Friday, April 28, 2017

Where To Find Makers-On-Hudson This Weekend

Jumpstart Your Spring Shopping

Mother & 2 Daughters Necklace Set - Mother's Day Gift - Mothers Day - Heart Pendants Set - Copper and Pink - Gift for Mom - Mothers Necklace
Mother and Daughters Pendant set by YvonneLaubeDesigns

This weekend two of our makers will be participating in local Hudson Valley events. Yvonne, of Yvonne Laube Designs, will be included in the Dutchess Handmade Pop Up Shop, in Poughkeepsie. The shop will be open for your Spring and Mother's Day shopping through May 20. Look at the cute carved wood and copper necklace sets for mom and daughters. Yvonne can customize them for you, too.

Organic Mermaid bag, Toddler Purse, Toddler Gift, Little Girl Gift, Gift under 30, Kids gift, Girls Gift, Easter Gift, Stocking Stuffer,
Organic Mermaid Bag, by SOHandmade

Sarah, of SO Handmade, will be up in the capitol city of Albany on Saturday and Sunday for the Half Moon Market. What little mermaid wouldn't love this adorable cross-body bag on organic fabric? Sarah designs and hand silkscreens  her children's products on Eco-Friendly fabrics.

These two events will nicely round out your weekend activities, and you can revisit the Mother's Day Pop-up again and again to check on new items added weekly. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Where to Find Makers-on-Hudson

Vintage stamps are fascinating tiny little pieces of art 
that have many stories to tell.
Our Makers-on-Hudson member Erica Everett has given new life
and purpose to these tiny travelers. 

She will be displaying her selection of jewelry created from 
vintage stamps at the 
this coming Sunday, April 9th.

Look for these gorgeous springtime Japanese Cherry Blossom earrings.

Cherry Blossoms - 1962 Japanese Stamp-Postage Stamp Jewelry - Vintage Postage Stamp Earrings - French Clip Earrings in Antique Bronze Finish

Or a delightfully spring green Swiss postage stamp pendant featuring a Astronomical Clock.

 There are many more little travelers to pick from in Ericka's Etsy Shop.

But better yet, get out this Sunday and stop by Ericka's booth at the Nyack Street Fair.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Where to Find Makers-on-Hudson

The Cutting Edge

Deer Print for Nursery // Woodland Art for Baby's Room // Papercut Watercolor Print for Boy's Room // Baby Shower Gift // Blue and White Art
Woodland Print Deer Paper Cut by TinyLittleNest

Have you ever admired those beautiful and delicate paper snowflakes that seem so intricate that they must be next to impossible to create? Paper cutting arts appear worldwide, including the finely crafted designs created by the Pennsylvania Dutch craft called Fraktur.

On April 1, from 2 - 3PM, you can enjoy an introductory workshop with our member Yvonne, of Tiny Little Nest, at The Pine Plains Free Library. Yvonne will take you through a brief history of the craft and get you on your way to learning this intricate technique. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon! Plus, you will leave with your own creation. The workshop is free for ages 15 and older, but space is limited, so register soon.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Where to Find Makers On Hudson

A Wrinkle in Time


"Celebrating inventiveness, imagination and innovation; showcasing wearable artwork powered by the imagination of art and science" is how the d'Art Center in Norfolk Virginia describes their current show entitled The Time Machine. The show is part of the Wearable Arts Festival running from March 14 - April 29 in three locations throughout the city. Kathryn, of Huzzah! Unique, Handmade Wearables , has three of her wearable art, nuno felted shawls featured in the show. Two painters were inspiration for her work: Van Gogh and O'Keefe. If you are traveling to the area, you could add a stop to see all the wearable art inspired by both Art and Science to your itinerary.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Where to Find Makers on Hudson this Weekend

 This Saturday promises to have one of the nicest family activities 
in the Hudson Valley.

The Hudson Valley Farm and Flea
at the 
Motorcyclopedia in Newburgh, NY

A selection of local vendors will be showcasing and selling their Made-in America
and locally crafted and or grown in the Hudson River Valley products.

There will be three of our Makers-on-Hudson members at this venue.


Kathryn Hunter Luciana will be there with her beautiful line of
wearable art.

This capelet will be the perfect accessory for your spring time outfit. I love these colors!

Also her newest line of wet felted wool paintings that will be perfect
for brightening up any wall in your house.


Sarah Omura will bring her line of Eco-friendly toys for pretend play.
Her Train Playmat is a welcome addition to any playroom.

Personally, I'm a big fan of her Crayon Roll. A perfect item to bring for quiet play anywhere!


Gwen Neucall and her fabulous selection of soaps
and body pampering lotions and scrubs will also be found there.

Hand and Body Cream with Pachouli is a lovely treat for your skin.


With it's soft green color this citrus clove soap bar is perfect for
spring and it's fresh citrus scent will be a delight.


Early spring is too soon for many outdoor events, so come to the Motorcyclopedia this Saturday, March 25th for the Hudson Valley Farm and Flea.
Make reservations for the delicious Breakfast!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Where To Find Makers On Hudson This Weekend

A Spirited Shopping Experience



Primitive Folk Art Bird with Red Heart by Digilio Designs

 The holidays are a memory, the new year has been rung in, and Valentine's day is just over the horizon. This Saturday, you'll be able to catch Sue, of Digilio Designs, at a pop-up boutique at Dutch's Spirits in Pine Plains, Dutchess County NY. Over a dozen local artisans will be present.

Valentine's Day Gift Two Owls Art Bevel by Digilio Designs

Sue will be bringing a great selection of gifts for your valentine, so plan on visiting the distillery on Saturday from 12 - 5. Not only can you shop, but you will also be able to tour the hidden, underground spaces on the property where Dutch Schultz brewed his bootleg spirits during Prohibition.  Music, food and coffee with also be available. All information is available on the distillery's website under "events."

Monday, February 6, 2017

In My Studio: Updating my Packaging

So Handmade's New Packaging

In January I decided to give my packaging a much needed update. Getting the right packaging can benefit your craft business in many ways. I decided to go with these recycled boxes and mailers from EcoEnclose.

By spending a little more time and money on the end product could have a big difference in your brand identity at the end of the day.

Great packaging can:
  1. Get your products 'noticed' in a sea of vendors at a craft fair or in the Etsy search pages.
  2. Increase the perceived value of your products, enabling you to increase your profits
  3. Be informative- giving the customer info about the product and your company for potential future orders.
  4. Make your line of products more cohesive
  5. Elevate your brand and make it memorable
Great Packaging from The Pudgy Rabbit

In order to achieve this the packaging should:
  1. Be thought of as an integral part of the product and not just an afterthought.
  2. It should reflect or complement your brand, your ethos and your style
  3. Be easily replicated for future items
  4. Affordable
  5. Not too time consuming
  6. As green as possible
Some different ideas for creating your own unique, eye catching and memorable packaging could include making your own stamps or block prints, printed materials, stickers, fabric bags and ribbons or even including a small 'freebie' with your product.

I posted on this blog a little while ago a tutorial to make your own fabric labels. This technique could be applied to making your own packaging ribbon and labels. Click this link to access the tutorial.

Also adding a gift wrap option in your listings can help customers who would like to send the purchase direct to the recipient and its a great way of adding value to your shop.
Adding a Gift Wrapping Option is a great way to add value to your Etsy Shop

Good luck and Good Making!

Good things come in small packages!

Sarah Omura - SO Handmade