What is Seattle Handmade?
Seattle Handmade (formerly known as etsyRAIN) is a membership based group of creative artists, crafters, craft makers, makers, and creatives that encourages connection, offers inspiration, and strives to provide real support to the creative community of Seattle and the greater Puget Sound.
Our group began as an “Etsy Street Team” in 2007 when Etsy.com launched their “Teams” program. Starting with a small group of 10 people, we eventually dubbed ourselves “etsyRAIN” and grew over the years until had just under 1600 members on our Meetup group. Some were active, but most weren’t. And we were really okay with that for a long, long time (6 years, to be exact).
The all-volunteer EtsyRAIN Leadership Team (ERLT) worked together year-round to create community events, online creative challenges, and numerous in-person meetups, craft nights, classes, and gatherings. We also worked really hard twice a year for 5 years to produce our very popular etsyRAIN Craft Shows. As the group grew, we knew we were creating something amazing and magical.
But…with so many members and so few participating the ERLT got burnt out. Like, crispy deep-fried. So much so that it became clear that something had to change. We were tired of explaining that even though we had “Etsy” in our name, that we truly wanted everyone to be involved. We have always been a group for more than just Etsy sellers, but our name belied our intentions. So, we put our heads together and tried to figure out what we could do to bring the magic back – and so, Seattle Handmade was formed!
The Transition from etsyRAIN to Seattle Handmade 2013 – 2014:
At the end of 2013, we worked with our friends at Beneficial Studio to create a new identity for our group. A new logo, a fresh look, and an easy to navigate website was created and now we are looking for members to join us as we transition away from being views as “just an Etsy team” and toward being the inclusive creative community that we’ve always wanted to be a part of!
Learn more about Seattle Handmade and join us today!
What was etsyRAIN?
Established in 2007, etsyRAIN is an independently organized team of Puget Sound area artists and craft makers who own and operate shops on the popular e-commerce shopping site: Etsy.com
etsyRAIN is one of Etsy’s original "Street Teams" - now known as "Teams": A group of regional artists and craft makers who own and operate independent shops on the e-commerce site: Etsy.com. While the majority of our members reside in the Seattle metropolitan area, we also have members as far north as Port Townsend and as far south as Olympia. We welcome all artists and craft makers from the Puget Sound region to join us!
etsyRAIN's mission nurtured a supportive local community of artists and craft makers that inspired, educated and promoted the growth of our member's individual businesses on Etsy and beyond.
Your Leadership Team
The Seattle Handmade Leadership Team works together to create events and programs for all our members throughout the year. Feel free to direct your specific questions, comments, concerns or voice your volunteer interest us anytime!Marlo Miyashiro (aka Marlo M.) – Organizer and Events
Etsy shop: IMakeCuteStuff
Kayce Quevedo – Organizer and Treasurer
- Contact Marlo: If you have general questions about EtsyRAIN, our Meetup group, have suggestions for classes and/or would like to participate as a teacher in our upcoming programs.
Etsy shop: World of Whimm
Heidi Kappes Belinsky – Sponsorship and Misc. Affairs
- Contact Kayce: If you have general questions about EtsyRAIN membership, our Meetup group or the EtsyRAIN treasury.
Etsy shop: Max & Co. Post
- Contact Heidii: If you have general questions about EtsyRAIN or would like to volunteer to help with our upcoming events.
Ellen Marett Hoffman – Social Media Lead
Etsy shop: Wooden Clothespin
Rosalind Brazel – PR and Media Relations
- Contact Ellen: If you have questions about our online marketing, Twitter, Flickr, Facebook or any other online social media.
Etsy shop: Scarf City
When you see one of the amazing people on your Seattle Handmade Leadership Team, please be sure to say “Thank You”. Without them none of this would be possible!
- Contact Roz: If you have questions about our team’s PR and Media efforts or have a suggestion on how we can promote our teams events!
As always, we welcome any questions, comments and suggestions you may have for us at any time! We heart you all!
MINI - FAQQ. I want to (host an event, organize a craft show, have a get together, meet new people etc) Who do I ask? What do I do?A. You don't really need to "ask" anyone for permission to do these types of things! We ENCOURAGE everyone to create and host their own events! Please post all of the information to the "How to get your event posted" thread on the board (for events and activities) OR the "Please help with the Calendar" thread (for notices and announcements). Just be sure to include all the necessary information (read the first page of each thread)Q. I have a great idea for an event / activity, but I don't want to host or be responsible for organizing it. Will you do it for me?A. We are happy to *help* you get an event together, if that’s what you mean. The way we see it, it's likely that if you can suggest an event that you have an idea of when and where you want it to happen, so Why NOT you? It's not hard to host an event - just think up the activity, date and time! We’ll help you get an event post up to our meetup event calendar and even help you manage your RSVPs - All you really need to do after that is BE THERE and introduce yourself! We love it when new members become active members!Q. Seriously though. I am shy. I don't want to host! I just want to show up! Will someone else do it?A. The only answer to that is: Maybe. Post your event idea and ask for help - most likely there is at least one other person would want to host or maybe even co-host the event with you? That could make it easier, right?
Q. I don't have an Etsy shop but really want to learn how to open one. Am I welcome here?A. Yes! We no longer require our members to have Etsy shops so we welcome anyone who is creative, crafty, entrepreneurial or not to join us as a member! If you would like to know about opening an Etsy or other online shop, we are periodically organize workshops on all facets of starting and running a successful shop! Keep your eye on the calendar for updates!Q. I don't have an Etsy shop and honestly, I really don't want to have one! (aka: what is Etsy.com anyway?) I'm really just looking for a group of crafty people to hang with. May I join?A. YES! We welcome ALL creative crafty people who are looking to connect to other creatives in our community. Etsy is a great place to sell your work, but it is no longer a requirement for you to have an Etsy shop to join us! Yay!Q. Do you require dues or fees to join?A. We currently have a two-tiered membership program:
Basic Membership here on Meetup is FREE and Premium Membership is $40 per year available on our website: Seattle HandmadeQ. I have a (product / service / special offer / other) to sell to your members - may I join to tell them about my offer?A. NO. We do not allow members to spam, solicit, or otherwise try to sell anything without a specific request by a current member. Any member who's only group activity is strictly SPAM will be removed WITHOUT Warning. Members who are active in other ways and then post spam content regularly will be warned ONCE. Any subsequent sales-only posts will result in immediate removal of that member.Q. I have a personal question that I don't want to post on the board. Who do I email?A. You can email Marlo with all of your etsyRain related questions!
Some hints and tips for getting the most out of being a member of Seattle HandmadeMAILING LIST
Join our official mailing list by filling out the form on our website homepage: Seattle Handmade (bottom of the right side of the page)
To help us find local sellers like yourself, include the tag "Seattle" in some of your listings so we can find your work!
Post your questions and read our Message Boards as often as you can to get the most out of being a member!
Seattle Handmade (formerly etsyRAIN) is a very supportive , generous group and really want everyone to feel welcome to join in the fun! Feel free post to threads, start new discussions and ask / share / support each other as much as possible! (We have members all over the Western Washington area, and we encourage everyone to talk and connect to members in your local area!)
HOST AN EVENT
If you have ideas for events and are willing to be the "host" of the event please read the first post in the "How to get your event posted?" thread and follow the instructions to get your event posted! (FYI, "events" can be as simple as a small get-together for crafty fun at your home or a local coffee house, hosting and/or teaching a workshop -- all the way up to larger events like our first really big and Very Successful - PSIA/EtsyRAIN Art and Craft Show in Edmonds which was organized by EtsyRAIN members Sherrie and held on May 10th, 2008!)
POST CRAFTY EVENT INFO TO THE OUR SEATTLEHANDMADE.COM ONLINE CALENDAR
Visit http://SeattleHandmad..., sign in then click on “post your event” and fill out the form – it’s easy!
"HOW TO" Links:
HOW TO: Post a Photo to our Photos Section