Tagged: handmade

East Coast Crafty Book Tour!

So, as you know, I recently gave notice at my day job. And my new craft business book just came out! One of the things I’m most excited about as I enter the wild world of full-time freelancing is a DIY book tour/road trip I’m doing in September!

Basically, I’m packing up the old Prius and going on the road, talking about craft biz, hanging out with friends and seeing much of the eastern half of the country. I’ve got a lot of gigs lined up, but I’d love to add more! Specifically, I don’t have anything lined up yet for New York City/Brooklyn, upstate New York or Boston yet. (And I’d also love to go to Chicago, Toronto, Detroit, the Southeast, the Northwest — basically everywhere.) Want me to speak at your craft store or event? Email me!

Here’s my in-progress schedule of craft workshops and appearances:

  • Saturday, Sept. 8 — Washington, DC — Summit of Awesome
    I’ll be doing a bookbinding workshop and talking about getting published at this one-day craft business conference!
  • Wednesday, Sept. 12 — Brooklyn, NY — t.b.d. Brooklyn
    I’m putting together a totally informal Creative Business Drinkup! Anyone who’s into creative entrepreneurship is welcome.
  • Saturday, Sept. 15 — Providence, RI — Craftland
    Never been to the smallest state before, so I’m stoked to do my getting published workshop at Craftland. 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 23 — Pittsburgh, PA — WildCard
    Meet-the-author crafty brunch! 12 to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25 — Cleveland, OH — Salty Not Sweet
    Tentative topic: Everything you need to know about craft shows. Details are still being finalized!
  • Saturday, Sept. 29 — Indianapolis, IN — Homespun
    This is going to be a two-hour mega-workshop about using social media and how to get published. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 6 — Columbus, OH — Wholly Craft
    Details are still being finalized!
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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 t-shirts range from $95 to $995, and the sweaters are $1,295 to $2,995.

The Burberry fox bracelet is $650; the owl ring is $425.

Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Natasha bag with sparrow accents is $438.

Tiffany’s cupcake charm pendant in 18k gold on a chain is $1,500. In sterling silver, they’re $300.

Alexander McQueen’s brass-knuckle-topped clutches are $1,995 to $3,270.

And just for fun — DANNIJO’s mustache iPhone case is $98. Totally Etsy.