A few months ago, while nestled in my bed reading an issue of my favorite magazine, Taproot, I happened upon a lovely little piece written by Amanda Riley about a gathering called a “Swap Party.” The concept and spirit behind this type of affair really intrigued me and I knew that I someday wanted to host such an event. I mentioned the idea to my neighbor, Sarah, who was not only on-board to co-host this swap, but she seemed to be just as passionate as I was about how amazing such a function could be.
This past weekend, we held this get-together celebrating all things handmade and homegrown, while also honoring community. Most women at our gathering had never met prior to this evening, but there was so much magic around the table as this community of makers each showcased her unique strengths and talents.
It seems the news and social media are just exploding lately with all the ways we are different. Separate. But what about all those entities that bind us? Crafting and cooking, yes. But, those heart felt discussions sharing our experiences of love and loss as well. Today, let us focus on those things that unify. It is so much more liberating to search for ways to build the bridges of community than to find ways of destroying them.