Travel theme: Handmade

There seems to be a growing demand for handmade (and even homemade) items in the circles I have been moving in recently. Perhaps it is a backlash against the anonymity of mass production. The demand appears to be highest when it comes to food, so maybe it has to do with concerns over what unsavory items end up in mass produced food. Whatever the reason, here are a few photos I’ve taken on my travels of handmade items. First up, hand dyed and  homespun wool, from a fair in Clare celebrating Brian Boru.

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Ever so delicate papier maché eggs all the way from Peru.

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Handmade and homemade rosehip syrup – made from foraged hips from Irish hedgerows.

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Hand painted Turkish pottery in a dazzling array of colours; they almost sparkle when the light catches them.

Turkey Turkish handthrown pottery dish bowl

Gorgeous handmade quilt from Guatemala; I wish I’d bought it when I was there, those colours are magnificent.

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Are you ready to break out the handmade or homemade for your interpretation of this week’s theme. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

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xxx Ailsa

My favorite things often have a story behind them and are usually handmade or discovered at a flea market. – Amy Sedaris

Handmade presents are scary because they reveal that you have too much free time. – Douglas Coupland


About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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73 Responses to Travel theme: Handmade

  1. Coupland’s quote is a real winner!
    I think many people are fed up with the flimsy goods not designed to last but to be tossed, added to the mounds of garbage clutter.
    Homespun yarn/spun by hand is so difficult to make. Impressive work

    • ailsapm says:

      I know what you mean, phil – the disposable nature of everything these days is wearing thin. And yes, that Coupland quote cracked me up. 🙂

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  3. Sue says:

    Lovely images and great memories for you, Ailsa 🙂

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  5. aj vosse says:

    How about a drop of potcheen?? Couldn’t think of a better cure for this lingering winter!! Well, maybe a few naggins of Blackbush would also do!!

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  8. Jaspa says:

    My post also features handmade items from Peru, like your eggs, Ailsa. Although they’re a little bit bigger than eggs. In fact, each is made from millions and millions of hand-crafted bricks!

  9. klara says:

    you have exquisite collection of handmade objects Ailsa. Coupland’s quote made me laugh.

  10. Leya says:

    Great theme – again! We certainly need more home made things. That quilt from Guatemala…Beautiful work!

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  12. mickscogs says:

    Thanks Ailsa. Lovely theme and of course, love all things hand made.

  13. Hand-made gifts are always lovely, I think there seems to be a trend toward people getting back into crafts and making things rather than just buying something mass produced.

  14. I’m always drawn to hand-made goods, the craftsmanship, uniqueness, and originality that goes into one-of-a-kind pieces has timeless appeal. -Ginette

  15. I love that we’re seeing your return to handcrafted. If you think about it everything was created by someone’s hands but the value that’s placed on it and the pay that’s given to the maker isn’t always in line with what we believe is right. I return to valuing craftsmanship is good on all levels.

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  17. Ulrike says:

    Nice theme! Thank you! Here is my contribution, seen in the streets of Shanghai:

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  20. Love this theme and your expressive photos to inspire us, Ailsa!
    Here’s my entry:
    Have an authentic weekend, dear 🙂 x

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  29. Tina Schell says:

    All beautiful Ailsa – would have worked nicely for the VIVID challenge too! Especially liked the eggs.

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  34. Jill's Scene says:

    Hello Ailsa, I thought you might be interested in my interpretation of this week’s travel theme. My post features some of the hand carved marae and pou around East Cape, New Zealand

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  38. Hi Ailsa – couldn’t get enough of this theme. So here is my second entry – wildflowers and excerpts from The Prophet!

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