Etsy Made in Leiden Market Report


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!


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


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!


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.


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


De Cartograaf with maps and map-related accessories.


Blanco Rosa Art selling wonderful prints and cards.


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


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


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


Glas by Renske with some amazing glass jewellery.


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


Collected Gem with amazing gemstone jewellery.


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


Houten Klaas and his Leiden maps.


Meester Maakt showing off one of her crocheted blankets.


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


Studio Maas selling stamps and jewelry of her own design.


Kuukeluus with her art prints and postcards.


Rik Speel also sells prints of his beautiful artwork.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The Art of Nata selling beautiful watercolour prints.


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

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!


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!


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


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


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


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


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


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!


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


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.


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

Etsy Made in Leiden – Handmade Market


This year I organized the very first Etsy Made in Leiden! Etsy Made is an annual live shopping event held on (generally) the same weekend in cities all over the world, organized by Etsy Sellers. This year it was held in the last weekend of November and our version was held on the 26th. It’s an amazing way to get to know your customer and fellow sellers. I teamed up with Cartograaf, Megan McNulty and Stitchonomy to set up this market, which took roughly 6 months including all the workshops we planned.

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During the day we welcomed almost 30 local sellers offering their handmade products, and held workshops, live music and Draw Leiden had a table where you could join in and get creative yourself. Below are pictures of most sellers although I am sure I missed a couple because I was quite busy helping out with last minute tasks.

The big surprise was a TV crew from reporting on the market, which you can see in the video above.

OK, enough talk for me, below is an overview of the Etsy Made in Leiden market!


Jessica Halmshaw sells papercut works of art, postcards, brooches etc.


Tex & Billy was my neighbour – she sells crocheted hats, headbands and scarves.


Here is the best overview I could photograph -it was really busy!


Margo Slingerland is a graphic designer selling all kinds of items she designed herself.

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Draw Leiden is a drawing club that meets every Monday to draw, chat and help each other improve. During Etsy Made in Leiden the table was open to join.

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Megan McNulty selling whimsical postcards, pins and prints.


Stitchonomy selling cross stitch kits and materials.

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Here’s me in my own stand, selling some makeup bags from fabric I designed myself.

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The location was Scheltema Leiden, an old brewery in the heart of Leiden turned into an event location.


The outside of the building really shows the old architecture.



Next to sellers we also had Fran with the Pen and Quiltblocks come in to do some workshops on hand lettering and working with Snappap vegan leather.


And we also had live guitar music!


Here we are taking all the stalls back down after the sellers left. I think we were home bu 10pm!

Overall it was a very fun but also quite exhausting market to organize. None of us 4 had ever done something of this size before so there were lots of challenges to overcome. There are definitely things we’d do better next time. The responses of both sellers and visitors were positive though.