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
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!
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!
Our good friends at Adventure Orange will once again be hanging at Handmade City for tomorrow’s event. In fact it almost wouldn’t be an event if these ladies were there. Cool DIY divas making things like clothing, toys, jewelry… we love it all! If you haven’t already stopped by their bricks & mortar location you must! They are located in the Village of East Davenport at 2218 East 11th street. You can browse the Adventure Orange Facebook page to see pics of their most recent work and learn about the DIY classes they currently offer.
Cute, colorful accessories for moms, girls & babies! Eden Accessories knows a thing or two about being a Handmade City vendor. Eden Acc. has participated at both HMC2 & HMC3. We are happy to have them back for HMC4! Always a crowd pleaser this little shop offers high quality accessories your little lady will love! Visit Eden Acc. on Facebook today.
Klarkowski Pottery’s consists of awesome handmade cement pots for your home and/or business. Their handmade concrete and cement pottery is made right in Moline, Illinois and they offer custom designs and finishes. We’re happy to have these guys back with us for HMC4. Brittany Klarkowski has also been a huge supporter of Handmade City & HMC4 and deserves a ginormous THANK YOU for everything she has helped us with so far. Make sure you stop by the Klarkowski booth on April 28 and let Brittany know she rocks. P.s. She will also be selling artwork that is pretty amazing, so plan on spending some cash when you visit!
What can we say about our pal Lil’ Squeeks that we haven’t already said?! We absolutely love this shop and are excited to see Lil’ Squeeks expand their pet items and filter in more people goodies too! If you plan on attending HMC4 (which by this point you would be crazy not to) you definitely need to visit Mary over at Lil’ Squeeks to pick up some presents for you beloved pet! ~ visit the Lil’ Squeeks Etsy shop and Facebook page.
Happy Monday Friends! We have a great vendor spotlight for you today. Susan Czechowski creates fun silkscreened paper items, baby goods and tea towels. She is also a trained metal smith and will be selling the cool monkey key rings you see pictured above. We are happy to have Suasn’s shop sueCdesigns as one of our Spring ’12 Handmade City vendors. She will be driving up from Macomb, Illinois to join us for our April 28 event so let’s make her trip more than worth it. Stop by her HMC4 booth and introduce yourself while picking up a few of her handmade gifts! (Isn’t that camera onesie just the coolest?!)
Oooo eeeee, we love this next spotlight – Sweet William Handmade out of Des Moines Iowa! Kari Stecher is the designer behind this lovely shop and she sure knows how to make some sweet hand-crocheted jewelry & accessories. We love her use of color and the photography of her pieces is impressive too. Sweet William Handmade items are all hand-crocheted with care using a wide variety of yarn and thread. Custom colors and sizes are available as well. Swing by Kari’s Etsy shop to see more designs and make sure you “like” her Facebook page too.