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 what the next trend is going to be in the Etsy scene, look no further.
It’s hard to distill three weeks of traveling into one blog post. This road trip was a great entry into freelance life, but it’s crazy how fast it went. Living out of one suitcase became totally normal; staying in motion became instinctive. Every city had friends for me to see, things to do and places to go. I went into nearly every Barnes & Noble along my route to sign copies of my book.
Highlights of my trip include: Weathering a big storm during the Summit of Awesome in DC; seeing my great-aunt in Maryland; going to my good friend’s baby shower in NJ-suburban Philadelphia; hanging out with Mikey and Melissa in Philly; seeing PSY in Soho on the street; crashing with Karin and Ben in Bushwick; meeting up with Amy for drinks at Lavender Lake; stopping in Providence for an afternoon; lots of home cooking with Summer in Somerville, MA; doing research at the Corning Museum of Glass; going to the zine fair in Pittsburgh; getting Wendy’s for my grandma in Cleveland; seeing my buddy JT and his band Paper Route in Canton; and hanging out with my family back home. PHEW.
Big ups to Jessica and Michael for suggesting that I get an EZpass before going on the road — it saved me so much time on that East Coast corridor between DC and Boston. And I have to say that New York City driving was less terrible than I expected. I think driving in Pittsburgh prepared me for it pretty well.
These are the awesome handmade/craft shops I visited:
- by brooklyn in carroll gardens
- craftland in providence, RI
- magpie in somerville, MA
- wildcard in pittsburgh
- salty not sweet in cleveland
Whoo! The Summit of Awesome in Washington, DC, was awesome, and now I’m working my way up the East Coast, signing my book Crafty Superstar wherever I find it. I’ve added a few more events to my lineup — here’s the list of upcoming craft workshops and appearances:
- Wednesday, Sept. 12 — Brooklyn, NY — t.b.d. Brooklyn
I’m putting together a totally informal Creative Business Drinkup in Greenpoint! Anyone with a creative biz 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.
- Monday, Sept. 17 — Somerville, MA — Magpie
Come hang out with me for a crafty happy hour in this hipster craft store outside Boston from 5 to 7 p.m.!
- Sunday, Sept. 23 — Pittsburgh, PA — WildCard
Meet-the-author crafty brunch from 12 to 2 p.m.
- Tuesday, Sept. 25 — Cleveland, OH — Salty Not Sweet
A workshop on everything you need to know about craft shows (plus drinks and snacks!) 5 to 6 p.m. RSVP here!
- Saturday, Sept. 29 — Indianapolis, IN — Homespun
A two-hour mega-workshop about using social media and how to get published. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
- Sunday, Oct. 7 — Columbus, OH — Wholly Craft
I’m doing a session on social media strategies for craft businesses and hanging out 2 to 3:30pm.
I am so stoked to be involved with the CraftCamp at SXSW Interactive next week! I was going to be there for my job anyway, but then I found out that Willo was organizing a craft-centric event, and I just had to be part of it. The schedule is still being finalized, but here’s an overview of the things that’ll be going on:
- Etsy shop tuneups
- Sessions on how to design and print fabric, be more productive, price your work and get more publicity
- Advice on getting capital for your business and dealing with taxes
- A panel discussion on what discount sites mean for the handmade community
- And happy hours with free beer each day!
We’ll be getting crafty on Sunday, March 11, and Monday, March 12 in the Presentation Tent of Palm Park. You can add it to your Facebook calendar here. I hope if you’re already coming to SXSW you’ll stop by and check out CraftCamp! (FYI: If you haven’t already registered, badges are still available, but hotels in Austin are totally sold out.)
Crafty business conferences are popping up all over the place! I’ll be appearing at some of these; all are certified awesome:
June 4-5: Midwest Craft Caucus, Columbus, OH
August 5-7: Conference of Creative Entrepreneurs, San Francisco, CA
Sept. 23-25: Schoolhouse Craft, Seattle, WA
Oct. 20-22: Summit of Awesome, Baltimore, MD
Just about two months after its release, Crafty Superstar is sold out! I got word this week that it’s going into a second printing very soon to meet demand.
I am absolutely blown away and so overjoyed that my book has found a place in so many people’s homes. Thank YOU for supporting me and my book! (If you still haven’t gotten a copy, I still have some signed copies left that you can order here!)