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Oh My! MakerMail 2014 Gifting Edition

We’ve all been there: staring at the collection of knickknacks in the store, trying to find the perfect little gift for a friend or loved one. Finding a gift with a personal touch is difficult, especially in a marketplace full of things designed with profit first in mind. Enter MakerMail: a delightful new way to connect you with Makers across the globe via sweet moments and beautiful handmade objects. Each delivery comes straight from its Maker with a handwritten note, to create a precious and singular connection.

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MakerMail is a collaborative project entirely created by the OMHG community of makers. We took an idea thrown around at an #OMHG chat and turned it into a beautifully-crafted movement directly connecting makers to buyers. Each item is handmade with love & shipped from the Maker to you, a series of sweet little goodies arriving to brighten your day & connect you with our community! We want your MakerMail to feel like a gift from a dear friend, so each package comes with a personal handwritten note.

There are two lovely options to choose from for the 2014 Gifting Edition:

Sign up for Letter Mail and 3 of our makers will send 3 flat mailers of pretty little paper goods, like prints and notecards, to your recipient (or you!).

Sign up for Packages and 3 of our makers will send beautiful handmade objects, wrapped for giving, right to your mailbox.

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2014 Gifting Edition Makers

Your MakerMail products will be chosen at random for a sweet surprise at your door! More on our makers & how MakerMail works here

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MakerMail packages ship November 19th with plenty of time for seasonal giving. Signups close November 10th and we have limited numbers of letter mail and packages available. Click the buttons below to choose your MakerMail and join our movement of moments.

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Maker Mail by OMHG

MakerMail is a revolutionary co-op service delivering handmade goodness straight from our makers right to your door!

MakerMail is the first collaborative project entirely created by OMHG community members!  The team took an idea thrown around at an #OMHG chat and used our collaboration tools to turn it into a beautifully crafted movement directly connecting our makers and supporters of handmade. Round 1 was a sold out success and we’re getting ready to launch Round 2 tomorrow.

Download the MakerMail PDF press kit! 

How Maker Mail Works

There are two lovely options to choose from…

Letter Mail $35: 3 flat mailers of pretty little paper goods like prints and notecards.

Packages $60: beautiful handmade objects, wrapped for giving, delivered right to your mailbox.

Each item is handmade with love & shipped from the Maker to you, a series of sweet little goodies arriving to brighten your day & connect you with our community! We want your MakerMail to feel like a gift from a dear friend, so each package comes with a personal handwritten note. Your purchase directly supports makers with profits going right back to the hands that made the goodness!

Signups begin Oct 15 and this round’s goodies will go out Nov 19 just in time for the holiday giving season. Products will be chosen at random for a sweet surprise at your door!

OUR MAKERS, 2014 GIFTING EDITION:

Signups open Oct. 15th-join the mailing list to be the 1st to know

HELP SPREAD THE WORD: 

Tweet: I can’t wait to see what the Oh My! Handmade community has in store for #makermail! Coming soon: http://ctt.ec/3Mv2p+

Tweet: #MakerMail’s new round, the gifting edition for the 2014 holiday season, has almost arrived! Find it here: http://ctt.ec/51G5S+

Tweet: This round of #MakerMail has two different options this time — Letter Mail and Packages — and all new Makers as well! http://ctt.ec/SX47E+

Tweet: #MakerMail slots will open for this round starting Oct 15, and will be shipped starting Nov 19 — plenty of time for gift-giving! http://ctt.ec/64o3Z+

Hooray for our MakerMail team Genevieve, Kimberly, Cody & Melissa who all worked so hard to pull this second round together & Kimberly of Joyful Roots for creating all the beautiful illustrations and branding for MakerMail. Cheer them on in the comments!

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How making something of no practical use can boost creativity & focus

I have been doing this handmade business for 6 years almost. Six years full of creating and learning and success and failure. What brought me to sewing was all the wonderful creative and useful things I could make- dolls for my kids, pillows for my sofa, hotpads for my kitchen, handbags for my friends. I LOVE making useful and beautiful things. It is the essential hook of sewing for creative and PRACTICAL people like me. It’s true! I am very practical. I have four kids and I drive them around to soccer and piano and gymnatics and baseball. I make PRACTICAL dinners every night and I clip PRACTICAL coupons. I even have a PRACTICAL schedule for when I vacuum and clean my house! I am sad to say that in my sewing room lately, I approach my work much like the rest of my life…

It is starting to wear on me! I was thinking “I am a business woman now and I need to act like one!” But a creative business needs to be nurtured, and mine has been neglected due to my practical side shoving her way in there. Practical side says “YOU CAN’T MESS AROUND DURING WORK TIME!” (and I am not talking about the kind of messing around I was doing in my last post!) Creative side says “But you are starving me with your schedules and business agendas!”

How making something of no practical use can boost creativity & focus

I finally heard creative side complaining and this sweet, silly and fun project is the result. It is not high art friends. Believe me, I know! But it was fun and loose and totally not PRACTICAL. It was an hour of ripping sheets and digging through trims and the result is a happy reminder hanging on my sewing room wall to encourage me to nuture my creative soul more often.

Practical side was like “How can you just waste all that good trim and vintage sheet strips on that weird hoop thing you just made?!” Do you remember the book “The Artist’s Way” back in the late 90s? It’s a good read! Making this hoop reminded me of her assignments and “artist dates”. Creative people need to have time to refill to get their juices flowing! Projects like this can give you a good dose of that creative juice.

What do you do to get back in sync creatively? Iron and fold your fabrics? Organize your trim and thread? I do those things too! For me, I felt so creatively blocked I had to take it a step further can make something totally impractical. Hanging this on my wall as a reminder that my work is based on creativity and it’s not just another something to check off my schedule, helps to keep me focused on what I want my work to really be about- designing fun (and useful!) sewing patterns so that people can spend their time nuturing their own creative selves by sewing up a cute pillow or duffle bag.

How making something of no practical use can boost creativity & focus

To make one of these for yourself, simply use one side of a big embroidery hoop (mine was 18”). Gather fabric you can rip (NO CUTTING!) and rip strips about 1.5” to 3” wide. I think I have about 15 on this hoop. It looks nice when some of the strips are extra long (like sheets ) but a variety of lengths is key. I have lots of trim from thrift stores that I have been saving (you know, for that trim shortage that is sure to come someday soon) and I tied a bunch of it between the sheet strips for contrast. Voila! A useless but wonderful project for your creative side has been created.

What can you make to get more focused and boost your creativity? Have you ever made a project like this before? I am picturing a lot of paper clip art out there! Or maybe some handmade pom pom flowers? How about totally free form quilt piecing? I want to try that next…what will you make? 

MEET VIRGINIA | GINGERCAKE PATTERNS & DESIGN

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Virginia Lindsay designs sewing patterns for Gingercake Patterns and Design. Her book, Sewing to Sell, is coming out in Novemeber with Stash books. She also has several of her sewing patterns published by Simplicity. Virginia is the mother of four and lives outside Pittsburgh PA.

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