Thursday, September 11, 2014

USA Crafts Map for Americans that Sell Their Hand-Works

 Made In America By HandA push is on to shop local in America. We realize the value in cutting transportation costs and farm to table ideas are starting to take shape. We also help our neighbors when we shop local and buy American made products. Between technology and outsourcing and a slow economy, it is more important than ever to buy locally made items whenever you can.

In support of local shopping we have created USA Crafts Map by HandmadeCatalog.

To start the map off, I have included some of the professional craft businesses from and they have already received some orders from it. It appears that the local shopping trend is really catching on!

You don't have to a be a member of HandmadeCatalog to be on the map. Put your business on the map for free as long as you live in the USA and your products are made by hand.

Let's get local and have a crafty nation!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

This Bird Doesn't Sing, She Hooks It!

Katiebird Lane - Hand Crochet in the USA

Hand Crocheted in the USA - New Shawls for Fall 2014
Lace Shawl Echo Colorway by Katiebird Lane
Fashion Yarn Mashup? Meet Katiebird Lane!

Katiebird is a master with the crochet hook but it's an eye for fashion that really takes her work to the top shelf.. The colors, the soft look of the yarns, they catch your eye and beg you to touch. They just look fun to wear.

As one of our best-selling members, Katiebird Lane's products are usually one-of-a-kind. This means if think you want one, don't wait. They sell quickly. The shawls from Katiebird Lane also make fantastic gifts. Anyone would love to receive one of these!

As with all our products, Katiebird Lane's products are Made by Hand in the USA.

For more, please visit Katiebird Lane at HandmadeCatalog.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Member Spotlight: Turn of the Century

Whenever a new crafter joins our site, I like to showcase their work here. A returning member is even more fun to write about. We are so happy to have this fine artist back in our catalog.

While he was gone, he took his craft to a new level!

Meet John Flynn and his family operated company, Turn of the Century.

John has created a multitude of fantastic handmade creations. Everyone single one would make a great gift. Be sure to visit his webpage for details of their 13-stage process which is needed to create these very usable works of art. Pictured here are few of my favorites:

 Deluxe Razor and Stand - Custom work by Turn of the Century
Mach 3 razor and stand is solidly built for durability. This beautiful piece will be appreciated by anyone. Tru-Stone bodies are 85% gemstone bonded with resin for extreme durability. This carefully crafted handle and body goes through our rigorous 13 stage finish.

Hand Crafted Wooden Bowls by Turn of the Century
Tycoon Pen - Custom Pens by Turn of the Century
Tycoon Rollerball Custom Pens by Turn of the Century
Custom Cast Wine Bottle Stoppers
Beautiful Wine Bottle Stoppers by Turn of the Century

As you can see, we are talking high-quality handmade products. And there are made right here in the USA. 

I am sure we will see more of John's wonderful creations here soon. 

Remember, these and all the creations in our catalog would not be possible if creative people didn't work so hard at making them. Please support their efforts and keep the handmade tradition alive by purchasing handmade products whenever you can. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Cypress Community Festival

.Cypress Community Festival July 26 2014
The Cypress Community Festival is celebrating their 34 year!

Nothing screams handmade like a crafts festival.

If you are in the southern California area in July and you like crafts, this show is a must! The Cypress Community Festival has been held on the 4th Saturday of July for 34 years. This year the event occurs on July 26th, 2014.

The Cypress Community Festival is held in a beautiful setting at Oak Knoll Park. The park features 22 acres of greenery including a large softball field, a sand volleyball court and a large playground for the little ones. The address is 5700 Orange Avenue. Hours are from 7 am to 5 pm. 

You can enjoy this festival for free, there is no admission fees.  

Come early if you can, there is a 5k/10k run and pancake breakfast (Kiwanis Club), a car show, a chili cook-off and of course, my reason for attending, the arts and crafts booths. Just in case you tire of crafts, like that would ever happen, there is continuous entertainment throughout the day. 

For craft sellers, this show is a hit as the crowd hits 30,000 or more! 

If you want to learn more, click here for the Cypress Community Festival's homepage.

p.s. If you can't make this show, come on over to - it's like a never ending craft fair.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

New Site Promotes Craft Sales in Your Own Neighborhood

I love to create, ever since I was a little. I remember being around 8 and making "trendy crafts" potholders on a little loom. Today my granddaughter is crafting too. She is into the loom bracelets and it is so enjoyable to watch her whip up that handmade jewelry. I know some of you take crafting to a different level and have a desire to market your crafts. I created my website just for people like you and in the past 12 years I have been trying to find new ideas and new avenues off, and online, to help you creators, bakers and makers get your hand-crafted products noticed by the right consumers.

The idea of selling crafts is not new but it has transformed into this world of crafts and hobbies and artists and the customers that love to buy unique handmade creations. Online marketplaces are plentiful, weekend craft fairs and craft festivals are merging with farmers markets and street fairs and happen weekly . Lots of new venues have popped up over the years for the makers and bakers to sell their wares. 

But guess who may not know about you and your crafts business? Someone that might become your very best repeat customer of all? And one of your most profitable customers?

Could that new buyer be right down the street from you? Say just a few houses away? 

Am I saying you should get a box of hand-crafted goods and go door to door?

No way - not for me.

Well, let me introduce you to a new online network for your neighborhood. The site is called and it works by connecting you with your neighbors. It is not intended as a marketplace nor does it have any real business features (yet). What is does do is connect you with the people that actually live right around you. You have "profile" where you can talk about yourself and your crafts business.  There is also a Classified section for local neighbor to neighbor information. 

NextDoor is new and I have been using it for a few months. I like it a lot and recommend it highly for help with your craft business or just to connect to those around you. 

In my neighborhood, I have seen several dogs and cats reconnected with their owners and one abused dog get the medical treatment he needed through donations. A few people have shared their experience with the local roofer and computer shop - which I find very valuable.

NextDoor has a very secure method of keeping out any non-neighbors (this is not anything like craigslist) by using the US Post Office for confirmation. You do not have to share any personal information online, you can join by mail. Mine postcard arrived in 2 days with a code number for joining. If you are in a hurry, you can use a credit card for verification, again, not for me. 

I invited all of my next door neighbors by post card too (free to me, just clicked a yes button) but no one on my street has signed up yet. My particular neighborhood shows posts from neighbors in a 1-2 mile radius from my house only, so far we have about 40 neighbors. NextDoor also blocks all registered sex offenders from joining and viewing by linking to county and local databases. Our local police department has joined and they have received help with local crime and disturbances. So far, this site has been quite helpful in my semi-rural town.

I see this site taking off for baby sitters, garage sales, block parties, that half cup of sugar, ladies nights out and oh so much more.

Maybe it's time to take Hey Neighbor to a different level. What do you think?

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The U.S.A. Flag is All Sewn Up

Wine Glass Coasters create a lively atmosphere for any patriotic celebration!
The Red, White and Blue in our country's flag stirs emotion and creates a sense of greatness. It's no wonder that the USA flag has been replicated in so many ways. Immediately recognizable when used in printed fabric, it is the choice for many sewing projects and craft ideas. Here are some creative uses of USA Flag Printed Fabric.

Great use of the USA Flag printed fabric in these uniquely hand created Dog Collars. These Dog Collars are available at by Ruff N Stuff Collars

And Tissue Pack Covers

Here the USA Flag printed fabric is used to create a beautiful tissue pack cover. Also by Ruff N Stuff and available at

There are so many creative ideas for this fabric and our professionals would be happy to sew up something special, personalized or custom made just for you. Visit for more info.