Guarded Goods was born out of a desire to learn and master a craft that would allow me to use my hands and creativity instead of spending my free time on the computer. My friends often talked about their hobbies (rock climbing, woodworking, etc.) and attempting to talk about how cool gaming or graphic design were paled in comparison. I wanted a tangible skill that I could learn and share the final product with other people.
Making handmade goods is a significant time investment. Each item is hand stitched and finished with precise detail. My hands are my sewing machine. Each hole is meticulously punched with a sharp awl and stitched with two needles and waxed thread. All edges are sanded and burnished by hand with natural beeswax. All patterns are designed in house on the computer and transferred to acrylic, cardboard or made into steel cutting dies. My aim is to create a product that will last for generations. Handmade products last a long time for a reason. There is an art to it. I pride myself in sourcing some of the best materials available and offering them at affordable prices to customers. I love to interact with my customers and get their feedback and ideas for future products.
In an era of buying cheap and buying often, I am a proponent of spending more and buying a quality product that will last a lifetime (preferably from a local craftsperson!). All too often people become consumers of coupons and deals. What they do not realize is they are buying something that likely will not last. Invest in something that will last generations. I do not care if it is not purchased from me but support any business that is local to you and made by someone who is invested in their craft.
Photo by Lauren Kirkbride Photography