In this day and age we are completely surrounded by people giving each other extravagant gifts that cost five times their monthly pay packet. People get brand new cars for their birthdays and bags that cost more than a mortgage payment and whilst there is absolutely nothing wrong with that if that's what these people like to spend their cash on (p.s. anyone can buy me a Gucci handbag, I won't say no), I do think that we can sometimes forget about the meaningful things. I know out of all of the gifts that I've received over my life, I've remembered the really thoughtful ones the most and they have definitely been the gifts I've clung onto over the years. With the rise of social media, we don't do thoughtful things for each other nearly as much as we used to as it's way too easy to simply write a nice Facebook status rather than put effort into making a really thoughtful gift. Deramores challenged me to create some friendship bracelets using only their wool to say thank you to the people in my life who have helped me through tough times and honestly, it was so nice to do something genuinely thoughtful for these important people instead of buying the generic stuff that we all expect.
So I've made three bracelets; one for my boyfriend Karl, one for my best friend Jess and one for my younger sister Sophie. Not only have I gone through some tough times over the past few years, but they have too and it's by sticking together that you help each other through them no matter what. Karl is one of the people who has held my blog together over my time at university. He takes all of my outfit photos for me and takes so much time out of his days to be my photographer, putting so much effort into the angles, the lighting and everything else as well as dealing with me and my pickiness and bad temper when it comes to things not going right for me! Without him, my blog wouldn't have made it past the first year.
Jess has been my best friend since we were kids and we went through primary school, secondary school and sixth form together. Do I need to say anything else? I think these are the kind of friends that everyone should cherish, the ones who are there for you through your whole life even through the crappy times that you regret or the high times that you love. You help each other through hardships, you go on trips together, you know that you're still going to be friends even if you don't speak for a week or a month or even a year and these really are the best kind of friends to have.
My sister Sophie is only 9 years old but she's such a character and has helped pull my entire family through hard times. She's my blog's biggest cheerleader, watches all of my YouTube videos, says she wants to be a blogger when she grows up and tells all of her classmates that I'm "instafamous" (LOL). She is definitely partial to a present and doesn't let me go anywhere without bringing her something back so she will love this handmade bracelet.
I made all of these bracelets using wool from Deramores; it's cheap, it's fun, it's thoughtful and it's actually really easy. My bracelets turned out a bit messy but that's how I like them as you can tell they're homemade, like when you make a cake and it doesn't quite look like it does in the recipe book! Have you ever made a friendship bracelet for the important people in your life?
*This post is in collaboration with Deramores.