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{Match + Maker} Round 2: San Francisco to Quebec

Match + Maker | Oh My! Handmade

Meeting kind people with diverse creative interests is hard sometimes so this February we’re helping everyone match up and make new friends with Match + Maker.  As a community we are pairing up makers and making matches all around the world, meet our first 10 makers here & submit your own profile to play. Now it’s time to play Round 2 and meet the next 10 submissions to our month of matchmaking!

How to Play Match + Maker:

  1. Visit Match + Maker Round 1 and Round 2 to make new friends by following each other, reaching out on social media, or by email to say hi or arrange a meet up if you find a local match.
  2. Pair people up by suggesting a match in the comments or make an introduction by email or social media!
  3. Don’t forget to submit your own profile for round three of Match + Maker next week.

Match + Maker | Oh My! Handmade

New to Springfield, MO

Danielle Begnaud | @happyguppytoys | FB | Email | Springfield, Missouri, USA

About: I opened my crochet toy business in Austin, Texas last year and have really enjoyed making and learning new things everyday. My husband and I moved to Springfield, Missouri this February.

Seeking: Looking for anyone who is interested in crafts, has or plans to have a business of their own, and/or would like to make a new friend.

Loves: I love fiber art. I care about animals, especially my dog. I value people who are optimistic and open to new experiences.

Makes: I crochet little toys from my apartment. I like to make little animals and greeting cards.

Match: Someone who is excited about life and striving to reach their goals, but who can also laugh about it along the way.

Finding Inspiration from Little Things

Kat | FB | Email | Milwaukee, WI, USA

About: Hi! I’m Kat! Creator & Designer of SimplistiCreations, inspiration activist, baker, lover of all antique things and coffee.

Seeking: Fellow crafters and makers for support and exchange creative ideas on new DIY projects and or social media promotion.

Loves: Art of any medium, coffee, colorful pens, small local shops and coffee, hosting parties, baking, talking and meeting with other creatives.

Makes: I currently make lasercut jewelry, delicious cupcakes, hand painted canvases, hand cut quote wall art. But I’d like to further explore silkscreening!

Match: Dedicated to communication + willing to collaborate on projects, lover of DIY inspirations.

London Accessories Designer Looking to Share Ideas

Dolapo James | @urbanknit | FB | Email | United Kingdom

About: I am a London based accessory designer. I make bags, scarves and cushions in bright colours and prints. My business is mainly online via my website and from my stores on Etsy and Not on the Highstreet.

Seeking: Anyone who is looking to bounce ideas around, share information about events and reliable vendors and suppliers, maybe even take part in a pop-up or two.

Loves: I love bright prints, interesting textiles, graphic design, funky fonts, pattern and pretty anything relating to design and how it can be used to improve everyday life.

Makes: I make home and fashion accessories in bright prints.

Match: Someone who also runs a handmade business in the accessories category who was willing to share ideas about events, reliable vendors, opportunities etc.

Free-spirited Chicagoan Stationer Seeking Likeminded Makers

Emily Asher | @emilyroseink | FB Email | Chicago, IL, USA

About: Thoughtful, artistic, dog-and-coffee-loving paper enthusiast who loves watercolor and works by day as a high school English teacher.

Seeking: Anyone looking for creative collaborations; other makers in Chicago; fellow encouragers and creatives.

Loves: Beauty and style, love, music, animals, family, friendships, city dwelling and books.

Makes: I make invitations, greeting cards, and gifts, and I also do freelance illustration/branding/lettering!

Match: A fellow maker who wants to collaborate or be an accountability partner, someone with experience doing craft shows who can give me some good pointers and tips!

Consciously Crafting to Make You Smile!

Natalie Chickee | @Chickee | FB Email | Montreal, Quebec, Canada

About: I’m a Metis Artist/ Jewellery designer and I create handmade jewellery with semi-precious stones, crystals and beads from all over the world.

Seeking: Friendships, Business Relationships, Artistic relationship.

Loves: Being Ethical, Harmony, Peace, Joy and Gladness. Gemstones, Nature and Family.

Makes: I make jewellery.

Match: Fun, those who value operating with integrity and genuinely themselves. Joyful.

Creative Professional Mom Seeks Same

Lauren Venell | @lvenell | FB  | San Francisco, CA, USA

About: Sr. Visual Designer at a tech startup with my own creative business on the side. Mom to a spirited 1.5 yo girl. Teacher of financial topics to other creative professionals. Loyal friend.

Seeking: Other (creative) professional moms, especially those who work FT or outside the house but want to do their own thing someday. Happy with someone local or a far-flung pen pal.

Loves: A challenge, honesty, humor and hustle. I want to be fulfilled while being present for my family and making the world a little better than I found it. Is that possible?

Makes: Mostly 3D things like props, sculptures and products, as well as financial classes for other creatives. Beginning to dabble in illustration and infographics. Graphic designer at my day job.

Match: A like-minded mom who is still figuring it all out but remains undeterred. Willing to open up and talk about the tough stuff. A booster and a confidante. Let’s be each other’s mentors!

Seeking Handmade Minded Folks

Kayleigh Small | @nestingdollkay | FB  | Email | Buffalo, NY, USA

About: I love to take old unwanted items, and breathe new life into them. Figuring out my business and the next steps while drinking too much coffee and paying far too much attention to my dog.

Seeking: Business related – other crafty and handmade minded folks. Personal -I love knitting and crocheting and would love someone to share that with.

Loves: I love my husband, and our little family (2 cats and dog). I love working with my hands and creating new beautiful things. I deeply value my relationships and try very hard to nurture them.

Makes: I make leather goods and handbags out of recycled materials.

Match: Someone who has experience or is experiencing handmade marketplaces who understands my concerns/questions and we can grow and learn from one another.

Calling all Makers!

Sara Price | @whymbags | FB  | Email | Schenectady, NY, USA

About: Hello! I’m a lifelong sewer and crafter. I work from my home studio full time. I am passionate about exploring the world around me in search of inspiration for my designs and to enjoy life everyday

Seeking: I would love to meet other makers/entrepreneur’s to bounce around ideas with & talk about the triumphs/struggles of selling handcrafted items. Craft buddies. Mentors. Fellow explorers.

Loves: Taking the time to live life to it’s fullest. Friendships and quality relationships. Finding enjoyment in my daily work. Free time. Reading. Crafting. Being inspired.

Makes: Proud owner and designer of Whym, handcrafted leather handbags & accessories. I design from bags, passport covers, valets, flasks, etc! Personally – knitting, DIY for the home, sewing, anything new!

Match: Someone who is creative, enjoys a good conversation, and likes to try new crafts to get inspiration. A motivator and collaborator. Exploring buddy.

Creative in Quebec

Kara Needham  | Email | South Bolton, Quebec, Canada

About: Creator of Savonnerie de L’Estrie, a very small natural soap and lotion making company, longtime folk artist and administrative member of Farfelu, an artists cooperative in Sutton Quebec.

Seeking: I’m open to any kind of match, especially other mentoring soap makers who have been able to expand their businesses, and artists, website designers, small business promoters.

Loves: I care most about my three adorable daughters, and my husband when he’s not driving me crazy…. The rest of my family, Folk art, England, reading, walking, positive environmental stories, vegetarianism.

Makes: I make all natural skincare products, all featuring labels of paintings I’ve done specifically for them, the soaps each have a picture of a different scene or landmark in the eastern townships of Que.

Match: Someone willing to share ideas, enjoys talking about recipes and designs and websites and all the things that make my family’s eyes glaze over… Anyone really.

SuperCrafty Sewing Star looking for the rest of my Constellation

Karen R LePage | @onegirlcircus |  Email | USA

About: I’m a mom to 4 kids and a puppy nestled in between Detroit and Ann Arbor. I sew everyday, and help my favorite fabric designers bring their garment ideas to life.

Seeking: I would love to meet local people with whom I can geek out about multi-crafting (sewing crochet, knitting, weaving, painting, paper crafts, crafting with children) and laugh. Lots of laughing.

Loves: I value children, animals, our world, sustainable manufacturing, local economies, spreading lovingkindness and teaching people to make their favorite clothes.

Makes: I make whatever I can think of. If I don’t know how, I learn how. I make friends. I make vegan food. I make time for what’s important in life.

Match: My ideal match will challenge me, craft with me, teach me, play with me, and drink tea with me.

Now it is your turn! Make your February friendly by playing matchmaker and getting to know these lovely people by checking out their links and saying hi. I have already fallen a little bit in love with everyone who has submitted and am so excited to meet new friends from near and far. We’ll be back soon for Round 3 so be sure to submit if you want to play!

{Match + Maker} Round 1: Hong Kong to Halifax

Match + Maker | Oh My! Handmade

It’s time to play round one of Match + Maker with the first 10 submissions to our month of matchmaking. From Hong Kong to Halifax we’re pairing up makers and making matches, be sure to submit your profile to join in!

How to Play Match + Maker:

  1. Make new friends by following each other, reaching out on social media, or by email to say hi or arrange a meet up if you find a local match.
  2. Pair people up by suggesting a match in the comments or make an introduction by email or social media!
  3. Don’t forget to submit your own profile for round two of Match + Maker next week.

Match + Maker | Oh My! Handmade

Dressmaker, sewing, crafty stuff

Joanna | @pyneandsmith | FB | Email | San Clemente, California

About: Hi! I’m originally from England but now live in southern California. I have sewn since I was little, and late last year started selling my dresses online and at markets. I love anything crafty!

Seeking: I would love to make some creative & crafty friends! I’d like to meet Shoemakers, hat makers, bag makers, etc.

Loves: I love my family above all! I care about our planet, teaching my son ‘maker’ skills and spending quality time with my hubby. I value every single dress I make & send out into the world.

Makes: I make clothing, mostly dresses. I’d like to make some bags using leather, at some point. I’m pretty open to wherever my business wants to take me 🙂

Match: Ideally, someone who is a nerd like me about their skill! Interesting, creative, independent and with a sense of humor.

Mini island fabric-holic

Ven Ven Law@qtpiworkshop | FBEmail | Hong Kong, China

About: My name is Ven Ven, a Hong Kong Chinese. I am a mom, living in the most beautiful island in Hong Kong named Cheung Chau where I have my home studio for my fabric addiction.

Seeking: People who think with many possibilities, open minded for creativity but not limited to skills. I like funky and crazy ideas with new form and materials.

Loves: Details, an experience. I think handcrafts differ than manufacture products mostly because there are cares, attention to user and the experience during the process that makes it meaningful.

Makes: I make everything with beautiful fabrics, and I wanna learn about wood work!

Match: Enjoy life and eyes for details + loving heart for animals + a bit silly

Palette et ribambelle

Pascale CerdanEmail | Orinda, California

About: Artist crafter native from France I love art painting collage and making craft

Seeking: Local artist and crafter to share ideas and maybe making fair together

Loves: Art all kind of form

Makes: Collage, rag doll, greeting card, painting, papier mache

Match: To meet and craft together maybe start a creative business together

Maker Seeking Mentor or Maven for Making Waves

Beth Ardron |@PoisonPearHFX | FBEmail | Halifax, NS

About: Designer, owner, maker behind Poison Pear. Lover of dogs, cats, and inappropriate jokes.

Seeking: I would love a mentor, someone with experience with wholesale, or just someone to light a fire under my ass. Someone with big ideas, who wants to do something exciting that gets people talking.

Loves: I value the process of making, and the people who make things, whatever it is that they make. I love biking around the city, petting neighbourhood cats and enjoying a good walk in the woods.

Makes: I draw, screen print, and sew clothing and accessories. I want to make meaningful connections with other creatives so we’re better together!

Match: Someone with an established and growing creative business, someone who shares my love of the slightly weird and wonderful, someone who sees the trees for the forest.

From Sea-to-Sky to the Moon and beyond!

Donna Barker | @donnabarker | FB Email | Sea-to-Sky, BC

About: Career technical writer (20 years) for progressive non-profits; novelist (written but not yet pub’d); over-sharing blogger; Chief MemWow Creator; wife, mom, volunteer firefighter, horrible cook.

Seeking: Anyone who laughs a lot, can still imagine the blue sky on our endless rainy days, and who says, “Yes, and…” when things seem impossible.

Loves: Small town living, open-mindedness in all areas of life, being of service and – most important – creating a life where work & fun are indistinguishable; weekdays & weekends blur.

Makes: I create special event memoirs that make people say, “Wow!”.

Match: Someone who…

  • has online marketing experience.
  • has graphic design skills.
  • thinks yoga pants and hoodies are the perfect business attire.
  • laughs a lot.

New Webdesigner Looking for Mentor and Support

Audrey Harris| FBEmail |Leesburg, VA

About: Creative Entrepreneur, Multi-Faceted (can’t be pigeon-holed!), Daughter, Sister, Girlfriend…AWESOME cook and movie knowledge connoisseur…at least I’d like to think so on that one!

Seeking: A more mature creative designer, “mature” meaning only that you have been doing whatever you are doing for a good while, you are confident in your work and are willing to reach back to someone else.

Loves: Christ 1st, Family 2nd then pretty much everything else is a very strong 3rd! I love good design, THE BEACH (and oddly the smell of SPF), hunting for cool jewelry @ FOREVER21, outdoor activities!

Makes: I make websites and creatively consult small businesses! I would love to really round out my talents with a firm hold on graphic design (better than I currently have) and HTML + CSS…I’m studying 🙂

Match: You don’t have to have my same values, but someone who is patient, creative and willing to mentor, be a business buddy or someone who can reach out and say “hey, are you on track today?”

Hair bows and crochet!

Mullissa | @sapphireowlbows | FB | Email | Las Vegas, Nevada

About: Hi I’m Mullissa and I am just as unique as my name! I love anything crafty! I just love creating stuff that shows either mine or someone else’s personality!

Seeking: Fellow crafters who work from home as well that may be able to give me some advice or tips. Also just anyone who loves hair bows and crochet!

Loves: I value my family the most. I care about everyone and love meeting new people!

Makes: I make custom made boutique hair bows and crochet cozies for coffee cups!

Match: Fellow crafters who work from home.

London Calling

Hannah Miles | @utensils0 | FBEmail | London, UK

About: Creative Officer at a startup app company (designing their social media and promotional images), I work with paper and would love to go freelance and play with paper all day.

Seeking: Local crafters who want to sit and chat, supportive communities and people looking to learn and teach skills.

Loves: Tea, cake, cats, exploring new crafts, reading and meeting people to talk to about crafts.

Makes: I work with paper, making 3D objects, scenes and papercutting 2D designs and illustrations. I would like to learn embroidery, crochet and knitting in my free time.

Match: Fellow lover of crafts, an enjoyment of paper products but not necessarily a paper worker. Happy to chat over tea and cake!

Knitting Around Cleveland

Jen@KnittingARound | FBEmail | Cleveland, OH

About: Lawyer by day, knitter and blogger by night. I work so I can always be planning my next adventure in the US or abroad. I would love to knit together the law and my love of crafting.

Seeking: Looking for others who have been making their way in the craft business world to share ideas, suggestions and feedback.

Loves: My favorites are family, friends, knitting and living life to the fullest.

Makes: I knit anything and love special requests! I blog about my knitting and travels and would love to take it all to the next level.

Match: My ideal match will be anyone open to this process who has a love of crafts!

Let’s Make Stuff!

Marcy Bridges | @moonscreations | Email | Stuarts Draft, VA

About: Hey! I’m a fiber artist, originally from the DC area. I’m a wife and the mom of two; 2 years and 6 months. I believe in positivity, elbow grease, the healing power of laughter, and garden gnomes.

Seeking: Someone who enjoys laughing, will eat my baked goods, and wants to drop by for tea and/or crafty times.

Loves: My family, Yarn, Cooking, Reading, Making the world a cuter place!

Makes: I crochet dolls for a living, when I’m not working, I’m knitting. I also write when my children let me.

Match:Someone who’s crafty and will watch Korean dramas with me while we craft, or get me when I quote movies at them. Also, they should probably be ok with cats and dogs, and babies.

Now it is your turn! Make your February friendly by playing matchmaker and getting to know these lovely people by checking out their links and saying hi. I have already fallen a little bit in love with everyone who has submitted and am so excited to meet new friends from near and far. We’ll be back soon for Round 2 so be sure to submit if you want to play!

Make your match with Match + Maker

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Last February we played Match + Maker and 100 makers around the world submitted to be matched up based on location and make new local friends. It was amazing to pair people up who lived on the same block in a major city or who lived minutes away from each other in small towns but had never connected. From my little house in rural Canada I got to match up makers from Philadelphia to the Philippines. This February we are playing a bit differently and being matchmakers together! All month long we’ll be publishing your wanted ads for creative connections on OMHG and matching each other up with new connections. Maybe you are looking for a new best friend to talk handmade revolutions with, a business collaborator with a specific skill set, a mentor you can trust as you start a new adventure, or another work from home parent to offer peer support and accountability – whoever your maker match might be we want to help you find them!

Match + Maker | Oh My! Handmade

How it works: 

1. Fill out the form to submit your Match + Maker profile and join the fun!

2. Help spread the word to get more makers involved and find matches from around the world.  

3. Your profile will be formatted like the one below and published on OMHG during February.

4. Watch for the Match + Maker posts, find new friends + play matchmaker!

Sample Profile: LOVELY IN LUNENBURG

Jessika Hepburn | @ohmyhandmade | Email | Lunenburg, NS

About: Cooperative director of Oh My! Handmade, cheerful activist, handmaker mentor, community advocate, believer in goodness.

Seeking: Kind comrades interested in creative adventures and supportive communities.

Loves: Small towns, kitchen parties, talking to anyone (and everyone), being helpful, reading expansively, paying attention to all of creation.

Makes: Friends easily, community connections, a simple life, time for you.

Match: Dedicated to handmaking a life of meaning + willing to collaborate on tender mammoth projects + fellow lover of community and cupcakes!

Keep your eyes open for the first Match + Maker posts and pair people up by suggesting new friends who you think are a perfect match! Find new friends by reaching out to makers you have something in common with, say hi on social media, or email them to see if they want to hang out. Even start a meet up if there are enough of you in one area! I’ll lend a hand by introducing people if a perfect pair comes to mind. Ready to play?