during the holiday season

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Supporting handmade businesses during the holiday season is very important, just as all year around, but around the holidays, it means more to everyone.

When you purchase from an artisan, a maker, you do not only support a family, somewhere on this planet, and your community too, if you buy local. You buy something unique, truly special, one of a kind, that you can (perhaps) get personalized to your needs.

You also help protect skills around the world, because if everyone bought machine, mass-made items, who would keep on embroidering, making ceramics, painting, woodcarving, weaving, dyeing, bookbinding etc etc ? That would be a pretty sad world indeed.

And when you decide to spend your hard earned money, you get to spend it mindfully on something that makes two persons (minimum) happy : the maker and the recepient of the gift ! This doesn’t happen in chain stores ! Your money needs to be spent wisely, and to help a family live, not a CEO get extra richer ! Your money is your way to change the world, is a way to vote for something better & more balanced.

This said, I know we can’t all afford to buy all of our holiday presents from artisans. I know I can’t. But even buying one only among them makes an extra step in the right direction.

Have you planned or considered to buy something handmade from an artisan, locally or not ? If you have makers/artisans shops/link to share, please feel free to do so in the comment sections, I would love to discover new ones !

Thank you for reading, and for visiting ! Be well !

With love,

Sonia


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support handmade Sunday // Suntree Studio ceramics

I can not resist beautiful handmade ceramics, that's a fact. Even more when they are on sale because they (supposedly) have flaws. I love flaws ! I do ! Who doesn't have flaws anyway ?

Back in mid-December, I therefore bought this bowl above, and another that is almost similar, from Suntree Studio shop, in Germany (Nata Pestune being the ceramist). I got them safely two days before Christmas, very well wrapped, it was perfect.

Those (so-called) little flaws are, in my opinion, what makes the ceramic be more "alive". I consider them as freckles & it makes me smile. Wabi-sabi all the way. Beautiful in its perfect imperfection.

Nothing better than a lovely handful of organic clementines from Corsica (an island beloning to France) for enhancing its natural beauty, specially on grey days like we've been having (for too long).

Now I invite you to visit Nata's beautiful website & beautiful shop ...

S U N T R E E    S T U D I O
✗ website ✗ shop ✗ instagram ✗

Have a lovely rest of your weekend ! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your supportive comments to my last post. I really needed to have this off my chest, so that you could understand why my shop feels like being "frozen" for months. You all are gems. Love you.

xo

Sonia

PS : this post also is the first one in the new category "support handmade Sunday" ... :)

support, your own way

The other day, on Facebook, I stumbled upon an image that instantly appealed to me. It was saying "If you like an artist but can't afford their art, share their work with others, let them know who made it. It's honestly so valuable".

I couldn't agree more. Not everyone can buy from a favorite artist or craftswoman/man. There are so many of them out there, and you can possibly buy it all, or simply afford one of their masterpieces. (or what you think it is)

I have very recently made the aquisition of an original mixed media painting, from a beloved friend & multi-talented artist. I'm sure all of you know her already, I'm talking about Cathy Cullis, and she's known for her poetry, her embroidered pieces, her paintings, her monoprints, her natural dyeings, her weavings, her drawings, her zines, her doll houses ... really, I wonder if there is anything artisitic or creative that she can't do ! You may also know her for her thougthful Mosaic Mondays or Midweek Mosaics, on Flickr, in which she's been generously featuring photos from other contacts, other artists, other photographers. She has a big, gentle heart, and made me discover many people this way.

The piece I'm eagerly awaiting is this one :

"Dark jar with gentle flowering stems", original art by Cathy Cullis, images used with Cathy's permission.

We're now in October. Don't try to deny it, even though we all try to live & enjoy each day at the right pace, the holiday season will be upon us soon. Christmas day is exactly 83 days away from today, which sounds like in ages, but if you're like me and like to plan ahead (cards, or handmade gifts), it doesn't seem so far !

Although I may post another post about this kind of pre-holiday organization, I'd like to point out that this year, maybe more than any we've all known in years, times are tough. And when times are tough, you don't throw your hard earned money through windows, you spend it mindfully.

What I'm trying to say is that, the artists and craftswomen/men who try to make a living from their art or craft, need your support, my support, during the holiday season, just as much as the rest of the year. All the multinationals, the big companies, the luxuries brands, even though they also have a lot of employees (who also need a job and a salary !), don't need your support as much as independant makers do.

So try to help them, support them. If you can buy from them, then wonderful, it truly is wonderful ! If you can't afford anything from them, then try to let your family, friends or acquaintances know about them. Every little bit helps. I know a good couple of friends who generously showase makers of their selection, and they're doing so much more than that. I want to do that myself too, and I need to get my act together soon. I'm also buying mindfully from friends and independant makers, I just need some time to showase their work here.

Support handmade. Support independant makers, who make everything with all their heart & skills, trying to feed their families, pay their rents & bills & taxes with the money you spend in their shops, buying their wares / artworks.

I need to share more of other works here, and elsewhere.

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I know I've been pretty bad these weeks at visiting you all. September hit me hard after our French, long (two whole months) summer holidays. I'm slowly but surely getting in the whole "making" swing, and it literally feels like it'd been ages. I'm slow, I want to do a million things (yeah, I'm *that* excited !) but don't know where to start (well, you'll anwer : "start from the beginning, lady !!" but it ain't that easy, ah !). Please bear with me !

Much love,

ox

Sonia