We were woken up at 6:00 am this morning for a quote from Stephen--who I'm pretty sure didn't say "mums" exactly--but being mentioned by the BBC was worth it! This little story articulates in part what I've been thinking about the crafting community lately--that making and selling handmade is a great way to be making money right now, whether it's your only source of income or a supplement to a "regular" job. It may seem counterintuitive because hand-produced goods can often cost a bit more than their mass-produced counterparts. But I'm personally trying hard to seek out locally-made and hand-made choices for my purchases lately. I'm no economist but it seems like funneling the money I spend directly towards the individuals producing things is pretty sound recession-busting economic strategy. I don't think I'm alone in thinking this.
And isn't it lovely that creating things is such a great stress reliever, too? There are all kinds of good reasons to be a hand-maker these days!