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Why Buy Handmade? Why Craft?

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Why Buy Handmade? Why craft? For Buyers and Makers there are many reasons they do what they do or make what they make.   The reasons are as varied as the number of shoppers and makers out there.   Why handmade?  These are questions that shoppers and makers ask themselves every day.  We really don’t think much about  the real benefits to those who buy hand made and the physical and mental benefits to those who make.

Why BUY Handmade?

Let’s look at buyers first. Why do you prefer to go to the big box store to buy something?  Convenience?  Cost? Choice?  In our “get it now”, “get it cheap”, “throw it away” world, we overlook the fact that handmade products can be less expensive in the long run, better quality, and more valuable than the mass produced goods we see in the stores.  That doesn’t mean we exclusively buy handmade but we do need to consider which is better if given a choice.

So I just want you to consider a few things about hand made goods.  Why BUY handmade? First, hand made goods tend to be unique.  Not unique in the sense that there isn’t another in the world like it.  How many times do we stand in front of a store shelf looking for a gift and there are 10 identical items?   As makers, we generally work off of a pattern of some sort.  Even with a pattern, there are differences in each item made, a different color scheme or a different arrangement of the pieces.  Now you have 10 different choices.

Secondly, when you are buying a gift for someone, don’t you want that gift to seem special, that you have chosen that gift specifically for them?  As humans we thrive on belonging and feeling that we are special to someone.  Hand-made gifts bring that out like no other.  You chose THAT gift for THAT person. It is thoughtful and personal.

Thirdly, makers take pride in their work.  It is purposeful work, time-consuming, and sometimes tedious.  That translates most often into higher quality. Higher quality means that goods will last longer, and thus be less expensive.

Lastly, there are so many environmental considerations.  Machine-made goods use so much energy and water.  Maintenance of those machines adds energy costs as well as possible environmental pollution.  Although some of the raw materials such as fabric and yarn contribute to this on the front side, the things that are made from those materials require much less energy and produce only the sweat of my brow for pollution.   This is such a compelling reason…….Why BUY Handmade?

Health Benefits of Crafting: It’s More Than Just Stress Relief

The health benefits of crafting have been overlooked by many people. Some believe that hobbies such as painting, sewing, and crocheting are just ways to pass time. However, a healthy brain is just one of many reasons that you should consider using your free time to craft.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is no easy task. Thankfully, there are many ways to care for yourself and those around you. Crafting is one of the best ways to take care of your mind and body while also improving your quality of life. Keep reading to learn more about the health benefits of crafting and why you should consider making it a part of your daily routine.

Better Brain Function

“What are the health benefits of crafting?” is a common question we hear from our customers. One of the most important reasons to craft is that it helps boost brain function. Crafting enables you to complete tasks in a step-by-step fashion, which requires a high level of concentration and mental stimulation. Crafting also enables you to be creative and use your imagination in new ways. You can even enhance your creativity by working with others on team crafting projects! Participating in activities like knitting, drawing and scrapbooking increases gray matter in the brain, which is associated with increased memory function. It can also slow cognitive decline in older adults.

To understand the science behind crafting being good for our brains you need to first understand how our brains work. Our brains are constantly making new connections between brain cells (neurons). Neurons are like a web that connect in many different ways.  As we age some of these connections become weaker if they don’t get used often enough. This is where crafting comes into play.**

When you are using your hands you are also using your brain.** You might be thinking about what you want to make next, or remembering how you made something before. The point is that every time you use your hands for something you are strengthening those connections in your brain which helps prevent dementia and other things that come with age like memory loss, and more.

Relief from Stress

Who couldn’t use some stress relief? Crafting enables you to focus on something productive instead of worrying about problems in your personal or professional life. This can help put things into perspective, so you can enjoy activities like spending time with friends or taking up a new hobby without being weighed down by negative emotions. Research shows that crafting also helps reduce stress, anxiety, depression and anger while boosting positive feelings like enjoyment

Crafting increases self-esteem

When you create something new, it can give you a sense of pride and accomplishment. Crafting is also a social activity that can allow you to connect with others who have similar interests. Social interactions decrease the possibility of developing depression by warding off lonelinesss and isolation.

Although crafting is often thought of as a fun hobby, it actually requires the same planning and problem-solving skills needed for work or other tasks. Crafting can help develop stronger motor skills and hand-eye coordination as well as higher levels of creativity and expression.

 

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