craft trends for 2013

Two years ago, my friend Paul and I created CRAFTSarethenewCRAFTS.com, an indie craft trend generator inspired by Barack Obama is Your New Bicycle. We decided to give the site a fresh update for 2013, with new craft trends and a new look. (Helvetica is so hot right now.) So if you're trying to figure out… Continue reading craft trends for 2013

giveaway: 2013 etsy dayplanner!

Etsy surprised me with an envelope full of goodies recently, and included in it was this gorgeous 2013 calendar/planner. So cute! The chipboard cover looks letterpressed with gold filigree, and the insides are well-designed, too. I already have a 2013 dayplanner started (Paperblanks forever), but I can't let this beauty go to waste! Leave a… Continue reading giveaway: 2013 etsy dayplanner!

last-minute gift ideas for crafters and makers

Still trying to wrap up your Christmas shopping? I'm nearly done, but I know it can be hard to buy for the makers, designers and crafters in your life. After all, what could you give them that they couldn't just make themselves? My guide has 7 places to get gifts sure to please any crafty… Continue reading last-minute gift ideas for crafters and makers

Can I Get in Trouble for Selling Crafts Based on Popular Characters?

Can you make things that look like copyrighted characters and sell them on Etsy? My friend is making really cool Oscar the Grouch hats, but could she can get in trouble for selling them? As a general rule, you shouldn't sell crafts with any character, image or logo that's not your own. Etsy can and will… Continue reading Can I Get in Trouble for Selling Crafts Based on Popular Characters?

the etsyfication of high fashion

It's no secret that the handmade aesthetic has become huge in the last five years. But this year, specifically, craft trends have  influenced high fashion brands. Burberry is especially keen on Etsy-esque motifs, but they're not the only ones. It all makes a crafter wanna multiply her prices by 10... Burberry's line of owl and bird… Continue reading the etsyfication of high fashion