Friday, April 29, 2011

Swap-o-Rama-Rama Event at Craftstravaganzaa!

New, for the Spring Craftstravangazaa!
Gretchen Ellsner, brings Swap-o-Rama-Rama  to the Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa Spring Market, next weekend May 7th, downtown Athens, GA. 

Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a clothing swap and do-it-yourself workshop in which a community explores creative reuse through the recycling of used clothing.

Bring a $3-5 donation and bag of clothes or notions, and yourself and let's make some what-not!  All ages welcome!

Previous Swap-O-Rama-Rama event in Athens.
Photo from Gretchen's Blog

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pantone's COLOR IMMERSION SEMINAR coming to Atlanta.

OUT OF YOUR DEPTH when it comes to matching color across your design workflow? 

TAKE THE PLUNGE and sign up for

The COLOR IMMERSION SEMINAR is a one-day, on-site program that offers end-to-end color management training for everyone involved in color specification, reproduction or control. Learn how to manage color consistently and accurately from source to display to final output - across systems, platforms and geographies - from leading experts in color science and technology.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Vendor Listings are done! Craftstravaganzaa! May 7th

I finished the last of the vendors listings tonight for the Spring Indie Craftstravaganzaa.  I was very happy to see so many new artists joining us, plus quite a few of our regulars are back.  I am excited to  meet some new friends and say hello again to our old friends.

Each vendor has a paragraph about themselves and/or their work, a photo and a link to their website. I hope you'll browse the listings, maybe get some ideas for a few beautiful,  handmade mother's day gifts?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

We are on FourSquare!

Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa is now listed on FourSquare!

Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa is May 7th, 2011, from 10am until 7pm. at the corner of Clayton and Pulaski streets in Downtown Athens, GA.  Don't forget our new Vintage Market inside the Caledonia, we are really excited about all the wonderful things our friends are coming to show. 

Drop in anytime, check in and let us know you dropped in.  We'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Pantone - Crossing the Bridge to 
Spring/Summer 2012

The colorful people at Pantone are hosting another free webinar on Summer 2012 color trends. 

As color is often the catalyst to spark the sale, retailers and manufacturers today should not overlook the strategic use of color in their product selections and must be mindful of creating visual excitement and freshness in order to keep consumers engaged.   Critical to making that happen is understanding the product colors consumers will be looking for and then getting these products to market as fast and efficiently as possible. 

On Thursday, April 21 at 12 noon EST, Pantone will hold a live webinar to reveal the color trends for Summer 2012.  This is a one-hour online event at no charge.

Log on to hear Laurie Pressman, Vice-President of Fashion, Home + Interiors, guide you through the multitude of surprising and innovative color palettes and combinations for 2012 that you need to know.
Illustrated with the latest in color information from Pantone, the industry’s foremost authority on all things color.

Register for the FREE webinar here, then tune in Thursday, April 21. 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

It's that time people!  With about three weeks until the show, we've got plenty to do to spread the word about Craftstravaganzaa!

We've found that each artist promoting his/her own appearance at the show works fantastically to reach the widest audience.  Let your family, friends and fans know that you will be at Craftstravaganzaa and invite them to visit for their holiday shopping. Ask them to invite their friends and family.

We have banners and graphics for you to post on your marketing media (mailing lists, website, blogs, etsy, facebook, myspace, twitter etc) to let your fans and customers know you will be participating in Craftstravaganzaa. The banners are available on the AIC website, check the FORMS page.

We also have fliers that can be downloaded from our website (FORMS page), please print and paste a few around your work/gym/store etc.  (these too will be available by the end of this weekend)

Our Twitter hashtag is #Craftstravaganzaa

Visit  our Facebook Event page  and click the SELECT GUESTS TO INVITE link upper left and invite all your friends.   Ask them to do  the same. 

If you have any more ideas how we can share our event with as  many guests as possible,  please leave your ideas in a comment. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Don't you just love Vintage???

Something new this spring. Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa is adding a few, select vintage vendors inside the Calendonia for our Spring Show. Our event will be held Saturday, May 7 from 10am until 7pm., setup at 8 am. Interested? Email Serra at for more info.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Are You Trend-E?

Stationery Trends the resource for greeting cards, gifts and all things stationery has recently launched TrendE-News, a monthly e-newsletter delivered directly to your inbox. Along with Industry News, each edition includes an Industry Profile, complete with photo, and an assortment of Fresh Picks. 

Here's your chance to become a part of TrendE-News.

If you're interested in submitting products for the Fresh Picks section, please send no more than 5 images (at 72 dpi) with 10-word descriptions for each via email to Abby at If selected for the issue, further information may be requested.

The focus for this issue will be: Wedding

Fresh Picks for the May issue are due by Friday, April 22.

Saturday, April 9, 2011


I'm very excited to say that decisions have been made and the notifications will be going out this evening.  

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Submit your products to IndieFixx Galleria

The Indie Fixx Galleria is an online showcase of handmade, indie-made & vintage goods. Think of it as an 'indie mall' featuring a juried mix of designers & boutiques to provide a curated shopping experience.

The Indie Fixx Galleria is a showcase of handmade & indie (independently-made) goods. Think of it as an ‘indie mall’ featuring a juried mix of indie designers, crafters, artists & indie boutiques that carry indie-made goods. And now vintage goods too!

Periodically throughout the year, IndieFixx puts together a new Galleria around a theme to provide a curated shopping experience, just like at ‘the mall’, but only featuring hand-made, independently made and vintage goods.

To apply to be a part of the Galleria: Use the Apply Now button below or email your url or 2-3 product images. There are a limited number of spots open each go round.
Criteria used in judging applicants include: product originality, quality of product, quality of photography, type of products, shopping experience and shop & product appeal among other attributes. The goal of the Galleria is promote the individual participating shops and indie shopping in general. IndieFixx aims to provide a new venue for shops to publicize their products while encouraging shoppers to expand their shopping horizons and support small independent businesses as opposed to big mega-chains. There are no actual products available for sale at the Galleria; instead it is only a showcase of goods offered by the participating shops.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Application Form Category Selection Error is fixed.

The Category selection field on the application is working fine now. I've rooted out the error, and should have no more difficulty with  it. 

The problem was that the form read JEWELRY  in the pulldown menu as the default.  The form manager requires a choice be made, so whenvever someone's choice was jewelry, and they didn't change the form to make a selection, the form would throw an error.  I fixed it now by making the default say CHOOSE ONE, and making JEWELRY on of the choices to be selected. 

Crochet Today Magazine Jewelry Challenge Accepting Submissions.

 Crochet Today! is challenging YOU to create an amazing, original piece of crocheted jewelry! The winning item will be whisked away to Crochet Today!'s headquarters for a glamorous photoshoot and will be featured in Crochet Today! Magazine AND on!  

For this challenge, they are accepting necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings.  If you have an idea for another item that you feel counts as jewelry, please PM me to make sure we're on the same page! Items that are not considered jewelry may not be included in the voting poll.

Crochet Today! is all about sharing, so make sure your entry contains an original pattern that can be included in their magazine. Crochet Today! has a readership of 270,000 people, and I'm confident our winner can wow them all!


  • Your entry must be a jewelry item of some kind AND must include a pattern.
  • Due to the nature of the prize, your item MUST be an original work.
  • The winner agrees to allow their photograph, project pattern and name or likeness to be published in the Crochet Today! print magazine and Crochet Today! website(s) and marketing.
  • Once we announce the winner, the winner MUST IMMEDIATELY ship* their project and pattern to the US mailing address for the Crochet Today! editorial team** to conduct a photo shoot.
  • Post your project on this board during the period of March 18 - April 11 2011, 11:59 PM PT.
  • Voting will happen from April 11 - April 18, 2011.
  • Enter only ONE project.  Your entry can have multiple components to it.

* Please note, Craftster will cover the winner's shipping and handling expense. 
** The editorial team at Crochet Today! will return the project to the winner's desired shipping address and cover the expense of shipping this item.


  • Project featured in July/August 2011 Crochet Today! Magazine
  • Project pattern featured on
  • Free 1 year subscription to Crochet Today! Magazine

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Do's and Don'ts to get featured on IndieFixx

Found a good blog post from Jen Wallace of IndieFixx over at PikaLand. Jen gives solid advice and what to do and NOT to do to get featured on the IndieFixx blog. It is an older post, but still good information.


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      Athens Largest Handmade Market.™

Friday, April 1, 2011

Craftstravaganzaa Application is working now.

Hey guys, the Athens Indie Craftstavaganzaa spring market application was down earlier today. I am sorry to say it was all my fault. I made a coding error that turned it off too early. 

 I have it back up again, and will extend the application deadline until the 5th of April.  Sorry for the difficulty and hope you still  love me. 

  - cindy

Application down, fixing it asap.

The application for the Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa spring show is having a little technical glitch, please check back this evening and I should have it back online.  I’ll also leave the application open a couple extra days to  make up for the downtime. Sorry for the inconvenience.