Monday, December 29, 2008

December Giveaway

There's just enough December left for a giveaway.
DragonflyStitches is offering up this huge quilted stocking and a snowman chewie for baby.

What's the inspriation behind this sock? "I loved the pattern for the stocking and it's a family tradition at our house that Santa leaves a family gift, like a small game and some candy that we can share in addition to individual stockins so I made another."

How about that chewie? "The chewie blocks come from an idea based on a gift my mom made for my oldest son. He received a big stuffed block to chew on but he only really liked the ribbon loop she added to hook it to his carseat. I thought I would start making blocks with lots of loops and the idea has really worked. "

Why did you join the Idaho Indie Works team? "I love to long arm and I long arm for other people as part of my business. "

(Yes, I had to google "longarm", Scarlett doesn't get out much.)

Rules are the same as last month...

1. Go to DragonflyStitches etsy page.
2. Leave a comment telling us your favorite thing about DragonflyStitches.
3. Giveaway ends 7 January 2009, high noon, or whenever I check it on that day.
4. Anonymous comments will be ignored/removed, make sure we can contact you - leave your email address or etsy store.
5. One entry per person please.
6. One winner per giveaway.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

December giveaway

Holy cow! It's Christmas Eve and we haven't given anything away.
This month our Etsy friend Michelle of DragonflyStitches will be giving away a Christmas stocking and a snowman chewie block.
Check back soon for more details.
And Merry Christmas Eve.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

November's Winner is...

Thanks all for playing and check back for another giveaway in December.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

SV Soaps November Giveaway

This month's giveaway is provided by Idaho Indie Works artist SV Soaps.
Yours truly loves the Satsuma soap, it smells awesome and has wonderful lather. (I can't handle a latherless soap. Is that a word? I didn't think so.) Anywhoooo....

An interview with SV Soaps:

I said: What are you donating for the giveaway?
SV Soaps said: I would like to give away my Soap Sampler Gift Set. It comes with 2 (1 oz) soap samples and a lip balm.
I said: You know that Satsuma smells good.
I said: What is the inspiration behind your soap?
SV Soaps said: I have been a soapmaker for almost twelve years and I am obsessed with soapmaking.
I said: No kidding, can I have more Satsuma bars??
Then I said: Why are you a member of the Idaho Indie Works Street Team?
SV Soaps said: I am a member of the IdahoIndieWorks because I want to meet and get to know other Estians in my area. It is always so wonderful getting to know other artists.
I said: Oh yeah, very interesting. Where do you keep the Satsuma bars again? Do you have any in your purse there?

November brings new giveaway rules.
1. Go to
2. Leave a comment telling us your favorite thing about SV Soaps.
3. Giveaway ends 30 November, high noon, or whenever I check it on that day.
4. Anonymous comments will be ignored/removed, make sure we can contact you
5. One entry per person please
6. One winner per giveaway

Cheers handmade lovers!

Friday, November 14, 2008

IIW Upcoming Events

The Holidays are here! Come check out our Idaho Indie Works artists and crafters at these handmade boutiques and shows.

14 November: Boise Cascade Annual Holiday Bazaar
Friday (today) 7:30am - 5pm
Boise Cascade Building

15 November: Hill's Handmade Holiday Show
Saturday 9am - 5pm
1221 Broadway (next to Albertsons)

20 - 21 November: Craft O Copia Handmade Holiday Show at The White Pine
Thursday & Friday 5pm - 9pm
115 13th Ave S

29 - 30 November: Idaho Indie Works Holiday Boutique
Saturday 9am - 5pm & Sunday 11am - 4pm
873 W. Cagney Drive in Paramount Subdivision (off of Chinden between
Linder and Meridian)

6 December: Hip Holiday Market at the Flying M Coffeegarage
Saturday 11am - 7pm
1314 2nd St. S

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Giveaway ALERT

Idaho Indie Works is getting ready for a new giveaway. November's artist is SV.Soaps.
Check back soon to enter, and don't forget to read the rules - they have changed.

Friday, October 24, 2008


Hey hey hey! Time to announce the WINNER of this month's giveaway:


Thanks for checking out all our wonderful artists here in Idaho and come play next month for another fabulous prize from the oh so talented Idaho Indie Works Street Team. Do you like soap?

Congratulations thebeadedlily!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

October Giveaway!

It seems like we just did this, but that's my fault for posting the last giveaway so late in the month. I'll do better, I swear. Anywhoooo....

How about this October weather here in Idaho? I'm loving it, just look at those leaves. Speaking of leaves, tlgcrafts is graciously giving away this cute glass marble magnet set.

tlgcrafts features great scrapbooking supplies, unique personalized gifts and some photo gifts.

Q: tlgcrafts, why are you a member of the IIW street team?

A: Meeting new people and sharing creative ideas is what I enjoy about being involved in making and selling crafts. What better way to make friends than right in your own community.

Q: What inspired this creation?

A: I love the fall weather, fall colors, so I love making anything with this color or theme.

Check out this packaging....

Rules are simple:
1. Leave a clever comment.
2. Anonymous comments will be ignored/removed, make sure we can contact you.
3. Only comment once per person please.
4. One randomly picked winner will be announced on Friday October 24, please enter by midnight October 23.

Cheers friends!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Think Pink

Because this month is Breast Cancer Awareness month, we're featuring pink items from Idaho Indie Works shops on Etsy! Want to see more Idaho Indie Works items? Just search "iiw team" on

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

September Giveaway WINNER!

It's time to announce the lucky winner of Miss Courageous' Rock Star necklace...

Drum roll please,


Jen with One World Organic Clothing!

Congratulations Jen!
Check back soon for the October giveaway.

Friday, September 26, 2008

It's Giveaway Time!

IIW is pleased to bring you another giveaway, a ROCK STAR giveaway.
Our lovely MISS COURAGEOUS would like one lucky reader to have a rock star vinyl necklace.


We asked Miss Courageous why she started Idaho Indie Works, her response, "because I wanted to work with other local artists to promote our shops and bring an awareness of supporting LOCAL artists to the community, (and I'm having tons of fun!)".

Want to know the inspiration behind this beautiful necklace? Miss Courageous says, "Rock n' roll baby! Seriously, I love turning something old into something new, giving old unwanted items a new life. So many record albums are ending up in the landfill, I say if you can't listen to it, wear it!" and we totally agree...

Giveaway rules:

1. Enter a comment on this post, anything you want to say.
2. One entry per person please.
3. Anonymous comments will be ignored/removed.
4. Make your comment before Tuesday September 30, midnight.

One winner will be randomly selected on Wednesday Oct 1, and will be announced right here! Sign up for our e-mail list to find out about future give aways!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Heads Up!

It's give away time once again.
I realize it's almost Oct, so we'll get the September give away posted in a saint's whisper (Cabin Boy).
Check back later today for your chance to win something special from IdahoIndieWorks. YaY!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Thank You Everyone!

We would like to thank the Boise North End Neighborhood Association for hosting the Hyde Park Street Fair and a huge thanks to everyone who came out and shopped at the Idaho Indie Works booth. We all had a ton of fun and we're looking forward to our next community event!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Hyde Park Street Fair

Come see the Idaho Indie Works booth at the Hyde Park Street Fair. The Hyde Park Street Fair has been a part of the Boise North End for the past 28 years. WOW! Camels Back Park has seen many families enjoy one of the last weekends of summer outdoors. September 12, 13, & 14th.
Participating artists:

Miss Courageous----pop jewelry and accessories
Bella Grano------------vintage style goods
Jamison Rae---------metal + style = jewelry
JM Craftworks-------handcrafts of wood and fabric
Hollydoodle---------whimsical paintings
Cranky Cowgirl-----fused glass
lovelylittlelovelies------------hairclips for your little hipster
cathy scarlett---------original paintings and prints
pfuzz--------------------hand knitted originals
engbynik--------------handbags and more
lea bowman------------great jewelry made with great love
sinfully natural: spoil yourself the way nature intended, spa quality skincare
The Red Bumble Bee---------Exquisite Stationary Design

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Giveaway Winner!

Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner of the giveaway!

Congrats to quitecontrary1977 who said, "that is super fly! you don't see airplanes in jewelry much. i think this will be the start of a trend!" She is the proud new owner of a fabulous airplane necklace.

Thanks to everyone who commented! Please check back next month for another Idaho Indie Works giveaway.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Bella Grano Necklace GIVEAWAY!

Bella Grano will be offering a FREE airplane necklace to one lucky reader!

A little about Bella Grano:

Bella Grano is a small jewelry and accessory based design company started by Trish Anderson in 2007. Color is the main source of inspiration for Trish, as is the desire to keep things simple.

Q: Why are you a member of Idaho Indie Works?

BG: It gives me the opportunity to network and acquire new business contacts. Our group is an amazing source of inspiration and I enjoy being surrounded by other creative minds.

Q: What's the inspiration behind the airplane necklace?

BG: Simply put...I love airplanes. They represent travel, romance, exhilirating fun, and elegance. From the original gleaming silver passenger planes of American Airlines, to the 747's of today, I can't get enough! I worked for American Airlines before I had my kids and those days of travel and high stress will always be a treasured memory. Though simple, this charm necklace is meant to convey big dreams :)
Bella Grano- the shop
Bella Grano- the blog

Giveaway Guidelines:
-You have until Midnight PST on Saturday, August 9th to enter this giveaway.
-Just make a comment ON THIS POST to enter — any comment.
-Anonymous comments will be ignored/removed.
-One entry per person, please.
-The winner will be randomly picked and announced on Sunday, August 10th.
Be sure to check back often! Idaho Indie Works will be having monthly giveaways!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Nampa Farmer's Market

The first time I met with the farmer's market board - they had one question for me: "Why is your name Revive?" - I answered, "Well, I think it's time for our community to be revived, and revitalized - it's time to make something old (Nampa) into something new." That response was mostly met with some quizzical looks and a grunt or two. This year they were ready for something new - so, I think that means things ARE changing.

What's that "something new"? It's our Idaho Indie Works booth. It incorporates a new artist or two each week, a variety of products from soap to jewelry to quilts. What's the common bond? - we all sell our items online. And now with our newly formed alliance of members, we're able to make connections and organize our small businesses into a large family of crafters - able to create unique face-to-face selling opportunities that promote us all.

When we artists spend countless hours creating our pieces, we understand the value of "handmade" and "local". Now, it's time to spread the word. Start a revolution in your community of friends, family and customers. Is there a better place to spend your hard-earned cash, than your local farmer's market?

Nampa Farmer's Market is very low-key, laid-back and down-home market. With everything from fresh baked bread to handmade doll clothes. Each week there is a local chef, using local ingredients, creating a dish for you to sample. There are sock monkeys and homemade jams, local honey and baby slings, pottery and cloth diapers. It is a small market, but very diverse and Idaho Indie Works brings even more variety to the table.

Here is a schedule of featured artists through the end of August. Invite your friends, family and direct potential customers to come see us at the market. Each artist will be promoting the Idaho Indie Works group, and Etsy has promised us promotional materials so we can introduce more and more customers to the beauty of It's going to be a great summer and a great opportunity to see something different every week at the market. See you there!

P.s. Photos coming soon of our team members at the market! With our nifty banner!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Destash Swap at Puffy Mondaes

We held our first de-stash swap hosted by Keren of Puffy Mondaes in Nampa. It was so much fun seeing everyone show up with bags of their creative "left-overs". The table was full in no time.

For those of you who didn't show up, well, here are a few things you missed out on:
-tons of wooden beads from a beaded curtain
-scrap book paper, LOTS of scrap book paper, very cool prints & colors!
-beads, assorted shapes, sizes & colors
-fabric, there was vintage fabric, quilting fabric, upholstery samples, TONS of fabric!
-polymer clay in assorted colors
-sewing machine parts (I think that's what they were)
-felt shapes
-soap molds
-and there was too much more for me to remember or list!

It was so much fun not only finding new treasures, but meeting some of our newer members too. Thank you to everyone who showed and thank you Keren for opening your space to us!

We'll be doing this again, so stay tuned for the next date & location!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Idaho Indie Works at Urban Shed

New Date! June 14th

Idaho Indie Works at Urban Shed

This will is an opportunity to browse unique & hip handcrafted items all in one location. In addition, there are several new an exciting shops and boutiques in Downtown Nampa. The Farmer's Market will also be open. Plan to spend a few hours!

June 14, 2008

Urban Shed
120 13th Ave S.
Nampa, Idaho 83651

To find Idaho Indie Works artists on Etsy, search "iiw team"

Friday, May 2, 2008

This weeks featured artist: Cathy Scarlett

Cathy Scarlett interviewed by Miss Courageous

MC: How long have you been painting? your history, education, etc...
CS: I've been painting and drawing for about 20 years. I don't remember exactly, seems like I've always painted. I started at the age of seven with pastels, I assume the painting began in Jr. High. I took some art classes at BSU but it didn't go anywhere. I tend to leave murals parent's basement, the sister-in-law's attic...

MC: are you a full-time artist? Other job? How do you balance family etc...
CS: I recently got laid off from my *awesome* tech support job, the severance package and unemployment insurance has allowed me a lot more time to work on my art. It gave me time to start my Etsy page and dedicate more time to paint, although most of it occurs on weekends and nap time. I have a 20 month old son and 13 year old daughter. My husband is super supportive and will take both our kids (or at least the boy) out for the day and give me time to work.

MC:What other forms of art do you do?
CS: Drawing mostly, which turn into paintings. I've started creating with screen printing and linocut. I used to make polymer clay beads. I've played wood burning, casting resin, wire jewelry, but keep coming back to painting.

MC: How did you hear about etsy?
CS: I found Etsy on a design blog.

MC: Favorite etsy shop or recent purchase?
CS: I have all kinds of favorite shops on Etsy, but if I have to narrow it down... louisartworld is pretty cool. I bought a couple of his ACEOs that I love. I recently purchased "Nice Smelling Beaver Stuffie" from prettygreeneye, check her out, she's hilarious.

MC: What have you learned from being on etsy?
CS: Patience.

MC: What would you like to get out of being on the street team?
CS: I joined the street team to meet other local artists and to get my name out there since I'm no marketing genius. We have some cool-ass artists here in Idaho and I'm diggin' it.

MC: Can you describe your workspace?
CS: I have taken over the dinning room, the storage closet under the stairs, half the master bedroom and usually half the kitchen. I like to spread out.

MC: Where do you get your inspiration?
CS: Where do I get my inspiration? I don't know. Nature is always good. Usually I just start drawing and see what happens. Oh, textured walls, ceilings, and floors are great inspiration, just stare long enough and you'll start seeing things.

MC: What goals or plans do you have for the future?
CS: I hope to sell enough to make some sort of business out of it, even if it only covers the cost of materials. I recently sold a logo design to a local business, so that's something.

MC: Where else can we find your work? (websites, blogs, brick & mortar?)
CS: I haven't another website other than Etsy, although I keep thinking about it. I've been featured on the design blog I'll be at the Nampa Farmer's Market a couple times this summer and maybe the Music in the Mountains in August.

MC: Any plans for new products (t-shirts, cards, etc
CS: I've started adding some prints of my paintings to my site. I've also added some linocut greeting cards. I'm half thinking about doing a couple screen printed t's. I made a cool starry eyed skull t shirt the other day. I think my son could rock it, babies and skulls go together. I have a lot of drawings that would lend themselves to greeting cards as well.

MC: What other artists do you admire?
CS: Mark Ryden, SHAG, Keith Weesner, Chet Zar

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Upcoming Featured Artists

Hello everyone!
In the upcoming weeks we will be featuring several local Idaho artists. First will be Cathy Scarlett with watch for her interview soon!

Future featured artists:

If you have a question for these artists please post a comment and we'll make sure they answer it!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Idaho Indie Works is an street team. We are a group of Idaho artists working together to promote our on-line shops and create an awareness to buy handmade and shop local!

You can find a list of artists here with links to their Etsy shops. You can also use the etsy search feature for "iiw team" to see a selection of our listings.

Coming soon we will have weekly interviews with featured artists. What better way to get to know the amazing artists behind the Idaho Indie Works etsy shops.

Idaho Indie Works On Etsy