Etsy has teamed up with Instructables for this Sew Useful contest. So you know that Etsy is all about supplying a marketplace for the independent artist and crafter, and Instructables is a community created to share the how-to’s for useful projects. I love how Instructables encourages the sharing of finds and ideas. I mean, that’s what blogging is all about, right? Anyway, combining these two ideas, you get the ultimate way to support the handmade community. And there’s prizes…
I was flipping through the third issue of Craft: magazine (the one put out by the makers of Make:) and this picture was just so striking. This is just one little corner of a garden created by Diane Salavracos in Belgium. She buys odd colored spray paint from graffiti shops and then paints dried flowers, broken branches, Halloween pumkins, pine cones, etc. to create a year round colorful wonderland. Not as environmentally positive as a growing green garden, but it looks really cool.
We had a baby shower last week for our Planner (she figures out how much we need to buy of each style, what stores to send which styles, she manages all the numbers). All of her coworkers from the buying and web teams made her these adorable onesies! They have heat transfer graphics and are hand dyed. So cute, right!
So our travel themed craft swap is coming to a close. These photos are just a few of the amazing crafts the particpants have exchanged. Check out our flickr group to see the rest, and leave these guys some comments! The creativity of all you swappers is seriously incredible. Hope you all had fun!!!!
My attention has recently been captured by jotterblog, a paper/stationary/craft blog written by one of our avid fp blog fans. As I am new to their site, I went back and checked out the archives, and found a post on these awesome paper dresses.
It’s coming up, so clear your calendars, and make that road trip to NY! The Renegade Craft Fair is sponsored by Bust Magazine and is seriously awesome. This year is their biggest yet, with over 300 artists participating. And I’m sure some of our favorite craft bloggers will be there. Leave a comment with your link if you’re going! It looks like this year there will be vendors set up in the pool instead of the park. I guess that lessens the chance of getting hit with a baseball. See you there!
Oh, and if you live near Chicago, the fair is held there too! Check out their site for more info…
Above are some photos from last year. Check out the rest on the RCF flickr site.
The first few images for the travel swap are posted! Check out the details on our flickr page.
Also, on the flickr page, I recommend checking out all of the messages left in our “introductions” stream. Find it under “discuss” or “discussions”. Practically all of the swappers participating have listed their blogs, websites, or myspaces. Lots of new blogs and artists out there to be discovered. So get to it!
This is for anyone signed up to swap… You should have your partners by now. I’m still getting some comments trickling in about not having partner info. If you don’t have a partner, then the message went to your junk box or you gave me the incorrect (or no) email address. So let me know asap and I can fix you up!!
Also, be sure to join our travel swap flickr group so you can share you photos and see everyone else’s. I can’t wait to see all the crafts!
I know this is late notice if you actually live close enough to Philly to go tonight, but I would like to support the artist anyway, so I thought I’d give her a shout out…
May 11th, 7pm-9pm
At Benna’s Cafe’ (which is located on the north-west corner of 8th and wharton st in south philly)
Katie Henry will be having a party and you are all invited.
There will be mint juleps and miniature dinosaur cupcakes and miniature fruit tarts and wine and cheese and balloons and good people.
Oh and there will also be Katie’s beautiful sewn drawings and handbags.
Please come if you can, and tell your friends to come as well.
I was browsing through this week’s issue of Time Out New York, when I spotted the word “Etsy” under the “recently opened” section. It seems Etsy, our fav DIY web merchant, has opened up their warehouse, or the Etsy Lab, for…
*Workshops on making things
*Advice & help with your Etsy shop
*Meeting other artists
*Getting out of your house
So if you live anywhere near Brooklyn, I would check it out!
One of my favorite artist / bloggers, Anahata, is on this month’s cover of Cloth Paper Scissors! I picked up this magazine for the first time a few months ago, and it’s really great for artistic inspiration, especially collage ideas and techniques. I’ll definitely be buying this month’s issue to check out the feature on Anahata…
So there were seriously eight different FP employees in the home office yesterday wearing blue and white stripes. How ridiculous is that? And yes, we have an FP man! He merchandises the stores!
And about the swap…
There are just under 200 people signed up! woohoo! Thanks to all you bloggers that spread the word! So I’m gonna match up partners and email you info. There are about 10 people that didn’t leave me your email address! If your name is listed, (I left out your last name for security or whatever) please comment with your email. I won’t post the comments… This is gonna be fun.
Cody F (male swapper! woohoo! he did the vday swap and the poor guy received a necklace, so this time I’ll let his partner know he’s an FP man…)