I recently had a conversation with my 28 year old brother about handmade items as he was giving me opinions on some of my things. I love his opinion because he really gives it to me straight and is very honest about what he likes and dislikes. I told him he always sounds so surprised in his emails to me when he really likes something that I just made. His reply was that they look nice and professional, not handmade. (his words, not mine)
What do people really think? I'm not trying to start a debate here, but it really got me thinking about how people view handmade items. They're not produced on a major assembly line by a machine, so there will be slight variances and differences among pieces. Is it a bad thing for an item to be viewed as "handmade" vs. nice and professional? I'm sure that there is a market out there for both, and I know that plenty of people go to craft shows and such looking for unique handmade items.
Anyways, our conversation really made me think as I prepare for upcoming fall craft shows. Do people really value the fact that my items come from a stay-at-home-Mommy who works during naptime and bedtime and tries to make high-quality items? Hmmm....something to think about.