Sunday, May 24, 2009

The meaning of handmade.

Pondering the meaning of handmade. My friend and partner in crime was recently interviewed for and among others was asked what handmade means to her. What it is? What is at the heart of this handmade movement?

Her answer:

"The handmade movement is so many things. When I got into school as a kid I was surprised at how many people didn’t wear clothes their parents made. Now I’m surprised at how many people just don’t know how to sew even a small seam together. The handmade movement is about self reliance, giving back to the community, reducing our carbon footprint, and finding something really unique. Bath and body products are actually good for our skin and don’t need to use alcohol or petroleum. Fiber artists, seamstresses, and quilters don’t throw anything away and recycle everything. Toy makers made toys that expand kids imaginations, batteries not included or even needed! Woodworkers can show off their talents and creativity without answering to anyone. Artists don’t have to know someone to get somewhere! The freedom and customizability of the handmade movement is something you can’t find in any department store or toy store or furniture store. You can only find it in the living rooms, studios, kitchens, and garages of the men and women in your community."

I agree, most notably with:

The handmade movement is about self reliance, giving back to the community, reducing our carbon footprint, and finding something really unique.

But I want to add a little bit to this genius.

To me the handmade movement is so much more than about being crafty and learning your way around a wood block or a glue gun. So much now that is mass produced and manufactured is strategically advertised to appeal to the sensibilitiesAdd Image of desperation, inadequacy and a false desire for things that we don't truly need but crave because of celebrity or well trained promoter influence. To me this movement is about getting back to the core of beauty and necessity. Answering for ourselves what we do and don't need and not for reasons of false fulfilment but because we truly love them. There is so much love put into handmade while there is so much greed put into the new toy with the "must have upgrade" that breaks within a week. This movement is about our individual pursuits, skills, talents and desires. There is nothing like creating something from nothing. Holding the finished product of what never was and now is sprouted from your imagination and mind. We can explore, we can do and we answer to ourselves and need no permission to do so. We provide and create and grow. It is about individuals in seed and then sprouted it is about the interconnectivity of those individuals. The movement is about no longer looking from without, but looking from and to within.

And you get to make kickass stuff you can't find anywhere else. That's always a bonus.

Just a midnight munchie for thought which should never be done under the influences. Well for me, for you all it's probably the best time since you all have a better chance of reading some real gems. But not this time you naughty monkies! (Yes, I seriously love that show. Call me a loser, I probably am for loving it but I laugh my ass off at least once per show. Sometimes twice ;) )

My friend and I were discussing the Dali quote "I am drugs" and when that same gal asked tonight how much wine I had to drink I responded with "I am wine." So there you have it.

What does the handmade movement mean to you?

Thursday, May 21, 2009

New loot!

Hello, all my lovlies!

New loot in the shop:
Check it check it yo

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Blips of announcement and business meeting points...

Well first off all, the headlining news is that I have recieved some amazing entries to the rockabilly mama painting "contest"! Beyond excited for that and if you haven't recieved your email back CONTACT ME AGAIN! I have sent them all out but want to make sure all have recieved their replies. Some of you have had some amazing ideas, like the friend duo. I imagine that like a thelma and louise! Complete with revolvers. Ahh yes. But of course that's just me, it can go either way. Others are requests from amazing people I have met through the interwebs and etsy and due to that am just as excited to recieve their pictures to evaluate as well.

The main reason for the blip of a blog is to make the formal announcement (well actually it would be the second formal announcement, the first was on the HouseofSugar homepage almost two weeks ago) regarding the shipping situation. As most of you know and as the others I hope have taken note of, the priority shipping transfer has gone into effect!

To summarize, I announced changes to shipping that provided to be disasterous. I shipped a package to Texas, just two states over from where I currently am residing at, and it took ONE MONTH to arrive. One MONTH! And didn't arrive in the best condition. So I am sorry to say that from now on, unless you are purchasing papergoods, priority mail and above are the only options I will provide. I can not and will not and refuse and over my dead body will I try the media and parcel methods again. Severely disappointed and distraught over what some of my babies went through as well as if not more so what some of my customers went through.

So from now on, only priority mail and above (such as overnight) is provided. I apologize now for the increase in prices but it has to be done if I want to get any sleep at night! Monday shipping is still in effect however I am going to try to work in another shipping day if my budget allows (I am currently 45 minutes to the nearest post office... one way. Wowzas).

So there is your formal announcement announcement folks!

Keep the rockabilly mama emails coming you bombshells, you!
(And keep pestering me if you didn't recieve your emails back. I won't mind. In fact I'll be a glutton for punishment and welcome it. Yes. Bring it!)

PSS. (Yes I am aware that is not the correct term for a post post script, script.) I have yet to fix my computer that crashed due to an overwelcomed very nasty relative (gr) so public is still my only means of communication. Hopefully soon because this once every other day for the maximum of thirty minutes is not enough! Communication will still be slow, even slower than usual, but take solace knowing that I am thinking about you and the addiction that is etsy literally every single hour. Including dreams, true story.

Here are some prints I found off the most amazing free-right vintage medical and offity illustration site the other day. I literally did two runs through the house skipping, screaming and asking everyone I knew if it was Christmas:

I hope to put them to good use by casing them in resin against the frames and hopefully much more. That's as far as I've gotten with ideas but any are welcome! There's free loot in it for yah too.. just to mention... nudging nuding....

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Calling all Rockabilly Mamas & Bombshell Babes!

Sorry, gals only this time around!

So I have been itching to do another Sanctus Betty, but this time around the itching has been to incorporate some of the fellow Etsians. So here's the deal, if you've ever wanted an ORIGINAL self-portrait of yourself (hey, it's not self indulgant at all, you're sharing and immortalizing your hot self in rockabilly form.. and if it was? Well so what. I'm always narcissistic in the mornings) then send me your pics!!!
All it will cost is the materials and shipping, $50.00!

And you'll get an original painting like Miss Betty here:

Taken directly from your pictures. Totally customizable and despite the need for the recession sale, worth upwards of $400+. So let's do this! It's something I've been wanting to do for a while so if you're interested, email me those shots and let's get to work on the details!

Can't wait! Itch itch twitch twitch.