Happy New Year from Handzy!
2017 has been a whirlwind of year—and while we won't get political—it was otherwise a really super fun + exciting one for us! We made a lot of new friends, through Instagram and craft fairs and community events. We got to be a part of some lovely couples' special days through our custom wedding invitations. Our shop nearly burst at the seams with products we hand selected! We'll be real, not every project was a winner—R.I.P. our first and last zine—but hey, you never know until you try! We had fun strolling down memory lane so join us to see some highlights from this year!
We hosted A LOT of great workshops...
And there were even more! Thanks to all of you who came and learned some new skills with us! We have some more fun workshops lined up in 2018 so stay tuned!!
...showcased some great local artists...
Our Maker of the Month series has been one of our favorite parts of the new year! We met some really great friends and got to show off some awesome products from Matt McDole, A.P. Loves Design, Queen City Alchemy, Leigh Ellexson, Joe Walsh, Chloe Watkins and Wixology Candle Co.
...and got to be a part of lot of craft fairs, like Crafty Super Market and City Flea!
We also celebrated 1 YEAR of being in the Cov!!
And so many people got to be a part of the celebration! We love Covington + our neighbors + are so excited to be a part of the creative community that make Covington so quirky, colorful + great!
We added some great members to our team!
Shoutout to Leah who spent 6 months with us in the beginning of the year! She is really hilarious and she ran our Twitter so now we don't use our Twitter anymore... We also added a Creative Content Director (hey, that's me!) and I am thrilled to have joined the Handzy team this year! My role has been ever evolving but ultimately, I'm here to help give the people what they want!
We competed in the Big Pitch!
This is a big one. While we didn't win (sad) we were incredibly proud of the work + effort we put into, not just the presentation, but into a clear + concise business plan. Also, can we talk about the overwhelming amount of love + support we got from our friends, family + surrounding community. So we're gonna say 'thank you' for the billionth time.
We launched a lot of new products!
Have you checked out our adorable gumball necklaces + our positivi-tees + our statement earrings?!?! They're all pretty cute and think they make a great addition to your wardrobe. (They are all in the shop now!) Additionally, we also outsourced production for our greeting cards. We just wanted to make sure we are delivering the best possible quality products to you. We've got big plans in 2018 in terms of new products so keep your eyes peeled!
We collaborated with new friends to bring you great content!
Making friendships and collaboration is a big part of Handzy, we connected with some local Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky bloggers to bring you some really fun and really cute DIY's. Have you checked out our Sparkler Cocktail Stirrer with Alexa Bishop of Queen's Vein? Or our Holiday Card Wreath with Emily May of GoHausGo? We had so much fun that we are definitely going to be wanting to collaborate more. If you're an artist, blogger or just all around creative person that wants to work with us in the future, hit us up!
Whew! That's a lot! 2017 was great but we're looking forward to 2018!
We've spent sometime before the holidays and all of this week setting goals for this coming year and there are going to be big things happening (think new products, space updates and more great content!) As far as the blog goes, we're going to be limiting the amount of smaller 'fluff' posts and DIY's we do—they're time consuming and we just haven't seen the payoff. This will leave the field open to bigger projects and even more collaborations, which is something we're very passionate about! We're going to focus on sharing more of your images on Instagram. We'll also be giving you some more behind-the-scenes at Handzy, what we're doing, buying, getting inspired by + more!