– the blog

all about the cute stuff

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

Filed under: blogging,design — imakecutestuff @ 6:35 pm
Tags: , , , ,

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!


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!!!