If there is one thing I love about being an artist, it's that all of us are in it together. The first year I did a craft show, I was ready for the competition. The "competition," however, noticed that I was a newbie, and invited himself over to my booth to show me a better method of closure on my jewelry. I still use that better method, and I think of him every time a customer comments on it.
You see, being an artisan isn't just about making the sale and having the upper hand. It's about belonging to a community of like-minded folks who just want to share their creativity and inspiration. It's about creating a beautiful world to live in, and leaving our fingerprints for the next generation. It's about being involved, and being remembered.
To all of you artists and crafters that I've met over the years in person or on Etsy, thank you. Thank you for your thoughts, ideas, and criticism. Thank you for your honesty. Thank you for your friendship. Thank you for helping to create the world around me. Thank you for showing me the depths of your soul.
Most importantly, thank you for BEING. Where would the world be without artists? It, for sure, would not be a world that I would want to live in.