It’s a Craftcation Party

Dinners, lunches, brunches, dances, happy hour, meet-ups, yoga, beach walks, art walks, and quiet evening craft gatherings (for we introverts who need a break)…Craftcation has an endless selection of activities to offer in addition to their regular schedule of business education and hands-on workshops.



If you’re a maker, blogger, or creative business owner, then join me for four inspiring (and super fun!) days that you’ll never forget. Craftcation has over 100 workshops and business classes, so whether you’re coming to craft, grow your business, or party with some of the most amazing crafty people around (or all of the above) there’s lots of making, meeting, and learning in store for you.

Craftcation takes place April 4-8, 2018, in the beach town of Ventura, California, (about an hour north of Los Angeles). Craftcation utilizes Ventura’s historic downtown buildings and businesses as well as the beach for special events like networking meet & greets, cocktail socials, a pop-up shop, opening celebration, yoga, as well as food and art tours.

Registration opens 10.5.17 and the first 50 people to register get $50 off!  Come party with us!!


Imagine Craftcation

Imagine a place where you:
-Explore your creativity and learn new skills
-Are surrounded by a community of passionate, welcoming, talented creatives
-Have all the tools you need to start the business of your dreams
-Get the resources to up-level your existing business and work smarter not harder

That place is Craftcation!

Registration opens this week on October 13.  Don’t miss out.


Craftcation is Coming!

(Believe me, this is much better news than “Winter is Coming”.)

My first experience with Craftcation was in Spring of 2015.  I went looking for something that might educate, inspire, and propel me into starting my own crafting business.  I had the most timid of goals, a very sketchy level of self-confidence, and an absolutely no idea where to start.

By the end of 2015 I had flipped the switch on my Etsy store and put together a nice handful of product to sell.  I was taking my wares to comic conventions.  I was going to a local comic store once a month to cross-stitch with an amazing group of geeky crafters.

I went back to Craftcation in 2016.  Who would expect to get a second dose of inspiration and support equal to the first?  But that’s exactly what I got…and then some.  This year sees new projects, new ideas, new sales, and new inspiration.

Am I headed back to Craftcation in 2017?  There’s no question…

I’m going to have a lot more to say about Craftcation between now and April 2017.  All you need to know for now is that your chance to register is fast approaching.

  • April 27-30, 2017 at the Ventura Beach Marriott in Ventura, California.
  • Registration opens 10.13.16.  (The 1st 50 people to register get $50 off.)
  • All the details are here…Dear Handmade Life.  More via Facebook (@patchworkshow), Twitter (@dearhandmadelif), and Instagram (@dearhandmadelife).