A few amazing things you’ll see at the Indie Craft Experience this weekend at Ambient Plus. Saturday and Sunday, 11-6 pm.
I love Decatur. It’s where I grew up, went to college, spent the first few years of adulthood, met my husband and married him. I’ve seen it completely transform. And it’s where I totally fell in love with the concept of local businesses and small business owners.
This weekend we visited twice…yay! Friday night we met up with Davis’ old roommates from his St. Augustine days at Leon’s and the Brick Store Pub. On Saturday we met up with them again to go to the Decatur Arts Fest (which I LIVED for when I was younger!). We ate at Mac McGee’s, bought a lot of art, got chai at Java Monkey and frozen yogurt at The Yogurt Tap. It was super fun!
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The key points:
#1 Approach people as equals.
#2 See the world through other people’s eyes. Share the world you see.
#3 Making sense of things-for yourself and others
#4 Stories have super human power.
#5 Make sure you’re thinking big enough.
Next weekend, June 2-3, is the Indie Craft Experience and I’ve been busy, busy getting ready for it. Lately, I’ve barely been a crafter because I’ve been so busy planning this event (and before that Salvage and before that Wedding Day Hooray and before that the ICE Pop Up Shop and before that Holiday ICE…you get the picture). ICE has turned into my craft. I hope you’ll join us next weekend so I can show you what I created!
Kickstarter is such a cool concept. If you aren’t familiar, here are their own words: “What is Kickstarter? We’re the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world.”
If you know me at all you can guess why I think this is cool:
1) I love projects.
2) I love anything that is focused on creativity.
3) I love it when people help each other.
Projects on Kickstarter only get funded if the project’s monetary goal is met. This means if a project’s goal is to raise $2,000 but people only pledge $1,500 then the project gets $0 of funding. Because of this when people have a project on Kickstarter they have to do a lot of hustling and getting the word out in order to make it work.
Here are two projects that I think are worth supporting right now. Please remember, every little bit helps…even $5! Both campaigns include fun treats that you’ll get as a thank you when the campaign is over. I mean, you should give just to give, but treats are motivating.
The Creatives Project is an Atlanta-based organization whose goal is to introduce artists and musicians to new audiences through art-based outreach and educational programs. Check out their site and you might recognize someone near and dear on the homepage. Yup, that’s Zano, the Indie Craft Experience‘s official DJ! There are only 5 days left on their campaign and they need to raise just under $2,000 more.
Here is their Kickstarter page, including a video.
The second project I’d like to tell you about just launched and is going until April 27th, which is not to say that you should wait to pledge! Becky of Sweetie Pie Press is an amazing member of the indie craft community. Every summer Becky leaves her home in Toronto and does a big crafty tour of North America, which she documents on her blog. I first met Becky at the Craft Congress in Pittsburgh waaaaay back in 2007 and since then have run into her at craft fairs all over the place. She participated in Kraftwork when she came through town in 2008 but she hasn’t ever been here for the Indie Craft Experience. Help fund her project and we’ll get to have her great creativity at ICE this summer! You’ll enjoy her video.
Here is Becky’s Kickstarter page, including a video.
Thanks for looking at these two projects. I love to see people using their creative gifts to make their dreams happen…let’s help them out!
It’s been a little quiet around here. Getting ready for Crafty Bastards this Saturday in DC (Adams Morgan) and working hard on the Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular and the ICE Pop-Up Shop…whew!
In preparation for Crafty Bastards, I made these new necklaces.
I’m also working on some new earring designs that will be ready just in the nick of time for this weekend! New designs will make their way to the beehive when I get back to Atlanta.
If you are in DC this weekend, please come to Crafty Bastards. I’m in booth #18.
I am so beyond excited to announce that I was voted BEST INDIE CRAFTER along with my friend Becky Striepe of Glue and Glitter by Creative Loafing‘s readers in the annual Best of Atlanta issue. What an honor and how exciting and I’m so happy to share this with someone I think is so great!
I live for this issue of CL every year … it reminds me of how much is going on in my hometown. I actually marked it on my calendar this year and woke up a few minutes early so I could check it out before running out the door. Not much gets me out of bed early!
Congrats to all my peeps who also won awards and thanks CL readers!