The other day my husband and I went to a shop that sells hand crafted items or products from “makers”. Because now, if you make things with your hands, you’re a “maker”. I feel like, in the past, people that made things were just called “people”. But now there is a movement and a label and if you make things, you are officially a “maker”.

Whatever. There’s probably more to it than that, but that’s all I’m getting from the media at this point. If something’s beautifully designed and well made and isn’t an Apple product, it’s likely from a MAKER. I see it in all caps all the time too. Why? I don’t know, just to bug me and people like me maybe.

Anyway, my husband and I are in the shop to pick up a knife for my father-in-law’s birthday (don’t worry, no spoiler there, the birthday was last week, he got the knife and liked it). There were all kinds of other items for sale as well. Clothing, aprons, pencils, gardening tools, all very attractive and artfully displayed. I looked at the pictures on the walls of the MAKERS making the stuff that posed about on the displays and I notice that they all looked very serious. Also, Tom Waits was mourning, er, I mean, singing in the background.

There’s no smiling in MAKING, I guess.

That strikes me as odd. Isn’t one of the big reasons for making stuff with your own hands to your own specs that it fills you with joy? If you’re holding up the wonderful hand crafted knife you just completed with your own two hands, would it be so unusual for a giant smile to grace your face? Can’t hipsters be happy about anything?

When we got back in the car, I told my husband that I wanted to start my own movement. I’d open a MAKERS studio where you can come and get your craft on but with some different rules. My rules would include a light atmosphere of cooperation and enthusiasm, not coolness. Also, 80’s rock would be the only music allowed. If you can’t craft to “The Stroke”, this wouldn’t be a place for you.

Don’t get me wrong, I embrace the movement that brings back the idea of making things by ourselves for ourselves. I love the self reliance, I love the craftsmanship, I love the network of like minded people. I just think they should smile.