I wanted to thank all of you once again for your lovely comments & for your support. Once we started pulling things together for our Etsy shop, we realized how much work it can be (I've long since blocked out my memories of selling vintage knick-knacks on Etsy). I spent the last few weeks in a state of awe at women who design & assemble entire garments, or who take time picking out the most beautiful materials to print on, or who knit divine accoutrements for the rest of us. We all have busy lives; something as simple as going out to buy envelopes and bubble wrap can be a trial and a labour of love. And even if our accomplishments are modest, it's worth it.
I read this elegant statement on Abby's blog earlier today and it made me more determined to continue to buy handmade & local whenever I can:
I know that economically speaking, times are tough right now. That's why I'm trying really hard to get gifts and things I need from these women who work very hard to create beautiful things. I know it is impossible to shop completely from local or hand made sources, but we can all try, right?