I'm so sorry I haven't been around to visit you all or posting. I'm exhausted, but ecstatic.
As my long-time blog friends know, a few years ago I started a collaborative craft studio for adults who have developmental disabilities or mental illnesses (and for family caregivers).
It started out as an informal endeavor for art therapy in my dining room, and expanded to an actual business.
First we sold our Christmas creations online, and last year we sold in three venues plus from our website.
This year it's expanded to 8--yes---8 venues, not including on the web! Our ornaments are going to be at one craft show, our town's Home and Garden Tour Boutique, a fine arts gallery up in the big city, 3 gift shops (one is an internationally famous institution that I'm not allowed to name) and a couple of local organizations.
I'll probably be hawking our stuff a time or two in the next month. Please bear with me. I don't ever try to sell crap or advertisements on my blog for any reason. Our website hasn't been yet been updated, but it will be in the next couple of weeks. We've been so inundated with real-time orders for our ornaments that this has fallen a bit on the wayside.
I've been asked a few times in the last year by a couple of organizations to talk to them about my non-profit project.
I've had to decline, simply because we're not a non-profit.
Why does everybody seem to think that if you employ people who have disabilities, you have to be a non-profit? Sheesh! Why can't we be capitalists too?
We accept no grants or government funding.
The philosophy behind this project?
There is dignity in producing something useful or beautiful. There is dignity in being able to produce something that is lovely and saleable on its own without having to be subsidized because of a perceived disabled condition.
I'll let you guys know when our website has been updated.
Hopefully you'll find something beautiful there that you just have to have this holiday season!