Okay, okay I know most of you don't even want to think about Christmas right now, but bear with me!
This morning I had what was perhaps one of my craziest ideas yet (and that's saying something). I wondered if it might be possible to have a completely handmade Christmas, as in could I give a handmade gift to everybody rather than buying something from the high street shops.
The answer was, of course, no. I just do not have the time to make that many presents, even if I do start in July!! But it led me to wondering whether I could adapt it slightly and still have a "Handmade Christmas" of sorts... could I make a few items myself and only buy handmade items from others to complete my gift list? Could I avoid the temptations of the high street and support small business, work-at-home-mums (WAHMs) and anyone else who makes the odd item for sale instead. That way every item would have beeb handmade, even if not made by my own hands...
And the idea excited me. But it also overwhelmed me. There are some amazing handmade items on places like etsy and folksy and I am sure there are other places to look as well. But where do you begin in your search for the perfect handmade item for each person on your gift list with such a massive choice sitting before your eyes? I mean I could spend hours looking through etsy alone, would this take up even more time than actually making the items myself?
I still don't know if I will manage this, but it is a good goal to set myself. If I can make at least 50% of all the presents handmade in this first year of trying I'd be happy. But that means I need your help...
- Do you have a favourite handmade shop/seller/website?
- Do you know any fabulous crafty bloggers who may have ideas/wares to inspire me?
- Do you have any suggestions for making this an achievable task?
Any and all suggestions will be much welcomed... and if you fancy joining me then let's encourage each other in our search for the best crafty finds for those we love!
Now please excuse me, I am off to lose a couple of hours to etsy. I'm sure that site eats time...