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We Are Makers. This Is What We Do.

It’s way after midnight and I just sat down after a long day of loom building. I’m sleepy and happy that there will be quite a few CraftSanity Looms under trees around the globe this holiday season. While I have barely begun my own holiday preparations, I’ve been shipping out looms as fast as I can this week because this is what you do when you operate a handmade business.

You take the business when it comes and you bust your rear during the holiday rush.

You keep making stuff even when you’re tired.

You cheerfully field lots of questions in between making and packing boxes because you continue to thank your lucky stars that people are interested in what you make.

You price your products fairly because you believe you (and every other maker out there) deserve a living wage.

You work harder than you’ve ever worked for anyone else and you feel both liberated and exhausted by your independence.

You thank the people who make what you do possible, from your customers to the kind stranger who holds the door for you at the post office to the people who love you unconditionally and put up with the messes you make during a typical handmade business day.

You don’t expect to get rich or famous, but you stick with it because you know in your heart that it’s the right thing to do at this exact point in your life.

You high five other handmade business owners because they get it.

We are makers. This is what we do.

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Comment from Amy @ Maker Mama
Time: December 14, 2011, 2:40 am

Jennifer you are just awesome. Thanks for being such an inspiration!

Comment from Jess
Time: December 14, 2011, 9:06 am

Amen, sister! :)

Comment from DianeP
Time: December 14, 2011, 9:15 am

Thank you, Jennifer, for all that you do to keep us all crafting!

Comment from Beverly
Time: December 14, 2011, 9:44 am

I’m so glad you ARE a maker!

Comment from Lona
Time: December 14, 2011, 10:20 am

Love it. Thanks for the little pep talk as I’m weighing, packaging and, WHAT? Another order? Ohmygoodness.

Comment from TravelingAnn
Time: December 14, 2011, 10:23 am

Yeah!

Comment from Katie
Time: December 14, 2011, 10:32 am

Lovely post – I hope to one day be that kind of exhausted!

Comment from Mandy
Time: December 14, 2011, 10:56 am

Great post and well timed! I know EXACTLY what you mean!

Comment from Robin
Time: December 14, 2011, 10:58 am

So true! Thanks for putting it so well. ;)

Comment from gilda
Time: December 14, 2011, 11:14 am

woot, awesome! Thank you<3

Comment from helen
Time: December 14, 2011, 11:20 am

love, love, lovely!

Comment from linda
Time: December 14, 2011, 1:17 pm

well said!

Comment from Laura
Time: December 14, 2011, 1:58 pm

You said it perfectly! Congratulations on your success! =0)

Comment from K Low
Time: December 15, 2011, 6:20 pm

Thank you! I love handmade business, but find it is overwhelming at times. Thank you for the subtle encouragement. Merry Christmas!

Comment from Brandi
Time: December 15, 2011, 11:07 pm

Your positive outlook brought tears to my eyes as I’ve had a rought couple of weeks thanks so much.

Comment from Debbie-Esch House Quilts
Time: December 16, 2011, 1:14 pm

Beautifully said!

Comment from Elizabeth
Time: December 18, 2011, 2:59 pm

Bravo!!

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Comment from kathy
Time: January 12, 2012, 3:10 pm

Why yes we are. Thank you for your eloquence.

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