Handmade Makes You Happy
The reason I buy handmade is because I love the attention to detail
and love that goes into a handmade item. I am not presuming that the artist loves me, but I know that they love
their craft. I can tell when something is made well, and is unique, that the artist gets joy from making something
fun and pretty that will make other people smile.
My most recent purchase is a funky painting of a vintage
radio. I love it and hung it up in my office.
Handmade enriches your life
Growing up, we had more handmade than most and I came
to understand that it was better than mass-produced. Something handmade begins with an idea, then made one by one,
showing the unique individualism of the artisan. Each thing handmade is as original as the person who uses them,
who makes them. Sometimes the stories behind them are even more interesting than the item themselves. Over my
lifetime, I have learned many crafts & techniques. I have used these skills to enhance mine, my family, my
friends, and now..even people around the world lives. Out of necessity, I have made clothing, toys, and more for
my children. I am always proud to see them & others being one of a kynd, as unique and wonderful as they are.
Whether it is a bar of soap, a beautiful tie dye, a lovely piece of jewelry or even a jar of fresh jam...handmade
can & will enrich your life and become part of your heritage.
Transition from supporting WAHMs to becoming one
I started out buying
handmade because of cloth diapers. I knew I wanted to use cloth even before my first child was born. At that time
I thought there were only a few stores that sold diapers - boy was I wrong. I soon got introduced to the world of
I quickly moved from cloth diapers to buying clothes, toys and many other WAHM products! It is so
nice to get something handmade for your kids (and yourself!)and know that you are also supporting a family! I live
in a small rural area where there is really only one major place to buy clothes, toys, shoes. I LOVE having the
WAHM community to buy things for my kids that does not come from that retailer.
Of course there is the
downside....my obsession of buying beautiful hand-dyed yarn to knit. There are so many creative wonderful dyers
out there I am always tempted by their beautiful colorways!
Since I need to support my yarn buying habit
(not to mention my fabric buying habit), I've turned my love of quilting into sewing knitting and crocheting
accessories for others. I love being a part of the WAHM community! It gives me another outlet for my creativity
and love of all things fabric and yarn!
Keeps mommy at home
When I was a kid my mom worked for herself and during the
summer we would take turns going to work with her. She was an artist, sign painter, window painter, muralist,
pretty much if it could be painted she painted it. For many years I watched her paint sitting on the sidewalk
handing her paintbrushes and paints when she asked for them. One summer when I was eight she handed me a brush and
let me fill in the lines, and by the time I was 12 I got to paint my first window on my own. I drew the design on
the window and painted the window with colorful tempera paints, it was from that moment I knew I was meant to be
I tried window painting for a couple years but found that it was impossibly difficult to take
my kids with me. So then I looked to another craft taught to me by another artist in my family, my grandmother.
That craft was sewing. In this art form I found a way to stay home with my 6 children. No more working long hours
in the hot sun while someone else watched my children, I was free to work when I wanted and how I wanted. No more
getting fired from jobs because someone came down with the chicken pox! Talk about invigorating!
feeling of freedom lead me to commit my self to buying handmade products and to support the craftsmen and women
behind them. No more mass produced for us, every chance I get I buy handmade, because some one else is making that
same choice to buy from me and help keep me at home with my kids.
So from the bottom of my heart, thank
you to all of you that buy handmade and keep mommies like me home with our babies.
Handmade: Where My Left Brain Meets My Right Brain
I come from a family that
values handmade goods. We all knit and sew and craft.
Even though I have a professional life and a career
I value, I love my creative side even more. There is little as satisfying as turning one of my children's
drawings of a cat into a whimsical little stuffed toy or staying up into the wee hours knitting a skirt for a
I blog at Joyce Makes Art
and love having people stop by to share their ideas about crafting!