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Do Whatever You Have to Do in Order to Get to Wholly Craft Today!

Make some calls, arrange or rearrange your schedule. Tonight is the Wholly Craft Midnight Madness Sale! We go yearly and it never disappoints. It’s a party with a chocolate fountain and the HOLIDAY APE. Get your pic taken with Holiday Ape, have some snacks, dance a little and get some awesome handmade goods!

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2012

There are giveaways every hour between 8:30 and Midnight!

All night long, there are sales!

  • 30% off DIY Kits and supplies
  • 20% off holiday cards and boxed sets
  • 10% off ornaments and calendars

If that’s not enough, there are rotating sales in your favorite categories!

  • 8pm-9pm: 20% off baby goods, kids toys, plush creatures
  • 9pm-10pm: 20% off handbags, paper goods, art prints, books and zines
  • 10pm-11pm: 20% off bath goods, aprons, kitchen and barware and home decor
  • 11pm-12am: 20% off tshirts, clothing, jewelry and accessories

I’ll see you there with our brood! The streets are finally clear, so it’s going to be a blast!

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Heather liked 2012 too!

Make Your Own AmyD Coffee Sleeve

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Yo! You guys have been so great to us, we thought we’d make this video tutorial showing you how to make your own AmyD Coffee Sleeve! The pattern is here too. Just print it on regular paper and cut it out. You can also trace your favorite coffee shop’s coffee sleeve, but that always feels weird to me.

When we started making these sometime around 2005 we got several cups and came up with a size that fits them all pretty well. Starbuck’s cups tend to be skinnier but taller than most independent coffee shops cups that I’ve come across. We’ve seriously tried to make the best coffee sleeves for you so we put a lot of thought into crap like this!

You’ll need felt, scissors, and basic sewing skills. We use a machine, but there’s no reason you can’t hand-sew it. Also, we use fake felt that is made from recycled soda bottles. It’s called Eco-fi and we love it. It seems you guys do too! For the applique, we use stiffened felt, but you can embroider something or leave it plain. It’s your coffee sleeve after all!

Let me know if you have any questions!

It also helps to have wretched fingernails and dry hands to really bring it all together.

And you can still buy them from us of course and use the time we spent making it by making sweet sweet love!

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Here’s the video!

And right here is your pattern. Just click on it and print it!

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We used the awesome app, Shadow Puppet to make our video

Why not let someone make your day?

The Country Living Fair was this weekend. It was entertaining, exhausting and fantastic all at once. I have a little story to share and then I’m off to the sweatshop. It starts off crappy then has a happy finish, so keep reading!

Image(This is just a pic of the snow globe Olivia gave me at Country Living. I’m excited about it and thought you’d want to see it too!)

I was feeling sort of angsty after an interesting encounter with a person attending the fair. She openly was drawing our goods so that she could then make them and sell them at her church bazaar. She told me this.

People photograph our stuff all the time so they can make it. That really doesn’t bother me. If a person is a maker (I think it’s a personality type) they don’t WANT to buy stuff. They want to make it. I think that’s awesome! It’s the person that wants to pass it off as their own idea that chaps my ass. The woman I mentioned also was surprised to learn it was my idea. That was the part that really got me. She assumed it was something I just saw on Pinterest or whatever and was copying it and making money from it. She assumed that THAT is the norm.

While I was sitting at the booth and mulling this over, trying to figure out why I was so annoyed, an awesome person came into our booth. (I was sharing a booth with Wholly Craft. I know! A celebrity!) She was looking around with her husband and both just seemed so damn happy and I thought, “Dalrymple, (that’s what I say when I’m talking to myself) you gotta quit thinking about that turd from earlier because here are some people that just want to be nice so you should let them.”

When she came up to pay (She bought some cool drawer pulls), she said, “Are you the AmyD?” I was surprised and didn’t really know how to respond, so stupidly said, “I suppose!” She then explained that she has two of our aprons and loved our stuff. I jumped up and hugged her. I’m always so grateful that people work their asses off at their jobs and use the money they earned to buy our goods. She was super sweet and asked to get a picture, which almost made me cry.

I just want you guys to know how grateful I am. Thank you for buying our goods and thank you for being so damn nice.

Turns out she has a blog too! She wrote about her day at Country Living. Stay at Work Housewife! Go read it! Tell her AmyD sent you.

North Market Hat Trick

Did you see the previous post about the awesomeness that is the North Market Apron Gala? If not, click that back there.

We are so excited to tell you guys what’s been going on behind the scenes in Ye Olde Sweatshop since then! Our aprons are going to be sold at the Wasserstrom store at the North Market called “The Source.” They have been great to work with and our aprons should be available there next week. I instantly loved Rodney when I met him and his team at The Source are some of the best people Heather and I have worked with. Direct, friendly, they know what they want and are very supportive. I want them to go steady!

Roxane, the fantastic manager of The Source introduced us to Dareen of Better Earth, another North Market store. (Thank you Roxane!)  Dareen is so dang sweet. My favorite quality is enthusiasm. Dareen is rocking with enthusiasm. She is now carrying our line of coasters made with Eco-fi. Eco-fi is made of shredded soda bottles and feels like felt.

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At Comfest, we met Ann Leonard. Ann owns Touch of Earth, the coffee shop in the North Market. Do you know how lucky we are to have met her? Very. She is fantastic of course and is now carrying our line of coffee sleeves made with Eco-fi.

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Thank you so much Dave Wible and Mary Martineau. You guys let us be a part of the Apron Gala and look what happened! 

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Thank you, North Market! (and a sidebar)

Oh North Market Apron Gala, how I love you! We had tons and tons of fun Saturday night! The North Market Apron Gala is an event that benefits the North Market Development Authority. Those are the folks that run the North Market. It’s a historical place! The event consists of walking around the North Market and eating and drinking until you can’t do it anymore.

Heather, Mary Martineau and me. You really should have seen her shoes. The whole outfit was awesome!

How we got involved in all this, was Mary Martineau. She’s the marketing director for the North Market. If you ever work on a project with Mary, you better have your shit together is all I’m saying. We made the aprons for the host committee and then created custom aprons for the sponsors. I knew we had to really put our best into these, since Mary was our connection for the event. She just really does a great job and has it all together so you don’t want to be the messed-up cog in the machine,  you know?

I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had heard there was a ton of food and drink and people and celebrities. It’s true, people! All of it is true! It was sort of funny with the food because here is this awesome food and it’s just sitting there for you to take. Bryan went up to Firdous and the chicken kabob was calling to him, “I can just take this?!” the guy said “Yep!” and we were off!

Whenever we saw someone in one of our aprons we tried to get their picture. Everyone was really nice about it, maybe because we were so excited. It was like Christmas every time!

Rodney Wasserstrom and me!

Around one corner, a guy came towards us in his apron and I recognized the Wasserstrom logo and cleaver we had made. “Hey!” I said, “Can I get my picture taken with you? I made that!” He said sure and I had to fix the strap for him and adjust it all to look good and I was pretty much all up in his grill. He asked what I did for a living and I told him Heather and I make housewares and clothing from salvaged fabrics. I asked him what he did and he said he was Rodney Wasserstrom. I know! I about died. DIED! I apologized for adjusting his clothes and luckily, Mary Martineau walked up and stopped me before it got worse. He was super nice and he looks dashing in the apron. (Too bad the pic is a little blurry)

Super-nice Ben Walters of Short North Spices

More food and drink! Bryan said the pulled pork sandwich at North Market Spices was excellent. Let me tell you, those guys are so freaking nice over there. Ben was there and his mom and I think it was his dad or a friend. If someone knows let me know! They were just having a great time.

Tom Griesdorn!

Around another corner, we saw a guy in his WBNS 10tv apron. It was Tom Griesdorn! He’s got a serious job as president and station manager at 10tv.  He was also kind enough to let us get his picture too. Tom’s a big muckity-muck, people,  and he was just hanging out in his apron. This event is awesome!

Patient and kind Limited Brands Gala-goer

This lady from Limited Brands was so nice to us! She waited patiently while we worked out camera glitches and let us take her picture. Her friends were all nice and complimentary over the apron too. Yay!!

Heather, Bethia, me, and Andy Dehus

Bethia Woolf and Andy Dehus of Columbus Food Adventures were there, of course! Bethia pretty much knows everything about food. She was one of Columbus Alive’s People to Watch in 2010. As I was just stalking her online I also learned that she taught at Smith. Smith! I think I got smarter by touching her, I swear to God!

I didn’t get a pic of CMH Gourmand, Jim Ellison, which is unfortunate. He offered some good parenting advice and it’s always fun to talk to him. He’s also a food genius person. I really admire that in others because I possess none of it myself.

If you follow me on Twitter, you might know that I love Columbus Brewing Company Beer. I do I do! I don’t drink a lot. I have one beer per day at 4pm and that’s usually it. Seeing as how I have one per day, it’s got to be a good one. That special beer for me is Columbus Brewing Company’s Pale Ale. Some days it’s the IPA. I could go on and on. Another point to remember is that I know zero about brewing beer. It’s as though it’s magic to me. You put some crazy stuff in a jar and you get beer! Magic! As a fan of Columbus Brewing, making their apron was so awesome! When I say “I’m a fan” of something, it means I’m kind of ape shit focused about it. (If you want to hear a funny little story about how I met them in an airport in Denver, read in the yellowish box functioning as a sidebar below. If you don’t care about that, skip it.) We played around with their logo and came up with this!

Heather, Eric Bean (his signature is on the dang box, people!), and me

Heather has quite an eye for things. (Just last weeked she recognized Greg Lashutka at the North Market shopping) I tend to see mostly just the shiny things. As we were coming out of the Dispatch kitchen, Heather nudged me and whispered “Columbus Brewing! Columbus Brewing!” We got to get our picture taken with Eric and I will talk about it every day. Beth Bean must think I am insane. These people are some of my business heroes! I got to meet them!

At the end of it all, Dave Wible gave us a bouquet of flowers! Dude, I felt like some kind of empowered Cinderella! I was really surprised by this. He was so kind to have worked with us and we really appreciated the opportunity.  Thanks, Dave!

Heather and me at the Apron Gala. I certainly couldn’t do this without her and this awesome town.

Now we’ve got to come up with something supercool for next year! You can see all of our pics over at our facebook page here!

AmyD Field Trip to Chicago

We really did go to Chicago.  Alas, we were so pooped at the end of each trade show day, this was the only view we got of the train.  Maybe next time we will get out of the loop and do some exploring.

Why were we in Chicago?  Heather and I went to the Merchandise Mart for the Beckman’s trade show.  Beckman’s is a part of the bigger Living and Giving gift trade show that is at the Merchandise Mart.  Beckman’s showcases exclusively handmade goods.

We met some really great people there!  Our neighbor Mandy Adamick put up with our shenanigans very nicely.  We made a unicorn, taped it to a hammer, and during slow times provided her with an exciting puppet show from the top of the booth.  Here is a lovely pic taken by Heather that showcases the Unicorn Hammer and the “Best Bartender” sash we made for the bartender stationed about 10 feet from our booth.  Poor guy.  We made it hoping to bump up his tip jar.  I think it actually worked because I heard people congratulating him.

Here’s a pic of our booth.  We made it fancier by adding the border along the top.  Swanky, right?

We also met the fantastic Laura Tanner of Laura Tanner Jewelry .  Her friend, Natalie, had a skirt with a bead coming off.  She came to our booth and we sewed it back on.  She was so nice and they all stopped by off and on throughout the show to entertain us.  She’s a mom like us.  Meaning, she’s a mom, and she’s like us.  Plus, when we saw Joan Cusack walk by, she was just as excited as we were.  Joan Cusack!  We shat ourselves.

Across the way from us was Village Designs.  Dodie is so sweet and gave me some great advice.  She’s been at this for around 20 years and has seen it all.  I am giving her a virtual hug right now….

Something So Charming was our other neighbor.  They have a thousand balls in the air and juggle them all just fine!  Their booth was pretty populated most of the time and I think they know everyone.

While we were goofing off and making our award-winning sashes, Howard of Whitney Howard stopped in our booth.  He was so friendly and we looked forward to seeing him every day.  Privately, we just called him “California” like that was his actual name, and well, now it’s not private.  (At the show, you wear a tag that says where you are from and that’s what we first remembered.  As in “I was looking for lunch and stopped by California’s booth.  They are so nice.”) Anyway, he is what I would consider successful.  He has a healthy business, loves his family, and didn’t seem stressed out at all.  That’s what I’m aiming for.

We tried to have a beer one night with Lisa of Ellembee for her birthday.  However, we made it about 6 blocks and had to declare, “We think you are awesome and we really want you to have a happy birthday, but we are so damn tired and must go to bed.”  That’s right, we are PARTY ANIMALS.

All in all, the trip to Chicago was a fantastic networking event for us.  We met people who have great ideas and were very generous with their advice.  Plus, Heather and I had tons of fun watching tv and eating in bed.  Which is something we can’t do at home because we have kids.  I mean, we COULD do it at home but my kids are slobs.

See you later, Sweet Potater

 

 

 


Our first pic in a national magazine!

Look, Mom! August 2011 Better Homes and Gardens

We were so thrilled to have one of our products be part of this photo shoot with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams!  When Jeni called, I squealed.  Literally.  Not one of my proudest moments, but there it is.

That’s our Ice Cream Cozy in Better Homes and Gardens August 2011 issue! We are grateful to Jeni and everyone at Jeni’s for being kind enough to include us.

Jeni’s contacted us last year about making a sleeve for their pint ice-cream containers.  They wanted to include our ice cream sleeves with their Father’s Day ice-cream packages as a gift for their customers.  Everyone likes eating right out of the pint, so we thought it was a great idea!  The sleeves pictured use different fabric but all are lined with fleece so it’s a way to keep your ice-cream cold and your hands warm.  Cute, huh?

(Unfortunately, we weren’t listed in “Where to buy.”  Hopefully, within a couple months you’ll find us listed in the most-read section called “Corrections.” Until then,  you know how to reach us! )