Saturday, February 28, 2009

Philly Etsy Team Members Donate Items to Art Auction & Raffle

Mew Gallery has become an important community hub for artists and crafters in the Philly area. Not only do they hold art exhibits and consign w/ tons of fabulous independent super-talented folks, they also serve as a meeting spot for Philly Etsy Team monthly meetings and events including Craftadelphia. When we were preparing for the Philly Sewing Collective’s Swap-a-rama-rama, Mew allowed us to set up tables and sewing machines which enabled us to work as a team to sew the goodie bags we gave out.

Once a year, Mew holds a Fundraiser. Now you might wonder why a for-profit organization would be having a fund-raiser but have you ever wondered why there aren’t more fabulous places just like Mew? Well one of the many reasons would be utilities and another is rent. Seriously…I want to be sure these guys are here for another year, because they in turn help to ensure that the Philly Etsy Team and all the independent artists in this community have a place to sell their glorious goods and a place to meet year round. So if you are in the area, please consider stopping by so that you can help support local arts and join us for the fun.

When: March 3, 2009 from 6 to 10 pm

Where: South Philly Tap Room, 1509 Mifflin Street, Philadelphia

What: Beer specials, silent auction, raffle, djs, dancing, and general merriment.

How much? $5 suggested donation

Win fabulous stuff (photography, paintings, prints, jewelry, clothing, zines, candles, ceramics, and sooooo much more!!!) from participating artists:

Alina tees & zines, Anna Burke photography, Beck’s Buttons jewelry, Bell Buoy Press, Boto Designs, Faceplant Wasted, Flying Fox, Gray Nation, Isaac Bushkin, J.L. Schnabel, Jessica Liddel, Joy Stember, KnitKnit, Lana Heckendorn, Lauren Lopez, Leslie Albend, Megan Dorien, Mike Geno, Miss Koco, Nicole Rae Styer, Rebelle Couture, Sarah Myers, Shannon McLaughlin, Sideways E, Tiny Airplanes, Tranquility jewelry, Un De Six clothing, WabiSabi, Warren Veith, and COUNTING!!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Philly Etsy Team wins 3rd Place at the Pabst Blue Ribbon Craft Challenge!

Headliner Band, (as seen in above slideshow): Wes Mattheu and the New Way Down, Thanks to all of the bands who played at the PBR Craft Challenge! The Sideshow Prophets, Kill You in the Face, The Great Unknown, and Univox

Philly Etsy Team wins 3rd Place in the Pabst Blue Ribbon Crafting Challenge
Congrats to all of the PBR Craft Challenge Winners!

On Saturday February 21st a few of the Philly Etsy Team members got together and shared a table for the Pabst Blue Ribbon Crafting Challenge, organized by the Philadelphia Independent Craft Market, and sponsored by Pabst!

Please see Rebecca's blog for more PBR Event Pictures! Please see Rebecca's blog for more PBR Event Pictures! Please see Rebecca's blog for more PBR Event Pictures!

Honorable Mention: Bettie and Earl

Honorable Mention - Bettie and Earl PBR Craft Challenge

NY Etsy Team Member BeadscarfRight next to the Philly Etsy Team Table was a member of the New York Etsy Team "Beadscarf" Please see the New New Team's, (NY,) Etsy profile, and their blog.

The Philly Etsy Team was also interviewed by Nick Diulio, Beer Expert, Writer, among many other things. Please visit Nick's blog to read more about him!

There were many other crafters who attended this all-PBR Themed Craft Challenge. If you were present at this event please leave a comment with your website information!

* It was just so difficult to include every crafter here, but we just had to give one last shout out to Amanda Shames Illustration!

Amanda Shames Illustration

Thanks to for yelping about this special PBR Event!

Please click Play >> to view pictures of their Jenga game!

And last but not least a huge all-time thank you to Julie of the Philadelphia Independent Craft Market, and Daniel the Field Marketing Manager of Pabst!

Please be sure to visit the official
PBR Website, and PBR Art Gallery!

More Pictures from the Monthly Team Meeting at Mew Gallery

Just wanted to post some extra info, to make sure Allison gets a deserving highlight for explaining Google Analytics to the team. Please see below.

Additional pictures from our Monthly Meeting at Mew Gallery, February 2009

Slideshow pictures by Pigeons in the Attic

The Philly Etsy Team came together for their February Monthly Team Meeting at Mew Gallery. Many thanks to co-coordinator Allison Ostertag for preparing the agenda, and keeping us on topic as much as possible. Allison and all of the team coordinators are offering a "Shop Make Over Series," in which they will be giving us their collective advice on our Etsy shops. Make-over volunteers are able to sign up through the Philly Etsy Team's google group message board. Allison also presented a virtual display of Google Analytics. It is an important tool for anyone with a website, blog, Etsy Shop, or otherwise. Google Analytics allows one to track every visitor to their site, how long they viewed, and how they arrived upon your site in the first place. It will also tell you the exact geographical location of each visitor, from city to US state, to international countries. Allison suggested to view your visitor statistics by US State, then simply search through Etsy and heart all of the wonderful shops in states where there has been minimal internet viewing.

Most importantly, we had some wonderful guests, Leah and Andrew, from the new "Made in Philly". Their special project involves creating a "curated selection of handmade arts and crafts for the home" featuring artists in Philadelphia and the surrounding metro area. They expect to launch their first catalog in Mid-May, with biennial printings thereafter. "Made in Philly" has long-term goals of opening a retail venue, and carving a unique niche in the American craft market by featuring our favorite city of Philly. For more information on how to participate in "Made in Philly," please visit their website: Tree Boom, Made in Philly.

Thank you to all of the Philly Team Members who were present at Friday's meeting: Allison Ostertag, Pigeons in the Attic, MWM Designs, Suelynne in the City, Insitu Decorative Arts, Evening Star Gallery, Jen McCleary, Beck's Button's, and the new Made in Philly.

Friendly Reminder: You can find team member's shops by using "Philly Team" in the "All Items Search".

Team Meeting February: 3rd Friday of Every Month!

Becky Lee demonstrated how to create a Treasury

Andrew told us about the Made in Philly catalog

Suzanne told us about her South Street storefront idea

Join us for the next meeting at 6:00 pm on March 20
at the Mew Gallery at 906 Christian St.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Philly Etsy Team is on Facebook and Myspace...

Become a fan of the Philly Etsy Team on Facebook!! And friend us on Myspace: PhillyEtsy Team MySpace Page. And of course, always check out the newest items on Etsy from all of the Philly Etsy Team members; simply search for "Philly Team" on Etsy. (Reposted from ARTisEVERYWHERE's blog.)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Thing-a-day is a month long project; each participant commits to make one new thing (project, sketch, etc.) per day and share it on the group blog. Here is a link to the thing-a-day blog. Quite a few members from the Philly Etsy Team are participating. Here are links to their posts: Jen McCleary, Girls Can Tell, Miss Koco, RedRedOrange, MaryJo Rosania, Studio Captura, Sqrl & Bee Studio & Flying Fox Designs.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

See Our Ad in GRID Magazine

GRID Magazine is a new Philly magazine
focused on sustainability here in the city
and practical, low cost things to do, cook,
places to visit, ways to lower your bills and
HANDMADE stuff like ours. You can read the
whole magazine on-line at
Our ad is on page 7!