Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Jewelry Trunk Show Friday the 2nd at Silverthorne

On Friday, November 2nd from 6p-9p there will be a special Jewelry Trunk Show at the Silverthore Gallery in Rocky River.

These local jewelry artists will be there to present and talk about their work: Teresa Crompton, Shelley Gross, Maureen Hunt, Yvette Rudin, Heidi Albert, Deborah Likins-Fowler, and of course our own Lori Paximadis of VirtualLori on Etsy.

Stop by and say hi, enjoy some refreshments and take a gander at some beautiful things made right here in Cleveland.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Arts Collinwood volunteer day

Just got the following from George Nemeth of Brewed Fresh Daily, who is on the board at Arts Collinwood. I'm doing a show that day, otherwise I'd figure out a way to be there:

Arts Collinwood is ready to complete its community arts center!

Thanks to generous gifts from the Thomas White and Abington Foundations, renovation plans are moving ahead on our 2,000 square foot classroom, rehearsal and performance space. Volunteers are needed to help complete demolition work, as well as for finish jobs, light construction, painting and more. If you have skills to contribute or materials to donate, please call us.

Join the work party Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10-11, between noon and 5:00pm. We’ll provide the pizza and refreshments if you bring the will to work. All efforts benefit the community arts programs of Arts Collinwood. For information, call: 216-692-9500. Work takes place at the Arts Collinwood Building, 15605 Waterloo Rd (just one block north of I-90 at the corner of Waterloo and E. 156th St.) Interested in seeing our progress? Check the web site at

Many thanks to the nearly 100 volunteer and donors who have helped us successfully complete the first three stages of our restoration. Your efforts are bringing the arts to life in North Collinwood.
here's our Cleveland Handmade Flickr pictures

Saturday, October 20, 2007

mo na co! yay!

monaco was on the front page of etsy-right where she belongs! :)


Friday, October 19, 2007

call for artists

Thanks NaturalAbstracts, for letting us know that The Friends of the Lakewood Commission on Aging is hosting Sip into the Holidays an Auction to benefit the Lakewood Division on Aging at Local Girl Gallery on Saturday, December 1st.

They are looking for artists and craftspeople to decorate and donate wine or martini glasses. Donated glasses should be in pairs by theme and may be functional or not when they are done. "As wild as you want! You have total artistic freedom." says Ruth Koenigsmark, co-ordinator for the event.

It would be great to donate a couple of sets from ClevelandHandmade. If you are interested in donating a decorated pair of wine glasses as a group, please contact smashing by October 26th. Please have glasses ready by November 23rd.

how bazaar! ;)

The Bazaar Bizarre in Cleveland is December 1st, from noon to 9:00 p.m. in the storefront of the Sincere Building (2079 East 4th Street.)
If anyone is interested in sharing a table there, or helping "man" the table please contact Ramona.

Thursday, October 18, 2007


check out the teamly love in these treasuries by VintageBroochCo. and LazyTcrochet !

how much how much!

here is a link to a really great pricing article in the Storque by etsy admin Beth (there's also a link in it to another jewelry-specific pricing model article.) check it out, good info for all :)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

new etsy teams page and pledge

Wednesday's etsy team workshop had some exciting announcements. Friday will launch two new endeavors to get the word out about etsy and the handmade way of life.

1) a new and improved Teams page, with another even better version coming soon.
2) a multi-media, multi-sponsor website that will ask people to sign a pledge saying they will buy and ask for handmade gifts this holiday season.

check out the new team page on Friday and add your email address to list to stay in the loop :)

(here is a link to transripts of past workshop roundtables-chock full o'knowledge :)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

not so Lazy Mama!

LazyMama packed a treasury full of things you could win in the Show Cleveland Some LOVE contest! so mozey on down to her shop and say thanks!

visit her treasury, click, comment, repeat :)

new tag! you're it, Cleveland Handmade!

click here to see a current search of all our newest Cleveland Handmade tagged items on etsy :)
Official team members: remember to tag your items "clevelandhandmade" so you are linked to our main website-making it easy for people to Shop Cleveland!
not an official member yet? contact Virtuallori to sign up :)

Monday, October 15, 2007

the cat is out of the bag...

ooowweee! we are getting some big Cleveland love for our contest!

check out these three blogs that are helping us spread the word (and of course, the love!)

stop by and show them a little lovin' too :)

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Saturday! Saturday!

This Saturday, October 20th will be a great day to see busy Cleveland Handmade team members in action! Three shows to look for:

Yankee Lake Crafts in the Country at the Yankee Lake Ballroom, Rt. 7, Brookfield, Ohio
10:000 AM to 5:00 PM with LazyTcrochet

Christ the King Oktoberfest and Craft Show 30635 Lorain Rd. North Olmsted, Ohio 9 am–3 pm with Leah of StrawberryLemonade

the opening reception for Silver, Bronze, & Steel at River Gallery, 19046 Old Detroit Rd. Rocky River, Ohio October 20, 2–7 pm where you can see works by Chris of CopperLeafStudios

(exhibit runs from October 20–November 20, gallery hours are: Tuesday–Friday 11 am–6 pm Saturday 10 am–5 pm Sunday–Monday closed)

big Cleveland LOVE!

LazyTcrochet has done it again! snagged a treasury and shared the love with our team! take a look, nice huh? :) she didn't even feature herself, so, make sure to stop by her shop and say hi!

Friday, October 12, 2007


alright! it's here!

our first team scavenger hunt contest "Show Cleveland Some LOVE!"

let's get the word out! just copy this link and send an email to friends, family and anyone else who likes to get a chance to win things!

the prize is $65 to spend any way you like in the thirteen participating shops! use it all in one shop or break it up, whatever the winner would like to do :)

the contest runs from October 12th-October 26th
LazyMama had a great idea! let's post here and say where we are hanging up/passing out fliers so we don't overlap our efforts, thanks!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Vote for Etsy

the Ellen Degeneres show is taking votes for the best website. now don't rush off and vote for smashing's blog, let's all vote for Etsy and hope for some media attention instead. it's ok, smashing will understand ;)

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

contest kick-off meet up Friday October 12th

let's get together to celebrate the start of our first team promo contest, Show Cleveland Some LOVE!, at Tommy's in Coventry at 8pm on Friday, October 12th.

post here so we can look for you :)

northcoast treasure

yay! virtuallori and lazyTcrochet are showing off our goods!

please check out and comment on the treasuries here and here :)

(click the pics to enlarge)

Thursday, October 4, 2007

team promo contest

it's not too late to participate in our first team promo, "show Cleveland some love!" a contest where the winner will get to shop for free in one (or more) of our stores.

the contest will run from Friday, October 12th through Friday, October 26th. people entering the contest will need to look in your profiles to see what place each shop loves in Cleveland. please tell VirtualLori your favorite place.

if you would like to participate, the cost is $5 and Sunday, October 7th will be the last day to turn your money in to smashing (or you can send $5.50 by paypal.)

all collected money goes toward the prize.

please contact smashing (smashing at cox dot net) or VirtualLori (Lori at virtuallori dot com) with any questions.

thanks so much! we will be getting the link to the entry form out to you as soon as possible! :)

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

jewelry trunk show Friday, November 2, 2007 6-9pm

The Silverthorne Gallery in Rocky River (the new home of Grand River Beads) is hosting a trunk show for local jewelry makers.

Eva Sherman, owner of Grand River Beads, had the idea to give new jewelry designers a chance to get feedback on their work and "get their feet wet" in the world selling their designs.

No RSVP necessary, just come and meet jewelry makers, browse the rest of the gallery and enjoy refreshments.

Space is still available if you would like to participate as a seller, the deadline to reserve a spot is October 6th. Click here for more details.

Monday, October 1, 2007

whole-y crafty weekend, batman!

this weekend is a busy one for sajslaby, ramona and lazytcrochet!

Jill of sajslaby will be at the Arts at the Center event at Parma Community General Hospital on Saturday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (VIP invitation-only reception on Friday night)

stop by the Huntsville Pumpkin Festival and visit Tricia of LazyTCrochet on Saturday and Sunday, October 6 & 7th from 10am to 4pm. Read more about the festival on Tricia's blog entry.

and last but not least, you can see Ramona at the Berea Fine Arts Club event Art on the Bridge. the show will be located on the Charles A. Harding Memorial Covered Bridge which is on Main Street (just north of Route 252 downtown) in Olmsted Falls. the show is on Saturday, October 6th, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

proposed meet-up 10-6-07 Helvetica

let's get together to watch the documentary Helvetica.

it's playing for one night only, Saturday, October 6th at 7:30pm at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Cinematheque in University Circle, 11141 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106. 216-421-7450
click the pictures on the right to learn more about the film.
post here if you'd like to go :)