Local Roots @Molbak's In Woodinville This Saturday

I’ve been quiet here for a bit. If you’ve been following us on Instagram, you might have seen my posts about our elderly dog Toki being sick and then passing away on August 16th. I’ve tried to write a couple posts about it, but end up in a hot mess of tears. I’ll keep trying because she was great and was a huge part of my life as my sidekick. We received so many kind words and sympathy messages from many of you on IG. It was truly wonderful and a very kind human thing to do. A wholehearted thank you from me to you.

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While it has been rough on my heart, we are chugging along with holiday preparation. We’ve got a couple new stockists that we’re excited to share about very soon. We’re also diving right into holiday shows starting this weekend, right here in our home town at Molbak’s.

We’re vending at their Local Roots event. There’s all sorts of additional fun things going on at Molbak’s at the same time. A glass pumpkin patch, a donut vendor, a crepe vendor and live music. Molbak’s is fun to walk through to get inspiration for home or garden decor anyways, but Saturday they’re turning it up a notch. Not gonna lie, I’m probably going to go home with a new plant and a belly full of donuts. I am working on my winter bod.

If you’re out and about near the Eastside of Seattle this weekend come say Hi and tell me some pet stories.

Lasers and love - Thea

A little late night rambling.

Over the weekend I, (Thea) vending at Seattle's premier craft show - Urban Craft Uprising. It's one of my favorite weekends in the year. Lots and lots of work, but equally as much fun. John tagged along to help me out all weekend. We also celebrated our eldest son Calvin, 19th birthday. He'll be flying the coop soon heading out to college. I made the "traditional" worms in dirt birthday pie.

We've shifted gears as we both plan to take 6 by 6 down to Portland for Crafty Wonderland's Super Colossal Holiday Sale!

We're super excited! We'll be there for the First Pick Pre Show too! We're coming stocked with all of our Lifer goods, chalkboards, Pop-Up Villages and signs! We'll have boatloads of the small "We Hate Everything Together" signs since Crafty Wonderland included a photo of it in their newsletter recently. We've been getting so much love from that. (Thank you!)

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I'll hopefully squeeze in one more post before we head down Friday. We do have a couple new products that we've been waiting to introduce! Things have been so wonderfully busy that I'm a bit behind on the posting. We hope everyone is making it through this holiday season as best as you can possible. 

Lasers and love - Thea

Artist Reception at The Handmade Showroom

Do you recall a little bit ago we mentioned that we were one of the founding artists at The Handmade Showroom in Pacific Place?

A quick refresher, it's super great pop up shop that features many local artists' work in the heart of downtown Seattle. Every time we've been in there, we've been totally delighted to see the handmade displays and of course the amazing work available for sale. 

This Thursday evening The Handmade Showroom is hosting an Artist Reception at the store

From their site: 

We are excited to join the celebration of Fall fashion for ‪#‎StyleuPP‬ by Seattle Magazine happening at Pacific Place Seattle this week!

Visit us on Thursday evening for an exclusive reception to meet our artists, taste wares from our artisanal food vendors, view our collection of amazing handmade work, and get a head start on your holiday shopping lists!

Special on-site tastings with:
Delicately Sweet Confections - Salted Caramel Sauce
Sweet Caroline's Jams - limited edition artisan jams made with seasonal fruits
The Kitchen Imp - hand-blended organic spices and seasonings

In addition to all the fun we will have on hand, there will be a live fashion show happening at Pacific Place, so come early and join in on the fun of fashion!

The Showroom is located on the third floor next to the Nordstrom Skybridge.

All are welcome, so be sure to invite your friends to join in on the fun! We look forward to seeing you Thursday!

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John and I will be there! We've recently restocked The Showroom with some exclusive items. We hope to see many of our local friends there!

Lasers and love - Thea

It's Friday (unce, unce, unce!)

I hope you all got the pronunciation of "unce" right. Our eldest texts that a lot when she does something awesome, like make a midterm her bitch. Kids are the worst. (And the best.)

It's Friday which means it's #BeerMeFriday on Instagram. John and I have committed for the near foreseeable future that we will post a picture of a new beer that we're trying out every Friday. We know it's rough, but we're willing to do it for absolutely no reason. Well, at least up until my jeans quit fitting. John might continue for quite some time.  

I hope you all have a great Friday. I hope you all just got paid too, so you can appreciate this ear worm:

*Full Disclosure* John has never heard this song, this is all my doing. But go on now, and get on down now. 

Seattle locals, don't forget to come out the International District's Night Market tomorrow night! We'll be sharing a booth with our goods friends Momo Seattle! 6pm to Midnight. 

Have a great weekend! 

Lasers and love - Thea 

Hello My Name Is...

Hi friends! I had to take another mini break from posting updates. We've been making items like the dickens to fulfill wholesale orders that we received at the Seattle Gift Show! We will proudly share the names of our newest stockists as soon as our shipments head out to them. The Seattle Gift Show was our first tradeshow experience. We went in "green" not knowing what to expect and it turned out to be a fun event. We had great neighbors that we're calling friends now and made some great local connections. It was great being commended for just being a local company! 

In other news; I know I've been promising this one for a bit... and starting today you can pick up your very own Hello My Name Is - name tags!

Let everyone know when you walk into a meeting that you are Awesome or Trouble! Readymade available names are: Awesome, Bigfoot, Trouble and my personal favorite , Yo Mama. You can even customize one with your real name or whatever you'd like. But be warned you'll want to smell the name tag. That's right, smell it! Because laser cut wood smells awesome.  

That's all I got for today!

Lasers and love - Thea

Tomorrow - Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco

 Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco is tomorrow at Fort Mason Center's Festival and Herbst Pavilions. We will be in the Herbst Pavilion, booth #232B. 

We're so excited to be in California (can you believe it's actually cooler temperature wise than it is back home in Seattle!?!?) and to be vending at this show. If a Renegade Craft Fair happens to be coming to an area close to you, I highly recommend checking one out!

Off to unpack our bags and hope everything made it down with us in one piece. Friends in the San Francisco area, we're looking forward to seeing you!!!! All the details about the show this weekend is available by clicking through this link

Lasers and love -Thea

Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco California

In just a little over a week 6 by 6 is hitting the road to San Francisco! We will be vending at the Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco edition July 18 & 19. 

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We will be at booth #232B in the Herbst Pavilion! Will have our classics (BeerMe, We Hate Everything Together) and much more! Including the West Coast in chalkboard magnet form!

That's right! We've completed the continental West Coast of the United States by adding California to the mix! And true to our style they were designed to fit together.  

We will have loads of the Golden State on hand at Renegade in San Francisco. Unable to come to the show to grab one for yourself? Not a problem, I've just posted them in our shop.

We're excited to hit the road and have an adventure! 

Lasers and love, Thea

The Handmade Showroom at Pacific Place in Seattle

One of my old 9-5 corporate job workday haunts is Pacific Place in Downtown Seattle. I often had lunches with clients and coworkers there. I might have ditched work early to see a movie once or twice too... It's an upscale shopping center that also has an assortment of restaurants and a cinema on the third floor. Starting this weekend Pacific Place will host the inaugural opening of The Handmade Showroom!

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The fine folks from Pacific Place and Seattle Handmade have joined forces to create this awesome bi-monthly pop-up shop. The Handmade Showroom at Pacific Place Pop-up Shops will be held every 1st and 3rd weekend (Friday - Sunday) of the month June through October 2015. We are so fortunate to have been one of the first artists to vend at The Handmade Showroom. We will be offering, small versions of our laser cut wood signs, Washington State mini chalkboards and a selection of our wood magnets. 

It's so incredibly exciting to have a handmade shop among the ranks of upscale stores in downtown Seattle. We're absolutely thrilled to be apart of this great event! If you happen to be out and about in downtown Seattle this weekend please be sure to stop by The Handmade Showroom. Drag your dad along! (Our Beer Me signs will be available at the pop-up shop, grab him one and then go grab a beer with him!) If you can't make it this weekend be sure to mark your calendar for the future days the pop-up shop will be open. 

Lasers and love - Thea

 

Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Spring Sale Pick Up Purchase

Whew, that's a mouthful! Next week we will be vending at Crafty Wonderland's Super Colossal Spring Sale event at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. It's a one day only sale! Just in time for Mother's Day or gift buying for a friend's upcoming birthday/graduation/wedding/insert awesome life event here/or just because. 

We'd like to offer to those who are planning on attending the show preordered pickups at the show. That way you can secure the items you'd like (we did sell out of quite a few things at the last Crafty Wonderland) and have them reserved for you and ready for pick up at the show! AND if you preorder you'll get one of our awesome and super popular Pacific Northwest Lifer magnets for FREE as thank you for preordering and stopping by the show! 

How it works: 

Add the items you'd like to purchase to your cart. 

When prompted to during check out enter the coupon code: cwspringsale 

You won't be charged for shipping but if you're a state of Washington resident we do need to charge you sales tax for the preorder purchase.

That's it! We'll have your items prepackaged and ready to go when you stop by our booth (#165) at Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Spring Sale 11am to 6pm

The coupon is good today through May 5th at 11:00pm PDT. 

We're super excited for the show. We'll be debuting a few new laser cut goodness and will have sales on a select few items. Hope to see you there!

Lasers and love - Thea

CreativeLive SEO for Etsy rebroadcast today and tomorrow!

Not too long ago John and I were apart of the studio audience for a CreativeLive class that our friend Marlo taught. The topic was on SEO for Etsy. AND IT'S BEING REBROADCAST TODAY AND TOMORROW!!! (April 3 -4, 2015) Also it's on sale if you miss the rebroadcast. SO MUCH CAN BE LEARNED!!!

Here are a few screen shots of John, our friend Cathy of Catshy Crafts and myself from the show. 

Screenshot from   Marlo's class  . We all had a really great time and learned a lot about back links, keywords and alternative selling sites. 

Screenshot from Marlo's class. We all had a really great time and learned a lot about back links, keywords and alternative selling sites. 

Screenshot from   Marlo's class  . Unfortunately, THERE ISN'T a screen shot of Marlo (she's super cute and totally adorable!) But we were trying to screen cap silly photos of ourselves. This one isn't silly. Cathy is super cute here and John and I look studious and official with our binders. 

Screenshot from Marlo's class. Unfortunately, THERE ISN'T a screen shot of Marlo (she's super cute and totally adorable!) But we were trying to screen cap silly photos of ourselves. This one isn't silly. Cathy is super cute here and John and I look studious and official with our binders. 

Screenshot from  Marlo's class . (This is more like it...) Thea throwing up a gang sign while Cathy and John quietly mock her in their heads. (Kidding!) 

Screenshot from Marlo's class. (This is more like it...) Thea throwing up a gang sign while Cathy and John quietly mock her in their heads. (Kidding!) 

Screenshot from   Marlo's class  . I do jibber jab for a few minutes though. I'm very passionate about watermarking all of your photos! And  Pinterest , I'm a junkie. 

Screenshot from Marlo's class. I do jibber jab for a few minutes though. I'm very passionate about watermarking all of your photos! And Pinterest, I'm a junkie. 

Like I said, we actually learned a boatload of stuff and have implemented what we learned in a quite a few things for our business. It's good to be sponges for knowledge. So if you have a moment today be sure to check out Marlo's class. She's the best. I might be biased... but I have been in the maker's movement for over a decade and I am still learning new things everyday. Marlo is a great instructor, we can't recommend her enough.

Lasers and love -Thea