“Making New York-A Hands-on History & Shopping Experience” at Chelsea Market is a Must for Holiday Gifts and More!

NY Handmade Collective artisans are back at it this holiday season in the beloved and coveted Chelsea Market, November 27-December 3, in the event space, with their “Making New York-A Hands-on History & Shopping Experience."  This holiday market has been picked by "Time Out New York" as one of the top five holiday markets to shop this season!

This highly curated week-long market will showcase the history of handmade makers/settlers to our team members today, bringing together some of the best brands in local handmade and will include some hands-on workshops/demonstrations.  A list of available workshops and times are below:

Monday, November 27th - 3pm-6pm

Cor Garcia-Held of Cor Pottery/Bklyn Kiln will bring her potter's wheel and demonstrate how pottery is made.

Tuesday, November 28th - 3pm-4pm

Joanie Brittingham of LittleJoanieSoaprano will give an introduce to how soap is made.

Wednesday, November 29th - 1pm-2pm

Watch Cindy Peng of Cindy Penguin Jewelry show her crocheted jewelry process.

Wednesday, November 29th - 3pm-4pm

Elena Kanidinc of SimplyNu will show how to make felt holiday ornaments.

Thursday, Novmber 30th - 11am-1pm

Cor Garcia-Held returns for another pottery demonstration.

Thursday, Novmber 30th - 3pm-5pm

Staff from Blick Art Materials will demonstrate a DIY craft

Friday, December 1st - 3pm-4pm

Meredith Stein of Private Picassos will demonstrate DIY stamp-making.





Valentine's Day Tutorial: Make a Heart Pop-up Card for your Loved One(s)!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner here in the US. With today being February 1st, you officially have 13 days to buy goodies for your loved one. 

I'm a huge fan of Valentine's Day. I love everything about the holiday. I love that it is a day designated for love, even if we should be showing love every day. I love that people dress up in red on that day. That people do their best to be compassionate and kind. These things are more real to me than boxes of chocolates and expensive dinners. Don't get me wrong, those have their place, but I think Valentine's Day is so much more than spending money. It's about holding doors and saying "hi" or "I like your shoes" to a stranger. It's about giving $.50 to a homeless person on the street. It's about calling your Mom, grandparents, sisters and brothers, nieces and nephews, boyfriends/girlfriends, regular friends and saying, "I love you."

In the spirit of keeping things simple this Valentine's Day, I've put together one of my favorite handmade craft projects in a video and am sharing it with EtsyNY readers and followers - heart shaped pop-up cards. They take about three to five minutes a piece and can be embellished as you like. Really these are a winning card!


  1. Scissors
  2. 8.5x11 sheet(s) of paper - be creative!
  3. Confidence in your cutting and folding skills

Instruction Video:

As a stationer, I always think the more important element of any holiday is the way we communicate our feelings and emotions to the people we care the most about in our lives.  I hope you find many uses for this card, not just the holiday of love.

If you make one or two or even a few, share pictures in the comments!

Happy Valentine's Day! Happy Love Day! Happy Heart Crafting!


Hunt down these extra-hot deals at the Cavalcade!

We’re less than two weeks away from our eagerly anticipated Holiday Handmade Cavalcade in Chelsea Market, and some of our makers are spicing things up with an on-site Scavenger Hunt!  As a reward to you -- our faithful blog readers -- just quietly mention this Scavenger Hunt to any of the participating vendors, and you’ll enjoy a secret little freebie or discount.  

Note: when you first enter the event, stop by our team table to pick up a Vendor Map. It lists every single vendor selling, so it’ll be particularly helpful for you Scavenger Hunters.

Here are our participating vendors, and what each is offering:

Wandering Laur

One free card with $20 purchase

Be My Bee

One free Snowman card with purchase

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Vicki Finkel Ceramics

One free pitcher (from a select group) with purchase


Two free bird stickers


A small surprise freebie with purchase

Tamara Garvey Illustration

One free birch forest card with purchase

NYC Vinyl Dreams

Free decal for a phone/laptop with purchase

Soluna Soluna

5% discount off your purchase

Divine NY & Co.

Receive 20% off any item in our booth


Free postcard with purchase


Free Upcycled Magnet if you whisper, "Blitzen sent me." No purchase necessary!


One lip balm of your choice with any purchase

a Studio by the Sea

A free small holiday notecard with any purchase

Birdy27 Designs

Buy 1 hat over $50 and a coordinating cowl, neck warmer or scarf and receive $5 off! (While supplies last!)

Again, don’t forget to stop at our team table once you arrive at the event, so you can pick up a Vendor Map and find these deals -- plus locate the rest of our fabulous vendors!  

We can’t wait to see you at the Cavalcade.  :D