Monday, March 23, 2009

Viva la Handmade!

Since I spent the first few years of my life living in an urban, Jesus Freak commune in Sacramento, I think part of my soul will forever remain hippie. I love that Michelle Obama is stressing the importance of homegrown food and putting an organic garden on the white house lawn (though I definitely do not have a green thumb!) It wasn't until I moved to Europe that I realized simple things like making your own salad dressing or a baking a cake from scratch really aren't that hard (and I am far from being a domestic goddess!) Something about being an American makes you think most food should come in a bottle, can or box....

I also truly am into the idea of the handmade revolution. I opened my first Etsy shop last year, but then took a break for about 8 months, taking it up again at the end of January. I love that everyone is doing their own thing there. Be it a housewife in Mobile, Alabama, a hipster in Madrid or an metal artisan in Sydney, people are gluing, sewing, sautering, etc. all over the world.

I did a shop local search today for stores located in France. Here are some of the highlights of what I found:

I spent two weeks last summer near Bordeaux, France and completely loved it. It's no wonder people are making such great things there. I am SO going to buy that skirt from Malam (vintage French newspaper cloth)one of these days!

Viva la Handmade France!


Anonymous said...

That skirt is great! We're headed to England this spring and I'm hoping that we'll be able to visit Paris while we're close by (: Lucky you for going to Bordeaux!

Juste said...

Lucky You:) your post is really interesting about the ecology and the
health. i am also new in Etsy and it is wonderful, how many people do crafts and most of them are fantastic!
By the way, i dream visiting Paris too:)

benconservato said...

I miss not being in France, I completely agree with you. Great post, enjoyed reading your blog.

Schaufenster said...

Thanks everyone!


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