I was just asked by a VERY close friend if my products are made in the USA. And this simple question led me to the realization that I don't say it anywhere on my website that my products are not only made in the USA, but made right here in Portland, OR. They are all handmade either by myself or by a local family sewing house. I design and grade all of my own patterns and do much of the work here in my studio. It is very important to me that my products are locally made to the highest quality standards.
This holiday season I have been more aware of my own personal purchasing habits. I had the painful experience of being in the "handmade" section of a local holiday bazaar only to be stuck across from a dollar discounter of imported goods that literally smelled like warehouse. Oh, the waste! Wasted energy, money, landfill space, soul. I took the Buy Handmade Pledge on buyhandmade.org and am making most of my gifts. I have bought a few things to add to them - all of which are handmade by local crafters. I won't ever judge anyone on their own purchasing habits, but I do hope to inspire others to be aware of their purchasing - who it supports and what it says about our commitment to our children's futures. Support your local crafters, give a better gift AND build a better future for our children. Sounds pretty good to me.
Love and joy, Violet!
Friday, December 14, 2007
I'm so cute that it doesn't matter that this pic is a little blurry. Or there's a little peanut butter on my cheek. Or that I snipped out that large portion of my bangs. Didn't notice did ya? It's the smile. It gets me every time too:)
I've survived three of the four sales so far. One was canceled, but I quickly added another to the calendar. Although it starts tomorrow, it's 2:07am, and I am still undecided about whether or not I am going to participate. I'm just done with shows, ya know? I'm ready to settle into hand-crafting all of my Christmas presents and preparing the Spring catalog for shipment. It's really beautiful.
The twelve days of Christmas has begun you know! I helped Mia start a Twelve Days of Christmas book tonight. She's making up her own words. So far, her "true friend" gave to her a Christmas tree. She's hand writing all of the words and illustrating it. I love being a mom. It's pretty divine.
Posted by Violet Craft at 2:05 AM
Thursday, December 6, 2007
I snapped these shots at our first holiday bazaar of the season. That particular show last six days total, was too expensive and was definitely not worth the time in sales. However, at every event, it is not always about the sales. I met some fabulous people and sent home some handmade goodies to lots of loving homes. I met the fabulous proprietor's of fabricfiber.com and can't wait to spend some more time with them. They have a love for fabric like I haven't found in many other people. We could talk for days about designers, prints, colors and probably anything else. I also got to spend some quality time with my studio-mate Nicole from Go, Goose, Go. One show down, four to go :)
Posted by Violet Craft at 1:57 AM
I'm going to back track for awhile until I'm caught up. This is Mia's first hand-stitching from November 24th. I am SO proud of her. She has gotten really far on this project but she isn't ready for me to take another photo yet. I'll keep you updated on her progress as she feels ready to share her work. So cute.
Posted by Violet Craft at 1:54 AM