When I was young I made handmade cards and sold them to neighbors. I made "sit-upons" in Brownies and clothes for my Barbies. I made cakes, cookies and crafts and had a big book called "Rainy Days Crafts" that I waited to pull out on rainy days. I have painted thousands of snowmen, built hundred of birdhouses, hot glued many a dried flower to a basket and hand-cut my own embellishments for my scrapbook pages when all there was to use were plastic templates and Mrs. Grossman stickers.
Making things is something I have pretty much done my entire life and it is an important part of my life. Even though it took me 35 plus years to finally understand it, it is part of my purpose. In the industry that I work in, it all starts with something handmade and turns into a mass marketed product and I will be the first to say that I have tried to sell my wares to every company. Even though I keep trying, each time I get declined, I know in my heart that it is part of my job to promote, encourage and inspire others about the importance of handmade.
Handmade, homegrown and handwritten is something that is not practiced enough and something that I have started incorporating into my classes, both online and in-store is encouraging everyone to send "happy mail" to others.
Here is an example of what God plops in my mind at the most random times. (Sometimes it is while I am running, sometimes while I am standing at the stove and last night, while I was watching ESPN with my dudes.) I carved a little address stamp for my envelopes.
You know how fun it is to get "real mail" during the holidays with the arrival of Christmas cards, so how cool would it be to not only send someone an unexpected handmade hello, but to also receive something back?
Today, consider handwriting a little something to someone and pop it in the mail!
P.S. If you are part of the 52 PickUp or Daniel Plan group on FB, there is a file that you can add your address to so that you can send and receive!