san francisco crafty workshops!

My first adventure of 2013 (hopefully the first of many) is going to San Francisco for about a week in February and March. I love the Bay Area will take any excuse to spend time there. I'll be teaching some workshops at Makeshift Society, which I'm so stoked to finally check out. Here are the… Continue reading san francisco crafty workshops!

craft trends for 2013

Two years ago, my friend Paul and I created CRAFTSarethenewCRAFTS.com, an indie craft trend generator inspired by Barack Obama is Your New Bicycle. We decided to give the site a fresh update for 2013, with new craft trends and a new look. (Helvetica is so hot right now.) So if you're trying to figure out… Continue reading craft trends for 2013

things i’ve read lately, vol. 2

be forewarned: a lot of these are #longreads. a lot of the links in this edition are amazing older articles that i recently found or revisited. A Pickpocket's Tale (New Yorker) — this guy's picture is in the dictionary under prestidigitation Why the "Friend Zone" is Bullshit (Foz Meadows) — how "nice guys" are the… Continue reading things i’ve read lately, vol. 2

giveaway: 2013 etsy dayplanner!

Etsy surprised me with an envelope full of goodies recently, and included in it was this gorgeous 2013 calendar/planner. So cute! The chipboard cover looks letterpressed with gold filigree, and the insides are well-designed, too. I already have a 2013 dayplanner started (Paperblanks forever), but I can't let this beauty go to waste! Leave a… Continue reading giveaway: 2013 etsy dayplanner!

last-minute gift ideas for crafters and makers

Still trying to wrap up your Christmas shopping? I'm nearly done, but I know it can be hard to buy for the makers, designers and crafters in your life. After all, what could you give them that they couldn't just make themselves? My guide has 7 places to get gifts sure to please any crafty… Continue reading last-minute gift ideas for crafters and makers

Can I Get in Trouble for Selling Crafts Based on Popular Characters?

Can you make things that look like copyrighted characters and sell them on Etsy? My friend is making really cool Oscar the Grouch hats, but could she can get in trouble for selling them? As a general rule, you shouldn't sell crafts with any character, image or logo that's not your own. Etsy can and will… Continue reading Can I Get in Trouble for Selling Crafts Based on Popular Characters?