Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Craft Show Inspirations!

Craft Show Inspirations!
Originally uploaded by HappySolez on Etsy

Some true inspirations!!
I love the look of bunting...
And I always like to have a bit of free candy to giveaway for the little ones and the adults love them too.
Next show, I will have some animal crackers, Tropical Mike and Ikes, and what else??

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Renegade Design Harvest...Pictures to follow!

On October 2nd + 3rd, 2010, from 11am – 7pm, many of Chicago’s best designers and distributors of handmade, sustainable and refurbished home + garden furnishings will descend on Chicago’s new ‘Design District‘ – Grand Ave. (between Damen and Wood) – for Design Harvest: Chicago’s 1st Annual Celebration of the Home!

Renegade Handmade, the brick + mortar storefront of The Renegade Craft Fair, will be hosting the D.I.Y. Home Decor Pavilion, featuring handmade home + garden goods by over 20 of our favorite indie-craft designers!

We’ve cultivated a curated selection of artists to feature an array of ceramics, clocks, art, pillows, frames, mirrors, kitchen-accessories, kids decor, small furniture items and more – all gloriously affordable + expertly handmade! Check out the artist line-up at the bottom of this page!

We couldn’t be happier to be furnishing our Pavilion with the help of the fantastic ladies behind Wicker Park’s best vintage home-goods boutique – Lenny and Me! We’ll have several pieces of gorgeous mid-century furniture, ranging from armchairs to bistro-sets, culled from Lenny and Me’s vast, treasure-filled inventory of downright dapper housewares!

Design Harvest has a lot of terrific features all weekend long, including musical acts organized by our favorite local venue The HideOut, beer + wine for sale, an Intelligentsia Coffee espresso bar, and all sorts of deals on modern, vintage + handmade home furnishings! We hear there’s even going to be an outrageously festive Barn Dance!!

Find out more, and preview all the outstanding Chicago talent appearing independently at this festival, here!!

We hope to see you there!!


Monday, October 18, 2010

APPLY TODAY! New St. Louis Indie Craft Show on October 30

From the super creative curator of Strange Folk Fest, comes another show. Sure to be well attended and fun...The St. Louis Rally to Keep Sanity Alive!

"Hey Strange Folkies!

I thought I would get a nice long break after Strange Folk, but when it came up to host a satellite event for Comedy Central's Rally to Restore Sanity/March to Keep Fear Alive at the Gateway Arch, I jumped at the opportunity to help plan it! This is totally independent from the D.C. event organizationally and financially, although The Daily Show has already begun endorsing us. We have been doing our best to raise money through donations for a JumboTron to run the DC feed as well as paying for all the permits,port-a-potties, etc. without getting any political parties involved. Comedy Central has taken a bipartisan stance, and aims to dispel hyperbole on both sides of the political spectrum. Organizers of the St. Louis rally are committed to "taking it down a notch for America". We have aimed to make our satellite event a celebration of wit, local independent business, and the spirit of finding common ground. And in that spirit, we are inviting local artisans to set up shop on the riverfront as part of our "Small Business Stimulus Plan"! We think everyone can agree that indie entrepreneurs are a positive trend in our country.

WHEN: October 30th, 10am-4pm
WHERE: The St. Louis Arch (The stage, JumboTron, concessions, and artisans will all be next to each other on Sullivan Blvd along the river)
FEE: $100 per 12x12ft space. You may split the space/fee with fellow artists!
WHY IT WILL BE AWESOME: We have lots of great local restaurants, including Pi Pizza, Holy Crepe, and more in the works. We also have booze (provided by The Handlebar) and an ATM onsite!
We are featuring a "Threatdown" Costume Contest, local bands and comedians before beginning the live stream of the DC rally on a JumboTron at 11am and continuing comedy acts after the DC rally ends until 4pm. The JumboTron will be on a stage on the East side of the street, in front of the river, and concessions/artisans will be on both sides. We believe it will still be viewable, and definitely audible, to anyone walking around on the street, but it wouldn't hurt, if you have room and a laptop, to have the online feed of the rally running and facing out to the crowd (there is WiFi). Turn-out is expected to be fantastic. We have already had press mentions in the RFT, Post Dispatch, Business Journal, and the central satellite rally website where we are listed has been mentioned on dozens of national news sites and TV stations including the NYT, Politico, and St. Louis was mentioned specifically on CBS nightly news. We have over 600 RSVPed on our Facebook event page alone (and this is still 2 weeks out, in comparison, Strange Folk had about 400 RSVPs up until it started). We are starting to promote the crafty aspect of it big time too! Check out our shnazzy graphics! We'll also put a link to your shop on our website.
HOW TO APPLY: Fill out this form:
Then, follow instructions to pay the fee via Paypal.
DEADLINE: ASAP! When we fill 40 spaces, the app will be taken down! Otherwise, this Friday, October 22nd is when we will cut it off."

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Visual Merchandising

I have been reading and thinking a bit about Visual Merchandising....

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fun Packaging

I'm always looking for unique and fun ways to package my items. some of these items include onesies, baby booties, organic sachets, and other goodies. Most items can stand on their own, but it is sure fun to give certain things a greater purpose and therefore better saleability. Also, if packaging is eco-friendly, reusable, recyclable, and/or biodegradable, that is key!

Coffee Bags, a great idea!

Wood Excelsior, a great shred-fill alternative! I bet it has an amazing smell and texture too.
Acid-Free, Recycled Kraft Tissue Paper. It's so nice to wrap your items in tissue and ribbon before you send them off to customers. A nice, elegant touch. Customize the colors to your own too!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Collage of yellow, blue, green

Collage of yellow, blue, green
Originally uploaded by citychiccountrymouse

This collage is stunning. Click the image to be taken to even more of her pretty work...