Oh man guys, the long awaited maker items are finally here! I mean I don’t know if they are long awaited for you but I’be have these ideas since the holidays so I’m over the moon to bring them to you!!
I was so inspired to make these items and am elated to bring you more than just tags for my maker offerings. I even have more ideas, customs orders and collabs coming out so stay tuned. The purpose of this short blog is to show you all of the items together and to remind you by signing up for our newsletter right here on our site you get 25% off your items!
So here they are, the first release of our new laser cut maker items(and check out that new maker section on our site!). We hope you love them as much as we do!
Our first, and probably most exciting item is our maker pins. FIrst off the icons engraved on these babies were designed by the wonderful anna of @theknottyboss. She is a fabulous maker that does unique amigurumi themed cacti and is an amazing graphic designer.
The idea behind these was to stay true to our new branding (to be released soon!) and to give you a fun way to rep your fiber art form. Available in 6 different options and even a maker option in case you are not a fiber enthusiast!
Coming soon: Laser cut branded pins for your business!
One thing we have sold in the past and are happy to bring back are our laser cut buttons
. These are so fun to dress up a piece (I just did for the boho tanks I made). We started with mandalas, a request made by our good friend, maker and photographer Rin of @rinknits and thought the full moons would be a great compliment
These are an item we would love more suggestions and custom orders for! (use old designs too?)
Want a personalized button? No problem, shoot us a message!
Stitch markers were the first idea, and most obvious item to make on the laser. The hard part? Deciding on what themes or things to include on them! There are so many options and fandoms out there so we started with a few practical options, an artsy option and what I like to call my hippie makers with mood phases, zodiac signs and chakras. Each are a little different so enjoy checking these out in the shop! (small icons on the painted markers also designed by Anna of @theknottyboss).
Coming soon: A new collaboration with our friend Anna! And if you have any requests or suggestions on these please let us know!
We knew this year we wanted to contribute to the Our Maker Life event in Toronto and while brainstorming we thought a swatch gauge for the event and for our shop would be a perfect duo (especially since we can’t go this year- waaaaa). So here you have our encouraging swatch gauge to help with your new projects, as well as gauges for your hook or needles just in case. We hope you find this maker item totes handy!
Coming soon: Smaller more compact size easy for travel!
One final reminder is we can do all types of personalized items for your handmade biz. From swatch gauges, yarn holders, tags and basket bottoms. We are attempting to share each one of those projects with you in hopes we can work together soon!
Thank you so much for checking out all of our new items and happy shopping friends!!
"just know it was the right decision for me..."
Confession: the last 6 weeks or so have been fairly challenging. Describing a difficult situation while not stepping on any toes is hard, but I feel like I need to express myself for me and I know I will be better for it. I think it’s important to remember we all go through difficult times, that’s what Manic Makers was founded on and what I will continue to share on my own platform with each of you.
It’s hard to describe my leave from Manic Makers, but just know it was the right decision for me. When your heart is in the right place and it kind of gets trampled on you know it's the right move to walk away and that’s what I remind myself daily as letting go is such a loss for me. It was such a labor of love, from my heart and soul, but with this loss I have the time and energy to pursue more of my own dreams.
Yarn Tea Party Anyone?
While things were ending, I finally took some much needed down time to accomplish some organizational, back burner tasks and really tune into my business (which will also be shared on a special public blog platform next week!) I’m still kind of living in this reflective place right now, creating maker items and dreaming about my fall line silhouettes and color combinations. Looking back now, I was feeling stifled and frustrated and letting go of that while practicing yoga multiple times a week has helped center me.
Collaborating has its challenges, but one thing I learned is how much value, passion and ideas I bring to the table and nothing can replace that realization of self worth. I’m here to thank you and let you know I’ll never stop this creative journey. This experience has instilled a confidence in me that I will take with me wherever I go. Initially I was afraid the platform wouldn’t go so well, that people weren't interested in my voice but I know know that isn’t true. And on that note, no one should ever think that! We are all unique in our own ways and that’s what makes each and every one of us special.
I wish I could Have this Tea Party Every Day!
One last project from manic is the flowers campaign I organized. Each maker was comfortable with the idea, so we will be donating them to a local charity. I’m so happy with this outcome because as you can see they look simply magic together, but ultimately this purpose is so much bigger than what I originally intended. I will be visiting a local craft based donation location in Detroit and if that’s not a fit we are hoping to donate them to a children’s center to brighten some little's day. Either way I know they will be put to good use that isn’t purely visual.
Beautiful Earrings and Flowers by @Aracelycrochet1
Lastly I cannot wait to show you all of my maker oriented projects I’ve had in the works for so many months! I’ll be doing a big summer campaign that was inspired by this amazing maker community and I hope you love each piece. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter for discounts for those Items as well!
I hope you enjoyed this quick entry highlighting @rinkints beautiful photos and thank you for all makers that contributed and read this, If you’d like to work together in the future I’d love to hear from you and I can’t wait to connect in one way or another:)
Best wishes and Namaste, -Jenna
Photographs by Corrine Turner Photography
All Following makers participated in this event:
It's November, where thoughts of the end of 2018 and drawing near. The time where everyone reflects, spend time with family and decide how they would like to improve in the next year. As I do this, I reflect on my progression of the year (especially the second half) and give you a sneak peak of a pattern I will release in 2019 and hopefully offer some inspiration of gratitude and love with this post.
I may be crazy for sharing, because this is more of a live journal excerpt. Originally this blog post had many different intentions but I'm so happy with how it ended up. After a busy season took hold, things changed and ultimately I'm grateful I'm busy and have to re-arrange plans. I'm also proud for committing to posting, knowing I would be so busy. The Point? When you aren't sure if you should push yourself go for it, the worst thing that will happen is you learn how to do it better the next time around.
I started this "Gone Postal" beanie back in July and this is the third version of this unisex design. I may make some versions in colors, and as mentioned I will write up the pattern after the new year, but have I made more to sell? NO! But instead of getting down on myself, I'm choosing to reflect. To appreciate this was my first intentional design process and it has been received greatly by my friends in the fiber business. It's still a great outcome when you look at it through the correct lens.
This photo below (and really this whole shoot) fills me with extreme gratitude. I have MY person by my side, the one that will always be here, that supports me through it all. I've seen growth in my business, but more importantly I can feel myself grow as a person. How I deal with hope, positivity, confrontation. I've made the most amazing friendships this year (watch out next blog because it's going to be off the chain!) and honestly I can feel my story coming together, in it's own way and that's pretty beautiful.
Weather you are stressed for a busy season (hello, blessing!) or behind on your to do list, look at the ways how great this year was for you. I will no longer look at things as a failure, but a learning opportunity and an opportunity to step back and see if the world is leading you in a different direction. I know I've had plenty of upsets, and can't wait to see where this crazy life takes me!!
This goes for things you are truly grateful for in your life. Weather it is your craft, a person, a pet, a vocation- I hope it fills your heart, feeds your sole and leaves you whole this beautiful season.
Photos taken by Corrine Turner Photography
A Story of One Girls' Curiosity leading to her doom...
Welcome to the new A-Cute Blog format where we talk about all things cute. Today's story is about fashion, handmade and a little unsettling to fit this time of year! We hope you truly enjoy this comic book, fun style it and don't forget to check out all items featured in the blog to shop and or create your own look!
Don't tell anyone I'm here, its a secret..
It is! Haley Rose Studios makes gorgeous hand bound books.
Wait, do you hear that?!
(Click the photo for Haley's instagram!)
What happened that day we may never know. What we do know is where this look came from- check out the tag below to recreate or mix and match from this set!
Hat: Handmade by us, A-Cute Design (avialible in the shop!) pattern by wistle and ivy
Earrings: Vintage Find
Necklace: Old Scool from Kohls
Sweater: TJ Maxx
Skirt: Good Will Score, brand is Liz Claiborne
Lipstick: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid lipstick in outlaw-Brick red
A Bog Inspired By Community
Part 3 of 3
Can't get enough of that OML Swag!
My final installment of this three part series is about community, which in my opinion is the best way to recap my experience from OML 2018 because if you were there, you know that’s what it truly was all about! I honestly don’t know where to begin and cannot articulate or sum up my feelings about our beautiful maker community and how the event changed me as a maker and a person.
I’ve mentioned it before but I was completely taken aback by the buzz of our community when I went to the event. I’m not sure if it’s from being burned by so many friends, or confidence issues (more likely a combination of both) but I was leary and had no idea this event would be filled with so much joy and support. I hope my perspective touches you as a maker. To grow, to reach out, connect, love and share. We are all in this together and couldn’t do it alone!
The foundation of my journey began with the wonderful Shannon of @channoncreates_ and Darian of @knittingbydarian sharing an air b&b the night before. I talked to them via insta but had no idea what to expect when meeting them, and when Darian came down to greet me, I knew I’d found a kindred spirit to my own. Darian is such a hard worker, she’s funny as hell, empathetic and just has such great vibes. Shannon is a 5” force to be reckoned with! She is fearless and so talented, I can’t wait to see where each of their journeys take them and I’ so grateful to have made new friendships through this experience.
My gratitude toward them cannot be fully expressed, me being so nervous. To be real I have idolized certain people in our community on social media. I idolized, wondered why I wasn’t getting any recognition and was feeling like a failure. My comparison was eating my alive and I was doing it all to myself. I walked in to the event with these feelings and left a different person.
Using more luxury yarn:
Diving more into patterns:
Tested for @shannoncreates, @woodsandwoolpatternnext and @the.hook.nook goals for the spring
This is a three part series inspired by my experience at OML 2018 (Our Maker Life). A maker movement, and annual meet up of makers, primarily fiber artists. My inspiration came from the people around me. It was a beautiful and overwhelming experience all in one. I am so grateful to everyone that made this event and attended and I can’t wait for 2019!
Crocheting by the Pool
This photo took so much courage for me to post, I love it so much and I'm proud I was brave to put just who I am out there to the world!
From Jessica's Latest blog...
I think most, if not all where feeling the emotions during her talk! I was so choked up and to look around the room and see everyone drying their eyes was beautiful.
From Jessica's Blog...
I was so nervous to meet these huge makers and they made it so much fun! Even though I wasn't able to fully open up I will treasure this photo forever!
From Jessica's Blog...
So inspiring to be, and do you! I am so guilty of thinking I can't have anything I make or don't have time. We all have time to treat ourselves and feel special so don't forget that!
The Photo I posted from Chicago!
This felt crazy to post but it was the creative idea I had and I'm so crazy I took the chance. This really feels like me and inspired so much photography I explored during my Florida vacation!
My Notes From Jessica's Talk
Before I started choking up and could actually write
(yeah you know the notes are pink color coded to match her hair!)
For Reference, Jessica's blog is:
My response from the giveaway:)
Thank you for my friends Laura and Samantha for helping with this shoot!
New cozies design for the tattoo convention, I'm so proud of these and can't wait to share them in public!
From the "Our Maker Life" Blog, can't wait to meet so many amazing makers in less than 2 weeks!
I may not be posting as much, but I will be over here scaring the crap out of myself and taking risks I'm terrified of!