Monday, March 31, 2008
There is something about a handmade item that is so much better than mass-produced goods. Today I came home to a lovely little package on my doorstep. I had ordered a present for my niece from an Etsy store called, Mini'Mocs. The whole presentation from this little shop was so wonderful. The box it shipped in was made up with a custom label, the item itself, a handmade bib and burp cloth made from recycled quilted fabric, was packaged up so nicely and completely ready to give to little Anneka. You can tell that every detail of putting together MY package was attended to. Not only did this item come from a small business that made (and so well) this sweet set, but an actual human put together my order, and made it all look special. I love it....Handmade is Better!
You can check out MyMiniMocs shop at http://myminimocs.etsy.com/
(Here is some interesting info from http://buyhandmade.org/ on why handmade is better)
Buying Handmade makes for better gift-giving
The giver of a handmade gift has avoided the parking lots and long lines of the big chain stores in favor of something more meaningful. If the giver has purchased the gift, s/he feels the satisfaction of supporting an artist or crafter directly. The recipient of the handmade gift receives something that is one-of-a-kind, and made with care and attention that canbe seen and touched. It is the result of skill and craftsmanship that is absent in the world of large-scale manufacturing.
Buying handmade is better for people
The ascendancy of chain store culture and global manufacturing has left us dressing, furnishing, and decorating alike. We are encouraged to be consumers, not producers, of our own culture. Our ties to the local and human sources of our goods have been lost. Buying handmade helps us reconnect.
Buying handmade is better for the environment
The accumulating environmental effects of mass production are a major cause of global warming and the poisoning of our air, water and soil. Every item you make or purchase from a small-scale independent artist or crafter strikes a small blow to the forces of mass production.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
When did people stop wearing Hats?
Any movie depicting a time prior to, say, 1943, shows men with their fedoras and women with their huge inventories of hats. No one wears them anymore and it is such a shame. I love hats....I miss hats. They are so fancy and fun. I wonder if I can bring them back? Maybe I'll throw a party and instead of "black tie" or "cocktail attire".....it will be "hats required". So if you want to come to my party, you'd better start shopping now.
A couple of my favorite places http://boringsidney.etsy.com/ (she's from Bothell), http://topsyturvydesign.etsy.com/ and http://kankalinhats.etsy.com/
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Just in time for Spring Cleaning.
I have been working on a natural, gentle, yet very effective Lavender Laundry Soap. Perfect for hand washing all your dedicates & dainties. Can also be used in a machine for towels & sheets. Will leave your laundry sweet smelling, clean & fresh. Sold in 1lb bulk bags for $6.00. Each will wash about 6 loads of laundry...much more if you are hand washing.
If you'd like me to send you a sample, please email me, email@example.com and I'll fix you right up.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
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Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Before/Organization? Yikes! I bet this is exactly how you all pictured my luxurious bathroom sanctuary to look like huh? To be fair...we did just move in.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Perfect for how I'm feeling.
The view from my living room window this morning....space needle in the background.
Monday, March 10, 2008
How fitting that we are bringing in a new jewelry line called "My Little Sunshine", just when we need it the most. Made by jewelry designer Rachel O'brien, this new line of earrings brings a much needed shot of color to our jewelry cases.
Check out more of Rachel's work at: http://rachel323.etsy.com/
Friday, March 7, 2008
We are beginning to see more and more organic options available to us when we go on buying trips. Here is a little info on organic cotton:
The good news is that positive alternatives to conventional cotton and its related businesses are available. Over the past decade, a small number of farmers and manufacturers have pioneered the market for organically grown cotton, producing fibers and clothing while significantly reducing toxic chemicals.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
...and her name is Anneka!
My newest niece at 3 1/2 months old. She lives in Sibera with her parents and I can't wait until she comes back to see me. I'm really hoping that my sweet darling sister reminds Anneka often how much I love her. Maybe I should send them pictures of my face so she doesn't forget. I knew when Jami (the sweet sister) was pregnant that the baby was a girl. I had dreams about her before she was even born. She means so much to me. I can't believe how delightful she is. I'm fairly certain she finds me just as delightful. I think we will be good friends.