Thursday, March 22, 2012

the 2012 handmade olympics


update! april 17th, 2012
thanks so much to everyone who has entered!
what an amazing & talented bunch you are!

nominations are now CLOSED. 
and YAY you can go VOTE on the judges' SHORTLISTS here! 

VOTING ENDS friday, april 27th @ 11:59 pm EST!

thanks again,


(sew) FASTER.
(paint) HIGHER.
(metalsmith) STRONGER!


ladies + gentlemen!
welcome to the 3rd annual 2012 handmade olympics:
where the handmade world comes together to celebrate making things!

think downhill sewing.

100-metre silk screening.
pairs cooking on ice!

and all of the other amazing things folks in the handmade world do + make + create every day!

oh what a wonderful handmade world we live in!
now's your chance to show the world your own creative creations, AND send some handmaking love out to other nicies who inspire you in the handmaking + handpicked world!  {check out all of the 2011 & 2010 handmade olympics winners, too!} 

by entering the various events, it's a wonderful way to show the world your beautiful creations, have some amazing judges check out your great shops, AND, if that's not enough fun, there are $1700 worth of AMAZING handmade prizes! woowee!

 here's how it will work.

  • there are 7 fun handmade olympic events, each based on a tenant of my little blog!
  • FOR EACH EVENT you can nominate ONE of your own fabulous creations, shops, blogs, etc. (please read rules for each event) plus nominate ONE of your favourites from another shop, site, blog, etc.
  • by nominating yourself + others, you will automatically be entered in the randomly chosen FAN prize pack drawing (the first of many prizes!):--> a $50.00 shopping spree in my handmade shop, rikrak!
  • once nominations close, our illustrious judges will take a look at the amazing nominations in each category. the judges will announce a shortlist for each category with their 10 favourite nominations!
  • once the shortlists are announced, EVERYONE will get a chance to VOTE on their very favourites!
  • the top-3 vote-getting WINNERS in each category, as determined by you, the readers, will be awarded their fabulous prizes! yay!


the amazing PRIZES
valued at OVER $1700. USD, the handmade olympics prize packs are just gosh-darn fantastical! (please note: prizes have no cash value! thanks!)

EACH of the 7 events will award:

:: a GOLD prize pack (with $150.00 worth of shopping sprees!)
+ 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 $60 worth of shopping sprees!)

:: a BRONZE prize pack of a one month ad spot on the rikrak studio blog! yay!


1. you can nominate ONE of your own PLUS ONE of another person's applicable items/shops/blogs in each event. like to nominate yourself in a category but haven't made anything yet that fits the theme? yay to creating it! woohoo! (7 events X 2 possible nominations PER event = 16 possible nominations)

2. to nominate, in the comments of each event PLEASE state: 
:: the name of the item/blog/etc 
:: who made it 
:: why you're nominating it for this specific event 
:: and a LINK to an image of the item/blog/shop/etc.

3. there are a couple of ways to get a few EXTRA ballots for the FAN PRIZE pack drawing.= 1 extra ballot for EACH (leave a note in the comments of each event)
a) follow or subscribe to my rikrak studio blog
b) tweet about your nominations (use #handmadeolympics) & tell us.
c) blog about the *handmade olympics*
d) do a  facebook update about the *handmade olympics*
e) follow me on twitter (i'm @therikrakshop

f) pin it! you can pin the nominations (please link to the maker!), the event or the olympics themselves!

4. HAVE FUN + help CELEBRATE handmaking!

5. please comment separately for each nomination and entry. thanks kindly!


let the GAMES begin!

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  1. This is a fantastically fun contest! I'm sure I will have some shops to nominate. :) I linked to this on my blog today:

  2. oh that's so sweet of you, nicey!
    cheers & thanks so much!

  3. I have tweeted this and it's on my facebook page

    Here are my nomnations:
    Me- this bag recycled from vintage bed sheets and made so that it can be removed from the handles and washed. It is featured on my blog in this old post:

    Someone else: This reversible bag from Its All About the Fabric's+All+About+The+Fabric)

  4. My sister in law (whose name is also Elizabeth) and I have a blog called Simple Simon and Company
    ( ) Where we love all things relating to sewing, crafting, vintage items and kids projects.

    I'd like to nominate Elizabeth's super fun nautical dress that she made from a women's thrift store skirt. Here is the link:

    Thank you!

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  6. Hi it's Bettijo from I'd like to nominate my Handmade Memory Game. For my oldest daughter's fourth birthday I wanted her to have a cool Memory Game. I couldn't find anything that was just right for her, so I decided to make the game myself. I had so much fun that I started making them in various colors and designs and selling them in an Etsy shop. This digital print is my current favorite:

  7. -tweeted about #handmadeolympics from @trashn2tees
    -following you on twitter too!
    -shared the handmade olympics on my facebook page (


thanks so much for your comments, nicies!
it's a joy to read what everyone writes here.
thank you!