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Urban Fashion Network Birthday Bash…be there! August 18, 2008

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My good friend, Tarah Perini of wrote with the great news that she is a new “reader blogger” over at the Seattle PI’s online website! How cool is that? She’s writing about all sorts of fashion-y things like this post about StyleScout. Super cool. Then, upon looking over her Seattle PI reader blogger home page on the site, I saw that she put some links to my blog here AND my site! How totally awesome is that? Seeing my stuff in “print” never gets old, I tell ya. Thanks Tarah!

For those of you who don’t know, you really should check it out. Tarah has created an amazing resource for designers — especially those based in Seattle. She runs a monthly Featured Designer column on the site (I was the Featured Designer in April! :) If you click on the “Boutique” section, you’ll find a drop-down list of ALL the local areas with lists of shops and boutiques that INCLUDE the buyer’s name and contact information! If you are a creative/designer & small business owner, this list will be invaluable when it comes to finding stores to carry your work!

UFN is celebrating its First Birthday this Friday, August 22nd too! Tarah always throws a fantastic bash, so you need to be sure to be there for this one! Here’s all the info you need:

Click on the pic to go to the UFN site!
Click on the pic to go to the UFN site!


Showcase Tacoma — this weekend! August 8, 2008

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Showcase Tacoma - August 8 & 9, 2008

EtsyRAIN will be represented by:


EtsyRAIN’s 1st Birthday! August 1, 2008

Last year at this time, I was busy bugging Carrie ( to post ideas for events, coffee get togethers and meetings for the newly formed EtsyRAIN Meetup. A few weeks (days?) later, Carrie made me an Assistant Organizer so I could quit bugging her and put my many ideas to work…smart gal!

Eventually, Carrie got so super-busy building her business, raising the ever-so-adorable Finn and other Mom-type stuff, she handed over the Organizer role to me…and I’ve been LOVEing every minute of it!

Since the Edmonds show, we’ve had a lot of events that have kept me busy (and away from blogging…so sorry about that!) Such as…

Inter-EtsyRAIN Swap & Shop

Inter-EtsyRAIN Swap & Shop - June 8, 2008

I realized that even though we are oftentimes at the same craft show events, we’re usually so busy selling our own stuff that we never have time to actually buy each other’s work! The answer – The Inter-EtsyRAIN Shop/Swap! Everyone brought some leftover craft supplies, some samples of their own work, displayed it on tables and had a great time talking, shopping and swapping goodies without the interruption of “customers”…a good time was had by all!

Ballard Senior Center Show

Ballard Senior Center Show - June 28, 2008

The Ballard Senior Center/EtsyRAIN Craft Show was fantastic…our second-ever EtsyRAIN produced member’s only show! We had about 25 vendors and the Ballard Senior Center had a BBQ fundraiser. It brought some much needed awareness of the center to the local community and we had a great time too!

Tote2Go! at Mill Creek - July 12 & 13, 2008

Tote2Go! at Mill Creek - July 12 & 13, 2008

A few weeks later, a bunch of EtsyRAIN members had their own booths at the Mill Creek Festival — ArtbyNorm, RozsSaxSeattle, WovenChains and WorldofWhimm were nearby…and ItsMadeAtHome / TomatoTomato were just down the row. With so many familiar faces around, it turned out to be a great show.

Upcoming EtsyRAIN events include collaborative booths at Showcase Tacoma on August 8th & 9th and GreenEdmonds on September 13th as well as a big EtsyRAIN show at St. Edward State Park in Kenmore on October 12th!

There is SO much more to share…but that will have to wait for another day.

For those EtsyRAIN members who are reading this…Happy 1st Birthday to you! After all, YOU are the reason EtsyRAIN is so successful and I appreciate your support and participation in all of our events and our message board. We’re coming up on some great things…be sure to stay informed! :)

Go EtsyRAIN Go!!!


Busy Busy Busy… June 18, 2008

I’ve been running around like mad trying to get all the things on my “to do” list done!

My parents are coming into town on from the 20th through the 26th, so I’m desperately trying to get my very messy apartment in some sort of presentable order. Not an easy task at any time of the year…but I have to give it a try – six days is just long enough notice that faint line of dust on the edge of the cabinet. <sigh>

In addition to all of that, I’m also trying to finish up preparations for EtsyRain’s next self-produced crafts show in Ballard! There are signs to make, postcards to distribute and last-minute advertising to be sent…

24 artists will be showing their work for the first time in Ballard!
Come on down, buy some cool stuff and set a spell for some home-style barbecue with
the folks from the little-known local community center – Ballard NWSC

It’s gonna be lots of fun! :)


Where does the time go? June 7, 2008

Filed under: blogging,creative,design,words — imakecutestuff @ 2:30 am
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So much has happened since my last post…and honestly, I don’t know where to begin (again). So, instead, I’ll share photos of these gigantic as-big-as-a-baby’s-head amazingly beautiful poppies that were growing in a raised bed roadside garden in beautiful Ballard, WA…

I currently have this last one—>
as my desktop background…I love it!
That red-orange glow just makes me smile.
Hey, would you like to use it as your desktop too?
You would? Well, let me know by leaving a comment and I’ll send you the full-sized version of it for your desktop for free!
Why? Because I like you :)

Here’s hoping for more sun very soon! ::: crossing fingers :::


Puget Sound Indie Arts (PSIA) Art & Craft Show in Edmonds, WA May 9, 2008

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Puget Sound Indie Arts (PSIA) Art & Craft Show @ ArtWorks in Edmonds, WA
Saturday May 10, 2008 – 9:30am to 4:30pm

Oh Boy! There’s nothing better than a craft show. Well…unless that craft show is handing out FREE “swag” bags. Not just ANY swag bags either…these are totally Handmade Bags Stuffed FULL of Handmade Goodies from Puget Sound artists! The catch? Only the first 50 customers through the door will get one, so you’d better be there when we open at 9:30am!

Can’t make it to the show by 9:30am? Well, you’re in luck! Once an hour, we’ll be giving a “Super Swag Bag” away to a lucky shopper (you must be present to win).

Yep. That sounds like a winning combination to me.
Wanna check it out? What? You’ll *think* about it? Hm…did you see the word FREE up there? Yeah…you want to be there…I saw the swag bags and the stuff that’s in them…You DEFINITELY want to be there! :)

Here’s a complete list of the artists who will bet there:

Sweetpeacardgifts – she’s the organized this show!
Imakecutestuff <- That’s Me!
Please stop by and say hello!
Super-Secret Just-For-You Bonus:
Mention this post and I’ll give you a free gift with any Tote2Go! purchase
(More FREE stuff!? Wowee! Now you HAVE to be there :)