NATIONAL HANDMADE DAY
National Handmade Day on the first Saturday in April recognizes all those who put forth their creative talents into gifts warming the heart and leaving us awed.
Whether it’s baked goods, beauty products or woodcraft, quilts, toys, or artwork, those who create handmade gifts do so with an eye toward craftsmanship. Some carry on traditions from one generation to the next, and others transfer skills learned in a trade, making it an art form. From artisans to craftsmen, tinkerers, and those with eclectic style who create beautiful, functional works of art and scrumptious delights, each shares a bit of their passion.
For anyone who has ever received a handmade gift, we delight in these one-of-a-kind treasures. We savor baked goods, bath, and skin products, and we can’t wait for more. Pottery, jewelry, and other designs become heirlooms, handed down from generation to generation, gathering history wherever they go. We marvel at each stitch in a quilt or notch in a carving, the care taken to make just the right cut or to pair scents or colors. Custom pieces carry even more meaning.
From inspiration to finished pieces, those who have a passion for handmade crafts delight in their projects. It brings pleasure to their lives, and they enjoy bringing them to you.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHandmadeDay
- Shop your local handmade artisan stores and see their latest offerings.
- Share your homemade projects for others to admire.
- Try your hand at making something handmade. You might discover a skill you didn’t know you had.
- Explore the world of handmade products and get to know the faces behind them.
- Share your favorite finds and use #NationalHandmadeDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL HANDMADE DAY HISTORY
From Scratch Farm founded National Handmade Day to celebrate all the passion handmade businesses put into making their products and running their businesses.
In 2018, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Handmade Day to be observed annually.
About From Scratch Farm
Established in 2013, From Scratch Farm is a family business owned and operated by Amy Bierstedt. In her own words, “It started as a family business, with a dream of helping everyone make better, healthier, more organic choices for their body and home.” Their products include lip balms, healing salves, body scrubs, bath salts, vapor rubs, warmer melts, laundry detergents, and wool dryer balls, plus custom-designed postcards and t-shirts. Visit their website or follow them on their social media channels.
Q. What kinds of items are sold in handmade shops?
A. You might be surprised by the variety and quality of products you’ll find in a handmade shop. Look for:
- Clothing and clothing accessories
- Home accessories such as rugs, blankets, curtains, pillows, and décor
- Wedding accessories
- Personal hygiene and cosmetics
- Toys and dolls
- Paper, cards, stationery, and scrapbook items
Q. Where can I shop for handmade items?
A. Handmade businesses may have storefronts but many of them also have websites or exclusively sell online. Start locally by exploring your main streets and shopping districts. You might find handmade businesses right in your own neighborhood.
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