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!