Monday, February 8, 2010

VOTE: event 5

thanks so very much for all of your fantastic nominations in the
2010 Handmade Olympics. what a wonderful celebration of handmade!

without further ado, i'm thrilled to present our judges' shortlist for event #5!


thanks so much to our wonderful judge for this event, the inspiring + always encouraging artist Mitsy of Artmind: the beautiful shop + amazing hands-on blog.

what our judge had to say about the nominations: "Here is my shortlist for the Handmade Olympics 2010. What a joy it was to find out more about all the nominations. I tried to get a diversity of nominees together. It’s a gathering of people who do things just because, who share their live and love for handmade through their blog, who are an inspiration to others, who volunteer to make this world a better place through their craft, who raise money for people and creatures in need, who are caring & sharing,... There are so many people out there who forward kindness of all sorts. I'm happy to present the following ten people/organisations (in random order) ."


Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.
I am not a quilter but I do know it takes hours and hours and hours to put one together. I’m impressed by the dedication that people in this initiative are raising money for Alzheimer awareness. I wish I could see the exhibit they organised: Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece

Etsy Trashion team
People that turn trash into treasures is what this team does. The Trashion Team is a group of artists that create art, jewelry, fashion and objects for the home from materials that were leftover, discarded, or found, and sell them on Etsy.
I think it’s fantastic that objects get a second life and get recycled or re-used and the amount of creativity involved is amazing.

Margaret from The Resurrection Fern blog
This blog is new to me but became an instant favorite. I'm especially taken with the stone diaries , the beautiful photography and the amazing tutorials.
You can tell from her blog that Margaret loves to share her love for art & handmade. I love it when people are a source of inspiration for others.

Etsy Project Embrace
The EPE team is a coalition of artists whose main purpose is to create awareness and support for people who have been diagnosed with cancer.
I find it incredible that in no amount of time, a large group of Etsy sellers put their hands together and are continuously raising money for the American Cancer society. Go team, EPE!

Hearts for Haiti
It’s amazing what this group of sellers has accomplished in such a short period of time for the recent events in Haiti. It is an Etsy collective of donated items from hundreds of Etsy shops to raise money to rebuild Haiti. 100% of the proceeds from this shop (minus Etsy and Paypal fees) go directly to DoctorsWithoutBorders. Big thumbs up to all the volunteers who run this shop, donate items and more important to all those people who purchase from them.

Julie of Joy's Hope.
Thank you to whoever nominated Julie. What a beautiful person she is. I went to her blog, started reading about Joy and with wet eyes I continued reading along. A woman that writes from the heart about her family, shares ups and downs and so much more. A real asset for the handcrafted world.

The Toy Society.
I love the idea of toy dropping at random places and can’t believe it has spread from a local Australian project into a worldwide event.
I think that if I was a kid, and even if I’m not anymore, would LOVE to find a cuddly friend to take care off. Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

Renee from My Ugly Kitty
As a cat lover, I could not resist this sweet person for her help in raising money to aid shelter cats. She has rescued a kitty, herself and shows how with love and care these are just as happy as any other cat.
Big cuddle for your ugly but adorable kitty.

Lucy from Attic 24
One visit to her blog and you’re lost for many hours. Just browsing it makes you happy. She shares her lovely colourful crochet skills with so much flair that it just makes you want to pick up a hook and start yourself. She’s an inspiration to many people and treats them with lovely tutorials and eyecandy pictures.

the Etsy S.N.E.A.K. Team
Ha! If you like a good surprise like me, this is the place to go. It's a way to support independant artisans who are trying to sell their wares online. Two days a week at an appointed time, an Etsy shop with few or no sales is announced on this site. As many people as possible then buy items from that shop, resulting in a frenzy of surprise business to the unsuspecting shop!
What a fun initiative this is and what an enthusiastic way to support handmade.


wow! what a list!
let's vote for our favourite!

voting rules:
1. you can vote once in each event.
2. voting closes on wed. february 17th at 5pm
3. the top 3-vote getters in each event will be announced on thursday february 18th!

okay... please VOTE!

please be sure to head over to cast your vote in EACH of the 8 events:
vote in event #1
vote in event #2
vote in event #3
vote in event #4
vote in event #5
vote in event #6
vote in event #7
vote in event #8


:: and THE PRIZES!::
don't forget, there are over $2000 worth of handmaking prizes to be awarded! yay!
this EVENT will award the following prizes!

:: a GOLD prize pack including $150.00 worth of handmade goodness:
a $50 gift certificate to fluur
a $50 gift certificate to dot handmade
a $50 gift certificate to the empty nest

+ 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 little bit of pretty

a $50 gift certificate to open stock party

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

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  1. I'm only more than happy to cast my vote for Attic 24. She is the best. I read her daily and call her my muse.

    Kate - The Garden Bell

  2. I completely agree with Kate!

    Anna from Annas Dagar

  3. I would like to cast my vote for Attic24 as I reader her everyday after work.

  4. I would love to place my vote for Attic 24. She inspires me, and I am always happy when I get that notification in my mail box.

    Robyn Australia

  5. Soy de muy lejos, pero me gusta visitar el Attic 24, mi voto es para ella.


    Costa Rica

  6. I love attic 24, so inspiring, makes me itchy to make things just reading her blog (about to make a crochet jar cover now the jam is empty!!).
    I really look forward to each new post and new pics of what she's up to next.

    Love love love attic 24 XO

  7. I would love to vote for attic 24. she keeps me inspired!Lucy is an amazing woman very talented.

  8. Wow, the S.N.E.A.K. Team is in REALLY good company! Good luck to everyone!

  9. I vote for Attic 24 - I love her happy colorful blog!

  10. I am a regular reader of Attic 24. I can't tell you how much reading and looking at what Lucy does has inspired me. I am a great fan of her work. I will definitely vote for Attic 24.

  11. Attic 24 lovely lady her blog is amazingso colourful Enid

  12. Of course, I'm very happy to cast my vote for Attic24.
    Lucy is a wonderful human been.
    She loves to share her ideas but most of all,she reveals us how important are the amenities of the simple everyday life...
    I vote with all my heart!

  13. I love very much handmade and creativity and I like Attic24 as well!!
    have a great day

  14. I am delighted to vote for the inspirational and joyful Attic 24! I log in most days to be uplifted!

    Liz - the Reiki Queen

  15. I cast my vote for Lucy at Attic24.
    I enjoy her writing,photos, little anecdotes and of course the crochet and tutorials.

  16. Attic 24 has inspired me to crochet once again after many years. I'm loving it!

  17. I love what the Sneak attack team is doing on etsy.. supporting fellow artists and crafters.
    Kind and selfless! They are getting my vote :)

  18. THANK YOU WITH ALL MY HEART for your lovely words and votes, I can't put into words how happy this has made me, but imagine my grin kind of going ear-to-ear :o)

  19. Casting my thankful vote for Attic24. It makes these dark winter days a little brighter.

  20. I agree with Mamaco- even though I read Attic24 every day I am voting for Sneak Attack

  21. Yo, dejo mi voto por Attic 24, me encanta la creatividad y el diseño de todas sus labores, ademas la manera de compartir y enseñar con tanta generosidad.
    Maria Cecilia - Colombia

  22. Lucy is real.
    and she makes me Laugh, dream, hope and get to work!
    Attic 24

    Valentina in Cyprus

  23. I love Julie at Joy's Hope and think her blog is the best! But, I think you might have missed why she was nominated. She started Project 320 and collected tons of handmade items to raffle off to build a well with Charity:Water. She raised enough to build 2 wells. Told ya she was the best!

  24. Rory- you are so right- it should be about what someone has done for other people

  25. Attic 24 please! Lucy's blog never fails to inspire and cheer me up.


  26. I so enjoy Lucy at Attic 24, she is so positive and cheerful. She reminds me of the bliss of being in fifth grade when we settled in each afternoon while our teacher read to us from the Laura Ingles Wilder series Little House on the Prairie, that was my favorite time of a day as a child and Lucy is my favorite time of day as an adult.

  27. I'm voting for Attic24... and here's why. I KNOW that ALL of these people are amazing, and do wonderful things. But, to be selfish, Attic24 helps ME as well. Her positive attitude, thoughts on life, and daily musings help me re-evaluate my own life and viewpoint. She reminds me to SLOW down, take a look at what's going on around me, and pay attention to the little things, they matter. That IS important. If everyone were to do that.. then perhaps we can all start blogs of our own helping other people. She's the little happy reminder of what makes life lovely. If that isn't important, I don't know what is.

  28. Georgie, E. Sussex15 February, 2010 09:25

    I voted for Lucy / Attic 24.

    I learnt to crochet through her blog and it has enriched my life so much. I was recently able to give a crocheted blanket to a friend in a crisis - just as a 'I am here for you' thing - she uses this blanket everyday and it brings her comfort, the blanket only exists because of Lucy's blog. There is a 'spreading kindness' aspect to Attic 24, people like Lucy make the world a kinder place.

  29. Love, love, love Lucy at Attic24!!! She has my vote!!!!!

  30. Rory, while I do agree that doing practical things for people is brilliant, my vote is for Attic 24, her way of looking at the tiny things of life, a flower, a cup of tea and a cake, family, sunsets, a winter walk, reminds all of us to do the same, really appreciate what we do have, in a strange way it means that we get more upset when we see the poverty of others and more likely to help. We live in such stressful times that to be reminded to live life to the full will mean that we will all do something for others.

  31. Lucy (Attic24) has my vote!!!!


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