Handcrafted is the Word for Holidays in this economy-Buy Local Movement

I don’t know about everyone else but this economy has totally changed the way I look at things. I clip coupons, make more things from scratch and I find myself doing things my parents did like obsess over the lights and temperature on the thermostat. Since I’ve always been “artsy” I have always found myself doing creative things for loved ones as gifts. This year is different though. I’m not alone. There is a huge “Buy local” and shop local movement. AND I like it! It makes perfect sense. Keep the money in your local economy. Buy from each other, trade with each other, support one another. I am constantly amazed at the things people are coming up with now to make money. More than once have I thought, ” I wish I had thought of that!”.

Having an insurance back ground with small business I understand the woe’s that come with the burden that is a small business. And I am just as guilty as anyone else of shopping at Wal-Mart, Target, etc. I have a hard time resisting a deal. I think there is a breakdown in the food area on this movement. It’s expensive to get local food near you or you have to drive a million miles and then with the gas that you’re burning it defeats the purpose. But we’re getting there. Gifts and things for weddings, babies, etc. are all things we can probably shop local for. I am sure there are more websites like the one listed below who supported the “Small Business Saturday” to go along with “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”.

http://www.independentwestand.org/

Check it out, what do you think? What do you buy local and how do you do your part in this economy that seems to be circling the drain?

This is one of the gifts that my daughter did. She’s 2, almost 3 and quite brilliant I think , but perhaps i’m biased.

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I for one purchased a lot of items for my wedding off of Etsy. Which is also what gave me the idea to start selling my paintings on there. I hope all of you will wake this holiday and have a sense of peace no matter what presents , or lack there of, awaits you.

My new works for the week are listed below. I had a lot of fun doing these and I hope to find more time to create some more.

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In the end it is the love and ability to give love that makes life rewarding. No matter how alone any of you may feel, remember we are all energy and we are connected by that energy. You can call that religious, scientific, whatever. I call it truth.

Sending you all positive vibes. Wishing you a happy New year that’s prosperous in wealth, health and love to you all!

Brandie

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