Monday, February 8, 2010

Handmade Olympics: time to vote!

The past week I went through the nominations for the Handmade Olympics and boy it was hard to make a shortlist but I managed in the end.
What a joy it was to find out more about all the nominations. I tried to get a diversity of nominees together. It's a gathering of people who do things just because, who share their live and love for handmade through their blog, who are an inspiration to others, who volunteer to make this world a better place through their craft, who raise money for people and creatures in need, who are caring & sharing,... There are so many people out there who forward kindness of all sorts.
I'm happy to present the following ten people/organisations (in random order).

Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.
I am not a quilter but I do know it takes hours and hours and hours to put one together. I'm impressed by the dedication that people in this initiative are raising money for Alzheimer awareness. I wish I could see the exhibit they organised: Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece

Etsy Trashion team
People that turn trash into treasures is what this team does. The Trashion Team is a group of artists that create art, jewelry, fashion and objects for the home from materials that were leftover, discarded, or found, and sell them on Etsy.
I think it's fantastic that objects get a second life and get recycled or re-used and the amount of creativity involved is amazing.

Margaret from The Resurrection Fern blog
This blog is new to me but became an instant favorite. I'm especially taken with the stone diaries , the beautiful photography and the amazing tutorials.
You can tell from her blog that Margaret loves to share her love for art & handmade. I love it when people are a source of inspiration for others.

The EPE team is a coalition of artists whose main purpose is to create awareness and support for people who have been diagnosed with cancer.
I find it incredible that in no amount of time, a large group of Etsy sellers put their hands together and are continuously raising money for the American Cancer society. Go team, EPE!

Hearts for Haiti
It's amazing what this group of sellers has accomplished in such a short period of time for the recent events in
Haiti. It is an Etsy collective of donated items from hundreds of Etsy shops to raise money to rebuild Haiti. 100% of the proceeds from this shop (minus Etsy and Paypal fees) go directly to DoctorsWithoutBorders. Big thumbs up to all the volunteers who run this shop, donate items and more important to all those people who purchase from them.

Julie of Joy's Hope.
Thank you to whoever nominated Julie. What a beautiful person she is. I went to her blog, started reading about Joy and with wet eyes I continued reading along. A woman that writes from the heart about her family, shares ups and downs and so much more. A real asset for the handcrafted world.

The Toy Society.
I love the idea of toy dropping at random places and can't believe it has spread from a local Australian project into a worldwide event.
I think that if I was a kid, and even if I'm not anymore, would LOVE to find a cuddly friend to take care off. Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

Renee from My Ugly Kitty
As a cat lover, I could not resist this sweet person for her help in raising money to aid shelter cats. She has rescued a kitty, herself and shows how with love and care these are just as happy as any other cat.
Big cuddle for your ugly but adorable kitty.

Lucy from Attic 24
One visit to her blog and you're lost for many hours. Just browsing it makes you happy. She shares her lovely colourful crochet skills with so much flair that it just makes you want to pick up a hook and start yourself. She's an inspiration to many people and treats them with lovely tutorials and eyecandy pictures.

the Etsy S.N.E.A.K. Team
Ha! If you like a good surprise like me, this is the place to go. It's a way to support independant artisans who are trying to sell their wares online. Two days a week at an appointed time, an Etsy shop with few or no sales is announced on this site. As many people as possible then buy items from that shop, resulting in a frenzy of surprise business to the unsuspecting shop!
What a fun initiative this is and what an enthusiastic way to support handmade.

Wow! what a list! Impressive huh?
Please go vote for your favorite HERE!

voting rules:
1. you can vote once in each event.
2. voting closes on wed. february 17th at 5pm
3. the top 3-vote getters in each event will be announced on thursday february 18th!

There are more categories to cast your vote so don't be shy and make sure to visit them too! :)