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Word of the Year

Some years I don’t pick a theme word but I do try and name my yearly Facebook albums something clever. This year, damnit, I have a theme.


With the fairly crappy politics south of us and in my own province Rise Up is pretty much the only sentiment. I don’t generally suggest incompetent governments as a method to increase civic engagement but hey… we’re here now. I’ve probably protested more and written more political commentary in 2017 than I have for the previous ten years. That’s both an indication that it’s been a rough year for the citizen bit of my world and that I have slacked off in the last ten years. Let’s not let that happen again.

It also suggests other methods of standing up or rising for life: rise above, rise and shine, be awake. And I’m going to try for those and push those around me to try for it, too.

There’s also a great sci fi series by Seanan McGuire (writing as Mira Grant) where the protagonist calls for her fellow citizens to rise up. I realize we’re not quite at the zombie apocalypse stage but I’d really prefer to avoid that whole bit.

And of course… zombies rise. So we have that version of rise. Nope, still avoiding that bit.


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:


Etsy Changes and Updates

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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 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.