Handmade Inspires Style

I love using handmade items. It lets me

know i am putting my child and other peoples children in chemical free, organic, and happily made items. I know

that my child will not be harmed and that other peoples children will not be harmed by the crazy stuff they put in

manufacturer made items! it makes me feel like a good mom and a good person!

Connorsmama, waitress/wham, www.hyenacart.com/connorsmamacreations
Tuesday, July 8, 2008 12:17 am

Homemade toys are real friends

I was raised with a tradition of handmade. My mother is a hand quilter who

learned from my great-grandmother and then passed the skill down to me. I hope to pass the art of hand sewing down

to my children. I truly believe you can't beat hand made goods for durability, safety, quality, and most

importantly, personality.

I didn't have to pose this picture. This is something my son (now age 2) often

arranges himself, or directs me to arrange for him. He adores his "bibis", dressing them every day, picking which

ones get the special privilege of accompanying him on errands, and tucking them into bed at night. He sleeps with

so many of them at night (ranging from tiny 4 inch babies to his two big dolls) that sometimes I can't fit in the

bed with him to give him snuggles and we have to reallocate a few of them to their little canvas bin.

Could you imagine your little one sleeping in a pile of plastic dolls? What's cozy about that? Where's the

love in that? Every one of the "bibis" in bed with my son was made by hand, so it's like tucking him in with

portable, huggable representations of love. The natural fibers adjust to his body temperature, making the babies

feel like tiny living companions through the night. Sure, they make take a little more wear than a plastic baby

that could be wiped off, but I can't help but think of the Velveteen Rabbit. It's the love, the wear, the

personality instilled into a one-of-a-kind toy that makes it become Real.

Let's see Barbie manage

that one.

Morgan, 29, Freelance Writer/Editor
Acworth, GA
Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:01 am

.Dragon Vein Necklace with Dragon Vein Pendant

I love the process of creating beautiful things ...

sylvia oliver, http://www.etsy.com/shop/sparkofbrilliance
austin texas
Thursday, December 20, 2012 10:08 am

Jacque's handmade inspiration

Knowing we are helping each other.

Saturday, October 30, 2010 8:43 am

My family deserves the best

My venture into soapmaking began when my son was

diagnosed with severe eczema before he was 6 months old. We were able to determine that he had severe allergies

that were causing his outbreaks. My husband and I had made a commitment for me to be a full time caregiver to our

children, and while I was home with my preschool aged children I began researching ingredients to produce our own

soaps and skin care products. Our business was born of this research, and it has enabled me to be home with my

children full time, as well as my husband to join our business once he finished his enlistment with the military.

As a family we are committed to buying handmade products or products from small businesses whenever possible.

We believe in supporting family business and making it possible for other parents to be home with their children

as much as possible.
After all, our children deserve the best we can give them.

Melissa Gephart, mom, wife, soapmaker, www.BlueHouseSoaps.com
Augusta, Kansas
Monday, July 7, 2008 10:04 pm

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