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State of Making 2017 Highlights

State of Making 2017 Highlights

In you case you missed our The State of Making, I wanted to share a few insights I learned from our guests. This is the second time we've done The State of Making and I learn so much every time-- right along with you guys! OK, so here were my big insights.

Why Shop Handmade: Adrienne Baker-Sieffert and Eunice Charles

Why Shop Handmade: Adrienne Baker-Sieffert and Eunice Charles

This series focuses on why our members shop handmade. The intent is to help give reasons to friends, family and fellow makers for why shopping handmade is so important, especially during the holiday season. I hope you will share and enjoy! .

Why Shop Handmade: Sarah Mandell and Susan Kelley

Why Shop Handmade: Sarah Mandell and Susan Kelley

This series focuses on why our members shop handmade. The intent is to help give reasons to friends, family and fellow makers for why shopping handmade is so important, especially during the holiday season. I hope you will share and enjoy! 

Why Shop Handmade: Wendy Vitzthum and Lana Tarpinian

Why Shop Handmade: Wendy Vitzthum and Lana Tarpinian

This series focuses on why our members shop handmade. The intent is to help give reasons to friends, family and fellow makers for why shopping handmade is so important, especially during the holiday season. I hope you will share and enjoy! 

Why Shop Handmade: Marly Surena-Llorens and Ashley Gries

Why Shop Handmade: Marly Surena-Llorens and Ashley Gries

This series focuses on why our members shop handmade. The intent is to help give reasons to friends, family and fellow makers for why shopping handmade is so important, especially during the holiday season. I hope you will share and enjoy!

WHY SHOP Handmade: Erin Hall and Wendy Vitzthum

WHY SHOP Handmade: Erin Hall and Wendy Vitzthum

This series focuses on why our members shop handmade. The intent is to help give reasons to friends, family and fellow makers for why shopping handmade is so important, especially during the holiday season. I hope you will share and enjoy!

AHAS Member Black Friday and Holiday Promotions 2016

AHAS Member Black Friday and Holiday Promotions 2016

Sick of the big-box hype on Black Friday weekend? After Thanksgiving, skip the malls and shop from people that are impacted by every single order! We've assembled deals our members our offering...feel free to add your own in the comments and send this link on to friends and family look to shop from artisans. We think it's important we all promote shopping handmade together!

Why Shop Handmade: Holly Marsh of MarshMueller and Alexandra Andrade

Why Shop Handmade: Holly Marsh of MarshMueller and Alexandra Andrade

This series focuses on why our members shop handmade. The intent is to help give reasons to friends, family and fellow makers for why shopping handmade is so important, especially during the holiday season. I hope you will share and enjoy!

Why Shop Local- The Craft of Giving

Why Shop Local- The Craft of Giving

Today's post comes from Isaac Watson. He is a Portland-based community organizer, event planner, and founder of Maker’s Nation—a nonprofit providing business education and support for the maker community, and a strategic programming partner with AHAS. He’s passionate about finding your people, building lasting relationships, and thinking about the big picture for your small business. He also designs and produces world-class conference and community experiences for small business champions including author Chris Guillebeau and business strategist Tara Gentile.

Roll Call! Members at Holiday Shows 2016

The holidays are here and with it a lot of shows for holiday shopping! Our members will be at the shows below-- if you are vending or attending, feel free to say hello to them and connect. I would also love to know which shows you will be at this spring-- let us know in the comments. 

Shows noted with * are members

Winter Gift Market (Denver, CO) November 10th-12th

Jess Moore: Simple and Sylvan

The Assembly Show at The Art Gallery of Burlington (Burlington Ontario, Canada) November 12th

Adrienne Baker-Sieffert: Refluff

Lebanon Band Booster Craft Fair (Lebanon, IL) November 12th

Susan Kelley: Novel Idea Crafts

Art Crawl Experience (Anaheim, CA) November 12th

Caroline Chen: Morning Blossom Studio

Houston Mini Maker Faire (Houston, TX) November 12th-13th

Amy Davis: Monster Dance Designs

Pottery Barn at University Village (Pop-Up) (Seattle, WA) November 12th-13th

Jill Rachel Evans: Hapertas and Co.

Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District Holiday Bazaar (Parachute, CO) November 12th-13th

Lisa Kraft-Parsons: Halfpint Naturals

Jackalope Art Fair (Pasadena, CA) November 12th-13th

Ninna Flebbe: Ninotchka Goods

Siren Nation Art & Craft Sale (Portland, OR) November 13th

Ann Cosgrove: acbc Design

Show of Hands (Chicago, IL) November 19th-20th

Ashley Gries: Casa & Co.

Llewellyn Holiday Market (Portland, OR) November 19th

Ann Cosgrove: acbc Design

Parachute Battlement Mesa Holiday Bazaar (Parachute,CO) November 19th

Lisa Kraft-Parsons: Halfpint Naturals

Makeology at The Museum of Steam and Technology (Hamilton Ontario,CA) November 19th

Adrienne Baker-Sieffert: Refluff

Shop Small Market at the Airbnb Open LA Event (Los Angeles, CA) November 19th

Stacy Wong: Stacy Wong Handmade

Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash (Dallas, TX) November 19th

Amy Davis: Monster Dance Designs

Snohomish Holiday Market (Snohomish, WA) November 19th-20th

Jill Rachel Evans: Hapertas and Co.

Sugar Plum Bazaar (Denver, CO) November 19th-20th

Jess Moore: Simple and Sylvan

American Legion Craft Fair (New Baden, IL) November 20th

Susan Kelley: Novel Idea Crafts

Holiday Bazaar @ Lost & Found Beer Garden (Oakland, CA) November 20th

Jamie Jackson: Hey Jamie J

Holiday Popup @ Zinc Details (San Francisco, CA) November 20th

Shielaugh Divelbiss: Laughing Devil Designs LLC

One Of A Kind Show at the Enercare Centre (Toronto, Canada) November 24th to December 4th

Adrienne Baker-Sieffert: Refluff

Popup @ West Elm (San Diego, CA) November 25th 

Gregory Jueneman: Baltic & Pine

Two Rivers Convention Center Craft Fair (Grand Junction, CO) November 25th-26th

Lisa Kraft-Parsons: Halfpint Naturals

Seaside Holiday Gift Fair (Seaside, OR) November 25th-27th

Holly Marsh: Marshmueller

Blue Genie Art Bazaar (Austin, TX) November 25th to December 24th

Amy Davis: Monster Dance Designs

SF Etsy Indie Holiday Emporium (San Francisco, CA) November 26th-27th

Adwoa Grier: Adwoa Design
Shielaugh Divelbiss: Laughing Devil Designs LLC

The Seattle Collective (Seattle, WA) November 27th

Jill Rachel Evans: Hapertas and Co.

Patchwork (Santa Ana, CA) November 27th

Leah Shapi: Leartista
Ninna Flebbe: Ninotchka Goods

OHSU Center for Developmental Health Holiday Bazaar (Portland, OR) November 29th

Ann Cosgrove: acbc Design

One of a Kind Show (Chicago, IL) December 1st-4th

Ashley Gries: Casa & Co.

Lavender Association of Western Colorado Artisan Craft Fair (Grand Junction, CO) December 3rd

Lisa Kraft-Parsons: Halfpint Naturals

Montera Craft Fair (Oakland, CA) December 3rd

Shielaugh Divelbiss: Laughing Devil Designs LLC

Urban Air Market (Portland, OR) December 3rd-4th

Jill Rachel Evans: Hapertas and Co.

Unique LA (Downtown LA, CA) December 3rd-4th

Gregory Jueneman: Baltic & Pine
Christina Livesey: Fair Skies Design
Caroline Chen: Morning Blossom Studio

Stacy Wong: Stacy Wong Handmade
Robin Soltis: Scotch and Cream

Riverdale Grade School Holiday Market (Portland, OR) December 3rd

Ann Cosgrove: acbc Design

Laurelhurst Winter Bazaar (Portland, OR) December 4th

Ann Cosgrove: acbc Design

SF Bazaar Holiday Nightlife (San Francisco, CA) December 8th

Jamie Jackson: Hey Jamie J

Mermade Market (Dana Point, CA) December 8th

Gregory Jueneman: Baltic & Pine

Christkindl Winter Market (Denver, CO) December 10th

Lisa Kraft-Parsons: Halfpint Naturals

Holiday Night Market (Anaheim, CA) December 10th

Arielle Rassel: Lemesto

Bitchcraft Winter Faire ( Los Angeles, CA) December 10th

Emily Burton: Dutch Hollow General

Renegade Craft (Los Angeles, CA) December 10th-11th

Gregory Jueneman: Baltic & Pine
Caroline Chen: Morning Blossom Studio
Stacy Wong: Stacy Wong Handmade

Georgetown Art Attack (Seattle, WA) December 10th

Jill Rachel Evans: Hapertas and Co.

Crafty Wonderland (Portland, OR) December 10th-11th

Holly Marsh: Marshmueller

Makeology Pop Up The Art Gallery of Burlington (Burlington, Canada) December 10th

Adrienne Baker-Sieffert: Refluff

Sunset Mercantile (San Francisco, CA) December 11th

Shielaugh Divelbiss: Laughing Devil Designs LLC

Amazon Holiday Market (Seattle, WA) December 15th

Jill Rachel Evans: Hapertas and Co.

Elm Street Holiday Market (East Aurora, NY) December 17th

Amber John: Ink & Matter

PETA'S Holiday Kind Market (Los Angeles, CA) December 17th

Stacy Wong: Stacy Wong Handmade

Artists and Fleas (Venice, CA) December 24th

Emily Burton: Dutch Hollow General

My Year in Making: Staci of Crafty Staci

My Year in Making: Staci of Crafty Staci

This is our last week for The State of Making: An Online Summit! It has been a phenomenal time and if you missed any of it, the replays are up... but only if you register! Make sure you don't miss the last two sessions, too.

With this summit, we are featuring the stories of maker and their years leading up to the summit. Today's post looks at the year for maker and #ahasmember Staci of Crafti Staci. She's learned a lot about niching, timing and listening to what the numbers say. Enjoy!  

Holiday Sales Mistake #6: Not Taking Care of Yourself

Holiday Sales Mistake #6: Not Taking Care of Yourself

Today's last post in our series of Holiday Sales Mistakes you might be making. It's also part of 6 Days of Handmade Business Holiday Giveaway. So today is the last day for a chance to win a Maker Business Tool Bundle (scroll to the bottom to enter!). Hey, your business deserves a gift too! ;)

 

Holiday Sales Mistake #5: No Visual Change in Shop

Holiday Sales Mistake #5: No Visual Change in Shop

Today's post is the fifth in our series of Holiday Sales Mistakes you might be making. It's also part of 6 Days of Handmade Business Holiday Giveaway. That means you'll be getting blog posts like this one for six days (until Saturday), PLUS a chance to win a Maker Business Tool Bundle (scroll to the bottom to enter!). Hey, your business deserves a gift too! ;)

HOLIDAY SALES MISTAKE #3: Where's Your Sign?

HOLIDAY SALES MISTAKE #3: Where's Your Sign?

Today's post is the third in our series of Holiday Sales Mistakes you might be making. It's also part of 6 Days of Handmade Business Holiday Giveaway. That means you'll be getting blog posts like this one for six days (until Saturday), PLUS a chance to win a Maker Business Tool Bundle (scroll to the bottom to enter!). Hey, your business deserves a gift too! ;)