I'm heading out on an epic train trip to Crafty Bastards in Washington D.C. I leave at 4 p.m. tomorrow afternoon. It's 10:30 p.m. I haven't packed. I thought I had laundry going but it turns out that I never turned on the dryer and now it's that time of day when the condo association hands out $200 fines for doing laundry. Rats. I hate rules.
Last month I traveled out to Tacoma, WA for the grand opening of Compass Rose. Their first location was in Olympia, WA and everyone and their brother raves about it. When I heard they were opening a second location in Tacoma, WA, I made plans to take a nice little train trip and make a day of it.
I did an embroidery demo at the most recent Urban Craft Uprising show. It was magical. I think I may have convinced at least a handful of people to become obsessed with embroidery. I called it: Beginning Embroidery for the Timid and Fearful.
Urban Craft Uprising is just around the corner (July 13th and 14th to be exact). This is my second favorite show of the year. My first: UCU Holiday show - of course! I start to get weep-ey when I think of all the talent they manage to squoosh into one big room. It's dizzying. This year I asked the organizers if they would set down their to-do lists for a few minutes and sucumb to some interview question from yours truely. They agreed.
Thanks so much to Coupon Audit for listing Unanimous Craft on their Top 100 Craft blogs to Follow In 2013 list. Thanks! M'wah!
The last two days of Craftcation were a whirlwind. Then, it seems I needed a day to recover from all the staying out late, drinking and yelling about indie craft businesses. Now I'm here to tell you all about what you missed in those lovely 48 hours. I hope you don't start weeping. Although, if you don't -- then you don't really understand Craftcation.
This happened in Ventura and you missed it. When I saw this guy with a giant skull strapped to the front of his motorcycle, I was in the middle of the crosswalk. I started yelling, "Don't start driving! Don't start driving!" so I could take a picture. Granted, his light was red so he wasn't going to start driving anyway -- but I like to think that he was also listening to me too. Everyone likes to be listened to. It's a fact.
It's day one of Craftcation - a four-day craft conference where you can take business classes, make crafts and meet all the cool people in the indie craft community. It's in Ventura, CA. It's sunny here and lovely. You should be so jealous.
Kayte Terry is one of the amazing personalities who is presenting at the Craftcation conference later this week.
Alicia DiRago is the brains behind the start-up Whimseybox. A former chemical engineer who decided everyone should "stop pinning and start making!" Alicia will be teaching three classes at the upcoming Craftcation conference.
The Craftcation Conference in Ventura, CA is right around the corner. I literally should be packing right now but instead I've been interviewing some of the presenters. Today we're getting to know Amy Tan just a little bit better.
The Craftcation Conference in Ventura, CA is sneaking up on us pretty quickly. Are you going? I AM! And I can't wait. A whole long weekend of classes and crafty goodness -- all while surrounded by my favorite kind of peeps? Yes, please. To prepare, I've been interviewing some of the presenters.
As the Craftcation Conference in Ventura, CA quickly approaches, I wanted to share with you some interviews with the influential folks who will be presenting. Brittni Mehlhoff runs Paper & Stitch, a monthly online exhibition that showcases items produced by handmade artists around the country.
I have a lot of favorite craft vendors. I've been doing the Urban Craft Uprising show for several years now so I have amassed quite a collection of people I am super-fans of (or of whom I am a super fan - depending on how much of a grammar-jerk you are).
The Alliday Show is churning out its third annual show on December 15th at the Tulsa Fairgrounds! Just like last year, we'll have 80 handmade vendors and several local community groups. We keep this show free for the public so anyone can join us for their holiday shopping!
Check out some photos from the 2011 show:
Sister Diane from CraftyPod caught my attention when she talked about a commitment she made to contribute money each month to at least one resource that is creating great content for our crafty community. I was so inspired by her words that I decided to jump on the bandwagon for 2012.
Join me at CRAFTCATION: INDIE BUSINESS & DIY CRAFT CONFERENCE in Ventura, CA March 21st - 24th 2013. Craftcation is a retreat to inspire, network and build upon the independent craft business community.