Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Thank you SEATTLE for our Best Show EVER!

We are ever so grateful to everyone who took the time to come out to support the artists and craft-makers of etsyRAIN and beyond during the 4th Annual etsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Show! With record attendance, happy shoppers and ecstatic vendors, it's safe to say it was the best etsyRAIN show to date!

Here are some highlights from the show:

 

A full list of vendor websites can be found on the 2012 etsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Show Page

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

In-Kind Sponsor - Lion Brand Yarn

Lion Brand, a family-owned and operated business, has been supplying knitters high quality yarn since 1878-- and as an in-kind sponsor for our Handmade Holiday Show, they're supporting etsyRAIN in our mission to support crafters and artists. If you are one of the lucky 200 to get a swag bag this Black Friday Weekend, you've got Lion Brand to thank for one of your many goodies. (I won't divulge what it is here-- it's a surprise!)

According to Lion Brand, their true passion for yarn is shared by all of their associates and is the secret to Lion Brand's success. To help you in your knitting project success, Lion Brand is offering 20% off all orders on their website for a limited time! Just use coupon code "etsyrain2012" when you checkout.

Platinum Sponsor - Wyndham Hotels

Yes, even though we are doing what we love for a living, we crafters and artists need to get away from it all and take a vacation, too. One of our Platinum Sponsors, Wyndham (previously Trendwest), knows how to package vacation destinations and offers them up via Worldmark by Wyndham. As the world’s third largest vacation ownership program, WorldMark by Wyndham allows you to purchase real estate interest in oe of the Wyndham resorts. Look for their booth at the Handmade Holiday Show this year featuring special packages at Seattle’s Camlin Hotel.

What's in a Swag Bag?

A BIG Thank You to all of our talented swag bag contributors!
Our etsyRAIN members and Handmade Holiday Show vendors and sponsors have REALLY outdone themselves this season! We have 200 swag / goodie bags to hand out for the show and every single one of them has tons of functional and even *giftable* items in them! Check out this random sampling of contents:

What's in a swag bag? Trinkets, gifts, goodies, samples, full-size products, coupons, and SO MUCH MORE!

  The 4th Annual etsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Show at
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center
321 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109
Friday, November 23rd 11am to 6pm
Saturday, November 24th 11am to 5pm

>> Arrive EARLY for a chance at one of 100 swag bags EACH morning! <<
  The Swag Bag line will be at the *street level* lower lobby entrance
(Upper and Lower Lobby doors will open at 11am each morning)

What's "early"? 
We'll, in the past, we've had the swag bag line start at 9am...
so, dress warmly, bring a cup of coffee with you! 

I'm telling you...they are worth it!

Just ask these happy shoppers! See you there!

Bronze Sponsor - ButtonMakers.net

Their name pretty much says it all-- if you need buttons made for your special event or promotional need (custom buttons, too!), just go to ButtonMakers.net . It's really that simple (we use them all the time for our button making endeavors). In addition to being one of our Bronze Sponsors for our Handmade Holiday Show this year, we are proud to say that the etsyRAIN buttons we made for the show were created with equipment and materials from Buttonmakers.net.

Buttonmakers.net has button makers for purchase or to rent, as well as all the button badge supplies you'll need. Heck, they can make your buttons for you if you're short on time. (Note, rentals are only available in Seattle.) Thanks, Buttonmakers, for your support this year!

Copper Sponsor: Danaca Designs

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etsyRAIN members who specialize in jewelry-making are well aware of Danaca Design’s Metal Crafting Center, one of our Copper Sponsors for the Handmade Holiday Show. The Center is a jewelry and small-scale metal working studio located in the University District of Seattle. 

If you want to gain skills in the art of decorative metal working and jewelry design, check out their quarterly class schedules. Their studio is a comfortable, well lit, and cheerful work space fully equipped for small-scale fabrication, including hollow forming and soldering, as well as enameling, precious metal clay and stone setting. Amateur and professional artists are featured in their small store-front gallery. As space allows, Danaca Design hosts open-house events throughout the year with a particular focus on new exhibits and or exhibitors. All students of the Metal Crafting Center are encouraged to exhibit their successes in the gallery, as space is always reserved for them.

If you are a veteran jewelry maker (or aspire to be one), Danaca Design is set up to give you opportunities to be productive and creative at your comfort level.

Gold Sponsorship - Etsy

As you can imagine, there would be no etsyRAIN without Etsy, "the world's handmade marketplace." If you are a connoisseur of all things handcrafted, you know Etsy as a place where small businesses can thrive, giving crafts people and artists a platform to present and sell their creations.

What you may not know is that Etsy supports its teams and businesses in other ways. For example, in addition to being a Gold Sponsor for our Handmade Holiday Show, Etsy has granted etsyRAIN a Team Fellowship Award to show their support of our work. We are honored to receive this distinction and hope you will see this passion for everything handmade this Black Friday Weekend at the Marion McHall Hall at Seattle Center.

In Kind Sponsor - United Reprographics


A lot of companies say that the "customer is always right" and "we'll bend over backwards for you," but how many of them actually take pen to paper and put this in their service guarantee? Well, United Reprographics has and etsyRAIN is thankful for their in-kind sponsorship of our Handmade Holiday Show this year.
United Reprographics, a minority-owned, locally-owned, community business, has been committed to providing reprographic services to hundreds of clients throughout the Puget Sound since 1999.
United's "Bend Over Backwards Service Guarantee" is comprised of a 14-step service process that starts from the moment you give them your project to the moment it's delivered into your hands. Their commitment to delivering quality service and products mirrors what our etsyRAIN members strive for in their businesses.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bronze Sponsor: The 5 Point Cafe

"Man cannot live by bread alone..." and we have it on good authority that artists and craft people can't either. When we're up in the wee hours knitting, stitching, sewing, gluing, and soldering and our tummies begin to rumble, we make our way to The 5 Point Cafe, one of our Bronze Sponsors, for some good grub.

The 5 Point has a rich history rooted in Seattle, starting in 1929. When Prohibition ended in 1933, and “Franklin Roosevelt said it was ok to drink beer”, business started booming. They are now the longest run family eatery in Seattle and the oldest bar still in existence in Belltown.

Known as "one of the world’s best dive bars and diners,"  The 5 Point serves hearty, inexpensive, unpretentious eats with a usually crowded cocktail lounge serving up stiff drinks and raucous conversation.

The 5 Point is also known for pulling stunts of all sorts: leading the successful political opposition to the Seattle Commons, installing a periscope in the men’s room with a clear view of the Space Needle, and rigging up a rooftop faucet to water the sidewalk and discourage the transients who loitered in front of the Five Point. Oh, and don't forget the young waitresses wearing bikini's and roller skates who plug expiring parking meters in the neighborhood in the spring.

While management has changed over time, The 5 Point Cafe is intent on keeping the traditions with the same long-term employees and great homemade food at good prices served 24 hours a day every day. And, of course, Seattle’s best jukebox.

Copper Sponsor: Caffe Lladro


The term "handcrafted" has become synonymous with that which is well made and well done. We'd like to add "tastes fantastic," especially when it comes to coffee roasted and brewed by Caffe Ladro, one of our Copper Sponsors for our Handmade Holiday Show.

Considered a Seattle coffee institution, CaffeLadro opened its first location on Upper Queen Anne in 1994. Since then, they have grown to thirteen locations in the greater Seattle area, maintaining their signature friendly atmosphere, quality baked goods, and delicious coffee.

Caffe Ladro has always been a pioneer of sustainably and ethically produced coffee. In 2011, they launched a new division of the company, Ladro Roasting, which allows Caffe Ladro to source their own green coffee. Single origins and blends are now made to perfection at their Queen Anne roastery.

Copper Sponsor: Portage Bay Goods

Portage Bay Goods logo
Located in the heart of the Fremont neighborhood in Seattle,  Portage Bay Goods has been a part of the community since 1998 and they are taking part in our etsyRAIN community by supporting our Handmade Holiday Show for 2012 as one of our Copper Sponsors.

Portage Bay Goods offers "super-duper-way-better than average" last minute gifts, great stuff for the kiddos, fun and functional products, and seriously the best card selection this side of the Cascades!

They are huge supporters of the local art community, and feature a different artist the first Friday of every month for the Fremont Art Walk. In addition, Portage Bay Goods consistently carries all kinds of products from local artists, graphic designers, letterpress companies, screen printers, jewelry makers, and chocolatiers. They believe shopping locally is the best thing ever and we are inclined to agree!

Copper Sponsor: Keith T. McClelland

One of the rewarding things about being a part of etsyRAIN is the fact that while nurturing a supportive local community of artists and craft makers (our mission, after all!), along the way we connect with community members who are, shall we say, artistically inclined in their own way.

Take one of our Copper Sponsors, Keith T. McClelleand, for one. By trade, Keith is an attorney who brings years of experience assisting people who are dealing with stressful situations caused by death in the family, divorce or auto collisions. But he is also a musician, composer and co-organizer of the North City Jazz Walk.

Thank you, Keith, for helping our communities with your monetary and timely support!

Bronze Sponsor: Ugly Baby and LaRu

Longtime etsyRAIN members (Rosalie Gale from Ugly Baby Shower Art and Lauren Rudeck from La Ru)) are one of our Bronze Sponsors for the Handmade Holiday Show. They recently opened their retail shop, Ugly Baby and La Ru in the fall of 2012 in the iconic Pike Place Market area. Their location boasts a studio space upstairs where they create their art and a 300 square foot retail space on the first floor.

The shop sells Shower Art - waterproof art you can hang in your shower with a suction cup - along with Lauren's artwork from LaRu in a variety of mediums: prints, cards, belt buckles, necklaces. In addition to their artwork, the shop sells DIY craft kits, craft supplies, embroidery supplies from Sublime Stitching and cross stitch kits from Nerd Jerk. In addition, the shop features a local artist each month.

If you are an artist interested in submitting your work for review, please contact Rosalie or Lauren.

Vendor Spot: Bunny's Baked Goods


Local artist showcases work during handmade shopping festival
Local artist showcases work during handmade shopping festival 3 tiered dessert stand from Bunny's Bake Goods.
A University District artist is preparing to shine this holiday season during the 4th annual EtsyRAIN Holiday show.
Kate Drummonds will be showcasing her custom made tiered dessert stand business, Bunny’s Baked Goods, during the handmade holiday shopping festival at McCaw Hall.
Drummonds uses vintage plates and cups to make her unique serving dishes and accessories.
The show is scheduled for Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving.
Hours for the show are listed below:
  • Friday, November 23, 2012 from 12-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 24, 2012 from 10-5 p.m.
Check out merchandise from Bunny’s Baked Goods online.

http://udistrict.komonews.com/news/events/800925-local-artist-showcases-work-during-handmade-shopping-festival

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Copper Sponsor: Fusion Beads


When Mari Eriksson opened FusionBeads in 1997, it was her dream come true, "an expression of her lifelong passion for beads." By offering engaging classes, an exciting selection of products and a visually inspiring retail environment, the Seattle-area store has become central to the beading community. 

In 2004, Ericksson brought Fusion Beads online to build a global beading community for sharing creativity, expertise and tips on beads and beading.

Fusion Beads' mission is to bring their a well-organized and easy-to-use site filled with information, inspiration and high-quality, fairly priced products. The staff at Fusion Beads have a love for beading and wants to help everyone discover the joy of creating handmade jewelry. We at etsyRAIN are pleased to have Fusion Beads as one of our Copper Sponsors for the Handmade Holiday Show.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bronze Sponsor: Outright

Outright Logo
Outright helps small businesses and those who are self employed with online bookkeeping by providing exceptional accounting software. It streamlines the work involved with running a small business by helping entrepreneurs pay the right taxes, organize their income and expenses, and keep their businesses on track. More than 200,000 customers have signed up with Outright since its first day in 2008, linking their Amazon, Etsy, Paypal, eBay, FreshBooks, Harvest and showboxed accounts all under one roof for secure and efficient access.

Like etsyRAIN, Outright is passionate about helping small businesses grow and we are pleased to have them as a sponsor for our Handmade Holiday Show this year.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Bronze Sponsor: Stitches

"We are not your typical fabric store."

So says , Stitches, one of our Bronze Sponsors for our upcoming Handmade Holiday Show-- and we are inclined to agree!

Stitches has provided fashion fabric, notions and yarn to designers, seamstresses, seamsters and creative folks throughout the Puget Sound area.

Their buyers are dedicated to handpicking every bolt of fabric, skein of yarn and notion for their customers. Stitches offers a large selection of silks, wools, stretch fabric, cotton prints, canvas, oilcloth, costume fabric, and more. If you are looking for something special, they'd love to help you find it.
They also lay claim to one of the larges button collections in Seattle, as well as a great notion wall. And knitters, don't feel left out-- Stitches has a great selection of Cascade yarns for all your knitting and crocheting needs.

If you've always wanted to stitch and/or knit, but don't know where to start, look into Stitches vast range of classes for beginners to advanced crafters. Their teachers are experienced and the classes are small, guaranteeing lots of one-on-one attention.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Silver Sponsor: NuBe Green

Like us, NuBe Green loves “hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind designs and products with regional character or an innovative use of materials…” so we are thrilled to have them as one of our Silver Sponsors.

NuBe Green is all about U.S. Made, U.S.-sourced and U.S.-milled. They stock an eclectic mix of housewares, gifts and clothing that reflect their deep commitment to sustainability.  You can expect to find clothing made from organic cotton co-op growers, furniture crafted from local storm-salvaged trees, jewelry fashioned from recycled metals, bags and wallets made from repurposed bicycle inner tubes, tabletop and glasswares from post-consumer bottles, and kids accessories sewn from repurposed cashmere.

Look for their new storefront opening at University Village on Black Friday 2012.

etsyRAIN Minions - Spreading the News about our Handmade Holiday Show

etsyRAIN Minions - Getting ready to do our bidding

We call these cuties the etsyRAIN minions. They are out in force all over Seattle, doing our bidding and sharing the news about our upcoming Handmade Holiday Show

One of them is holding a winning QR code for a special gift - so be sure to break out your QR code reader and scan a minion when you see it - it might be your lucky day! 


We'd love to see where these little minions end up on their adventure, so catch a photo of them in action and share with us on our etsyRAIN Facebook page or send us a tweet @etsyrain.

Silver Sponsor: Kollabora

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With its belief in “we are what we make, and that people should have a creative alternative to just buying products,” it’s only natural for etsyRAIN and Kollabora to be hand-in-hand to promote handmade.

Kollabora (which comes from the Latin word “collaboro” for working together, is a social platform for do-it-yourself folk, offering a craft supply marketplace and numerous maker communities that link to projects, supplies and how-tos. Want to make a Diagonal Mesh Pullover by Lion Brand? You’ll be provided downloadable instructions and all the supplies you need are gathered and ready for you to put into your virtual shopping cart with one click.

Inspired to make your holiday gifts this year? Kollabora can help! There are sewing, jewelry and knitting projects galore at Kollabora—check out their Alt Summit Challenge featuring a twigjewelry display, a leather geometric necklace or an art inspired chevron totebag. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Platinum Sponsor: Verity Credit Union



verity credit union is a platinum sponsor for the 2012 handmade holiday show
Verity Credit Union (formerly NW Federal Credit Union,) is the first credit union chartered by the State of Washington (circa 1933) and etsyRAIN’s first-ever financial institution Platinum Sponsor. We are pleased to partner with a credit union that stands behind the tagline, “Where You Truly Matter.”

If you live, work, worship or attend school in Washington State, you can become a member of Verity. You are also eligible if you have a Verity member in your immediate family. At a credit union, you can get the same financial services as those so-called “big banks,” but as a member, the credit union works for you, and is committed to providing cost-effective products and services for you.

Verity will have a booth at our Handmade Holiday Show. If you are a member (or want to be) be sure to stop by to say hello and to get more information about Verity’s services.

Platinum Sponsor: Grand + Benedicts

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A fixture in the retail business community (pun intended), Grand + Benedicts has been a one-stop convenience for its customers since 1980. The result of merging Grand Store Equipment (founded in 1948) and Benedicts Display (founded in 1945), Grand +Benedicts provides everything a store needs to merchandise-- from fixtures and installation to global manufacturing and installation services. We at etsyRAIN count ourselves as loyal Grand + Benedicts customers and are thrilled to have their support for our Handmade Holiday Show this year.

Top 10 Reasons to Support Handmade

Shop Handmade this Holiday Season
We asked our followers & team members what Supporting Handmade meant to them and these are our Top 10 from their suggestions.

Why do you Support Handmade? Share with us!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Platinum Sponsor: Google+ Local


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Google? Yes, that Google—Google+ Local, to be exact. Originally known as “Google Places,” Google+ Local integrates with Google+ to allow you and I to find, discover and review services by posting photos and reviews directly to its page on the service. Detailed reviews and ratings powered by Zagat on the Google+ and Maps services.

We thank the good folk at Google+ Local for their support of our Handmade Holiday Show and all things handmade.

Platinum Sponsor: Seattle Weekly


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We are pleased and appreciative for our continued partnership with Seattle Weekly! The award-winning publication has been around since 1976. It was founded by an art-starved East Coast transplant and if there is something artsy going on in the Emerald City, you know Seattle Weekly will tell you all about it!

In addition to being a guide for everything musical and artistic, it also has a hard edge with its finger on the pulse of the movers, shakers and politics of the city. Perhaps you’ve seen our color ads for the Handmade Holiday Show in the October issue? Look for our next color ad on the back page of November’s Seattle Weekly.

Monday, October 1, 2012

How to prepare for a big (or any) craft fair



So you’re just starting out and you're getting ready to sell your hand crafted items to the public? You’re nervous? That’s normal.  You worried? It’s okay, you’ll have fun! You feel unprepared? Here’s a few tips for you.

The three big things you need to consider are:

1. Who your audience is.

  • This is vital because knowing your shopper will help determine if a show is right for you.

2. Having enough stuff.

  •  How do you know if you do? That’s easy. You should plan to be able to completely replenish your table at least once. In other words, if you sell out of everything, you have enough to make your table look pretty well stocked. i.e. avoid the 'picked over' look.
Also consider:
  • How big the show is. 
  •  How many hours/days in the show.
  • Ask the organizer what the expected attendance is.


3. Having a great booth display.

Visit other craft fairs for ideas. Look on the web, like this stream of pictures.  Do a test run before hand to practice how quick you can set up and tear down.  And write yourself a checklist like this one to make sure you have everything you need.
 
The most important thing to remember is to SMILE, HAVE FUN and RELAX! It makes a difference.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

What's all the fuss about McCaw Hall?

etsyRAIN’s Handmade Holiday Show is getting an upgrade this year!  





Wait! First, a little homage needs to be paid to the Intiman Theatre. It was a wonderful host to the show for three years.
But, the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center is bigger, gorgeous and has a reputation that packs a punch. From the moment this location became a contender for the next home of the etsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Show, the enthusiasm of all involved in securing the site spread like wildfire.
So?
There’s more!
There are quite a few benefits that come along with holding an event at the McCaw Hall:
  • There’s the event plug on McCall Hall’s website.
  • And the event plug on Seattle Center’s website.
  • Plus, an e-blast promoting the show that goes out to nearly 300,000 people who frequent McCaw Hall’s prestigious events.
  • AND the news release has already been sent to 250 media outlets.
  • ALSO those giant marquees that promote the events at Seattle Center will promote the Handmade Holiday Show leading up to the event.
This is all in addition to the efforts of the etsyRAIN leadership team and volunteer coalition’s efforts to publicize the show, including a multi-phased public relations plan.
What does all this mean?

It means the show is going to be HUGE!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

etsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Show on KOMONews.com

http://www.komonews.com/living/shopping-style/168618126.html

Handmade gift bonanza: etsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Show at McCaw Hall this November


Free Admission! 100 FREE Swag Bags EACH morning at 11am
 Published: Sep 5, 2012 at 8:25 AM PDT
Lovers of the handmade gift website etsy will have the chance to meet vendors and get great holiday gifts this November.

The fourth annual etsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Show kicks off Nov. 23-24 (Black Friday weekend) at McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. The show will give holiday shoppers the chance to kick off the biggest shopping season of the year with beautiful handmade gifts from more than 100 local artists and craft makers.

“We were looking for a great location to expand our Handmade Holiday show to present even more quality gifts to shoppers and were thrilled to discover that Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center was available,” etsyRAIN Organizer, Marlo Miyashiro said. “It’s a beautiful, spacious venue that will help us fulfill our main mission to support as many Pacific Northwest based handmade artists as we can.”
Admission to etsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Show is free. Swag bags will be given to the first 100 attendees through the street level entrance on Mercer Street all weekend.

For more information on the event, please visit www.etsyRAIN.com or contact organizer Marlo Miyashiro at (206) 683-9744.

Extreme Yarn Bombing

Fabric artist and quilter Luke Haynes covered this Capitol Hill house with mainly acrylic pieces from Goodwill. He had the help of 30 people stitching for two days. The house on 15th Avenue East will become Ada's Technical Books in a couple of months.

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019077236_quilthouse06m.html


Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarnstorming, guerrilla knitting, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Workshops with etsyRAIN: Find your Right People: How to woo + keep more customers with Tara Swiger

Workshops with etsyRAIN
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center - Room 1
>>Date: Saturday, September 1, 2012<<
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Find your Right People: How to woo + keep more customers.
With Tara Swiger of taraswiger.com
Class description:
Customers.
Fans.
Your tribe.
Your community.
Your people.
Whatever you call them, your business needs them.

Those people who love your work and feel a deep thrum of recognition when they see your newest creation.
These are your Right People.
They are the ones you  buy from you, rave about you and support you.
With your Right People, you don’t have to wonder.
You know they’ll love what you make.
You know what you make will sell.
But how do you get Right People?
And once you have them, how to get them coming back?
 


In this one hour workshop, you'll discover WHO you want in your business and how to get them there. The class will include instruction, worksheets and plenty of time to ask your specific questions. We'll cover:
  • Finding Right People
  • How to let your Right People know they are Right for you
  • How to keep them happy + satisfied
  • Any questions you have about your Right People
About the instructor:
Tara Swiger is a writer, maker and Starship Captain. As the author of Market Yourself: A System for Smart + Creative Business Owners, she spends her days helping tiny crafty businesses share their thing with the rest of the world through writing, teaching and brainstorming.  She's been selling her handmade yarn line, Blonde Chicken Boutique, since 2006. When she quit her dayjob to do it full-time in 2009 (and shared each excruciating step), she discovered a whole community of fellow makers thirsty to make their own map to success. The craftybiz explorers gather inside The Starship - an online space that includes class, weekly check-ins and constant conversation. To be an adventurer in your own business, explore the people and culture, and conduct experiments to see what will work with your unique combination of products, people and personality. Start the exploration at http://taraswiger.com


etsyRAIN 2012 Summer Workshop Fees
Pay at the door students:  $35.00
We will accept cash or checks at the door.
To reserve your spot, please email us at teametsyrain[at]gmail.com so we can put you on the list!