wellers's handmade inspiration

Where can you find an antique owl locket with emeralds for

eyes or a fuzzy monster notebook or an antique fortune telling machine necklace that really works? Handmade shops!

Ooh, they make me all warm and fuzzy inside.

wellers, 21, student, wellers.etsy.com
austin
Thursday, August 7, 2008 2:44 am

2 Belles' handmade inspiration

I buy handmade because I believe in supporting people rather than

huge corporations. I love the attention and quality and sweat and love that all go into handmade things. We

appreciate high quality pieces made with love and know others do as well.

My most recent AND favorite

handmade purchases have been handmade cold process soaps from various shops. It's truly my favorite indulgence!

2 Belles & a Bead, Jewelry Designer / Metalsmith, www.2bellesandabead.com
Texas
Thursday, August 7, 2008 2:40 am

Leaving a Legacy...

I buy, and create handmade because I want to leave a

legacy.

I've had a rough childhood, and really just a rough life, but one of my happiest memories from

childhood are the handmade nightgowns that my father made us for christmas one year. I swore that I would hand

mine down to my children, and that I would make it a tradition to give my own family hand made christmas p.j.'s

every year when I was grown. I was 9 at the time.

I've always loved to create, and the beauty in handmade

items. My goal is to prove to my family that items do not have to be branded to be beautiful, functional, and

stylish. I hope that one day my family members who swear they will never own or use anything handmade, and that

think that if it's not branded then it must not be worth anything, will one day not only use items that I've

made, but proudly proclaim that they are handmade!

Ever since I've pondered having children, I've known

that in one way or another, I wanted to leave a legacy for them...to be make a difference, and to be remembered.

I hope that my crafting can be part of this legacy. I hope that I will be the mother, and the grandmother that is

remembered as always creating beautiful items, and that is not only remebered because of the items left behind,

but by my own children, and hopefully even friends, that create because of me and remember me while doing so.



I buy handmade because I want the best for my children, and what could be better than something that was

created by hand with love in everything that went into it? I want to support other people and families who work

at home to support their families, like I do, in hopes that not only will they support me, but that it will be

like a virus, and more and more people will begin to be able to be truly happy, and get back to the things that

are most important in life. I dream of a world where we are never in need because we can make, or trade for

anything we don't have, and money is much less important. I know this is wishful thinking, but everytime I buy

handmade, I feel like we are a step closer. So that's why I buy, and make, handmade, and why you should consider

it too!

Kelley, WAHM behind The Cozy Cloth Corner, 24, WAHM, Licensced Daycare Provider, Premier Jeweler, and owner of The Cozy Cloth Corner on HC, www.hyenacart.com/cozy_cloth
MI
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 9:16 am

Happy bear applique pouch

I love buying Handmade! There are so my wonderful artist that my

wishlist is a mile long! I just purchases a bearded guy print from Ashleyg on Etsy and it is my favorite piece so

far! I have already framed and hung him in my staircase!

itybitybags, www.itybitybags.etsy.com
PA
Wednesday, August 6, 2008 7:45 am

A handmade heritage

Nothing has to inspire me to buy handmade; it is the way I was

raised. My mother was raised on a remote ranch where it was pretty much "make it yourself or do without." That

upbringing was reinforced by a later adolescence in the Depression, when even in Houston rather than on the ranch,

there was no money to get "store-baught."

Her wonderful design sense and skill in many fields of craft,

from sewing to woodworking to ceramics and jewelry, meant that she would almost always make whatever she needed -

a large wooden planter, a dress, a light fixture, a necklace - herself rather than purchase from a store. I don't

believe I ever saw her give a Christmas gift that she had not made until she was nearly 80, when she sadly

observed that she was giving most of her gifts out of museum catalogs that year.

I hope she would approve

of my designs and level of craftmanship. I still kind of labor under an inferiority complex. The only craft I

really think I am BETTER at is cooking. She mostly left the day-to-day kitchen to my father.

I diligently

went to school for many years to learn science and biology and ecology. And I blog about the natural history that I encounter. But now I discover that I

would rather make things, after all. And if I don't know how to make them, to buy them from others who MAKE

HANDMADE.

Abigail Miller, 57, piedras.etsy.com
north Texas
Tuesday, August 5, 2008 11:21 pm

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