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Where have all the crafters gone?

Where have all the Crafters gone?

There is a disturbing under current crossing this country. It is the loss of an Americathat existed just a few years ago and prior. This was an America full of people who used their god given talents to produce goods and services. Somewhere in the past few years the concept of making things has disappeared and it’s a real shame. Because this concept lead to many an entrepreneur creating a successful business. Not long ago there were home made baked goods, soups, and clothing in the majority of American households.Check out your school parties or bake sale and see what’s there the majority of products were home made at the local bakery. Home made Halloween Costumes now come fromWalmart or the local Halloween stores. The idea that American manufacturing is dying is correct but even has taken hold on the small mom and pop level. I recently attended several craft shows as a vender of hand crafted Skeletons for Halloween. The Skeletons are made from recycled milk jugs and were inexpensive and a great entrepreneurial idea.When walking around the shows there was one thing that was missing from every craft show, crafts. There were Chiropractors, cheap jewelry from China, purses made overseas, plastic food containers, Pampered Chef venders, MaryKay Cosmetics, a couple people selling bake goods, and novelty items. But what was gone from the Craft Shows of years gone by were hand made wooden Christmas ornaments, picture frames, spice shelves or candles. No hand made knitted sweaters, hats, gloves and table covers or potholders. There were no ceramic pumpkins, Christmas trees, or mugs. No wooden rubber band guns, picture frames or sling shots. There were no hand made holiday wreaths. There were very few items that took any imagination, ingenuity, or labor. Most of the items were purchased pre-packaged bulk low cost imported items that were unboxed and placed on the crafters table. There were a few people that used some creativity to make up gift baskets etc. What does this tell us about up and coming entrepreneurs. Are we becoming a prepackaged society? Do most people who are starting their business ventures only interested in the no work opportunities. If so it is a very sad reflection on our future. What this country needs now more than ever are small business entrepreneurs who are willing to find a need and fill it. People who are creative and can take miscellaneous items and combine them to create a new better product.  People who use their God given talents to create jobs and incomes for others through their efforts. If we ever intend to bring back manufacturing in this country we need to start at ground level. Get out that knitting needle, that saw and paint brush, and lets get people working one job at a time.

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If your going to cross the falls on a tight rope don’t forget your pole

Recently I like millions of other people watched Nick Wallenda cross Niagara Falls on a tight rope. My first impression was he’s out of his mind and I walked away. I did however find myself coming back and watching to see if he was going to make it and
cheering him on. I was amazed the only complaint he had was that they made him wear
a safety harness. It seemed he wanted no part of anything or anyone that even slightly implied he wasn’t going to make it. You couldn’t help but realize that this man had everything necessary to be one of the greatest entrepreneurs of this century. He saw an opportunity and made a commitment to take advantage of it. He set the completion as his goal with a specified deadline date . He surrounded himself with a group of positive like thinkers that supported him. He ignored scores of people who advised him it couldn’t be done and that others had tried like ventures and failed. He devised a plan for his goal completion and then set forth to put all the necessary steps into motion. He had enough faith in himself to ignore tremendous odds that he would fail. But even with all that fortitude, commitment, skill and knowledge he realized he needed one more thing a pole. The pole served to provide balance. Balance that could not be achieved without it. We all need a pole to help balance our lives. Without balance we will sooner or later lean too far to one side or the other and we will fall from our tight rope. We need to find the balance between work, God, family and relaxation. Without that balance we will fall and crash on the rocks below as many before us have. The rocks at the bottom of the falls of great ideas are scattered with the bones of tight rope walkers that lost their balance. Set your goals and dreams and walk that rope great things wait on the other side but don’t forget your pole.

If not for the poop I’d have never found the rose

One of the people I have most admired in my life was Leo Buscaglia. Before he passed away Leo shared a story that was burned into my memory.  He told of how he had purchased a home on a large area of land. He would daily let his dog out to do its business. The dog would find new and different places to hide its little presents.  Every Saturday they would play a game called find the poop. Leo said as the dog got closer to each hiding place he would get more and more excited, wagging his tail barking and jumping up and down. On one particular Saturday the game led  Leo and the dog back to a far corner and behind some bushes to his astonishment he found a small rose bush with a beautiful red rose. He was surprised at his find and realized it was not visible from anywhere in the yard. He said then it hit me if not for the poop I’d have never found the rose. Sometimes we get so use to the same day to day decisions we forget to stop and try looking for possibilities. If we just look at things from a little different prospective or address them in a different manner. We may find the rose has been there all along we just had to look for the poop to find it.