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mercenary-copySo I’ve been running into the problem lately of people asking me what I “do”.  I do lots of things, but I find that I’m always at a loss for words, there’s an awkward pause, and I try to find a way to explain all of my creative endeavors to someone who just asked a simple innocent question and didn’t want a 10 minute answer.  I’ve been playing around with the idea of labeling myself a “creative mercenary” since I usually just appear for short periods of time to work on a specific project, whether it be photo styling or picking out a wall color for a friend’s apartment.  I’ve heard some reactions that thought the concept was too violent, but I think it’s better than a “will work for food” business card.  Here’s something I’ve been playing around with – I’d love to know what you think!

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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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Now that it’s become clear to everyone in my family (or general vicinity) that I like to make things, I get weekly deliveries of junk cleared out of closets and attics and garages. I think it’s wonderful. 40 year old yarn, funny antique magazines, all sorts of wonderful things. However I just received something even more wonderful than all of that old junk – my great grandmother’s button collection! She was definitely from another era, when it was important to save everything, and nothing was just disposable. My mother used to tel me stories about when she was little and she and her sister would sneak into her grandmother’s sewing closet to spend hours looking at these buttons. And somehow, I ended up with them when my grandmother moved!
However, the junk is starting to take over my house and I need to do something with all of these lovely things I
keep inheriting. So, I decided to make rings for my family out of them, so all of my aunts and sisters and cousins can have a piece of my Great Grandma Wanda with them. It’s a shame to see them just sitting in a bucket all alone! I loved the rings so much I decided to sell them on Etsy as well, to spread a piece of my grandmother’s legacy across the world! Check out my shop for the latest additions.

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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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