comparing e-commerce platforms for makers

After more than eight years, I've decided to close up my shop on Etsy. Lately I've just had more negative things to say about the service than positive, and I figured it was time to put my money where my mouth was and move on. (I'll probably write something more about while I left later, but… Continue reading comparing e-commerce platforms for makers

grazing + finding creative inspiration

A consumer packaged goods expert recently divulged to me that she never, ever looks at her competition. That really took me by surprise, because I always over-research everything. (My local branch librarians know all about me and my extensive interlibrary loan requests.) Instead of looking at the competition, she told me, she examines parallels. What… Continue reading grazing + finding creative inspiration

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

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