Tag: site updates

There Will Be Videos

I have a love-hate relationship with video but I’m determined to get this sorted! Etsy now allows us to add little short clips to our listings and so I added lots of 10 second clips of me poking beads as a way of showing scale and depth. I’ll probably add some of me slicing canes or showing what I made with the cane for cane listings.

On the YouTube front, I’ve added the videos for two more of my old tutorials: the flower centre cane and the six petal flower cane. I will work my way through more of my site tutorials to update them a bit. Most of them were made in 2006-10! They’d be heading to middle and high school if they were kids!

Filling Up The Shop

I’ve had this website a good long time – at least 14 years in this form – and I’ve had a working shop for a bunch of that. Sometimes there’s a few things in it. Sometimes there’s lots.

I’ve begun the mass export of my listings from Etsy to here – Etsy allows you to export listing CSVs and WooCommerce to import them – and once they’re on here I’ll curate them a little better. I’ll probably winnow my site shop down to the top 50% because I have a LOT of stuff.

For customers the important part is: I’ll be selling in Canadian dollars on my website. That makes it substantially less expensive. For me, this is a much, MUCH less expensive place to sell my work so it works out for me.

Please let me know if you see any issues! Shipping profiles, in particular, are going to need some tweaking.

Continual Improvement

Butterfly Beads

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.