I hope everyone out there had a happy healthy Thanksgiving. I was so honored to see my Facebook fan page for Desert Star Creations hit 500 fans on Sunday, wow, it really makes me feel good and know that I am making stuff people really like and enjoy. With today being Cyber Monday I am featuring FREE shipping through Wednesday so you still have time to get some work done at your desk and pick up some great handmade unique gifts for all your one of a kind friends! It is also still early enough to request custom items and have them by Christmas. Contact me for answers to any questions, I answer emails same day and ship items within 24hrs Mon-Sat. Thanks again to all the people for making my feel great, still amazed at the 500 fans, cant wait to hit 100
I found this in a e-mail sent to me by a friend (not sure if he typed it up) that sounds like him but he is always forwarding me good ideas. I thought this was a good thought to have this gift giving season. I get my supplies from here in the states but they of course deal with China as do I when I get some of my supplies from Ebay, they are coming from China as well. As a crafter I wish I could buy all my materials that were made right here in the USA but I also think it is possible to limit how much you purchase and find that perfect gift made here and even better, made by hand. Think of this as you go spend your hard earned money this year.
"Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition"
As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is! It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber? Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement. Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates. Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the Benjamins on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course. There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open. How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy? Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day. My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running. OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes. Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theater. Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands. Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip. You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition. "I’m in! What a great Idea!"
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