Friday, November 25, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Meet Our Vendors: Thea Starr

Thea’s first official craft project was red electric-tape press-on nails, Lee (of the press on nails people) didn’t have nothing on Thea. She progressed to kanzashi in 2001, one of only two people in the states who made the traditional Japanese hair ornaments at that time.
Thea takes vintage kimonos, cleans and presses them and begins the folding process, one petal at a time, to craft them into flowers. Her standard hairclips are her most popular item because, she says, they come in fabrics to fit everyone’s taste.
Her superpower is so rare, marvel comics doesn’t even have this one covered. She can balance stuff in her fridge. Theo says other mom’s can appreciate this superpower more than most.

Meet Our Vendors: Garden Bon Bons

If you enter Moulton’s kitchen you might mistake it for a chocolate shop, since her process is very similar. She puts all the ingredients for her Garden Bon Bons in a bowl and stirs. They are rolled out on baking sheets, dried on racks and wrapped for selling. The bon bons just need to be planted and watered and …magic! The perfect gift for anyone with a green thumb, or thumbs of any color.
Her Italian Herb bon bons are the most popular, since everyone uses basil, chives, parsley and thyme (well, everyone who cooks).  Her unique creations will help you understand her superpower: the ability to make people see things a little differently.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Meet Our Vendors: Margot Bianca

lapis blue mini table cloth

Batik: a cloth that traditionally uses a manual wax-resist dyeing technique found in exotic places.
Once you understand that, and have a look at Margot Bianca’s line of napkins, tea towels, table runners and bandanas, you are transported to a third-world market filled with the smells and sounds of an extraordinary vacation.
She prints hot wax onto fabric, puts it into fabric reactor dyes, lets it sit for days (much patience required), then boils to remove the wax and the pattern is imprinted on the cloth. She tries to include as many eco-friendly practices as possible including using rainwater, which she will have plenty of this week as she gets ready for the Handmade Holiday show.
By the way, her super power is stamina …she never gets tired, hungry or cold. No rest for the weary and no rest necessary for Margot.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Meet Our Vendors: Slide Sideways

Scott and Jacqui Scroggin are living a dream that many crafters have. One day they decided to quit their day jobs and start working with their hands. They were hearing some good things about this new venture called etsy and they were off to the races.
They sell a variety of hand silk screened items including posters, tea towels and zip pouches. Their most popular item is a “Let The Sun Shine In” poster, because, they say, it puts a smile on everyone’s face and is a great reminder.
Their superpower is speed and accuracy; they can finish amazing amounts of work in just minutes!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Meet Our Vendors: World of Whimm

The wonderful World of Whimm is a magical and spectacular place created by the talented Kayce Quevedo. She vows that she started crafting in the womb (Likely a crowded place with fetus-Kayce AND the sewing machine). Her long time dabbling got serious when she quit her day job to raise her her kids. Now, her mermaid tails, crowns and superhero attire take up most of her free time.
She’ll bring all her popular whimsical creations along with a few new items to the Handmade Holiday show this Saturday. Could it be ADULT versions of her mermaid tails???
By the way, her superpower is denial. Amazingly, it’s how she gets everything done.

Meet Our Vendors: Orange Twist

Her “Happy Birthday Sasquatch” card tells you a lot about Claire Jauregui. Witty and fun with a smarty pants dedication to the Pacific Northwest. She started making cards when she was eight, and opened her Etsy shop a little over three years ago.
Claire gets a joke or pun in her head and pulls out her sketch book to work on a picture. She uses photoshopped pictures to complete her idea and heads off to the Pratt Fine Arts Center where she exposes her screens, prints her ideas and heads back to her home studio to put on the finishing touches.
She’ll have cards, posters, garlands and baby rompers at the Handmade Holiday show, all designed and screen printed in Seattle.
She might have a few treats hidden away too, since her superpower is the ability to consume large quantities of sweets.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Meet Our Vendors: 1Wood

Todd started with a box of legos at age three and never looked back, Jill learned to sew at age six, now the husband and wife team has over 70 years of crafting between them. 
They start out dumpster diving, it’s a very select dumpster; Todd shares a workshop with furniture makers. Their castoffs become Todd and Jill’s cutting boards, toys, building blocks, candle holders, furniture and even jewelry with tradition wood joinery techniques like cutting, sanding and rubbing.
They have impressive superpowers. Todd can fall asleep in 30 seconds, ANYWHERE! (an insomniac’s dream) and Jill has cat-like reflexes which she hones by curling up in front of the fireplace.
Catch them next weekend at the Handmade Holiday show, or at

Friday, November 18, 2011

Meet Our Vendors: Sucree

One of her very first jewelry pieces was a necklace made from macaroni, a gift to her mother. Jill Jandreau’s jewelry has evolved well past pasta into intricately designed metalsmithing. Her ideas often come in the middle of the night and she’s compelled to get up, sketch and give it a go in her studio.  Jill uses traditional techniques; hammering soldering and sanding, rinse, repeat. But she is very mindful of using recycled metal and other materials when she can.
Cuff bracelets and spinner necklaces are among her new items, possibly the brain child of insomnia. She’ll also bring her popular stacking rights and money clips to the Handmade Holiday show next Saturday and Sunday.
Jill’s superpower is telekinesis, which really helps her move metal.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Meet Our Vendors: Norik

Nora Retik follows a policy not often found in jewelry making; she uses only cold connection techniques, in other words, no soldering. Why? She wants to avoid using burning methods that release fossil fuels into the environment. It presents a challenge, but she likes challenges and has become very inventive in her methods.
She credits her success to plenty of encouragement from her family; especially her supportive husband who she says is her superpower.
She hasn’t quite figured out what her most popular item is, but she’ll have plenty of gemstone and precious metal jewelry on hand at next week’s Handmade Holiday Show.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Meet Our Vendors: Ugly Baby

Rosalie and Doug Gale’s process is upside down and backwards, and most of the time a slap in the face. They build their sarcastic waterproof shower art in layers with rubber, letters, toys and glitter from back to front. So, the occasional typo and inverted letter are unavoidable.
Rosalie has been at this crafting thing since her first hideous sweater was knitted at about age eight. She grew up, met Doug and sarcasm bloomed.
This year they are bringing their sarcasm to a whole new level. Now, your soap dish can read “Suck, Crap, Poop and Doodie!” Or, get a post card and t-shirt that says, “Suck it, Stupidface!” The choices are endless! Find Rosalie, Doug and their new line of items at the Handmade Holiday show next week.
By the way, Rosalie says her superpower is productivity, but not necessarily backwards spelling.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Meet Our Vendors: Bunny's Baked Goods

Kate Drummond’s craft is a balancing act, literally. Her vintage three-tiered cupcake stands have already racked up enough broken plate pieces to start a mosaic business.  But balance she does to build her fledging business and bring her unique creations to the masses.
She’s been at the crafting thing all her life and worshiped the shops on, until she realized she had the talent to be there herself. She (and maybe her fuzzy brown bunny) will ‘carefully’ make their way to the etsyRAIN Handmade Holiday show with the cupcake stands as well as candles in vintage teacups.
Make sure to ask her a direct question, since her superpower is she must tell the truth! (she’s a self-proclaimed horrible liar).

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Meet Our Vendors: Sweet Petula

Cory Smith explains her process as: eating, drinking, breathing bath soap. That is dedication! She still makes it the old fashioned way with oils and lye, the way her great-great grandmother, who was also a soapmaker, did. Cory had a retail shop for years, but the tanking economy forced her to find another avenue and get re-inspired to create pretty things. She opened up her shop on and Sweet Petula had a new home.
She’s been working so hard she admits to being sore from making pounds and pounds of soap for the holidays. She’ll bring a few of those pounds to the Handmade Holiday show but you can see her soap online at
Oh, her superpower? She smells good, of course!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Meet Our Vendors: Squigglechick

Her unofficial mantra is “if it’s not good for you to eat, I can use the packaging for my materials.” We’re talking soda bottles, chips and candy wrappers and BEER! Tracy Borders upcycles them into wallets, journals, dog collars, cuffs, eyeglass cases and her most popular item, luggage tags.
She got her start by giving her creations away to her friends and relatives, lucky to be on her family tree, right? Then she realized that she could SELL THEM and she was off to the races. Now, she’s got a long list of supporters who eat junk food just for her, so they can save the wrappers and ease the burden on their carbon footprint.
She says her super power is her husband who encourages her and contributes new ideas (and possibly helps with those junk food wrappers).
Come shop the Squigglechick booth at the Handmade Holiday show, and online at .

Meet Our Vendors: Stitch Duchess

If you heard Glenda Warmoth’s talents are sewing and cross stitching, you would think little old granny, right? Think again! Her ‘Smitten Squirrels’ cross stitch pattern is thoroughly modern and nothing a granny would ever dream up.

Glenda picked up her talent from her mother, who was a quilter. She started out making doll clothes and developed her skills to create a unique and eclectic mix of entertaining designs on .

At the etsyRAIN Handmade Holiday show she’ll be selling a smattering of handmade treasures including tea-themed tablewear, cross stitch wall art and fabric covered button accessories.

Her superpower is that she can make you rethink your recent action with just a look …SCARY!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Meet Our Vendors: Matthew Porter Art

One can only image the mystery and intrigue floating around in Matthew Porter‘s head, when what comes out in his paintings is magical and mystical. He’s been at it since he was a wee lad, but really got serious a decade ago when he opened an art gallery with his wife.
Now, he focuses full time on his children’s book art prints, posters, magnets, keychains and clothing. His most popular item is a print that features a cat destroying the Space Needle (again with the mystery and intrigue!) His original pieces are created with acrylic paint and pine wood boards. Then he sands, adds a varnish and …voila!
His super power is that he can survive on toast and tea for days …the mark of a true artist! .


There are a few out there who still haven’t heard of it, and many ask, “How do you spell that?” But, is determined to empower people, handcrafters to be specific, to change the way the global economy works.
The world’s handmade marketplace is giving etsyRAIN’s Handmade Holiday show a giant boost by being a Platinum Sponsor!
The show’s organizers are thrilled with the financial and emotional support from “home base” and are working to make this show the biggest and best yet.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

PLATINUM Sponspor: Seattle Weekly

The award-winning publication has been around since 1976. It was founded by an art-starved East Coast transplant and has kept this area in the know about everything artsy ever since. It also has a hard edge with its finger on the pulse of the movers, shakers and politics of the city. It’s a great source for music and art happenings. EtsyRAIN is exuberant to have Seattle Weekly as a PLATINUM Sponsor for the Handmade Holiday Show and will have two full color ads on the back page prior to the event.

Meet Our Vendors: Renaitre A La Vie

Kelly M. Cook has been an artist ever since she could put a pencil to paper. She was drawn (pun intended) to the idea of etsy because of the low setup price (free!)
Kelly started selling her paintings at shows in her home state of South Carolina. Now, she’s moved to Seattle and added shrinky dink jewelry and polymer clay pieces to the mix. Her fine art and much more will be available at the etsyRAIN Handmade Holiday this month and at
Her superpower? She’s INVULNERABLE!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Meet Our Vendors: Foamy Wader

Alexa Allamano cranks out signature pieces organically …she lets the material dictate the style. She got her start in 2007 when the checker at her grocery store commented on the jewelry she was wearing.
Now, her delicately wrapped gemstone jewelry and pop-art button rings fly off her website . And don’t forget her knit beards ...the fastest way to get the feel of facial hair!
Alexa says she’s still working on her superpower, but Teleportation is just around the corner for her. She will delay her practicing long enough to be at this month’s EtsyRAIN Handmade Holiday show on November 26 and 27 at the Intiman Theatre.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Meet Our Vendors: Scary White Girl

Dawn Vogel hops on the bus for her morning commute, and pulls out her crochet hook to work on her other job on the way. Her crocheted cupcakes, coffee cup cozies and bun covers are all made before she gets to the office.
She’s been crocheting almost seven years and started her etsy shop,  in 2006.  Her eyeball cat toys are the hot ticket at most of the shows she does, something every cat household needs right?
She is a superfast crocheter but her real superpower is juggling work, play and her side business while keeping her sanity and "eyeball" sense of humor!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Meet Our Vendors: Boodlebags

Angela Anderson was born to craft! She comes from a family of crafters on both sides, generations back, so there was no escaping it! She does all the design and most of the sewing.
Her new iSacha purse is storming the scene. It’s basic but tailored look lets the fabric take center stage. It’s designed for the iPad or other tablets but can be used for just about anything that you can stuff into it. She’s also working on wallets and holiday items for the etsyRAIN Handmade Holiday show.
Her superpower? …she can FLY! Pick out your new iSacha at

Friday, November 4, 2011

Meet Our Vendors: Elisa Shere

Elisa Shere refers to herself as an art nerd. Her “nerdiness” started at pottery camp when she was a girl and blossomed into every art class she could schedule in high school. She went on to study ceramics and then started metal smithing six years ago. She opened her etsy shop in 2005 and quit her day job three years later.
Now, she starts her work with metal sheets and wire, adds vintage flowers and gemstones that she hunts for high and low and turns that into polished and pretty jewelry pieces. A nerd with a purpose!
Her superpower is multitasking! She balances renovating a 90 year old house with raising her 13 month old son AND building her inventory for the Handmade Holiday Show. Here’s the link for a sneak peak:

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Meet Our Vendors: WireTree

Cramped in her tiny in-home studio (half the computer room hi-jacked from her son) Beth Goss starts her WireTree creations with a sheet of metal. She saws, files, drills and sometimes torches that metal until it’s transformed into pendants, earrings, bookmarks and keychains.
She got her official start in 2007 when she saw an article about etsy in a trade magazine, but she’s really been crafting for as long as she can remember. Her silver hand-cut pendants will be the big draw to her booth in this year’s Handmade Holiday show, but you’ll find those and so much more on her website
Her super power? Right now it’s teaching her teenager to drive, but she admits not always being in control of said superpower.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Moyo Workshop

Megan Cook Nikiema isn’t just in this to share her stunning creations with shoppers, she has a higher purpose. Proceeds from her business, Moyoworkshop, go to a cause that she deeply believes in, suicide prevention. It’s in honor of a beloved family member (….sigh.) But this is also her not-so-secret passion! She is descended from a long line of crafters. Sewing, baking and interior design are all in her background. You can see from her website that she makes everything from scarves, to tiny paintings, to her favorite item: amigurumi creatures. “Because they have personality and hugability,” she says. Her superpower is a shocker, Teleportation! Can you image how much that cuts down on gas? Find Moyoworkshop at this year’s Handmade Holiday Show.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Haute Goat

Call it cashcycling! Heidi Kappes Belinsky takes cast off cashmere and turns it into something cashtastic! She was inspired to take her business online four years ago when she read an article in the Seattle Times about etsy (sound familiar?) Now, her Haute Goat creations have moved to the next level and beyond. Her most popular item is a basic colorblock scarf. “Why?” she asks, “Because it goes with everything!”  And by the way, her superpower is Macgyverability! Heidi, her colorblock scarves and all her cashtastic creations will be available at next month’s Handmade Holiday Show at the Intiman. If you want a sneak peak, her etsy shop is

Thursday, October 27, 2011

EtsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Show

etsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Show - Nov. 26 & 27, 2011 @ the Intiman


Fifty five hand-selected vendors are furiously building their one-of-a-kind inventory for the 3rd annual EtsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Show. This year’s show is set to open its doors at the historic Intiman Theatre at Seattle Center on the biggest shopping weekend of the year. The show moves to Thanksgiving weekend to give shoppers a chance to shop local and buy handmade as the holiday shopping season kicks off.

The show is free to the public and the first 50 shoppers through the door will
receive a free swag bag full of goodies crafted by exhibitors and some of the 1000
plus members of EtsyRAIN.

Instead of the standard stocking stuffers like Christmas-themed socks, candy
canes and dollar store finds (…BORING!), shoppers will be dazzled by a selection
of waterproof shower art, mermaid tails, knit wizard beards, fraidy cat earrings,
business monkey belt buckles, crocheted golden snitch ornaments, peacock
pendants and so much more.

“We had so many great applications this season, more than ever before. After
some tough decisions, we ended up with an amazing group of vendors that will
give shoppers a unique, handmade holiday shopping experience,” said organizer
Marlo Miyashiro.

This event is expected to be the largest yet for EtsyRAIN. It takes place
Saturday and Sunday Nov. 26 and 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Intiman
Theatre at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer Street. For more information on the
event, please, visit or contact organizer Marlo Miyashiro,, (206) 683-9733.

EtsyRAIN is Etsy’s official Seattle Metropolitan “Street Team”: A group of regional
artists and craft makers who own and operate independent shops on

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Eco-friendly goods from Handmade RAIN artists!

Did you know there are several ways that our artists try to be eco-friendly?  Here are just a few:

The sterling silver that Marlo Miyashiro from Marlo & Natasha Studio uses to fabricate her jewelry is certified reclaimed.

The soap that Kim Wilton at Pepo Park makes is vegan.

The paper that Sarah Rollinger at Tutta Lou Press prints on is part post-industrial waste cotton.


And of course Heidi Kappes Belinsky of Haute Goat Cashmere reclaims the 100% cashmere fabric for her scarves from second-hand sweaters.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Craft Show Open House & Retail Day at Buyers Market of American Craft

Five members of the etsyRAIN street team will be selling at the Buyers Market of American Craft in Baltimore, MD this July.  The BMAC is opening for the first time to the public for retail sales / preview on Sunday, July 10 at 1pm to 5pm.  Stop by booth 1319 to say Hi!  If you are a wholesale buyer, the BMAC will be open July 11-13 for wholesale accounts.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Meet the Makers: Heidi Kappes Belinsky of Haute Goat Cashmere

Heidi Kappes Belinsky was given her first sewing machine around the age of 5 – about the same time she started reclaiming fabrics to use in her projects (doll clothes mostly).  She is a true Gemini with degrees in both Apparel Design and Botany. She has melded her love of creating with the need to discover by teaching herself fiber forensics and learning how to recognize cashmere from other fibers using a microscope.

What is “reclaimed”? 

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Meet the Makers: Kim Wilton of Pepo Park

Kim started making soap with a friend way back in 2000.   She loved delving into the science of soapmaking and creating luscious scent combinations with essential oils.  Not to mention, her dry skin felt so much better after using handcrafted soap.  Fast forward to 2005 and PepoPark was created.

Pepo means sun ripened in Latin. 

Meet the Makers: Sarah Rollinger of Tutta Lou Press

How did you get started printing?

All my life I have enjoyed creating, whether it be baking, sewing, cooking or refinishing furniture, the simple pleasures of life have been mine to share with family and friends. With a background in architecture and design, I started Tutta Lou Press because I wanted to create simple luxuries for others with an emphasis of creating a handmade yet professional-quality product.

What do you like best about letterpress printing?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Handmade RAIN of Western WA heads to the Buyers Market of American Craft

Five members of the RAIN team will be heading to the Buyer's Market of American Craft July 11-13 in Baltimore, MD.  

"The Buyers Market is the largest wholesale trade show where retailers place orders directly with artists who produce luxury goods for home and fashion.  The event is unique among gift tradeshows, as all works on display are exclusively designed and studio made by artists in the United States and Canada – no imports or mass-manufactured products allowed."

The five members are:
Marlo Miyashiro from Marla & Natasha Studio
Kim Wilton from Pepo Park
Sarah Rollinger from Tutta Lou Press
Alexa Allamano from Foamy Wader
and Heidi Kappes Belinsky from Haute Goat Cashmere

Check back often for more info about the artists, their products and the show.  We will also be tweeting from Baltimore, so follow us on Twitter!