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

East Coast Crafty Book Tour!

So, as you know, I recently gave notice at my day job. And my new craft business book just came out! One of the things I'm most excited about as I enter the wild world of full-time freelancing is a DIY book tour/road trip I'm doing in September! Basically, I'm packing up the old Prius… Continue reading East Coast Crafty Book Tour!

the etsyfication of high fashion

It's no secret that the handmade aesthetic has become huge in the last five years. But this year, specifically, craft trends have  influenced high fashion brands. Burberry is especially keen on Etsy-esque motifs, but they're not the only ones. It all makes a crafter wanna multiply her prices by 10... Burberry's line of owl and bird… Continue reading the etsyfication of high fashion

craft business events of 2011

Crafty business conferences are popping up all over the place! I'll be appearing at some of these; all are certified awesome: June 4-5: Midwest Craft Caucus, Columbus, OH » http://www.midwestcraftcaucus.com August 5-7: Conference of Creative Entrepreneurs, San Francisco, CA » http://www.creativeconferencewest.com Sept. 23-25: Schoolhouse Craft, Seattle, WA » http://www.schoolhousecraft.com Oct. 20-22: Summit of Awesome, Baltimore,… Continue reading craft business events of 2011

book update

Current word count: 9,400 (out of 30,000) I'm not as far along as I'd like to be, but I'm making progress. I'd hoped to hit 15,000 words by the end of October... that'd take a miracle at this point, I think. But really, I'm not terribly behind. I've started interviewing a ton of awesome crafters,… Continue reading book update