Thursday, January 14, 2016

Handmade Feelings

 When you buy something made by a person,
there is something special there, and you do feel it.
The consciousness with which a thing is made
is often more important than the thing itself.
- J. Donald Waters

I agree with that first part, for sure: when you hold something made by hand, it is special, and you do feel it.

In the process of rebranding Balm & Honey in time for this spring's big honey/candle/soap/lotion introduction, I was told to write 150 words or less on what my little business is about. Uhhhhh... hmmm. It took awhile. Eventually, I typed: 

Balm & Honey came from a heart-aching yearn for simple, authentic products. 
We knit, keep bees, make soap, and dip candles for beloved customers.

It isn't quite what I'm going for, but it's a start.

Last week, I finally (!!) received an invitation to venture inside Ms. Nell's house. Oh, y'all. That place came straight out of a book. Everything she has tells a story... is a story. Whether we were standing in her little sitting room with the coal burning fireplace, or chatting in the huge, bright kitchen, every item came from someone or was made by someone. You could feel it in her house- that special feeling. She knits, too, so we compared handknit cloths. What is that intangible presence we sense when holding something another has made? It's recognition, maybe, that the thing had a life even before it got to us. That someone, somewhere, used their breath and brain and being to add something to the world that wasn't there before, and never would have been had they not been born. Ugh. Call me ridiculous, but I don't know if there's a way to overstate how much this means to me.

Anyway. A big batch of colorful, handknit cloths is in the shop and ready to start their life with someone new. Hurry over if you want to take a peek... five have already sold since I started typing this post!

Wishing you that handmade-special-feeling sort of day. -Brin


Gail said...

Brin, could I set a hot pan on these and it wouldn't mark the table?

Brin said...

Hi Gail-

While these are great for most everything, I'd be careful about using them as a trivet. I sometimes use mine (the round ones, anyway) under bowls with hot food in them, but I don't think I'd ever put a pan that's hot from the stove or oven on anything cotton, no matter how thick.

Good question! Thanks for being here. :)

Anonymous said...

hi, Brin. I was thinking of log cabins (as I often do, especially this time of year) and I almost always think of the one you stayed in while you were working in CO. So I hopped on here and did a search to revisit. As always, I loved your descriptions of everything and the teasing little vignettes you provided. A couple of ?'s, however... Did you ever complete your lemonade quilt (I forget) and do you have any photos of the cabin with the loft (after the snake sighting)? If so, please share! :)

Gail said...

Thank you, I think I will order and try them for table pads for hot dishes.

Gail said...

Brin could you stitch 4 placements in colors like this tablecloth?

Sue said...

Thought of you today as I used my Balm and Honey cloth!