I took a meander down the ornaments isle at Hobby Lobby (an awesome store for us crafty folk btw!) and it was endless rows and deep shelves of shiny, glittery, plastic molded things. I felt a gut reaction of sickness to it all, didn't even reach for anything because it seemed so sterile and impersonal. I wondered about the lives of the people making them, and the awful monotony of assembly lines for threaded loops, metal ornament caps, glitter, moveable plastic parts.
When I got home I found some cute hand-made ornaments on etsy, ripe for the picking and made (as you can tell) with real love. :) Give me one ornament made with love, rather than a 12-pack of shiny bulbs any ol' day! Here's just a few, but I found dozens more!