Lion Brand Yarn, A Spring Handmade Cavalcade Sponsor

The Spring Handmade Cavalcade is coming this weekend! Today we would like to introduce you to our final event sponsor, Lion Brand Yarn Studio. With their showroom store in Manhattan on 15th Street, you have easy access to their wonderful yarns, supplies, classes, and workshops. Furthermore, their website has a wonderful array of great projects from the beginning student to the most ardent yarn enthusiast. 


Weft Weaving Club Project

Check out their free events in May, including the Weft Weaving Club. They also have great Mother's Day gift ideas, like this super cute Daffodil Pencil!

To get your creativity buzz going, check out their ever changing storefront window which always has something amazing perched inside!

Thank you Lion Brand Yarn for supporting the Spring Handmade Cavalcade!

Spring Handmade Cavalcade, A Spring Handmade Cavalcade Sponsor 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, 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

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 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 to anyone who has had to keep small business records.

Happy Etsy New York Member costs nothing to sign up! Hop on over to their website and make your bookkeeping life easier. And be sure to check out the 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!

Purl SoHo, A Spring Handmade Cavalcade Sponsor

The Spring Handmade Cavalcade is coming up in less than a month! Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 4th, between the hours of 10am and 5pm at The Space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

This year we have a host of incredible sponsors, one of which is the lovely Purl SoHoPurl SoHo is a treasure, offering an incredible assortment of luxurious yarns and brilliant fabrics! With their popular blog, The Purl Bee, they offer tutorials and project journals galore. Visit their website or their store and you will never lack for inspiration or creative energy!

Purl SoHo has recently launched a new line of Purl SoHo super soft merino yarn, and they have graciously donated one skein for each swag bag given out at the Spring Handmade Cavalcade! Be one of the first 100 shoppers to score one of the most scrumptious yarns you'll ever see!

After getting your skein of yarn, check out their wonderful tutorials for project ideas. What will you make with your yarn?

Do you need a baby gift? Check out the Super Easy Crib Blanket Tutorial.

What about a new cowl to start off the spring? Take a look at the Garter Gaitor project!

As the weather warms, ditch those chunky mittens and knit up a pair of fingerless gloves.

Many thanks to Purl SoHo for sponsoring the Spring Handmade Cavalcade! Again, be sure to get to the event early to get a swag bag. More Purl SoHo information will be available at a table at the Cavalcade!

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Lion Brand Yarn Studio, a Holiday Handmade Cavalcade Sponsor

The Lion Brand Yarn Studio is the Flagship retail location for Lion Brand Yarn Company; a family owned and operated business. Visit the Lion Brand Yarn Studio to explore, learn, and get inspired by Lion Brand’s yarns, patterns, and classes.

When visiting, don’t forget to check out the detailed handmade window display, which tends to incorporate pieces that have been knit, crocheted and/or crafted.

The Lion Brand Yarn Studio has taught over 10,000 students since 2009, and offers classes for yarncrafters of all levels. Additionally, the Lion Brand Yarn Studio books “Master Classes” where you can learn special techniques from well-known, professional designers who will be teaching the class.

There’s always plenty to do at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio; you can bring your Lion Brand project to the designated project table in the center of the store and knit or crochet amongst the company of others, you can snip off some yarn from the sampling wall to test out something new, or browse the computers for pattern inspiration.  

If you need follow up help after a class, or have a knitting or crochet question that you need addressed, the Knit & Crochet Doctors are available at the Studio to provide you with free help and advice.  The Crochet Doctor is available every Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30p.m., and the Knitting Doctor is available every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30p.m.

Look out for some exciting events this December, such as Carol Sulcoski’s free book signing and chat, where she discusses sock knitting with the release of her new book, Sock Yarn Studio on Monday, December 3rd at 6p.m.  Click here to RSVP.

Click here to find out more about December happenings at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio!

From November 26 to December 31, The Lion Brand Yarn Studio has extended hours for the holiday season:

  • Monday-Thursday, 11:30am - 8pm
  • Friday, 10am - 3pm
  • Saturday, Closed
  • Sunday, 11:30am - 5pm

Etsy New York thanks Lion Brand Yarn Studio 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 are coming up, so stay tuned!

Brooklyn Charm, a Holiday Handmade Cavalcade Sponsor

For anyone who likes jewelry, you will be like a kid in a candy store at Brooklyn Charm.  Whether you visit their main location in Williamsburg, their booth at the Union Square Market, or their booth at the Columbus Circle Holiday, you will be giddy with all the jewelry choices. 

For me, the most exciting part of going to any Brooklyn Charm location is creating your own look right on the spot from their huge stock of charms, beads and gems.  Whether you are in store or at one of the holiday markets you can be your own jewelry designer.  All you have to do is bring your creativity, choose your charms and chains, and the knowledgable and friendly staff will make it for you on the spot.  It is dizzying with so many fun choices of charms at reasonable prices.  Also, the staff is knowledgeable in jewelry design and can help you make the crucial choices as you put together each piece of your design. As an extra bonus, at their holiday booths at Union Square and Columbus Circle the labor fee to assemble your design is waived.

Brooklyn Charm also sells handmade, in house designs by the awesome staff members, which you can also find at their Etsy Store.  I heart this shiny, gold, Brooklyn razor necklace.  Sparkly and tough!

After a visit to Brooklyn Charm you might get inspired to learn more.  They offer several classes in design, and for only $40.00, in an hour and half you'll leave with new knowledge and your own piece.  If you become super excited you can purchase your own supplies at wholesale prices at their Etsy store of vintage and contemporary jewelry supplies.

Thank you Brooklyn Charm for sponsoring the 2012 Handmade Cavalcade and design on everyone!

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

ECOBAGS Brand, a Holiday Handmade Cavalcade Sponsor

Today the Etsy New York Team is pleased to introduce (or reintroduce) a popular resource to the Etsy Community. ECO BAGS® is a place where you can find a wide assortment of canvas and cotton bags, sustainably produced and certified fair labor ready for the Etsy design community. 

ECO BAGS® is proud to be a sponsor of the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade, happening Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd at The Space located at 50 North 3rd Street in Williamsburg Brooklyn.

Not only does ECO BAGS® provide amazing bags that print beautifully, it is a small, woman-owned business in NY that is a certified BCorporation. They are considered pioneers of the Reusable Bag Movement and have been in business since 1989. ECO BAGS® can get you blank bags or bags printed with your design in all sizes. Hop on over to ECO BAGS® excellent website and make them a production partner.

Many artisans from the Etsy New York Street Team use ECO BAGS® bags and have raved about the quality of goods and company attention to customer service. It’s easy to order from them and since their warehouse is in NY, the ship time is generally one day via UPS on all unprinted goods.

Enter promo code "2012etsyhol" for 10% off internet orders of $30 or more from 10/8-12/8. (Excludes shipping, wholesale, or custom jobs.) 

Thank you ECO Bags for your wonderful products and for your support of the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade!

Illustration by Julian Rowe

More information about our sponsors, goodie bag contributions, our awesome food vendors, and other Cavalcade news are coming up, so stay tuned!, a Spring Handmade Cavalcade Sponsor

Today I am pleased to reintroduce a familiar resource to entrepreneurs, the free online financial management website Jennifer Dunn of Outright is a regular contributor here on the Etsy {New York} blog, and you can find a myriad of her helpful tax and accounting advice in her previous posts.

Outright is proud to be a sponsor of the Spring Handmade Cavalcade which is happening this Saturday, May 5th, from 11am - 5pm at Littlefield in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. Not only does Outright provide a great free online accounting tool, it helps small business owners in particular organize their finances in an easy, smart way by pulling accounts into one, easy-to-navigate place. Furthermore, Outright automatically categorizes transactions in a way the IRS expects, so your records are always up-to-date and you can view estimates of what you owe at any time. Hop on over to Outright's excellent website and give it a trial spin, and see how much easier it makes your life!

Many artisans from the Etsy {New York} Street Team use Outright and have raved about it. Jane from Hazel Village writes, "I've used 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 to anyone who had to keep small business records."

Kelley from Kelley Gudahl Photography says, "Outright makes it very easy to see where your finances stand for the month and overall for the year. There are so many things that you have to worry about in owning a small business and now my bookkeeping isn't one of them."

Thank you Outright for your wonderful accounting system and for your support of the Spring Handmade Cavalcade!

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Spring Handmade Cavalcade Sponsor: The Ink Pad

The Ink Pad is one of the coolest crafty stores in New York City. Located at 37 Seventh Avenue at 13th Street in Manhattan, you can find stamps of every size with any image or saying, stamp pads of any color, or paper of every thickness or shade. When you visit, be sure to leave a substantial amount of time to browse the shelves of stamps that cover every inch of the wall!

Whether you are a craft enthusiast or just showing a preliminary interest in making your own cards, The Ink Pad has everything you need. To get that extra bit of inspiration, take one of their many classes. From seasonal card making to advanced paper techniques, you'll be sure to find the right fit for your mood and skill level.

 Sample from the "Hello Luscious!" card making class utilizing florals. Wednesday, April 27, 7:15pm - 9:30pm. 

Sample from the Star Photo Album class.

The Ink Pad also makes custom stamps and has an arsenal of designs and ink colors for you to choose from. Treat yourself to an address stamp, or a stamp for your business. Buy a custom name stamp for your new niece or nephew. Make a stamp out of a sketch that you're particularly proud of! 

Not only does this little store have amazing products, but the staff couldn't be friendlier. I recently went there with my two daughters, ages 1 and 3, and they were busy picking up stamps, glue, and paper and bringing them to Barbara, the store manager, so she could "ring them up". 

The {NewNew} is so pleased that The Ink Pad is an overall sponsor at our upcoming event, the Spring Handmade Cavalcade. They will be contributing items to the swag bags (given to the first 100 people at the show) and will also be distributing literature and class schedules at the event itself. Be sure to stop by the Cavalcade and say hello to them, and definitely swing by their beautiful store. 

The Ink Pad
37 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Open Monday - Saturday, 11am - 7pm and Sunday, 12pm - 6pm


Etsy's Taste Test to the Rescue

My brother's birthday and Mother's Day are coming up and I have no idea what to get them. Luckily Etsy's taste test can lend me a hand. Etsy launched the taste test prior to the holidays last year. It generates a visual quiz. You pick an item from a list of suggestions, which leads you to another brief list of suggestions and eventually generates a personalized taste map for you.

Here are some of the selections it generated for my mother:

The Sunshine Print by our own VirginiaKraljevic, Vintage Paris Rose gift tags by Creative Visions, a Felted Pebble Set by delica, Down Under Natural Soap Bars by IntentioNs, and a Pen Pencil Holder by lessandmore.

For my brother, the taste test suggested:

A digits calendar by useyourdigits,a Come to the Dark Side T-Shirt by SignatureTshirts, salt and peppershaker set by The {NewNew}'s Romi Ceramics, a mini faux deer head, by iheartsammi, a sterling and titanium ring by Down to the Wire Design, and a book holder by Wonderland Furniture.

I found those to be surprisingly good choices I wouldn't have discovered by myself. So why don't you try it yourself!