Let’s take a look at 4 reasons why handmade matters:
1. It’s Human Nature to Value the Creative SpiritWhen you make something, you leave a part of yourself in it. When you are finished creating, you take pride in the work partly because you see yourself in it. When you buy something someone else made, you find yourself reflected in that purchase. Whether it’s the color, the texture, the shape, or just the mood you happen to be in, an item crafted as an expression of the creative spirit of the person who made it is treasured and valued far beyond a piece made for worldly mass consumption.
2. Handmade Items are Crafted in an Environment of Joy, Honor, and RespectDid you ever receive a hand knit sweater or blanket from your grandma? Have you ever studied the workspace of that person as she knits? She creates in a space of joy, honor, and respect, doesn’t she? Those same values somehow find their way into the very fiber of a handmade item. Every inch of the yarn that forms a hand knit garment once flowed through the fingers of the Maker who knit the garment with intention and purpose. Who wouldn’t take extra special care of such an item?
3. A Handmade Item Cannot be DuplicatedNo two handmade items are exactly alike. Variations in color, shading, texture, shape and grain are inherent in a handmade item. No two items are alike so that every single one is one-of-a-kind. That means that every handmade item you purchase is also one-of-a-kind. What’s not to like about that!
4. It’s More Beautiful When Made with the HeartYou can serve your guests a frozen, mass produced pound cake or you can treat them to the one your mom made. The frozen one will do in a pinch, but only the one your mom made will touch the very heart of your guests.
Please view the following short video clip of us handcrafting one of our Bible covers. The entire process takes about an hour:
That’s why handmade matters. Have you found something wonderful that was handmade, either at MinistryIdeaz.com or elsewhere? Tell us all about it in the comments below!
Why do you think handmade matters? We’d love to hear from you! Please write us in the comments below.