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Hello Craft's Summit of Awesome
Tuesday April 07th, 2009 03:01 PM

I'm so excited to announce that I will be a speaker at Hello Craft's Summit of Awesome in DC, May 1-3. I'm going to be on a panel discussion about organizing a craft market with Al Hoff and Jessica Manack of Handmade Arcade and I'll also be doing a screen-printing demo.

It is going to be a really awesome weekend full of crafty goodness and fun! And in the midst of all that fun you are sure to learn a lot and make some new really cool friends. So why don't you join me? The line-up of speakers is here and you can register here. Ok, see you there!

Summer 'o8
Wednesday July 23rd, 2008 01:58 PM
This is a cross-post from my blog ... it isn't explicitly about crafts but more my attempt at crafting a lovely summer. I would love to hear what you're doing to embrace summer this year!

Unlike many other summers in my adulthood, I have made a real effort to try and embrace summer this year. I dream of it all year and then am miserable because of the heat. This time, I've got to get something more out of it!

The summer state of mind started at the end of May when my sister and baby niece came to visit the ATL from San Diego for my brother's graduation. We had a really fun week together, including a little trip to Columbus, Ga to see my grandmother, uncles, aunt and cousins. It was also great to spend extra time with my mom and brother that week! Congratulations to David, the graduate!


Next on the agenda was the Indie Craft Experience Lucky #7. It was seriously the hottest day ever!!! I got really sunburned despite tons of SPF45. But it was worth it. The day was so awesome and the pre-party the night before was a ton of fun. We had a tremendous turn out for both events and hopefully everyone in the ATL was reminded once again how great indie craft is!

Indie Craft Experience Lucky #7

Once ICE was over I was really free to embrace summer!

Went to Screen on the Green at Centennial Olympic Park to see Chicago ...
Screen on the Green

...with my lovely peeps from work (Ashley, AJ & Nicole)
Screen on the Green

Went to the Fox Theatre to see Casablanca with Mom & David...
Went to the Fox to See Casablanca

...with the obligatory stop by Krispy Kreme afterwards...
Went to the Fox to See Casablanca

Ate dinner for the first time at Dante's Down the Hatch...
Went to Dante's Down the Hatch!

...with the man and friends from work...
Went to Dante's Down the Hatch!

Met friends at Manuel's for beer...
Friends at Manuel's Tavern

Went on a very nice date with Davis, which involved dinner at the Brick Store (where we first met), beer & shuffle board at Twain's and a late night viewing of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull...
Friendship Through Competition

Went to Tracy Wagner's art opening at Whitespace gallery with Shannon...
"Feeding Desire" Art Opening

...which included t-bone cookies...
"Feeding Desire" Art Opening

Went to the first Magpie Vintage party at Young Blood Gallery & Boutique (and bought a cute dress!)...
Magpie Vintage Party at Young Blood Gallery

Saw Davis play several times...
Music @ Noon

The Ghosts Project at Smith's Old Bar

Celebrated the 4th of July...
Happy 4th!

Had a long over due brunch with my longest running friend...
Margo at Java Jive


new buttons made by me

Became obsessed with picnik, which I used on my photos for my application to the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago. I got in!...
screen-printed, hand-bound books

Went to see Alison Krauss and Robert Plant at Chastain Amphitheater.
Alison Krauss & Robert Plant

Took (am taking) a silversmithing class...
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center the beautiful Callanwolde Fine Arts Center...
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Additionally, I have: gone swimming, gone to Ben & Jerry's for ice cream, gone to a cook out, taken my shoes off to sit in the grass (which turned into a full on snooze in the park), watched a thunderstorm on a friend's front porch, gone to two local farmers markets (Decatur Organic Farmers Market with my Mom and East Atlanta Village Farmers Market with Shannon), celebrated numerous birthdays (including my Mom's), watched Juno, all 3 of the original Indiana Jones movies, many episodes of Arrested Development, Stand by Me, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and WALL-E, read Craft Inc., Lotta Prints (almost done) and (currently 1/2 way through) re-reading Sophie's Choice.

All in all, it's turning out to be a pretty nice summer!

oh flickr!
Saturday July 05th, 2008 07:36 PM
as though i didn't spend enough time on flickr already, i just discovered that the "edit" button takes you to a website called picnik, where you can do all sorts of awesome stuff with your photos. i think it will be a great tool for creating promo items (and of course a great way to waste all sorts of time). this is what i whipped up this afternoon. anyone else messed around on it?

good times :: a bardis earrings

good times :: a bardis earrings

2 Georgia Shows Taking Applications
Wednesday March 12th, 2008 06:28 PM
The Indie Craft Experience in Atlanta is taking applications for the summertime show until April 18. This will be on June 7 and is market #7. Join us at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta.

The Athens Indie Craftstravaganza is also taking applications!
This event will be Saturday, May 10, 2008 from 10am to 7pm at the corner of Clayton & Pulaski Streets in beautiful downtown Athens, GA.
The application deadline is April 10th, notification by the 18th.
Their website will be up the meantime send a message to athensindiecraftstravaganza (at) and they will send you an application.

Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular 2007
Tuesday October 16th, 2007 08:38 PM
Taking applications until October 20.

Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular 2007

Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular 2007

The Indie Craft Experience Fundraiser
Friday August 24th, 2007 05:04 PM
Announcing .........

The Indie Craft Experience


We Love ICE!

Clothing swap and crafty raffle happening Sunday September 9th from
1-5pm at Youngblood Gallery ( in Atlanta.

5$ bags to fill with clothes!
2$ raffle tickets!
Fun snacks and drinks!

We are organizing this event on the fly so we need your help ASAP!
Heres how to get involved.

*Clean out your closet and donate your old clothes and craft supplies!

*Donate a handcrafted item for our raffle!

* Volunteer your time.

* Last but not least.. spread the word!

For more information, or to arrange a pick up or drop off, contact

See you on the 9th!

Christy and Shannon


creative worlds colliding?
Monday June 11th, 2007 04:37 PM
My husband is a drummer and he has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of a new drum kit that he ordered months ago. Today is supposedly the day that it will arrive so the very first thing he said this morning when we woke up was: "I had a dream last night that my drums arrived today but they were plush. And I was so sad because I didn't know what I was going to do with them."

So funny! I guess he listens to me talk about crafts so much that his mind is all a-mess with drums and sewing!

Btw, anyone going to Renegade in Brooklyn this weekend? I'm not selling but I'll be there talking to people and having fun!

Indie Craft Experience This Saturday!!!
Wednesday May 30th, 2007 05:36 PM
Come on out to the Indie Craft Experience this Saturday!!!!

June 2, 2007
11 to 6 p.m.
Centennial Olympic Park

This event is a big deal because:
o It’s ICE #5
o It’s our first time to have ICE outside
o We’re having free craft workshops and a clothing swap for the first time
o It’s our largest ever with 85 booths (and because people are sharing it will be 105 crafters!)
o We were just named one of the top 5 cultural events of the summer by Creative Loafing, Atlanta’s alternative weekly. Hooray for us!

Clothing Swap at ICE
Have you heard about our clothing swap? It'll cost people $5 to get in and then we give them a bag to fill with whatever clothes they want from our tent o' clothing (complete with dressing room and mirrors). Then we'll take the $$ and make a donation to Hagar's House (a local shelter for women and children) and Handmade Nation (the indie craft documentary project about our craft movement).

So what do we need from you? Clothes! Every little bit helps so even if you only have a couple items to donate please bring them to us at ICE. This could be that little nudge you've needed to clean out your closet!!!

Workshops at ICE
In addition to the fabulous market and the clothing swap, we're also going to have free craft workshops hosted by ICE. The workshops will be taught by Garth Johnson of Extreme Craft, friends from Alternative Apparel and Scrap Chic Boutique and other Atlanta crafters. We'll also have Sublime Stitching patterns on hand for our embroidery workshop.

Live Music, too!
Oh but wait…there's more! ICE will also have live music from four great local bands:

The Lasch

We'll be on TV!
"This is Atlanta ", a show on Atlanta 's public broadcasting station, will be filming the Indie Craft Experience. The show will air sometime in July. How exciting!

Centennial Olympic Park * Downtown Atlanta

be part of the indie craft experience from afar!
Friday May 11th, 2007 04:04 PM
Read about it here!

ICE Rocks!

Indie Craft Documentary Sneak Peak!
Friday April 06th, 2007 04:51 PM
Get Excited ... there is now a sneak peak of the Indie Craft Documentary up on You Tube here. I'm beside myself with excitement ... it really is amazing!

And the official title of the documentary has been revealed - Handmade Nation. You can still lend your support to this huge, important project by shopping here.


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