Etsy Made in Leiden Market Report

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The Etsy Made in Leiden market is back for this year! Etsy Made is a worldwide Etsy market where Etsy sellers can meet their customers, sell live and meet other sellers. Last year I was part of the organization, this year I was only a visitor. It was in the same building of Scheltema, an old brewery, and I saw a couple of familiar faces from last year’s market too!

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This time the market was a lot less cramped, and they added this greenhouse building to the layout.

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The main hall had more neutral lighting. I attended in the final 30 minutes of the event but seeing everyone elses pictures it was absolutely BUSTLING during the day!

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I wasn’t able to get pictures of every single seller, I apologize for that in advance. I only had about 30 minutes to say hi to everyone because I work on Sundays. Still, it was nice to see Etsy Leiden sellers again even though I did not have a stall this year.

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Here is Margo from Margo Slingerland selling items with her own designs on them.

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De Cartograaf with maps and map-related accessories.

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Blanco Rosa Art selling wonderful prints and cards.

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Lovely Inez makes the tiniest nut candles, and sells DIY kits too.

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Wool & Bloom with items you just can’t resist to touch.

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Fran with the Pen was there from day 1 and it’s so much fun to have seen her business grow!

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Glas by Renske with some amazing glass jewellery.

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And Het Bovenbuis with hangers from felt, perfect for the holidays.

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Collected Gem with amazing gemstone jewellery.

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More jewellery, these were made by Essie’s Jewels.

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Houten Klaas and his Leiden maps.

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Meester Maakt showing off one of her crocheted blankets.

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Stitchonomy is also back with her embroidery and cross stitch kits & materials.

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Studio Maas selling stamps and jewelry of her own design.

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Kuukeluus with her art prints and postcards.

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Rik Speel also sells prints of his beautiful artwork.

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Paul Swinkels and his upcycled lamps. I especially like the telephone one!

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Veronica Pock hand-weaves her own fabrics, isn’t that wonderful!

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Studio Sus just launched her book, “Dat is nou een duif, denk ik” and also sold postcards.

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Mippoos sold all kinds of items featuring their cute hippoes, or “mippo’s”.

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Jessica Halmshaw (one of the organizers) selling paper cut cards and prints.

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Nuts Knitwear (one of the organizers) and her hand-knitted items. So soft…

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ManonDecoraties / Cultuurpixels (one of the organizers) selling a little bit of everything!

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Cobalt + Corundum (one of the organizers) selling handmade gemstone jewelry.

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The Art of Nata selling beautiful watercolour prints.

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Made by Mirjam and Post from the Past, sharing a stall and selling glass jewelry and antique postcards.

Not pictures because it was either too dark or the pics became blurry:

  • Nature Cure Soaps
  • Xeinnata
  • Till & Dill
  • Beestenbries
  • Zoownatas
  • NF Designs NL

I did post every single stall in my Instagram Stories though!

Thank you again for reading,
~ Mardie

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Japan Market with Stitchonomy & friends

This year I attended the Japan Market again with my studio friend Alyssa from Stitchonomy! We’re sharing a studio space in Leiden so it was fun to come up with the products and stand design. We also did a collaboration in the form of a sushi embroidery kit! Here you can see the progress during the weeks leading up to the market, because we were so busy on the day itself that we barely took any pics!

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The Japan Market commemorates the visit of Emperor Akihito in 2008 to Japanmuseum SieboldHuis. Every year during Pentecost the Rapenburg streets are transformed into a mini Japan festival with all kinds of stalls, activities and food. This year there were even more stalls than before, including a giant food court and martial arts demonstrations. We were really happy to have been selected for a stall!

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This year I wanted even bigger stock than before. So I started sewing weeks in advance using my watercolour sushi fabric.

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I also designed a kokeshi craft kit (I’m so sorry, I don’t know what happened to the quality of this picture).

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Here are the saskiko kits that Alyssa was working on, in modern colours like peach and petrol instead of the traditional blue and white.

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The sushi embroidery kits were made using one of my sushi illustrations that you can also find on one of my fabrics.

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Alyssa worked out the threads needed and wrote an instruction, but most importantly had the design printed on fabric.

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There are two variations that you can make, the beginner stitching on the right and the more advanced satin stitch on the left. Alyssa made both of these samples and they looke really good!

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Here we were packing all the planned embroidery kits. You can still purchase them here in Alyssa’s shop.

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We decided to take things to the third dimension and cut some pegboards to size to make these wall displays. Overall I think that was the most major improvement from last year, when I felt that my items were overlooked because they were flat on the table. Now you could see everything clearly.

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And a nice picture of all of us together, left to right Alyssa, Femke (back again like last year!), myself, Caro from HONoriginal and Saskia from LUREaLURE. Overall this was another great Japan Market with absolutely gorgeous weather and a great crowd moving past. We were right in front of the food court so I think we saw the most foot traffic right behind the food stalls themselves!

See you again soon!
~ Mardie

Winter Market with Etsy Leiden

I’m very excited to share this report on the Winter Market with Etsy Leiden that I helped organize over the past few months! Right before I joined Etsy Leiden, a group of Etsy sellers had a small popup shop called “Even Open” in an old book store in Leiden’s main shopping street. When they had to move out they were looking for another popup store or possibly market to keep selling live instead of just online.

Right around this time I worked at Handwerkstudio Leiden at the Vollersgracht, a nice location in the centre of Leiden. So we joined forces and organized a 2-day mini market for those Etsy sellers! Below are some pictures of that Winter Market.

Not pictured because the pictures turned out too blurry (sorry!)

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MO Jewellery selling gorgeous handmade jewelry.

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Marjolein Coenrady is a graphic designer selling prints, cards and books.

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SaKo & JaCi selling upcycled goodies, like these teapots turned pincushions.

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My own corner (Hanabachi Creative)!

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Crea Anja selling handmade fabric wreaths and accessories.

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Megan McNulty selling cards, mugs, plushies and pins of her own design,

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Meester Maakt crochets everything there is to crochet, from scarves to baby rattles.

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Cobalt + Corundum designs beautiful gemstone jewellry.

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Fran with the Pen creates handlettered posters and postcards illustrated with watercolours.

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Mama’s Jurk sews new clothes from old materials, best known for creating children’s clothings out of the parents old clothing.

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Brocante Tante sells a little but of everything, but each item is definitely unique.

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Made by Mirjam sells handmade jewellry and glass art based on microbes.

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Moos Tassen creates bags out of found materials like old couches on the side of the road.

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Vliegende Hollander not only sells her crocheted plushies, she also has PDF patterns for the,.

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MissMinoes sells cat-inspired items, and part of her profit supports the local cat shelter.

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LUREaLURE sews skirts and tunics from upcycled materials like old embroidery.

Overall it was a really fun market to have helped organize. The Etsy Leiden community is amazing and I hope to see more people working together like this.

Thanks for reading,
~ Mardie