Phew! My summer has been hectic and busier than I meant it to be and the fall season is starting off just the same. September 23 & 24, Etsy Saskatchewan will host it’s 4th annual Made in Canada show at Station 20 West in Saskatoon. We’ll have vendor (or want to be vendor) workshops and mini classes as well as more than 40 different vendors over two days. You can get the details including some of our vendor details here.
I made cute little flag beads a bit ago and figured I would write up the process and point it. I did a much looser version years ago but did a more fleshed out one and loaded it up today. Have fun, let me know what needs fixing if you see anything.
I try, very, very hard to not fall into the trap of having to have things work perfectly the first time. I aim, instead, for small improvements, little steps, incremental progress. I can math well enough to know that compound interest is magic and I feel that the same concept applies to most things. You put a little effort into a project, over a period of time and the results will impress you. We covered this approach in a unit, in school, on Japan. They call it Kaizen and use it to mean the incremental improvements in corporate and manufacturing settings that keep a company steadily climbing. They contrast it with the Western approach where people aim for perfect in one go. I can’t do perfect but I can do a little better, often.
This applies to my site and my polymer clay life as well, of course. I’m going through the tedious process of converting materials from here into better formats and layouts. Some of it needs updating because I’ve improved and the clay work explained on here needs to be corrected. Other items need updating because I’ve learned how to use better tools for production content making.
First up: I updated the quickie Skinner Blend Plug tutorial. I added a section on how to make the blend, created new pictures and laid it out more effectively. I may need to take the image sizes down a notch but overall I’m pleased. For added fun, I ran the images through a slide show program and posted that on my Instagram so you can see the whole deal as a simple video. Once I shrink the images a bit, I’ll make an animated gif version for here.