Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Dance into Spring - Pantone announces their Spring 2012 Fashion Palette

Dance Into Spring 2012
“Consumers look to spring for renewed energy, optimism and the promise of a brighter day,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

prominent colors
“Bright and Sun Bleached Yellow paired with Dusty Oceanic Blue, and Rich Purple that pops against Warm Terracotta and Citrus Orange: Cairo Yellow, Crescent Moon, Mountain Stream, Prism Lilac, Terra Cotta and Harem Orange” — Elie Tahari

Read More... Designers reveal their inspiration, colors and must-have items for spring 2012 at  Pantone's Fashion Palette for Spring 2012 at the Pantone website. 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Pantone Color of the Year for 2012

The world doesn’t need more gray, and the blues are covered, too. What consumer products need is a jolt, a shot of energy and boldness, all of which comes from Tangerine Tango, the reddish-orange hue that Pantone announced last week as its top color for 2012.

“There’s the element of encouragement with orange, it’s building on the ideas of courage and action, that we want to move on to better things. I think it would be a disservice to go with a relaxed, soothing color now,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, the research division of Pantone Inc., which creates color standards for the fashion, beauty and home industries.

The annual forecast for the next year’s dominant color takes into consideration both what Pantone thinks shoppers want and need. Those are influenced by the designer runways, fabric shows, news events, pop culture and consumer habits. “Part of whatwe do is look at the zeitgeist,” Eiseman explained. “We have to look at everything in the world around us. It’s not an arbitrary choice.”

Consumer spending is a big player in reviving the economy, and it needs adrenaline, she said. Orange is a more urgent call to action than last year’s hot-pink hue Honeysuckle, which was also supposed to channel cheerfulness coupled with nostalgia. Before that, there was the more serene turquoise and optimistic yellow.

“Color is really emotion,” agreed Beth Eckerstrom, director of trend and product development at Crate and Barrel. “Everyone thinks it’s a physical thing, but it’s really emotion.”

As she picks the palette for future products, Eckerstrom said, she looks for shades that feel fresh but still are familiar, not foreign. “Over the past years, there’s been a return to organic, natural product finishes and colors. They’re complex neutrals, not beige and taupe, but people want to bring the outside in. This tangerine color is a fresh accent. ... It seems like such a bright, but it’s really a gerbera daisy-flower shade, which makes it sort of neutral.”

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Making A Difference One Home At A Time®

Cleaning for a Reason
        If you know any woman currently undergoing chemotherapy,
please pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides
FREE housecleaning - once per month for 4 months while she is in treatment.
All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the
treatment. Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in
her zip code area arrange for the service. 

This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women. It's our job to pass the word and let them know that there are people out there that care. Be a blessing to someone and pass this information along.

       Cleaning For A Reason is a nonprofit organization partnering with maid services to offer free professional house cleanings to improve the lives of women undergoing cancer treatment. 

You may not know someone going through chemo, but someone on
your email list might. Please forward!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Facebook Friday - Promo Tip #1- Tagging Photos

When you attend a craft show, market or any public event, take lots and lots of photos. Post the best of them in albums to your fan page, then encourage friends and fans to tag themselves in the photos. You can also tag popular businesses or locations that may appear in the photos. Also, if you want people to look at more of your photos, take the time to add captions. People do enjoy reading witty captions.

Every time someone tags themselves or a friend in one of your photos, it goes out onto their wall and the friends' News Feeds, plus gives your a link back to your page that someone else might explore in the future. These thumbnails in the Feed are more noticable than text and more likely to be explored by a curious user.

Visit IndieCraftstravaganzaa on Facebook.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Twitter - Free 7 day E-Course

The great guys at handmadeology are offering their Twitter e-course, if you are interested. 
 For the handmade world, Twitter can be like hanging out at the water cooler.  It gives you a chance to have conversations with people who share some of your interests and offers an opportunity to broaden exposure for you and your products.
I will walk you through the steps of creating a Twitter account and using it effectively to promote your handmade business.  We will cover the following:
The breakdown of each day.
Day 1 – Getting Started
Day 2 – Building Followers
Day 3 – Getting in on the Conversation
Day 4 – The Power of the Network.
Day 5 – Tools to Help Manage your Twitter Life
2 Bonus days!
Day 6 – How to grow and nurture your Twitter following.
Day 7 – Long list of helpful links to awesome Twitter and social media marketing articles.


Spring Craftstravaganzaa 2 Day Show!

Exciting News Everyone!
After our successful first time out at Ben's Bikes we are moving forward with our plans for Spring--we like our new location so much that we have decided to do our Spring event there not one but 2 days this year, April 28-29, which is also Twilight weekend. For those of you who may not know, Twilight is a bike race that brings crowds to rival autumn game days, and we want to take advantage of this influx of out-of-towners who will have downtime to fill during their 4 days of races. There will be overnight camping for artists, so plan on spending the last weekend in April here in Athens, where there will be plenty going on and lots to see and do! Applications go up January 5th, so get them in early---we look forward to hearing from you!


Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa 
      Athens Largest Handmade Market.™

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Spring Craftstravaganzaa Announcement

Things certainly are falling into place for the Indie Craftstravaganzaa Spring Market. We're going to stay at Ben's Bikes for the Spring show. The guys there were great, very supportive and still excited to host Craftstravaganzaa. 

The Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa Spring Market dates will be April 28th and 29th - yes, it is a 2 day show.  Applications will be posted on January 5, 2012.

Check back for more info soon, we've got some surprises in store that I know you are going to be excited about. 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Beautiful Day + Beautiful Crafts= Success!

The mild sunny weather this year provided the perfect backdrop for  a day of laid-back holiday shopping. We are pleased to say that our first time at Ben's Bikes worked out wonderfully, and the Athens community came out to shop and support our many local and regional artists throughout the festival. With beverages from Ursa Minor and eats from the local Farm 255 food cart, many lingered for hours enjoying the friendly atmosphere at our small-scale show. The nearby playground turned out to be a nice addition for the little ones, and live music from Brazilian band Coconut Moon added holiday cheer and interest to DJ Mahoghany's upbeat grooves.  All in all, we couldn't be more pleased with the turnout and the transition into our new home, and we look forward to planning our Spring show. Details will be released in the coming weeks, so check back soon for all the latest!



Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa 
      Athens Largest Handmade Market.™

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holiday 2011 Craftstravaganzaa This Saturday at Ben's Bikes!

Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa Holiday Market 2011 Saturday December 3rd!

Just a friendly reminder to everyone that our holiday market will be taking place this Saturday at Ben's Bikes, located at 670 W Broad Street in Athens, GA from 10am til 6pm. We've got tons of great artists as well as live music from Coconut Moon, clothing reconstruction with the Swap-o-Rama-Rama, tasty eats from the Farm Cart and Ursa Minor, art cars and a few surprises

You can visit our website, www.athensindiecraftstravaganzaa.com, to learn more

~Guest parking is available in the lots above and adjacent, but in the spirit of the event we suggest you bike or walk

Bring your family and friends to this community event, get your shopping done early and easy, feel good buying local--jewelry, fashion, ceramics, photography, house wares, paintings, kid stuff, pet stuff, folk art and fine art--

One of a kind gifts for the one of a kinds on your list...


Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa 
      Athens Largest Handmade Market.™

Vendor Info Sent Out

Last minute set up guidelines about the show this weekend have been emailed, and a few did not go through. If you did not get one, please let me know and I will try to re-send it to you, but it is also on the website under vendor info.


Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa 
      Athens Largest Handmade Market.™

Our Craftstravaganzaa Vendor Map is on the Website Now!

The Vendor map is now on our website, on the PROMO page. 


Printables: Price Tents for Craftstravaganzaa

Printable: Branded Price Tent
Download the pdf, print a few onto card stock (print only page 2), cut, and fold. Easy as pie.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ursa Minor Coffee - Holiday 2011

Ursa Minor Coffee is a fun, friendly mobile espresso caravan serving up local, fair trade and organic coffees from Dynamite Roasting in Black Mountain, fine teas, delicious all natural smoothies from Sweetbird, bulk coffee, coffee accessories, and fresh organic baked goods from West End Bakery and sugar momma's cookies in Asheville! Find us at fairs and festivals around the area!

Meghan Ryan Morris - Holiday 2011 Artist

Meghan Ryan Morris
Meghan Ryan Morris creates and provides original drawings, paintings, prints, and functional knits.  Custom orders and commissions are always welcome! 

Kelly Shannon - Holiday 2011 Artist

Kelly Shannon 
As a photographer, painter, printer, sculptor and designer, I constantly strive to manipulate the aesthetic of my environment. I believe in character, experience and a tangible interaction that only the handmade provides. I hope to weave my creativity into influential art.

It's officially the Holidays!!

Rudolph is coming on right now!! CBS. It's always fun to watch the network showing, it makes me feel like a kid.

Crafty Cardinal - Holiday 2011 Artist

Crafty Cardinal 
Crafty Cardinal makes functional and decorative pottery. All pieces are hand-built and hand-painted in bright, colorful glazes. I'll have holiday ornaments, ceramic alphabets, Santa Claus figures, garden decorations, votive holders, soap dishes, one-of-a-kind hand-painted plates much more!

Sarah Lou Designs - Holiday 2011 Artists

Sarah Lou Designs 
SarahLou Designs is a clothing design group run by Sarah Daly and Michelle McGowan. We reinvintage out of date designs and give them new life. For all of our one of a kind clothing redesigns check out my website.


Mark Blech - Holiday 2011 Artist

Mark Blech 
I am an artist by education and a commercial artist by trade. My furniture is a melding of the 2. Form and function. I try and push the boundaries of both. I use  reclaimed heart or old growth pine , or oak, that I buy locally. That is very important to me, to not be a burden on my enviroment but to also work with wood that has a sense of history, where you can see the age on the wood. As I get older, I find I can appreciate the wear lines on a surface more and more. My work plays with alot of ideas about structure and the ideas of building blocks. Figuratively and literally. I hope you enjoy the work.


Tom Britton - Holiday 2011 Artist

Tom Britton 
I am a self-taught knitter. I started knitting when I was 16; I wanted a bulky sweater jacket and could not afford the hefty price the stores were asking for it. So, being a man of resource, I set out teaching myself to knit. One year later, I was wearing that sweater jacket. I became addicted to knitting, the thought of creating something out of a piece of string fascinated me. Now, I primarily knit only in the fall/winter months; I own and run a small campground business in the spring/summer months. Lace, fair-isle sweaters and caps are my favorite items to knit; and the only socks I have ever knitted were for holding Christmas presents. I prefer making things that are useful and practical and create my own patterns and methods for doing so. The more challenging the project, the better. I prefer using natural fibers: cotton, wool, alpaca, llama, angora, etc. I teach workshops and classes. I started making these caps a little over a year ago and have sold many, many, many caps. My Ravelry.com name is tbritton.

Caitlin Downs - Holiday 2011 Artist

Caitlin Downs
I knit cute things to keep you warm! I'll have hats, scarves, a couple of hooded scarves with big buttons, and order forms for custom orders.


Elmwood Avenue - Holiday 2011 Artist

Hi! I'm Emily from Elmwood Avenue. I think everybody needs to have some treasures in their life. Here at Elmwood Avenue - you can find just that. Handmade treasures with you in mind. All items are made with loving hands and an eye for perfection. I enjoy working with different mediums to create jewelry and accessories. I'm always thinking of new products, and love that I get to put my thoughts into action. I love what I do, and hope that you will too! In the meantime, please feel free to hop on over to my Etsy Shop .


Treasure Box of Bows 'n Company - Holiday 2011 Artist

Treasure Box of Bows 'n Company 
Accessories and home decor handmade out of reused, vintage fabric and natural, hand-dyed yarns...among other surprises


Monday, November 28, 2011

Tom Kat Originals - Holiday 2011 Artist

Tom Kat Originals
Tom Kat Originals designs one of a kind Leather Accessories made from recycled/repurposed/reclaimed materials. Leather Accessories with a Unique Twist.


Tin Cup - Holiday 2011 Artist

Tin Cup 
tin cup is a collection for children inspired by simple design and natural fabrics (linen, cotton, wool, and silk). all items are made with care and precision and each piece is quite unique. you will find reversible wool crowns for all ages, linen play aprons, pants, tops, and several playthings! i like to design with unisex in mind, but sometimes can't help but include a cute dress or two! i hope you will enjoy adding a timeless and lasting piece to your wardrobe!

The Small Object - Holiday 2011 Artist

The Small Object
Sarah Neuburger, the artist behind The Small Object, individually cuts and mounts rubber stamps from her fun doodle drawings and paints heirloom quality wooden figures to use year after year to mark the moments in your life! Her collection inspires you to create handmade pieces using her wooden block stamps--the perfect beginning craft project for any age; and to celebrate the milestones in your life with her painted wooden wonders.


Sweet Mess Art - Holiday 2011 Artist

Sweet Mess Art
ORIGINAL MIXED MEDIA PAINTINGS & PRINTS :: Jewelry, Card sets, Ornaments, & Stocking stuffers all created using miniature prints of the original designs. Kelcey Loomer is an artist who lives in a tiny house in the mountains of North Carolina


Rustic Works of Nature - Holiday 2011 Artist

Rustic Works of Nature 
Since 1996 Baxter Hammock has been building custom cabinetry, rockers, beds, log benches, interior and exterior decorating, artistic pen & ink drawings and burnings, cedar hearts, signs and all manner of furniture. Cedar, Hickory, Oak, Pine and Walnut are just some of his favorites to work with.


Richard Ruggles Trains - Holiday 2011 Artist

Richard Ruggles Trains 
I have 30+yrs. experience with all aspects of trains. I don't advertise for business, so this will be great to let people know I'm here in the Athens area for all your train needs. Small or large scales for all. Will build yours or custom build anything for ya.

Richard Ruggles Trains 1453 Greensboro Hwy. Watkinsville, Ga. 30677 229- 322- 9502

Red Rocket Farm - Holiday 2011 Artist

Red Rocket Farm
Red Rocket Farm is a cooperative group of artists located in hip East Atlanta who hand-make art, t-shirts, and more based on the designs of Jason Thomas. Jason, Jennifer, Maia and a team of craftspeople all collaborate to create 3D pieces of art that are painted and inked on birch and pine. The style is cartoony and sci-fi themed and appeals to children and adults. Jennifer hand screenprints the t-shirts on-site at The Farm. Jason is also known for the free live-drawings of robots and monsters that he does at festivals which give festival patrons a unique experience they will long remember.


Red Crow - Holiday 2011 Artist

Red Crow 
Handcrafted mosaic art work by me, the artist, Judy Mendel living in Dacula, GA. Inspired to create most often from unwanted or broken little finds. I love the art of mosaics. Using glass, recycled items, mixed media, handcrafted stoneware clay pieces from my studio, broken glass, vintage/retro china plates, or ceramic/pottery dishes/pots. Making new again an item that normally would be tossed is the best part to me. I find mosaics relaxing and very much like putting together a puzzle. I am able to blend various tesserae together to create a unique piece that tells it's own story as you see it each time. I have a home studio that I work in full time creating wall hangings, welcome signs, inspirational signs, tables, mirrors, flower pots, bird baths, jewelry boxes, and whatever lands on the table next. I am "that person" with a lot of little hopefuls waiting on the shelves to be used in the next piece of art, not considered the junk lady yet. Each mosaic is an original piece of art and can't be duplicated, what I'm not able to draw on paper I can visualize it in a mosaic and arrange on a surface with a little tile, twisting, and adhesive to create art that is interesting - that is what has drawn me to making mosaics

pink80sgirl - Holiday 2011 Artist

My tastes change much like my hair color. I love digging through beautiful beads and charms, feeling their textures and imagining their potential. I especially love colors which sparkle and shimmer! And its exciting to find charms and pieces from other eras and bring it to life again. I like to have a little something for everyone and am always excited to send a piece to its new home and wonder what adventures it will have!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Panda with Cookie - Holiday 2011 Artist

Panda with Cookie 
Panda With Cookie creates a plethora of plush characters such to please the palate. From tofu pirate to the monster duck, everyone can find a new friend. I also create tote bags and baby onesies that feature my cast of characters. Sewing items to brighten your day every day!


puRe love - Holiday 2011 Artist

puRe love

My name is Jennifer and I create totes, children's capes, hair accessories, jewelry and much more out of reclaimed fabric/materials. I so enjoy looking through fabrics at thrift stores, yard sales or just friends passing on old scraps. Whenever I see fabric, be it old sheets, curtains, napkins, clothing, etc.  

The wheels start churning in my head and I'm trying to figure out, what can I create with this? There is so much waste on our beautiful planet, yet so many resources to recreate, or to use what we already have at our disposal.

At puRe love, my motto is Reduce. Reclaim. Reconstruct. 

  puRe love: where old is the new new

Platypusfile - Holiday 2011 Artist

Janae Easton of Platypusfile is from Detroit, she began growing up in the northeast where pines grow tall and New Jersey is more than just Newark. She ended up forming herself in the southeast, where kudzuu takes over the mossy landscape. She went to grad school at The Art Institute of Chicago, to only return back to the southern comforts of the strange. She makes things with her hands every day, curious and hungry to see what will come out next. Her affinity is for textures and patterns, sometimes trying to create connections that would never be.


Natty Michelle - Holiday 2011 Artist

Natty Michelle 
Natalie Kilgore, also known as 'Natty Michelle' is a local Athens resident. Her love for snail mail led to designing hand-painted stationery, invitations and maps, and her illustrations include everything from cupcakes to peacocks, all with a touch of whimsy. Natty Michelle has one-of-a-kind stationery gifts perfect for the holiday hostess and stocking stuffers that will make everyone smile on Christmas morning! Custom orders will be accepted at the show and through the holidays.


My Cellar Door - Holiday 2011 Artist

My Cellar Door
Ashlee Schleicher is the extremely happy one woman show behind the brands 'My Cellar Door' and 'Nomsa.' She currently lives in a tiny apartment in Atlanta, Georgia with her law student husband and black lab puppy.
The self-taught artisan became a self-employed business woman when she started to sell her jewelry and hair accessories on etsy.com on a whim over two years ago. She has expanded selling offline to local Georgia businesses as well as creating a line of hair products for the national chain, Anthropologie.

Monica's Bath and Body - Holiday 2011 Artist

Monica's Bath and Body 
I turn high quality vegetable oils, herbs, essential oils and fragrances into homemade bath and body products in my Atlanta home. I use organic and local products when possible, and use vitamin E as the only preservative in my soaps, solid lotion sticks, chapsticks, body scrubs and bath salts. Stop by my booth for a great selection of $5 stocking stuffers like gingerbread man soap. You can check out some of my products at my website. I look forward to seeing you!


Madison County High School Art Club - Holiday 2011 Artist

Madison County High School Art Club
From MCHS, we have a group of student artists and crafters offering everything from painted ornaments and birdhouses to jewelry and knitwear. Our group has participated at the Madison County Holiday Market in past years, but this is our first Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa. We are excited to be joining such a talented group of artists and hoping to learn a ton!

Laurell Hill Jewelry - Holiday 2011 Artist

Laurel Hill Jewelry 
My jewelry is inspired by the form and function of primitive jewelry, the connection between adornment and a belief system.


Fabuluxe - Holiday 2011 Artist

Fabuluxe - Hand crocheted hats, scarves, baby hats, baby blankies, and felted handbags.... and new Christmas Ornaments- miniature versions of my most popular hats. All of my hats are named after cars (mostly from the 50's). It's just more fun that way...

Elaine Mae Oye - Holiday 2011 Artist

Elaine Mae Oye
I appreciate feeling. I strive to visually influence that personal moment. Whether the display is on paper, a canvas, or through a screen, I hope to share warmth, love, confidence, and comfort with you. Although my tool may vary, I feel that my work shares a constant dedication to flowing lines made of unexpected color combinations that put you at ease.


Cate Jessen Jewelry - Holiday 2011 Artist

Cate Jessen Jewelry
Cate Jessen has been in a love affair with jewelry her whole life. Her dreams came true in 2008 when she took her first jewelry making course at Valdosta State University. She has been a jewelry making machine ever since, it is a true passion. Using time honored techniques, she stays true to the art of jewelry making. Combining rich colors with organic and unpredictable lines is what sets her jewelry apart from the others. Her jewelry is made to awake your senses and calm your restless heart. Every detail of her work is carefully planned and meticulously crafted. Ultimately, the recipient feels honored and unique. Taking home a piece of true art.


Cameoko - Holiday 2011 Artist

Camille Kohler, sole artist and creator of Cameoko jewelry, has been crafting jewelry for more than 15 years, evolving style and material on her creative journey. Currently, she likes working with resin, vintage fabric, vintage wallpaper, mid-century modern textiles, photographs, silver, & bronze. Camille's artistry is steeped in her love of photography, drawing her to experiment with visual images, combining them with silhouettes of nature to create pieces of a story. Camille received a BFA in Photography from the University of GA, and incorporates her photography aesthetic into her jewelry. Be sure to stop by and say hello and check out the lovely new pieces she's been working on!


Callie Lynn Designs - Holiday 2011 Artist

Callie Lynn Designs makes adorable crocheted or knitted ponchos, blankets, hats and headbands for babies, hats for adults, cozy computer sleeves, awesome bookmarks and a few other goodies! I started knitting and crocheting as a form of therapy after I sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car accident at the age of sixteen; I fell in love with yarn after that. 

My passion for all things yarn can be seen through the sparkle in my eye when I talk about yarn and also through the things that I create. in addition to my yarn, i also have a selection of handmade jewelry, as well as a few other things that i have created on a whim of creative inspiration. I sincerely hope you will come by and take a look at what i have to offer!