My co-worker Ervina, over at HeSpokeSheSpoke, is an amazing woman. We may be a little different in many ways. However, I am constantly inspired by her crafting ability. She is the first person I go to for homemade cards. Here’s her story of finding her passion.
I was asked by Mish to write an article on ‘Why do I do my crafts?’ So let me take you on my journey on a ‘handmade’ life…
It probably started in 2002-2003 when I was looking for a new hobby and came across scrapbooking on the internet. Wow, it was as if a whole new world had opened up to me. There were so many new jargons to learn – acid-free, archival quality, cardstock, diecut, vellum paper, brads, etc…From there, I also discovered the blogging world and started following bloggers who were ‘celebrity scrapbookers’. That was another whole new creative milestone for me because I was introduced to the whole idea of crafting (not just scrapbooking) in daily life. I was inspired by ordinary people who seek to live life creatively in their own ways – photography, interior decorating, jewellery making, sewing etc.
Since then, I like to think I’ve experienced a life-style change. I took up photography in an attempt to document random moments instead of letting life slip me by. I handmade gifts as far as I can unless I know someone really wanted something. I am challenged to live life more simply and healthily. I am more aware of the beauty I see in the world around me. There are so many reasons why I had chosen a handmade life, here are just some of them:
- Reduce, reuse, recyle – my part in being environmental friendly
- A reminder that the best things in life aren’t necessarily store-bought and expensive
- The look that says ‘what, you made this for me?’
- Take a step back from our ‘consumerist’ culture and get involve in the ‘creating’ process – make stuff, not buy stuff
- My way of de-stressing
- The satisfaction that I’ve made something with my hands; I like that organic feel about handmade stuff
- The pride that I’ve created something unique which can’t be bought anywhere else
- A gift to myself – it’s my time-out where I forget about everything and just create, create, create!
And here is a snapshot of my ‘inspiration board’:
- Life artist Ali Edwards
- Simple mom
- Hula Seventy
- The Thrifty Chicks
- Apartment Therapy
- The Handmade Market
With the Christmas season around the corner again, here’s a glimpse of some of my handmade decorations around the house:
Do you do anything ‘handmade’ in your life? Do you remember something that you’ve recieved which was handmade?
~M and Ervina