I think that it is difficult to describe this community to people who don't understand it, who've never depended on it, who haven't seen it in action. I'm not even sure what to call us, because the words "market" and "online network" don't do us justice. It is about handmade, and craft, and sewing, and homekeeping, and quilts and art and certainly love, but it's also about something bigger. We are a sister-hood of sorts, coming from every direction, leaving our economics, religion, and politics with our coats and hats when we come to the common table. And while the things we make - the quilts and the books and the pictures and everything else - may seem small, words fail when you try to describe the power they have.
I have to believe that there is something that sits in a very deep place within each of us, older than language or marriage or medicine or money, a relic of pre-history, a miracle of thumbs and sticks and fire, that tells our heart to trust the hands who have made us something, because they belong to someone who loves us.
Thank you for helping my family, we are honored and grateful. I'm thrilled to report that our benefit was a great success, thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make it so. I'm just now home from Santa Cruz with a long list of winners to announce... stay tuned!