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A Crafty Holiday Blog Hop Event

I’ve been thinking a lot about all the “crafty” talk on the web these days– talk from people just like me trying to make a living doing what they love with their crafty and artistic abilities, talk about the importance in supporting crafters and artists, talk about “mindful spending” and buying handmade or local when appropriate.

machine applique christmas tree with presents and button ornaments

I believe in this “crafty talk” and as a result, personally I am vowing to buy handmade this Holiday Season.

But I don’t want to stop there.

My desire is to really make a difference outside of me, to challenge all our readers, family, and friends to think about the way they buy this holiday season.  I want to encourage, rather inspire, everyone to buy “crafty” and handmade, and to help people realize that by buying from artists they are buying from real people.

Won’t you help?

I’m running a blog hop event called, “A Crafty Holiday”.  Participating blogs will join together and share a ring of posts linked to this cause.  We will jump from blog to blog, being able to both link forward and back much like a chain letter.  We’ll start on November 1st and continue on until we loop it back around to the start, making it all the way to mid-December.

Each participant will be assigned a day, and on that day they will post two things on their blogs:

1)    Why are you vowing to have “A Crafty Holiday”?

2)    What’s on your “Holiday Shopping List”?

(Note:  This should be a list of handmade items you want, need, plan to buy, along with handmade items you plan to possibly purchase for others.  Make a list with photos and links. This list is to be made up of handmade goods from other crafters and artists.  This is not an opportunity to promote ones own goods, rather an opportunity to promote all the wonderful talent out there.)

Also, if you feel inspired to do so, give your readers at least one tip that makes buying “crafty” a little easier or offer logistical reasons for why they should consider buying “crafty”.

  • You could suggest a local holiday craft shows in your area.
  • Or offer advise on buying things off Etsy.  For example, you might suggest people signup for the “Etsy Finds – Daily shopping guide to the best of etsy.com” emails.  It’s awesome looking at all the “eye candy” they send out and it helps keep hand crafted gifts in mind on a regular basis.
  • You could mention things like, “Avoid the crowded stores and shop online in the comfort of your own home”.

Would you like to participate?

Please leave your name, blog, and an email address as a comment below.  Then grab a button to place on your blog, showing your participation.  (Code for two different buttons can be found at the end of this post.)

The deadline to enter your blog for participation is October 14th.

All participants will be notified by October 25th, via a page on my blog.  On this day I’ll post a schedule, announcing all the participants and their assigned blog day.  This event will run from November 1st – December 20th.

(Note:  If you have a specific time frame for when you would like to post your entry, you can mention that in your comment below.  I’ll try to accommodate everyone’s needs, but please realize that’s a lot of variables.  I’ll try my best though.)

So what do you say? Are you planning on having “A Crafty Holiday”?

A special thanks to Linda  at A La Mode Stuff and Tara from Scoutie Girl, for helping support this event.

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55 observations on “A Crafty Holiday Blog Hop Event
  1. Jene

    I thought it would make you proud to know that we started our christmas shopping over the summer. The place we started was at our local Art and Craft fair they have in our down town square area. So all the gifts we have so far are crafty!

     
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  2. April

    I’m definitely in! I’ve already been thinking about the handmade items I want to give this year, bookmarking shops that I love on Etsy, and stocking up on my own stuff {with my fingers crossed} hoping that others are doing the same. I think it’s so important to remind our loved ones that handmade presents make amazing stories and thoughtful gifts. I’m thrilled to be involved in this project.

     
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  3. Kristen

    This is such a cool idea! I’d love to participate. I’ve started the practice of creative tithing where I make at least one purchase from an artist/crafter I want to support each month. For the holidays I was planning on upping my purchases so that I could use that time of year to do what I have been doing already *more*.

    Thanks!
    Kristen

     
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  4. Brigitte

    I love this idea! My challenge is that while I value handmade items, many members of my family do not. For some, I simply have to accept that gift giving is not about my desires or values…it’s about sharing my love by giving a gift that will bring them happiness.

    All this means is that I give handmade when it is appreciated but if I learn that if it is not, I back off — or get extra creative! I will do some brainstorming on how to mingle your values and your family’s preferences in a way that is loved by all.

     
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    1. Angela

      I really like the point you’ve made here Brigitte, and I absolutely agree. I think the important factor here is not to necessarily buy everything handmade, rather to be conscientious and purposeful when buying this holiday season, and to challenge others to do the same. For example, if my sister wants a scarf and gloves for Christmas, what a great item for me to consider buying handmade instead of from a big name brand store.

      You’re comment reminds me of something another participant said — when Molly O’Bryon-Welpott signed-up, she vowed to buy handmade when she could, but she couldn’t let her son down who really wanted some kind of “death star” figuring. I think this is a great example of what you’re talking about.

      Thanks for the comment!

       
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      1. Brigitte

        Thank you for the response! I absolutely do want to participate…and I have a long-standing habit of supporting indie whenever possible. This is such a fun program.

         
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  5. Sasha

    I would love to be added to the list!

    I have already started purchasing for friends and family this year and actually received one of my ordered handmade gifts this afternoon! It’s going to be difficult to give all these amazingly-crafted gifts away once the holiday hits … :P

     
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  6. Megan Pederson

    Hi Angela! – This is such a small world. I’m pretty sure you and I took Camille Roskelly’s class together at the Creative Connection on Saturday. I was a shorter red head :). I’m totally on board with A Crafty Holiday! I’ve already got my button up and I can’t wait to do my post! Thanks for the opportunity. Megan

     
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    1. Angela

      Oh my word, it is a small world. Yes, I remember you. I love the skirts you make! I think they might be going on my daughter’s Christmas list ;) I’m so glad to have you on board!

       
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  7. Gina

    What a wonderful cause! Count me in, please.

    Last year I was hurting really bad in the money department, and instead of buying gifts, I choose to give everyone a unique painting of mine – even the men in my family (who I thought would cringe at the sappy gift).

    Turns out it was a big success with everyone! I think people value that the thought that goes into something handmade. So this year, I plan to purchase gifts because I am blessed enough to be able to do so – but you can bet they they will all be uniquely “crafted” items. :)

     
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  9. Naomi

    What a great idea! I’d love to participate. I really believe in buying crafty handmade presents. It somehow seems more personal and it’s always good to support small businesses. Looking forward to reading about what everybody has to say about this and their selections of gifts!

     
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  10. Michelle

    What an awesome idea! I want to play! :D I’ve thought about doing this but it’d be great to participate because that way I wouldn’t be able to give in and buy something at the mall, haha.

     
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  11. Cat B

    This sounds great! I always try to make as many gifts as possible during the holidays. This year I’d like to expand the handmadeness into my shopping list of things I can’t make!

    Thanks for putting this together!

     
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  15. Alicia

    I have been accepted for my first craft fair this December, but I haven’t been working up to it all year, so I am definitely in for the crafting for the holidays =)

     
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    Crafting holidays are a must in every relationship I feel. My wife does crafts while I tie flies for fishing. The converstations that we get into are worth more than anything. It’s our time to just sit and talk and make things we like. To do that for a whole week would be awesome!

     
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