Monday, January 17, 2011

the 2011 handmade olympics

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


update! feb. 5, 2011
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. 14th!) , after which everyone (that's YOU!) will have a chance to vote on who will WIN! yay!
thanks again,

ladies + gentlemen!
welcome to the 2011 handmade olympics:
where the handmade world comes together to celebrate making things!

think alpine sewing.
downhill woodworking.

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, or send some handmaking love out to other nicies who inspire you in the handmaking + handpicked world!
  {check out all of the 2010 handmade olympics winners here!} 

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 over $2000.00 USD worth of AMAZING handmade + vintage prizes! woowee!

here's how it will work.
  • there are 8 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 short-list for each category of their 10 favourite nominations!
  • once the short-lists 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!
1. nominate + spread the word
(open january 17, 2010 - february 4, 2010)

2. the FAN PRIZE
will be randomly selected from the total nominations! (feb 7th)

3. the judges TOP 10 shortlists
will be announced (february 14th, 2010)

4. VOTING will then begin
on each top 10 event list.
voting will take place between february 14th - february 23rd

5. the top 3 vote-getters in each event
will be announced on february 24th and their gold, silver + bronze prize packs awarded! wait til you SEE the prize packs!


the amazing PRIZES
valued at OVER $2000.00 USD, the handmade olympics prize packs are just gosh-darn fantastical! (please note: prizes have no cash value! thanks!)

EACH of the 8 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 $100.00 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! (8 events X 2 possible nominations PER event = 16 possible nominations)

2. to nominate, 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. no need to even have a handmade shop yet to enter. you can upload your images to the *handmade olympics* photo pool on flickr whether you have a shop or not! yay! (be sure to check in on all of the entries!)

4. there are a couple of ways to get a few EXTRA ballots in the FAN PRIZE pack drawing. for this event:

a) follow or subscribe to my rikrak studio blog here! = 1 extra ballot
b) twitter about your nominations + include the hashtag #handmadeolympics in the tweet and come back to each event to tell us about it! = 1 extra ballot (only the 1st tweet eligible)
c) blog about the *handmade olympics* and come back to each event to tell us about it! = 1 extra ballot total.
d) update your facebook status about the *handmade olympics* and come back here to each event & tell us about it = 1 extra ballot total.
e) leave a link to this etsy thread here with an item you're nominating = 1 extra ballot

5. each person could have a possible total of 7 ballot entries per event (rule #1 + rule #5}

6. HAVE FUN + help CELEBRATE handmaking!

7. please comment separately for
each nomination/entry. thanks kindly!



woohoo, nicies!
let the games begin!

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  1. I tweeted about event 7 as @jenni20designs

    Want to be judged by @daniellexo and win a $50 gift certificate to my etsy boutique?! @therikrakshop's #handmadeolympics are here!!!
    Twitter for iPhone • 1/17/11 6:12 PM

  2. FUN!! Loved last years!!

    Off to nominate!!

  3. Wow, what a fun event! I can't wait to see what people do!

  4. so excited to see your nominations, nicies!

  5. SO excited to see the shortlist and to come back and vote! Good luck to all! <3

  6. I just started following this blog! Now off to brainstorm my nominations!

  7. This is fun!
    I love this blog. I used to follow it (in the non-blog term) a while back, but then somehow lost track of it...I'm glad I stumbled upon it again.
    Now I'm following it (in the blogger term) so I'll be around...

  8. Following this blog now!

    sarahdruehickox [at] gmail . com

  9. Following the blog!

    Tweeting as I go!

    This is so much fun :)

  10. I enjoyed this last year, glad its back again :)

  11. Sorry I don't understand rule 3. What's with the photo? Why do we have to upload a photo on your flickr account? What if I just nominate a blog and link to it from here and state my reasons? Is it ok?

  12. yay - so glad to have you all (welcome back to old friends; a warm hello to new ones!)

    ... avatarlady: rule 3 just allows folks who would like to nominate one of their own works of art, but have no shop, a space to showcase their works for everyone to see. but yes, you can just link to a shop, person, site, blog, etc if you/the place you're nominating has one! thanks!

  13. Can you nominate the same thing for two awards? I'm trying to decide between handmade goodie for kids and eco goodie.

  14. sure thing, amy - you can nominate the same person/item in more then one category if it fits, so long as you only nominate ONE other person/item in each category.


  15. Retweeted your message.!/therikrakshop/status/29586493446033408


  16. RT here -!/therikrakshop/status/29597352222265344

  17. I follow you on GFC


  18. How can you not love [the rikrak studio]? She's the loveliest of the lovelies!!! <3

  19. Hi I would like to nominate my chenille bunny from my etsy shop.


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