What Handmade Means To Me

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.


Mama and her chicks. Made by Pat Croy.

I’ve cherished this family since approximately 1993, Made by Pat Croy

Raven by Pat Croy

This raven was made by Pay Croy. I believe it was made from marble dust, I have no idea how she made him.

Crow profile

Just love the dry corn around his neck.

Crow Profile

He appears to be made from a mold


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.



This woven runner was made by Marilyn Krug. The barnyard animals are made from paper mache. Each is signed and dated by the artisan.

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.



This painting holds extra sentimental value to me. This is the house my mother and uncle were born in. Someone painted this on this wooden plate about 70 years ago. The years have been good to it. The paint hasn’t lost it’s color while age has given the wood a beautiful patina that can’t be duplicated. The woven runner was also made by Marilyn Krug.

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