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,
target="_blank">Hyenacart.com
, 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, inspirehandmade.org
Cincinnati, OH
Monday, November 30, -0001 12:00 am

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