Monday, February 04, 2008

FROM THE DESK OF TCA: two year bloggyversary!

tca table @ mini crafternoon tea

Holy moly guys!

It’s our two year bloggyversary!!!

This feels bigger than my own birthday (which I make a pretty big deal about, btw) as this past year the TCA has seen so much excitement and growth, so many new connections made with crafty peeps and projects, and so much development of momentum for the future.

Allow me to wax nostalgic about some amazing stuff that has gone down over the past year for the Toronto Craft Alert and Toronto Craft in general.

  • Millions of new craft enterprises have sprung up all over the city, like The Purple Purl, the workroom, Heart on Your Sleeve, Kid Icarus, and the Contemporary Textile Coop Studio (to name just a few).
  • So many amazing shows and exhibitions were held. Really too many to review here.
  • We attended the first annual Craft Congress in Pittsburgh, meeting with brilliant crafty organizers from across North America & Britain.
  • We met with some very smart local crafty folks to discuss Toronto related craft issues for Craftchat T.O.
  • We ventured to New York to check out Etsy headquarters, indie craft fairs, exhibitions & yummy textile shops.
  • We consulted on and participated in Craft Up, YYZ gallery’s month long craft-themed program.
  • We co-founded City of Craft, a craft community collective that hosts crafty culture events in the city. December 1st’s City of Craft show was a mammoth success!
  • We’ve brought you some exciting new features like Questions for Crafters which profiles local craft movers & shakers, and Craft Toronto Pics where stuff you make (& upload to our flickr group) is posted on the blog.
  • So many more plans are being hatched for future awesomeness. Just you wait…

Most of the above happened because I started leaving my house more often to attend the events posted here and meet some of you amazing folks. I encourage you all to do the same – there is so much fun & inspiration to be found about town. Hope to see even more of you out there!

Now in celebration of our two years together, we have a special giveaway & launch to announce. Stay tuned to the next post…


Blogger sweetie pie press said...

ah, the royal 'we.'

happy birthday, tca!

12:32 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! If I remember correctly it's a lot of fun being two years old.

1:11 p.m.  
Blogger susanroweharrison said...

Hoooray for 2! Keep on truckin'!

1:42 p.m.  
Blogger Painted Tree Designs said...

Happy Happy birthday! IT's so great having a fun resource like this. THanks so much Jen for all the amazing work on the site.

1:48 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratualtions TCA and thanks Jen for all your hard work and amazingness!


2:13 p.m.  
Blogger coldsnapbindery said...

happy birthday tca! ahh...such good work - thanks for making this 'lil community what it is!

2:21 p.m.  
Anonymous moooooz said...

Happy Birthday! today it's my to

4:18 p.m.  
Blogger annie said...

Oops - a little late for the giveaway.
BEST WISHES nonetheless!

4:25 p.m.  
OpenID tania said...

2 years???
how time flies-
way to go! this is a great achievement!

5:11 p.m.  
Blogger Natalie said...

Congratulations! This is an awesome blog and resource for us Toronto crafters. Thanks so much for all of your work!

10:10 p.m.  
Blogger amanda said...

Ahh, happy birthday, TCA! And, thank you, Jen, for the amazing work you do keeping us Toronto crafters in the loop :)

11:33 p.m.  
Anonymous karyn @ the workroom said...

TCA is such an inspiration to us toronto crafters. I know that attending 'craft chat' and reading your blog every day helped me immensely in setting up 'the workroom'... and continues to help me in so many ways. THANK YOU!

11:54 p.m.  
Blogger UsThemWe said...

Happy 2 year Anniversary. I always look forward to reading TCA. Your hard work and dedication is inspirational. Thanks for making things happen and getting together our craft community.

8:47 a.m.  
Blogger arounna said...

Big Congrats!!! Jen

11:52 a.m.  
Blogger Heather said...

Happy Blog-o-versary!!!!

2:04 p.m.  
Blogger Marnie said...

congrats kids! and what an awesome thing it's been to have around! happy birthday!

8:03 a.m.  

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