Wow! Can you believe it’s already November? For us, here in Fairbanks, it seems really strange. We had a very dry fall – no snow until the last week of October. Usually it starts around the last week of September. I’ve been running around taking advantage of the weather … in other words, procrastinating getting ready for winter! Now I have to do what folks at lower latitudes do every year: prepare for winter and the holidays at the same time! Eek!
And, this year, I decided to have a handmade holiday. Everybody on my list is getting something handmade. You think I’m crazy, don’t you? I mean, I’m a self-professed procrastinator, my studio is a construction zone and I have little kids. Don’t worry, I have a plan! I’ve already finished some presents…and I never said all those handmade items had to be made by my hands. I have a not-so-secret source for fabulous handmade stuff – ArtFire.com – and I intend to use it.
I love the unique quality of artisan-produced stuff – and let’s face it, not everyone on my gift list would welcome polymer clay jewelry or a rag doll, no matter how adorable and well-made. Check out some random non-cutesy stuff I found:
From The Beaded Lily: A beautiful and masculine $12 keychain.
From Brilliance Found: The perfect earring for your guy if he wants to look pierced without getting pierced – for $2.50!
From Inkwear99: Shoes and shirt for your tattooed dude. ($60 and $11, respectively)
Why should I turn around an spend the money I earn from craft sales on other peoples’ crafts?
1. Why no? The stuff is beautiful and unique.
2. I can ask question about an item’s components or construction method from the person who made it, instead of a store clerk who may or may not be clueless.
3. I’m helping support folks who are facing the same kinds of challenges I am…maybe that’ll help my karma!
1. Well, initially, I chose ArtFire because Kathi at Dragonglass mentioned that artists could open a shop there FOR FREE. No fees. At all. And I’m cheap. I haven’t opened any other online shops yet (ie – at Esty.com, Ebay, or any of the other possibilities), so I can’t say if ArtFire’s better than any other, but I like it so far.
2. You don’t need to open an account at ArtFire if you just want to shop.
3. You can shop for craft supplies and cool vintage finds there, as well as handmade stuff.