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!

4 comments:

katelynjane 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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