This is a cross-post from Get Crafty.
Now that all the gifts have been given, I thought I’d take a look at how well I did at buying handmade this holiday season. As previously stated, I do think it is ok for a few exceptions. Certain items can’t be purchased handmade, mainly media (books, magazines, dvds, cds).
Below is everything I purchased! For specific details on each gift, please click here, where I list exactly who made each item.
I was proud to be able to purchase a few pieces of orginal art this year. A good friend of mine loves sea urchins and Wolfie and the Sneak had a beautiful 2-print set of sea urchins. Not exactly handmade, but I was also really excited to spread my love of Craft magazine by giving away many copies of the latest issue, which happens to contain my article about Japanese Book Binding …. I’m really proud of it!
I’m always so busy during the holiday season that it is hard for me to make hand crafted gifts. Instead I turned my focus to supporting other crafters. Luckily, there were ample opportunties to buy handmade. It’s amazing how much the opportunities have grown over the past few years. It’s great to be able to buy from so many exceptionally, talented crafters!
My gifts were purchased both online and in person at events and independent stores.
Here’s a list of where they came from:
Brick & Mortar Independent Stores
Young Blood Boutique & Gallery
Your DeKalb Farmers Market
Young Blood Gallery Holiday Trunk Show
Young Blood Gallery December Kraftwork
Manuel’s Tavern Holiday Art Show
The Big Angel Blowout
Hope you’ve had a great holiday season! And as you embark on 2008, remember to buy handmade whenever possible!
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