Handmade to Keep in Touch

I'm a huge fan of handmade textiles and stationery. I've been buying lots of cards, lately---in order to

send real letters to friends!

Not that they can read my handwriting.

Mireio, mireiodesigns.com
Astoria, Oregon
Tuesday, August 5, 2008 10:33 pm

is it so wrong to want to make things with your own two hands?

having been an

artsy/craftsy type person my whole life, i am absolutely loving the "buy handmade" movement! in a world that is

full of corporate conglomerates and cookie cutter mass production, being in possession of something that was made

with love and care and true originality is worth more than it's price!

i started creating again after

going through a difficult time in my life... and i've not looked back since! i'm continually inspired by the

world now, especially when i see what other artisans are making! jewelry making has always been a dream of mine,

and it's lead me to explore other media as well. i've been able to donate my pieces to worthy causes, and may

be entering my first juried show this fall.

tapping into my creative side has totally changed my life. not

to mention my own personal style!!!!!

i am thrilled that handmade now has a solid presence! and i'm

even more thrilled to be a supporter!!!!

keep on creating! i know i will!

xoxox muffin

MuffinTopDesigns, 35, property management/mental health, muffintopdesigns.etsy.com
Canada
Monday, November 30, -0001 12:00 am

Moth to a flame

Like a moth to a flame I was drawn to well...this moth

made by a flame. Pun intended.

I buy handmade because I like to know that I am supporting someone who is

following their dream of using their talent. I feel like my money is going to someone who really appreciates it.

Nina, 28, artist, beadsinthebelfry.etsy.com
washington dc metro area
Saturday, August 2, 2008 6:14 pm

Making connections between generations

My daughters, mother, and grandmothers inspire me to

buy and make handmade. As a child, I have many memories of my grandmother Sarah's knitting bag. It was always

in the same place, right next to her chair in the living room. Her house was filled with afghans she had knit and

quilts she had sewn by hand.

My grandmother Rita loved to crochet, sew, and craft. She and my

grandfather made Christmas ornaments to sell at their church fair and my grandmother crocheted afghans. I can

still see them working at the kitchen table surrounded by all of the ornaments they had made. My own Christmas

tree is filled with their ornaments.

I had forgotten about the clothing both of my grandmothers had made

for my beloved Cabbage Patch dolls over 20 years ago until my mother brought them out for my girls to play with

and I saw the outfits they had sewn and knit for my “babies.” Those little outfits are something I can cherish

and are a way for my girls to connect with my grandmothers, whom they were unable to meet.

I make things

by hand so that hopefully a little part of me will live on for my family members to cherish. I buy handmade

because I value the work of other women and men, I value each item's uniqueness, and I value the piece of each

person that becomes a part of their craft and brings that craft alive.

Angela, 32, WAHM, Pumpkin Pie Baby, hyenacart.com/pumpkinpiebaby
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 11:51 pm

Continually reinventing yourself.

I am inspired continuosly. This causes much confusion

in the direction I should take.

There is always a new idea a new craft project and the like.



Boredom is a concept not known by me.

My latest are patterns which I hope will inspire others to create

their own. Limited only by their imagination.

So go imagine, be inspire, and create, and must of all

continually reinvent your craft.

Warm And Fuzzy Baby, SAHM, www.WarmAndFuzzyBaby.Etsy.Com
U.S.A.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 10:26 pm

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