Outright.com, A Spring Handmade Cavalcade Sponsor

Outright.com is already a familiar face on the Etsy New York blog, and today we would like to showcase them again as an official sponsor for the Spring Handmade Cavalcade. As you know, Outright.com is the alternative to Mint for small businesses. They have been a lifesaver to many of Etsy New York's members by providing a convenient, easy-to-use accounting tool that takes the guesswork out of bookkeeping and tax prep.

Etsy New York members have had the following great things to saw about Outright.com:

They make it very easy to see where your finances stand for the month and overall for the year. There are so many things you have to worry about in owning a small business and now my bookkeeping isn't one of them.

Very Satisfied Etsy New York Member

I've used Outright.com for a year and a half, and it has saved my butt at tax time twice now. My PayPal and my business bank account (therefore Etsy, Square, and Big Cartel) all link to it. I'm so bad at keeping up with bookkeeping, so it's been totally lifesaving to have it automated. The interface is easy to use too. I would recommend Outright.com to anyone who has had to keep small business records.

Happy Etsy New York Member 

Outright.com costs nothing to sign up! Hop on over to their website and make your bookkeeping life easier. And be sure to check out the Outright.com tips that come up on this blog! 

See you at the Spring Handmade Cavalcade!

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The City Quilter, a Spring Handmade Cavalcade Sponsor

Today we are pleased to introduce another Spring Handmade Cavalcade sponsor, The City Quilter! A haven for quilters all over the city, The City Quilter is a one-stop shop for anything you could ever need. Step inside and behold bolts of beautifully arranged fabrics, rotary cutters, books, batting, scissors. Want to learn how to quilt but don't know where to start? The City Quilter offers an assortment of wonderful classes to get you started. Need inspiration? Check out the only Art Quilt Gallery in New York City, which is located right inside their store!

Beth Carney, Chaos and Chasms, Art Quilt Gallery Show from March 5 - April 13

Furthermore, The City Quilter offers a range of beautiful New York themed fabric, including city scenes and skylines.

Susy's New York

Many thanks to The City Quilter for sponsoring our event! They will have a host of materials and class schedules at the Spring Handmade Cavalcade, so please stop by the information table when you're there!

Outright - Your small business simplified.

When I began running Fritz & Fräulein, I was the one-woman show for everything from the branding and marketing to the design and production of my pieces. The last thing I wanted to think about was accounting - and to echo the sentiments of so many fellow small biz owners: who really has time to?

Enter my number crunching savior: Outright.

Outright is a cloud-based accounting software that helps small business owners organize their finances and prepares them for tax time in an easy, smart way by pulling accounts into one, easy-to-navigate place.  It seamlessly syncs with all your online e-commerce sites, such as Etsy, Big Cartel, eBay, your own personal selling site and the like, along with PayPal and your bank accounts. You choose what accounts to to sync it with and it will download and automatically categorize transactions all the various transactions on a nightly basis, in a way the IRS expects, to keep your taxes organized and you up-to-speed on where your money is coming and going.  Needless to say, it makes keeping track of your business financials clear cut and easy-to-understand.

One of my favorite Outright features is the business tracking portion, which has fantastic charts and graphs to help you keep track of who's buying, how much money you're making and sales by state.  Oh yeah, and by-the-way, this part is free (and always will be).  Even the tax portion, which breaks everything down for your Schedule C / 1099-K, is free until the end of the year and is only $9.99/mo starting in January.  This, to me, is so worth avoiding the tax headache of trying to do it myself or pulling transactions into one of the more complex programs like Quickbooks. No, thank you.

Not only is Outright incredible for helping so many of us simplify our small business accounting (10,000+ Etsy sellers and counting!), but they're one of our sponsors for this weekend's Etsy New York Holiday Handmade Cavalcade!  Click here to set up your free account and let Outright do the rest.

See you at the Cavalcade!

-Stacy / Fritz & Fräulein

Etsy New York thanks Outright for sponsoring the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade!

What: Holiday Handmade Cavalcade

When: Saturday & Sunday, December 1st and 2nd

Time: 11am - 6pm

Where: The Space, 50 North 3rd Street (between Kent and Wythe), Williamsburg, Brooklyn

More information about our other sponsors, goodie bag contributions, our awesome food vendors, and other Cavalcade news is coming up, so stay tuned!

Handmade Gifts for Teachers

Only a couple more weeks before the 3rd Annual Holiday Handmade Cavalcade, and as you put together your shopping lists don't forget some of the most important people in your child's life... teachers! My daughter just started preschool this year, so I'm searching for some handmade gifts that will show her teachers how wonderful I think they are. Here are some things that I am eyeing...

Jody's beautiful lamp work creates wonderful swirls of color that is sure to please the most cheerful preschool teacher.

Teachers are experts at making something incredible out of recycled materials. How better to acknowledge their resourcefulness than this beautiful handbag made out of a tie?

Colony Collapse Read Bee Necklace by JTopolski
Science teachers are sure to love this colony collapse necklace, not only stylish but educational.

Vintage 1960s Dress Pattern by luckx4
This fun dress pattern is a perfect gift for that fashionable teacher.

We Move Mountains Print by VirginiaKraljevic
Remind your teacher of just how valuable they are with this original print.
Eco Friendly Hemp Blend and Leather Handle Tote Bag by SansMap
Give your teacher the gift of a sophisticated and practical bag! Perfect for toting around graded papers and lessons in style.

The gift ideas don't end there. For more ideas before the big shopping day, check out the vendor page of the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade website. You'll be inspired!


Handmade Cavalcade Gift Guide for Teens

Teens - I have two I have to buy for and crimminy it is hard.  I suppose I could send them a check or iTunes gift card and call it a day, but that's what everyone else does.  I'm crazy Aunt Holly, I'm suppose to send awesome gifts.  That was much easier when they were little bitties (look for that gift guide on December 2nd).

I have gathered a small collection of gifts you might find just right for your own hard to buy for teen.  All of the featured products are from members of The {NewNew} who will be participating in this years Holiday Handmade Cavalcade.

I found this unique knit power cord at KnitKnit.

Be In The Moment has these terrific pendants

The Ninth Avenue Necklace by Wish by Felicity

Find this fabulous florescent pink wishbone necklace at Knock Knock Studio

Grounsel has a great recycled tie iPhone case.  It was featured in TONY!

So those are just a few suggestions. There will be plenty more at the Cavalcade on December 3rd.  You can find all the info right here.

Happy Shopping
Holly / EllisDesign

Free {NewNew} Swag Bag - Sneak preview!

When was the last time you got something for nothing? Like...a beautiful screen printed tote bag with free stuff and coupons inside?

(...yes, that's them below!)
(want to see them in the making? Check out the post "Getting Ready for the Spring Cavalcade")

We've done it again loyal shoppers! Over 40 amazing {NewNew} vendors are participating in this year's annual Spring Handmade Cavalcade. We have put together 100 (yes, 100!!) swag bags that contain handmade products, coupons and giveaways that will be free to the first 100 people through the door this Saturday at our event!
(...I heard that last year there was a line around the block!)

Say what? Yes...you did hear me correctly. Free bag, free stuff. (and did I mention they were screen printed by hand?). We love you guys that much.

Keeping in {NewNew} style, each of the bags will be different and unique, just like us. You'll have to wait and see what you get - don't you love surprises?

So maybe your swag bag will have items in it from Leslie of AstorKnot, who makes cute tote bags....

or perhaps something from Martin, of AdornmentsNYC, who designs stunning jewelry?

Beth from BShorr Handmade, who designs knitwear, is contributing several gadget cozies!

Hop on over to our Spring Handmade Cavalcade website to learn more and to see a list of participating vendors!

When: Saturday May 7th (10am-5pm)
Where: 'Slate' in the Flatiron district of Manhattan
What: Handmade shopping, food, music, drinks and fun!!

...and, if you're not one of the first 100 lucky shoppers to receive a free swag bag, you'll still be eligible to win one of 5 raffle swag bags (with even more stuff inside!). You are eligible for one raffle entry for each purchase you make at the event - don't forget to hand in your ticket near the door for your chance to win. Good luck and happy shopping!

Tell your friends you're attending the event on Facebook:

Keep up to date and in the loop, follow the event on Twitter:

The {NewNew} on Facebook - if you like us, then 'like' us!
Here's our new page:

See you on Saturday! :)

Getting Ready for the Spring Handmade Cavalcade...

The Spring Handmade Cavalcade is coming up in less than 2 weeks and the team is working on final preparations... Shoppers who have come to the previous Handmade Cavalcades know that one of the perks for early shoppers, in addition to getting the be the first to see new work from local NY artsits is getting your hands on one of the Team's famous goody bags. This Cavalcade will be no exception - we will have a brand new design of {NewNew} tote bags.

Three members of the team recently had a screen printing session to get ready for the big event. Check out the photos from our crafting session:

Stacks of cotton tote bags in vibrant Spring colors - waiting to be screen printed...

A rack full of freshly printed tote bags drying after the first layer of the printing process...

Courtney of Webbed Ware and Martin of Adornments NYC mixing the screen printing inks...

Laura of Fisk and Fern adding the second layer of color to the tote bags...

The second layer of the screen printing process is complete...

Racks and racks full of tote bags drying and waiting to be filled with loot...

What will go inside? Stay tuned... we'll have more details about what will be inside both the goody bags and the raffle prizes soon...

Did I say raffle? yup. Don't miss out.

What? The {NewNew} presents the Spring Handmade Cavalcade - featuring over 40 local artisans, designers and crafters...

Where? Slate 54 West 21st Street (between 5th and 6th Aves), New York, NY 10010

When? Saturday May 7th, 2011 from 10am to 5pm


Handmade Cavalcade Sponsor Feature: Knitty City!

One of the main sponsors of the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade is Knitty City, a beautiful yarn store on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Opened in January of 2006, Knitty City is the realized dream of Pearl Chin, who designed it as a “ Yarn Studio”. It is devoted to beautiful materials for knitting and crochet, instructional classes and community connection.

Pearl and Arvin Chin

Knitty City’s selection of yarns reflects some of the best brands in the business. New and interesting yarns, and the products that complement them, are always popping up at Knitty City. In addition, the store has one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date collections of knitting, crochet and needle art books, magazines and patterns in New York.

Knitty City is committed to the people behind the yarn and designs, with a shared passion for the artistry that goes into their products. Book signings and events that allow friends and customers to meet authors and designers are regularly scheduled, and new and emerging young talent is highlighted with a monthly “Young Designer” Series.

The store offers classes to students at every level that are facilitated by experienced and friendly instructors. A weekly class for children allows them to explore their creative interests through knitting and crochet. A group of friendly and knowledgeable people is always on hand to help you in whatever way you need.

When I first walked into Knitty City, I was a new knitter and was a little apprehensive at entering into an unknown world of yarn, needle sizes, and indecipherable patterns. Pearl and the staff at Knitty City immediately swooped in, recommending projects for beginners and helping me choose a yarn fiber and weight to complement my design. I was hooked immediately, and have kept going back since.

Pearl keeps her store looking beautiful, with walls of shelving holding any yarn you could ever want. One corner of the store is devoted to the binders of free in-store patterns that you can browse through for as long as you want. The back of the store has tables where beginner and veteran knitters alike sit, share stories, and swap helpful knitting hints.

One of the most fantastic things about Knitty City is the dedication to community. Pearl wanted her store to benefit people in need, but instead of giving away finished products to charities she thought to supply non-profit groups with yarn & needles. She had already seen many friendships develop among her customers, and, with that in mind, she sought to develop “Knitting Circles” within non-profits. Knitty City's first project at the New York Asian Women’s Center, they provided yarn & needles for 40 women in two “safe houses” where they are protected from violence and abuse.

Knitty City is one of those precious New York City stores that makes the city worth living in. Conveniently located on the Upper West Side, this gem is a must see destination. Be sure to stop by the next time you're in the neighborhood!

Knitty City
208 West 79th Street (Broadway and Amsterdam), Manhattan
Hours: Monday, 11am - 6pm; Tuesday, 11am - 6pm (from 11/26 - 12/24 only; usually closed on Tuesdays); Wednesday, 11am - 8pm; Thursday, 11am - 8pm; Friday, 11am - 6pm; Saturday, 11am - 6pm; Sunday, 12pm - 5pm


Holiday Gift Guide from the {NewNew}

Nothing says happyholidays-happybirthday-happyhanukkah-merrychristmas-happynewyear-iloveyou like a good, old fashioned piece of paper. Somehow, now matter how hard you try, the absurd graphics of e-cards, the strange language of texting, or an update on Facebook doesn't cut it when you're trying to make an impression. This year at the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade at OpenHOUSE Gallery in Nolita, New York, over forty designers will be selling perfect gifts for every occasion. In particular, the artisans doing their work on paper are exceptional. Be sure to come on by on Sunday, December 5th to see these beautiful paper products for yourself!

More fantastic products will be available at the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade, so keep checking back between now and December 5th for more product and artisan features!


Extraordinary Holiday Garland Showcase at the HHC!

Something very special to check out at tomorrow's Holiday Handmade Cavalcade is a showcase of over 100 Winter Wonderland handmade 10ft long garlands. Several members of The {NewNew} team have handcrafted each one of these using such a diverse skill set, aesthetic, technique, and materials. It will surely inspire your own decorating at home!

Here are some photos of the Decorations Committee at work back on November 19th...TIP: Sometimes your materials will tell you what they want to be... If you are stuck in a rut, try laying them all out on the floor and see if it helps to get inspired.
Tie a simple knot using several strands of yarn, spaced about a foot apart for a frothy soft effect.
This classic linked garland is updated by mixing up different materials and colors for each loop. Check out the re-purposed packing foam used here!
The color theme for the day will be a shimmery winter wonderland, but while sticking primarily to whites, the team effectively mixed in shades of silver, icy blue, and cream to add rhythm and texture.Sometimes serious genius creates a mega mess. It's OK, it probably means you were productive (just blame the dog).Large snowflakes will dangle from the ceiling, balancing the small scale of the garlands and adding a focal point.
A silvery blue origami inspired garland cut from novelty papers you have probably been saving for years...what could be a better way to use them??Felt scraps are quickly cut into freehand circles that will be stapled together like an accordian chain. Alternate the oatmeal, white and silver randomly or in a sequence and see what different effects you get!

Be sure to check out The {NewNew} at the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade on Saturday December 5th to see these garlands unveiled, along with dozens more!