Mother's Day Gift Guide : Part 3

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“The best gifts come from the heart, not the store.” 

― Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key

Whether making gifts yourself, or buying handmade gifts from an artist or craft person; handmade gifts come from the heart. Whether you or another, when we make a gift for someone it is because we love them, and when we make the gift, it comes from a place of love, care, and consideration. 

“A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.” ― Seneca, Moral Essays: Volume III

Many think handmade gifts are "cheap". This is the far from the truth, and I should know as an artist and craft woman.
Unless one buys wholesale, and in quantity, art and craft supplies add up VERY quickly! As well, we must consider the time that was put into the piece(s).
Using Art as an example: a medium sized, pre-stretched canvas costs around $30-$100 (depending on size & quality). A tube of mid-range (8.5 oz) Acrylic Paint costs around $10.00 each, and us artists generally use more than one color. Mediums like Texture Paste run around $10, and then there are things like Acrylic Seal that you need. As well, paint brushes, palette knives, among other tools that have to be bought and replaced (periodically) - all of which, add up fast!
Now take into account Time: sketching, planning, preparing, and painting - and know, there are times a piece will take years for an artist to be happy with and feel it is complete. Many of the pieces I have completed recently were started 2 or more years ago.
With this information, would you say handmade gifts are cheap?

"Just because it's handmade does not mean it was/is cheap."

And with that let us get to Handmade Gift Ideas.

Let's start with, Make Handmade.

A few of my Go-To's would include:
Check out Pinterest for Gift Tag Ideas & DIY 

"When you buy something from an artist, you're buying more than an object. You're buying hundreds of hours of errors and experimentation. You're buying years of frustration and moments of pure joy. You're not buying just one thing, you are buying a piece of a heart, a piece of a soul. A small piece of someone else's life."

This quote applies to any individual whom creates from the heart; musicians, jewelry designers & makers, writers, photographers, artists, carpenters, soap makers, glass blowers, bakers, (small) fashion designers & makers, candle makers - any individual allowing themselves to be vulnerable by sharing their passion and life work(s). I do not think many understand how hard it is to put your creations out there... it is a piece of you that not all are going to like (to put it nicely), and will be more than happy to tell you as much.

Buy Handmade. Give Handmade. 
I am willing to bet that each of you knows at least one person who makes and sells goods - and you know them well. 
Now ask yourself, have I ever supported this person? 
If the answer is "No", ask yourself, Why Not? 

Before I start in on people not supporting their friends and loved ones endeavors, and get completely off track (lol), you ponder the why not, and I am going to share some great creators of gifts

Click on Pictures to be linked to website. 
(Friend I grew up with in Burlington, Ontario, Canada)
Glimpse Creations 
Couture Handcrafted Jewelry
Glimpse Creations, by Sarah Cownley is your online boutique for beautiful handmade European Inspired Designs. Inspired by traditional European crafting techniques, Sarah has spent time living in Paris, France studying the age-old crafting techniques that are now considered a dying trade. Getting certification in Haute Couture Beadwork and Embroidery, attending Couture Week and Paris Fashion Week and touring various ateliers in Europe has lead Sarah to create these truly inspired designs. Each piece uses only the finest materials including sterling silver, semi-precious, Swarovski crystal and European textiles. All pieces are handmade and one of a kind. 

All artists/craft people below are located in the United States. 

Handmade Wall Mirrors, Frameless Mirrors, Leaded Mirrors, Reclaimed / Refurbished Mirrors and Stained and Leaded Glass. 

Spirals and Spice 
Handmade wire jewelry designs of personalized word jewelry, bridal jewelry, love rings, ear cuffs, midi rings, ancient roman glass jewelry, word name rings, diamond jewelry, love jewelry, mood rings, mood jewelry, word necklace, birthstones, gemstone rings, gemstone earrings, post earrings, hoop earrings, pearl jewelry, thumb rings, knuckle rings, toe rings, infinity rings, infinity bracelets, infinity necklace, customized jewelry and much more featuring simple and unique designs in wire wrap jewelry.

 Sand Canyon Jewelry 
Denver, Colorado
Handmade Metal and Stone Jewelry.

Royal Suzie 
BoHo Chic Home Decor 
Agate galore!

Animal & Nature Photography (Prints) 
by Stephanie McDowell.

Two Trees 
(Dinosaur) Planters - Terrariums - Planters - Home Goods
"Being from Arizona we wanted to create planters and terrariums that draws influence from the desert landscape. Two Trees uses mostly succulents, cactus, and air plants in our designs. We truly love creating and designing these little pieces of our hearts for our customers."

Los Angeles, California
Paper Cut Silhouettes, Stationary 
& Found Object Bots

Matthew Bietz gained fluency in furniture and metalwork while receiving a Master’s degree in architecture at the University of Washington. He supplemented his architectural education with real world experience at Gulassa & Co., a Seattle based custom fabrication studio, where he worked on a wide range of projects that included the work of Steven Holl and Tom Kundig. His hands on experience in design and construction was further influenced by a design‐build project that he completed with Jersey Devil founder Steve Badanes in Mexico. He bookended his architecture degree with a Valle Scholarship, studying the museums of architect Sverre Fehn throughout Norway for 6 months. Bietz worked for several years in the construction industry before launching Quartertwenty in 2007.

Leah Duncan 
Leah Duncan's line consists of locally sourced textiles, stationery, and home goods with many items produced by hand in her studio. Each piece in Leah's collection is hand drawn and reflects her unique sensibility and soft color palettes. Inspired by a love of nature, her east Austin neighborhood, and her Cherokee roots she has established a recognizable voice that speaks simplicity and beauty with quirky and organic themes.

Colorado Handmade Gifts; Jewelry, Art, Custom Applique Apparel, and more. 
Earrings to left are raw Colorado Minerals, Stones, and Crystal (pieces of) Rock, on Metal Post Earrings. 

Want to find Craft People or Artists in your area? 
  • Check these 25 Handmade (Online) Markets. 
  • On Etsy you can select Shop Location, as well, the Shop Local Feature tells you local stores that carry handmade gifts (from Etsy sellers). 
  • Ask (Online) Community Groups, like those on Facebook.
  • Go to local Art & Craft Fairs, and Farmer's Markets. 
  • Ask friends & family if they know anyone whom you could support. 
...I think I am going cross eyed, so I am going to stop here for today.
Until next time, 
Live. Laugh. Love.
(Please excuse typos: exhausted brain & eyes.)


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