Category Archives: Local Love

Craftacular Vendor Application: POSTED!

Are you a maker in the Wichita area (or beyond?) who wants to be part of the 2018 Craftacular Handmade Market?  Then get excited, because registration is now open!

This Craft Show is exactly that: a shopping experience full of wonderful, handmade goods.  No resale items or MLMs.  The vendors not merely salespeople; they are representing their own work.  They take their time, talent, and hands to create soulful items that are beautiful and unique.  (If you’re reading this, you probably already understand why handmade is so important.)  But that’s why I am so proud to be able to organize this show.

You can view the Craftacular page here, which is where the downloadable pdf application can be found.  Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions about anything!  You can email me here.

Stay Cozy Tees: Giveaway!!

Happy Monday!  Guess what time it is?   Yep…GIVEAWAY TIME!

I am sooo excited to be hosting this giveaway for Stay Cozy Tees.  The owner, Christin, is a Wichita maker who creates adorable, handprinted t-shirts.  Christin believes each person has something valuable and unique to offer, and her super sweet designs are all about inspiring the confidence to be who you are.

So, let’s get down to brass tacks!  The prize: one fabulous Stay Cozy Tee of your choice.  This giveaway will be held across several platforms; you can either enter here on the blog, on facebook, or instagram.  The giveaway will run through Easter Sunday, April 1, and then one winner will be randomly drawn.  The winner will be contacted and once we have their sizing info and address, Christin will print their shirt and have it sent to its loving new owner!

To play:

1. Visit staycozytees.etsy.com and have a look around (and don’t forget to favorite her shop!)

2. Come back here (or find the facebook or instagram post) and comment with your favorite tee.

3.  Share with your friends while you’re patiently waiting for a winner to be drawn!

Good luck!

 

Luscious Velvet and Updates…

Happy Saturday!  I figured it was about time I give an update on what’s been going on around here.  I am working on adding new items to the shop, and these are a few new creations currently available…

I just love this dusty rose/mauve velvet–it makes a great handwarmer.  It is so silky smooth and lustrous.

This pouch was handwoven by me, from silk and wool yarns.  The wool yarns (cream and beige colored) were actually handspun by me as well.  The back is made from a caramel linen, and the lining is a fabulous, mustard-colored organic cotton…

Handspun Handwoven Zipper Pouch

This necklace includes reclaimed bits of Kuchi chain, beads and other baubles.  The felted wool is from a knitting swatch.

textile found object mixed media necklace

Though I plan to continue to stitch, March will be bringing on some serious arting vibes!!  The Clearwater Art Walk, an event I’ve participated in for a couple of years now, is coming up on April 6 and I hope to have lots of new work by then.  (There might be another art show, too, depending if I am able to get ready for it…details to come if I decide on it…)

Garden season is nearly upon us, too!  Well, it should be already…there are seeds I’ve wanted to start, but haven’t, of course.

I’ve also started working on what I’m calling Anatomy of a Pouch…I’m not yet sure if it will be a series of posts, an ebook, or what yet….but basically, it’s designed to help YOU sew and design your own zipper pouches.  I would hope to have this done sometime in March, but no promises!

As always, I would love to know what crafty things you’re up to!  Feel free to share here or on any of my social pages, or shoot me an email!

Ways to Support Artists/Makers/Local Biz without Spending Money

While making an actual monetary investment is a wonderfully straightforward (and always appreciated!) way of supporting a small business or artist, there are times when you simply don’t have the funds, or really just don’t need what they’re selling at the moment.  That doesn’t mean you can’t still help out!  Until you’re ready to give them your cash again, here are a few ways you can show the love:

1.  Click that “Share” button so your friends can learn about the fantastic work your favorites are doing…it might be just what they were looking for.

2.  then “like” and comment!  While bills cannot be paid with good vibes (unfortunately), we still appreciate them!  And sometimes, the simplest kind word can totally make someone’s day.

3.  Write a review and/or leave feedback for previous purchases.  If you’ve bought items from a seller via Etsy or a similar venue, don’t forget the feedback!  You can also leave a review on their facebook page, on Google, Yelp, etc…

4.  Blog about them, if you have a blog.  If not, maybe just throw a nice tweet out there (and don’t forget to tag them!)

5.  Offer your time if the need arises.  This doesn’t seem to happen too often, but it’s not unheard of.  Every now and then, an indie artist or maker might need volunteers for a project.  Whether it’s setting up a show or posting fliers around town, think about setting aside a few moments for this if you can.

6.  Actually tell your friends, in real life.  In the virtual whirlwind of information, things can get overlooked.  Don’t forget to tell your friends, in person, about that business or artist you just adore!

Can you think of other ways to support local without spending cash?  I’d love to hear your ideas!

Craft is Back…

[Featured photo: gorgeous entomology/taxidermy work by Jennifer Blundon]

I am so very excited to announce that after a two year hiatus, Craftacular will be coming back in September 2018!

Craftacular is a little show I started back in 2012; we did it once a year, usually in the fall.  There was no show in 2016 or 2017 due to so much going on those years (well, truthfully, 2017 was more about taking a break from being previously overwhelmed…)  However, this September, it’s happening again and I am thrilled.

There are still a lot of details to be decided, but the time, date, and location are set.

It’s a privilege that means so much to me, to be able to organize such an event; from the beginning, the show has been about craft and art: making, dreaming, connecting.  I am so grateful to each person who has participated in the show and hope to see lots of  familiar faces, and new ones, on September 29.

As more details fall into place, I’ll be posting on the Craftacular facebook page.  I’ll also post the vendor application to this site as soon as it’s available.  (If you think you might be interested in being a vendor, let me know and I’ll email it to you directly as soon as I can!)