Posts Tagged ‘hand made’

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I was working on a submission for a doll swap and found myself interested in cemetery angels. I found some beautiful photos that showed off how wonderful the angels can appear as they age and deteriorate a little. These were made up using a photo transfer and then I just adjusted some of the apparel and wings using some of my grandma’s lace. I love her collection as I know where some of the lace came from – two of my mother’s old dresses are represented by the lace on my angels.

Recycled materials angel4

Sometimes I am shocked by the changes in behavior from one generation to the next. Just the way we think about things like crafts. I don’t know how many times I’ve been looking through a new magazine and then driving out to Michaels of Jo Anne’s to get the supplies I need to try the new craft out. I have my grandma’s reclaimed lace, a box of Christmas trims from an estate sale and other examples of a more conservative way of crafting as a very stark contrast to my own behavior of massive consumerisim…

The changes I’ve made as far as doing recycling crafts have certainly saved me some money, I love to get to the end of a new project now and look at not only what it didn’t cost me to do, but what it means to me as far as using what I already have and putting more into the creativity of finding and identifying materials to use in new recycling craft projects.

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Today’s news report included coverage of the people who were waiting outside as department stores opened at 4am this morning. Some folks had stayed over night to be the first people in line on what is ‘the biggest shopping day of the year’. Whoa… as much as I think that a new flat screen would be great – that ‘opportunity’ looks a little more like ‘insanity’.

handmade-pledge.jpgI’m trying something else this year, Buy Handmade for the Holidays. I saw the pledge start to appear on Etsy a few weeks ago and went to learn more about http://www.buyhandmade.org and why other artists and patrons were interested.

  • Avoid the parking lots and long lines of people.
  • Handmade gifts are more meaningful for the artist, the patron and recipient
  • Handmade items are one-of-a-kind
  • Handmade items are better for the environment
    • no mass production causing dumping or emissions

Support local artists, try to buy handmade this year – even if you still need the big screen, you might find that there is room for something unique and wonderful on your shopping list.

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