Announcing the WINNER of the School House Craft One-Day Pass Giveaway!

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Congratulations to Lily of SpunkyKidzBoutique for winning the random drawing giveaway for a FREE One-Day Pass to School House Craft - Saturday and Sunday, September 27 & 28, 2014! Yay!!

We had 30 entries and used Random.org to help us choose a random winner:

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Can you believe it?? I guess that goes to show you that jumping on a contest right away can definitely pay off! Thanks so much for being our first entry AND very first WINNER of our very first giveaway ever, Lily! :) YAY!!!

You can visit Lily’s shop – SpunkyKidzBoutique on Etsy to congratulate her on her lucky win!

Check out all awesome speakers, classes, and extra-curricular events that

School House Craft has planned for this weekend!

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It’s going to be an amazing weekend full of so much

learning and friend-making…hope to see you there!!

School House Craft One Day Pass Giveaway! Deadline Sept. 20th

This is it folks!
Here is your last chance to WIN
a one-day pass to attend School House Craft!

This is going to be a Quick Turnaround Giveaway – ends THIS Saturday!
Follow the entry instructions below for your chance to win!

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More info about School House Craft (excerpts from the SHC website):

What is School House Craft?
The 2014 School House Craft Conference is a two-day conference for creative entrepreneurs featuring two days of focused small business classes and workshops led by some of our community’s most knowledgeable and inspirational speakers.

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Where is the conference this year?
The conference will be held at the Sunset Hill Community Club – a beautifully restored two-story Arts & Crafts style clubhouse located in the heart of the friendly Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA.

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Who should attend?
Artists, Crafters and Makers, both emerging and experienced, who are looking to invest in their businesses and learn a wealth of information that will help them start, run, and grow their small creative businesses more efficiently and with greater success.

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Why should YOU attend?
With focused class offerings you will learn useful entrepreneurial skills that you need to know along with lessons you never knew you needed from some of the best teachers in our industry – all in one weekend!

In addition to our fabulous classes, you will hear from inspirational keynote speakers, attend helpful roundtable group discussions, participate in networking events, and enjoy delicious munchies, lunches, and snacks throughout the conference!

Okay okay…here’s what you REALLY want to know:

How to enter to win a FREE One-Day Pass
to the upcoming School House Craft Conference:

This Quick Turnaround Giveaway begins at 8:00am on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
and ends 11:59pm  Saturday, September 20, 2014
Entry is SUPER simple:

Just leave a comment below and click “submit” to let us know why attending School House Craft is a great idea for your creative business!

Bonus entries:
Only entries submitted as comments below, verified newsletter sign-ups using the special link above, and Facebook shares tagging Seattle Handmade will be eligible to win.
One winner will be randomly drawn on Sunday, September 21, 2014
Winner will be notified via email by Monday, September 22, 2014
Winner must respond to the notification email within 24 hours of delivery or risk forfeiting the prize
Complete contest rules are available here

 

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Tiny Tales and Small Stories Artists Reception: August 21, 2014

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Artists Reception: August 21, 2014 at Stunningly Strange Gallery, Edmonds, WA

Sometimes the most interesting stories come in the smallest of packages. This summer, Seattle Handmade and Stunningly Strange Gallery in Edmonds, WA host a creative challenge of diminutive proportions!

Participating local artists from all over the Puget Sound were challenged to create a TINY work of art, no larger than 6” with an accompanying story so SMALL, it can be told in less than 200 words.

Join us as we reveal their work in an open-to-the-public artists reception at the fabulous Stunningly Strange Gallery during the Edmonds Art Walk, Thursday August 21, 2014 5pm – 8pm.

All artwork will continue to be available for purchase through September 17th at the gallery.

Participating Artists


For more information on Stunningly Strange Gallery and the talented artists they represent year-round, visit http://StunninglyStrangeGallery.com/

Tiny Tales and Small Stories: Show Opening and Artists Reception
Open to all – free admission
Date: Thursday August 21, 2014
Location: Stunningly Strange Gallery – 407 Main St, Edmonds, WA 98020
Time: 5pm – 8pm

Go to our event page on Facebook to see sneak peeks of the artists works in progress and join and share:
https://www.facebook.com/events/828463750506102

Tweet it out!

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Update: Seattle Handmade (formerly etsyRAIN) Holiday Show 2014

We know that many people have been waiting to hear about our next Handmade Holiday Show. It is with great sadness that we share the following news with you:

After months of searching, we have been unable to secure a location for our show and must announce the cancellation of the Seattle Handmade (formerly etsyRAIN) Holiday Show for 2014.

From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank all of the artists, craft makers, shoppers, and supporters of our past shows and assure you that we are working to find a new home for the 2015 launch of the next chapter of amazing shows featuring the most talented artists from all over the Puget Sound region!

In the meantime, please keep up with Seattle Handmade by signing up for our newsletter (check the lower right sidebar on our homepage for the signup widget), reading updates here on our blog, and following our most up to date news on our Facebook page!

If you are also crafty and want to join us as a member, learn all about membership benefits here. You can also join our Meetup group for free here. However you find us, there are some great things in the works that you won’t want to miss – so stay tuned!

We also want to highly encourage you to shop local and support our amazing community of local artists online, at local shows, and retail shops! Here are some convenient links to help you get started:

Thank you again for all your support! We look forward to continuing our work to bring the creative community together as Seattle Handmade!

Yours truly,
Marlo M. and Kayce
Organizers, Seattle Handmade

 

 

 

Applications Now Open: Tiny Tales and Small Stories – Creative Challenge #2

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Apply now for your chance to be a part of the upcoming Seattle Handmade Creative Challenge #2: “Tiny Tales and Small Stories” to be held at Stunningly Strange Gallery – 407 Main Street Edmonds, WA 98020

Artist Reception: Thursday, August 21, 2014
Show dates: August 21 – September 16, 2014

The Challenge:

Local artists are challenged to create a TINY work of art, no larger than 6” in any direction with an accompanying story so SMALL, it can be told in less than 200 words!

General rules:
• Applications are open to all artists in and around the Puget Sound area of Western WA
• There is no fee for applying or participating
• All artwork must be:
o No more than 6” in any direction
o Designed and executed by the artist
o Family friendly
o Accompanied with an original story of 200 words or less
o Priced for retail sale (40% to the gallery, 40% to the artist, 20% to Seattle Handmade)
o Complete and submitted no later than Sunday, August 10, 2014

Application Deadline: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
(Applicants to be informed of participation status by July 10th)

Show opening: Thursday, August 21, 2014

To read all the rules, find tips on writing small stories, and apply to be apart of the show visit our online application form: http://seattlehandmade.com/shows/tinytales2014_apply/

Questions? Contact us anytime!

Craft-Along Book Club – June 3rd: Doodle Stitching by Aimee Ray

The next meeting of the Craft-Along Book Club is coming up on Tuesday June 3, 2014 in the Stadler Room at Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park, WA. Meeting starts at 7pm!

To reserve your spot, please fill out our online registration form:
http://bit.ly/SHCABCRegistration
(just $5 per person / FREE for paid Seattle Handmade members!)

We are excited to feature another amazing artist, blogger, collector of toys, and author; Aimee Ray! Aimee lives in NW Arkansas with her husband and son. She has written several books, but this month we are featuring her first book; Doodle Stitching: Fresh and Fun Embroidery for Beginners.

We recently asked Aimee a few questions so we could get to know her a little better.

Seattle Handmade: What is your first crafting memory?

Aimee Ray: My earliest memories are stitching with my grandma, she loved to sew and would bring simple embroidery samplers for me to learn on when she came to visit.

SH: Where did the idea for your book come from?

AR: My first Doodle Stitching book was born out of me just having fun creating my own embroidery patterns. My publisher discovered my work online and my book took off from there. My second Doodle Stitching book (The Motif Collection) came from people asking for lots more patterns, so it is full of them! The third book, Embroidery and Beyond, is me exploring a variety of different, more advanced embroidery techniques, it’s an easy introduction to each one. Next up is Holiday motifs, it will be out this fall and is full of Christmas designs as well as lots of other holidays.

SH: What is your favorite project in the book?

AR: My favorite project in Doodle Stitching is probably the felt woodland animals, I’ve made lots of variations of them over the years!

SH: Where do you find inspiration?

AR: Everything inspires me. Especially nature, toys, other artists and crafters, there’s so much awesome work too explore online. I especially love Pinterest. :)

SH: How do you deal with creative blocks?

AR: I do a variety of different creative things, (embroidery, needle felting, doll customizing, digital illustration/painting, miniature sculpting) so I will often switch gears and work on something else until I feel inspired to do what I need to be doing.

SH: If you were on a deserted island, what three crafty items would you want with you?

AR: Embroidery floss and fabric, pencil and sketchbook, watercolors. (Does that count as 3? ;)

SH: If you were a crafty tool, what would you be and why?

AR: I’d probably just be an ordinary pencil for sketching, that’s where all of my ideas for anything I’m working on are born.

Thank you so much Aimee! We look forward to discussing your book and sharing our projects in person with all of our Craft-Along Book Club members!

Don’t forget to sign up for this and any of our upcoming Craft-Along Book Club nights!
http://bit.ly/SHCABCRegistration (just $5 per person at the meeting / FREE for paid Seattle Handmade members!)

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Seattle Handmade Craft-Along Book Club featured books:
  • May 6, 2014                       Wise Craft by Blair Stocker*

  • June 3, 2014                      Doodle Stitching: Fresh and Fun Embroidery for Beginners by Aimee R. Ray

  • July 1, 2014                       I Felt Awesome by Moxie*

  • August 5, 2014                 Quilting Happiness by Diane Gilleland

  • September 2, 2014          Button and Stitch by Kristen Rask

  • October 7, 2014                Soap Crafting by Ann-Marie Faiola*

*Meet the Author Night: The author is scheduled to be in attendance for this meeting!

Purchases via our affiliate links below will help Seattle Handmade continue great programs like this one!

Introduction to Selling at Pike Place Market

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Seattle Handmade and Pike Place Producers are teaming up to offer a glimpse into selling at Seattle’s original year-round indoor crafts market, Pike Place Market. We have gathered a roster of current Pike Place Vendors to give you a tour of the market, talk about the application process, and answer questions.

David Dickinson, Daystall and Craft Program Manager, will give a brief introduction and Marlo Miyashiro, Seattle Handmade Organizer, will lead a panel discussion with current Pike Place artists:


Location:
We will be meeting at 6:30pm at the Roll Call Board which is located at the North end of the market arcade across the street from Starbucks on Pike Place. From there we will take a tour of the facility and meet up in a conference room located upstairs on the south west corner of Pike Street and Pike Place. You can download a map of the market here: http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/explore-the-market

Tickets: The event is FREE to attend, but you will need to register at Brown Paper Tickets to save your spot. With only 20 spots available, you’ll want to reserve your ticket ASAP and be sure to be there! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/693384

Parking: There is a paid parking garage on Western Ave (the 3rd Parking lot driveway entrance south of Virginia) that you can use. Alternately, if you can find a spot, street parking on Pike Place is free after 6 pm with no restrictions on time.

 

 

 

 

Craft-Along Book Club Featured Author: Blair Stocker of Wise Craft

Welcome to our first Featured Author post for the Seattle Handmade Craft-Along Book Club! WooHoo!

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We are thrilled to introduce Blair Stocker, blogger at WiseCraftHandmade.com and author of Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects into Stuff You Love as our very first featured author!

Blair will be present at our meeting in the Stadler Room at Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park, WA May 6, 2014 starting at 7pm.

To reserve your spot, please fill out our online registration form: http://bit.ly/SHCABCRegistration

We had a chance to catch up with Blair and asked her a few fun questions to get to know her a little better…enjoy!

Seattle Handmade: What is your first crafting memory?
Blair Stocker:
My maternal grandmother teaching me to knit and create garter stitch slippers with a big pom pom on top at age 4.

SH: Where did the idea for your book come from?
BS:
I love to make things, and I love having a home full of handmade things. I also love limiting myself to what I can either find here on hand, or at the thrift shop. My best ideas come from these self-imposed limitations.

SH: What is your favorite project in the book?
BS:
That’s hard. I love each of the quilts in the book, because quilting is my first love. I adore the leather covered rocks in the Spring chapter, because everyone seems to like them, they aren’t too masculine or feminine. And I love the dipdyed dishes in the Fall chapter, because they turned out exactly as I’d hoped they would.

SH: Where do you find inspiration?
BS:
Often it comes from what I see us using every day here at the house. I want those things to be handmade (placemats, for example). Other times I find inspiration from a bit of household problem solving. Like the time I made a huge beanbag for the family room because there wasn’t enough room on the couch for all of us. Then there are the times that I am inspired by a color combination, a crafty technique, a beautiful shop window.

SH: How do you deal with creative blocks?
BS:
It’s best for me to change up what I’m doing. If I spend too much time looking and comparing myself to what others are doing online, I always feel creatively stifled. When that happens, I try to think about a new technique or do something I never have time to do and make time to do it. I think so often when you have a creative business, you feel guilty making things just for fun or just because you want to. But I’ve found that not only is a fun way to get me out of my block, taking this time has actually helped me be more productive and expand my creativity. For instance, after my book was finished, I tried dyeing fabric for the first time. I’ve always wanted to try it, and finally had the time and materials at hand to give it a go. It was incredibly fun and, as a result, I would like to try and incorporate dye techniques in my work.

SH: Do you have a favorite local supply shop?
BS:
I love all of our local craft and fabric stores, and I go to all of them for different things. Fusion Beads for beads (of course) and, believe it or not, crochet cotton. Weaving Works for wool roving for felting projects, crochet cotton, and beautiful yarn, Michaels and Hobby Lobby for general supplies, Drygoods Design for beautiful fabric and Pacific Fabrics for general quilting/sewing supplies and solid cotton fabric. For thrift store shopping, I love the large Goodwill in the Central District (take a latte with you, you’ll need the fuel).

SH: If you were on a deserted island, what three crafty items would you want with you?
BS:

  • A crochet hook, so I could crochet vines or my hair, cause it would grow long.

  • English Paper Piece Hexagon template

  • Needle and thread (can that count as one?)

SH: If you were a crafty tool, what would you be and why?
BS:
I would be a pair of the most beautiful thread snips. Sewers have been known to wear theirs around their neck strung on a beautiful ribbon, and they are so indispensable, definitely worth fighting over.

Thanks so much for playing along Blair! We are looking forward to hanging out with you on May 6th!

Don’t forget to sign up for this and any of our upcoming Craft-Along Book Club nights!
http://bit.ly/SHCABCRegistration

Blair Stocker is a modern hand maker and prolific creative. In 2005, she left a career in apparel and textile design to stay at home with her small children, and began her blog, Wise Craft, as a way to stay connected to her own creative passions. Putting her skills to work creating inventive DIY projects for her home, quilts, and clever crafts with her children, Blair formed a loyal online following. She and her readers connected through handmade things. Eventually, all this writing lead to a book that was published in March of 2014, Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects into Stuff You Love. It contains over 60 projects divided by seasons, and spanning crochet, knitting, quilt making, painting, and sewing. Blair designs and sells original quilt patterns as well as original work , teaches handmade crafts, and speaks to groups about running a creative business. Blair lives and works in Seattle, Washington.

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Seattle Handmade Craft-Along Book Club featured books:
  • May 6, 2014                       Wise Craft by Blair Stocker*

  • June 3, 2014                      Doodle Stitching: Fresh and Fun Embroidery for Beginners by Aimee R. Ray

  • July 1, 2014                       I Felt Awesome by Moxie*

  • August 5, 2014                 Quilting Happiness by Diane Gilleland

  • September 2, 2014          Button and Stitch by Kristen Rask

  • October 7, 2014                Soap Crafting by Ann-Marie Faiola*

*Meet the Author Night: The author is scheduled to be in attendance for this meeting!

Purchases via our affiliate links below will help Seattle Handmade continue great programs like this one!

Announcing the Seattle Handmade Craft-along Book Club!

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Update June 22, 2014: Due to low attendance, we have decided to put the Craft-Along Book Club on hiatus for the Summer. We will return in the Fall with more craft book goodness! Sign up for our newsletter to receive all the updates!

As a part of our ongoing commitment to offer new and exciting ways for our creative community to connect, we are thrilled to announce our new monthly event: the Seattle Handmade Craft-Along Book Club!

What is a Craft-Along Book Club?
Our Craft-Along Book Club will feature a craft project/technique book at the beginning of each month. Participating members and guests will have one month to acquire the book (purchase, check out at the library, borrow from a friend), read it, and then create a project either from or based on the book!

Then we’ll meet together every First Tuesday from 7:00pm – 9:00pm in the Stadler Room at Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park to talk about the book, discuss our projects (finished or in-process), and discuss the next book on our list! We are planning to have some of the book authors present at some of our meetings so we can talk about the book with the awesome people who wrote it!

What kind of books are on the roster?
We have chosen our first six crafty books for our May – October meetings:

  • May 6, 2014                       Wise Craft by Blair Stocker*

  • June 3, 2014                      Doodle Stitching: Fresh and Fun Embroidery for Beginners by Aimee R. Ray

  • July 1, 2014                       I Felt Awesome by Moxie*

  • August 5, 2014                 Quilting Happiness by Diane Gilleland

  • September 2, 2014          Button and Stitch by Kristen Rask

  • October 7, 2014                Soap Crafting by Ann-Marie Faiola*

*Meet the Author Night: The author is scheduled to be in attendance for this meeting!

What are the meetings going to look like?
Meetings will be fun and casual, encouraging input, participation, and sharing.

In general, we’ll begin each meeting with brief participant introductions, then move on to project show-and-tell. We’ll discuss the book, the projects, and share what we have learned from the book.

Conversations will naturally emerge from our interactions – so be prepared to have a good time!

What will I be expected to bring to the meetings?

We recommend bringing:

  • Your book and any notes and/or questions about the book

  • Your completed OR in-progress project from (or based on) the book

  • OR – bring your thoughts on which project you’d like to try if you weren’t able to start one that month!

  • Most importantly, a great attitude!

How much does it cost to participate in the Craft-Along Book Club?

  • If you are a current paid member of Seattle Handmade**, there is No Charge for participation! (yay for awesome membership perks!)

  • If you are NOT a paid member of Seattle Handmade, the participation fee is just $5 per meeting.

**Annual membership to Seattle Handmade is $40 per year.

If you’d like to join us as a paid member, please visit our Membership FAQ page here:  http://seattlehandmade.com/about-us/faq/

Or, if you are ready to sign up right now, you can go directly to the membership payment page here: http://seattlehandmade.com/member/

Craft-Along Book Club sounds like fun! How do I sign up?
Fill out this form and submit it to save your spot in the meetings you want to attend:

http://bit.ly/SHCABCRegistration

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us anytime at info@seattlehandmade.com

See you at the next Craft-Along Book Club!

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Purchases via our affiliate links below will help Seattle Handmade continue great programs like this one!

Announcing the 14 Canvas Project Artists!

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Seattle Handmade is excited to announce the artists for our first Creative Challenge, the 14 Canvas Project!

We have distributed 14 identical canvases to 14 local artists with only one requirement – the canvas must be used in it’s entirety in the final piece; whether it’s whole, manipulated, or even deconstructed.

14 Canvas Project – participating artists:

·         Amrita Singh – http://navankacreations.etsy.com

·         Darien Waggoner – http://dariendesign.com

·         Heidi Kappes-Belinsky – http://maxandcopost.com

·         Jenni Kane – local knitter

·         Jenny Chang – http://thepaintedmenagerie.etsy.com

·         KB VanHorn – http://kokoleo.com

·         Kelly Affleck – http://tomato-tomato.com

·         Kimberly Smith- http://stirboutique.com

·         Lois Gaylord – http://loisgaylord.com

·         Mallory Milke – http://mayhemhere.etsy.com

·         Samantha Yang- http://cargocollective.com/samanthayang

·         Shelley McElhiney – http://samsstuff-samsstuff.blogspot.com

·         Marina Lesnikova – http://marinarly.etsy.com

·         Mary Clymer – http://facebook.com/happydelusions

All pieces will hang at Luther’s Table in Renton for the month of May. Mark your calendars for the opening on Saturday, May 10th at 7:00 pm and come see the final pieces!

Come out and enjoy the works of these talented artists, enjoy some live music, and have a bite to eat. All in one place! See you there!

Artists Reception:

The 14 Canvas Project – Artists Opening reception

Location: Luther’s Table – 419 S Second Street, Renton WA 98057

Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014

Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm