THE RACE TO THE 2013 MARTHA STEWART AMERICAN MADE FINALS IS ON!!

With voting ending on September 22nd at 11:59 pm, you can say the heat is on for many of us who want to finish at our BEST!

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This year my participation in American Made has been, like any good marathon, very different, challenging, with it’s  highs and lows. Yesterday, all the participants of American Made received e-mail notifying us all, that there were some votes that had been disqualified. This was devastating for at least 5 businesses  that I can see, were in the race for the top 20. For others like me, it was the “bump we needed” to give us a hope . Even though the top lead numbers are high, and unless our whole city comes together,  it’s going to be hard ( but never impossible) to beat. I am giving it my BEST shot at trying to finish in the top 10 in the Craft Category. Many of us feel like the little engine that could or like David defeating Goliath at times, but faith, family, friends and an unresolved determination to believe in these God given gifts have catapulted and stretched us once again beyond what we thought we could ever do.

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Being a part of American Made is like taking part in this BIG STAGE production where maybe we are not staring in the main role, but none the less, we are on the BIG stage and we are being seen. To not have taken advantage of such an opportunity to showcase our talents, meet wonderful people along the way and get the word out about our businesses with items made in America, just simply made no sense. Those focused on jealousies or only winning and allowing their mean streak to come through, have totally missed  the point of what this is all about. Every one including last year finalist’s, like myself, and new nominees have been given the tools and the  EQUAL opportunity to showcase their product. Of the 100 finalist’s from last year, sad to say, I’m not seeing any of the top 20 from last year ( I finished in 17th) in the list below . I KNOW HOW HARD it was last year. I think I’m the only one carrying the torch for all the Finalist’s from 2012. So this year, I’m back at it again, just hoping others become aware of this increasingly noticed yet still very small business.

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So without further delay here is the current list of the top 25 in the craft category  among a little under 1000 entries. Remember the numbers are changing as we speak so keep up the voting and thanks for your unwavering love,support  I’ll leave you with the link to my American Made profile, feel free to stop by see our beautiful you tube video showcasing what the heart of ROC paper scissors has been all about. Finally feel free to support us in voting daily , six times till September 22nd.

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Current unofficial status of the TOP TWENTY in the craft Category for American Made ( taken this morning @9:30 am est): As far as I can tell guys, I may have missed someone if so feel free to leave a comment below and remember number are changing by the seconds!

1-SVG Cuts ……………………….. ………………….78,853………………..IL.

2-Colette Patterns……………………………………68,617………………..OR.

3-Maggies Crochet…………………………………..29,934………………..N.C.

4-Bath House Soapery………………………………24982………………..AR.

5-Linny Kenny Leather……………………………..15,281…………………N.H.

6-Ebinard Designs……………………………………15,032……………….NY.

7-Hecho por Liz………………………………………14,938………………..TX.

8-Daniel Vincent and Russell Vincent………….13,615………………..CA.

9. TandJ Soaps…………………………………………10,899……………….NY.

10.Joann Kelly Catsos……………………………….10,499……………….MASS.

11. Evon Cassier……………………………………….9,141…………………NH.

12-Bauer Paottery Company of LA……………….9008…………………CA.

13-Art by Alyssa……………………………………….9321…………………MA.

14-Barro y Arena………………………………………8067………………..FLA.

15-Artie Art……………………………………………..7608………………..PA.

16-Roc Paper Scissors.……………………………….7476………………..FLA.

17- AJ Studio……………………………………………7445…………………CA.

18-Petitfelts……………………………………………..7295…………………NY

19-Found…………………………………………………7119………………….WA.

20-Orbix Hot Glass…………………………………….6660…………………AL.