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!
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.
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.