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


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 to help us choose a random winner:


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!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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

TinyTales and SmallStories 2014

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

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:

Tweet it out!

TinyTales&SmallStories Aug 21 – Stunningly Strange Gallery Edmonds, WA #tinytalesart via @seattlehandmade

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 –

·         Darien Waggoner –

·         Heidi Kappes-Belinsky –

·         Jenni Kane – local knitter

·         Jenny Chang –

·         KB VanHorn –

·         Kelly Affleck –

·         Kimberly Smith-

·         Lois Gaylord –

·         Mallory Milke –

·         Samantha Yang-

·         Shelley McElhiney –

·         Marina Lesnikova –

·         Mary Clymer –

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

Announcing Our New Venue for the 5th Annual Handmade Holiday Show

We are super excited about our new venue for 2013…

2013 etsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Show Seattle, WA
5th Annual etsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Show
Elliott Hall at Pier 66 in the Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal
Black Friday and Saturday, November 29 & 30, 2013
11:00am to 5:00pm both days!
This huge venue is right on the waterfront on Alaskan Way with super convenient parking in the Art Institute / Bell Street Pier Garage #28 at 2323 Elliott Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121 – complete with covered skybridge directly connected to the building!
Our show will be the first of its kind in this building, which is normally used for cruise guest check-in during the Summer months, corporate events, fundraisers, weddings and other special events in the off-season.
We are so happy to be working with the fine folks at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center. It really is a great place to put on an event!
Please join us this Holiday to celebrate Handmade and support local artists and craft makers from all over the PNW!
Have questions about the show? Check out the Show FAQ page here!

How to prepare for a big (or any) craft fair

So you’re just starting out and you’re getting ready to sell your hand crafted items to the public? You’re nervous? That’s normal.  You worried? It’s okay, you’ll have fun! You feel unprepared? Here’s a few tips for you.
The three big things you need to consider are:
1. Who your audience is.

  • This is vital because knowing your shopper will help determine if a show is right for you.

2. Having enough stuff.

  •  How do you know if you do? That’s easy. You should plan to be able to completely replenish your table at least once. In other words, if you sell out of everything, you have enough to make your table look pretty well stocked. i.e. avoid the ‘picked over’ look.
Also consider:
  • How big the show is. 
  •  How many hours/days in the show.
  • Ask the organizer what the expected attendance is.
3. Having a great booth display.
Visit other craft fairs for ideas. Look on the web, like this stream of pictures.  Do a test run before hand to practice how quick you can set up and tear down.  And write yourself a checklist like this one to make sure you have everything you need.
The most important thing to remember is to SMILE, HAVE FUN and RELAX! It makes a difference.