Hello makers! Kelly here, back with another Question of the Week. This time around we will be sharing some quotes that speak to us as makers. Those words that come into our lives, and bury themselves in our minds. The words that inspire us, that drive us to continue on and to better ourselves and our businesses.
I have a slight quote-reading addiction, so this QOTW really tickled my fancy. Of course several nature inspired quotes came to mind right away for me (surprise surprise), but I decided on something a little different. Ready to read some inspirational quotes? Let's go!
"You can't buy happiness, but you can buy handmade. And that's kind of the same thing."
I'm not even entirely sure where or when I first stumbled upon this quote or who said it, but I immediately connected with it. To me, happiness and handmade are one in the same. There's just something about making and selling my handmade items that gives me the warm and fuzzies. Every piece of knitwear has my time, my love, my ambition, my trial and error, my heart and soul in every stitch.
Knowing something I made with my own two hands is going to a new home to keep someone warm and cozy, well that makes me downright happy. When I support my fellow artisans and buy their handmade goods, it's a totally different feeling than walking into a store at the mall and making a big company purchase.
I checked in with Ashley of @callistoknits, Ashley of @chunkyknitz, Natalya of @natalya1905, and Abigail Rose of @abigailrose.crochets for their favourite creative quotes.
What is a quote that speaks to you as a creative, and why?
Within us is the potential to be fleshed out again as the creatures we once were. Within us are the bones to change ourselves and our world. Within us is the breath and our truths and our longings. – Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves
Nothing ventured, Nothing gained. – Benjamin Franklin
If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you're not sure you can do it, say yes - then learn how to do it later. – Richard Branson.
Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. – Tim Notke
What quote inspires you as a creative? Tell us in the comments below, or tag us on our @ourmakerlife with #ourmakerlife with a picture of your maker life for a chance to be featured on our feed!
If you have a question in mind you would like to see answered by fellow makers, just send us a quick 'OML QOTW' email - we'd love to put together a QOTW with you.
Kelly, OML dream team
Kelly is the mind, body and soul behind @knitbrooks: handmade modern knitwear inspired by nature’s endless beauty. After completing a photojournalism program, Kelly used both knitting and crocheting as a way to relax after a long day working as a reporter/photographer. This hobby has since transformed into a way to combine her love of creating fashionable knitwear, with her passion for photography, a cozy lifestyle, and her awe and admiration of the untouched wilderness.