Category: Community

#the100DayProject

The Internet is full of clever folks – sometimes at least, right? – and one of them got #the100DayProject going as a prompt on Instagram. It started April 4th and I hopped in on the polymer clay version with #100DaysOfPolymerClay. If all goes well, it ends mid July and life goes on.

I’m not particularly awesome about finishing these sorts of projects up but I do like them and, hey, while I’m keeping up I am putting up way more content than if I just skipped the whole deal. These are my Day 1 to 6:

#the100DayProject

Etsy Changes and Updates

Etsy Cover Photos

On the scale of technically inclined crafty folk, I consider myself pretty well up there. I like to think I’m not too change adverse. As a result, when Etsy springs giant changes on the sellers I am usually at least a little optimistic because change is good. If you don’t update and adapt, particularly online, you sink and I really don’t want Etsy to sink. I love Etsy.

In the coming weeks, Etsy is releasing their biggest layout update for individual shop pages yet. Part of that is visual – they are going to join the mobile, one page site trend. That’s odd to me but I understand the logic and the metrics certainly bear it out. Plus there’s lots of excellent new space for adding your own touch in the form of a huge banner. It’s a plus if you actually use that space for anything normally. And it’s a kick in the butt for those of us who keep meaning to but rarely do.

In addition to the visual changes, they’re adding additional categories (yay!!!), making policies required (yay!!!), adding boilerplate for the policies (um, maybe yay?), and a variety of other still mystical shifts.

The changes are available to preview by shop owners now at http://www.etsy.com/shop/yourshopname/neu and will be released into the wild on April 5th. There are updates and bug fixes being released continuously on the Bugs section of the Etsy Forums and questions being answered continuously, as well, in the same forums.

My Alter Egos

On all those lists of What Creative People Do or What Artists Are Like there is always something about how they’re easily bored or have short attention spans or have multiple projects on the go. I don’t consider myself either easily bored or having a short attention span but I do, always, have several projects running at the same time. That way when I hit a break in one I can work on another.

Tooaquarius has been my beady and polymer clay concern for years. The name came out of a version of my gaming name from ages back and it’s officially been my claying name online and at shows for about twelve years or so. During that time I’ve done a few other projects – Claychicks, with my good friend Carolyn, comes to mind – and a few of the ones going on these days are my Field and Fable, Superior Tech and CraftGossip gigs.

Field and Fable has a site and an Etsy shop, just like Tooaquarius but it’s also got a physical, brick and mortar, building in my small town. In it I sell a variety of local and regional handmade items, some supplies and I teach classes. The studio where all the Tooaquarius goodies are made is in there, too. The building itself is where my partner’s family business used to be and Field and Fable occupies the show room and parts room. My partner works out of the old car bay area (and the “clean” side when needed!)

Superior Tech is my partner’s business where he works mostly doing electronic and computer related work for cars. Occasionally I get to help out with the online parts of this – helping set up a website, YouTube channel and other things right now – or work on computers or pass parts for repairs. Our busy seasons dovetail nicely so I can help when he’s at his craziest.

And finally I’ve been the polymer clay editor for CraftGossip for a few years. There, I get the chance to show off what the community is working on, promote places and tools for clayers and generally see all the very cool things Polymer Clay can do.

Do you guys find yourselves creatively doing 5 things at once sometimes?