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Have you noticed that there is an "underground" of amazing talent? If you turn your attention away from the big box stores and take a walk into the "handmade district", you will find incredible things.
I have often touted the value of handmade crafts, home grown food and local shopping. You can have wonderful things for your life, home and body that are made one-at-a-time by talented artisans. This blog is about adding quality to your everyday existence, not quantity.
How many things do we really need? Are our homes clogged and cluttered with impulse buys, things we saw and purchased without thinking about need and usefulness or quality? Was a purchase made because it was cheap? You DO get what you pay for most of the time. Sometimes cheap is just fine but sometimes, it might be better to take a little time to select something that will be a quality item that gives pleasure for years, something that does not get thrown away.
Did you know that plastics comprise more than 13% of the solid waste going into landfills? Food waste is climbing toward 25% of our total waste! Many of us buy things we don't use or buy over packaged goods. We purchase products that we get tired of and throw away. We don't like or aren't creative with left overs. I too, am guilty of some of this.
My focus on shopping is turning more and more to local markets, and the "handmade district". Food comes from my garden and my neighbor's gardens. (Really, I don't sneak into my neighbor's gardens. They do share.) Food waste goes into the compost pile. Most plastics are recycled. I scour the handmade selling venues and local craft galleries for things I need as well as gifts and ......some things I just want.
Slowly, my home is becoming less cluttered as I clear out and donate what is not precious and showcase the handcrafted things that will please my eyes and heart well into the future. Conscious clutter.
Below, I have included a link-up for artisans to post three items that may add a bit of quality to someone's life. You might discover some great handmade gift ideas or "conscious clutter" for yourself! If you are an artisan, you are invited to add your items. G-rated, original work only please! Vintage is also OK, because it recycles. The link-up will open at 8:00 5/2/15 and close in 5 days.
Please enjoy the offerings below!