Thursday, March 31, 2011

Where Are They Now: Knitting and Crochet Blog Week Day 4

 

image Thursday already! Filling orders and writing a blog post each day tough stuff. But we don’t really grow without challenges. Hopefully my writing skills are improving. For any new readers who stumbled across my blog while reading 2KCBW posts, welcome! I am an amigurumi designer with dreams of turning her creativity into a career. Today is Day 4 of Knitting and Crochet Blog Week and it is all about the fate of some of my work. I sell most of my work and do not really know what happens next, but here are a few stories of a some of my creations…

 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tidy Mind, Tidy Stitches: Knitting and Crochet Blog Week Day 3

 

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week

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Today is Day 3 of the week-long Knitting and Crochet Blog Week. I do not normally write so many blog posts, so this is a great challenge for me. Normally, I would be posting an artisan interview during the week, but it may be postponed until next week (sorry Sarah).

I found a New Skills blog post (Knitting and Crochet Blog, Day 2) by a fellow amigurumi designer very interesting. You can check out the post by Fresh Stitches here.

It is 6am local time (first draft), and I had a little giggle when I saw the title for today’s post, especially the part about a Tidy Mind. This morning, I could almost say that my mind is near empty ;D Day 3 Topic: How I Keep Organized.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Skill + 1UP: Knitting and Crochet Blog Week

 

This year I am participating in the 2nd Knitting and Crochet Blog Week. A list of 8 topics (one for each day, plus a wildcard that can be substituted in) is provided and whoever wants to participate creates blog posts all week long following these topics. I’ve notice that blog post have show up on Twitter with the tag was #2KCBW. You can click on the banner or link above to check out the main page.

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Today's topic: How I improved this year. 

Monday, March 28, 2011

A Tale of Two Yarns: Knitting & Crochet Blog Week

Recently this event has grabbed my attention: 2nd Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week. Each day there is a topic and accompanying description to inspire a blog post. What if the topic of a day isn’t relevant or inspiring? If I feel stumped, there is even a wildcard suggestion that can be added into the mix. I think this is a fantastic idea! I think that this week my blog will have a more personal feel as I focus on my specialty of crocheting.
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Day 1: A Tale of Two Yarns

Here is the description provided. “Part of any fibre enthusiast’s hobby is an appreciation of yarn. Choose two yarns that you have either used, are in your stash or which you yearn after and capture what it is you love or loathe about them.”

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Nova Scotia Artisan Interview: DeChamp Designs

 

Promoting Artisans

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you probably know one of my firm beliefs is in supporting artisans in creating their craft business. Sure, I also promote The Silver Hook (I’m an artisan, too :).
I believe that many economic and environmental problems would be helped with a shift to supporting small businesses rather than large corporations. In this spirit, I have started accepting applications for blog interviews (if you are an small business artisan, send me a description of your work or website link to info@TheSilverHook.ca). This is my third interview and I am excited to say that it is with Susan of DeChamp Designsa self taught chainmaille artisan, who began crafting after a tragedy in her life. Even if you skim the interview, please take note of question #9. 
“When people hear ‘chainmaille’ they think heavy, big, clunky, masculine – they think of armour – when it can actually be very delicate, airy, and intricate, which takes people by surprise.”

 

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Nova Scotia Artisan Interview: Blueberry Bay Photos

Promoting Artisans

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you probably know one of my firm beliefs is in supporting artisans in creating their craft business. Sure, I also promote The Silver Hook (I’m an artisan, too :). I believe that many economic and environmental problems would be helped with a shift to supporting small businesses rather than large corporations. In this spirit, I have started accepting applications for blog interviews (if you are an small business artisan, send me a description of your work or website link to info@TheSilverHook.ca). This interview is with Sandi Corbin of Blueberry Bay Photosa very talented photographer who brings focus to unaltered surroundings, including her love of the sea!
“My images are what some people would call “pure” photography which means that for the most part, I don’t manipulate them digitally.”
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Monday, March 14, 2011

Accepting Praise: Saying Thank You

The Hurdle

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One of the (many) hurdles to creating your own creative business is being able to take  a compliment. I have always had this problem. I was a very nerdy kid, and I learned at an early age not to brag or to show too much excitement over acing a test in school. I carried the habit of minimizing my successes with me to adulthood. When given praise I would sort of try to change the topic quickly, shrug it off, or say something negative. I never even realized that I did this until a few years ago while working in a call centre.
My “pod-mate”, the person with whom I shared a cubicle, congratulated me on a sale, and without thinking I gave some sort of response about how I still needed more sales and that it was only a small sale. My pod-mate told me that I really needed to learn to accept compliments and say “Thank You”. Huh?!?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Nova Scotia Artisan Interview: Felting Fish Designs

Promoting Artisans

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you probably know one of my firm beliefs is in supporting artisans in creating their craft business. Sure, I also promote myself (I’m an artisan too :). I believe that many economic and environmental problems would be helped with a shift to support small businesses rather than large corporations. I have started accepting applications for blog interviews (if you are an small business artisan, send me a description of your work or website link to info@TheSilverHook.ca). My first interview is with Felting Fish Designs which specializes in needle felted toys, and is skilled in other crafts including crocheting and sewing.
I invite you to take a few minutes to get to know this artisan and her work as she describes what makes her products unique,  her focus on creating functional and inspiring toys, and her favourite creations! And I love this quote, when asked about advice for other artisans,
“Treat your art as an adventure and be bold!”

Felting Fish Designs

“Natural, handmade, creative toys and needle felted mermaids,fairy folk and animals. Your place to find toys for the earth friendly family”
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Friday, March 4, 2011

Consignment Conundrum: Suggested Retail Price

For my Facebook Followers and Twitter Peeps (Yes, I’m now on twitter @TheSilverHookca), you may have noticed that I’ve been having daily goals this week. Over the weekend I received two substantial consignment shop orders and an Etsy order. I needed to be accountable, so I have been publicly stating my daily goals along with updates. I’ve also finally finished my consignment/wholesale catalogue (if you are a retailer, and would like a copy, please send me a message!). With consignment and wholesale on my mind, I thought I would add a blog post on figuring out the Suggested Retail Price. I want to run a transparent business, and this is my process.
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