Throughout many many years I have met hundreds of crafters, artisans and creative people, from Maine to Florida to California, who have a deep desire and passion to create beautiful things.
Each and everyone has something in common. The desire to create something. It simply didn’t matter what medium they worked with. They took pride in what they were doing. It is a fulfilling feeling when pieces come together and something new and wonderful emerges.
I know firsthand the struggles, the triumphs, the failures, and lessons learned. Maybe that could be why I appreciate the effort, blood, sweat and tears that have been woven into a finished project.
When something is handmade it comes with a story. An actual person is behind the object. It was not mass produced in a factory over seas. There are not thousands upon thousands of exact duplicates. It is unique. Perhaps the artisan made 50 of the same thing, it’s still handmade by a real person – not a machine.
Today I celebrate all my fellow artisans and crafters. Those I know, have met and yet to meet. I love the stories behind my treasured pieces and strive to have a story with many of my own creations.
I don’t know of a National Hug an Artisan Day, so let’s make everyday a day to celebrate all who Create and Inspire.
Do you have a favorite hand crafted item? Perhaps something you’ve made.
Please share it in the comments below – I’m looking forward to seeing your favorite creation and story behind it.
Make this a great day and be blessed, Sheila