Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Preparations Underway for The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards Gift Lounge

Holy Cow! Here we go, ya'll! I've started my preparations to participate in the gift lounge at the Emmy Awards in September through The Artisan Group. I've decided to display one of my P-Eco Purses of upcycled/repurposed plastic bags (or plarn). The wallet that will be with the purse is a new idea. It's constructed out of yarn, cassette tape and will be lined with the same fabric as the purse.

Here's the purse:

Here's the wallet, so far:

To say that this is a little exciting would be a huge understatement. The Artisan Group has been invited to participate in GBK Productions' Gift Lounge. For those that don't know (or don't follow this stuff), GBK is the PREMIERE gift lounge to be in. Not only will we participating member artisans be in GBK's gift lounge, but we'll also have our items displayed for TWO days. This is a major boon - to be seen by top celebrities for two days!

More updates to follow!

Friday, April 15, 2011

The Artisan Group

So, I recently had the privilege of being accepted into an exclusive group of artisans. What group is that you may ask. Well, I'll tell you!

Ever heard of those celebrity swag bags and gifting suites/lounges at major awards shows? Think Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, Kids Choice, Golden Globes... The Artisan Group is a professional promotions group that gives its talented member artisans an opportunity to get in front of those celebs. Not only celebrities, but also in front of major press outlets (E!, Life & Style, InStyle Magazine, Fox, MSNBC, and so on). How cool is that?

*Photos are from The Artisan Group website.*

Description: Giuliana Rancic, Host of E! News, and star of "Giuliana & Bill". *with a former promotions group.

I was clued in by one of my favorite people, Denise of AJSweetSoap (go look at her stuff, it's AMAZING). And I'll be thanking her until she gets sick of me. LOL! Firstly, I'm so glad that she thought well enough of my work to recommend me to the Group; and secondly (is that a word?), I'm so glad that the Group thought well enough of my work to accept me.

Description: Sarah Drew, best known for her role as Dr. April Kepner on "Grey's Anatomy. *with a former promotions group.

It's free to join and be aware that they are discriminating. They are currently looking for more talented artisans.

Right now, the Group is ramping up for the Primetime Emmy Awards in September. It's a great way to get your item on the display table and possibly get a professional photograph of your item in a celeb's hands. Can we say - incredible marketing opportunity? But, the time to get in is drawing near as half the display places have already been snagged.

Go check out their site, follow them on Twitter and Facebook. Fill out the application and see where it takes you!

Friday, April 8, 2011

My First Craft Show

So, I participated my first show on Saturday, March 26th. It was the first Shop Schmooze and Savor Mini-Expo in Arlington presented by On Purpose Networking for Women.

I did okay, especially considering that I'm a newbie. I learned soooo much from some of the other artisans about display techniques and received some excellent advice. Here's where I'd like to do a shout out to Deb of A.W.E Handcrafted Jewelry. Deb is a true artisan and crafts some of the most amazing pieces. She also happens to be a really cool chick.

Aside from the fact that my table looked like a flippin' flea market, I really enjoyed getting out of the house, meeting some amazing folks, getting the opportunity to reconnect with Ginny Robertson (head guru/founder of OPN), and learning more about the craft show scene.

It boosted my confidence enough to actually apply for a juried show. So, I applied to the Handmade Mart that will be happening in Silver Spring, MD on May 22nd and was accepted!!!! Calendar it and come on by to see me. It'll be from 10am - 5pm. See you there!
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