One of a Kind Tie Dyes for sale at our etsy shop.

Yeah Man! Be sure to check out all the great one of a kind tie dyes we have for sale at our etsy shophttp://madebyhippies.etsy.com. We have lots of one of a kind fruit of the loom tie dye shirts on sale for just $15 with free shipping in the USA! Then we have all of our awesome American Apparel one of a kind tie dyes too. We have organic cotton baby onesies, organic cotton short sleeve shirts and organic cotton long sleeve tee shirts. All organic cotton, made in the USA by American Apparel and Tie Dyed in Oregon by Made By Hippies! The baby clothes are $20, the short sleeves $25 and the long sleeves are $30, all include free shipping of course. Then we have a few tie dyes on sale plus lots of cool tapestries and bandannas as well as some sweet handmade hemp jewelry. So we’ve got it all please come and check it out today athttp://madebyhippies.etsy.com

Oh yeah and be sure to check our video out from our trip down to LA to teach American Apparel how to tie dye!

 

Time for our “Real Job”……

Yeah so October is here and it’s time for I&I to put the tie dye dreams on the back burner and concentrate on working hard at the Christmas Wreath Shop for another season!

We have had such a great tie dye year it’s hard to stop but we still gotsta pay the bills! The wreath shop has been my families business for 25 years now and it’s where I have learned lots of my business practices from, namely provide a great handmade product at a fair price along with great customer service!
We are still shipping out orders the next day and continuing so sell our tie dyes both on our websitehttp://www.madebyhippies.com and on our etsy site http://madebyhippies.etsy.com so check those out and getchorself a new tie dye t-shirt!!!
And if ya need a Christmas Wreath head over to http://www.granstromevergreens.com
Peace, Love and Happiness!
Erik

Rastaman Tie Dye Bandanna Giveaway on Twitter

Yeah Mon! I&I will be giving away three tie dye bandannas to anyone who follows me on twitter http://twitter.com/madebyhippies and Re Tweets the following message on thier own twitter account:

I&I entered the Labor Day “Rastaman Tie Dye Bandanna” Giveaway by following @madebyhippies & RTing this message http://www.madebyhippies.com
 
The contest ends Monday at midnight so it’s a Labor Day Giveaway!!!
 
Be sure to check out http://www.madebyhippies.com for tie dyes!

July 2009 Made By Hippies Tie Dye Newsletter

Made By Hippies Tie Dye Newsletter

July 15th, 2009

The Summer Music Scene is here….. Grab a new tie dye to wear!
G’Day From Made By Hippies Dot Com!

Made By Hippies
Erik & Amanda
PO BOX #16162
Portland, Oregon 97292, U.S.A.
503-757-8558
erik@madebyhippies.com

Thanks for joining the Made By Hippies Tie Dye Newsletter. Our plan is to send out about one e-mail a month with some news about our tie dyes and where we will be vending as well as a special tie dye deal!

Made By Hippies busy Spring has now become our busy Summer. But busy in a great way because we are busy making and selling tie dyes. Our online sales have continued to roll in day after day and our vending sales at the Gresham Farmers Market here in Oregon have been going great! Last weekend we were at the Sandy Mountain Festival in Sandy, Oregon and broke last years record for all time tie dye sales in one day! So we are feeling pretty great as the rest of our summers plans unfold in front of us. This weekend we are going to be vending at the Gresham Farmers Market again but it’s also the Gresham Art Walk so it’s bound to be a busy day. Next week are are loading up the van and driving to Minnesota for the 10,000 Lakes Music Festival. We don’t have a booth this year (we did in 2006!) but are planning on meeting up with old friends and partying and I’m sure we will end up selling a few tie dyes along the way!

Later on in August we are going to be rocking steady at the 5th Annual NW World Reggae Music Festival here in Oregon. This will be our third year vending there and we have a 10’x20′ booth reserved in the stage area so if you make it to the festival be sure to come by and check us out!

This was in last months newsletter but in case you still have not seen our American Apparel Tie Dye video go to youtube.com and search for “made by hippies” the video can also be found on our website, www.madebyhippies.com – the video shows Made By Hippies working with American Apparel in April 2009 teaching them how to tie dye!

One Of A Kind Tie Dyes Now For Sale!
Made By Hippies is now offering one of a kind tie dyes in various sizes for sale for only $15 each including shipping. Each shirt is individually listed at etsy, which is like ebay for handmade goods. Our page can be found at http://madebyhippies.etsy.com

This is also where we have our American Apparel Organic Cotton Tie Dyes for sale for $25 for adult tie dyes and $20 for baby onesies.

We also have a selection of tie dye tapestries we have added to etsy as well as a section of “On Sale” tie dyes each priced to sell quickly.

Made By Hippies 2009 Vending Dates
NW World Reggae Festival – Friday – Saturday – Sunday August 7th-8th-9th, 2009
Gresham Farmers Market & Gresham Art Walk Saturday July 18th 2009
Relevant Links
www.MadeByHippies.com
www.MadeByHippies.etsy.com
www.CraftyCatJumpRings.com
www.RedEftShibori.com
www.HowToTieDye.net
Gresham Farmers Market
North West World Reggae Festival
Things to Note
All Made By Hippies products are handmade by Amanda & Erik in their Portland, Oregon home using renewable energy.

Made By Hippies Tie Dyes are 100% cotton, colorfast and preshrunk. For a looser fit order one size larger.

Tie dyes are safe to wash and dry with your regular laundry.

We wash all our tie dyes three times with hot water and super strength detergent during the Tie Dye process so you can wash them with your other clothes and they won’t bleed dye – Guaranteed!!

How To Tie Dye Dot Net website updated!

Yeah Mon! I&I have been working for a while on the www.howtotiedye.net website and I feel like I finally have it ready to go, only about a year after I made it so not too bad!

So there are two lessons online, one how to make a rasta spiral and the other on how to tie dye a camo peace sign shirt. But the great thing about tie dye is one pattern can be dyed many different ways for great unique results.

Yeah the site has been ranking on the first page of Google searches too!!

Let me know what you think about the site! PEace!

Made By Hippies 100th Tie Dye Sale on Etsy!

Yeah Mon! I&I just got our 100th sale on etsy today. I joined etsy on Jan 20th, 2009. So that’s just about 5 months so I am pretty happy. I have been making and selling tie dyes since 2006. Thanks to my wife Amanda for teaching me after we first met! I have really been working hard on my website since last fall and it has shown from the hits. On my website www.madebyhippies.com.I went from about 250 hits a month last summer to around 4,000 a month this year. It’s all with my just writing my website using html code in my good old notepad program.

But yeah I am happy I joined etsy and I am happy to have made it to 100 sales. I would say until I got to about sale #20 or so things were kind of sporadic but ever since oh about the end of April I have had almost an order a day, I love it!!! Sales on my regular website have been picking up as well.

Peace!
Erik
http://madebyhippies.etsy.com

I&I am sick of the new internet

Yeah Mon! Just give me some notepad and good old HTML code. That I Overstand and Love. I have been making websites since 1999 and over the years have had a handful of sites that I worked on for years each and brought along the way from the early internet days to the new fangled internet junk of the year 2009.

I grew up in the NES generation. I was five when I got my Nintendo and loved it all my life. I always thought though that the kids who came after me would be even better at computers then me. Because I was good at them cause I grew up in the dawn of computers. From the first 286 computer we bought for like $2,000 when I was in the sixth grade to the various others along the years, the Pentium II, oh boy! But it seems in a way that for all the speed and performance that has been improved on (and of course the price of everything has dropped down) that what has suffered is the way people look at computers. They are no longer some cool thing that requires knowledge to use and understand but just a basic building block of life today. You can’t even get a hamburger at McDonalds unless there are three computers involved in the process….

But what I am getting at is the new Internet just plain sucks. And what I mean by that is that the internet used to be a collection of websites that actual people made. There was some companies website or some tv shows website or a zillon billion fan sites for every topic around, Star Wars, Motorcyclces, Fraternity Life, whatever… But they all had a person behind them more or less… Then there was eBay back when you could actually find one of a kind things like at a garage sale.. now it seems like it’s just stores selling stuff for a flat rate…

But what I am really getting at is that all these new Web 2.0 or Social Media websites are really dumbing down the internet and make people think that they are actually building a website or have a website of their own. But really you have no control over that crap… You uploaded your personal information to some central database of computers and gave them your email password so they could search your address book and find all your friends… index every human on the plant into a facebook profile… all data nicely lined up… but you are expressing yourself by choosing your own profile picture… and look your old college room mate that you didn’t like then just invited you to join in on a mob raid with him… now that is bonding…

meanwhile there are all these websites that used to give people free websites, like angelfire or geocities or various others… you could make your own website from a blank slate and have it be any way you wanted… but you had to have a banner ad on the top, that sucked.. did it, how many banner ads are all over the websites now… and what the hell is with hotmail? everytime I go to check my email I have to look at ads of peoples big rolls of fat and trying to sell some diet pills… so don’t tell me some crappy geocities top banner was crampin your style because internet ads have gotten out of hand now… well maybe those pop up ads that kept popping up two new ads for every one you closed, those did really suck…

but to prove me point here is the bottom line. if you make your own website and take a little time to actually learn a skill like writing some basic html code then you create it and it can be however you want. all those social sites are just full of crap and actual damage relationships with real friends more then anything… why ever write someone a real e-mail (much less a freakin letter) when you can just post it to their facebook wall…… but here is my case in point – so the last couple weeks I was trying to surf the wave and pull in some more hits for my tie dye website by promoting it on the social media websites. I was using the twitter to post updates about what I was working on tie dying and I had some feeds being posted there whenever I made a new blog post or posted an item on etsy. I was working on my twitter account for about a month and went from 3 followers to like 1300 in a few weeks… then bamn, twitter decided I was spamming people and suspended my account, bamn its gone. you don’t own any of the content you work on to build on these social media websites, you think you own and account and have control, not so much. seriously I was not spamming people, I sent out like tops a dozen posts a day which if you have ever used the sites gets about 30 seconds of screen time I am sure… there are tons of scumbags trying to sell every pyramid scheme and adult program around on there and they boot the Swede for hustling some tie dyes?

Well screw twitter and facebook and all this shite.

I&I am rocking the web Oregon Gangsta style with a real website that I Erik typed all myself only using Notepad and html code.

So check it out at

Peace!http://www.madebyhippies.com

Backyard Tie Dye Photo Shoot


My brother Lars and his girlfriend Jordan came over for dinner tonight and I pursuaded them into doing a tie dye photo shoot for me. The results turned out great, everything in the yard is nice and green now and the light was just right.

I have just started another kind of overhaul on the website, updating all the pages to the newest format and fixing and updating various parts as well as adding a few new pages.

I updated some of the photos too, so check them out!

Thanks for visiting http://www.madebyhippies.com