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Celebrate National Handmade Day
Observed annually on the first Saturday of April, National Handmade Day encourages people to appreciate the skill and creativity that goes into making handcrafted items. Handmade items are unique and often one-of-a-kind, making an excellent choice for those looking for something different and special. The value of these items lies in the attention to detail and careful application of traditional methods, which are frequently passed down through the generations from one family member to the next. They represent the link between now and the past to preserve the tradition of manual skills prior to the age of technology and mass manufacturing.
We visited “The Farmer’s Daughters” a well-known local source for handmade items to learn about the heart and skill that go into creating them.
Danelle Fuller, Co-Owner of “The Farmer’s Daughters”, took us on a tour through the store and told us about some of their handmade products and the people that created them: Handmade Wreaths and Florals by Debbie Youmans, Children’s felt-craft items by Maegan McConnell, Handmade Jewelry by Jacqueline Powell, Maple Syrup by Fuller Farms, Local Honey by Drapers Super Bee Apiary, and Hand-poured Candles by Amanda Nudd.
What was beneath the incredible handcrafted items was a welcome bonus to the tour. Danelle herself had given many pieces of furniture beautiful makeovers she used as the platforms for product display. The entire experience taught us a new appreciation for the beauty and importance of preserving the art of handmade goods.
The History of National Handmade Day.
Established in 2018 by “From Scratch Farms”, National Handmade Day was created to support local artisans and small businesses specializing in handmade items. These individuals and small businesses pour their heart and soul into their craft, and National handmade day is a chance to recognize and appreciate their hard work.
How can You celebrate National Handmade Day:
– Be a tourist in your hometown and shop at your local handmade artisan stores. You never know what handcrafted treasures you may find!
– Plan to spend the day with your children or grandchildren to teach an old family recipe or crafting technique.
– Make a date with friends and attend an arts and crafts show.
– If you have always thought about creating something and have not done it yet then, use the day to motivate yourself to finally begin.
You can choose one of these options or use your imagination. When combining imagination and handmade items, the sky is the limit.