Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DIYpsi recap

this past weekend was the 5th annual DIYpsi indie art fair holiday version -- and holy smokes, what a show! it was at a new venue this year, the riverside arts center in ypsi, and it worked out really well!

i spent the week between DUCF and DIYpsi sewing like a mad woman, and it was not for naught. you all cleaned me out! the show was hopping all weekend and i had a blast chillin' upstairs with sloe gin fizz, alisa bobzien design and the detroit grooming company. i loved relaxing at the well attended after-party, and the fun after-after-party. it's so wonderful to hang out with this close knit group of fabulous makers. i'm forever grateful for all that i have gained in creating this little handmade business known as dang argyle, and the people are a huge part of that. DIYpsi is often the last show of the year for many artists, so there is an extra special vibe of happy relief and thinking - oh yeah, christmas is almost here, where's my tree at and what handmade gifts am i giving everyone?

some of my small relations visited the fair, and my 7 year old niece collected business cards at the show, like kids like to do. she made a collage of them and included some comments and showed it at school for show n' tell. isn't that the coolest?! she is full of sunshine and magic, that girl.


i want to thank you all for a wonderful season, and i look forward to seeing what 2015 brings.

XO

Monday, December 15, 2014

detroit urban craft fair recap!

sigh. well, the 9th annual detroit urban craft fair came and went. 8,000 shoppers came through the beautiful masonic temple in detroit. 8,000! up from last year's 5,000. that's amazing!!! it is simply wonderful to think of all that DUCF and handmade detroit has done for this crafty community over the past decade. this show is the largest and longest-running indie craft fair in michigan. the firsts DUCF in 2006 was the first show dang argyle ever did, and i remember it like it was yesterday. so i sit here today, after the gangbusters amazing sell-out DUCF #9 and my heart just wants to explode. how did we get here? and where are we going?

awesome things: dancing in the aisles and behind the tables thanks to the rad jams by DJ dave lawson, the vegan food and chocolate shakes from shimmy shack, the beautiful amazing giant masonic temple, the super volunteers who took care of us, amazing table neighbors, friends who visited, the wacky class photo by doug coombe, and SO much more. how did we fit such magic into two days in detroit?

leading up to this show... sewing a ton of stuff, drinking too much coffee, surrounded by a messy house, watching lots of the wire, eating chinese food, making up songs about sewing to the tune of baby got back... well, doing all that as DUCF gets closer, the emotions swell up in anticipation of the giant crafty reunion that is DUCF and i tear up way to many times. this community of artists (and shoppers, too!) bowls me over every year and i am so humbled and happy to be a part of it. thank you!!

XO,

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

handmade marketplace

this is the 2014 second edition of kari chapin's the handmade marketplace. (the first edition was published in 2010 and this new edition is a great update.) the book is an amazing resource for anyone embarking on a new craft business or wanting to beef up their current one. the book discusses everything you want to know and learn about running your own crafty business.

it talks about branding and logos, how to pick the right name, how/when/where to market via blogs, websites, social media, etc., how to set up a blog or website, taxes, the deal with wholesale and brick & mortar stores, how to get into craft fairs, and more. i really like that the book isn't all about "just make stuff and create an etsy shop." it is really insightful and laid out beautifully.

the book is in a wonderfully easy-to-follow format and is chock full of useful information. even if you think you have it all together, it's nice to get some feedback to make sure you're on point and doing what you can to craft a great business! i know that next up for dang argyle after the holiday craft fair rush is to ditch our out-of-date website and create a new logo! both are much needed and will really add some freshness to our 9 year old business!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

dang holiday shows

you'll find dang argyle at detroit urban craft fair and DIYpsi this december! i am super excited to be among such other wonderful artists. be sure to have these shows on your crafty shoppin' spree tour!
poster designed by the talented kristen drozdowski of worthwhile paper and warpaint studio. 

 poster designed by the hilarious and awesome jason driscoll of kill taupe.

for a list of other shows in michigan and ohio, check out this little list i compiled! 
lots of shows! lots of amazing artists! 
WOOHOO!! 

time to make all the things...

Sunday, November 02, 2014

holiday shows in the mitten and beyond!

november and december means it's time to shop local and shop handmade for those holiday gifts! 

here's a list of the many indie craft fairs happening in southeastern michigan, and a few ohio shows, too, that feature many michigan vendors!

check out the list and slap some of these shows on your calendar if you're looking for one-of-a-kind awesome handmade gifts to give your favorite people. not only do i LOVE selling at local shows, but shopping at them as well. i am always overwhelmed at the wonderful things that such a fabulous and creative community makes with such passion. and don't forget... sometimes you gotta treat yo self!

Craft Circus
November 8
Ypsilanti, MI

Book Lovers' Craft Fair
November 8
Grand Blanc, MI 

Craftin’ Outlaws
November 15
Columbus, OH

Ridge Fine Art & Handmade Wares Show
November 22
Ferndale, MI

Maker’s Mart
November 22
Toledo, OH

Detroit Indie Bazaar
November 22
Detroit, MI

Rust Belt Market
November 28-30 is the big shopping weekend (and they're open for long weekends until christmas eve)
Ferndale, MI

Flint Handmade Holiday Craft Market
November 29
Flint, MI

Crafty Supermarket
November 29
Cincinnati, OH

HLDYMRKT
November 29-30
Detroit, MI

Detroit Urban Craft Fair
December 6-7
Detroit, MI

Tiny Expo 
December 13
Ann Arbor, MI

DIYpsi
December 13-14
Ypsilanti, MI

Sunday, October 26, 2014

pumpkin chili

the fall colors have peaked, the leaves are dancing on the ground begging to be raked. and after a good leaf raking experience is a perfect time to make this delicious pumpkin chili from thug kitchen. all vegan and made with beans, pumpkin and delicious spices it was full of flavor! i tweaked the spices a bit, because while i love using recipes i always tend to add my own twist to it. i topped it with green onion and cilantro and ate with a side of mini garlic toasts. hello fall!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

small craft in detroit

the amazing and awesome small craft, amy and ethan cronkite, have been hosting pop-up shops and skillshares in detroit and beyond. (i hosted a book sculpture workshop in ann arbor last winter.) they are also the fine folks who brought us craft-a-way camp!

well, this saturday is the last of the monthly skillshare workshops in its current format! it's a painting class by aimee of enamor and will be at the trumbullplex in detroit. there will be treats, crafting, smiling faces, and more. you might even catch glimpse of the 2 cronkite kiddos running around being crafty and imaginative. 

i look forward to seeing what's next from small craft! it sounds like they have some fun up their sleeves with more crafty days for us ahead.