How much “handmade” does it really have to be to qualify?

hand dyed marino wool

This question arose for me when I looked at some of the handmade websites around the internet and was surprised what I found. Does it have to be at least 60%, 80% or 100% handmade to be called that? So the outcome would be that of a “handmade item of superior quality?” Hanging a purchased […]

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The Truth About Working From Home


The very idea is delicious! You are going to make a living creating art and beauty from the comfort of your home. You are going to put your treasures up on the internet while still in your jammies and sipping your coffee and have all the free time in the world to take care of […]

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Is There Such a Thing As a “Bad Show?”

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A whole lot of handmade artisans decide to do a show – some form of arts and crafts festival. Everyone tends to judge the success – or failure – of such events in dollars and cents alone. But sales alone do not determine whether a show is a good show or a bad show. The […]

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National Coffee Day


“…you haven’t had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it’s running” ~ Jeff Bezos Coffee, the drink of the gods, well, that and me! My day must begin with coffee so today is the perfect day to celebrate….It’s National Coffee Day! So, on honor of the momentous event, I invite you […]

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Clothes Pegs, Clothespins and Clothespin Bags, Holders


Clothespins or Clothes Pegs, you wont find many on yet, but that might be changing. Not to be confused with the one-piece wooden clothes-peg for hanging up coats that was invented by the Shaker community in the 1700’s. During the 1700’s laundry was hung on bushes, limbs or lines to dry but no clothespins […]

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“Talk like a Pirate Day” September 19th on


September 19th is “Talk like a Pirate Day.” Just for the entire silliness of this day, Avast, me hearties! (pay attention!) Why do we need an International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Make no mistake. We do. But it’s a little hard to articulate why, especially when you’ve made the mistake of referring to your […]

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Celebration of the Star Spangled Banner


I know, it is not the fourth of July, but there is still a reason to celebrate the National Anthem of the United States! This is the 200th anniversary of the writing of this national symbol and the city of Baltimore, where the anthem was written, is doing it up big! Francis Scott Key wrote […]

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HIppie Beads or “What I did this Summer”

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Hippie Beads When I was a child during the sixties, everyone was into love beads. The ‘hippies’ wore strings of them around their necks, woven through their hair, sewn onto their clothes. They were tiny little seed beads that came in a riot of colors and I adored them. Back then they came in these […]

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Discover Handmade Labor Day Weekend

Discover Handmade August 29

Hello my friends and welcome to Discover Handmade August 29. Today we have a Sock Monkey, Leather Keychain, Hawaiian Mosaic, and Exotic Pendant/Necklace. Let’s have a closer look at these terrific handmade items. Sock Monkey by mharristx Sock monkey hat, diaper cover and booties. Yarn is soft and fits 0-3 months Take a look at […]

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Finishing a Bead Necklace

Finished Necklace

In the picture are the tools that I use to finish a necklace and make matching ear rings: crimping pliers, round nose pliers, two pair of flat nose pliers and wire cutters. These are available in a variety of makes and quality. 1. Place a crimp on the wire. I use 2 mm crimps so […]

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