Monday, January 11, 2010

the handmade olympics {event 8}


update! feb. 1, 2010
thanks so much to everyone who has entered!
what an amazing & talented bunch you are!

nominations are now CLOSED.
your nominations have been sent to the judges, and we look forward to the revealing of their short lists (on feb. 8th!) , after which everyone (that's YOU!) will have a chance to vote on who will WIN! yay!
thanks again,


please see the MAIN handmade olympics post for all of the fun-filled details & rules on the events!

now.. welcome to event 8: please leave a comment here nominating:
your favourite BLOG with a handmaking focus!

for this event think lovely blogs.
think handmaking nicies who share with us by blogging.
think handmade blogs that inspire you every day!

thanks so much to our fabulous judge for this event, the wonderful tara gentile, editor of the inspiring scoutiegirl blog!

tune in tomorrow to find out more about this nicey!


remember, you can nominate yourself + another in EACH event! PLUS get bonus ballots for twittering, blogging + facebooking about the handmadeolympics! yay!

the amazing PRIZES
valued at OVER $2000.00 USD, the handmade olympics prize packs are just gosh-darn fantastical!

this EVENT will award the following prizes!

:: a GOLD prize pack
including $150.00 worth of handmade goodness!
(a $50 gift certificate to the peach tree
a $50 gift certificate to pom love
a one-month adspot on the blomma finds blog!)
+ an *i WON* the handmade olympics banner/button image to use on your site/blog/shop
+ an artist/crafter feature on the rikrak studio blog!

:: a SILVER prize pack with $100.00 worth of handmade goodness:
a $50 gift certificate to michmade
a $50 gift certificate to crow+iris

:: a BRONZE prize pack
of one FREE month of March 2010 advertisting on the rikrak studio blog! yay!

and of course, there will be ONE overall random nomination selected from all handmade olympics to WIN the FAN PRIZE PACK (a $50.00 shopping spree in the rikrak shop!)


now check out the other events + nominate more fun folks!

{ event 1 } :: our favourite handmade goodie with an innovative design
{ event 2 } :: our favourite handmade goodie for kids
{ event 3 } :: our favourite handmade eco friendly goodie

{ event 4 } :: our favourite handmade item that inspires lovelieness + wellness (in our homes, for ourselves, etc.)
{ event 5 } :: our favourite handmade personality/group forwarding kindness thru handmaking

{ event 6 } :: our favourite thrifty-forward, sustainable-minded blog, shop or site.

{ event 7 } :: our favourite FUN-FILLED handmade OR vintage goodie

{ event 8 } :: our favourite handmaking-focus blog

happy handmaking, nicies!

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    Boy, this is a toughie. I nominate Attic24's blog, though. It's so colorful and peaceful. And inspiring. She got me to pick up my crochet hooks and yarn again! Someday I might have enough of my little yarn project done to photograph!

    There are other wonderful handmade blogs out there, too:

  2. I would like to nominate my blog, Funky Finds.

    Since 2006, I have been promoting handmade items created by artists, crafters & designers worldwide.

    I would also like to nominate Feeling Stitchy, a blog that features needlepoint & embroidery artists.

    Cheers! Jessica Dougherty

  3. I'm nominating Nicole's blog:

    It's one that I read every single day because there's always something new and fun there every day! She does a wonderful job highlighting handmade artists through different types of features (from her spotlight giveaways to her couture du jour). She also has the best handmade tutorials. If you haven't visited yet, you will discover that this is a first rate blog, all the way!

  4. I would like to submit my blog for consideration:

    Its a fairly new blog, but it has a strong DIY focus so far.

  5. is great. all handmade and repurposed. relatable and a fun read!

    and, i love my own (of course, you have to!) is my favorite! its handmade, vintage, and etsy galore!

  6. I nominate
    This is a fun blog with lots of updates, great links and lots of variety.

  7. fun fun fun!! yay!

    Ok, so I would like to nominate my little blog, because I work so darn hard on it :)

    and then I would also like to nominate the olive bites blog by Cat of uncorked and polarity:

    She has so much fun stuff posted including lots of handmade goodness and interviews but also misc things that make me laugh.

    thanks so much!

  8. I am a big fan of Little Birdie Secrets:

    There is so much crafty goodness there I just can't stand it! lol

    Good Luck!

  9. I would like to nominate my blog, Hammermarks, where I talk about my journey as a jewelry artists and metalsmith -

    and also Dude Craft. He features links to so many different artists who are creating amazing and crazy things everyday.

  10. I am nominating Twig and Thistle { } because they always make me smile in the morning and their taste is so similar to mine.

    I am also nominating my own blog of course Upstate Fancy ( } I pride myself on all sorts of handmade finds, with an emphasis on looking at the world through a graphic designers eye.

  11. Yup, nominating myself again...

    I blog handmade, artists, designers, trends, tutorials, etc.

  12. I nominate:

    With her weekly "Teach Me Tuesday" and a tag line that reads, "Bringing you a more beautiful home, one glue gun burn at a time", how can you not love this blog!

  13. I would like to nominate myself. I'm rather new but have done many blogs on my own craft, on others' crafts (weekly Friday Featurettes), giveaways, and personal ones to relate to readers.

    And I'd like to nominate Megan's blog Studio M.M.E. She is a fantastic artist who makes beautiful prints; inspired me to do my own. She does features, and really talks to her followers despite having so many. I love her!

  14. Tweet:

  15. Hands down my favorite handmade blog by far is

    Chic modern and vintage design items! Practical, fun, and inexpensive! Fun to read blog that tells a personal story while promoting the lost art of homemade goods!


    They post so many different types of fun crafts, it's a great place to find a weekend project.

  17. i think my first blog i stumbled upon was mitsy's.....and still my favourite ;)

  18. Lillyella, of course :) She is absolutely lovely! Always something new and interesting on that beautiful blog!

  19. How cool!
    I would like to nominate Mitsy's blog that has been inspiring me to create on a daily basis.

    And I would love to nominate my blog that I am trully passionate about and work so much on.

    Thanks so much!

  20. Ok-how do I narrow it down? There are so many captivating blogs that I read every spare moment. I click and moments later emerge more inspired and motivated than ever before. Drum Roll. I for easy to follow ideas and instructions that are accessible to everyone.

    And of course I like my own little corner called Beau Rabbit at

  21. Well, I suppose I should nominate my own blog:

    and I'd like to nominate all of these blogs as well:

    Let the games begin;]

  22. I nominate CanArtisan

    They are dedicated to Canadian Artisans, feature a list of upcoming shows and are absolutely fabulous!

  23. artmind and attic24 are definately my favorites

  24. I think that I'll nominate Brenda of Phydeaux's blog:

    It is thoughtful, sincere and very supportive of others in the crafting/making community. She tends to show up on other people's blogs offering support and writing articles. I think that she's grand.

  25. hi,

    i really love The magic onions blog - fabulous eco crafts and ideas, lots for kids.


  26. The Resurrection Fern blog has a handmade focus, and it is incredibly inspiring:

  27. I would like to nominate my blog, Salad For Breakfast which you can find at

    I take great pride in supporting the handmade movement, am VERY active on the Etsy forums and networking with other handmade artists, volunteer with a handmade giveaways website and of course, also feature handmade artists on my blog through reviews or giveaways. I ran an Etsy Festival on my blog back in May 2009 which was a huge success and had well over 10 handmade vendors taking part. I would certainly love to do it again! About 99% of my features have been on handmade artists and they are by far my best clients!

    Another blog I'd like to nominate is

  28. I'd like to nominate my own blog:

    I love all things handmade and am always talking about my latest craft obsession: sewing, quilting, knitting, gocco-ing...

  29. Also linked to the handmade olympics on my blog. :-)

  30. I'm nominating Baltimore Craft!

  31. without a doubt The Long Thread is one of the best for handmaking lovelies- one of my go-to reads!


  32. i love hundred--thousands--- of handmade blogs. they are all amazing. i have to nominate my friend jamie bc not only does she have crazy skills but she is always so positive and sunny.

    and my blog can be found at


  33. This is one of those blogs you just can't help but go and see what they are talking about. Because its always fun!

  34. I want to nominate Project: Project. It's still in its infancy but there is a lot of great stuff on the way:

    It's here:

  35. I nominate the Pins + Paper blog: the tagline says it all! "Loving handmade. Supporting Artisans. Exploring Craft." We feature local artisans, local shows, tutorials, paper goods love, free downloads and sewing news.

  36. i feel funny nominating my own blog- but here goes! going home to roost is a daily inspiration blog that focuses on design and style, handmade artisans, designers, eco indieprenuers, and a more organic way of life!

    2nd i would like to nominate love, natalie. she writes cozy posts and features craft projects, and always has something new to swoon over.

  37. I'd like to nominate the blog, Reese Dixon. Its owner, Tresa, is a prolific maker who never fails to inspire me with crafty goodness and she writes in an engaging voice about many of life's ups and downs.

    I'll also nominate my own blog, All Things Paper. I started it as a way of bringing together the wide variety of paper artists and paper crafters who make astonishing things with the simple material we all know and love.

  38. I feel a tad embarassed to nominate my blog, but I have been so blessed by the friends and community it has brought me. My blog chronicles my making processes and products of oh so many kinds. I have many free tutorials linked on the side bar. Please have a look:

  39. hi lovelies! just blogged, facebooked and tweeted!


  40. I nominate the Balitmore Etsy Street Team because it is awesome!

  41. I'm nominating for #8: favorite blog
    Allegra & Emily

    From their blog: "we savor the little details in life & infuse every project ...with creativity & personality".

    These girls are both darling and inspiring: covering every topic in their blog from etsy, gift giving, fantastic events, weddings, home decor, etc.
    Also, they dedicate their etsy business to creating unique and beautiful stationery, etc. as well as beautifying and enhancing other peoples' work!

    I think everything they do is infused with Gold!

    I have also blogged about the event on my blog:

  42. I started this blog while I was in a graduate bench jeweler program. I discussed all the projects we worked on with pictures of finished items and items in progress. I also share helpful tips I learned throughout the program and after.

  43. I am nominating my Birdie Handmade blog. I try to inspire by sharing what I love. I am a mama who brings my daughter to the studio with me every day, and somehow or another, we make it through each day with new and wonderful discoveries. Cheers!

  44. I shamelessly nominate my own blog:

  45. I also nominate Paper n Stitch:

  46. i would like to add to these fine nominations TRAIL OF HEARTS, a new blog that tracks a hearts from shop to shop, introducing the world to fabulous etsy artists by sharing their favorite items--it's like Six Degrees of separation for Etsians, and it's amin goal is to SHARE THE LOVE.

    thanks for your consideration!

    Lorrie Veasey
    Etsy shop

  47. i'm the indie craft blogger for southern california's oc weekly, and i would LOVE to nominate my Gettin' Made blog features!

    we spotlight shows, individual crafters, talk about new craft supplies, and have giveaways and a whole lot of fun to boot!

  48. I would like to nominate Mitsy's blog:

  49. I absolutely love Say Yes! to Hoboken
    Would like to nominate this blog for its consistent posts on all things handmade, lovely artists, and DIY's!

    Okay never nominated myself before but, I would like to nominate my blog, In Honor Of Design

    I have met so many wonderful people through my blog. My blog focuses on Handmade. Artistry, etsy shops, DIY's, etc.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  50. Posted the nomination on twitter:


  51. OK...because I am all about handmade...and this past year has been an AMAZING one...I've never been as productive and learnt new skills as I have this past year because blogging nearly everyday has pushed me to new beginings...
    SO...I nominate our Blog ***WE BLOG ARTISTS***

    This is so exciting!!!

  52. I'm back to nominate a wonderful lady called Gina who has the GREAT everything real and handmade blog BRIGHT and BLITHE...
    here's the link
    She's so true to everything she posts about and makes wonderful creations.

    Good luck Gina!

  53. Wow this is so great.

    I would like to nominate my blog 'Fantasy Pop Art'

    I talk not only about my artwork, but showcase other wonderful artists. I also post helpful information about art creating, tutorials, and places to create prints to name a few.

    I would also like to nominate
    Her blog has information that is helpful to artists as well as showing her lovely arts and crafts.

  54. Hello.. Just blogged and tweeted about this great event.

  55. Nominating my blog :)

    Also nominating Janick's of neawear blog Creativadoration


  56. I nominate my blog

    it's new and fun!

  57. I'd like to nominate Sweet Sweet Life - my favorite blog to visit every day. It's full of color and joy with great features about creative homes, indie makers and their shops, and living a wonderful life with her family. I just love it.

    I'll also nominate my own blog - Gratz Industries. I share the blog with my husband (who writes children's books) and we write about our work, others who inspire us, and the home we're building with our daughter in the mountains in North Carolina.

  58. I would like to nominate my blog, My Thread of Thought. The url is

    I write about my crafts and my experience crafting, but I also talk about other people's items sometimes too.

    Thanks for this opportunity!

  59. One of my very most favorite places to play is She always has great innovative idea's and she is so kind to share her readers crafts as well.

    I guess I might as well nominiate my blog as well... My tagline is "Do your part to make the world a cuter place to live!" I have sewing tutorials, craft tutorials, giveaways and I am free with my praise for and shoutouts for other crafters. We have some fun times!

  60. I have also blogged about the handmade olympics....super idea! Yea you!

  61. my favorite hand made item is food!!!

    La Fuji Mama is a newly found favorite.

  62. I'd love to nominate Things We Make, a great blog that features lots of lovely handmade things from folks near and far:

    Another awesome blog that features on the handmade work of Indie Designers is
    However, since the driving force behind this blog is the judge for this event, she may not be able to include her own blog! I'm just saying - that it's an awesome handmade focus blog!

    I'd also like to nominate my own blog: I try my best to explain and show my creative process as I work at MAKING!

  63. Handmade Evolution is on my daily blog list. They focus on handmade items, and have a great selection of artists and designers. It definitely inspires me every day so it should win best blog! Handmade Evolution

  64. I nominate UK Handmade a lot of time and effort has gone into this handmade, creative hub for UK crafters. Very clear, concise, interesting content covering all aspects of handmade.

    Also extremely worthy of a mention is The Hermitage for inviting you into an exciting world of imagination where you feel like a character in a folktale, and it brings a special experience to the reader.

    Last but not least, Art and Ghosts the beautiful, fairytale realm of dreamlike illustration.

  65. I'd like to nominate my blog, The Elle's Beads Blog: I do a weekly series called EB Friday Hotlist that reviews online resources that may be useful to artisans. I also promote the work of other artisans, especially those who produce eco-friendly products.


    I love Chakra Penny Whistle's inspiring and pretty blog.


    for the color and inspiration!

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