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May Birthday Giveaway: School House Craft

School House Craft

Welcome to Day #2 of my website’s birthday month of giveaways! There is a bit more information here.

I’m very pleased to have a One Day pass to the School House Craft conference happening here in Seattle Sept. 23rd to the 25th to give to a lucky somebody. School House Craft grew from the Conference for Creative Entrepreneurs that happened here last summer, and which was amazing and packed full of hard learned helpful information from small business owners. It’s happening in the Phinney Neighborhood Center here, a charming community space in an old school which happens to be a favorite spot for a lot of the locals. More about the conference:

School House Craft is a dynamic new three day conference for people wanting to gain the skills to run a successful creative small business.

Are you considering staring your own business or do you already own your own business that focuses on craft, art or design? Do you have a shop on etsy, sell to shops and galleries, sell at craft fairs or want to start a new venture turning your passion into a business? If the answer is yes this is the conference for you!

Do you have or want to set up a craft business and can you get yourself to Seattle in September? This is for you! To enter please leave a comment with this post, you have until Wednesday, May 4th at 10 a.m. PST to enter, the fine print applies. If you’d like please answer this question: If you could spend your days doing any craft at all what would it be? I’ll go first: After my recent work on the Papier-Mache Easter Eggs I think I would love to spend all day creating delicate pinatas while surrounded by colorful and cheerful tissue papers. OK, good luck everybody! Closed, thanks so much to all who entered! #48 is our winner and she’s been contacted.

· comments [74] · 05-3-2011 · categories:craft · seattle ·

74 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Charlene // May 3, 2011 at 4:28 am

    I’m not very creative, but I really enjoy canning and looking at a beautiful pantry with all the brightly colored canning jars. Let me say, canning would be my craft.

  • 2 Trish // May 3, 2011 at 5:09 am

    Oh, what a perfect question for me! I would do all the crafts! Right now I’m into the fiber arts – spinning, knitting, etc, but I also like paper crafting and beading. It would be hard to choose just one.

  • 3 Monica // May 3, 2011 at 5:10 am

    This is the perfect giveaway for me! I’ve just finished updating my portfolio and am in the beginning stages of starting my own graphic design business and etsy shop.
    I love to be surrounded by beautiful fabrics. It’s a bit of a hoarding/addiction for me.

  • 4 Anna // May 3, 2011 at 5:23 am

    I am falling head over heels for needle felting!

  • 5 Melissa // May 3, 2011 at 5:31 am

    That is such a hard question and precisely the reason I have not set up an etsy shop yet! There are too many things I love to do and have a hard time committing to just one. But after my recent experience designing and screen printing my own wedding invitations (with the help of the fiancé) I would have to say just that: the design, layout, creation, and assembly of paper goods is what I would love to spend my whole day doing. For now.

  • 6 sangeetha // May 3, 2011 at 6:13 am

    I would love to knit for babies

  • 7 Michelle // May 3, 2011 at 6:30 am

    I could take photos for the rest of my life, share them and be one happy mama!

  • 8 Patr // May 3, 2011 at 6:37 am

    Photography!!!! On a coast – a rocky coast.

  • 9 Patr // May 3, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Oh, I’m just answering too, not entering…. I’ll be at Niagra falls on that date….

  • 10 KWu // May 3, 2011 at 7:37 am

    I don’t have any particular plans to be in Seattle that weekend, but this is something I’ve been thinking about as a escape from corporate life kind of dream, so if I win it, I would make it work. Anyway, I couldn’t possibly pick just one craft! I would get bored. I do have to say that probably my favorite part is the research in the beginning when I’m dreaming of all the possibilities.

  • 11 mrscharlemagne // May 3, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I would sit myself down to finish the curtains I’ve been working on for months. And then I would probably knit. Or sew. Or …

  • 12 Anne // May 3, 2011 at 7:49 am

    I would sew. I am just about to start my own business, this would be great to go to! I live in Redmond so it would be easy to get to, whether or not I win!

  • 13 Out2lunch // May 3, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Oh no! Safari RSS pictures not working again!

  • 14 Patsy // May 3, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Sewing! or Knitting! or Painting! Oh the possibilities!

  • 15 Jody // May 3, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I would love to spend all day sewing or working with wool felt. I really love doing both but rarely get the chance to do as much as I would like. I would love to attend the conference.

  • 16 mahlookma // May 3, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I would be soldering LEDs onto things. :)

  • 17 Kelly // May 3, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I would love to go to this conference to learn how to run a more streamlined business! Its hard to narrow down a craft, but I looooove making paper garlands so I’ll have to pick that.

  • 18 Karin // May 3, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Years ago, when I was a poor undergrad yearning for beautiful things, I crafted a King Louis style dressing table out of heavy duty cardboard (refrigerator and washing machine boxes) and used crackle paint to antique it. From across the room you couldn’t tell it was cardboard and I LOVED the surprise when guests figured it out. I would really like to revisit this project and see how far one could go creating recyclable “antiques”.

  • 19 jessa // May 3, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I’ve been thinking about starting a craft business, so this would be perfect. Plus, I would love to go to Seattle. All my family is in Portland, so it would just be a skip, hop and a jump away!

  • 20 Jessica // May 3, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I’d probably focus on food/baking, but my favorite craft is paper mache because it’s so entertaining and messy!

  • 21 Holly // May 3, 2011 at 8:53 am

    A whole day of nothing but crafting?? I would pull out ALL of my supplies, spread them all over the floor, and just start making stuff with no plan whatsoever. Too often I have a finished product in mind without ever having the chance to just play and experiment with what I’ve got.

  • 22 Courtney Marlowe // May 3, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I totally want to go to this! And I finally would follow through with my plans to go to Seattle. Count me in!

  • 23 Ketra // May 3, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I want to have a little cabochon shop where I can craft the most exquisite stones. Give me a day and some grinders and I’m happy! And I love the Phinney Ridge cinnamon roll!

  • 24 Jennevieve // May 3, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I would do wet felting and needle felting all day long if I could. ( I am trying to do just that for real actually!)

  • 25 Lindsey // May 3, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I could letterpress all day long. I often did, in college when I had access to a press. They are hard to come by! For now I’m saving money for a small press, and an apartment with a second bedroom, because printing and kitties do not get along.

  • 26 cathyswraps // May 3, 2011 at 9:51 am

    If I could spend my days doing any craft at all I would draw and paint! I would surround myself with piles of inspiring materials from tear sheets, to pattern books, and create new designs for my products!

    I would love to spend a day at the School House Craft Conference learning how to run a successful small business so I can get back to the art of creating.

  • 27 Julie // May 3, 2011 at 9:51 am

    If only… I would love to craft all day. Its what I dream about when my mind runs away at work. I would do any paper craft I could dream up that day, as long as it has texture. Love texture!

  • 28 Emily // May 3, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I love papercrafting and designing. Could seriously work full time at it! Would love to go to this conference.

  • 29 elisa // May 3, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I am one of the lucky people that does craft all day! I worked hard to get here and it’s because I really love making things. Currently, I am a jeweler, I make pretty things from recycled silver, clay and vintage finds.

    Anyway, i’d love to check out the School House Craft.

  • 30 Erin // May 3, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Definitely sewing! With the weather finally starting to warm up I’m inspired to make a whole bunch of spring/summer clothes.

  • 31 Crafting On A Dime // May 3, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I just got back into crafting and a bout with cancer last year and beating it. I have started a small business. This sounds like great fun and I would learn a lot.
    I love crafting it has given me a new sense of self. My goal is to go full time.

  • 32 Kat // May 3, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I love knitting and would love to spend time designing patterns for it.

  • 33 Megan Callahan // May 3, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I don’t know if I can narrow it down to one! That’s my problem, I have craft A.D.D.! I’m just trying to get my Etsy shop off the ground when I’m not chasing my twins all over the house with forbidden craft objects they’ve stolen! Right now I’m working on a bulk card order, but I do love my sewing too!

  • 34 Winter (like the season) // May 3, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Delicious and beautiful cakes!

  • 35 april // May 3, 2011 at 11:29 am

    photography…maybe crocheting

  • 36 Abby! // May 3, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Oh man I would LOVE to go to that conference – plus I took ballet at the Phinney Neighborhood Center from the ages of like 6 to 10, so it’d be neat to see the place again.

  • 37 Robin // May 3, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Oh I’d love to make jewelry alllll day long. And bake. Both. Maybe make little cookies that looked like jewels. :)

  • 38 Abby! // May 3, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Aw crud – forgot to answer your question! My “practical” craft is making lip balm, and I really think I make the best I’ve ever used. But my fun, heart’s-desire type craft is embroidery. Little patches, basically storybook illustration in thread. Chain stitch calms me like nothing else.

    Promise I’m not trying to comment twice to up my chances – I really just didn’t want to ignore your thoughtful question. :)

  • 39 Sharon // May 3, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I would make things and cover things with fabric and fiber — all kinds of things –

  • 40 Laura // May 3, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Oh the choices! I love crafting in a serious way and would love to be able to have the time to do them all! But I might focus on card designs, or jewelery making, or furniture design. Love it all!

  • 41 Kristen // May 3, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Definitely party favors! The invitations, banners, cupcake toppers, etc….

  • 42 alicia // May 3, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    I would sew quilts, the latest bug!

  • 43 Emma // May 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I have a whole shop worked out in my head that makes jewelry with realistic looking rocks made from polymer clay and seaglass. Even if I don’t win, I am SO coming to this conference.

  • 44 elena // May 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I would love to spend my days making anything – photos, things with fabrics, felts…I’m not picky, I just love being creative.

  • 45 Carolyn // May 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I’m just in the process of trying to get something started. I’ve been looking for something like this and hey, who wouldn’t want to spend a weekend in Seattle?
    If I could craft all day, every day my life would be complete :) I think I’d have to divide my time between sewing/painting/general crafts. My ideas just won’t contain themselves to one medium!

  • 46 Katie Rae // May 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I would love to make greeting cards all day long!

  • 47 cheryl // May 3, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I would knit, just knit. Then I would also sew, crochet and cook. I would like this ticket for my friend Tracy, who is the ultimate crafter/small business person.

  • 48 Stephanie // May 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Cross-stitch is my poison of choice. I have made so many different pieces for friends and started to make some of my own patterns but I haven’t started selling anything… yet. :)

  • 49 sherri // May 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    i want to make things using corks and wine bottles.

  • 50 Ann // May 3, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I would knit and sew all day. I am a new mom and really getting into making soft toys and clothes. My husband already has a creative business, and now I am trying to start one up so I can craft and mom part time. The rest of the time I am an art teacher, and I would like to start an etsy or such shop for my students to sell their work. I live in Seattle, so I can definitely make it to this event. Thanks!

  • 51 Jessica // May 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I could make collages forever – this allows me to incorporate lots of different materials and techniques… sometimes even allowing me to do other crafts to make the materials.

  • 52 Rachael // May 3, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I would do some combination of knitting and baking – I guess it usually comes down to knitting while batches of things are in the oven!

  • 53 andrea // May 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    i would make colourful wool pom poms that would cover the house!!! i would love to go to this … sounds amazing!

  • 54 Karla // May 3, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I would love to do prismacolor drawings all day to incorporate into digital collages.
    Thanks so much for the contest – great opportunity.

  • 55 Belladatura // May 3, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Jewelry! Take more classes and practice all of the amazing techniques that are out there. Yay for sparkly things!

  • 56 Julienne // May 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I would have to say sewing… lately mostly for my little boy, but sewing in general would be my crafting business. ;) And how perfect is this! I am already in the Seattle area… it’s one of the reasons I like your blog so much! Thanks for the opportunity and Happy 10 Year Anniversary!

  • 57 Heather // May 3, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I would knit hats. Lots of hats.

  • 58 Rosemary // May 3, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I’m working on a custom and couture clothing business in conjunction with a professional fiber/ jewelry artist.
    We have some new ideas to launch.
    My niece told me to enter the contest…so here goes.

  • 59 Jeni // May 3, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Sounds fun!

  • 60 Courtney Keen // May 3, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I’d bake, and bake, and bake, then decorate what I had baked, then can some stuff in cute little jars. Then I’d make sweet little labels and cards to send along with the goodies!

  • 61 Jenny // May 3, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    only one craft? well then…jewelry-making!

  • 62 Beth // May 3, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I would design and print witty and adorable screenprinted t-shirts for all the world to wear.

  • 63 Amy // May 3, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I would do more jewelry!

  • 64 Mindy // May 3, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Wow! I’d love to be able to go to this conference. That’s my 40th birthday week. Wouldn’t that be a cool b-day gift? I’m new to selling my craft so I’m eager for any help/ support. If I could quit my day job I would do so many crafts all day, everyday. If I had to choose just one, I think fused glass as I am really feeling like I’m getting into my groove.

  • 65 Sheila // May 3, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I would first sew. I love making wool felt play food for my nieces. Then maybe paint some flower pots for end of the year teacher gifts. I just might get around to make something for me. Just started to consider selling on Etsy. I live near Seattle, so count me in.

  • 66 Brandi Eskesen // May 3, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I would make colorful collages out of beautiful papers and mod podge.

  • 67 Tara // May 3, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    this would be perfect for me.. I have been playing around with the idea of opening my own crafty venture but need an extra push (and more free time) to do so. I think I’d most likely be sewing or embroidering…

  • 68 Laura // May 3, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    That would be a super-cool prize to win. Hmm, I think I’d prefer to play with fabric – probably making crazy stream-of-consciousness pieced quilt blocks.

  • 69 Amy G // May 3, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    How cool – love that its in Seattle like me so I can definitely make it :) I have kind of a short attention span with arts and crafts – which has kept me from thinking about selling anything — it seems that in order to make a business successful it would need to be very focused on a particular specialty? Have been doing paintings as gifts for my friends kids rooms lately – would be fun and interesting to explore this some more.

  • 70 Mia // May 3, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    This would be amazing for my mother, who NEEDS to start her own crafting business.

    She likes to sew :)

  • 71 marci // May 4, 2011 at 12:21 am

    I have 2 things I would do… when it’s raining I would sew, when it’s nice out I would work in my garage making cement sculpture’s and mosaic.

  • 72 Lily // May 4, 2011 at 5:29 am

    I would quilt, all day every day. I would choose fabrics and make a felt board and I would teach myself to quilt by hand and all of my friends would get fabulous quilts as presents.

  • 73 Sara B // May 4, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Right now my craft of choice is quilting. I’m working on my first quilt and I’m hooked.

  • 74 Jilliana // May 4, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Although I’m hooked on a lot of different crafts–knitting, spinning, sewing, embroidery, jewelry-making and most recently quilting– if I could somehow find a use or market for them, I would build dioramas all day.