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I’m working on updating the layout and design of the blog – here’s a little sneak peek!

It’s a lot of work, figuring out all of the code and that nonsense but I think it will look a lot better and be a lot easier to navigate!

Also, I’ve been working on what I’m calling a “visual resume”, even though it’s more of a portfolio.  I have a lot of different crafty endeavors and like to have my fingers in lots of pies.  That’s the sort of thing that’s hard to communicate via a resume.  So I’m creating a series of pages, each highlighting some of my work in various genres.  I’m trying to tie in the design of the pages with the new blog design so everything is a visually cohesive whole.  Here’s two of the pages I’ve been working on:

I have an interview for an internship on Monday, so I’m going to print all of the pages out and bind them somehow.  Wish me luck!

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Craft Show

I did a craft show yesterday, and I’m starting to wonder if my appearance in these shows becomes the kiss of death for them. There were almost no customers despite heavy advertising and word of mouth. I think it may have something to do with the fact that it was a beautiful day outside. At any rate, it was at least a good experience to go and set everything up and maybe get some word out about my shop and whatnot. Still it was fun to meet a bunch of other crafters and get a chance to spend some time doing what I love. Wee!

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I’m doing a show this weekend, and I’m pretty excited! I’m also a little freaked out because the last show didn’t go so well (no traffic) and I have no idea what to expect from this one. However, I’m looking at it as an learning opportunity and a way to gain some exposure in my local area, so that should be good! In anticipation I’ve been working on some branding ideas, so they should be up in the shop soon. I also got some great stickers made from moo.etsy.com, and am waiting to to see what they look like! Check out this link for ideas if you are doing a show yourself:
http://www.indiecraftshows.com/2006/04/craft-show-success-for-newbie-craft.html

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Pricing

I just found a great article on pricing your craft work. I think that this is something that most of us struggle with; what the real cost of our craft is, what is reasonable to charge, what we think our products are worth. It’s very clear and concise, and is definitely worth taking a look at.
http://www.etsywiki.com/index.php?title=Professional_pricing_for_craftspeople_by_simonewalsh

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Revamp

Today I’m going into major edit mode with all of my listings. For a while, I was so concentrated on trying to get the stock up in my etsy shop that I wasn’t as concerned with how I was presenting myself. I wasn’t taking interesting pictures, or presenting things in a new or fun way, and that’s what I really love to do! So I decided to dive back into it and redo basically everything. Which will probably take days, but hopefully it will all be worth it! I want to be able to look at my page and be proud of everything that I have done, from the banner and the avatar down to every last item. And then I will spread the word far and wide about my shop!
I really want to make this shop work. It is something that I have wanted to do all of my life – make things! I think that etsy provides a great venue to really be able to make of it what you will. They provide the infrastructure, and you provide the creativity! I just hope that I can really make the most out of it that I possibly can.

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