Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team

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Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team hosting Etsy Craft Party in Knoxville

Join the Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team on June 20th, 2013 at 7pm for the 4th Annual Etsy Craft Party! Image

Please RSVP on the Eventbrite link so we know to have enough supplies on hand. This years theme is Crafting for Community. We’ll be creating t-shirt market bags and every attendee will be asked to donate at least one bag to the Market Square Farmers’ Market so they can sell them to make some money to support local farmers and artists and craftisans. Please bring at least one t-shirt that needs a new life!

We were featured in a Knoxville News article about the Etsy Craft Party and you can read the story here.

Eventbrite invitation >> Please RSVP!

Knoxville News article about the Etsy Craft Party

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We look forward to creating with you at the Etsy Craft Party!

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Etsy Craft Party | Friday, June 10th from 7pm-9pm |Everyone is Welcome!

It’s time to celebrate! Last year’s first-ever global Craft Party was so much fun, Etsy decided to orchestrate it again this year on Friday, June 10, 2011. No matter where you live or what you love to make, you are invited to participate. Musicians, painters, sculptors, photographers, farmers, hackers, gardeners, designers, jewelers, bookbinders, printmakers, teachers, makers and doers of all stripes, as well as art enthusiasts, curators, vintage lovers and supporters of the independently made! We are being challenged to meet our neighbors and come together to make something surprising.

Last year, over 5,000 people participated in over 500 meetups from Dallas to Romania, and this year Etsy’s goal is for over 15,000 people to share in the spirit of Craft Party. We were encouraged to set up an event on Meetup Everywhere. It is a powerfully simple way for our creative community to, well, organize meetups everywhere. It’s free and designed to spark face-to-face gatherings around the world. You may find the invitation to our event here.

KCHST member Lahla Deakins of Burning Fork Studio volunteered to host the event in her studio and offer a hands-on mini-class to teach participants how to create a slab pot. The fee is $15 or $10 for KCHST members. Everyone is invited and it is a kid friendly-project. Other crafts will also be demonstrated and we’re looking for Team members to demonstrate their crafts at the event as well.

Please share this flyer with your friends and RSVP to the Meetup link as well. We look forward to seeing you on Friday, June 10th at 7pm!

PDF version of the flyer for easy e-mailing can be found at this link: Craft_Night_Flyer

Huge thanks to Lahla for helping organize our Etsy Craft Party!

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Spring Show & Sale | Saturday, May 14th 2011

Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Spring Show & Sale. This family-friendly and free event will take place on Saturday, May 14th from 10am to 6pm in Knoxville’s Old City at 127 W. Jackson Avenue, right next to Remedy Coffee. Dave Moore Studios has kindly allowed access to their photography studio for our event.

Click here for the Spring 2011 Show & Sale Application. And here for the Spring 2011 Show & Sale Flyer. We also have a Spring Show & Sale press release for all to share.

We look forward to seeing you on May 14th!

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Updates and Information

Just a couple of updates and bits of information before I forget to share them…

{1} February Monthly Meet-Up will be on the 16th {rather than the 23rd} at the usual time of 7pm. I will be out of town at a photography convention {Vegas, baby!} and won’t be here on the 23rd. I had a new Team member ask if we bring samples of our items available in our Etsy shop and I thought that was a great idea so bring something for Show & Tell if you would like.

{2} I am working on finding a location for the Spring Show & Sale coming up on May 14 & 15 and want your suggestions. Several members who participated in the Fall|Holiday Show & Sale suggested shopping and/or retail environments, which I think is a great idea, but I need specifics. Let me know your thoughts and suggestions! Send them to me on e-mail at or call me at 865.406.3870.

{3} Help! Volunteers are needed to help organize and spread the word about the Spring Show & Sale. Message or call me if you are interested in assisting me with this event. You don’t have to participate in the Show & Sale to help and there are lots of different tasks I will need your help with.

I think that is all for now! Please send any location suggestions or even other suggestions that you think will help make our event an even bigger success. We are a Team!

See you all soon!


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Etsy | Special Delivery: Share Your Love

From Etsy:
Join Etsy for this year’s Special Delivery! We’ll be working with Citymeals-on-Wheels to bring nutritious meals, these handmade greeting cards, and companionship to elderly New Yorkers — and we’d love your help!
Get together face-to-face with other Etsy crafters in your town to make valentines. Just be sure to have your Meetup by February 3, 2011 so you can send the cards you make to Etsy HQ by February 9, 2011.
Full details & guidelines here:
We can’t wait to see the cards you make!

Information about this event and the Knoxville Etsy Meet-Up group {not actually part of the KCHST, but I suppose it could be!} can be found at this link:

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KCHST in the Knoxville News Sentinel | Locally handmade products are big sellers

Ali James, Head Mom and site manager of wrote a fabulous article detailing the various opportunities for creators of handmade items to sell and show their work. Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team is for anyone who sells on Etsy, but there are other places to sell your handmade and vintage goods on-line or around town. Check out the article for more information. Ali also included a companion article referencing the different ways to sell handmade and vintage on-line here.

Thanks Ali for being a great supporter of the Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team and small and creative business people too!

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November Monthly Meet-Up | Schedule Change!

The November Monthly Meet-up will be on Wednesday, November 17th at 7pm – 9pm.  Lisa {KCHST’s fearless leader} is involved with Fantasy of Trees and will not be able to meet next week, plus it is the night before Thanksgiving and all the crafty types will surely be creating tasty treats for family and friends. Our apologies for the schedule change but we are still meeting so that’s a good thing.

Come network, share and learn from your fellow Etsians and other other creative business people. All creative people are welcome to attend these informal meet-ups.

We’ll discuss the Fall | Holiday Show & Sale, plans for the Spring Show & Sale {tentatively scheduled for May 14 & 15}, the ‘new’ Etsy Teams format and whatever else comes up.  See you there!

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It’s a Handmade Holiday!

We’ll be posting holiday guides from now until Christmas featuring the members of Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team. Check back for great gift ideas from Knoxville-area Etsy sellers.

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Fall | Holiday Show & Sale Participants : Preview

Here’s a list of the Etsy vendors who have already submitted their applications for the Fall | Holiday Show & Sale. This list will be updated as applications are received. Be sure to check out their shops and make a shopping list!
































Participants as of November 1, 2010. This will be updated as participants are added.

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