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Top 10 Reasons Why We Value Handmade

Whether you are a creator, or a collector who expresses yourself through supporting the aesthetic and creativity of others, there is great value in handmade.  
When you purchase a handmade item, you're not just acquiring another addition to your home; you're inviting a piece of the artist's heart and soul into your life. Supporting a small business like mine brings immense satisfaction to me and my family, while the uniqueness and personal touch of handmade adds a special flair. 
As a portraitist and custom artist, who creates unique works from your photographs, I know that machines simply can't replicate the intricate details and soulful essence that artisans infuse into each piece. When you hold a handmade creation, you can feel the personal connection and sense of authenticity that comes with it as evidenced by this testimonial from a recent client.
"I wanted to get a portrait of our recently passed dog Frank for my husband and I's 1 year anniversary. It was important to me that it was hand done in watercolor and through a small business that I could afford to support. I did a lot of googling and found your site! (Haike Tremblay Art) The fact you asked about our pet Frank to help you shape his personality in your artwork really meant the world to me. It made us feel like we had asked a friend who knew Frank to paint for us. Thank you so much again!!!!"
–Sarah Woods
Here are my top 10 reasons why we value handmade:
#1. HANDMADE IS THOUGHTFUL. Every handmade gift is a work of art, crafted with an abundance of passion, love, care, and attention to detail. Each creation is truly one-of-a-kind and holds a special place in the heart of both the giver and the receiver. By supporting my small business, you contribute to the success of an artisan who pours their heart into every piece they create.

#2. HANDMADE IS HIGH QUALITY. As an artisan, I understand the intrinsic value of each item I create. Handcrafted works are built to last, surpassing the fleeting trends and disposable culture. When you invest in handmade, you acquire a piece of exceptional quality that can be passed down through generations.

#3. HANDMADE IS GREEN. Unlike mass-produced items that often require large factories and excessive transportation, handmade products have a smaller environmental footprint. Crafted in small studios, workshops, or even my own humble space, these creations undergo fewer stages of production and promote a more sustainable way of living. It's a choice that benefits both you and the planet.

#4. HANDMADE IS SUSTAINABLE. As an artisan, I prioritize the materials I use. I strive to find recyclable packaging, work with eco-friendly suppliers, and support local producers. By selecting the finest materials, I ensure that each handmade item stands the test of time. No shortcuts, no planned obsolescence—just enduring beauty.

#5. HANDMADE IS SUPPORTIVE. When you choose to buy handmade, you're not only supporting the local economy and community; you're directly supporting me, the person behind the craft. Your purchase goes beyond financial exchange; it fuels my confidence, nurtures my skills, and enables me to reinvest in my business, creating more stunning works of art for you to enjoy.

#6. HANDMADE CAN BE CUSTOMIZED. Unlike mass-produced items, I welcome the opportunity to personalize or customize your piece, making it even more special and tailored to your unique preferences. Embrace the joy of owning something truly one-of-a-kind—a reflection of your individuality.

#7. HANDMADE HAS A STORY. Each handmade creation tells a tale of years spent honing my skills, perfecting techniques, and pouring my passion into my craft. By supporting me as an artist, you become part of that story. Your journey of discovering and connecting with my work intertwines with the story of the piece itself, creating a meaningful connection.

 #8. HANDMADE KEEPS TRADITIONAL SKILLS AND CRAFTS ALIVE. Buying handmade supports the preservation and continuation of traditional skills and crafts. As an artist who teaches, I am committed to practicing, showcasing, and passing on these techniques and traditions. By choosing handmade, you contribute to the flourishing of artistry and creativity for generations to come.

#9. HANDMADE IS UNIQUE. Each handmade item is a testament to the craftsmanship and creativity that flows from my hands. The charm and character embedded in every piece cannot be replicated or mass-produced or copied by AI. When you invest in handmade, you are buying a commitment to authenticity, a guarantee that no other piece will ever be the same.


When you purchase a handmade gift, you start a relationship with the person behind the creation—the artisan themselves. You can connect with us to inquire about the materials used, care instructions, or explore customization options. We know our products and are always ready to offer the best advice and assistance. But it doesn't end there. Your decision to buy handmade holds greater significance.

By opting for handmade over mass market products, you actively contribute to a more ethical and sustainable marketplace. you not only make a conscientious choice for yourself but also contribute to a more compassionate and responsible world.

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