Creative Envy


CRATE & BARREL VS. ETSY.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 9:11 pm
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I just received the Crate & Barrel 2009 Gift Guide in the mail yesterday and fell in love with these ornaments.

But here’s the thing. I feel kinda guilty about it. I mean, don’t I lose some considerable street cred if I were to purchase these and people asked where I got them, anticipating that I’d naturally say “Etsy” or that “I made them” instead of sheepishly saying “Crate & Barrel”? Nothing against this big, lovely store (my couch is from there), but when something looks handmade, don’t you want it to come from an individual who made it with love and care and sweat and tears?

I’m torn on this issue. While I truly appreciate how mainstream the craft movement has become (and hence, stores like C&B and CB2 are offering products in this aesthetic), it still bums me out. Because I feel like the big guys can mass produce these items for significantly less and make a killing on them in comparison to someone, say from Etsy, that has labored over their product and it is one of a kind (and, therefore, more expensive). Plus I prefer to support independent, self-employed artists but sometimes I just can’t afford it.

What do you think?



SOME LOCAL CRAFT FLAVA.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 7:39 pm
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Thanks to seibuone for pointing me to a recent Columbus Underground podcast where two resident craft superstars talk about the indie, handmade community here in the Cbus. You can listen to Olivera Bratich of Wholly Craft and Amy Dalrymple of AmyD here.

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They discuss valuable resources that are accessible to any crafter here in town as well as some upcoming events. One that I had never heard of but plan on attending, Agora 6, is on May 16 at Junctionview Studios (the same site of my favorite annual indie market, Tiny Canary). Here are some links to the events they discussed:

Agora 6 – May 16
Comfest – June 26-28
Handmade Expo at the Ohio State Fair – August 8

They spoke a lot about the Columbus Crafty Cotillion which, again, I had never heard of. (Apparently I live under a rock.)

The Columbus Crafty Cotillion is a collective of artists, crafters, and designers in the Columbus, Ohio area. We have monthly meet-ups, social events, craft swaps, and email discussions. We are an inclusive group with no membership dues and new members are always welcome!

I will definitely have to check out one of the monthly meet-ups when I get my Etsy shop off the ground. Our local community of crafters is pretty impressive.



GROSGRAIN.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008, 9:01 pm
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A blog by an artsy craftsy, penny pinching, party planning, playdating, fashion finding, sci-fi loving, stay at home mommy who always keeps her sewing machine plugged in and loves all things cute!

This is how Kathleen Dougherty of Grosgrain describes her awesome blog. Kathleen is an amazing seamstress and is constantly making clothes for her little girls. Beyond that though, she actually GIVES her items away FOR FREE to lucky readers who directly link to her posts! I can’t even imagine; I truly admire that but am not sure I would be able to part with these creations. Look how lovely and darling they are (not to mention this woman knows how to take some wonderful pictures).

recital frock

recital frock

downtown holiday jacket and pant

downtown holiday jacket and pant

Marie Antoinette gown (!!!!!!)

Marie Antoinette gown (!!!!!!)

make believe frock

make believe frock

garden party frock

garden party frock

African safari shorts

African safari shorts

And my personal favorite:

summer by the lake swimsuit

summer by the lake swimsuit

Kathleen has also started a small online shop to start selling some of her fashions. These reversible skirts are really inspiring me to come up with something similar for my nieces for Christmas but in a heavier fabric for the winter in upstate New York. You know, within the next week. Oops!

Reversible Bird Seed Skirt in Lemongrass by Grosgrain

Reversible Bird Seed Skirt in Lemongrass by Grosgrain

You can read more about Kathleen and Grosgrain in the latest issue of Small Magazine.




GOING INDIE.
Sunday, November 16, 2008, 6:52 pm
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I’ve decided that this year for my Christmas shopping I am going indie. I am pledging that all the gifts I purchase for my loved ones will be obtained from independent shops, not chains. I’ll be looking to places like Etsy and local Columbus retailers in addition to making things by hand myself. There’s not really a deep-seeded reason behind this other than wanting to support small, local businesses as well as DIY-ers who are trying to make a living, especially in this crappy economy.

There’s a great website called Buy Handmade where you can sign your name pledging to only purchase handmade items and requesting others to do the same for you over the holidays. I would love to sign this; however, in good conscience, I don’t think I can totally commit to ALL handmade items (I do have men to shop for and I feel that can be a bit more challenging). But I still think it’s a great idea so if you want to make the pledge yourself, you should check it out. Plus you get to put this cute little banner on your site.

I Took The Handmade Pledge! BuyHandmade.org



THE GOOD ENVELOPE PARTY.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008, 9:38 pm
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The Good Envelope Party is a group of kick-ass women making cool (recycled) stationery for a wonderful cause.

The Good Envelope Party is a bi-monthly women’s collective in Silver Lake, California. We make handmade recycled stationery from salvaged books and magazines, with love, for the good of others and the earth. These unique envelopes and recycled card inserts are voluntarily made for the purpose of donating their profits. Proceeds are directly donated to non-profit organizations, underfunded schools, and local families struggling to fulfill their basic needs.

Here are some that interested me but, alas, they are sold out and I assume each is one of a kind so, sadly, no re-runs.

Working Men

Working Men

Butterflies

Butterflies

Retro

Retro

Women

Women

Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Balloon

I found out about The Good Envelope Party through Daily Candy and it looks like everyone else did too. They are currently sold out of all their stock (which is GREAT for them) but they have a note on there saying they will be restocking tonight/tomorrow so be sure to check back!




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