Karen did a great post about being homeless. I will soon follow by leaving Etsy, but I am first working on converting my "gallery" website into a little shop to sell both my husband Bill's and my work.
For those who love handmade and appreciate the beauty of not only the art, but the whole idea of making a small business doing what you love and believe in, please join us with sharing your skills with other fellow artists. Love My Art Jewelry is truly all about everything that goes into creating handmade with handmade. Our next boot camp is
Each boot camp culminates in a blog hop. For those who do not have blogs, you are also invited to share your work through other social media networks. Erika Atkinson, for example, has been very dedicated to Boot Camp but does not have a personal blog. That does not stop her from sharing on the day that comes at the end of the six weeks.
You can also share your work throughout each Boot Camp's six weeks worth of lessons, tutorials, etc. Here are some pieces that were shared on Flickr, since Boot Camp began in January 2013.
If you don't always read blogs, you can also find updates on
As for promoting the love of handmade vs. manufactured products (not that there is not an importance in that), I think of the story about the tortoise and the hare. It may be a long slow road, but your determination, dedication, commitment, discipline and diligence will ultimately prevail.
Thank-you for supporting artists who create handmade with handmade.