Monday, January 30, 2012

Looking For an Alberta Craft Show?

Alberta is a great province to live in. Low (relatively) cost of living, high wages, good jobs, and, something I bet you didn't know, an amazing arts and crafts community. Not a lot of people know this about Alberta though. To most, it's a province of industy, oil sands, and farming. The arts are lost in amongst all this. A friend and I have been wanting to showcase the other (softer) side of Alberta for some time now, as well as consolidate all the craft shows offered around the province into one site, and we came up with a new website.

This site will feature Alberta crafters and artists, craft shows around the province, and farmers markets. We will also be doing posts on craft show reviews; featured artists; sellers apps for Apple, Android, and Google; setting up and running an online business; and web marketing. Marissa, of Ever and Bliss, and the web marketing (evil) genius co-founder is a full time online marketer, communicator, and social media practioner and will be the one presenting the 101s of web marketing. Definitely a must read!

It is so hard sometimes, trying to find out what's going on in your own neighbourhood for craft sales, let alone trying to find out what's going on in other cities in the province. Planning out your year's craft show (whether vending or buying) can be frustrating and discouraging at times. That's why we're trying to get all the craft shows listed in one spot. As you can see, we've got a lot to get entered still, have patience! We hope to have a LOT more shows listed in the coming days/weeks. If there is a show that you think we've missed, please contact us and let us know!

If you're in Alberta and want to sign up to be a profiled crafter, please visit here and fill out the questionnaire linked. If you're looking for vendor calls in Alberta, we have them posted here. More will be posted as we get them entered.

I am so excited by this new site. I really hope that it will be the premier spot for finding not only great craft shows, but artists and crafters as well.

Monday, January 23, 2012

New Listing Love

I've been slowly filling my shops up again after Christmas. A couple listings a night. What's really sad is the fact that some of the items I've listed, the pictures were taken a year ago. I'm so bad at listing new things! Trying to get better though. The exciting thing is, once these new items are all listed, I'll need to make new stuff :)

Just wanted to share a couple of my favourites from each shop. I either love the item itself (ok, I love almost 100% of the items I make, it's just something about these ones really speak to me) or I LOVE how the pictures turned out.

Forest Green, Hand Felted Heart Brooch. Love the item, LOVE the picture!

Navy Blue Pincushion Ring on a Silver Button Base. LOVE the style!

Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Circle Necklace. LOVE the turquoise used here!

Tropical Fish Necklace. Hand formed frame. LOVE the picture as well as the item.

Jade and Gold Ring. LOVE the Jade.

Copper Ring with Sterling Silver Beads. LOVE the style of this ring!
In order from top to bottom:
Forest Green Heart
Pincushion Ring
Turquoise and Coral Necklace
Tropical Fish Necklace
Jade Gold Ring
Mixed Metal Ring

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Time Flies...

HI! Well, time flies when you're having fun right? Or losing your mind, which, I think was what happened to me. Started a new job, lost a valued member of my family, taking classes, working on new crafts, Etsy, craft shows every weekend, and on and on and on! Something had to give and, unfortunately, it was the blog. But! I'm back now and will be posting more regularly again.

First thing I wanted to share is... A front page appearance! So excited to share that my ring was featured on the front page of Etsy at 3 AM on Wednesday January 18th. Unfortunately, I happened to be deathly (or so I felt) ill with the flu at the time, so I was unable to fully appreciate the awesomeness of that feature. Feeling almost 100% better now, and super excited about it!
 My listing is on the second line, third item over. The chrysoprase ring. Super exciting as this is only my second appearance on Etsy's front page in the 3 years I've been on it!