Can Buying Handmade Change the World?

Can Buying Handmade Change the World

I recently read an article on the New York Times website that attempted to answer this exact question. The article Sorry, Etsy. That Handmade Scarf Won’t Save the World. was written by Emily Matchar, an articulate writer who delved into the issue thoroughly for the brevity of the article. I actually enjoyed reading it because it was so well written. Being a writer myself, that says a lot.

In the first three paragraphs, the author points out the irony surrounding handmade goods and their pricing. A store bought sweater, for example, can cost $20 or less at Walmart, but a hand-knit sweater can cost well over $100 on Etsy. Back in the 1930s and 1940s, handmade was free, and many families only survived because they wore only handmade clothes.

Almost every family had someone who could make by hand what they needed. These handmade arts were ubiquitous. (Interestingly, during the Great Depression, people used whatever they had on hand to make what they needed. Recycling at its best.)

In today’s world, not everyone knows how to knit or crochet clothing or grow food in a garden organically. Hence the increase in cost of handmade goods and organically grown food. It’s supply and demand.

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I’m a Kid in a Candy Shop!

I love tax season. Granted, I probably wouldn’t if I owed the IRS, but (knock on wood) that hasn’t happened yet. Every year I file as soon as I get my W2. This year, the IRS started processing returns on January 20th. I filed on the 19th.

I got my refund on Friday, WOOHOO!!!

My first purchase was a new lens for my camera that I’ve been drooling over for the past year. If your new to the blog, you probably don’t know that I’m absolutely in love with my camera. It’s a Nikon D5100, and it was the best money I’ve ever spent.

I love to photograph nature, dragonflies specifically. I don’t know why, but I’m obsessed with getting the clearest images of these little guys that I can, and my camera is amazing, even with the stock lens. But I had to get within inches of the little guys to get close enough images (it’s a 55mm lens). Not all dragonflies are cooperative enough to let me get that close, especially the rare ones. You know, the ones I really want to get shots of like the huge darners that never land.

The lens I finally purchased is a 55mm – 300mm lens, which means I can be four feet away from my dragonflies and still get those incredibly close shots that I want. I received the lens yesterday and of course went right out to play with it.

I started taking shots of flowers, trees and other flora. Continue reading “I’m a Kid in a Candy Shop!”

I’m a Sucker for Animals

I am, I admit it. They give me that sad little “help me” look and my heart crumbles. It’s one of the two main reasons I’m vegan.

My own pets have me wrapped around their little paw. They know exactly how to manipulate me, and they are so good at it.

In the past two days, I’ve rescued five different animals from a plight. Many people may consider these animals inconsequential and not worth rescuing. But I can’t help feeling sorry for any animal that gets trapped, injured or is otherwise unable to help itself.

Yesterday, I rescued a tree frog who made the sad mistake of jumping into my house. With six cats, if I hadn’t caught him, he would have been dead in minutes. Shortly after that, I went out with Sam to chase dragonflies, and Sam found a butterfly that couldn’t fly. He could glide, but I think he was too weak to fly. Here’s the butterfly:

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I’m in Love with Dragonflies…and My Nikon

I’ve always really liked dragonflies. I think they are really pretty. But I’ve never been a fan of insects. In fact, you could say I really hate them.

Well, I used to anyway…

Recently, I joined a group on Facebook from which I’ve been unable to break away. I’m constantly admiring the photos that other people are uploading. I’m also enjoying learning how to identify the various species of this gorgeous insect. For example:

A Female Amber Wing Dragonfly
A Female Amber Wing Dragonfly

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Wonderful Wednesday – Favorite Places

It’s Wednesday again. Oh how I love Wednesday! Today’s theme is:

Favorite Places

I have two favorite places:

My backyard

My backyard is just so beautiful. I go out there just about everyday to take pictures and enjoy nature. We rent the house here, but it still feels like it’s ours. We rented the house in November 2006, and we’ve been here ever since. That view has captured our hearts, and we hope to buy this house eventually. Continue reading “Wonderful Wednesday – Favorite Places”