Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Reading - Lese - Lendo

Some weeks ago I started reading "The Crafter´s Companion".
The book compiles stories of excited Crafters. It is so nice and inspiring to read the stories of those ordinary women with different backgrounds, life styles, ages and countries who have one thing in common: the passion for crafting.
It is a great book, light and easy to read and with nice pictures and projects. Not one of those books to read through but to enjoy with moderation.

But the best thing about this book is still it's reasoning. It really translates my way of thinking and lingin in the world now-a-days.

Some time ago I was talking to someone while looking at one of those prospects from shops that sell everything from underwear to champagne and from silverware to computer. We´ve realized how things got cheaper and he said: "Everything got so cheap that everyone can get what they want. What are we supposed to give them for a present?".
Without thinking I immediately answered: "Handmade. You give them handmade".

In a world like ours - ok, that is probably still not reality in Brazil, where I come from but in Germany, where I´ve been living for the past 6 years it defnetely is! - where all we can dream of buying, the perfect, the best, the most beautiful is acheivable, handmade things (from any kind) are the only original thing left.

Things that were made one by one, with love and creativity can not be compared with those produced in mass. They cost time, dedication, etc but that is what make them unique.

Here is the statement from the book to which I totally agree with:

That is why I love making handmade!


Billie said...

I have to have this book! I've heard about it and really think I should be reading it! I've been in a little bit of a crafter's slump and I'm in a need of inspiration. I've been making things most of my life and have passed it on to my daughter. You have a lovely blog, look forward to reading more. Have a great week.

Monika said...

Hi Daniela,
that´s soo right about the "handmade"! Interesting thoughts with which I agree - lol
I live near Stuttgart, in Reutlingen.