One of the reasons we all love to buy handmade it because we like to know the people we are buying from. We like to know their stories and to feel like we are buying something that is made with love.  There is a new online store, Zilu, that does a nice job of giving a voice to the designers and makers behind the products.  Any time you click on a product, you can find the name and bio of the person who created it.  I love that!

When I was a little girl, we had a little viking man in our living room, a remnant of the time my parents spent in Iceland when my dad was stationed there.  I remember being so intrigued by that little man, but he wasn't a toy as his sword was a bit sharp.  It's no wonder then that I love the playful and imaginative world created by Sandra Monat, found at Zilu.