I’m a pinner.
I love scrolling through Pinterest, my eyes feasting on the buffet of mindblowingly creative ideas for practically every area of my life.
I pin inspirational ideas onto my boards hoping that someday I’ll handcraft my daughter’s birthday party invitations, I’ll make that beaded necklace, and I’ll refinish that wooden dresser that was damaged in the tornado.
But I never do.
At this point in my life, I lack the time, patience, and skills for these super hip DIY projects.
Alas, I never move beyond pinning.
Except for the dresser – I did do that project and, by golly, it actually turned out well.
Yet I yearn to surround myself with one-of-a-kind, handmade items; I want a DIY lifestyle without doing it myself.
A bit problematic, right?
Luckily, there’s an event in Joplin that provides a solution to my Pinterest conundrum: the Hip Handmade Market (or HHM, as the chic people say).
With booth after booth filled with contemporary arts and crafts, walking through the HHM is like seeing Pinterest boards come to life.
Therefore, in my mind, when I buy something unique from one of the craftspeople at the HHM, it’s like I’ve virtually completed a project on Pinterest.
I know, I know – I’m stretching it. But the HHM really is the next best thing to “doing it yourself.”