I saw a quote yesterday that entirely sums up why I love handmade items:
Which is true! If you’ve ever tried to make anything, you know how long it takes to learn the skills and practice them until they’re good enough to share.
And I’m very pleased to see that there seems to be a resurgence in interest in handmade items over the past few years. More and more people are rejecting the mass produced and embracing items crafted by an individual.
I am definitely one of them. Given the choice, I’ll alway choose a hand-thrown mug over a mass produced one, or a notebook bound by the person selling it versus one from a chain store. There’s just a different feel to items that have been made by a person rather than a machine, and I love it.
Of course, my area of expertise and knowledge is weddings, and this thirst for handmade items definitely has reached here, too.
If you’re planning a wedding then you probably know this already. But, what you might not realise is that as much as you appreciate the person making your bouquet/jewellery/invitations, they appreciate you just as much (if not more!).
Speaking from experience, there is nothing better than having someone appreciate your work so much that they’re willing to part money in order to get it. And getting amazing feedback like ‘that’s so beautiful and unique’ or ‘it’s just what I’m looking for’ or ‘wow, that’s even better than I thought it would be!’ is honestly the best feeling in the world.
Which makes us try extra hard with each of our customers or each item we make. We love that we create something you love!
This goes for all types of handmade item, whether you’re buying at a craft fayre, from a creative friend or from someone online.
But for me, when someone chooses to have invitations I’ve made as part of their wedding celebrations, it’s amazing. Seriously, I’m always so honoured to be a small part of their big day, and so I genuinely work hard to make sure everything is perfect for them.
I’ve always said that I never deliver work I wouldn’t be happy to send out myself, but this isn’t entirely true. I’d be much less concerned about the finish being so high if I were sending them myself!
And whilst everything might not be 100% perfect all the time, that’s part of the joy of handmade- that it looks handmade. There are slight variations between items if you look carefully. Something might be in a slightly different place on a card, or an element might be slightly askew. Not anything wrong, just not completely identical to another of it’s kind.
In short, you can tell that a real person has created this item, just for you.
Because in a world of mechanisation and manufacturing on an industrial scale, it’s special when someone makes something with their own hands.
And it’s equally special when someone buys it.
So thank you. For every handmade item you’ve ever bought from an indie crafter, know that you’ve made a difference in their life. and please, continue to support these people whenever you can. I know I will 🙂
And please, continue to support these people whenever you can. I know I will 🙂
P.s, If you want to check out my handmade wedding invitations, please do, and if you have any questions let me know in the comments 🙂