Handmade City at Steeple Square!


Here it is, the amazing vendor list for our upcoming holiday event Nov. 19, 2016 from 10am-5pm at Steeple SquareAs usual, we have a great collection of makers ready to take over the Steeple for Handmade City!

Whoa Nelli
Allison Fretheim Ceramics
Aaron Butcher Art
Sentio Soaps
Wild Cherry Spoon Co.
Warm Fuzzies
Wandering Mail
Kimberly Pierce Jewelry
Daydream Illustration
J.Mac Photography
Wild Iris
The Compost Pile
Caveworks Press & Studios
Dapper Dodo Designs
Stoned Art
C.D. Zine
Simply Maggie Made
40 Stout
Teeny Weeny Toys
Breitbach Garden Art


HMC9 – Handmade City Holiday at the Figge Art Museum

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Here it is, the amazing vendor list for our upcoming holiday event Dec. 5, 2015 from 10am-5pm at the Figge art museum. As usual, we have a great collection of makers ready to take over another venue for Handmade City!

Wild Cherry Spoon Co.
Genevra Ball

Bent river
Mumm’s Mud
Crafted QC
The green lilac
Hartley studio
Kk peirce design
Laura loves cute
Made community
Wandering mail
Crosswinds farm
Kettle art
The Artery
Siberian Soap Co.
Leo & Lola 
Warm Fuzzies
Mama K’s
Fashion Funward
Pink Dandelion
Wiley Bandz
Pajama Love
Erica Parrott
Obvious Front
Enamored Woods
Whoa Nelli
Farm Glass

Sponsored by FIGGE Art Museum (our venue) and Crafted QC. Special shout out to Shutterbooth.com for providing sweet pics.

HMC8 – Handmade City Holiday 2014

1799973_788575131199194_212422759691038865_o Our upcoming Holiday 2014 event is going to be bonkers! We have over 40 super talented vendors and will be setting up shop downtown Davenport inside the historic Freight House. The Freight House is home to the Quad Cities Food Hub and the Front Street Brewery Tap Room. During our event you can shop handmade gifts, organic food products and enjoy locally crafted beer all in one stop! Handmade City pairing with these two local organizations makes for a great shopping experience! We have added our amazing vendor list below as well as a little info about the Food Hub & Front Street. Help us encourage our community to support handmade artisans. Share our site and Facebook event! Check back here and on Facebook for more information very soon.

Event Details:

Saturday, December 13, 2014 2pm–7pm
At the Freight House – 421 W River Drive, Davenport, Iowa
we will have a DJ and some live music, as well as a few giveaways and special surprises!

This year’s awesome vendors:

Warm Fuzzies – Upcycled sweater mittens
Genevra Bell – Cute Illustrations
Twisted By Design – Wire Jewelry
Oh My Ganache – Unique confections
Bliss Joy Bull – Women’s Clothing & Accessories
Pajama Love – Crocheted animals + other curiosities
Earth Faeries – Soaps, perfumes and accessories
BoBo Originals – Collage Art
Crosswinds Farms – Hand-spun Yarn
Adventure Orange– Awesome Handmades
Hartley Studio – Handmade sterling silver & gold jewelry
Farm Genevieve – Hand Spun Yarn
Iron Leaf Press – Letterpress Goods
Arctic Summer – Knit & crochet hats and accessories
Two Gems – Handmade Jewelry
Lil Squeeks – handmade thingys for pets & their people
Red Door Press – Letterpress Goods
Deb’s Dreamy Pillows – Sewn Accessories
Leo & Lola – children’s & women’s clothing
Fashion Funward _ Zipper Accessories
Johnnie Cluney – Artwork & Prints
Laura Palmer – Stationery
Print & Clay – Ceramics Dolls by Emily – handmade dolls Wandering Mail – chain-mail jewelry
Esther’s Envy – Crocheted Goods
Gallery 114 – Artwork & Prints
Wasted – Upcycled home goods
Ladynoble – artwork & jewelry
Made – Handmade Jewelry
Abernathy’s – vintage, handmade clothing
Bent River Bobbins – Sewn Accessories
Mumm’s Mud – Pottery
The Green Lilac – Kids Accessories
Darn it, Sew What – Sewn home goods & accessories
Casting Crew – Garden goods
BRIKA – Handmade decor & accessories
Garden Variety Soaps – Soaps & Scents
Laura Loves Cute – Paper cuttings
Enamored Woods – Wood Decor
ARTery – Pottery
Fuzzy Bums – Upcycled Sweater Accessories
Whoa Nelli – All Natural home & personal Care

Freight House Residents:

Quad Cities Food Hub – A sustainable local food system fostered through community partnership. A bi-state initiative – the Quad Cities Food Hub connects farmers and consumers in Iowa and Illinois in effort to augment regional local food production and consumption. The organization is part of a network of Regional Food System Working Groups in the state of Iowa.

Front Stree Brewery – The oldest brew pub in the state of Iowa, is nestled beautifully along the bank of the Mighty Mississippi. It has served the fine the QCA for over 22 years. It’s where Davenport and thousands of visitors from other cities come for great times, great food and fabulous brews made right on the premises in Front Street’s Brewery.

HMC7 – Handmade City Holiday 2013!


We are looking forward to our next event! Over 30 vendors will set up shop in downtown Davenport inside the Sky Bridge. Check out our awesome vendor list below and help us spread the word by sharing our site and facebook event! We will be posting more details about our holiday event very soon so check back! Until then, happy crafting!

Rise Above leathers – Handmade leather goods
Warm Fuzzies – Upcycled sweater mittens
Tiny Yellow Key Designs – handmade vintage inspired jewelry
Oh My Ganache – unique confections
Pajama Love – crocheted animals + other curiosities
Earth Faeries – soaps, perfumes and accessories
Helena Sophia – pillow monsters, taggie blankets, handspun yarn
Totes & Toggles – handmade bags and clutches
Phono Orange & Olive – letterpress goods
Adventure Orange– Awesome Handmades
Hartley Studio – handmade sterling silver & gold jewelry
Jillians World – duct tape crafts
Artistic Red  Plush monsters, acrylic paintings & prints
Arctic Summer – knit & crochet hats and accessories
Dancin Daisies – handcrafted soaps, lotions, lotion bars, sugar scrubs
Bent River Bobbins – cute & functional sewn accessories
Lil Squeeks – handmade thingys for pets & their people
Kettle Art – paintings using wood & canvas
Mighty Miss –  handmade kid skirts & shorts
Leo & Lola – children’s & women’s clothing
Night owl bliss – sewn accessories
Papercut Stationery – custom notes, invitations & paper goods
Leah Leah – art and knits
Jen Swift Art – art & decor
Glass by sue – handmade glass jewelry
Systir wares – unique homegoods & jewelry
Dolls by Emily – handmade dolls
Wandering Mail – chain-mail jewelry
Studio 2 – terrariums, art, prints, jewelry
Blue owl – artwork & prints
General Assembly Tees – screened t-shirts
Ladynoble – artwork & jewelry
Fever Candle – handmade candles
Darling Dees Diapers – handmade diapers
Abernathy’s – vintage, handmade clothing

HMC6 Vendors Announced!


Get excited because this an awesome vendor line-up!! Our biggest show yet as we host over 30 mega-talented indie arts & craft vendors all in one sweet venue- the Davenport Sky Bridge! Handmade City 6 is gonna be amazing!

Bent River Bobbins – cute & functional sewn accessories
Tiny Yellow Key Designs – handmade vintage inspired jewelry
Pajama Love – huggable sock dolls, crocheted animals + other curiosities
Oh My Ganache – unique confections
B2 – handmade whimsical bags
Unforgiven – vintage, handmade clothing
Driftwood – handmade jewelry
Sweet William Handmade – modern, hand-crocheted jewelry & accessories
J.Bird Stitch – one of kind handmade sewn items
Hartley Studio – handmade sterling silver & gold jewelry
Lil Squeeks – handmade thingys for pets & their people
Kettle Art – paintings using wood & canvas
Beck’s Buttons – buttons & jewelry
Eden Accessories – women’s hand-made hair accessories
Decadence – reconstructed jewelry for men & women
Helena Sophia – pillow monsters, taggie blankets, handspun yarn
Miss Maehem’s Accessories – fun & colorful accessories
Papercake Creations – handmade notebooks, journals & cards
Pawty Dawg Treats – exquisite and healthy doggy treats
Artistic Red Plush monsters, acrylic paintings & prints
Made with Delight – children’s hats & accessories
Midnight Kat Productions – wearable art jewelry
B.A.B.E – Unique one of a kind jewelry
the Crying Studio – handmade origami accessories
Cathy’s Creative Crafts – knitted scarves
Photography by Tassy – photography
The Pink Dandelion – chic boutique packaging & photo accessories
Marc Hans Showalter –  mixed media artwork
MightyMiss – handmade kid skirts & shorts
Ladynoble – artwork & jewelry

HMC6 Spring 2013 Event


APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN TIL MARCH 31! We will be posting the vendor here on list April 8! For more information on applying click HERE. We are super excited to be hosting an event in the Downtown Davenport Sky Bridge, it is a great space and we think you will love it! Stay tuned, this will be a really fun event!

HMC @ ICEstravaganza! January 27, from 12-6pm

Well wasn’t long after our last show ended that Downtown Davenport Partnership asked if we would be interested in being a part of their “ICEstravaganza” festival this January. A long holiday cleaning up our craft spaces, sending out our thanks to all who helped with HMC5 plus a few emails & calls later and… Voila! HMC will be taking over the Sky Bridge in Downtown Davenport (2nd Street, between Brady & Main) during “ICEstravaganza” on July 27th, from 12pm–6pm!

Join us for some handmade shopping and loads of fun family filled activities including our HMC make&take Valentine craft table, ice skating!, free giveaways, hot cocoa and more! Please invite all your friends. This is a family friendly event with lots of fun things to keep kids AND adults occupied on an otherwise boring winter day! Keep up-to-date with us on Facebook and visit our Event Page HERE. We will be posting more great pics and details here on our site as we near closer to the date! Happy Crafting!

HMC @ "ICEstravaganza"
HMC @ “ICEstravaganza”

HMC @ ICE vendor list:

Ladynoble – art, jewelry and decor
Leo & Lola – baby clothing
Lil’ Squeeks – pet items and decor
Earth Faeries – soaps, perfumes and accessories
Hartley Studio – handcrafted jewelry
Beck’s Buttons – Buttons!
SystirWares – ceramic tile coasters and jewelry
Pajama Love – handmade toys and decor
Angel Sister– Soaps and candles
Warm Fuzzies – handmade up-cycled mittens
Farm Girl Studio – Handmade Jewelry
Oh My Ganache – Homemade Confections
Kathleen Rose Designs – Accessories
ReCreative – RePurposed Clothing
Kettle Art – Artwork & Prints
Cori Pitcher – Plush Monsters & Art

Official “ICEstravaganza” event poster:


HMC5 Vendor List

Happy October You! It has been hard keeping this list to ourselves the past couple weeks. We are very excited to announce the Holiday 2012 vendor list of awesomeness with 33 SUPER TALENTED artists! Visit their *websites to see what they may be bringing to the show. Let us know who you are most excited to see – we can’t pick a favorite cause they’re all so good! Remember we will begin our Vendor Spotlight series starting in November. This will include a brief description of each vendor and a few pictures of some items they make! *dark blue text links to artist webpage

Adventure Orange– Awesome Handmades
Angel Sister– Soaps and candles
B.A.B.E. Jewelry – Unique jewelry
Beck’s Buttons – Buttons!
Bent River Bobbins – Sewn accessories for home & baby
Boho Chic Gallery – Fine art & photography
Chaotic Harmony – hand-bound journals & origami accessories
Decadence – chic re-purposed jewelry
Earth Faeries – soaps, perfumes and accessories
Fangrrl Fiber Arts – hand dyed yarn
Hartley Studio – handcrafted jewelry
Helena Sophia – sewn accessories
I’ll Be Yarned – hip yarn accessories for baby
Innad – wallets and book-bags
J.Bird Stitch – sewn accessories
Ladynoble – art, jewelry and decor
Leah & Seth – art and lanterns
Leo & Lola – baby clothing
Lil’ Squeeks – pet items and decor
Miss Maehem’s Accessories – accessories for women and girls
Maynie’s Bowtique sewn accessories galore
Obvious Front – fun junk sculptures
Pajama Love – handmade toys and decor
Plaid Peony – accessories for babies and girls
Phono Orange & Olive – letterpress goods
Photography by Tassy – photography
Rise Above Leathers – leather accessories
Sweet William Handmade – crocheted jewelry and accessories
SystirWares – ceramic tile coasters and jewelry
Totes & Toggles – handmade bags and clutches
Vintage Chic Crochet – crocheted accessories
Warm Fuzzies – handmade up-cycled mittens
Wiredowl Designs – handmade jewelry
Rozz-Tox – coffee and cupcakes
theplace2be – charity raffle
Bucktown Center for Arts – our venue and studio artists

We also have our updated flier done and hopefully you will be seeing it hanging around town soon. We will be flier bombing the QC and hanging them up in the windows of our HMC friends. YOU CAN HELP SPREAD THE HMC  LOVE!!! Download this flier right here and print out copies to pass out and hang up. Simply click on the image below to download a PDF version of the flier.

Don’t forget to check our Facebook page and website often. We will be posting more information about the event including our local charity and fun giveaways. Stay tuned and get excited!

handmade city & theplace2be

Handmade City is happy to help out our friends at theplace2be in Rock Island, Illinois. A group of our collective Handmade City artists will be donating items for theplace2be to sell and help raise money for the organization during an open house on August 5th, from 3-5pm. We will keep you updated and post more information closer to the date.

Artists participating in the Open House donation include:


What a great list! If you are looking to purchase some handmade items for a good cause you must check out the open house. Visit theplace2be.org to learn more about how they impact our community and how you can help! Pasted from their website:

“Theplace2b’s mission is to help youth, ages 14-18, develop hope, increase resiliency and create successful lives of which they can be proud.

Theplace2b is a safe haven for homeless and displaced youth in Rock Island and Scott Counties, located in the YWCA Annex in downtown Rock Island at 1600 2nd Avenue.

The center is open from 4:00-8:00 pm, Monday through Friday, providing warmth, food, clothing, shelter, homework help, creative programming, and counseling for the youth.”

thank you thank you thank you!

Can you believe it has been a month since Handmade City took over Bucktown for HMC4?! Time flys when you’re having fun! We haven’t had much time the past few weeks to sit and type our official show recap post. So here is our best attempt at a sorta-recap & THANK YOU to all everyone who made Handmade City’s fourth show a success.

Bucktown Center for the Arts was such an awesome space and we had a lot of people come up and tell us how much they liked the venue. Did you like HMC4 there? We loved the openness and exposed elements of this historic building and we were very welcomed by the Bucktown artists and shops. Everyone was so nice! We would like to especially thank Brittany Klarkowski, Bucktown’s Galleria Manager for helping us set-up and get situated comfortably. She also helped promote the event heavily through the Spring leading upto the event. She managed to juggle moving into a new house the same weekend as HMC4 too – crazy! Remember Bucktown is open all year, visit their website to learn more about special events and artist studios!

Rozz-Tox rocked it at HMC4! Every time we looked over they were cranking out some fresh coffee for our shoppers and cupcakes were flying off the table. Thanks Ben and Donnie for bringing the caffeine! We absolutely love Rozz-Tox and hope to keep them as a part of our future events. If you didn’t have a chance to check out Rozz-Tox during our HMC2 & HMC3 events you really missed out and should visit them now. They are open Tuesdays–Sundays. It is such a great space, staff and menu – the perfect hangout vibe with art & music galore.

Handmade City volunteers unite! Sarah, Luanne, Amber and Alex you gals were a huge help directing shoppers, answering questions and hanging at the HMC merch table. Thanks so much for sticking around all day with us. We would love to have you back at the next event!

Thank you HMC4 Vendors. We can not tell you how many people told us how awesome the vendors at this show were! Everyone was very impressed with the level of quality that you guys rocked. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful collaboration of artists supporting the handmade movement. Not only were you all very chic but so nice and easy going! Thanks for helping us put on such a great event and we most definitely will keep you posted on future shows!

Leah and Lewis took over a hallway around noon and jammed some lovely tunes for our crowd. Thanks so much for playing!

Shoppers & Supporters, thank you so much for attending this event and purchasing from our vendors. We know that our collaborative artists are amazing and make amazing stuff but it is refreshing to meet so many Quad Citians who feel the same way! We are excited for what the Summer brings, with a few mini events up our sleeve we will be more than busy crafting away until Handmade City Holiday plans roll in. Expect to see applications for our Holiday event open at the end of Summer. Tentativly planned for the first week in December 2012, we will keep you updated through our site and facebook page. We also have a mailing list and if you would like to be on it, email us: handmadecityinfo (at) gmail.com  .  As far as the mini events we have planned for Summer 2012, we will post more information in the very new future. Check back soon!