Did you know that March is National Craft Month? We love celebrating and crafting through the month while we (hopefully) watch the temperatures rise and the snow melt. When we were asked by Meijer if we would like to create a DIY project using only craft supplies from our local Meijer for National Craft Month and we enthusiastically said yes - times three! Read the rest of this entry »
The Downriver Council for the Arts is planning an awesome celebration for Earth Day, and is looking for entries in their Artcycled Exhibit, Recycled Runway Project, and Global Art Project for Peace. They are also looking for crafters to take part in the debut of the Downriver Indie Craft Fair on March 28th & 29th, at the Downriver Council for the Arts in Wyandotte. For more information and applications for each of these events, check out the DCA’s website.
Past Detroit Urban Craft Fair vendor, Dylan Strzynski (of Intl Robot T-shirts) has been working on a film most of us crafters can very well understand - “The Life You Make” is about artists who live their lives between the studio and the road, selling their art across the country at art fairs.
With 16 days to go (Pledges close on Thursday, Feb 20th), the film is close to being fully funded, and could use more support! Pledge levels start at just $5 - read more about the project, watch a preview and help back the film here on Kickstarter.
If you are looking to do some Valentine’s Day (or just regular shopping) done soon, there’s lots of opportunities to shop indie coming up!
Tomorrow, Saturday Feb 1st, is the Metro Detroit Etsy Team Pop-Up Shop inside the Rust Belt Market. There will be a bunch of great local crafters, and a performance by the Weird Sister Circus, the blazing belly dancers, and DJ Chris Moondancer. The pop-up is 11-7pm, and you can get more details on the Facebook Event Page.
Thursday, Feb 13th is VLNTNSDYMRKT 2, hosted by Pot & Box at The Eight & Sand Event Space in Hamtramck, from 3-8pm. Many local favorites will be there - check out the whole list on the VLNTNSDYMRKT website.
Want to get yourself a little gift? Check out the Vintage Jewelry Sale & Tea at the Community House in Birmingham on Sat, February 15, 11:30am – 5:00pm. You can sit down for a formal tea before shopping for a $40 reservation, or just enter for the sale for $5 at the door. Over 40 Vendors will be on site selling handmade, vintage and repurposed jewelry. For more information, visit http://tchserves.org
We are excited to see Detroit Urban Craft Fair in Metrotimes’ 100 Things All Detroiters Should Do Before They Die list!
Handmade Detroit heard about a clever advertising opportunity for local artists and crafters that we had to share!
Lisa Ball and Michelle McEvoy are passionate about child development and Mommy’s well-being, and run Nature’s Playhouse devoted to them. Workshops, playgroups, activities and more bring the community together, currently located at Hunter Community Center in Clawson.
These ladies are looking for a submission of original, handcrafted work to be donated to their center and in trade, advertising on their popular website with Facebook links!
More of what they’re on the hint for.
“This is a unique opportunity for families to become acquainted with you and children to experience your play artwork and wares! We are looking for imaginative play clothes, knit, wool, cloth, children’s books and simple wood toys.”
To learn more about Nature’s Playhouse, the classes and events they host, check out their website or give them a call. And don’t forget to look for them on Facebook!
This rusted and dirty vintage bar cart turned into a craft project in my home and then became a new cart for my craft room! To read how I did it and the end result, check out the Reware Vintage blog.
We were happy to see some local crafters featured on Real Detroit this week! To see who made their “top 5 indie vendors”, check out “Tinker, Tailor, Crafter…Five”!
The 8th annual Detroit Urban Craft Fair is over, but we are still so excited about what many shoppers and crafters said was their favorite DUCF yet! This year we had over 4,700 shoppers, our highest attendance yet, and the artistry, creativity and imaginations of our 100+ vendors was so inspiring. Thank you to both our vendors for all of your hard work, and to everyone who came to shop and support them!
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Need to do some more holiday shopping this weekend? There are four great shows to check out!
The Detroit Holiday Food Bazaar begins tonight (Friday 13th), from 5:00-10:00, or shop tomorrow 11:00-5:00 in the Jefferson Chalmers business district- 14401, 14430 and 14440 E. Jefferson. There are lots of delicious local food businesses that will be there, and you can even get dinner/lunch with DUCF’s fav caterer - El Guapo! For a list of participating biz’s and more details, check out their Facebook event page.
The Detroit Mercantile and Metrotimes are hosting Merry Market Saturday the 14th 9-7 and Sunday the 15th 10-6 inside The Detroit Mercantile, on the edge of Eastern Market. There are lots of local favorites to shop from, including Pewabic Pottery, Germack and Slow Jams, along with indie makers Smithshop, Signal Return and Lilacpop Studios. For a complete vendor list and more details, go to the Merry Marketplace website.
For those of you on the west side, DIYpsi is Saturday 11-11 and Sunday 12-7 at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti. 39 crafters will be selling all sorts of gifts, and the first 50 shoppers will get a free goodie bag! Check out the DIYpsi website for all the deets.
Lastly, Tiny Expo is back once again in Ann Arbor at Kerrytown Market, Saturday only from 10am-7pm. 20+ vendors will be selling everything from jewelry to prints, T shirts to ice cream. More info at TinyExpo.com.
Have fun shopping, and thanks for supporting Michigan crafters and small biz!