Thursday, February 26, 2009


Are you on Twitter? You should be. Don't be afriad. Jump in, join the conversation and start promoting your business now.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Save the date - beCAUSE Craft Show

Mark the date on your calendar and come on down. I will be there selling and will be donating a % of my profits to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Central New England Chapter. My mother was diagnosed with MS last year and so I am doing this to support her local MS chapter. There will be many other great vendors supporting other fantastic causes and organizations.

beCAUSE main website
beCAUSE on Facebook

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Handmade by me

Have you heard about this new social networking site for crafters?

check it out here.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Crafter Spotlight - Zoe Loomis of Birdie Handmade

Zoe Loomis of Birdie Handmade
location: rural VT

Zoe and I met many many years ago and I am happy to call her my friend. She is an inspiring and creative woman with a lovely family and an eye for design. enjoy the spotlight. -kacey

1. What is the name of your business, what do you create and sell and how did you get started?

My business name is Birdie Handmade. I create one of a kind, handmade goodies from recycled textiles. This started out as just something to take up my time and keep my fingers busy, but I've since discovered that I love to create using the color and texture that you get with wool and fibers, and I enjoy having something to do that uses the other part of my brain - the part that isn't always called on in my "other" job as mommy (to three wonderful kiddos).

2. What/who inspires you?

I am inspired by so many random things (in no particular order); my children, selfless people, the light on the hills behind my house, the way old houses age, music, people who stay true, my friends, the ocean at sunset, courage in the face of overwhelming odds

3. Give us a peek into you work space. Where do you create? Describe your work space or studio.

I create from my home. I live WAY out in rural Vermont, so I spend plenty of time at home. I'm also a stay at home mom, so I've created a studio that I can work in while my children play around me. It's slightly crazy, but oh so warm and welcoming. We live in an old general store and grange hall that had been abandoned until we bought it four years ago, so my work space is in the part of the building that used to be the store. I use the old counters to work on, and the shelves are full of my fabrics. I have to be able to look at all of my fabric at once to get an idea for my next creation. I'm always getting ideas by seeing one piece of material bump up next to another. I love that I can be sewing a dress while my daughter toddles around my feet, but of course it can sometimes be total and complete chaos around here. If I take a break to have a cup of coffee, I am sitting by the woodstove looking out at a beautiful field and the hills behind it. I can't think of a better place to work.

4. Where do you sell and promote your work?

I have two main outlets that I sell my work through. The first of course is Etsy (if you don't know it, you should!) I love the Etsy community and the inspiration I get from the amazing and talented artists who show their work on the site. The other main place that I sell my work is at my local farmer's market - the West River Farmer's Market in Londonderry, VT. I love meeting and talking to my customers face to face. It is a wonderful and festive atmosphere, and it feels so right to be part of a system that promotes local businesses over the mega corps that surround us. I guess it's slightly subversive. I also sell my work in select boutiques, but as I'm sure many of you out there know, finding the right balance in the wholesale market can be tough when your work is handmade and one of a kind. However, it is cool to know that there are people as far away as Hawaii that can walk into a store and find something that I made.

5. What are three things you can't live without?

My Children, Red Wine & Chocolate, Sunshine

6. What are your three favorite things about Vermont?

Evenings on the front porch, the ease with which I can touch the natural world around me, the pace of life that puts substance and friendship before the less important stuff.

7. What does the term indie craft mean to you?

Indie craft means interesting people using their hearts and hands to create things of beauty and value; it's a revolution in a way, away from the mass produced junk we are bombarded with. It is people with insight and brains saying that we don't need anyone else to tell us what is cool. We can decide for ourselves, and we're smart enough to make it ourselves too - or find someone who can make it for us!

8. Any new products, projects or news you want to share?

Check out my website to see what I do. Everything is one of a kind, and I try to list new goodies once a week. Come warm weather, check to see what craft fairs and markets I'll be at. I'd love to meet you in person!

thanks Zoe! You can find her products available online at

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Super cute valentines

Thanks to the super talented Black Apple for allowing these wonderful designs of hers to be downloaded for free. Click here for the original post and to get to the high res pdf for printing.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Craft ideas for Valentines Day

Get inspired to make something from the heart this Valentines Day.
Check out these projects at Cut Out + Keep.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Facebook application for Etsy

For all you Etsy sellers who use Facebook there is now an application to show off your wares right on your profile. Thank goodness is all I can say. I installed it today and love, love, love it. It isn't perfect (some have trouble installing, doesn't update live with your shop) but I love it despite the imperfections. I have a Facebook page for my biz but I have been looking for a way to promote my stuff to my regular friends off of my profile page. I am a giddy geek today because of this app. I hope you like it as much as I do.

Read the announcment from Etsy about the application here

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Cafe Handmade - virtual craft show

Check out another fairly new place to advertise your business. Cafe Handmade is an online craft show. Check them out here.