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When I made the pattern for the Asleep Awake Doll I cut out a several dolls to sew up. This little girl ended up all sewn, but sat on my work table waiting to be stuffed for a few months. This weekend it was time to give her some attention. And here she is!
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Craft Industry Alliance is the trade organization I co-founded with Kristin Link of Sew Mama Sew. This month we turned six months old!

In six months we've:
  • Become 800 members strong
  • Published 15 issues of our digital Journal
  • Conducted 5 webinars (with a sixth happening tomorrow)
  • and created an active and supportive community of craft industry professionals.
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Sewing and Making

Today I noticed that the thigh of my favorite pair of jeans has developed a hole. Instead of tossing them out I'm going to join in Jen's Mend it May because, as she says, "...mending needs to become mainstream again."

Pip Lincolne learned about flow from watching her grandmother knit. It was then that she realized that, "creativity was something all kinds of bodies could be part of."

I feel for Mollie whose design was stolen by an overseas manufacturer.


Blogging and Social Media

Katch, the app that saved your Periscope videos, announced last week that they'll be shutting down shortly. I evaluate Periscope vs. Facebook Live over in the Craft Industry Alliance Journal.

I appreciate this really easy to understand explanation of how Facebook decides who sees your posts.


Business

Should you blog for free product? Jess weighs in. Related: here's why I turned down a $300 Michael's gift card.

Etsy is transitioning to on-site solar power at their Brooklyn headquarters. They're also helping sellers get solar panels in order to reduce the carbon footprint of shipping items between sellers and buyers.


Podcasts, Videos, and Other Neat Stuff

Tara Gentile interviewed me on the CreativeLive podcast, Profit Power Pursuit. We talk about multiple income streams, time management, and the principles that guide my business. (open in iTunes)

This video supplement to a podcast is really intriguing (it's an interview with Lisa Congdon). I would so love to have something like this for each episode of my show.

On my run on Monday I listened to Tula Pink on Vickie Howell's new podcast, CRAFT-ish. It was great. I just wish she'd be forthright about her name. (open in iTunes)
I see the internet as a sandbox. When new things become available I want to grab a bucket and a shovel, and start playing. Believe it or not, I started my blog before Facebook. In fact, back in 2005 there really wasn't any social media. But as each platform launched I tried to approach it with open arms and a "let's play" attitude.

One of the things I think is important to keep in mind is that nobody is looking at you all that closely. The internet is big and it spins by really fast. It's okay to experiment. You're better off getting in there and playing than sitting out because you're worried about making a mistake. Don't be afraid of getting sand between your toes.

Wishing you a creative and productive day.

Best,


P.S. I'm coveting a bookhou bag. Maybe for Mother's Day? And I just booked Arounna for the podcast.
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