It's been quite a year and we can't believe 2015 is already drawing to a close! Our community has accomplished so much together in these last 12 months, from contest wins to the launching of Sprout Patterns, to the opening of hundreds of shops with promising new designers to explore. Take a walk down memory lane with us as we recount some of our favorite highlights of 2015!
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Have you heard? Spoonflower will soon be shipping from Berlin! Today's post comes from marketing team member Allie as she reflects on her time spent in Berlin!
After 15 hours of traveling, Sam (from our printing department) and I arrived in Berlin to be greeted by Spoonflower's director Stephanie inside Tegel airport in Berlin. With new cell phones and transit cards exchanged, we were off to find our way in the city. This was my first trip to Germany, a place I'm now thrilled to call home.
The lovely little cafe Vabrique next door
The past few weeks have flown by as I've continued the search for crafty folks, planned a Meetup with local Berliners and talked through ideas for getting our shipping facility up and running!
We even had the chance to catch up with all the new hires at the time for a traditional German meal (in a castle!). It was an international affair celebrating the start of a team with folks from the UK, Australia, Denmark and, of course, the US!
Just before heading stateside for the holidays, I invited folks from the area in for a night of crafting and community. I took a few minutes to talk about Spoonflower and our plans for Germany, and then there was time for people to ask questions and share conversations about all things creative and fabric related. We had a small hand embroidery project for folks to work on throughout the night. It was really lovely to spend time crafting with local makers while chatting about all the crafty happenings around Berlin.
Spending four weeks exploring Berlin has been incredibly exciting, and I'm so excited for what's to come. Here's to a new adventure for the Spoonflower crew!
This year, the newly formed volunteerism committee here at Spoonflower decided to sponsor a family for the holidays. Spoonflower staff member Kelly B. is here to tell the story of how we paired up with the Volunteer Center of Durham and received a family of 6: two boys, three girls and Mom. Their requests were modest and the Spoonflower gang overwhelmingly sprang to action in an effort to spoil them as much as we possibly could!
The project started with making a tree. I found a tutorial that we modified and covered with Spoonflower’s woven peel and stick wallpaper!
We used Simple Triangles – Kelly Green by Andrea Lauren, Aztec in Green by Little Arrow Design, Triangle Tree – Kelly Green by Andrea Lauren, and Mod Grain – Grays by Third Half Studios for the trunk!
Next, we added ornaments with items that the family requested written on them. All of Spoonflower were invited to choose an item to donate. I was moved by the response to this effort and the generosity and love that everyone brought forward.
The volunteerism committee gathered in The Greenhouse one evening after work to wrap all of the presents in Spoonflower gift wrap. Luckily, we work with a band of creative souls and all of the gifts were stunning!
Thank you to all of the Spoonflower employees for the outpouring of support, my cup runneth over with spoon-love!
We'd love to hear what all of you are doing this holiday season to support your local communities. Please do share your "giving story" with us in the comments below!
Did you know that for the past 2 months, Spoonflower has been a donation location for the 2015 Softies for Mirabel handmade toy drive? While the Mirabel Foundation may be located down under in Australia, Spoonflower customers and employees were happy to help contribute to this worthy cause to support a Mirabel child. This year, we were overwhelmed by your support and we can't thank you enough! Today, join Spoonflower team member Meredith as she shows you more about the 95 softies donated to the Spoonflower HQ before they venture off to Australia to meet their forever home!
It was a crafternoon full of joy and cheer in the Spoonflower Greenhouse during the holiday party for local community members earlier this month! From cardboard yarn ornaments just for the kids and wreaths created from fabric scraps, the day was spent crafting festive projects with friends. The holiday spirit of giving was in the air with a handful of donations to the Softies for Mirabel handmade toy drive!
Yarn ornaments, fabric wreaths, and gift bags made from Spoonflower gift wrap were a big hit with even our youngest party goers!
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Have you checked off everyone on your shopping list, but the thought of wrapping all those gifts is giving you the chills? With the Greenhouse holiday party on Saturday, December 5th, there’s no need to feel stressed! Come celebrate a crafty year at Spoonflower with the Greenhouse community while enjoying light snacks and refreshments, a gift wrapping station, and make-and-take projects!
We’ve got you covered with all the gift wrapping supplies you could need to transform your presents to Lia Griffith status. Enough hot cocoa to warm your belly and even a Spoonflower Handbook Giveaway for those who made the nice list this year! New to Spoonflower? We’d love to show you around our headquarters. With kid-friendly crafts, make it a Saturday with the family or escape from the holiday madness at home and turn it into a friends' day out!
We’ll also be collecting toys for the Softies for Mirabel project, so bring any soft toys you’ve knitted, crocheted or sewn and we’ll ship them to the collection center in Australia. More details for our Softies for Mirabel Handmade Toy Drive can be found here.)
To RSVP to the holiday party and see more details, check out the Meetup page. We hope to see you in the Greenhouse this December!
Photo by Devon Hicks
When it comes to your holiday shopping, do you find yourself searching for the perfect indie market or craft fair to help check off names on your shopping list? If you’re like Spoonflower team member Meredith who finds herself searching local craft shows for the perfect gift this time of year, you’ll love to learn more about today’s indie craft fair spotlight, Crafty Feast! Get the inside scoop from Crafty Feast director Rachel Carter, and jellykoe and Mums n Posies, two artists who are utilizing Spoonflower’s custom printing process for this year’s market.
In 2014, Rachel Carter was interning with public relations firm Flock and Rally with a main focus of working alongside the founder of Crafty Feast, Debi Schadel. This year, Rachel has jumped into the role as director for the event and will be leading the show! Looking forward to the unique show, her favorite part about the event is interacting with the artists.
Rachel: They are always so excited and grateful to be a part of the event, which makes all the time involved in planning logistics and marketing totally worth it. It’s also fun getting to watch Columbia’s art scene grow, and I love being able to play a small part in that.