What is EtsyRAIN?
EtsyRAIN is Etsy’s official Seattle Metropolitan “Street Team”: 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 is to nurture a supportive local community of artists and craft makers that will inspire, educate and promote the growth of our individual shops on Etsy and beyond.
Who are the members of this Meetup?
Membership to this Meetup is by invitation only to EtsyRAIN members who currently have paid Premium Membership status.
To learn more about becoming a Premium Member, please visit EtsyRAIN.com/etsyrain-membership
or visit our Premium Membership page here on Meetup.
Who's Who in EtsyRain:Carrie (glitzconcepts.etsy.com): Our Fearless Founder
she started this group in the Summer of 2007 with the intention of giving Seattle area Etsy sellers a place to network and support each other - mission accomplished! Thanks Carrie!! [update 5/8/08: Carrie was so busy that she had to step down as our organizer but she's still a beloved member of EtsyRain! Please visit her shop: glitzconcepts.etsy.com]Announcing your EtsyRAIN Leadership Team for 2010
Your All-Volunteer EtsyRAIN leadership team is an amazing group of creative, community-minded people who have devoted much of their time and effort toward growing EtsyRAIN. The EtsyRAIN Leadership Team is currently working together to create interesting events and programs for all our members throughout the year. The introductions below will help you find out where to direct your specific questions, comments, concerns or voice your volunteer capabilities to help out on each committee of EtsyRAIN…Marlo Miyashiro – Team Leader / Organizer
Director of Education, Group Shows and Basic Membership
Marlo (aka: Marlo M) is the Organizer and Team Leader of EtsyRAIN. With the help of everyone on the leadership team, she will focus on coordinating educational workshops, classes and learning opportunities for the members of EtsyRAIN, organizing our group shows and will remain the main point of contact for all things EtsyRAIN. (Interesting fact: Marlo owns and operates 7 different businesses including EtsyRAIN, imakecutestuff.etsy.com , tote2go.etsy.com , marlom.etsy.com , creativeartsconsulting.com)
Kayce Quevedo – Team Co-Leader / Assistant Organizer
- 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.
Director of Treasury and Etsy New Member Liaison
Kayce (aka: kc) has taken on the huge task of re-organizing and managing EtsyRAIN’s treasury and is now the first-contact person for all new members of EtsyRAIN via our team page on Etsy.com. In addition to these tasks, Kayce will continue to work closely with Marlo to keep EtsyRAIN moving forward and on track for 2010. (Interesting fact: Kayce has 2 awesome kids with full activity schedules, runs three very busy Etsy shops filled with wonderful things born from her immense creativity and somehow still makes time for EtsyRAIN! worldofwhimm.etsy.com , onawhimm.etsy.com , nuetome.etsy.com)
Meghan Harrington – Assistant Organizer
- Contact Kayce: If you have general questions about EtsyRAIN membership, our Meetup group or the EtsyRAIN treasury.
Director of Event Production and Planning
Meghan will continue to be our Director of Event Production with an emphasis on social events. She’s an amazing party planner, has a flair for design and putting together some great ideas on fun things for EtsyRAIN members to do this year! In addition to these events, she will continue to work closely with Marlo and Kayce to plan and organize our big EtsyRAIN craft shows for 2010 as well as planning the show’s floor plans and layout. (Interesting fact: Meghan is super crafty, designed our EtsyRAIN logo and is also a professional organizer in her spare time. Ask her for a quote on your big organizing job! Visit her Etsy shops: baublesbyhand.etsy.com , itsmadeathome.etsy.com)
Rosalie Gale – Assistant Organizer
- Contact Meghan: If you have questions or suggestions about upcoming social events, including suggestions for possible event locations and volunteering to host EtsyRAIN sponsored social events in your area.
IT Director and Chief Web Designer, Webmaster for EtsyRAIN.com
Rosalie (aka: Ugly Baby) is the amazing woman responsible for our extraordinary EtsyRAIN.com website. She created it using her mad skills with Drupal and is continually adding features to the website. Recently released features include paid advertising on the website as well as opportunities for EtsyRAIN members to provide content on the site. The next update will include more robust user profiles and the ability to purchase your Premium Membership on the website. If you’re interested in writing articles for EtsyRAIN, she’s the person to talk to! (Interesting fact: Rosalie creates Drupal-based websites for groups and businesses and will consider working on your project if you ask her nicely! She’s also the creator of Shower Art at uglybaby.etsy.com and the director of bARTerSauce.com)
Julia Jacques – Assistant Organizer
- Contact Rosalie: If you have general questions about the website, premium member profiles, paid ad space, our EtsyRAIN event calendar – “What’s Craftnin’” or submitting articles to the website for publication.
Director of Premium Membership Benefits and Meetup Message Board Moderator
Julia has some great ideas for new and exciting benefits for our Premium Members! She is working on new programs right now and will be communicating directly with the Premium Membership to announce new events, benefits and additional information about being a Premium Member of EtsyRAIN. (Interesting fact: Julia opened her studio / retail shop, Black Door Studios in Everett at the end of 2009 – visit BlackDoorStudio.blogspot.com for more info! Check out her repurposed jewelry designs at juliajae.etsy.com)
Kelly Affleck – Assistant Organizer
- Contact Julia: If you have a general question about Premium Membership, would like to suggest a benefit idea for Premium Members or would like to volunteer to help during Premium Member functions.
Director of Graphic Design and New Member Recruitment
Kelly is the creative mind behind our EtsyRAIN Craft Show postcards, ads and flyers. She is a huge help during our show planning seasons and is always be there to lend a helping hand when we need it. Also, many members have joined us because Kelly is wonderful about spreading the word about EtsyRAIN! She is currently working on a really exciting – SUPER SECRET soon-to-be-announced new project for EtsyRAIN that you are really going to love! Sorry, we can’t say any more than that right now. But stay tuned…it’s going to be awesome! (Interesting fact: Kelly is mom to 2 adorable kids, designs and screen prints the graphics for HauteGoat.etsy.com and owns a 100+ year old letterpress on which she creates custom wedding and special event invitations. She’d love to help you with your graphic design needs too! Contact her via tomatotomato.etsy.com)
Heidi Kappes-Belinsky – Assistant Organizer
- Contact Kelly : If you have general questions about our graphic designs, print ads or would like to know more about EtsyRAIN.
Director of Miscellaneous Affairs, Research and Records
Heidi (aka: norm (aka heidi)) is our official team secretary, but she does so much more! She is an incredible help especially during our craft show planning, helps all of us fill in the gaps during those times when we can’t seem to get the last few details in order (which seems like all the time) and keeps our notes and records organized so the leadership team can remember who said what when and where. She’s a whiz with the spreadsheets, our Gal Friday, Executive Assistant, Administrative Support and Go-To Person. Every team needs a Heidi and we’re lucky to have ours! (Interesting fact: Heidi has a beautiful daughter, is an accomplished artist, botanist and master thriftier! Check out her line of uber-luxurious recycled cashmere accessories at hautegoat.etsy.com and her artwork at artbynorm.etsy.com)
Introducing NEW EtsyRAIN Leadership Team Member: Marja (MAH-dee-ah) Huhta – Assistant Organizer
- Contact Heidii: If you have general questions about EtsyRAIN or would like to volunteer to help with our upcoming events.
Director of Social Media / Online Marketing and EtsyRAIN Event Calendar Coordinator
Marja (“say it like Nadia with an M”) joins the leadership team with great enthusiasm for all things EtsyRAIN. She started and manages our EtsyRAIN twitter account and is somewhat of an expert on the important online marketing stuff like the elusive “SEO” and other acronyms that make a difference when promoting an online presence. She is taking over all of our social marketing tasks such as our Flickr and Facebook pages and will send out periodic announcements and calls for information via email. Let’s all welcome Marja and thank her for volunteering her time and energy to the team! (Interesting fact: Marja is a full-time artist, designing and creating her beautiful line of fused glass jewelry and home accessories – glasselements.etsy.com and is also an instructor at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle.)