Sunday, October 25, 2009

Featured SME Member ~ The Craft Wino

Give us the 411 about yourself.
My name is Connie, and I am a wino! :) I'm orignially from Omaha, NE, and have lived and visited several of the lower 48 states due to my job and my mother's when I was younger. I've been married now for 12 years to a wonderful husband that is my best friend, as well as the most understanding man one of my nature could have! Our kids currently are 3 dogs (Windi City, Roxy, and Duncan). Eventually we would love to have a little two legged one of our own.

My backround in being creative comes from both sides of the family, both in crafting and cooking! After dabbling in several craft mediums, I found a niche that played on my love of wine. From there it took off and The Crafty Wino was born~

What's the story behind the name of your business?
After being told about Etsy and researching it a bit, I decided to sign up. I wrote down a list of names that myself and a few coworkers talked about at lunch. One seemed to just click with what I was about, as well as made us smile.

How did you get involved in your craft?
I first starting making wine charms, as I was bored with the ones that were for sale and thought it would be fun to make them for my friends. I then saved up some corks and wanted to make a corkboard for myself, and it took off from there.

What inspires you?
My mother, who always has a crochet hook in hand making something for someone or their baby.

Beside your craft, what other activities do you enjoy?
Playing with "kids", walking, gardening, cooking/baking, and of course visiting the fabulous Missouri Wineries!

Can you give any advice about selling on Etsy?
Utilized as many web based social sites to promote your shop, i.e Twitter, Facebook, or the various blogs. These are free marketing tools at your disposal and will lead to sales in your shop!

Favorite movie/book/music?
Movie: Jane Erye with Orson Wells; Book: currently Breaking Dawn of the Twilight series; Music: I mainly listen to hard rock/metal...currently liking the new Breaking Benjamin

In ten years you'll be...
a household name! ;) yep, Wino has high hopes!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival

Looking for something to do with the family? Also going on this weekend is the Apple Butter Festival in historic Kimmswick. Various arts + crafts, food and live entertainment will be happening Oct 24-25, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days! Say hi to Monsterbubbles, a fellow SME member. And there is of course, the famous the famous apple butter sold by The Kimmswick Historical Society at the Apple Butter Pavilion on Market Street.

Needle for Newborns

Paste Crafts in historic Soulard is teaming up with South City Studio and Girls Guide to the Galaxy to present Needle for Newborns, a 24-hour knitting/crocheting/crafting event benefiting St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Come on it to knit hats, mittens and even blankets for newborns... it's starting to get cold out there and babies need to be warm! The event runs from 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct 24th to 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct 25th. For more info, click HERE.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Last Day for Tower Grove Farmer's Market!

This weekend, October 24th is the LAST day of the season for Tower Grove Farmer's Market. It's been a fantastic success and ShowMe Etsy has had lots of fun. Don't miss out on this last time for wonderful seasonal produce and of course handmade goods.

The farmer's market will run from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. ShowMe Etsy will be present in full force!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Celebrating Halloween

One of my favorite holidays is halloween. See how ShowMe Etsy celebrates!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Indie Undergound

This weekend, at Lumière Place Casino, the STL Craft Mafia & STL Fashion Week team will present the Indie Underground, a fabulous handmade market in the atrium. Check below for more info! The following SME members will be there.

Downzipper, Monsterbubbles, Sew Good & Trendy, South City Studio, Sparrow Studios, Villa Design

When: Oct. 16-17, 2009, 11 am - 8 pm

Where: the beautiful atrium of Lumière Place Casino & Hotels, 999 2nd Ave., Downtown, 314.881.7777

Friday, October 2, 2009

Coming in Dec!

art-tro-py [ahrt-truh-pee] - noun - 1. A unique art & craft show experience 2. A measure of the randomness of the production, according to handmade principles, of what is beautiful, appealling, or of more than ordinary significance.

ShowMe Etsy presents Artropy on December 5th, 2009 in the cozy and intimate setting of Off Broadway, near the Lemp Mansion.

Come see Off Broadway transformed into a unique shopping locale! Join local St. Louis artists with diverse talents in areas including: jewelry design, textile arts, photography, mixed-media, glass work, eco-fashion and illustration. Artropy will run from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Can't wait to see you!

Buy Local. Buy Handmade.