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Monday, November 9, 2009

Buy Handmade- Support your local Artists!

Why buy handmade? As the giver of a handmade gift, you have supported an artist directly. Someone much like yourself, with bills to pay, family to feed and clothe. Artists and Craftsman that have spent many hours and their own resources to create pieces that you can share and be proud of. Pieces that no one else has...no mass made, imported, big business marketing! You can avoid the chain & department stores in favor of something of much more meaning and value. The recipient of the handmade gift receives something that is one-of-a-kind (OOAK), and made with love and care, attention that can not be matched by a machine. You and your gift recipient get the gratification of art and skill that is absent in the world of large-scale manufacturing. You may also find that buying handmade is environmentally a plus too. Many artists use recycled and green material to fashion wonderful fine art pieces.

From quilted to crocheted...painted or sculpted...felted or sewn...the possibilities are endless.

So here's a plug for Myself and my Fellow Artists & Friends...Buy Handmade This Christmas! Or Anytime!

Some of my favorite links are listed to the right....but there are soooo many more I need to list! On my list alone you can find art dolls & fairy folk, primitive cloth dolls, beautiful paintings, Halloween collectibles, folk art, Gothic girls...and more! There are links to artists groups I'm proud to be part of as well (BWBA, AHQU, ADSG, HA31). Check out ebay, etsy, or selling blogs! Click those links from our blogs...buy handmade!

Happy Holidays & Bright Wishes to All!


  1. Karrie,
    This wonderful, and so true. I would much rather have a ooak piece, and one MADE IN THE USA. I am not sure if people know that when they purchase items made in foreign lands that they are helping the slave trade. Most of these poor workers (we have slaves in the US too), are children who were kidnapped from or bought from their families. I am not supporting this sort of culture anymore.

    Another aspect of this is, recycling. Alot of artist incorporate vintage items, or "trash to treasure" pieces into their projects. This is a great way to recycle. So purchasing hand-made pieces can also benifit our planet.

    ~~ooak, all the way!

  2. Oh Wow Karri I just love the way you worded this. Can I quote you on my blog, I'll give you the credit and a link back to your blog? If it's okay email me at sunnybyrum@aol.com

  3. Congratulations! I have chosen you as one of my recipients of the Best Blog Award. Please check out my blog for details and a link for the picture that goes along with the award.

  4. Karri, well said dear!
    handmade is always so much more special I think.
    Have a wonderful weekend as well.

  5. Greetings Karri! I hope you are doing well while enjoying this special season...and busy making many beautiful creations. Please stop by my blog and pick up two awards! I am happy to pass them along to you...love, Rose



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