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March 6, 2015
by The Handmade Market

The March Challenge: Autocorrect!


We hope you have enjoyed The Challenge sofar, and congratulations to Muro Jewelry for winning our first one!

Are you ready to flex your makers muscles and curious what we challenge you with this month? Your wait is over friends: Our March challenge is “Autocorrect”

Interpret this any way you like, just don’t forget to submit your creation through our submission form. We also love to see work-in-progress updates; use #maidenschallenge when you post them so we can easily share your work.

You have until March 20th to submit, we can’t wait to see what you’ve got!


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March 5, 2015
by The Handmade Market

and the winner is…

Did you participate in the February Art Challenge?

Rosa Murillo of Muro Jewelry did! She was inspired to make this ring of “ice” for our monthly challenge. Rosa used a ring mold. Instead of resin, she filled it with water and some glitter. Ironically this ring didn’t have a very long life, much like Ice in the South! Rosa tells us that after the photograph was taken the ring melted into a mess! That didn’t matter though, the fun was in the creation! Isn’t that what we as creators strive for?

Ice Ring

Rosa created another ring that should get a mention too. Check out her Instagram to take a look!

Congratulations Rosa and thank you for participating in our first MaidenChallenge!

The next Challenge will be posted tomorrow… get your supplies ready, this is going to be FUN!

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February 20, 2015
by The Handmaidens

February Challenge Update

We have been seeing some posts and submissions for The Challenge!

Handmaiden Lois of it’s by design. “where are you Spring?”

We are actually extending the original deadline to the 25th this month, instead of the earlier stated 20th. We realize not a lot of you know about this yet, or if you do- you may need a few extra days to get your submission completed and submitted.

Rosa from Muro Jewelry. “Ice Ring”

We’d love to see works in progress too! To show us those, use the hashtag #maidenschallenge when you upload images to the various social media outlets. We’ve already shared some the last few days

Handmaiden Leeann: Snow Queen

Now that you’ve seen a few samples and submissions, we hope they serve as an inspiration to get your own submission ready. It’s not like we haven’t had plenty of inspiration right outside our front doors this week! For more details on The Challenge, click the banner below:


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February 5, 2015
by The Handmade Market

Makers Flea Market

The Handmaidens are excited to announce a brand new event in downtown Raleigh: Makers Flea Market. We have handpicked some of the coolest local artists and crafters, asked them to curate their stashes into fabulous offerings for you, and will be popping up February 28th at Ornamentea. Whether you are a professional artist, crafty novice, or Pinterest loving DIYer, you will find some amazing trinkets at this event. The eclectic stashes include vintage displays, studio props, beads, buttons, antique jewelry, vessels, vintage knobs, ribbon, lace, stained glass supplies, old printer drawers, designer fabric, art supplies, barn wood, burlap sacks, and more.

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The Makers Flea Market will be held at 509 N. West Street in downtown Raleigh, Saturday, February 28th, 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. We have gathered everything you will need to spark your creativity and stock your studio for 2015 and put it all in one spot.

We will also have BamPowChow, one of our very most favorite food trucks, and wine and beer from Crafty Beer Shop to fill your belly.

Everyone is welcome, rain or shine!

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February 4, 2015
by The Handmaidens

NEW: The Challenge!


All creatives need to be challenged every now and then. We all have moments where we are not inspired and need a little motivation to get our juices flowing. If this sounds familiar, raise your hand. We are a part of an incredibly creative community, and one of the amazing gifts that we can give each other is inspiration and a drive to keep going and growing.

We are starting something new motivated by these creativity slumps and the community we have. It’s called “The Challenge” and we hope you will play along (we will play too, though clearly our submissions aren’t eligible to win, they will hopefully serve as inspiration and motivation).

Every month we will post a new challenge. A word, a phrase, an idea, who knows!  Your job is to let that inspire you to create something new. These are our ground rules:

– It has to be new (it’s not inspiring to find something you made years ago and take a picture of it)

– You have to upload the picture somewhere online (facebook, instagram, flickr, your blog, etc) so you can submit the link to it.

– You can submit only one time per month

– Complete your submission by the 20th of the month

Throughout the submission window we will post some submissions that have caught our eye, to keep you inspired and motivated and possibly some exposure already.

After submissions close, we will post our top 10, then it’s up to you and everybody else to vote for your favorites so we can find the top three.

The first place winner gets their submission and link displayed on the website sidebar for a month, and all top three will be featured with their images and website links on the Challenge page, along with being featured in the blog, and probably also the newsletter.

This is less about winning a big prize, and more about inspiring, pushing, and supporting our selves, and each other. With the added bonus of exposure.
Also, since this is the first time we are doing this, we are likely to figure out changes along the way. Please keep this in mind, and “pardon the dust”. Feel free to post questions in the comment section below.

The February challenge is “Ice.”

Feel free to interpret that any way you like and use any medium of your choice.

Ready!? Create! and then submit it here!

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