Monday, May 30, 2011

Fishkill Craft Fair Vendors

Our biggest event yet will be this Sunday June 5th from 11 am to 4 pm. Here's a small taste of the talent who will be vending...

Full list of vendors include Get Glassy, Moonfire Studios, Reclaimed Designs, Felt It, JSW Metalworks, AnjaliCreations, Tink’s Treasure, BeyondThePicketFence, Gnorasaurus, PinkSnakeJewelry, ,Digilio Designs, Sweet Olive Jewelry, KarmaBee, Emmi009, LuLuSoaps, Gemini River Rocks, Dough Roses, New Prospect Pottery, Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studios, Carli Bruno, WatchpitolSewItSeams, VirginiaPiazza, RemainingNameless, LiliannaBlue, BZBDEsigns, RoArt, InStitches, HCY Creative, Olive Farrell, Janet Tasetano, LeanneF Designs, Nemesis Jewelry, Mother May I, Artisan Candles, Patrica Broun, Buzzards Branch Crafts, AtMyGrandmothersKnee, Creations By Judy, Curro’s Italian Ice, The Cupcake Lady, BotoDesigns

Friday, May 27, 2011

Where To Find The Hudson Valley Etsy Team This Weekend

It's Memorial Day Weekend, and the Hudson Valley Etsy Team will be ringing in the beginning of the summer season from Brooklyn to Hudson and points in between!

All listings below are for Saturday, May 28:

Michele of Lulu's Soap Company will be at Artists and Fleas at 70 North 7th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn from 10 am until 7 pm.

Amy of Sweet Olive will be at 347 Market in Hudson, NY from 12 pm until 6 pm.

Kathy of Gnorasaurus and Monica of Mother May I will both be at Crafts on John Street at the Kingston Farmer's Market in Uptown Kingston, NY from 9 am until 2 pm.

Lynn of 1846 House Soaps will be at the Pine Bush Farmers' Market in Pine Bush, NY from 9 am until 1pm.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Member Spotlight - Molly's Purl

Tell us a little about yourself (name, where from, where you are now, your Etsy shop)
I was born in Hollywood, CA, and now live in Beacon, NY, my shop is called Molly's Purl -, or

What is your professional background?I'm an Opera Singer. I travel 8 months out of the year and sing all over the world. Knitting keeps my brain engaged and my body relaxed while on a gig and I decided to make a business out of it a year and half ago and have never been happier.
What led you to your current craft?My grandmother and her cousin, Molly and Pearl. They lived together in Bensonhurt, Brooklyn and when I was 13 they taught me how to drink and how to knit. They were hilarious, but their joy in everything they created was infectious.

How do you feed your creativity?n everything I do really. Each production I sing in gives me new ideas for either items or colors those characters might wear. The places I go inspire me as well. I'm working on a series of Spanish Shawls right now in the flamenco style while on a production of Carmen, the infamous Gypsy. I find craft night groups where ever I go and plug in as much as I can and absorb what the locals are doing, making, creating and interested in. It's endless.

How do you work deal with a creative block?I wait, or I go to a store and look at things I like and figure out how to make them and make them somehow "better" more funky.

Describe your work area. I have a room. It's called the MollyP room. It's this bright green that my husband calls Skittles. It's filled with pictures that inspire me, a cork board for reminders and ideas, pictures of my grandmother Molly and cousin Pearl, a sewing machine and table, a couch, and gets bright light all day. I love it in there.

Favorite time of day to work? Morning and night.

How did you end up on Etsy?I found it through a friend who loves to find fun stuff and I was hooked. Then once I opened my shop it was a no brainer.

Other than your supplies & materials, what do you want with you on a stranded island?a piano and a bunch of dogs....and of course my husband

Any guilty pleasures? really good mac and cheese...from scratch.

Words of wisdom for aspiring artists?If you get inspired by something but think it's too big, too hard, will take too long, etc...find a way to do it, just start it - the road it will lead you down is where the magic is.

Follow Molly's Purl on Facebook and her blog

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Etsy Craft Party - June 10th

It's time to celebrate! Last year's first-ever global Craft Party was so much fun, we've decided to orchestrate it again this year on Friday, June 10, 2011. No matter where you live or what you love to make, you are invited to participate. Musicians, painters, sculptors, photographers, farmers, hackers, gardeners, designers, jewelers, bookbinders, printmakers, teachers, makers and doers of all stripes, as well as art enthusiasts, curators, vintage lovers and supporters of the independently made, we're calling on you! We challenge you to meet your neighbors and come together to make something surprising.
Last year, over 5,000 people participated in over 500 meetups from Dallas to Romania, and this year our goal is for over 15,000 people to share in the spirit of Craft Party. Since we can't do this without you, we're calling on your help to mobilize in your local community. To participate, either as a local Craft Party organizer or party-goer, head on over to Meetup Everywhere (as created by to put your town on the map. Meetup Everywhere is a powerfully simple way for our creative community to, well, organize meetups everywhere. It's free and designed to spark face-to-face gatherings around the world.

A party will be taking place at the new Hudson, NY Etsy location at 359-361 Columbia St, Hudson, NY 12534 at 7:00 pm. Click to view thet Meetup page and get more details.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Giveaway from InnerSasa

Our latest giveaway is from team member Alison from InnerSasa who has a lovely print she would like to give to a lucky winner.  

*Watermark will not appear on the actual print*

Here is what Alison has to say about the print:

Hi, This is an original Hope print. The print is 8x10 inches and is printed on glossy Kodak paper.

I was inspired to paint Hope on the rocks because Hope plays a very important role in my life. Hope is a belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life.

This is a feel good print that comes unframed but would look great either on a wall or hanging up in a nice frame. It would be great gift for anyone who is having a hard time thinking positive about events in their life. I painted the letters in bright colors to give it extra positive energy.

I also have a Hope card for sale in my etsy shop that would go great with this print.

The print is unframed but would look great in a black frame.

Thanks and Peace. 

To enter, simply leave a comment below with a valid email for Alison to reach you. Tell us what other items you like in Alison's Etsy shop or you can tell us where you would hang this print, your office? Yoga studio? Bedroom?

Giveaway will end next Wednesday June 1st Wednesday June 8th (due to problems with Blogger & leaving comments) and the winner will be announced Monday June 13th. Contest is open to everyone US and International.  Extra chance to win if you tweet or post on Facebook about the giveaway - just leave a separate comment.

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