Handmade is Personal

I love to sew.  Mom taught me when I was about 11 years old.  Unbelievably, my first project was a pink swimsuit and I wore it!  Since starting up again after a dry spell of about 15 years I’ve become addicted to finding beautiful fabric and hearing the whir of my sewing machine.  After sewing 12 beautiful aprons – I’m branching out.  Today I finished my first handbag.

What is so amazing about this is that handmade means I don’t have to worry about something I want and need coming from China!!  I can imagine, even if I didn’t make it, that someone carefully selected the materials and worked in their own home until it was completed.  Magnificent!  Check out your local art gallery, boutique or farmer’s market and find a well made item that you want or need.  Check out http://www.Etsy.com, for a regional, national and worldwide marketplace of handmade!  This is one way to live green and boost a local economy.

Most people have something they like to create, even if they think they are not creative.  They cook, garden, detail their vehicles, build things around the home, scrapbook, design playlists, etc., etc.  A great pianist, Arthur Rubenstein said, “if you love life, life will love you.”  Well, this wonderful impulse to create is natural and playful.  Enjoy your life – make something out of nothing – or find someone who can and have them create a special thing just for you!

About kcthreads

Two years ago I left an administrative government job to live near my relatives in America's "heartland," and to be free to pursue my own and my family's interests and needs! This transition exceeds my dreams of a life near loved ones with time to be creative. My husband and I have found ourselves young at heart again as we explore gifts we had set aside to meet the needs of our workplaces and community. He photographs birds and wildlife daily, and exhibits in local galleries. I design and make handbags and aprons that I sell through my Etsy shop and by word of mouth. After 30 plus years, I am finally studying art again, taking classes in watercolor and pastels from a nationally acclaimed artist! During the years I promoted youth development and family programming in my community and state, I have been compelled to find ways to support American made crafts and products. This recession has encouraged me to promote and support the efforts of local artisans and craftspeople, in the belief that a renewal of hands-on entrepreneurial-ism can make our community and our nation stronger. When we purchased this '30's bungalow three years ago, we didn't realize there was a farmers market within walking distance and an artists cooperative gallery even closer! I am an advocate of using and re-using products that have been designed and crafted with care, and strive to live responsibly and creatively. Another indulgent pursuit of mine is re-learning how to cook - after a lifetime of taking shortcuts due to long work hours and ease of take home food. My inspiration and tutorials are mostly from Jamie Oliver and Julia Child! After a year of experimentation and joyful homemade cuisine, I am inspired to share the crazy fun of cooking and dining with more than family and friends. As I cook, and watercolor and sew I find inspiration everywhere in the present...and the past. I was blessed with a Mom who was home with my brother and I, and who joyfully cooked and sewed and imagined the possibilities in life each day with us. My offerings in this blog will include some of her inspiration. Life is good!
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1 Response to Handmade is Personal

  1. Sandy says:

    Really enjoyed reading your blog. I have been on a mission to buy domestic, etsy is a great place for that. Ordered 2 Christmas presents this month. My goal is to buy 100% of Christmas presents from etsy. Will order more next month

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