Monday, December 19, 2016

A Heartfelt Thank You

by Cindy Lindgren

Plays Nicely with Paper
Our holiday shows are wrapping up, we're sending out last minute packages you ordered and now it's time to stop, breathe and tell you thank you.

 "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." William Arthur Ward
Thank you to my loyal customers...Eve Brown Special Occasion cards

Thank you for supporting our handmade businesses throughout the year. For some of us, it is our sole income and what brings us the most joy. To hear back from you by email, or meeting you in person at art events, and hearing your positive comments truly deepens our commitment to our craft.  It also helps boost morale when loading up our art booths on frigid, snowy weekends.

"Nothing better then receiving an order from someone that really appreciates handmade quality items. Their kind words really put a smile on my face!" 
Thank you from MetalingSusie handmade metal jewelry.

We appreciate that you take the time to search out meaningful gifts at the holiday that can't be found in big box stores. You take "Shop Local" to heart and support our community. You recognize that 'something special' in our craft that holds a piece of us as artisans. 

"Thank you from Light Reading! Our customers are amazing, Jess and I are grateful for the opportunity to work with so many nice people. Making something meaningful, like lamp shades from family slides, is a treat. Many of our customers are like old friends now, what fun to see them at shows or see an upbeat comment on Facebook. Minnesota really is the nicest place!"  Brenda Irwin

Your support of our small businesses helps others, too. We often use other local businesses in creating our goods, like local printers, fabric stores and frame shops. 

"I am thankful for all the people who make the extra effort to seek out and purchase unique handmade items from independent makers. It allows us to follow our creative calling, to hone our skills, and to have meaningful interaction with those who value what we make. Thanks!" from Sharon Parker of Sharon's Compendium.

All of us at HandmadeMN appreciate your support this past year and look forward to creating new arts and crafts to dazzle you in the New Year.