The Handmade Market … Because "mall" is a four-letter word.

The Handmade Market … Because "mall" is a four-letter word.

A showcase of independent designers, artists, and crafters in Raleigh, NC.

Fall 2011

All of the posts under the "Fall 2011" category.

Thank You For Coming!

A great big THANK YOU goes out to everyone who came to The Handmade Market yesterday! We really appreciate your patronage and support for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. And many many thanks to all of the artists and volunteers who worked so hard on this show.

If you have some pretty photos from the show, please add them to The Handmade Market group on Flickr. And if you discovered a new favorite artist at The Handmade Market or would like to share a story about your experience, we’d love to hear from you! For updates on The Handmade Market in May 2012, be sure to sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

With love + craftiness + best wishes for a happy holiday season,
The Handmaidens

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The Handmade Market Is Today!

It’s here! Join us in downtown Raleigh for The Handmade Market at Cobblestone Hall. Doors open at 11am, and we’ll have more than 50 artists, crafters, and designers showing off their wonderful, handcrafted wares until 5pm. Be one of the first 500 guests and you’ll receive a free (and adorable, if we do say so ourselves) tote bag for all of your goodies!

Admission to The Handmade Market is free, as always. In lieu of an entry fee, please consider making a donation (cash or canned goods) to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Your donation will get you a raffle ticket good for a chance to win a gift basket full of good things from our generous Charity Sponsors.

Hope to see you soon!

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The Handmade Market Is Tomorrow!

Just one more day ’til The Handmade Market! Join us tomorrow from 11 am to 5pm at Cobblestone Hall in downtown Raleigh’s City Market for a fun, fantastic day of shopping with over 50 independent artists, designers, and crafters. It’s the perfect way to kick off your holiday shopping … without fighting the crowds at the mall. Plus, the first 500 shoppers to arrive will get free goody bags.

As always, admission to The Handmade Market is free. Instead, we ask you to consider making a donation to the featured charity, the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Your donation will get you a raffle ticket good for a chance to win a gift basket full of goodies from our awesome Charity Sponsors.

We’ll also have homemade treats and coffee from Sweet T, Sarah Cecilia, and Joe Van Gogh. So come on down to Cobblestone Hall for The Handmade Market tomorrow from 11am to 5pm!

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Artist Spotlight: tiny peepers

Kelly Smith-Tilly is a Raleigh screen printer and the artist behind tiny peepers. Her clean and simple designs are inspired by things Kelly sees every day. She personally screen prints all her products, including kitchen towels, napkins, pillow cases, t-shirts, and other fabrics, in her home studio. tiny peepers‘ product line uses only water-based, non-toxic inks.

What are you bringing to The Handmade Market on November 12? Anything new and exciting?
I’ll be bringing my tea towels, napkins, and organic scarves. New this year — t-shirts! I’ll have a selection of kids’ and a few adult tees, all with guitars and banjos.

What is the best online resource that you’ve used for your business and why?
Lately, it’s my Facebook page. There is so much potential now for networking, on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. It’s hard to keep up, but it’s a great time for an on-line business.

Which artist(s) are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market?
It seems like an unusually talented and diverse collection of artist this year, so I’m excited about many. I met Red Clay Soaps and Bess Whittington at the Indie Craft Parade in Greenville, SC, and they’re awesome!

What is your favorite fall comfort food? Can you share a link to a recipe or restaurant that serves it up?
I just made my first pumpkin pie from a recipe from my good friend (and Handmade Market artist) Oami Powers of Judah Ross. It turned out beautifully.

What is the best concert you’ve ever attended?
Oh, there have been many! I have two — The Fleet Foxes here at the Raleigh Amphitheater in a torrential storm. Lightening, pouring rain — a real bonding experience between the audience and the band. Loved it! Also, I just got to see The Avett Brothers in Greensboro and was in the front row, center. I sang my heart out all night. An emotional, fun night. Love those guys.

Are you on Pinterest? Provide a link to your boards if so!
I just started, so there’s not a ton yet, but here ya go … http://pinterest.com/tinypeepers/

Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert?
I adore Stephen Colbert.

The Handmade Market is on Saturday, November 12! Be sure to stop by tiny peepers’ table and check out Kelly’s work. The new t-shirts are awesome.

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Artist Spotlight: Patina South

Patina South is Tracey Johnson, who just happens to be one of The Handmaidens’ very own. So when she’s not working hard on making The Handmade Market what it is, she is creating one of a kind jewelry for Patina South.

What are you bringing to The Handmade Market on November 12? Anything new and exciting?
Lots of jewelry made from oddball objects and random finds. I enjoy the challenge of turning something non-traditional into something pretty, edgy, and asymmetrically balanced.

What is the best online resource that you’ve used for your business and why?
I am not very ‘puter savy, but I have an awesome graphic designer, Alison Myers of This is Your Wonderland. She has helped me navigate my way through starting a website, blogging, and branding.

Which artist(s) are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market?
cowbelle, because she is my sister and I miss seeing her smile often.

What is your favorite fall comfort food? Can you share a link to a recipe or restaurant that serves it up?
ummm, I love Mexican…home cooked, food truck style, or fancy schmancy. I am not picky, it just has to be spicy hot and have lots of cheese. (she says ummm, we say yummm to the spicy hot and all that cheese!)

What is the best concert you’ve ever attended?
I am not a big music person…anything live with instruments is best. My favorite is acoustic guitar on a porch with a glass of wine and a rocking chair…..crickets optional.

Are you on Pinterest? Provide a link to your boards if so!
Never tried it…I have heard it is awesome and will change my life, but I am scared it will be yet another thing that robs my time.

Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert?
Stephen Colbert, if I have to choose.

So be sure to enter The Handmaidens area at the Market and look for the Patina South table of goodness! Don’t forget to put it on your calendar for Saturday, November 12.

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