Thursday, February 18, 2010

the handmade olympics celebration!

indeed! think like a winner illustration print by the lovely heidi burton


cue the national anthems!
ready your handmade banners!
get out those cameras!
here come our medallists!

welcome to the 2010 handmade olympics medal party celebrations!!

so glad you could all attend! what a fabulous month and a half of handmaking amazingness it's been!

while you're taking your seats... i've just a few words i'd like to share!
(what olympic event would be complete without a speech?!)

cheers to everyone who nominated, cheered on and encouraged others in handmaking, as part of these fun events!

over 15000 individual votes were cast (i *think* that might be more then voted in our last election! :) {you nicies should run for office the way you've inspired grassroots cheering like this! amazing!}

ah, how folks LOVE the handmade community! your enthusiasm was inspiring! the events were created in the hopes of celebrating handmade, and what a celebration you all helped to create!

congrats to ALL of the fabulous nominees, the amazing folks shortlisted for each event, and now, to our medallists!

thanks to everyone who played.

hope it encouraged you, at the very least, to get your wonderful work out there, and to cheer on others in our lovely handmaking village! whether you played, voted, created or cheered, i think we all play a great part in building our amazing handmaking community, together!
thanks for being part of it!

indeed, most of all, let's take a cue from those *other* olympic athletic competitors to achieve our own handmaking bests... dream big, weather the ups & downs, keep trying, surround yourself with great, encouraging folks, and most of all... believe in your self, your creations, and your fabulous work!

without further ado... as nominated by YOU, shortlisted by our fabulous judges, and voted on by YOU, our medallists (whose prizes total over $2000 worth of handmade & vintage goodness) in the 2010 handmade olympics ARE.....


gold: Lucy from Attic 24
silver: Hearts for Haiti
bronze: TIE: Margaret from The Resurrection Fern blog
& The Toy Society

gold: the fancy lamb
silver: maya*made
bronze: betz white

gold: instant party by bunny with a toolbelt
silver: love gnomes by sewn Natural
bronze: rub ons by yaelfran

gold: feeling stitchy
silver: the long thread
bronze: pins + paper


in the event of two nominees coming within one vote of each other, i awarded a tie. ;)

i look forward to featuring some of our fabulous medallists in the upcoming months.
and i especially look forward to continuing to cheer on the handmade community!

personally, i've found myself a whole bevy of amazing new artists to adore, and happily rediscovered many faves! and thanks to the many of you who have told me you've loved them, too!

so grab a beverage (i'm on my 4th coffee!)
take a visit through the medallists fabulous work, meet some new handmaking friends,
and enjoy the celebrations!
thanks, nicies!
what a fabulous party it's been!

thanks again to our sponsors:
alex keller
artisan clay
blomma finds blog
dot handmade
empty nest
the framed frog
funkey monkey company
green violet vintage
hazel & harlow
jadite kate
june shin
kalla studios
little bit of pretty
the little red door
lucindas nice things
luttrell studio
michele maule
mousetrap vintage
open stock party
paisley baby
the peach tree
plushroom soup
pom love
rikrak studio blog
rj charms
small grapes fabrics
too aquarius

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  1. Woohoo!! Big congrats to all people who got nominated and big cheers to all the medal winners!
    You were an amazing host, Krystal! Well done for spreading so much handmade love! :)

  2. Congrats to everyone! This was such a nice idea, k. That had to be a ton of work to coordinate, so three cheers for you, too!

  3. Congrats to all of the winners! There is an amazing array of talent here.


  4. Congrats to the winners and special congrats to fiveforty for already selling that rug!! YAY FIVE!

  5. wow, I am soooo chuffed to have been included in this fabulous competition, such fun watching the voting :o)
    Thank you ever so much for organising it all Krystal, you did an amazing job.
    Looking forward to hearing from you, my email should you need it ...

    Lucy@Attic24 xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  6. Congratulations to all of the winners! This was a great bunch of Indie Artists! Thanks for organizing everyone, Rikrak!

  7. wow, I am soooo chuffed to have been included in this fabulous competition, such fun watching the voting :o)
    Thank you ever so much for organising it all Krystal, you did an amazing job.
    Looking forward to hearing from you, my email should you need it ...

    Lucy@Attic24 xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  8. Congratulations to all the winners!! Incredible job Kristal! You should feel very proud of all your hard work!

  9. wowowowwwwwwww!!!!!
    Adorable contest, thanks a million to all people who have voted and to you, wonderful RIKRAK!!!!!!!!!


  10. yay! congrats to the winners :)

  11. Fabulous contest Kristal, thank you for all your hard work!! You are a sweetie pie!
    Thank you to the fabulous emmarts for nominating my rug!
    Thank you to everyone who voted for me!!
    Congratulations to all of the wonderful winners!!

  12. Thanks so much Kristal, we're very proud of our bronze medal for nicie stuff! Congrats to all the other winners.

    Love The Toy Society xoxo

  13. Thank you for all the fun we had! It was so exciting! :)
    Thank you for all the hard work you've done and for the great opportunity you gave us to show our work!
    Congratulations to everyone!

  14. Wow! Congratulations to all the winners! It was a really fun contest :)

  15. Congratulations Winners!! Many thanks to Kristal for organizing the whole ROCK!!!

  16. Wow, congrats to all of the winners and to all of the nominees. This was such a fun event to be a part of and I can't even imagine all of the hard work put into it from kristal. I found so many new favorite shops and blogs to keep on the bookmarks.

    Already looking forward to next year's event.


  17. Yay! Congrats to all the winners! This was so much fun to judge - but so hard to pick just a few!

  18. Congratulations to all the winners! And a big thank you for Krystal for hosting this amazing challenge!

  19. Congratulations everyone! Awesome winners and what a huge amount of votes!!!

    I can't wait to welcome madebyhank to my shop for their prize!

  20. Fantastic crafters all around!


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