Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The beauty and love in handmade

There's just something so wonderful about things made by hand, especially when those things are made by the hands of people you find incredibly magical, beautiful and oh so fun.

My friend, Anita from Castles, Crowns and Cottages, is one such person. One visit to her blog and you will forever be enchanted with her. She is an incredible paper artist and storyteller. Oh, and she plays the harp too!


Every year I purchase a rabbit ornament for my Christmas tree. This year I found the most wonderful addition. This is Jingles. Anita crafted this handsome fella with her own two hands. The minute I saw him, I knew he must come and live with me.

Jingles arrived in a beautiful handmade traveling box, with a handmade card and some lovely, lavender, handmade soap. The older I get, the more I cherish things that are unique and handcrafted. I find myself being so worn out and utterly bored with anything "made in China." I prefer to connect with a person rather than a factory.


Anita's card read, "This item is made with a lot of love for art, whimsey and Bunnies." I too share those sentiments and I'm so very happy to have this piece of art for my tree. I will cherish Jingles always.

I encourage you to create your own handmade pieces and also purchase handmade things from others. There is so much beauty and love in handmade.

Hugs to you!
Michelle and the Bunnies

23 comments:

Jeanette said...

Jingles is so very cute. Love the soap & box. Love handmade goodies. Hugs,

Vroomans' Quilts said...

What a lovely addition for your tree. Yes, I prefer USA homemade, too.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Love your new ornament...and all the goodies that came with it. Wonderful choice, my friend.
xoxo
D

Michelle Ridgway said...

I couldn't agree more.... your friend is so clever and what an adorable addition for your tree and so beautifully packaged. Creativity just makes your heart sing doesn't it.

Maree: said...

Hi Michelle what a Great Tradition...Love your New Piece it's Beautiful.
Cheers

Crafty Green Poet said...

Jingles is adorable! What a lovely gift! I'm a great fan of handmade too

WinnibriggsHouse said...

Jingles is fabulous. I am off to check out that blog now.

shez said...

how unique is jingles,i love him Anita is very clever and how lovely to have those extra goodies thrown in,what a wonderful parcel to receive Shell.xx

Chris said...

Jingles is so wonderful. The box and card are lovely too. What a special addition to your tree.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Jingles is gorgeous, Shell. How lovely...
Hugs
Jen
xxxx

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Michelle,

This is such a kind and generous post to JINGLES! He has a fun smile on his face because he is loved and now has a home with two other fabulous rabbits! Many thanks and I hope to see a photo of your Christmas tree! AND I SO AGREE with Handmade/Homemade art and accessories for living. The good old days when my mom would make our own clothing from little coats and slips for me and shirts and pants for my dad. THOSE were the days. Someone approached me recently and asked if I would consider licensing my designs to be manufactured. NO WAY. I don't want my things to transmute into a stamped out product made elsewhere; I want to make them myself.

I appreciate your kindness and ENJOY JINGLES!!! Many hugs to you and the fellers!! Anita

Sue said...

Lovely ornament, I'm going to take a visit over there now...

Lois Evensen said...

What a darling bunny ornament. So perfect. I bet your tree is beautiful after years of collecting bunny ornaments. :)

The French Bear said...

Shell, Jingles is stunning! I was hoping to purchase something from Anita but I can't decide what to get, her dresses are such incredible masterpieces and the ornaments are so whimsical, I love everything!!!!
I too can't wait to see your tree!!!
Hugs,
Mags
xx

brandi b said...

Ok, you so need to frame that card, too! OOOO, chocolate!! Jingles is awesome.

speedyrabbit said...

so beautiful,I can't wait for christmas and the best thing is it will be Speedy's first christmas with us to make it extra special!xxRach

Carrie P. said...

such a sweet ornament. you will have to show us your tree with all your ornaments at Christmas time.

Minerva Black the shoppe keeping cat said...

What a fabulous rabbit! And not only made with love but packed and shipped so prettily too. I love him (well done Anita!) Minerva x

Joy said...

Jingles is just adorable Shell!! I bet your Christmas tree is a treat with all it's lovely bunnies on it. I'd love to see it ;o).
Hugs,
Joy :o)

bunnits said...

How neat! Love Jingles! Love the other goodies! Love handmade!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Snazarooo! I might be getting the slightest tingling of a Holiday spirit! (I better button down the pocket book.)

Sherri said...

Jingles is awesome!!!! I don't like the China made ornaments either, I much prefer handmade.

Clovie Boy said...

I think your wonderful friend, Anita, may need to make more Jingles ornaments...Love it!