In November of 2010 James gifted me with another of his hand-drawn cards (typically of my favorite things…animals in people’s clothes, owls in arm chairs and circus-themed images) this one featured General Tom Thumb and I immediately proclaimed that it would be a fun image to embroider! James made up a pattern and transferred it onto fabric for me and that was it. We started making lists of all the awesome people/items we would like to make into embroidered art and decided to start an etsy shop and try sharing our work.
What are your greatest inspirations?
As the holiday season approaches and we begin to make our lists and start checking them twice (not because Santa Claus is coming to town because most of us are on a budget this season) take a look at some Indie Crafters. Trust me, you will not be disappointed. There are truly some creative Indies out there with “out of this world” items. Check out Etsy, Artfire, WinkElf, just name of few. If that’s not convincing enough, here are a few good reasons to Shop Handmade this Holiday.
1. Support CraftPreneurs– Believe it or not they are part of the economy. As a matter of fact small businesses make up a great percentage of the economy. Not only will you be supporting a fellow entrepreneur, it’ll help put money back into our local and domestic economies.
2. Personable and Unique Items– It’s true! A lot of these items you’ll see on these Indie Market sites are the most unique and personable ever. Indie crafters put much time and hard-work into their product, very seldom will you be dissatisfied. The items aren’t mass produce, so you definitely won’t see them on the racks or shelves of large retail giants.
3. Avoid shopping mall crowd-This is what everyone hates about the holidays, waiting for someone to pull out of a parking spot, dealing with packed malls and long lines.
If these reasons aren’t good enough, well just scope out some of the great holiday gift items I found from some Indie Preneurs.
Today’s post is a video link on tips for Indie designers wanting to sell to boutiques. Overall the video gives simple advice on what boutique buyers are looking for. It also gives an example of an out of the box marketing campaign by an Indie designer. Courtesy of Nolcha..enjoy!
Fall is on its way, this is true. Before we know it, the holiday season will be here. One of the nicest places to find the best and most unique gifts, either for yourself or a loved one, are craft shows. The most talented come out to display their labor of love and hard-work. In addition to snagging a piece of rarity, buying at craft shows helps to support our local communities and economies. Here’s a rundown of some shows that are worth checking out if your a crafter or shopper or both.
Dunwoody Music Festival 10/23-24
Vendor Fee: $200 Deadline: 9/8
Fall Jonquil Festival 10/23-24th
Vendor Fee: $100 Deadline: 9/15
So our time has sprung forward and it’s time for us to to spring forward with our spring time fashion. Change out pieces in your wardrobe with lovely pieces from our none other than Etsy Handmade Designers!
Atlantans grab your family and head on down to the Holiday Market and Festival at the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) in Roswell this weekend. On Saturday CNC will be hosting its annual Holiday Market filled with fun and festivities. You’ll have the pleasure experiencing different handmade items, which make great holiday gifts and don’t cost a fortune. It gets even better, this year we’ll be present with a table full of our most unique and fashion forward jewelry pieces. Come out and bring the family it’ll be a great event, see you there!
The Holiday Season if finally upon us. Of course we are all looking for the best deals ever on gifts for our loved ones. This holiday we’re offering FREE Shipping Worldwide on all of our items in our Etsy store. Not to mention, more jewels will be added in the coming weeks, so be sure to check out our Etsy site frequently. You may especially want to check Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we’re certain items in our Etsy store will be discounted! Stay tuned in the next coming week as we tell you about the wonder sales!