Today we’re serving up advice and tips from creative business owners to aid in your own creative entrepreneurial journey. To get started, we’ve collected a handful of articles on topics from important business practices to creating a brand that reflects your personality. Start your week with fresh ideas and perspectives on how to get your crafty business up and running!
Looking for a quick, easy and interactive update to your tired craft table? Spoonflower crew member Allison visits the blog to share how she updated her art room table using coloring book inspired Woven Peel and Stick wallpaper!
My three boys—Jackson (8), Dillon (6) and Maddox (4)—just love spending time in our art room. Collectively, it really is our happy place. The old wooden top table in our space has the marker and paint scars to prove it.
I was hailed “Super Mom” the day I revealed the newly-reclaimed art space to the kids and was exalted to “Best Mom in the Whole Wide World” the day they got home from camp to find our dingy tabletop transformed by designer Diane Frazier’s “Color Me Floral” coloring book design on Spoonflower’s Peel and Stick Woven paper.
Note: We found success coloring the paper with Sharpies and other art markers from Staedtler and Uchida.
The maker community is quite an inspiring bunch. We love visiting our local craft fairs to see what creatives in the area are printing and stitching up. Check out a handful of handmade markets happening this summer around the world!
Urban Craft Uprising | Seattle, WA | June 12th & 13th
Renegade Craft Fair | New York: May 18th | Chicago: June 21-22 | LA: July 26-27 | San Francisco: July 19-20
Firefly Handmade | Boulder, CO | July 26 & 27
Handmade Canberra | Canberra ACT | June 7th & 8th
Porter Flea | Nashville, TN | June 7th
Indie Craft Parade | Greenville, SC | September 12-14
Re:Make | San Francisco, CA | September 12 & 13
The Finders Keepers | Sydney: June 6th & 7th | Brisbane: July 5th & 6th | Melbourne: July 25th & 26th
What handmade markets will you be attending this summer?
Our pillowcase dress sew-in and collection drive for a new orphanage in the Philippines was a huge success! With donations rolling in from afar and 47 dresses completed at February's sew-in right here in the Greenhouse, our classroom and community space, we filled two giant boxes with 124 beautifully handmade dresses to send to our friends in charge of building this new orphanage! Carmen Baugh, the organizer of our drive and sew-in, created this excellent tutorial & template to create these dresses if you'd like to make some for any special little girls in your life or an organization close to your heart.
Thank you, Carmen!
Thank you so very much to everyone who contributed to this amazing effort! And a very special thank you to Carmen for organizing, and for those of you who took time to sew and send even more dresses on your own outside of our sew-in. We have never seen so many precious dresses in one place, and we are so happy to know that some little girls in the Philippines will have bright, beautiful, and lovingly-sewn dresses to wear.
With so much gratitude for the generosity of our community,
**Voting for the Staff Challenge starts this Thursday, March 13th!**
It is a Spoonflower employee's most eagerly awaited time of year — the Staff Challenge! Yes, it's the time of year when the tables turn and Spoonies create their own surface designs for the world to judge. Take a peek at what happened behind the scenes last week:
Kelly reacts to this year's challenge.
In previous years we asked team members to create entire projects made from fabric they designed, the outcomes of which included 2012's LED-lit world map and last year's fully quilted Map of Spoonlandia. But we decided that this year we'd try something a little different to both simplify the competition a little and to up the ante.
Janet gets an update on her time remaining!
Ah, spring! A time of rebirth + renewal. If you love the new beginning that a good spring cleaning offers your space, but have a hard time letting go of your favorite unused craft supplies, we’ve got you covered. Start this week with 5 great spring DIYs to give new life to some of the items you just can’t seem to let go.
REPURPOSE a broken sewing machine into a chic + crafty planter for your craft room.
BRIGHTEN your space + showcase your scraps with this simple patchwork pot.
ACCESSORIZE with a bit of spring by creating a tiny thimble garden you can wear.
UPDATE an old folding chair with a new fabric seat.
HANG some greenery by creating a versatile planter from an old embroidery hoop.
With hopes for less cluttered + more inspring crafty spaces this spring,
I don’t know about you, but this week’s winter weather has me wanting to stay inside and wait for spring. While the snow and ice is starting to melt here in North Carolina, I’m still planning to spend my Valentine’s Day cuddled up and warm at home. If you’re staying in too, here are 5 things to inspire a celebration of all things heart shaped and lovey-dovey on Valentine’s Day!
FEAST YOUR EYES on all of the gorgeous heart designs on the Spoonflower Marketplace. Sign into your account to favorite the designs you love to keep track for future projects. I’m loving this Queen of Hearts collection by PennyCandy. The design featured here is Open Your Heart.
FOLD AN ORIGAMI HEART in five different ways. You can use them to embellish a valentine or simply give them to someone you love.
EMBROIDER a handwritten message from the heart.
RAID YOUR PAPER STASH (and perhaps the recycling you’ve avoided taking out in the snow!) to create beautiful, mini heart pinatas.
PRINT THIS PATTERN to create a patchwork anatomical heart and applique to anything you like!
Hope these will keep you from going stir crazy on a Valentine’s Day in!
Have a great weekend,
This past Saturday we invited friends from our local community to the Greenhouse, our classroom and community space here at Spoonflower's Durham HQ, for a Pillowcase Dress Sew-in to support an orphanage just getting started in the Philippines. At the end of the afternoon, we finished 47 beautifully handmade dresses!
We're so excited and inspired that folks from far and wide would like to contribute handmade dresses to this effort! If you'd like to participate remotely, we have all of the details you need here.
Time is ticking away, but it's not too late! A few of our favorite ideas for last minute gifts, festive home DIYs, and unique gift wrapping:
Last minute gifts
DIY dog bandana for your faithful friend | A Pair of Pears
Printable art for framing | Printable randoms on Etsy
Leather photo iPhone case | Country Living
Mismatched cloth napkins | A Beautiful Mess
Dip dye tassel napkin rings | Hank & Hunt
Rosemary place cards | Spoon Fork Bacon
Snowball garland | Two Delighted
Whiskey punch | The Bitten Word
Tree origami | Nurin-Kurin
Instagram gift tags | Say Yes to Hoboken
Furoshiki fabric wrap | Design*Sponge
Pom pom + photo wrap | Cambiando Strada
Printable snow gift wrap | Mr Printables
Printable safari animal gift tags | Sweet Paul