Monday, February 1, 2016

Meet Makers-on-Hudson!

We have exciting news to share with you today!  After being known as The Hudson Valley Etsy Team since we formed in 2008, we are changing our name and will now be known as Makers-on-Hudson!

As we continue to grow as a group, we wanted to identify ourselves as more than just Etsy sellers, although you can still find all of our shops there! We call ourselves different names - artists, designers, crafters, but the one thing we all identify with is that we are "Makers."  We are passionate about what we do and support the handmade movement which continues to thrive in the Hudson Valley.

Our name is a play on the "on-Hudson" towns located in the Hudson Valley like Hastings-on-Hudson, Croton-on-Hudson, Cornwall-on-Hudson, and Annandale-on-Hudson.  In the end, "Makers-on-Hudson" was agreed upon as a nice way to who represent who we are and where we're from.

If you follow this blog, update your bookmarks to our new blog  All of our Social Media accounts will be switching over to our new name shortly.

Our Etsy page has been updated which you can check out by clicking here and our official website is now

Monday, January 18, 2016

Out of my Studio: Celebrating Karmabee

Karen Berelowitz in her Karmabee Store in Kingston NY

I wanted to write this blog post to celebrate Karen Berelowitz of Karmabee and to congratulate her on her amazing 4 years of business in her bricks and mortar store on the Strand in Kingston.
Karen has decided to close her well loved store for the time being but is set to continue being a fixture at local farmers markets, craft fairs and of course online.

The store opened its doors in 2011 and was one of the first to capitalize on the renewal of the area which today sees many visitors to the historic waterfront site and to the new stores, cafes and restaurants  that have since opened.
Karmabee Store

In her time on the Strand Karen has been instrumental in local community events including the monthly night markets, events such as Sinterklaas, Hooley on the Hudson, the Shamrock Run and many more. She also joined Re>Think Local and regularly contributed to small business shopping events.

The store not only sold Karmabees distinctive range of hand screen printed t-shirts, onesies and cards but Karen also championed local craft makers including many from the Hudson Valley Etsy Team. Thanks to Karen many of us have been able to count on regular sales from Karmabee and we have also benefitted from having a local store that we can send our customers to.

Personally I have really enjoyed popping into Karmabee every couple of months to bring in new stock and  to chat with Karen about what we have both been making and craft fairs we are doing. Working on a small craft business from home can be quite a lonely pursuit and having people like Karen to touch base with once in a while was such a blessing.
Gorgeous Karmabee themed cake at the store closing party

I hope everyone is together with me in wishing Karen  every success in her future endeavors. We are excited to see what plans she has in store for Karmabee.

In the mean time Karmabee can still be found on Etsy and Amazon and in the warmer months she will be returning to the uptown Kingston Farmers Markets.

Look out for Karmabee at local farmers markets and craft fairs

Good Luck Karen and Good Making!

Friday, January 8, 2016

In My Studio: Pantone Color of the Year 2016

Every year Pantone launches a color of the year which is set to inspire and influence everything from fashion to home wares for that coming year. In a change from tradition this year Pantone has named a blend of two colors Rose Quartz and Serenity as their colors of the year. Pantone says that their selection is
A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.
By using Pantones suggested colors of the year designers and makers can tap into new trends in the marketplace. Etsy itself is likely to pick up on these trends and could potentially use these products in features and Etsy Finds.

Here are some amazing products by our own Makers on Hudson team members that are already showcasing these trends:
Rose Quartz Earrings by Omi Silver
Pink and Silver Brocade Mask by Dara Gallery
Toddler Dress by LaidieCloth

Felt Name Banner by QuarterLifeLuck

Chainmaille bracelet by Pulp Sushi

Glass Pendant Necklace by Get Glassy

Art Print by Digilio Designs
I have put together a treasury with some wonderful handmade items from the Makers on Hudson team in this years 'hot' color Rose Quartz

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Hello January 2016! Free Desktop Calendar

This year for my blog post I will share with you all
a calendar page each month.
You may set it as your desktop background or print it up for your own
personal use.

I hope that 2016 brings us much happiness and success!

Click to download

Happy New Year!

Sue DiGilio

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Happy Holidays! See You In 2016!

Happy Holidays from Hudson Valley Etsy

It's that time of the year where we can all just sit back, take a breath, and enjoy the remainder of the year so we here at the blog are taking a little break.  

We want to thank you all for reading our blog, following us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.  2015 was a great year for us but we have some BIG changes coming in early 2016 that we're really looking forward to sharing.  

Have a safe and happy holiday and prosperous new year!