Because "mall" is a four-letter word

April 9, 2015
by The Handmaidens

Announcing Handmade Revelry at Rebus!

We know what you are thinking: Now that there is no Handmade Market this spring, WHERE am I going to get my mother’s day gift?! And all those graduates, what about them?!

We have fantastic news! We have been hard at work to put a great show together for you after all. It may not be The Handmade Market, but it’s pretty darn close.


On Sunday May 3rd, Rebus in Boylan Heights will host Handmade Revelry from 11am-4pm. We have selected and invited a beautiful variety of local and regional artists to sell their lovely wares that day, check out the artist line-up here.

Due to time constraints for this show, we selected the artists instead of our usual call for applications. You will be sure to find a great curated collection of gifts and handmade goods.

This is shaping up to be a really fun event, with food trucks, music, and coffee & beer available for purchase. In addition, many surrounding Boylan Heights art studios will be open to the public that day. A great opportunity to check those out while you are strolling about!

Spread the word! Invite your friends! We hope to see you there!

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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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