OK, some may argue that print is dying. Some may say even say it is dead. I'd like to see it continue a happy, healthy life though... while I consume a lot of content and information online, I still enjoy sitting on the couch flipping through a magazine or reading a book in bed before I fall asleep.
One magazine I enjoy reading is ReadyMade Magazine. They have a lot of fun, interesting, and functional ideas for improving or creating just about everything. This week, you can help print stay alive on a budget by taking advantage of Amazon's special rate on a year's subscription to Readymade Magazine: Just $6 for a year of issues! The special rate only lasts until Saturday. If you miss it, you could still buy one year, get one free at ReadyMade's website.
Craft Hope is a faith-based, love inspired project designed to share handmade crafts with those less fortunate. It is their hope to combine their love for crafting and desire to help others into a project to make a difference around the world.
Currently, all proceeds of the Craft Hope Etsy shop will benefit Doctors Without Borders in Haiti. All items have been generously donated by the crafting community. If you'd like to donate an item please visit the Craft Hope website www.crafthope.com.
Whether you can donate something handmade or are able to buy something from this shop, you will sending much needed funds to the people who need it most right now.
Handmade Nation is playing in Boston in Monday at the 4th Wall Project in Boston, MA. The movie Handmade Nation is about the rise of DIY, craft, art, and design. Director Faythe Levine traveled the USA to interview crafts people and has put together over 80 hours of footage into this documentary. It has been a long time in the making and I am looking forward to finally seeing it!
View the trailer here:
2009 was a good year. I accomplished some firsts... I had the chance to drive across the country with two of my best friends. A photo of mine was featured (in the color section!) in a book about Boston Sports. I had the wonderful experience of being a vendor at Boston's Bazaar Bizarre. And I participated in the nationwide art experiment The Sketchbook Project.
It was a good year for my friends, too. Sidewalk Driver released their first full length CD. I had a lot of fun helping them with photo shoots and designing the album artwork (which, by the way, showed up in Boston Band Crush's album artwork top five of 2009!). Hillary moved to NY with Joe and started grad school at Pratt. Erin & Alex got engaged! And the group at Mad Tasty is moving at a steady pace.
Boston Handmade is going strong and both the group and our individual members had lots of great opportunities this year. We had lots of great show opportunities including South End Open Market and Boston's Bazaar Bizarre. For the second year in a row, we were invited to have a storefront in Downtown Crossing during the holiday season. Crystal of Vintage by Crystal was a guest on THE MARTHA STEWART SHOW! Mimi's Handmade Portrait was filmed and featured on Etsy.com.
Happy New Year to everyone and I look forward to good things in 2010!