Why Buy Handmade?

Our country provides an endless variety of nice things to buy to furnish your home, give as gifts, and more. So, WHY should you buy handmade?

Hand-Painted Personalized Note Cards by Linda Lewis

Hand-Painted Personalized Note Cards by Linda Lewis

  Something made one-at-a-time by an  artist who signs his or her name to each  piece created makes what you’ve bought  SPECIAL.

You won’t find the piece everywhere you  go.  For example, this baby plaque is a  sample of one made by my husband and  me in our shop.


We cut out the wooden plaque, (8.5″ x 8.75″) scrolled and sanded the edges until it was smooth all over. Then the plaque was hand painted – first with white all over as a background, and then blue for a boy or pink for a girl, with “gold” added in the pot at the top and the gold ‘coins’ drawn into the gold paint. The pot’s handle is black. My husband put a metal hanger on the back of the plaque. Finally, when the piece was purchased as a gift for new parents, I hand lettered the baby’s name, date of birth, length, and weight onto the front of the plaque. When all was dry, the whole plaque was protected with several coats of polyurethane.

I’m happy to say that the people who purchased the plaque were pleased when they held it in their hands. What was REALLY special was that they emailed me AGAIN – after giving the plaque to the new parents – to tell me that the new parents were thrilled, and had decided to decorate the baby’s room around the “Pot of Gold” theme!

So much in our world now is disposable and boring. I hope to show you how much FUN it is to celebrate a season or a holiday with hand painted glassware, place mats, tote bags, ceramics, handmade wreaths, original art, and more.

Handmade or hand painted pieces are

1) fun

2) SO much more personal

3) allow you to express your unique personality with things that make you smile

4) give you pleasure as you give a gift that has been personalized for the receiver, that they can’t find many other places, or – in some cases – anywhere else!

5) Many things, such as handmade or hand painted cards, are framed and kept as treasures by the recipients.

5 responses to “Why Buy Handmade?

  1. Rosie

    I would love to buy that plaque or poster “Your time as a caterpillar”…
    Do you know where I can find it?

  2. Toni M Lawrence

    Interested to know if the giraffe sea glass art is available for purchase. And if so, how much is it? And do you ship to Hawaii?

    • Hi, Toni. I’m assuming that the sea glass giraffe art you were talking about was either the one by Tracy Gardner Beach Sea Glass Art or the one by Gina Olkowski. I tried to find them, but came up empty-handed. Sorry.

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