Sunday, December 7, 2008

Hi again,
I wanted to share with you the two larger stained glass panels I sold this weekend at LaCenterra Fa la la market. The lavender one I had just completed this past week, and the Texas State Flag I've had since October. They both went to a kind gentleman who seemed to love them both, so I know they're going to a good home! {:^/ Sort of a bitter sweet parting of the ways with my panels. I know, crazy, huh? I get attached...

Thank you, Milt, for taking these two home with you!






Hello everyone!

Ana Maria and I were at the LaCenterra Farmer's Market for the Fa La La Christmas Market this Saturday, Dec. 6th. It was a beautiful day; sunny, clear skies, lots of good foods: coffee, fresh brown eggs from free-range hens, lots of lovely gift items around the square. I met three new artisans who are very interested in joining our group, looking for more exposure, as are we all. I will be inviting them to our blog site soon. They wish to come to our January meeting and are excited to meet up with other artisans. I explained that we want to grow our group so that eventually we can have our own "Artisans of Houston Art Fair" or even our own Trunk Shows and they all seemed to like that idea. Slow but sure, we are getting closer to our goals.

I was encouraged by people who took my "Custom Orders" form to fill out at a later date. I'm hoping to get more commissions for windows this way. It seems each time I attend an art fair, there are more people asking for commissions. I want to pass this encouragement along to everyone else out there, because it can be done in any art form. I know several of us have "Custom Order" forms...have you thought about doing this for yourself? It's another opportunity to advertise, which eventually may increase sales. At least, that's what we're all hoping.

If I don't get back on here before Christmas, everyone have a beautiful, loving Christmas with whoever is important to you in your life.

Diane
Haus of Glass

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Fa- La- La- La Holiday Market at Lacenterra in Katy


Artisan Fair & Farmers Market at Lacenterra in Katy
Originally uploaded by Amaria Studio

This Holiday Market is on December 6, 2008 from 8 am to 6:00pm. Please come out and support your local artisans. Please check website http://www.farmersmarketatlacenterra.com for a complete list of artisans participating. I hear Santa will be there!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

We have a tracker now!

I have just installed a tracker on the blog, so we can keep track of visitors (in general terms, no worries on privacy). We'd like to find out if it would be worthwhile to add an RSS feed, so if you're interested leave a comment, or join the "follow this blog" thing on the side, or, I don't know... reload a lot so I can see you like looking at the page (since I know no one leaves comments). :)

Show off and tell!

I was just featured in a website as a fave & wanted to share with yall.
This may only be up a week, so if you don't get to see it you may also go to my Flickr page as I copied it there which had to be 3 pics.
Http://www.Flickr.com/photos/VisualSmilesGallery
The link to the website is: http://indiesmiles.com/favs/sues-fav-visual-smiles-gallery

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Following Widget

We discussed adding a feedburn to our blog, but need to determine our followers first. If you are following our blog, please join at the widget at the top of the sidebar. If you are local to Houston, not an artisan, but love to purchase handmade one of a kind items, following would be a great way to find out where to find us locally!

Members of Artisans Team, please join the Widget, to help us see how many "other" followers we have. ;)

Next Meeting for our Local Mini Team will be on January 20

Because Cafe Express has worked so well for the last two meetings, we have decided to meet there again in January. If you are a local etsy shop owner, or artisan interested in becoming active with our team, please join us at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, January 20th. We were able to push several tables together in the side room and have a great get together! So be sure to look around for a large group of ladies, we usually eat first and then discuss upcoming opportunities.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Uptown Park next Meeting Tuesday Evening


MapQuest is great when it is understandable. One of our etsy miniteam members shared this satellite photo to help us find Cafe Express. Thanks Shan! Tuesday, November 18th, 7:00 pm at Cafe Express. Hope you can join us if you are interested in joining Artisans of Houston a local mini team of the Etsy Texas Crafters.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Discovery Green Market Thursday Evenings


Etsy shops, Parrish Pretties and Cotton Eyed Jo have joined the vendors at Houston's Discovery Green Park for the remaining Thursdays in November and December(except Thanksgiving). Parrish Pretties took this picture, right after we set up last week.

HRBrown is in the background. Discovery Green Park is across the street from it. The market opens at 4:00 pm . With water features and a concerts scheduled for Thursday evenings, a stroll through the park may be a great time to stop by our booth for a holiday item or gift. Be sure to let us know if you saw this article on the blog! This coming Thursday evening will be the same as the Latin Grammy Awards, so you might even catch a glimpse of a favorite star! A concert by Cumbia Rock Latin Pop Revue will begin at 6:30. The rain should be gone, and a lovely warm evening to enjoy the music! We hope you'll stop by and visit with us...

Monday, October 27, 2008

Autumn Rainbow featuring Houston

Here is a Treasury I just grabbed with our team members as ones we invited, along with Houston artists!!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Last Thursday + Maker Fair, Austin

Hi...Wanted to quickly share my experience with my first texas fair.
I just got back from Austin's Maker Fair/ Bizarre Bazaar. It wasn't a super busy craft fair although it was HUGE. I met tons of wonderful people and had some good trades with the other crafters. So i would say in that sense it was pretty successful. I think this being the first year that the two fairs join force + there was a bit Missouri Texas game that same weekend not to mention 2 other fairs...might have lended to its low turnout for customers. Although the kid/food/ exhibit part of the fair was pretty busy and very interesting. Maybe the next couple of years they might have worked out the kinks and planning. We'll see. ;)

Also I wanted to quickly post these two photos taken with the iphone... not the best quality but definitely cute pics. I had a wonderful time meeting everyone and look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

CHEERS! Lucia

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Next Meeting will be November 18th

Just a quick informational note, that our team met again tonight, October 16th. Team members check our Ning group for details. Our next meeting is currently scheduled to take place on November 18th at Cafe Express in Uptown Center. Two new members came and joined this evening!

Something to look forward to... our team will have a Flickr Pool soon. Ana Maria of www.amaria.etsy.com will be setting it up, so that you will be able to see samples of team members items past and present.

Remember that many of us are willing to do commission work. Check our etsy shop Alchemy announcements!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Houston's Display of Brown

Just grabbed a new Treasury featuring Houston artists only!!!
I really love the different shades of browns so much & doesn't Houston have so much talent!
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=13803

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

New Treasury - Blown Away by Hurricane Ike


First, let me say that I hope that everyone reading this blog came through the hurricane with minimal damage to themselves and their property. Well, after 12 days without power and 13 days without internet, I am still struggling to catch up! Between dealing with contractors, dealing with insurance companies and dealing with FEMA, I feel like there are many forces conspiring to keep me in Houston for another month. I felt the need to let my turmoil spill out into a Hurricane Treasury, so here it is: http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=12320 - please click all the items. The comments have already filled up, but feel free to leave your comments here. I would love to know what you think. Unsurprisingly, the best Hurricane art can be found from people living in Hurricane territory. So, my Treasury features several Houston artists and a smattering of artists who either live or have lived in Hurricane prone areas. I hope you enjoy it!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Connie (Tulip36) is Featured!

I just wanted to post that Connie (Tulip36) is in this beautiful Treasury!http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=26542

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Treasury: Houston Beauty within a Glimmer of Color

Here is the latest Houston Treasury. I hope yall are able to visit it! We need everyone to comment, and click on each item to move us up more to the front of the page. Tell your friends to do the same!
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=10385
Thanks!!!!
Linda

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hearts for Houston tries Again!!! Treasury


I got us the Treasury this time. I changed things around a little but hopefully, if yall see this you will visit, comment, and click away to get us up to the front page!
Thanks!!!!
I can not wait to do another one!!!!
Linda

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Treasury Finding!


I was strolling through the treasuries, my messed up one is on page 1 now. My title, my name, not my choices!!! LOL! Then I kept going to each page and found a yellow star by one of the Treasuries, and it was made by Ruth of Rhadcliffedesigns, hers was even messed up, but she left a comment that this was her Treasury, but not her name or title!!! Some of us are in it, including some of our members we had the lovely chance of meeting last night!!! So I just thought I'd post it here and yall can go visit this link. Next Treasury I grab, will be a repeat of the one that got lost in cyber space!!!
Linda

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Another Houston Treasury!

I just wanted yall to know that I grabbed another Houston Treasury.
Please visit, comment and click away!
Thank You!
Linda
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=5471

Cindy Featured in Art After Dark

Linda sent this info from Art After Dark - First Saturdays-Heights - Yale Street Art Markets.

Click on the link and scroll down to see Cindy's Bundle of Joy featured.

http://us.mc823.mail.yahoo.com/mc/showMessage;_ylt=Aix67wU2Fo2Rs8Br.fhlcq1hk70X?

Friday, August 29, 2008

New Treasury Announcement!

I've grabbed us a New Treasury Yall!
Please visit, post, & click away!
Linda :)

Meeting - Tuesday, September 9th, 7:00pm

Our next meeting is Tuesday, September 9th at 7:00pm. If you are a Houston Area Artisan and are interested in attending this meeting or have questions about the meeting or our group, please email Pam at: pamelawhite2@yahoo.com to get details of the meeting restaurant and location.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Two more DiscoveryGreen Mtg. Group Pictures



Artisans of Houston Group Pics

Artisans of Houston - Aug 26, 2008 D.Green Group Pics

Here are 2 pictures of our group at Discovery Green August 26th meeting with Tiffany, board member of Central City Market. See previous post for details of the meeting.

September 9th meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, September 9th at 7:00pm. If you are a Houston Area Artisan and are interested in attending this meeting or have questions about the meeting or our group, please email Pam at: pamelawhite2@yahoo.com to get details of the meeting restaurant and location.

Pictures..



Here are some of the pictures from yesterday. Ain't we cute!!!??? ;)





















Hi everyone,

Thanks a lot, Pam, for all the information you posted. Here are some of the pictures of the group from discovery green. Pam, you and I were both taking pics at the same time for the last ones, so we're not in some of those photos. I'm going to try to download them on here and see if it works. If not, I'll try on the other site.
I also clicked on all the people on Cindy's treasury...wrote to each on inviting them to our blogspot (Jo's) and to come to our meetings.
It was great to finally meet you Jo!! Hope to see you again soon. If you'll email me at dbechardcr2@hotmail.com we can discuss the cleaners you were going to tell me about.
And it was nice to meet you Karri and hope to see more of you! Did you get my email?
Tiffany was very clear about everything involved in the Christmas Green Market. It sounds like it will be fun and possibly profitable. Also sounds like a good thing to get involved with on the ground floor.
I did apply for a teaching job in the Lamar School District thinking I probably wouldn't get a job. Well, I've gotten two emails from former teacher friends in Roswell saying the Lamar schools requested reference letters from them, which they sent. So I may be getting a full time job! We'll see, and I'll keep you posted. I'd like to know soon though, because if I do take a job with them, I won't be able to manage the Discovery Green Market on Thursdays. I will find out as soon as possible.
Thanks and that's it for now,
Diane












Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Central City Holiday Market

On Tuesday, August 26, at 11:00am, Artisans of Houston met with Tiffany, a board member of the Central City Market. Central City Market is at Discovery Green which some of you may know is an urban park which opened in April of 2008 and is still building. It's located in downtown Houston very near the George Brown Convention Center and the Toyota Center.

FYI: An important detail for us as prospective Vendors to know is: according an article in the Houston Chronicle- August 17, that an estimated 250,000 people visited Discovery Green in it's first 3 months! People have come from all areas of Houston, including the Woodlands, Sugar Land and other Houston areas.

We had lunch at Lake House near the Market vendors area. Tiffany told our group of seven ladies all about the ins and outs of being a Vendor in Central Market's Holiday Market, which will be an extention of the year around, weekly market program. The year around Market which has been in existence for about four months is made up of vendors of naturally grown produce, and other, environmentally green products.

Artisan Vendors of Central Market are advised to use natural components when creating, using very little if no, synthetic ones, although Tiffany stressed that the parameters are mucn looser for the Holiday Market vendors. As of yet there are no hard and fast rules for the Holiday Market as the program is new and will continue to evolve.

Tiffany told us Market Vendors could expect loyalty and fair play from the organizers. An example given: One coffee vendor has been with them from the beginning and has worked very hard to build up his sales. When another coffee vendor (a well known according to Tiffany) approached her to become a vendor, she had to turn him down because she believed the first vendor could not stand the competition at this time.

It was suggested by Tiffany that vendors often don't always make much in sales the first day, but the sales have increased (in the experience of the current vendors) later. The most lucrative time for sales has been between 5:30 and 6:00, when employees in the area high rise buildings leave work. The office people can see the vendors from their windows which draws them over.

Aside from making sales, we were told that some vendors have experienced a growing customer following and more vistors to their websites.

Suggestions of what may further our business: business cards, flyers, books with pictures of other pieces.

In attendance: Tiffany, a board member and temporary promotions rep for Central City's Market, Cindy and son Ethan , Connie , Diane , Jo , Karri , Linda , and Pam

We will be provided with: 10x10 covered area
2-tables (most likely 6ft. each)
2-chairs

It's recommended that we bring a pair of rain walls which can be found at Academy for under $30.00 for 2.

It's recommended that two artisans occupy a booth for purposes of safety and cost effectiveness.

Cost per Vendor area (booth): $270.00 which includes 6 Thursdays: Nov. 6, 13, 20 and December 4, 11, 18, from 4:00 to 6:30.

There will be rain day vendor cost rebates according to Tiffany.

Drive in and Out Time: (the time that cars are driven on the grounds by the venders transporting - loading and unloading): 2:45 - 3:15 - this may change by 30 minutes on either side with Daylight Savings Time - (we'll be told at the time).

The necessity for strict procedures during the Drive in and Out was explained, the main emphasis was on the safety of the children who will be in the area.

Those interested in being a Vendor in the Holiday Market should email Tiffany by the first of October. She will have the Vendor applications ready by the end of this week - August 29th.

Tiffany's email: ttcentralcity@gmail.com

If anyone would like to add anything that I may have missed or not explained well or needs further comments please post them. Also - any discussions on the subject are encouraged so we can have and idea of how many of us are planning to get involved and who might want to team up with who etc.

Pam
http://serendipityrose.etsy.com

Houston in Living Color




I was prompted by Linda's example to create a Houston Treasury of my own. I was inspired by the photo that is top and center to create this Treasury. All the featured people in this Treasury would make great additions to our team. Alas, none of them are currently on the team, though some of them are on the Etsy Texas Crafters Team. Want to join the Houston group? Just leave a comment to that effect. We'll sign you up straight away! Here's the link to the Treasury: http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=23268 - please go visit it while it is still active. Leave a comment and click on every picture to move it up the hotness chart! Thanks!

Linda's Treasury Featuring Houston Artists

I grabbed an image of Linda's Treasury when it was still up. I'm sharing it here so you can see what she created. Go here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cindyjoy/2801910973/sizes/o/ to view it on my flickr page, where you will be able to read all the writing. Great mixture, Linda!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Wishlist requests as a comment?

If you are an Etsy shopper, and you would like to request a specific type of thing to be created for you, you might leave a comment to this post. At Etsy, you can convo(message) individual artisans by looking for the link that is called contact. You must be a registered user to convo, bid or sell on Etsy.

Lately, I think because of the limitations on our own time, cost of living, and the wider availability of cheap(often cheaply made) imported craft/home items we've forgotten the pleasure of an individually made item. OOAK stands for one of a kind, and in my youth, more things were OOAK because they were made by an individual.

They cost more because: in addition to time, the materials for making things can be quite expensive. Even working from my stash of fabrics for a quilt, it is necessary for me to purchase batting for the middle of the layers. This might run around $20.00 or even more for specialty sizes or types.

So, if there were a chartreuse quilt or whatever your heart desires, just what would that something be? Feel free to ask for anything, and one of us might be inspired to create it. After all, asking for what you want is part of receiving it sometimes...

Yale Streets Art Market

Just wanted to let yall know that SerendipityRose (Pam) and LindaGJ (me) are going to be in the Yale Streets Art Market on the 1st Saturday of November. The times are iffy right now, but it will be during the day and usually is from around 10am to 6pm. It costs 65.00 per booth and it's a blast to do, well at least I think so. Music, food, around 36 booths, and the people are really nice there. It's located in the Heights, which is on a fabulous street with great shops to also enjoy.
Location: Parking lot of the Wind and Water GalleryStreet: 19th Street, a few blocks west of Yale Street & in Houston, TX.
Website or Map: http://www.yalestreetmarket...
This event takes place every 1st Sat. of the month. During the hot days, it's held during the night and when it gets cooler, it's held during the day. Check it out!!!
Linda

Sunday, August 24, 2008

New Houston Treasury

I just wanted to let yall know that there is a new Treasury I made featuring all us Artisians of Houston, except for me, and also including other Houston artists.
The link is: http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=3487
Take a look, leave a comment and click away!!!
Linda

Yale Street Art Market on Saturday, September 6

I will once again be exhibiting at the Yale Street Art Market. The market will be from 6 pm to 10 pm on Saturday, September 6. In addition to the Art Market, there is always tons of things going on in the Houston Heights on the First Saturday of every month. Check out these web sites for more details:

  • Yale Street Art Market http://www.yalestreetmarket.com/Main/HomePage and
  • Houston Heights First Saturdays http://www.heightsfirstsaturday.com/index.html

Come on by and check out my wares in person. In addition to my usual fare, I will have costumes for Halloween and the Renaissance Festival and Some new clothing items with pieced appliqu├ęs and other decoration. I hope to see you there!

Christmas Market at Discovery Green

On Tuesday, August 26th at 11:00 am, we will be meeting with Tiffany Tyler Kuffner to discuss participating in the Christmas Market at Discovery Green, which takes place every Thursday from the first one in November and until the last one before Christmas in December. The only exception is Thanksgiving Day. There won't be a market on that day. I am really excited to be able to have our group in on the first Christmas Market to be held at Discovery Green. This fabulous new downtown outdoor space is very popular with the affluent, near-town crowd. They started an organic food market earlier this year, which gets part of its funding from grants, making it an affordable place to have a booth. Discovery green sets up the pop up pavilions and can even process credit cards for you. The credit card service is currently paid for by one of the grants Tiffany managed to get hold of, so there is no cost to you for this service. Really. No cost. The customers buy "Market Bucks" from the market's stall and then they pay you in those "Market Bucks". You turn in the bucks at the end of the day, and the market gives you the full face value of the bucks. Too cool. They even designed the park with such markets in mind, meaning that you can drive right up to your booth space for loading in and out. In addition to all the other marketing the Discovery Green people are doing, an outdoor skating ring will open on Thanksgiving Day. That rink is going to attract quite a crowd, and Tiffany anticipates that some of the skaters and parents of the skating kids will come get some of their Holiday shopping done while they are there anyway. Additionally, we'll have the regular market customers, many of whom come to buy their produce every week. It isn't a big leap to think that people who buy organic produce directly from the farmers will want to buy handmade goods directly from the artist. I think it will be a great opportunity for all the artists, and the price is reasonable as well! Come to the lunch meeting and learn more, just please let us know you're coming so that we can get the right size table. If you want more information, leave a comment and a way to get hold of you!

Here are the meeting details from Tiffany:

I look forward to seeing you and the other Etsy crafters at lunch on Tuesday the 26th at 11:00.

http://www.discoverygreen.com/dining/

gives some details about the Lake House. They do open right at 11:00.

The directions and map at

http://www.discoverygreen.com/directions/

will help. I really recommend a meter space if you can get one. That hour of the morning should be OK for it.

More information about Central City and its operations at the Park can be found at:

http://www.centralcityco-op.org/discoverygreen.html

details about the holiday market are not up yet. I'm still working on the materials and trying to confirm things with the park before I write something that ends up not being true. We can talk about all of that on Tuesday.


I look forward to meeting all of you!

Tiffany

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Miss Peanut Jones wants to Join in the Fun!

Hi Yall!
This is the 1st time I've been able to check out the new Blog page & I wanted to add Miss Peanut in her Cowgirl Costume for a little more Texan pizzaz. We have a lot of talent in this little Team of ours here in Houston!
Kudos to the Blog Page Jo!!!
Linda

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Learning more at Etsy

http://www.etsy.com/virtual_labs.php is a page that lists upcoming events in the virtual lab. Some are craft lessons, many others are about team issues, and you don't have to give a password to get in. lol If you have some spare time you might find them worth checking out. Jo

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Monday, July 21, 2008

Polymer Clay Necklace


This is a necklace I made Friday. I have not posted it on Etsy yet. But thought everyone would like to take a look at it. It's made with polymer clay bead and copper beads.

Notice what a great use Cindy made of labels!

By including labels in the window at the bottom of the window where you write your posting, Cindy is able to quickly navigate viewers of the blog to her postings, including the same labels. This works like the tags in Etsy, and helps show how useful tags/labels can be for sorting quickly through a multitude of postings! Check out the labels on the upper left and click on each one, to see how it works.... CottoneyedJo

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Let's Get This Party Started!



We're hunting for opportunities here at Bundles of Joy, and I am excited about the world of possibilities for this team! Look for me at the Yale Street Art Market on Saturday, September 6!

hausofglass


Hi Jo and all!


Here I am! I'm excited to be here, too! Here's my little elephant. He's onto another home to live in though.
Diane

Artisans of Houston Unite! :)

The founding members of Artisans of Houston invite other local ETSY Artisans to
join our team. Our art includes a diverse collection of handmade items, and sellers of supplies for those creations . Check the links to our Etsy shops, and enjoy shopping without using a drop of gasoline!

Soon, many of the other members of the team, will be able to post to this blog. What a great way to let you know about sales, or special things that we are offering (especially as these items may be quite limited in their availability)!