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Store from Scratch Contest winners

The time has come to announce our contest winners! Before launching into it, we must say that this contest has left us feeling like proud parents. We knew we’d see some awesome entries, but we had no idea how awesome they’d be. To all the folks that entered, you’ve left us truly inspired and that’s a beautiful thing!

That being said, we’re happy to finally announce our three winners. These shops created videos that we couldn’t get out of our heads, that stuck with us and really captured the essence of their world, their shop, and their products:

1st Place: Long Live the Swarm

Narrated by co-creators and co-owners Shane and Aaron, the Swarm’s video shares their story from past to present and even touches on some of their hopes for the future. Sparked by the loss of a friend, the Swarm began as an idea just over a year ago and through their dedication and passion, they continue to grow. The Swarm truly exemplifies the DIY approach and spirit through and through.

2nd Place: The Great PNW

Beautifully shot and edited, the submission from The Great PNW shows us their process from the beginning to end. Starting with references and sketches and ending with photographing their products in the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest - the place that inspired all their efforts to start this endeavor of theirs in the first place. Talk about coming full circle, right?

3rd Place: Adam JK

Unique and personal, we really love Adam’s interpretation of what Store From Scratch means to him and seeing such an intimate view of his world. His pieces are born from a real desire to just make cool shit, no matter what limits his life imposes on him. That’s something we can absolutely get behind.

Introducing our new status page

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We’ve launched a brand new version of status.bigcartel.com that tells you how all of the systems that run Big Cartel are doing. We have a great track record of server uptime, but if there’s ever a hiccup in one of our systems, it’ll be reported here.

Big Cartel is now relied on by nearly half a million artists worldwide, and we work tirelessly to keep your store online, fast, and ready for visitors anywhere they may be. Thanks for making us your home.

Welcome Lauren Eimers

We have yet another newcomer to the Big Cartel support team! Please help us welcome Lauren Eimers! With a long history and vested interest in helping folks of all kinds, she and the Support Fort are a match made in heaven.

While we all like to think of ourselves as lifelong students and learners, Lauren is the epitome of these words with two Bachelor’s degrees and two Graduate degrees. She has an undeniable passion for learning and has previously worked as both an adoption and genetic counselor, as well as honed her skills as a barista at a local coffee shop. She’s also a new mama with a self-proclaimed love for Korean melodramas, salty and sweet snacks… and ugly comfy shoes.

Thankfully, Lauren’s not going back to school anytime soon and instead, is devoting her enthusiastic efforts to our small, but mighty team. Welcome, Lauren - we’re thrilled to have you!

SFS Contest submission: Shop Havoc

We’re getting really excited to share our winners, but we thought we’d drop one more from our stack of favorites. Shop Havoc’s submission for our SFS contest features geometric paintings, rorschach pillow patterns, a freakin’ horse with lightning eyes, and probably our new favorite jam. John (aka Havoc) and Laura Hendricks are the dynamic husband and wife duo behind Shop Havoc.

The song used in the video, "Good at Being Bad", was written by Havoc and has created a bit of a sensation over here at BC headquarters. Sorry, this song’s about to be stuck in your head all day.

See all of Shop Havoc’s creations at: shophavoc.com

Google Music Timeline

Google’s interactive Music Timeline, based on data compiled from Google Play Music users, exhibits the ups and downs of various genres in popularity since 1950. Poke around a bit and beef up your contemporary music history knowledge. Also, find comfort in knowing you’re not the only one that grew up listening to Counting Crows and/or Korn.

SFS Contest submission: The Great PNW

Here’s yet another totally inspiring submission from the crew at The Great PNW. They’re all about spreading pride and appreciation for their most beloved region and do a mighty fine job showing us how they create, operate and get things done. Not only that, but they’ve certainly instilled a desire in us to trek to that green, rainy corner of the states asap!

View the full line of PNW-loving gear at: http://shop.thegreatpnw.com

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SFS Contest submission: Live From The Heart Apparel

With an ethos and name we can all get behind, Live From The Heart Apparel’s submission for our SFS contest is full of inspiring words and showcases their signature hats and tees. Living from the heart isn’t just a brand name for creator and designer, Matt Tyler, it’s a way of life. Proof in point, 10% of every item sold is donated to Iris Ministries and their efforts to end sex trafficking.

Check out their products and read more about the cause they support: http://www.livefromtheheartapparel.bigcartel.com

SFS Contest submission: ADAMJK

This next submission from Adam JK, a designer and maker of short-run paper goods from Brooklyn, NY is another favorite. Adam runs an “internet gift shop" out of his small apartment and uses that limited space to inspire his tiny creations. Making clever trinkets with very personal themes, Adam encourages shoppers to stop for a second and smile… then wonder if he’s just crazy.

Exit through Adam’s gift shop here: http://shop.adamjk.com

We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.
– Chuck Palahniuk