Please welcome new columnist Laurie White to Try Handmade. She’ll be writing two times per month on great handmade goodies for pets. They deserve greatness too! Laurie also writes at LaurieWrites and BlogHer.
Do you have any questions about where to find great pet items? Looking for something in particular? Leave her a comment and maybe she can help you out![hLaurie]
I’m happy to join Try Handmade to share the best handcrafted goods for the animals who share our lives and homes.
The American Pet Products Association estimates that Americans will spend approximately $45.4 BILLION on products for their pets in 2009 alone, a $2.2 billion increase over 2008. $45.4 billion, yes. This might seem shocking in tough economic times, but a look around at the people in my life and in the wider world shows that no matter what corners get cut, pets still occupy a special place in our hearts – and apparently our budgets.
Pet owners who care about quality and crafts can surely spare more than a few pennies of those billions for locally made, handcrafted items, and that’s what I’ll be sharing with you each week. [Read more…]