It is time for the last round of Match + Maker! As a community we spent February pairing up makers and making matches to help us all connect and create. Meet friends from Hong Kong to Halifax in Round 1, San Francisco to Quebec in Round 2, & makers from all over the world today. Pack your bags, we’re visiting Moldova, Italy, Australia, Canada, Tokyo, UK, and the USA!
How to Play Match + Maker:
- 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.
- Pair people up by suggesting a match in the comments or make an introduction by email or social media!
Wanted Creative Partner in Crime to Take over the World!
Janet Walker | @best2KiS | Email | West Midlands, UK
About: Creative designer. Affiliate marketer. Founder, editor of Best2KeepitSimple.com, A Handmade Business supporter. Multi-Passionate mom & a mean smoothie maker.
Seeking: A Creative person with big ideas, To discuss, share, build, grow, support, motivate all our projects|goals to make them happen. B Trustworthy, Honesty & Real.
Loves: My family. Building a great foundation for my sons. Reading, Meeting new creative people. Helping others. Being grateful and happy.
Makes: I make it easier for creatives | handmade’s biz owners to market their businesses online. I design paper products from greeting cards to flyers, booklets. I create websites.
Match: Support fellow creatives in business. Willing to collaborate. Wants honest real discussions.
Optional: A mom. Aged 35+. Shy Must: Luv a laugh. Crazy in a good way. Make Stuff.
New online marketplace for exotic handcrafts
Paige | FB | Email | Australia
About: Former jetsetter & now a new Mum aiming to launch a new online marketplace showcasing handcrafts from around the world.
Seeking: I’m seeking artisans who make crafts that are traditional or typical for their part of the world. Items should be handmade and materials should be sourced locally where possible.
Loves: Travel and learning about this diverse world we live in. Meeting people from different places. Helping those less-fortunate. Freedom to educate my children outside the typical classroom structure.
Makes: New friends & creative connections across the globe, a community for like-minded artisans.
Match: Co-operative, interesting, open to new ideas, fresh, fun, helpful.
Retired Teacher Seeking Crafty Friends
Marsha Roy | Email | Lake Placid, NY, USA
About: I am a retired family and consumer science teacher of 34 years – now I spend my time sewing, quilting, scrapbooking, card making, and many other crafts. I also teach children and adults to sew.
Seeking: Anyone who shares my love of sewing and crafting.
Loves: Family, church, quality crafting, traveling.
Makes: I tackle most anything that catches my eyes – I am always up for new projects. I have a long arm machine and have not learned to use it.
Match: Someone who has time to craft and share with someone else that love of crafting.
Lonely Creative Seeks Engagement and Inspiring Folk
Hannah Teej | @lemonhive | FB | Email | Ontario, Canada
About: Loves pens, creating and making stuff in rural Canada. Sounds you’ll hear from me: scribble-scribble, click-click and swoosh-swoosh (paint brushes make that noise!).
Seeking: Engaging conversation and creative connections. Those open to becoming part of a blogging circle of friends and brainstorming. Always brainstorming!
Loves: Vaguely: Creativity, potential, efficiency, improvement, social change. Specifically: Etsy, stationary, micron pens, assisting others, knitting.
Makes: I make illustrations. Whimsical images and details with swooshes and embellishments. I want to make collages, stationery, and do a craft show.
Match: Someone creative, or not. I’m open. Must like tea.
Chicagoan designer trying to break into the urban maker scene
Liz Clark | Email | Chicago, IL, USA
About: Hi! I’m a graphic designer who specializes in branding and packaging. I also take on lots of free-lance projects and the occasional pro-Bono for causes that are close to my heart.
Seeking: I would love to find a maker mentor! Someone who can show me the ropes, introduce me to a community, and be a sounding board for my project ideas.
Loves: My sweet husband, friends, fam, & faith! Doing work that matters is important to me. I especially love working with non-profits or creating projects that speak to social issues. Also eating & Paleo!
Makes: I make all sorts of print & web graphics, but I want to expand my skills- I am currently taking ceramics classes & want I to get into that big time! My other fave hobby: photography- critics welcome!
Match: An experienced maker or potter willing to share their expertise, or anyone wishing to collaborate! I know I can’t be the only maker-wannabe in Chicago 🙂
Looking for friends to share about craft
Maria Gomes | @bunnycrafter | Email | Pergine Valsugana, Italy
About: Hi, I’m Maria and I’m a crafter and blogger at Bunny Crafter. I love everything about craft but it’s a little bit lonely when I don’t find other people near me to share.
Seeking: Everyone who is interested in sharing about craft and make friendship, near or far.
Loves: Family, animals and nature, respect, and knowledge.
Makes: I want to open my own little studio where I can gather with my group of craft friends, make workshops, and sell my creations.
Match: Someone friendly and willing to talk for hours about craft and more.
Easily distracted beadaholic seeks chatty crafter pals
Helen | @KittyBallistic | FB | Email | Cheshire, United Kingdom
About: Hello, I’m Helen. I live in Cheshire in the United Kingdom. I mostly make jewellery which I sell on Etsy, but I dabble in other crafts. I used to make felt characters but have lost my sewing mojo.:(
Seeking: I would love to chat to local jewellery makers, maybe even meet up at some point. However, I am happy to chat to crafters from all over the world.
Loves: I am mad on animals, particularly cats, goats, alpacas and giraffes. I am also developing a bee obsession (I neeeed my own hive). I have a daft sense of humour, so love to share silly jokes.
Makes: I make bead jewellery at the moment, but am starting to work with gemstones and metal (hit it with a hammer!). I also want to get back into making my felt characters. And I make chocolates too…
Match: I’d like someone who has a similar daft sense of humour (see my FB page and blog), and who I can share ideas with. Must be chatty and an animal lover.
Looking for a Guiding Hand
Charlotte | Email | United States
About: I am just starting my journey to begin a site and selling. I enjoy working with a variety of material but my favorite is paper crafting followed by fabric.
Seeking: Hoping to find a match to guide and advise. To exchange creative ideas. To support and encourage each other.
Loves: What I value most is family and friends.
Makes: I enjoy creating paper and fabric projects centered around holidays, especially Christmas.
Match: Is willing to share, laugh, and enjoy crafting.
Tree Huggin’ Artist in the Southwest
Simona LaMotte | Email | Hereford, AZ
About: My art business is in its infancy although I have been a creative pretty much my whole life. I am an artist and an entrepreneur who lives conciously and values the environment in all its forms.
Seeking: Artists, carpenters, metal smiths. Anyone who is brave enough to put their creative visions out there for the world to see.
Loves: My yoga practice, environmental practices, & relationship with my family shape the person I am on a daily basis. They feed my passion &lift me up to pursue my purpose. ❤️ interior design & Starbucks.
Makes: I create home decor pieces (hand painted sings, wall hangings, etc.) using reclaimed materials. I also paint on canvas. My style is anywhere from shabby chic to Buddhist-inspired pieces.
Match: I’d like to talk with others about their business practices. I really just want to surround myself with those who live conciously and are living their passions.
Tokyo Food & DIY Blogger Looking for Creative Friends
Alyssa Wiegand | @alyssaandcarla | FB | Email | Tokyo, Japan
About: I’m an American expat living in Tokyo. I’m a food and DIY blogger, currently writing a cookbook and teaching cooking classes in English.
Seeking: Creative people who love crafts and/or food. People who are open to taking classes, craft dates, grabbing lunch or coffee, and just looking for inspiration in the everyday.
Loves: Creativity, collaboration, friendliness, open-mindedness, desire to learn new skills and teach others.
Makes: Paper crafts, general crafting, interested in learning to crochet/knit and expand my limited sewing skills, love cooking.
Match: English speaking (doesn’t have to be perfect English!), free time during weekdays.
Giving in Vancouver
Ashley G Johnson | @ash_is_magical | FB | Email | Vancouver, BC Canada
About: Founder & Curator of The AnthropologyOf Giving, colour lover, maker in many mediums, adore fresh ocean air & amazing coffee. I believe in connecting through mindful giving.
Seeking: I’m open to supporting, collaborating, brainstorming, guiding, making, dreaming et cetera.
Loves: People; learning who they truly are, what they are passionate about & what they value. Community & helping build a healthy one and&supporting it the best I can. History, culture & traditions.
Makes: I love making a myriad of things. I would like to start a line of greeting cards and one day write a children’s book.
Match: Open minded, fun, supportive, common sensical but creative, always willing to learn.
Mail from Minu
Natalia Andreev | @nataliaandreev | Email | Moldova
About: My name is Nata. I am a journalist from Moldova. In ’14 I started a mail project, which I truly enjoy. I find the writing process a good meditation and sending a parcel of art, quite challenging.
Seeking: For someone who would like to exchange creative letters every month.
Loves: I have a strong interest in Art History. My favorite artists are Frida Kahlo and Gustav Klimt. And yes, I am a cat person!
Makes: I make “art” parcels that I send every month #aroundtheworld.
Match: Someone who would like to become my pen pal.
We travelled the world through our screens this month to meet diverse makers of all kinds! It has been a wonderful reminder that our community is global and we can connect + create with people from all over the planet without going anywhere. Don’t forget to reach out to everyone who submitted this month and say hi, ask a question, invite them to collaborate. Visit Round 1, Round 2, and Round 3 to meet our makers, expand your network, and be part of making a community where finding friends is as easy as saying hello!
If you’ve loved Match + Maker and want to make kind, creative connections all year give what you can to become a citizen of OMHG and support our community for the head + heart + hands.