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Maker’s Mart This Saturday in Toledo


Hosted by Handmade Toledo, Maker’s Mart is this Saturday (April 19th) and will have 45+ handmade sellers from all over the Midwest to shop. Local food trucks, coffee and crafty make & takes will all be there to help you celebrate 419 day in Toledo, with just $1 admission. To see everything going on on Toledo’s 419 day, check out http://celebrate419.com/. Read more about Maker’s Mart on their Facebook event page or on the Handmade Toledo website.

Trish’s Garage Pops Up Monday


492ee5_3742083e3c4b4182a1665454ef57358c_srz_138_165_75_22_050_120_000_png_srzTrish’s Garage, a store offering reconstructed clothing and handmade gifts, is popping up in downtown Detroit at 1249 Woodward Ave. From April 7th- May 30th.

Shop owner, personal stylist, and sewer extraordinaire Ebony makes fun peplum shirts for ladies out of men’s T shirts and recycled denim, and also carries handmade and locally made goods from FireBrand Candle, Trice Clark Brand, Salikas Jewels, Good Cakes and Bakes, Detroit Wall Paper Co, Voigt’s Soda House, and Reware Vintage in the shop.

Trish’s Garage opens on April 7th, with a Grand Opening party on April 11th. More information and RSVP to the Grand Opening on the Facebook event page, and check out Ebony’s clothing on the Trish’s Garage website.

Downriver Indie Craft Fair Debuts Friday


The Downriver Council for the Arts is debuting the Downriver Indie Craft Fair this weekend - Friday, March 28, 2014 6-9 pm, and
Saturday, March 29, 2014 12-7 pm at the DCA building at 81 Chestnut in Wyandotte. All three floors of the building, including a theater and two galleries will also be open to shoppers during the fair, and there are 40+ indie crafters and artists to check out. Admission is $2 and proceeds help send a kid to summer art camp at the Downriver Council for the Arts. It also happens to be Wyandotte Restaurant Week through the weekend, so you can make a whole day of it with your family or a date! Look out for Handmade Detroit’s Carey (Glass Action) and Bethany (Reware Vintage) and say hello!

For more information and features on the selling crafters, check out the Facebook event page.

DIY: Table Runner and Tray Set, 3 Ways


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 »

Downriver Council for the Arts Call for Entries


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.

The Life You Make Kickstarter

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.

Indie Valentine’s Shopping Events

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!

1012853_806643662694736_561648574_nTomorrow, 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

DUCF on Metrotimes Detroit Bucket List

Metrotimes Bucket List

We are excited to see Detroit Urban Craft Fair in Metrotimes’ 100 Things All Detroiters Should Do Before They Die list!

Nature’s Playhouse in Clawson looking to trade

imageHandmade 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!

Revamped Vintage Bar Cart


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.


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