Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Start Your Own Craft Fair

Want to participate in a craft fair? None going on in your area, or do you have a group of crafty friends who you always bump into at shows? Here's a great Storque post about how to bite the bullet and truly, do-it-yourself!

Start Your Own Craft Fair

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Party Redux

Here's a great recap of the Etsy Craft Party from one of our CrownTown Handmade members, Nikki Mueller of Not Made in China.

Etsy Craft Party and 5th Birthday!

The cupcakes with the chocolate flowers on top were my contribution. :)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Let Them Eat Paste

Crown Town Handmade, Charlotte's new group of artistic entrepreneurs, is hosting its third monthly Make Out session Thursday, June 24, at 7:30 PM. The event is free and will take place at Patchwerk Playhaus, in the back room of Century Vintage, 1508 Central Avenue in Charlotte.

Come join Amanda Fisher from Verabelle, a vintage clothing line that is as unique as you are, as she teaches us to make decoupage coasters, using magazine clippings and ceramic tiles.

Monday, June 14, 2010


CrownTown Handmade is hosting the Charlotte Etsy Craft Party on Friday, June 18th. It will be a evening of crafting and fun, starting at Midwood Park and ending at the Patchwerk Playhouse! There will be a viewing of Handmade Nation along with craft supply swaps. Oh, and cupcakes. And prizes!

Come join us if you are in the area, or check out your local handmade community if you love elsewhere...its nationwide!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Tag, You're It

This past week was the June All Arts Market hosted by Nodarioty. You may remember that the All Arts Market in March was my first craft show, so I was excited to be back. My inventory was very different from last time, so was that first success a fluke, or is my vision something that others really enjoy, too?

One of the things that has been a constant is the feedback about our logo and tags. Each and every time people have commented that they thought the tags were part of the jewelry, and that we should turn the tags themselves into necklaces. Well, don't think we don't listen to our customer feedback.

Our new resin tag pendant made its soft launch at the Market, and out of the 4 we made, 3 were sold. 3 of those necklaces were put together at the Market itself, and they sold as soon as I put them out. I made the last one at 9:50, closed at 10, bet if I had another 15 minutes that baby would have gone home with someone, too. They were on the table, but off to the side, until the usual 'You should make a pendant out of this', et voila! I had one to show. It seemed that besides the logo, what people really liked was the simplicity of the design. Re-using our actual tag and not a replica was a big talking point.

You know us, so we will be finessing the end product a bit more. I mean 'we', since Guy and I both have a hand in this simple design. He does all the resin work, and then I make it into jewelry. I think it is a great collaboration, but then again I am not the one coating small tags with chemical mixtures!

Look for them on my Etsy shop, and at craft fairs near you.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Is it time to hibernate?

All Arts Market Wednesday and Thursday was a success. I have now officially gone from being exhausted to being....too exhausted to eat ice cream! I KNOOOOOOW!

I will tell you all about it, catch up on photos, etc., but first, I am taking a nap and snuggling with my dog!