I was at a dollar store one day last week with my youngest daughter trying to kill a little time while my oldest daughter was in preschool. As my daughter entertained herself rummaging through the toy bins I happened to notice a book for sale across the aisle. The topic of the book centered around the global impact of cheaply made Chinese goods. Of course the book was only a dollar, and although I didn't check I am very confident that the book was publish in China too. I couldn't help but notice the irony of my discovery. It also made me even more appreciative of my obsession with handmade goods. Not only do I make them, but I buy them whenever possible. I feel good knowing that I am helping to support a mom in Illinois or a student in Ireland. I know that they are paying themselves a fair wage (or so I hope) and that they truly enjoy what they are making. Buying handmade makes me happy! So, shop handmade this holiday season and fill your life with beautiful things made by fantastic people.
Have a wonderful Holiday!