Utter the word “handmade” or “handcrafted” and many will envision Great Aunt Margaret’s scratchy teddy bear sweater complete with pom-poms and primary colors. Sure, there are plenty of those out there, but handcrafted is actually wonderfully popular. If you need any evidence just look at the ever-growing sites of Etsy and ArtFire.
My introduction to very cool handcraftedness was a hand knotted freshwater pearl bracelet I bought from a former nurse colleague years ago. Then I came across real soap where the glycerin wasn’t removed and no chemical preservatives- with ingredients like shea butter, olive oil, and goats milk! To this day real handcrafted soap is a daily luxury. Just look at this yummy stuff below, courtesy of SoapScents located in New Hampshire.
It goes without saying that I fully embraced handcrafted! Some of my most treasured gifts were handcrafted either by the recipient or by an artisan they purchased from. And now with a great focus on Made in America- handcrafted just makes sense! Not only are you supporting the American economy, but you are also making a statement that you value craftsmanship. (And we hope you know that Bourgeois Baby is very proud to offer handcrafted baby bibs, burp cloths, and unique baby gifts).
Oh! How could I forget- one of my absolute favorite items- handknit socks!!! I have about half a dozen pairs I made that my feet love to cozy up in on chilly New Hampshire days.
So what are your fave handcrafted items? Join us on our Facebook page to discuss or check out our Pinterest boards for visuals.