I too love poppies and use them a lot in my work, but I consciously avoid promoting them during the run up to remembrance day, as I don’t want to tread on the official poppy sellers’ toes. Many veterans are involved with the making of poppies each year, and I can’t help but feel they should have the monopoly on it. I know a lot of crafters make ‘everlasting’ poppies now, and most donate proceeds to the charity, but it still feels to me that it’s somehow taking something away from those veterans.
I think everyone has to act on their own consciences, and it’s not my place to say whether people should or shouldn’t contribute in their own way, it’s just a personal view. No offence taken or intended
My late father was a member of the British Legion (having fought in WW2) and always carried the standard in the local procession, so it has a special significance. To me, buying a little poppy each year from an old soldier is part of the whole remembrance event, and I wouldn’t consider wearing any other kind. That simple little poppy is so symbolic.