Tuesday, May 08, 2012
If you listen, these days, you'll hear it everywhere. But especially in the political arena. It's disheartening and I'm very aware of it, spending probably way too much time on it. Except I've been raised to believe that if it's ignored, and what you loathe, despise, and fear comes to pass, you have only yourself to blame for not getting involved... I'm way behind on blog-reading, and I'm going to try very hard to make myself catch up. Particularly here: on Dominique's blog. She's involved, yet with her, I can step back and breathe quietly and let peace wash over me. A very healthy thing to do!
Thursday, May 03, 2012
For several months now I've wondered just what direction I wanted this blog to move in. I've finally pretty much decided. The essays expressing concern for environmental degradation, the mostly vegetarian recipes, the "make-do" philosophy? Well, they'll still find their way into my posts every so often. I enjoy doing them. And they reflect a side of me that doesn't get much expression anywhere else... But I think I'd like also to begin to share a passion near and dear to my heart: small business crafters. You know I own a small craft business, myself. But I'm also a "patroness" of the independent creators of fun, funky, fresh, and fabulous handmade wonders so often found on etsy and at craft shows around my mid-Atlantic area and on my (somewhat limited) travels. So. Tonight I'll share a crafter I first became aware of when my niece gave me a delightful pin at Christmas: Half Baked Ideas Jewelry by Stephen Dalton. knitting blog know that I have two Siamese/Tonkinese cats, that purple is my favorite color, and that hearts have special meaning to me, as well - I'm a heart attack and by-pass survivor, yes, I'm a person with a disability, myself. If you have an opportunity to visit Half-Baked Ideas over on etsy, enjoy the visit. These are really fun pieces of jewelry, with great attention to detail. They are lightweight (a big issue with me). They are pretty, funky, fun! And remember, whenever you support an independent crafter? You're purchasing something that is made by ONE very creative person, not a factory, and you're making it possible for someone to live according to their values and making a big difference in that person's life. Not to mention? Getting some really neat stuff in the bargain!