my two lips are zipped

Cheers to the makers.  A toast to the inspired creators that know that process is just as important as people and product.  Today marks the beginning of spring, and with all the excitement about warmer weather, I started thinking about daily trips to the farmer’s market for fresh fruits and veggies.  
All the daydreaming convinced me that I needed a market tote with leather handles.  Not a second later and  I was venturing around town buying fabric and leather and rivets.  It didn’t occur to me until I got home, nearly three hours later, that I could have bought something similar at the market.
But as I started hammering rivets into the leather, I thought about how much I enjoy the process of making something with my hands.  Sure it costs as much and takes well, way longer, but there’s something primal and wholesome and just plain good about being part of the process. 
My passion for creation stems from the same reason I prefer walking to driving or cooking to dining-out: it feels good to watch unqiue components come together to create something new.  And, to be honest, it also feels pretty good to get your hands dirty once in a while.
What do you think? Is it worth the time and effort to make when you could just as easily purchase?  
Oh, and just as important – welcome to spring!

18 thoughts on “my two lips are zipped

  1. I love that you made the bag yourself! It really is so much about the process… sometimes I get frustrated when my DIY attempts end up costing more than what it would be to just buy them, but I usually enjoy the process so much that it’s worth it. I love your perspective!

  2. I’ll teach you everything I know about furniture if you teach me how to work with leather and do all the creative crafty things you do! 🙂

  3. That bag is absolutely perfect. Well done! I am, unfortunately for me, not very crafty or creative and I would usually (with some exceptions) prefer to have someone cook for me than to cook for myself. Actually, I don’t mind the cooking – I just want someone else to clean up after me. 🙂

    Happy 1st day of spring!!

  4. Love love loveee making my own stuff, usually meals though. I am with you on all of that. I should try to make more of my other things to though. I make my own deodorant, and am going to start making my own shampoo….but clothes and bags are another story. 🙂

  5. That fabric you found is just beautiful, and with the leather handles, perfection! I agree, it’s far more rewarding to make things than buy them… the excitement of sewing the last stitch and being able to fly out the door putting it to use is far more than the excitement of walking out the shop with it… at least for me 🙂

  6. “It feels good to watch unique components come together to create something new.”

    I am exactly the same way. And although I had a hunch why I enjoyed this so much, I could never put my finger on it exactly. But, this line did it for me. Anything I create becomes an extension of me, of who I am, a form of self-expression that no purchased item could ever accurately represent.

    So, when I am finished creating something, whether a finely cooked meal, a song on a guitar, or a new piece of writing, there is an intense feeling of satisfaction and self-expression. With that being said, I still really enjoy a nice dinner out with my wife 😉

  7. Love this! That bag looks so great! Your craftiness is always so inspiring. And I love the bright spring print you picked out. It will look just darling carrying your fruit and flowers home from the farmer’s market! 🙂

  8. I love your bag! And the fabric is so pretty. Making something yourself has advantages: you get to make it exactly how you want it. Sure you could have found something similar, but it wouldn’t have been as unique or be as much a part of you! I love making things myself, it feels like that item is extra special because of it.

    Also, Jen, I nominated you for the Liebester Award! You can read about it on my blog today!

  9. I think so! Although for me, while I love crafty projects, I also love the thrill of the hunt, and I love finding what I need at thrift stores or garage sales. So I find satisfaction in that, too! I love your bag! I hope it’s filled with tulips every day!

  10. I SO love the creative process–making things precisely the way I envision them, watching raw materials turn into something wearable and usable. And I’m pretty convinced that whatever I make isn’t really something I could find anywhere else. Not exactly, because I’ve always got to add my own particular style and flair, right? That creative process will always have a special place in my heart!

  11. Loving the colors and the print. Yellow, blue, and green are my most favorite color pairings. They’re just so vibrant, and cheery, which is why I love spring. Minus the allergies…allergies will be the death of me I swear -___-


  12. This is beautiful! I love the print you chose. (And I agree – leather handles are super fancy.) I’m not incredibly talented when it comes to crafting things by hand, but I do agree that the feeling associated with it is so satisfying. Every now and then I get the urge to make something, and it’s a nice break from all the staring at the computer I do for my usual creativity. 🙂

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