handmade vs storebought

13 Nov

I have been fortunate enough to grow up in a very creative household. My mom, a passionate artist, taught us to love and appreciate everything handmade. She spent endless hours with us painting and crafting and made the most beautiful costumes for Halloween each year.

Needless to say I have become incredibly appreciative of handmade gifts. When I got pregnant with little miss sunshine 4 years ago and was ordered bed-rest due to complications, I decided that I wanted to spend my time creatively. I bought my first two knitting books, went on the internet and learned how to knit.

The first couple of months were a bit frustrating. My first scarf took forever to be completed and the end result was slightly disappointing, despite my mom trying to convince me otherwise (bless her optimistic and confidence building soul).

Despite my uneven, childish looking, tiny scarf, I decided not to quit.

One of the best decisions I ever took (OK, I am exaggerating of course, but you get the drift).

After knitting about 30 Christmas scarves & hats during the final trimester of carrying little I., I slowly started to get the hang of it. I started knitting faster and the end results looked more professional.

Then Iliana came along and I suddenly had so much free time to knit!

HA! I almost had you there, right?

For the next ten months I left my knitting needles and yarn locked away as I was frantically trying to cope with having a jealous 2 1/2-year-old, a newborn and a husband to take care of. Thankfully I had help. I don’t think I would have survived without it (No, no exaggeration there).

A couple of years and numerous knitting gifts later I decided I wanted to broaden my horizons and bought a sewing machine. Remember that frustrating beginner knitting phase I just told you about? Yeap, Déjà vu.

I looked at my sewing machine and thought that can’t be it. I felt like I was back in high school and had this complicated science project in front of me of which I understood absolutely NADA.

What my two children have taught me throughout the years, PATIENCE, came in very handy in learning these two skills. Oh and lets not forget the desperate need to occupy my mind with something else other than parenting. That. Too.

I already started with my Christmas projects this year and have had some great reviews from friends which got me thinking. Why not make a few more and sell them?? And if it does kick off, why not turn it into a business? Doing something I love while making a bit of pocket-money, that sounds like a dream come true.

How about you? Do you prefer a handmade gift or would you rather buy something in a store?

Until next time





10 Responses to “handmade vs storebought”

  1. Elina Zambounis November 13, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    At long last! You have finally decided to do it!
    Now it seems that the Monday morning meet up is even more urgent to re schedule
    So, how about the coming Monday?
    I’m dying to see all of your creations!!

    (by the way did we really do science projects at school? I can hardly remember, so they mustn’t have been that creative!)

  2. memyselfandkids.com November 13, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    Good for you and good luck with the venture. Do you make things for adults? I think you should send me a sample.

    • wonderlandbytatu November 16, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

      Sure thing! What would you like?

      • memyselfandkids.com November 17, 2013 at 6:49 am #

        Hmmm. I don’t even know what to ask for. I’ll leave it up to you, the designer.

  3. meditatingmummy November 13, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    T, I love them both but the colors are beautiful in the second one. I would buy one exactly like that or one in reds and oranges. I will spread the word around my blog and help you any time you need by word and even advertise for you. Yes! please start making them. you are definitely talented.

    I am trying to come up with something I am good at, a venture, an idea to work from home. It is not happening for me. I want you to do this and you can. i can’t sew or knit, I can write. sigh.

    • wonderlandbytatu November 16, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

      Yes, I totally agree. I fell in love with the colors of the second one as soon as I laid my eyes on the yarn!
      Thank you my dear, I am glad you like them. You can send me your address, and I will ship one over 😉

  4. expatsincebirth November 13, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    Tatu, I love this! I prefer handmade too. We have several Winter or Christmas Fairs here in The Hague, where several friends of mine sell their handmade products. Why don’t you try to sell them too? Some of these vendors gather together regularly and offer their things “with a coffee and a chat”. Maybe you could set up something like that over there?
    Auf alle Fälle sind deine Produktionen sehr schön und ließen sich sicher gut verkaufen 😉

    • wonderlandbytatu November 16, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

      I think it’s the German in us, loving the handmade stuff that is.
      That actually sounds like a great idea, thank you Ute!
      I might do that in a couple of weeks. I will let you know how it goes xxx

  5. elpida November 18, 2013 at 12:11 am #

    Sure thing, i prefer and appreciate handmade gifts, it’s the time, the effort and the thinking spent that makes it priceless. I love them both…i have fallen in love with the second one…the colors are just elpida…can i place an order? Go for it and sell! Give ideas of how can i spend my time creatively…i am jobless again, bored to death and attached to panagiotis…

    • wonderlandbytatu November 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

      Elpidaki thank you for your encouraging words. Coming from you, another passionate crafter, means a lot to me. Sure, you can make an order. It would look great on you!

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