
To create the gifts, I literally took one piece of cloth (it was actually a shirt that my daughter had outgrown) and cut it into 5 pieces. I then gathered some old jewellery, that suited each recipient. My granny got a brooch, my mom a bracelet, earrings for myself, a keychain for my son and a necklace for my daughter.
Then, I took each piece of cloth and wrapped and hot glued them to the jewellery pieces.
The end result was a matching set of pieces that will live separately all over the world, but will act as a reminder of each other, each time we see our own piece.
I put each piece in its own jewellery box, and created the same label for each one, with the names of everyone in the group.
Needless to say, it was a sentimental moment when we all sat together in the same room and opened our boxes.
This is a great gift idea for any family, and for many occasions - Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparents Day, Christmas, Birthdays etc.
If you decide to do this project, I would love to see pictures of how your pieces turn out!