Saturday, November 15, 2008
This holiday season.....
I have made a personal pledge this year for gift giving. Handmade (meaning made by another Artisan), Homemade(made by yours truly) or Vintage ..... (and cash for the teen set, the 15 year olds in my life just don't appreciate vintage hand crocheted potholders, for some reason).
Here's my why...
1. The Economy: I have grown so tired of the talking heads on T.V. blathering on about how bad the financial crisis is, I have decided to turn it off altogether. I am not sticking my head in the sand, but I am not letting any more negativity into this house which is my family's sanctuary. Everything happens in cycles, things are going to get better, Call me an optimist, but what else can you expect from a doll maker who pours her salt and pepper out of a pair of angry grapefruits.
2. Artists and vintage vendors need our support: So buy handmade. You will not regret this. Everything I have ever purchased from an artist has arrived beautifully packaged, with a sweet note thanking me for my business, and it makes me smile every time I look at it....triggers a happy memory. You can't get that kind of service from a big box retailer.
3. The Globe:Handmade goods are typically produced in a fashion that has little environmental impact. In fact, many artists recycle goods to create their fabulous wares. And purchasing vintage is the ultimate in recycling.
4. The Love: I have nieces and nephews ranging in ages from 5 to 25. I know my sweet little niece will be delighted with her hand felted bear (waaaaaaaay cuter than a Bratz doll) and my 25 year old bachelor nephew will probably enjoy my homemade chocolate chip cookie dough better than he would a boring baseball cap that I picked up for him at "Whatever"-mart.
I will be posting a few tutorials over the next couple of weeks to share some handmade ideas for ornaments and gift giving (including a handmade stress management kit!). Next week I will also be having a giveaway, in honor of Thanksgiving, and in honor of how much you all have blessed my life through your encouragement and support.
I hope several others will join me in buying handmade and vintage this year.