Sunday, September 21, 2008

Yesterday, I was thinking about the culture of disposibility, and what someone said about walmart glasses- you don't care if someone breaks them, because they aren't special- really made me think. On one hand, the heart of handmade is making things special and unique, but on the other hand, there is a real demand for practicality- something you can use every day because if it is ruined, it's no big deal. Finding that balance will be interesting.

I will also continue to wonder if my jewelry seems too out there for most people.

8 comments:

kim* said...

oh they are special if i paid for them! but i do want some vintage cat eyes that fit me perfectly IF i ever have to wear glasses.

CREATEaTHOUGHT said...

That is interesting, and I agree!

Hey Harriet said...

Interesting post. Will need to ponder that... :)

Beth said...

Good point. I wonder, though, if those looking for homemade care about practicality at all or are looking for something special to hold on to?

shannon said...

Hmm..I don't know. I tend to look for what is practical because I'm simply so broke that all purchases need to be considered carefully.

La Alicia said...

wow -- your post describes what I love about mixing Ikea items with handmade items. Ikea may mass produce items but they are WELL designed and they're yours -- that makes 'em special. When mixed with handmade items -- that makes your collection one of a kind.

NOt only are most things in places like w-mart not well designed, they aren't green and they aren't lovely.

UGH! Wish the world could come to a balanace on this! :)

heather (errantdreams) said...

Oooh. If my ear-holes hadn't closed up years ago... if finances weren't so tight right now... I'd buy your fluorite purple globe earrings today. I think the problem right now for sellers is that whole economy thing. Finances are beyond tight, and hand-crafted good are luxury items.

shannon said...

Thanks heather! We just have to ride out the hard times and find folks with extra cash.