Our Handmade Here Travel Journal

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by Jessika Hepburn, Editor

Thank you all for playing along and being handmade here tourists with us this month! We’ve had some great adventures exploring handmade where we live. I want to also thank all our contributors who took the time to interview local businesses, photograph their towns & share their love of handmade. Let’s take a look back at everything we’ve seen this month on our travels:

1. Chicago, Illinois: Sara Tams of Sarah + Abraham shares her story of building a local network & how you can get started too.

2. Senshu District, Japan: Learn about the long history of towel making in Japan with Jacqui Miyabayashi of Mee A Bee

3. Minnetonka, Minnesota: Meet Melissa of Earth Grown Crayons. She makes beautiful, all natural, soy crayons that celebrate nature’s diversity.

4. Cazenovia Village, New York: Find out how Joanne Gilbert of Drawn to Letters is creating a local life

5. London, England: Isa Maria of Noisette Marketing & Noisette Kids introduces us to We Make London & some of their talented members.

6. Sackville, New Brunswick: Visit the hometown of Anointment’s owner, April MacKinnon, and see how the little town of Sackville is filled with handmade goodness.

7. Atlanta, Georgia: Meet the creative women of Atlanta with creative superstar Stacy Altiery of InkSpot Workshop
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8. Toronto, Ontario: Tour an amazing creative workspace, The Workroom, with Debra Norton of Vintage Paper Parade & meet the owner in this fabulous interview.

9. Panama City, Panama: Journey to Panama with Mayi Carles and discover the beauty of the mola.

10. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Come with me on a visit to Love, Me Boutique & learn how owner Chara Kingston is celebrating the joy of making.

11. Carmel, Indiana: Carmel has a vibrant culture of art & design, take a tour & meet some of the makers with Michelle Vackar of Hi Mamma.

12. Chicago, Illinois: We went to Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood with Meg of Olliegraphic to visit Mandi of Nat & Helens, a natural kids shop filled with great eco-friendly finds.

13. Columbus, Ohio: Grace of Grace Hester Designs shares her love of Etsy teams + a treasury filled with the talented members of Etsy Team Columbus.

14. Nashville, Tennesse: The Music City is filled with handmade goodness & Courtney of Pizzazzerie gives us a feast for the eyes with this round up of her favorite local finds.

15. Washington, DC, Maryland: Meet Megan & Gregg, the creative team behind Modern Bird Studios & ModTots in this interview with Lauren of Stamp 48.

You can be sure we’ll be having more handmade here adventures! Where do you want us to travel to next?


  1. Allisa says:

    What a wonderful trip! I’ve so enjoyed all the photos.

    Of course, we’d love for you to visit our town of Portland…but I’d also like to see a bit from the super talented Aussies as well.

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