Ok so as I’m writing this post about all the craft business books I have piled up to read, physical and eformat, what do I do? Wander off to read an Etsy article and end up buying this! I’m insane. I’m like a craft book hoarder. Someone else please tell me you have this problem too.
Ok so here are some of what’s in my stash and hopefully I can get through them this summer and start implementing all my great learnings in the fall.
I have read Creative Inc, however I read it in my KOBO app and made notes there and since my app died on me a few times I’ve lost those notes. So a re-read is in order.
I’ve also read Handmade Marketplace, but I forget all the wisdom. Sheesh, for a teacher I’m apparently a terrible reader and retainer . . .
Mom Inc is a great read, I’m about half way through when a shiny object distracted me. What I like about this book is that it’s written by 2 Canadian ladies and since often it’s US authors writing small business books there’s entire parts that just don’t apply, mostly financial bits. It’s nice to read things from my own country since getting supplies and shipping costs and financials are so different from country to country.
Craft Business Handbook is yet another book I carry around in my bag and might maybe sort of look at from time to time . . . kinda. This book is written by a UK author but so far I haven’t found that too much info doesn’t apply.
Crafty Superstar is in progress . . . yeah I have a lot of those.
Mollie wrote about this book so of course it’s on my wish list now.
I know I’ve already got my work cut out for me here but if you know of a book I’ve missed, small business of creative type stuff, please leave a comment! Also, if you’ve actually finished any of these and have anything review-like to say you can do that too.
While I own a 1 inch button maker, my friend Joanna and I rented a slightly larger one for a weekend a while back and went crazy making larger magnets. I packaged mine into little zip locks, in sets of 2 or 4. Joanna had a great idea to create larger sets of her photography magnets and she packaged them in old CD cases.
They look great and it’s a great use of cases when you store your CDs in another way.
Well, it appears I’m a bit addicted to attending any Etsy event I can. Since I’ve hopped the borer twice it didn’t seem like such a big deal to head down to Hamilton for a meet up. This time it was a joint effort between Etsy and The Beehive Collective. I also sent a Tweet to Elycia since Hamilton is her town and asked what I should check out while I was puttering around downtown Hamilton in the scorching heat. I’m glad she had ideas because I found White Elephant and Needlework.
The lovely ladies behind the collective are gearing up for Supercrawl and a huge art instalation piece. Last year they covered a building in knitted ‘bricks’. This year they plan on covering buildings for a block or so with fabric hexies. We all met up and spent a night whipping up some hexies for the instalation.
If you’d like to help you can download templates here and here and drop them off at a list of places in Hamilton or Toronto or I’m sure you could contact The Beehive and find a way to send your contributions over.
See all the photos in the EtsyCA album.
Well since I already unveiled my better late than never Create Along project earlier this week I don’t have one to share. But I do have an up next project as well as a giveaway!!
Shannon of BLISSFULpatterns has generously offered to give away a PDF copy of this fabric basket.
Giveaway will be open from Friday July 13th until Tuesday July 17th. I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday July 18th. That won’t leave you time to play along and reveal with me next Friday but please share in the future.
To enter just leave a comment below (make sure there’s a link/email/contact way for me) and tell me what you’d be using your basket for. I might just have to steal your idea, I don’t *neeeed* a fabric basket but it’s so stinking cute and I love to try and stitch up new things!
Normally I don’t make people jump through hoops and earn extra entries but if you do happen to share on Twitter, your blog, or the Facebook please do come back and leave an extra comment, you’re worth it.
Well the pictures are up and now so is the video. Photo credit: Claire Louise Foster. Here’s an awkward shot of me, I really have to get used to this posing thing. Here’s the full article on the Etsy blog with links to the speakers and such.
You do have to watch the video all the way to the end to see me, but it’s totally worth the 3 minutes.
Also I was getting nervous in an empty room with about 5 people just looking at me waiting for what I had to say, so pardon my fidgetiness.
Toronto Meetup from Etsy Inc. on Vimeo.
I had a custom order that involed this sort of idea a while back. Then I handstitched it for the order but since then I decided to make a screen print of it. But then it was the great ‘to cute face’ or ‘not to cute face’ debate.
I decided on the cute face. I blame this on knowing Mollie.
Well today my Martha appearance aired. My friend from all events Etsy, Amy of TinyGiraffe, says we were in the first 20 minutes quite a few times.
Here’s my professional shot from the end of the show. It’s posted on the Martha Stewart site. I’m hoping they get everyone’s picture up, I really wanted to check everyone out.
We watched a How To by this lovely lady and we were given her book along with some materials to give it a try.
Well thanks to some help from Outright.com to pay for my part of my Etsy Success Symposium trip, I was able to justify traveling back to NYC this past weekend to be part of The Etsy Show at the Martha Stewart Show. It was a special show with the audience made up of only Etsy sellers. We were invited to attend, many of the people had been at the symposium as well.
I know I still haven’t gotten to writing much about that day yet and here I am forging ahead but at the symposium I sort of stood out, being Canadian, having travelled so far, receiving the Outright scholarship thingie. I was known to Etsy admin and some of the people attending.
It was really neat to bump into many of them on Monday again. In fact, things ran a bit late and I realized it was after 4 and I had a 7:30 flight so I ran down to jump in line in front of Etsy admin Kimm so I could get out quick and run off to the subway. Luckily she remembered me, she had the job of telling all the people who were given corporate gifts at the symposium the good news so we spent some time talking.
The show is going to air tomorrow details here. I’m not even sure we get the channel up here in Canada so someone let me know if you get to see me waving my cup cozies around. I’m the one in the green shirt with a white cardigan. The girl behind me had a giant sparkly M so that might distract you but try to look out for me will ya!
Whew. Ok so here’s my completed NapKitten hamburger wallet thingie. (honestly, I talk like that, meet me I’ll prove it)
It’s cute, but it’s also ridiculously wonky. I had a hard time with this one. I’ve completed 3 NapKitten patterns and I love them all. The wallet was just involved, the phone pouch is super easy and fun, and this . . . I’m not sure what I did but it’s embarassingly crooked and made. I think I choose thick fabrics and because of that I should have bypassed the fleece inside. I might get brave and try another.
The two zippers were interesting to work with, and the assembly is interesting. I, as usual, didn’t read the instructions all the way before starting and the whole time I was thinking “it looks all unfinished inside, how’s it going to get all pretty in there?” then I saw you have to cover it all with bias tape that you make yourself. Bias tape is sort of my nemesis. So for now it’s pretty thready in there.
I’m not done my Keyka Lou camera pouch, which is sad because I have a 9am flight to NYC and I was hoping to pack and pad my camera but oh well. Life sort of got in the way of sewing this week! Silly life. There’s always next week.
Accessories I’m loving right now.
Treasury tool by Red Row Studio