Ever feel guilty when you buy arts and crafts?

I love arts and crafts – especially art. Sometimes I like creating my own tropical art and wearables, but I think I probably enjoy going to arts and crafts shops, fairs and festivals and seeing what other people have created even more.  People are so amazingly creative and talented, and window shopping is so much fun!  Not always, but fairly often, I’ll also go home with some (usually) small treasure someone made. But I will also also fairly often feel guilty later about that purchase – did I really need it? Should I have used that money for something more “practical,” or just saved it?  (And if I didn’t feel guilty before that, sometimes friends or families’ comments suggest that I should!)

If you’re like me too, here’s a quote for you that I saw on a meme the other day that puts things in a different light and is guaranteed to make you feel better – that you actually did a good thing, and should possibly do more of it!  So instead of feeling guilty, let’s be proud that we are supporting talented artists:

 “When you buy something from an artist, you’re buying more than an object. You’re buying hundreds of hours of errors and experimentation. You’re buying years of frustration and moments of pure joy. You’re not buying just one thing, you are buying a piece of a heart, a piece of a soul……. a small piece of someone else’s life.”

Cool, huh? And it’s so true – of all the things we buy in life, someone else’s talent, dreams and spirit are all embodied in those big and small treasures we take home, making them some of the most special things we will ever own (not to mention artists usually can’t follow their dreams if someone isn’t buying from them)!

So don’t buy arts and crafts if you can’t afford to also put food on your table, but as long as you can do that, save a little extra to support the amazing artists of the world (and have fun too!)

paper art

Joanna Tropical Lady

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