You spent the last year building your business. You perfected your product line, took amazing photos and marketed your brand to your favorite editors. September rolled around and you filled out a bunch of forms, paid application fees and applied for all your favorite craft shows. The next step: waiting.
I thought I was going to miss my favorite Seattle craft show this summer: Urban Craft Uprising - because of a double ankle surgery. Sniff! Fact was, after about a month and 100 or so Vicodin I was up and walking around.
A new subscription-based business has arrived on the scene: Indie Craft Sampler. Sign up and get a box of samples from some great indie artists -- or donate samples of your products for this cool marketing opportunity. IT WORKS BOTH WAYS!
I asked Neeka, the founder of Indie Craft Sampler, to share some information about this new service. Get the scoop below:
My husband, Doug, and I traveled to the land of strip malls and horrible - known by people who love it as Los Angeles. I don't love it. The only thing I love about it is that I have some close friends who have chosen to live part of their lives there -- so I get to see those dummies. I also love that there are opportunities to see amazing comics just doing open mics and showcases around town like the comics in Seattle - but better.
Maker's Nation is the first organization to sign up for read-only access to Unanimous Craft for the members of their group. Using a shared login, they will be able to access all of the great content and the craft show calendar. Want to be just like them?
Seriously Ventura? Seriously?
How is it possible that my soul mate is a city and not an actual human being of some kind? Walking back from lunch today, we ran across this sign for a Fart Show. My heart swelled. I think I'm in love.
Today has been a blurry-blur face. After just about four hours of shut eye, I wandered blearily to the hotel restaurant for an early morning breakfast with some crafty idols.
I saw four naked butts this evening.
Well, I guess technically I saw two naked butts -- but I saw them each twice -- so I count it as four.
I'm sitting on the patio of the hotel, listening to the waves crash against the shore. Inside, crafty folks are playing games and making new friends. I'm treasuring a few moments of zen before returning to the group. This is my third year at Craftcation and you'd think that some of the magic might have worn off by this point -- but it hasn't.
I'll be teaching some classes at the 2014 Craftcation conference. It's coming up the first week of April in Ventura, CA. Let's get to know some of the other presenters, shall we? First on the list: Diane Gilleland.
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.