Hi, I'm Shel

June 29, 2017

Since 2004, I've been incredibly grateful to be a professional artisan, hand crafting luxury — and more recently, expendable — goods.

One of the awkward challenges of this path has been the frequency with which I've encountered a common misconception: that artisan goods should cost less than mass produced goods specifically BECAUSE they're hand made (because they're home-spun, imperfect, and/or made from materials any resourceful person could obtain.)

What people forget to take into account — very innocently, I believe — when they think this way, is that hand made goods that are priced fairly (covering time spent, materials costs, and unique skills, without undercutting pricing "to be nice," as a favor, or stemming from a lack of confidence in product, self, or sales potential) will always cost more than factory-made products due to:

1) Labor Costs — Factories are automated and can perform the work of hundreds of hands in a much shorter time than a single artisan ever could, even w...

March 8, 2017

 That's the goal.


October 24, 2016

Denmark is said to be the happiest country on Earth. That's down to one thing: hygge.

Hygge's more than just an idea; it's also part of Denmark's national identity. The word's many translations include: cosy, simple living; enjoyment of life's small pleasures; the warmth of good company; and the comfort of soothing things.

Pronounced "hoo-ga," hygge is a relaxed and stress-free mindset that values cherishing yourself; candlelight; celebrating experiences over possessions; and being kind to yourself; all while treasuring and fostering a sense of close community.

You know hygge when you feel it -- cuddled on the sofa with a loved one, or sharing a meal under dim light with the nearest and dearest of friends. Hygge is dappled sunlight filtering through your windows "just right" as you sip warm tea on a crisp fall morn. Hygge is grainy wood paneling and warm, woolen socks on a rug by a crackling fire.


August 10, 2016

Because you shouldn’t have to look at your blog like it's a treadmill.

Because its okay to say only what you have to say. If that makes a long post, fine. Short post, fine. Frequent post, fine. Infrequent post, fine.

Because its okay to not always be enthralled with the sound of your own typing.

Because sometimes less is more.

Because only blogging when you feel truly inspired keeps the integrity of your blog high.

Because they are probably not going to inscribe your stat, link, and comment numbers on your tombstone.

Because for most of us blogging is just a hobby -- a way to express ourselves and connect with others. There's no need to apologize for lapses in posts. Instead take a step back, enjoy life, and remember: not everything you do is “bloggable”.

Because your blog enjoys natural longevity when it never becomes a chore.

-- Tartx.com

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I love sewing, soaping,
nature, reading, people, birds, Disney, coffee, & fleece

Musings and messes and magic and fun... the happy scrapbook of a creative, grateful life.

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