HMC3 Vendor Spotlight: Hartley Studio

Another great sneak peek today! Ann Hartley of Hartley Studio will be selling at our Holiday event come December 3rd. Ann was actually a featured HMC artist back in February, check it out and read about what inspires her, her favorite handmade possession and visit her Etsy shop please. Ann stopped by the Spring 2011 event and she is excited to be a part of our next show. Probably not as excited as us though,  seriously her stuff is A M A Z I N G! For all of you Facebook junkies, Hartley Studio is also on Facebook.


HMC3 Vendor Spotlight: Eden Accessories

Our Holiday Event wouldn’t be complete without a couple great accessories booths right? Well one of our favorite accessories shop will be making their second HMC appearance at the upcoming Holiday event. Eden Accessories owner Amanda knows how to design for baby, women & kids. Her lovely hairpieces are colorful, creative and quality made. We happen to think every girl should have one of Eden’s Accessories inside their stocking this Christmas! (hear that Santa?!)

HMC3 Vendor Spotlight: Doug, Jack & Me

If you are looking for cute paper gifts this holiday you must visit the Doug, Jack & Me booth at the Handmade City Holiday 2011 event! Andie Douglas is the creator behind the clever designs of Doug, Jack & Me. Her funny business cards were a hit at our Spring show and at last year’s holiday event she sold some awesome Christmas cards. We are always excited to see what this chick will bring next.

HMC3 Vendor Spotlight: Dilly Baby

Dilly Baby IS hip gifts for women and kids! Working out of Davenport Iowa, Miss Amiee Marie (designer & owner of DB) had one of the most popular booths at last year’s HMC Holiday event. We are very happy to have her with us again this year and we hope you are too! Dilly Baby has a successful online shop over on where it recently sold it’s 2,000th sale last month and is already up to sale #2040! You can also buy directly from Dilly Baby through it’s newly redesigned website If you can make it past the insane urge to impulse buy off the site and are going to wait until December 3rd to pick something up, here is a tip: you better make sure to snatch up your Dilly Baby goodies fast! Aimee’s items were such a big hit last year that she ended up selling out of a few. We know we are gonna get ours right away!

HMC3 Vendor Spotlight: Dark Highlands

We love these guys, visit their site and you will see why. Not only do they showcase writers and artists from the Midwest but they specialize in horror, dark fantasy, and supernatural fiction! AND to top it off they are all really nice and have a good sense of humor, the kind of kids you wanna hang out with after meeting them and realizing you have much in common. Needless to say Handmade City was thrilled to have them as a part of our Spring 2011 show where they sold DH Books one & two. They have since added book number three and by this comment below we may be in for a treat:

“There’s a 97% chance we’ll have an even newer title to debut at HMC. Our 4th book!” – Brad Ellis, DH Picture Guy

It isn’t for sure but that would be pretty rad right?! In addition to their books DH will also be selling tees, buttons and magnets featuring artwork from the books. Stop by the all black booth on December third and support these guys by picking up their really great reads.

Visit the Dark Highlands Website!

HMC3 Vendor Spotlight: Betty Round

Betty Round – kitchen & bath designer by day… crafter by night! This will be Betty’s third appearance at a Handmade City event but she will be selling brand spanking new items! This time around you will be able to pick up her one-of-a-kind housewares. We are very excited to see what Mrs. Round will be bringing on December 3rd, we love the chalk board globe! To learn more about Betty, what inspires her and her creative process check out this Featured Artist Interview we did with her back in April. Trust us when we say you are going to LOVE HER as much as we do.  Art & crafts aside this mama rocks and her booth will most likely be one of your favorite stops at Handmade City Holiday 2011!

Betty Round’s Etsy Shop

HMC3 Vendor Spotlight: B.A.B.E. Jewelry & Accessories

We are very excited to have B.A.B.E. Jewelry be a part of the upcoming Holiday Event. Elizabeth Adkins-Hernandez is the Iowa City artist behind B.A.B.E. and this will be her first Handmade City event – make sure you stop by her booth and give a warm welcome!  Elizabeth will be one of three vendors offering jewelry this year BUT her stuff is uniquely different and will definitely stand out amongst the other vendors. In addition to jewelry she will be selling accessories such as scarves and hair items!

“Most of my work combines new materials with vintage re appropriated components.  I am very excited about my new collection because I have treated the feathers I have been collecting from my husbands water foul hunting.  This process has allowed me to make necklaces out of a material not normally suited for daily wear!  Although my work spans the range from quirky, to elegant I always focus on the workmanship.  I consistently produce unique items made well with the intent that they withstand daily wear.  I am also excited about the option to show my work in the Quad Cities since I am from there and have not had the opportunity to do so since my moving many years ago…” – Elizabeth Adkins-Hernandez


HMC3 Vendor Spotlight: The Adventure Orange

It should come as no surprise that The Adventure Orange will make it’s third apperance at the upcoming Holiday 2011 event. When we held our first show back in December of 2010 we realized we needed to get The Adventure Orange there, not only because they make amazing handmade items that we knew customers would love, but they also set the tone for our events by producing do it yourself, handmade, quality, unique, local goods! They are also active in the community and support local artists by offering individual and group classes for those who are anxious to learn a new craft. It is this combination that embodies the Handmade City spirit. When we think of HMC and what kind of art/craft we want to help promote The Adventure Orange definitely is one of the first that comes to mind. We are happy yo have them, happy to promote them and happy that so many shoppers will be taking home their creations this Holiday Season!

The Adventure Orange is a D.I.Y. cooperative started in 2007, by Anne Brown. They were located in the heart of Downtown East Moline up until recently and can now be found in the Village of East Davenport selling clothing, fine art, jewelry, furniture, accessories and other wonderful handmade things. (They also have two in-store seamstresses and offer individual and group classes in many craft areas.. Nov’11 class list HERE) We kind of like to call them the Q.C.D.I.Y.Q. or Quad Cities do it yourself queens!

Adventure Orange
2218 East 11th street
Davenport, IA 52804


Mon – Tue: 10:00 am 5:00 pm
Thu – Fri: 10:00 am 5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am 4:00 pm


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