Who's Who in Connecticut: A Wrap-Up of Etsy Crafters at the Showcomments (5) December 7th, 2008
I wasn't disappointed with the variety of crafts at the Etsy Craft Spectacular. I picked up my goodie bag (with my girls following behind grabbing their bag as well), and walked into the room where the crafters were. As I started to walk around, meeting crafters, I was struck by the fact that some of them were making a living at it. I met Jillian Lyons—of Ms. Kitty Fantastico and CT etsy Team leader. She explained to me that she crafted full time...some months were "WooHooooo" months while others were "a little light on the dinner table" months. I shared some of my thrills and chills as I forge along with my pattern line adding that I was considering an Etsy shop of my own. She was happy to offer help and advice. This was very different than window shopping on-line at Etsy. I really got a sense of community--crafters pulling together for their common good.
As a mingled farther into the room I got to see what other CT Etsy Team members brought to the show. Jewelry designers were there in full force--and they all had cool stuff. Vicious Kitty offered one-of-a-kind pieces like this cool puzzle-piece necklace. Ami Nyitray Designs had interesting pieces made out of vintage glass slides (you know, the ones that you look at under a microscope with samples on them!) and various artifacts that she collects. I had the opportunity to meet Cathleen of Mysticafelicity. She lives right in Hartford, practically my neighbor. Her heart pins of sterling, married metals, semi-precious & dichroic artglass were even more amazing to see in person! I could go on and on. Every designer there had beautiful stuff. I got to meet everyone, snap their picture and take in all the creativity. It was so inspiring. I want to include everyone so here are the rest of the talented jewelry designers. Take a minute to check them out. Coffee in hand, you can probably get a holiday shopping done--I know I'm in the mood, looking at the snow that frosted the view outside my window!
doublemuse.etsy.com Double good--jewelry and pottery!
Reddhynes.etsy.coms --she has lip balm too!
Among all the jewels there were also special baby and children's gifts. Spoiled Baby Designs had a cute selection of all the essentials--from burb cloths to waterproof bibs. My daughter picked out a crayon holder that rolls up and ties with a ribbon. Emma Lou Designs had trendy things for baby and you! Boutique Girl had cute little aprons, bibs and blankets galore. Queen Vanna Creations had clever block calendars and these clever over-sized clothes pins that were embellished with decorative paper--I bought one to use as a clip to hold important nots to my quilt that hangs behind my computer. They also stand up to hold photos. De La Cueva Designs whipped up adorable knitted (or crocheted?) cupcakes...a zero calorie confection. And, my other daughter felt she couldn't live without the lip balm and herbal squishy ball at Silver Moon Herbals. There was eco-friendly stationary at Staccato and beautiful knitted things at Bluebirds and Blossoms. Finally, if you love original art with an edge, Peachy Cheek is for you!
Wow, I wish I could post more than 12 photos, there was so much to see. And someone even saw me! While I was busy taking pictures and talking, Celeste, one of our members came up to me and said something about my Nikon camera, it didn't click at first, but then I remembered that I said "I'd be the one with the Nikon" in the previous post I did about the Craft Spectacular. It was so nice to meet a Craftstylish follower (Celeste is a paper crafter and Jeffrey Rudell fan). We chatted for a few minutes about his amazing craft. I plan to do a post about Celeste and paper craft blog when we get back in touch.