Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

As 2009 comes to a close, we would like to thank everyone for the support we have received throughout the year.

We have made new connections, developed new friendships, and forged new paths.

In 2010 you can expect the Idaho Indie Works team to grow and the creativity to multiply. Keeps your eyes open, expect greatness and you won't be dissappointed.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Re-Use Market

In September, Aimee (Beach Chicken) and I went to the Re-Use Market in Nampa. When we got there, there was a guy with a big camera taking footage. I didn't think too much of it until Aimee told me that it had made it on to the news. Click here to see the clip that was shown on KIVI Channel 6. If you look closely, you will also catch a glimpse of Aimee and my daughter perusing through some stuff.

The Re-Use Market is located in the back of the White Pine Boutique at 115 13th Ave S in downtown Nampa. The market is open only a few hours each month and there are all kinds of fabric swatches, ceramic tiles and paper goods to be re-invented into new items. Check out their website to find out more. (Scroll down to see a picture of Millie digging for treasures.) And don't forget to browse around the boutique too. Several IIW team members have items for sale there. Look for items from Aimee (Beach Chicken), Trish (Bella Grano) and Mary (Mary Makes Art).

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Hyde Park Fair 2009

This past weekend was Hyde Park's 30th annual fair. Idaho Indie Works set up a giant booth this year featuring many talented artists. It was three days of busy selling and hanging out together. It was a lot of fun.

We couldn't have pulled this off if it wasn't for everyone working together. There was a real team spirit this weekend. I think we have the best Etsy Street team out there.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Congratulations 2 Raven Chicks!! You just won yourself this beautiful bracelet!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Booth Displays

It's one thing to sell your work anonymously on Etsy from the comfort of your own home, but it's a totally different experience to set up a table with your items for the public to see. Not only can it be a little intimidating to have to talk to strangers face to face, but then trying to figure out how to set up your items can be a challenge. I recently decided to revamp my whole set up when it finally dawned on me that just having my items out wasn't enough to sell them. I had no idea what to do so I started surfing the net to find inspiration. I wanted to see what other people were doing. Some of what I saw was brilliant and some, not so much. But that was good. I got to see what NOT to do. Here are a few sites that really helped me out:

And for all of you jewelry artists out there, here is another site to check out:

It's OK to get out there and give it a try. If you find that your display isn't working, change it. Sometimes it just takes a little while to get the feel of it. And what you do for an indoor event might not work for an outdoor one. I'm sure that almost everyone doing craft shows and markets today will say that they have all changed there set up at least once. And if you need help, please feel free to ask your fellow IIW team members for help. I have and I'm so grateful for the advice. We all want everyone to succeed because if you don't, then we don't.

If you can recommend any other websites please leave a comment and let us know.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

polkadotdreams giveaway

Our Robyn of polkadotdreams is offering up this swirly turquoise bracelet for one of you lucky readers...

...lovely, eh?

About the artist:

Q: Why are you a member of the IdahoIndieWorks Etsy street team?

A: I first joined Idaho Indie Works because I thought it might be fun to belong to a group. I had no idea how much I would get out of it. Not only have I been able to get involved with opportunities like First Thursday and Eagle Market and the upcoming Hyde Park fair, but I've met so many great people. I've had so much fun getting to know everyone and I'm inspired by all the talent that is in the group. I think we have the best Etsy Street Team out there.

Q: What is the inspiration behind your item?

A: I really like gold and turquoise together and I thought it would be a fun piece for summer. The colours are cheerful and goes great with any wardrobe. ~and I couldn't agree more!

The Rules:
1. Go to polkadotdreams
etsy page. Leave a comment telling us your favorite item.

2. Giveaway ends 25 July 2009, high noon.

3. Anonymous comments will be ignored/removed, make sure we can contact you - leave your email address or etsy store.

4. One entry per person please.

5. One winner per giveaway.

Monday, May 25, 2009

First Thursday....again!

It's official, Idaho Indie Works will be at the Pioneer Tent Building for First Thursday as an on-going event. We hope to become your local handmade shopping destination!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

A Few More Members

Here are some more Etsyans who have joined our group. Please welcome:

Susan from BeadEDelivery

Rachel from

Aimee from beachchicken

Steve from treasurecast

We look forward to meeting you all soon.

New Members

This past week Idaho Indie Works has welcomed some new members into the fold. Please say hello to:

Sondra from sewsweetfinery

Raquel from

Lisa from elmc92

Jenn from tinitreasures

Carrie from L7designs

(If there is anyone that I missed, I apologize. Please leave a comment with your name and Etsy shop name and I will get you added.)

Hill's and AIDA

Hill's Gift's (on the corner of Broadway and Beacon) has teamed up with local artists and the Animals in Distress Association to raise money for our local bird and mammal rehab centre. The sale started yesterday and will run through next Saturday, May 9th. This week is Be Kind to Animals Week so the timing couldn't be better. Some of the artist's displaying their items are from our own Idaho Indie Works. There is a wide variety of items from jewelry and handmade soap to dog coats. The owners of Hill's have kindly let artists occupy a large area of the store right next to the post office. Five percent of artists' sales will go directly to Animals in Distress with Hill's Gifts making a matching donation.

So come on down and show your support, even if it's just to say hi to the artist volunteers who are running the area and check out this really fun and unique gift shop.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Shop Local, Shop 1st Thursday!

Idaho Indie Works brings the handmade revolution to First Thursday!

We will be in Old Boise at the Pioneer Tent Building, 6th & Main, Downtown Boise. Come shop with over 20 local artists & crafters.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Star Motif Giveaway

Idaho Indie Works March giveaway,
featuring the art of Star Motif ...

A word from the artist: "I have been making jewelry since I was a kid and now I am able to sell my creations! I have always loved wearing jewelry. It has been really fun coming into my own as an artist and trying to find my niche. I am always trying new things, especially anything involving FIRE. I just wish there were more hours in the day to try everything! Thanks for reading my interview!!!"

An interview with the artist:

IIW: What item are you donating and why?
StarMotif: I am donating the "Gold Swirl" bracelet. I want SOMEONE to have this bracelet. It is one of my favorite bracelets that I have ever made but I can't seem to sell it even though every show I have it at everyone and I mean EVERYONE picks it up and looks at it. Now one of the wonerful people that enter this giveaway can have it.

IIW: What is the inspiration behind the piece?
StarMotif: I love swirls and swiggles. They are so whimsical and fun. I really love swarovski crystals and dangles and had to incorporate them in this bracelet.

IIW: What do you like about IIW and/or why have you joined IIW?
StarMotif: It has been very helpful to me to be in IIW team because we make selling opportunities for each other and keep each other informed about different festivals and fairs we can participate in. Plus it is nice to know that we are helping support our communities.

The Rules:
1. Go to StarMotif's
etsy page.
2. Leave a comment telling us your favorite thing at

3. Giveaway ends 31 March 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.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Hill's Craft Show

Yesterday several crafters and I set up our wares at Hill's Valu-Rite for a fun day of selling and camaraderie. This was the first Idaho Indie Works event that I have participated in so I got a chance to meet the people behind the shops. I had heard of most of them through the Google group, but putting a face to a name was a huge bonus for me. And let me say, what a great group of people they are. Not only are they fun to be around, but they are all extremely talented. Just being around all those creative people kept me buzzing all day. We shared stories and brainstormed on new ideas. It was so much fun and I can't wait to get together with everyone again.

Here is a look at some of the creative forces who participated in yesterday's show.

Laurie and Susan from TLG Crafts

Elizabeth from Something More in Clay

Michelle from Dragonfly Stitches

Vicki from Backyard Bakery

Kathy from Lazy Kate

Kelli from daisy k design

On the left is Marilyn from Twiglets and Friends and on the right is Julie from Scraps

Claire from Red 4 Short

And this is me, Robyn, from Polka Dot Dreams

I apologize for those of you who I missed, like Megan from Star Motif and Ray from ConefineMenT.

A special thank you goes out to Marcia Hale who organized this for us and to the owners of Hill's Valu-Rite (1221 Broadway, on the corner of Broadway and Beacon next to Albertson's) for allowing us to share their store.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Finding Inspiration

Have you ever thought about the things that inspire you and where they come from? There are the obvious places like the mass media. I like to see what the new trends are out there and fashion magazines and soap operas will often give me ideas to work with. Sometimes just having that bit of quiet time in the shower will get my mind thinking about things.

But then there are the simplest of things that get my head spinning with new inspiration. I read a book this fall and the author mentioned one piece of jewelry that has now wanting me to create a whole new line based around that one item. And yesterday I went to Joann’s Fabrics to see if there was anything left worth getting before the store closed for good. I was looking through the small selection of leftover ribbon and trim when I saw one spool in particular that caught my eye. There was a rubber band around the ribbon holding it to the spool and the way the ribbon was all crinkled gave me a great idea for a new project. If it hadn’t been for that rubber band, I would have passed the ribbon by without thinking twice.

Have you ever had inspiration hit like that? What kinds of things do you like to do that help get the creative juices flowing? Please post a comment and share your story with us.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Thinking, Thinking, Thinking

I’ve had a lot on my mind lately, thinking about the state of the economy, the new president, job security. It’s a very scary thing when politicians and economists start throwing the “R” word around. Suddenly everyone panics and purse pockets are locked tight.  Someone was quoted in the Idaho Statesman not long ago that 2009 was going to be a “bloodbath” of dying retail shops. What a lot of people don’t realize that it’s not just the US who is suffering – this recession has far reaching effects, touching the entire globe. In speaking with my family and friends all over the world, I can see how it is affecting them as well.  The world is getting smaller and countries are no longer isolated. What hurts us, hurts us all.

People and countries alike are all looking to newly elected President Barak Obama to help fix our woes. But should we really be putting so much faith into one man? Is he going to be able to turn things around now before things get any worse? Personally, I can’t see it happening. He is just a human, after all, with no super hero powers to speak of. Should we put so much faith into an ordinary man with an extraordinary title?

That got me thinking some more. I wanted to know if there was something that I could do. But what could that be? Should I only be interested in looking out for myself and my family? Should I act like there is no recession and keep on doing what I’m doing? Then I thought that maybe I could use my shopping decisions to make a difference. Maybe if I tried harder to buy more handmade items, especially if they are local, I could not only fulfill my needs, but also help out other people in the community in which I live and the handcrafting community in general. It helps put money into the pockets of people like you and me; people like stay-at-home moms and those with natural creative gifts. That makes much more sense than giving it to large, cookie-cutter department stores with their cookie-cutter wares. Not that they don’t have their place in our community, but there is so much more out there.

I know that I’m only one person, but I think that I still can make a small difference, even if it’s only for me and a handful of others.  I can help to influence my children to make wise choices. And maybe those that I have touched will go on to touch others, to spread the word on buying local and handmade.  More and more people are starting to turn to handmade to supplement their incomes. They are looking to the rest of us for support. When the world crumbles down around us, we only have each other. 

Friday, February 20, 2009

We have a winner...

...and her name is MJ.
Congratulations and thanks for playing, you won MJ!

Check back soon so that you can be a lucky duck like MJ and win awesome stuff from the fabulous artists and crafters here at Idaho Indie Works.

Friday, February 13, 2009

SinfullyNatural Giveaway

Sinfully Natural would like a special reader to have this lovely strawberry champagne soap and lip butter.
Happy Valentine's Day, here's a giveaway!

A little something about SinfullyNatural:

"I love all ( or most) things natural. I am inspired daily by all of natures wonders that are here for our benefit. My soaps are a small way to pamper yourself everyday without the guilt of using a commercial non biodegradable product.
Being that this is the month of "love" I have put together an even more luxurious soap for the occasion w/ a wonderful Valentine inspired scent."

On being a member of Idaho Indie Works:

"I love being part of such a great group of talented artists. Its great that we are are local and join forces, so to speak. We all work together so well to create venues and opportunities for our team."

The rules:

1. Go to SinfullyNatural's etsy page.
2. Leave a comment telling us your favorite thing at

3. Giveaway ends 20 February 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.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Congrats Elizabeth W of TheArtMart! You are the winner of mcoyfrog's lovely lovely glass art plate. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

mcoyfrog art glass giveaway

Check this out! mcoyfrog of Treasury Valley Art Glass is giving away this lovely piece.

Its 3 ½”x5”x 1” deep cut from blue and green sheet glass with frit sprinkled on. Put to a full fuse (1450 degrees F. then slumped in a mold I made at 1200 degrees F.) Could probably be used for candles, potpourri, etc.

mcoyfrog says:

I love creating and this was just a piece of it. When you have a long day at work you can escape the day by playing in the glass.

I’m a member of IIW because I wanted to meet other artisans in the area and make some friends..


1. Go to mcoyfrog's etsy page.
2. Leave a comment telling us your favorite thing about mcoyfrog.
3. Giveaway ends 2 February 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, January 7, 2009


December giveaway is over, and demmi is our winner.

Thanks to all those who took time to check out DragonflyStitches.
Check back shortly for another giveaway.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

January Sale in Progress!

The holidays are behind us and we're starting a fresh new year. To help give our etsy shops a fresh new look we're having a sale! Please visit etsy and enter the search "iiw team" for Idaho Indie Works items. We've included an etsy mini to show you a few of the wonderful items available at a discounted price this month. Happy New Year, and happy shopping!

Idaho Indie Works On Etsy