Friday, February 19, 2010

ArtServe Creative Many Census and Mini-Grant Opportunity!

Flint Handmade encourages all creative practitioners (e.g. crafters, artists, writers, musicians, etc.) to complete the ArtServe Creative Many Census.

There is an opportunity for you to receive a mini-grant of $500, $1000 or $1500 just for completing the survey!

Please see the message below from Cezanne Charles, Director of Creative Industries for ArtServe Michigan.

The Creative Many Census pilot will capture demographic, socioeconomic and other relevant data that will help to document the significant positive contribution that artists and creative practitioners make to the region. The census will also be an invaluable opportunity for the creative practitioners to tell us what programs, services and resources they need to help them thrive and sustain themselves. Open to emerging and established artists of all disciplines and independent entrepreneurs in design and architecture, the census is intended to be a comprehensive scan of the sector. We have taken care to ensure that all data entered in the census is completely anonymous and that we are working with a data vendor that currently complies with all privacy and online security laws. For more information there is a powerpoint presentation available from the website.

3 mini-grants will be randomly selected and awarded to artists/creative practitioners completing all sections of the survey in the following amounts $1500, $1000 and $500 by March 7. The census can be found online at The census is live from February 6 through March 7, 2010. search ArtServe Creative Many

I happy to answer any questions about the project as well. Feel free to call me at the number below or email. Thanks.

Cezanne J. Charles
Director of Creative Industries
ArtServe Michigan
1 Clover Ct.
Wixom, MI 48393
248-912-0768 (fax)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Flint Handmade LOVES Flint City Derby Girls!

Flint Handmade is proud to announce that we are the newest sponsor of the Flint City Derby Girls!

We attended their Valentine's Day bout and handed out handmade Hershey's Kisses and M&Ms pretzel candies!  Here is the recipe.

That's our Executive Director, Crystal, handing out the goodies from an awesome Flint Handmade tote bag!  Isn't her handmade apron adorable???

If you gave or received a handmade item for Valentine's Day, email us a picture at  We want to share the love of handmade!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Forget the Superbowl! We've Got the Craft Supply Swap!

Flint Handmade hosted the SUPEREST Craft Supply Swap EVER!!!  We had about 30 people swapping all kinds of awesome craft supplies.  Thanks so much to everyone who came out!

Let the swap begin!

Mary (l) and April check out the FREE embroidery floss.

This was Nicole's first swap...she loved it so much that she's coming back in August!

Kelly (l) and Glo look at all the great supplies!

Sarah (l) and Steph introduce baby Olive to the awesomeness that is CRAFT!

Ali shows off her new FH tote!

Michelle, FH Director of Technology, gets in on some swap action. :)

Palina drove from all the way from West Bloomfield for the Craft Supply Swap!  (Please email us if we spelled your name wrong!)

The woman in the pink scarf is Amy.  She is our Director of Sales and is organizing the Flint Handmade store display at The Lunch Studio.  Christa, Ali and Michelle (l-r) keep her company while she works on consignment agreements.  You rock, Amy!

Digging in on the great FREE supplies!

Crystal is the Executive Director of Flint Handmade.  Yes, that is indeed a big smile of satisfaction, because the swap turned out so well!

Nayyirah (l) and Tracey check out the goodies.

Nayyirah LOVES her new FH tote!

Kids love FH merch, too!

For more pictures from the Craft Supply Swap, please visit

ATTENTION SWAP ATTENDEES: Please be sure to share photo's of the awesome crafts you make with the supplies you got at the swap.  We want to feature you and your work on our blog!  Either post them to the I HEART Flint Handmade flickr group, or email us at

Friday, February 5, 2010

Accepting Applications for the 2010 Spring Craft Market!

Flint Handmade is now accepting vendor applications for our third annual Spring Craft Market!  The market will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 10am-4pm in Downtown Flint.

If you are selected, the vendor fee is $20 for a full table space (6 feet) and $10 for a half table space (3 feet).  There is not an application fee.

Interested vendors should vistit for the application.  Applications are due by 5pm on Monday, March 1, 2010.  Selected vendors will be notified via email on or before Thursday, April 1, 2010.

If you have any questions or need assistance completing the application, please feel free to email us at

Monday, February 1, 2010

Craft Supply Swap on Superbowl Sunday!

Join Flint Handmade on Superbowl Sunday (February 7, 2010) from noon to 3pm at The Lunch Studio for our semi-annual Craft Supply Swap!

Bring your old craft supplies and swap them with supplies from other crafters! Fabric, yarn, beads, buttons, thread, ribbon, paper, books and much more!

For pictures from the Craft Supply Swap in August 2009, visit

Flint Handmade merchandise will also be available at the Craft Supply Swap! Totes are $10 and notebooks are $5.

CALL FOR VENDORS: The vendor application for the Spring Craft Market is now available at  The deadline to apply is 5pm on Monday, March 1, 2010.