Thursday, March 12, 2009

Embroidery As Art

Art Is Everywhere.....

Find your inner artist****

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Team Etsy Austin is a new yet dynamic community of Makers that host shops on Crafters from all around Austin meet regularly, discuss small business and crafty issues, strategize and plan, socialize and support. This fabulous group is coordinated through Beth of Snuggle Herd. It's been less than a year and my-oh-my! what a great time we have had! The group has created, coordinated and executed a monthly craft fair in the parking lot of Austin Handmade with the wonderful support of Jason the owner.This fantastic group also coordinated a SXSW promotion extravaganza** We met, sewed, crafted, ironed and stuffed. Over 200 upcycled T-shirt messenger bags were created and stuffed with HANDMADE promo items and coupons. Each one lovingly created in order to bring AustinEtsy goodness to our fellow Austinites and visitors.

April Wright of April Wright Designs said it best:

One of the great things about living in Austin, Texas is being able to participate in a number of festivals and community events throughout the year. Probably our most famous annual event is the South By Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Festival that happens in March. People from all over the world come to our fair city for ten days of showcases, parties, and free stuff! This year, the Etsy Austin Street Team will be heading out with lots of free goodies to promote our Etsy stores. Not only will we be selling our wares on South Congress, we'll also be giving free craft demos and hitting the streets with hundreds of handmade bags full of free stuff for whoever wants it!

In keeping with the SXSW spirit of indie artists coming together to see and be seen, we will be out in person to mingle with the visitors and Austinites alike. You can find us in front of Hill Country Weavers on South Congress on March 14th, 15th, 20th, and 21st from noon to 7pm each day. We'll also be downtown during those times, giving out handmade bags filled with creative swag items! We've all been busy little bees the past couple months, collecting the tee shirts that we're recycling into bags, having sewing parties to crank them out, and making hundreds of promos to fill them with! We've also created coupons, fliers, and post cards to hand out, which should help everyone on the team get some biz. We've been busy, but it has been fun!

If you're in Austin during SXSW, please come and say hello!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

UpCycled T-Shirt Messenger Bag by Broken Ear Production

Broken Ear Production is a member of the Austin Etsy Street Team. Here is a super crafty You Tube video of creating a cool, eco-crafty messenger bag.

Broken Ear Productions is another crafty couple collaboration of Kim & Jimmy. Here is the bio on their Etsy site:

Broken Ear Productions is Kim (me), Creative, Jimmy (husband) - Shipping, Alfred (chihuahua) - mascot, Dixie (our sweet pit bull) - receptionist (and security)...the cats (Chachi and Lucky) are just lazy (ok that's kind of their job though).

I named the company after the chihuahua (he has a broken ear - just one...the other one's perky!) and because I was a music major in college. When I think about why I didn't pursue music as career I think it's mostly because I had the voice...but not so much the ear for music, hence "broken ear". Although I was kind of disspointed with myself for not noticing, that because hyphens are not allowed in usernames here, that it could also be read "broke near", which is what I am hoping DOESN'T happen.

I've just recently (like day before yesterday) quit my dayjob as a Program Manger for an IT Consulting firm. Yes I quit in this economy, I know, I know...but I just couldn't stop wishing to create, create, create.

Thank goodness for etsy and for my wonderful and supportive husband. I craft in a spare bedroom which we've converted into my workshop...and sometimes it spreads to the dining table, and the kitchen table...did I mention that my husband is supportive?

Anyway, my problem now is which project to tackle next! I'm so excited!