Bags by Andy

I love to start with fabrics and create a bag that no one else will have. I

recently bought a bird made by young girls to raise money for water purification in Zambia.

Andy, 64, retired educator,
Friday, October 29, 2010 9:01 am

My belief in buying handmade

I truly believe that buying handmade items can enhance our

lives. When I started my own little handmade shopping site,
, in 2004, I don't think I totally understood how profound a shift it would make

in my life. I was simply putting together a place where people could sell their handmade goods. But as I've

watched the site and the community grow, and have become more entrenched in this idea of furnishing my and my

family's life with handmade items, I've realized that handmade items can enrich a person's life in a way that

mass-produced items simply can't.

Handmade items have a soul, and they are filled with the positive energy

of their makers. I feel deeply satisfied watching my daughter play with her hand-sewn Waldorf doll, or my son

building castles with handmade blocks. I wear my one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry with pride and often get

compliments and inquiries about the beautiful pieces. When it's time for me to relax, I can sink into a hot bath

fragrant with handmade bath salts and soaps.

I coded this site in one over-excited holiday weekend, with

visions of how it could change the world -- giving people a chance to inspire me, themselves, and each other by

describing how handmade items have enriched their lives. I would love for people to use this space to post their

musings on buying handmade, or simply to share their latest or favorite handmade purchases.

Please post

your story and join in on the effort, or, if you haven't done much handmade shopping, read through the posts and

see if inspiration sparks within you. I look forward to seeing you take part in the handmade community!

Karen, 35, Mommy,
Cincinnati, OH
Monday, November 30, -0001 12:00 am

Original Art

I have been making clothing for myself and my family for many

years, as well as soaps and shampoo. I love the fact that it is original, and no one else is going to have the

same thing. Purchasing WAHM items is my way of helping others that have the same beliefs that I have. I started

selling the items that I made as a way to help pay for college and to offer unique homemade options to others.

Beth, 55, Designer behind Irish Girl Creations,
Tuesday, July 8, 2008 1:00 am

New Year

Happy New Year- Typically, I relate Spring to the

creation of new things, all beautiful colors of Nature to bring in new life-But today, the first of a new year,

2011. I hope and pray for all things anew. Although snowy and cold here in Minnesota, Nature is still a wonderous

site. As will all of our Inspirational Handemade-Homemade for 2011..Bless U all-Cheers to you for a Happy-

Prosperous-Handmade/Homemade NEW YEAR..

Gramma Loves to Create, 54, retired/disabled,
Saturday, January 1, 2011 1:05 pm

I am a cutie!

If people will remember things their moms, or grandmoms made

for them when they were kids, they will treasure handmade. Or even dads and granddads. It is great to carry on the

tradition. If you cannot make it yourself, let someone else do it. It is the idea of handmade, something someone

created on their own, that makes it so special.

Bobbinalong, 70, Seamstress,
Westerville, Ohio
Monday, July 7, 2008 10:52 am

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