Thursday, November 27, 2008

Hand Made Crafts, Made in America

Red, White, & Blue, & GREEN fabric gift bags. Made in America
& Eco-friendly gift bags. Use them over & over.

Hand Made, Made In America, Made with You In Mind.

Aggie Park Christmas Craft Show 2008

Crafting with Buddies

Crafting with a friend is always so much better than just by yourself.

Here I am with my dear buddy Harriet at the Aggie Park Craft Show. We both had a pretty good time. She is quite an inspiration for me. I am glad that I have had her come into my life. Thanks Harriet!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Aggie Park Christmas Craft Show, San Antonio, TX

Well, the craft show that I had been preparing for is now complete. I know that all that participated found good & bad things to say about the show. Every craft show that I have ever
done have those qualities. Thankfully, if you are a serious artisan/crafter, you just take every
thing in stride & learn from them all.
There was a vast array of lovely crafts, hand-made items, novelties, & of course the cursed "Made in China" wares that have damaged the industry of American ingenuity & craftsmanship. I have watched over the last 20 years the scourge of "Making the Easy Buck" seep into the Church bazaars, the Craft consignment shops, & the Craft fairs across the states. Americans have steadily devoured the foreign-factory fops due to the "cheapness". I have watched the American craftsman become more & more discouraged & eventually sell-out & start to push the "China Craft Syndrome" off on their loyal buyers. It is sad indeed!
I have always been one to push "Made In The U.S.A.", "Hand-Did", "Hand-Crafted", & "Made With You In Mind" regime. With being a craft er for most of my life, it is a passion. When I go to Craft fairs & shows, I can pretty much point out that which is made & that which is bought for resale. It still brings my heart great happiness to see those Artisans & Cr afters who have not sold out & have held true to their ways.
I will keep looking for those "One of a kinds" & "Hand-Dids", I pray that Americans keep making them & that Americans keep buying them.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Finding the Time!!

I know that we all have had those days, weeks, months, years...well, where we just don't seem to find the time to do all that we want to do. I have been having one of those months & to be honest, it's all my fault.
I have commited myself to do a craft show with some great friends & I just don't have the umph I used to where crafting is concerned. I know age has a bit to do with it, but finding the joy in the art is slowly taking It's time coming back to me.
I have some items ready & some on the drawing board, but it will be a small offering compared to the past. I have resigned myself to accept this & be happy whatever the out come.
Off I go to craft!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Brand New & creating anew!

This is the first time I have ever done this...creating my own blog! I have been a craftsman/artisan my whole life & here I am trying to get out there & show the world my stuff!
I hope that as I create & explore, I will learn & expand my realm of creativity.
Have I come!