"Is today's mail here yet?"
I try to ask this question with a tone of casual indifference, as if I am only expecting a mix of office supply catalogs and bills to be paid... but I will admit that when I ask again, for the 5th time in the same day, I can no longer hide the fact that I'm acting like a 7 year-old, anxiously awaiting a promised present on its way from Grandma.
I'm Josh, one of the founders of Craftsy... and age 7 is now more of a distant memory than I care to admit. I'm a "business person" - which means I'm probably supposed to be working on Wall Street right now... instead, I am lucky enough to have a job I love.
check out the picture below featuring my daughter from a photo shoot for The (not so) itty-bitty Giraffe, a toy knitting class taught by Susan B. Anderson - how fun is that?
While I now live in Denver, I was born and raised in Detroit, and as a result it seems that I can't go a day without hearing a storyline so frequently repeated that it is considered a settled fact - we, as a global society, no longer make things or value those who do... and those who do not recognize our preference for low prices and instant gratification and instead choose to cling to a desire to produce the unique and handmade are the proverbial frog in the pot of rapidly warming water sitting on the stove top...
Well, if you believe this story to be true, you clearly haven't seen the mail arriving at the Craftsy office over the past few weeks.
A few weeks ago, we put a goal out to all of you in the Craftsy community, to together, as a a community, help keep kids warm this winter by making and donating 1,000 hats and blankets to Kaps for Kendall and Project Linus by December 15th. Truth is that while I loved this idea, I was more than a little shocked when I saw the first blog post announcing the specifics of the goal... I almost wrote an email to the person on our team leading this effort to tell her she was crazy. 1,000 hats and blankets?? How about 100... that seemed more reasonable.
Well, then the envelopes and packages started arriving - at first just one at a time - with beautiful, unique, handmade hats and blankets. Then more started coming... then more... then more. On Wednesday alone, 15 boxes, yes, boxes, arrived... with over a hundred hats and blankets... each one lovingly knitted, crocheted, quilted, or sewed.
I can't describe to you how in awe I am - how overwhelmingly powerful the outpouring of love and care and amazing talent is that our postal worker brings to our door each day. Over 800 hats and blankets and counting... with another month still remaining before December 15th...
I am so lucky to have the opportunity to work at Craftsy. To work on behalf of you, a community of such wonderfully talented, caring, generous, giving people. To help you learn, to help you make, to help you do what you love. To support the independent design community. It has been such a pleasure to get to know so many of you over the past several months and I look forward to the opportunity to spend time with many many more of you over the months and years ahead.
As we in the United States approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I just wanted to let you know, how thankful I am for you...
Now, when is the mail going to get here??