Sunday, December 14, 2008

Etsy - A Family Thing

I was browsing Etsy today for shrink plastic handmades. On one of the search result pages, a few photos caught my eye. My initial thoughts about them were "Omg. So hideous. Who would buy these? They look like drawings of a 5-year-old."

I was really curious if anyone has bought from the shop, so I clicked into it. In the subsequent seconds as the page loaded, I had a flashback about something I read on the forums, which was about parents helping their children set up shops on Etsy.

The shop I clicked on was that of an 8-year-old boy, who makes little pieces of shrink plastic charms that he sells to earn extra spending money. His shop announcement read that his mother, sister and grandpa all have their own shops on Etsy. I gather his shop is managed by his mother.

Strangely after visiting each shop, warmth just welled up and spreaded all over me. I had to share this little family's creations with you. It's wonderful to see each member of the family making craft or art and displaying their handiwork on Etsy. I sensed a togetherness amongst the family members as they help each other promote their craft/art works.

I learnt something admirable from there, and that is to be proud of my family, always support each member and always be there for them. Not that I never did these - it's just that I've been so wrapped up in my own world that I'm often unconcerned about my surroundings. Perhaps that is a result of selfish desire to do whatever pleases me.

I should grow up and face the world.

1 comment:

Georgina said...

aww that is sweet, although , "he" is actually a little girl:P