Time to share a dream. On the eve of my 45th birthday (halfway to 90!!), I am stepping out to do something that started as an idea almost 10 years ago. I had just started spinning, and I knew down to my core that this was a form of art for me. I would dream patterns, yarn colors and styles, and I taught myself how to weave, knit and clean/card my own wool so that I could create things that are as close to locally sourced as possible.
All the while, I was wondering that the true value of this is. Yes, it brings me joy, and Yes, I love to give people things I have made. But was there more? I started reading about alpaca farmers in Peru, and local artisans around the world and I suddenly felt incredibly blessed to be able to create for the sake of art while others do this to survive. So, I had this idea…
What if I created a business model that meant I would make what I wanted, sell it for the value it was worth as a handmade item, recover the costs for my supplies..and give the rest of the $$ to an organization that was helping other people around the world? Honestly, my friends thought I was nuts…but I couldn’t shake the idea. A few years later, I ran across Awamaki, an amazing cooperative for women in Peru that was started by an awesome woman who lives in the Seattle area. The dots started to connect, but between work and family things, the time wasn’t right for me to dig in.
I’ve decided the time is more than right, right now. My new SeattleSpinner Etsy Shop opened tonight. I’ll keep adding to it to my heart’s content, knowing that what I am making will serve two awesome purposes. People can buy handmade items that also support local U.S. farms and know that the proceeds will go to benefit women in Peru.
So, that’s my birthday present to myself. Dare to dream…and even more…dare to do it.