Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Hello and Welcome to my Brand New Hand Crafted Cottage

I am so pleased that you decided to come and visit me here at the hand crafted cottage!

I debated for a while if I should start a blog. There are so many pros and cons - pro, I can blog about my newest obsession Etsy; con, I'm already neglecting everything else in my life do I really have time for a blog too?; pro, I can exercise my all my creative juices in a new and exciting way; con, there are a million and one blogs out there - who's going to read mine?
I am drawn to handmade because I feel like it means...well, more! Heirlooms (another obsession of mine), the items that we hang on to so tightly for our whole lives, are usually impeccably crafted, handmade pieces. We don't pick up a necklace, for example, at our local Walmart with the intention of handing it down to our children. It takes something special to become an heirloom, something more. With that being said, handmade items of course aren't all destined to become heirlooms. However, the feeling I get from supporting fellow artisans (either locally or on the other side of the planet) is something that I also hang on to rather tightly.

Obviously the pros outweighed the cons because we are here at the cottage and loving all things handmade! I am so excited to explore more of the wonderful hand crafted items on Etsy (and maybe even beyond) and to share them with you, my cottage guests!

As my guests there are only have a few rules! One, take your shoes off at the door. Two, have fun exploring the handmade world with me. And three, check in every now and then to say hi!!
Thanks for reading blog number one million and two!


  1. Jen ~ what a wonderful first post ~ congrats :)

  2. Jen, what a pretty and comfortable feeling blog! It's great! Good luck with it. I'm your first follower!

  3. COOL!
    Looking forward to seeing what you have to say

  4. I think you're off to a great start!!

  5. Beautiful blog Jen! Congratulations! Can't wait to read more!

  6. congrats on the new blog. You are doing great.

  7. Yay for the new blog! Can't wait to see the treasures you find on Etsy! :)

  8. Great blog I look forward to your posts. I feel so welcome from your first one. (Also, you should probably be getting the MFA in creative writing!!!).

    Looking forward to reading more, and checking out your new shop items as you post them. Always lovely work!

    Jess K