Posts made in December, 2013


build a creative community

This week, we’re rounding up a series of articles from around the Web with one topic in mind: finding and connecting with members of a creative community. If you’re in a creative business, sometimes it may feel like you’re an island all to yourself, surrounded by people who work in more traditional jobs who have no idea what goes into the work that you do. Finding a creative community of like-minded, crafty people can give you an oasis in the middle of that island, but it isn’t always easy to look out your door and find an instant community. If you’re looking for a gang of creatives to hang out with, check out these articles that will show you the way to your new, creative home.

Lisa Anderson Shaffer and Sarah Deragon know all about the importance of having a community of supporters. They founded Success Squad, a group of creative makers in the San Francisco area who get together once a month to inspire and empower one another. Success Squad is built around a monthly creative challenge where every individual creates something and brings it before the group for critique. The advice they give one another helps to boost their own creativity and push the limits of their creative skills each month. Shaffer and Deragon discuss the importance of this type of peer review and community on Oh My! Handmade

If you don’t live in San Francisco, never fear! Bonnie of Going home to Roost has written a post on getting involved in the craft community for her site, and in it she lists a variety of options from online groups to in-person meetups of creative spirits everywhere. You’re sure to find your new posse from her list of options.

If you’d like to create your OWN community, Tara Swiger gives you some tips on how to get started with finding new members. In an answer to her own need for community support, Tara has created a group on meetup.org where people of any creative-businessy persuasion can sign up to meet others in their own geographic regions. Use meetup’s features to organize your own event and recruit people to join you.

Of course, if you’re an Etsy seller, there are also a variety of Etsy Teams to help you in your efforts to form a community. Whether you join a team based on the types of items you make and sell or you prefer a local team so you can meet in person, Etsy’s comprehensive list of teams should have something to appeal to you.

The point is, being an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you have to do everything alone. There are people out there who can help you as you grow, explore, and learn in your business and they can be a source of inspiration and support along the way. Now you just have to go out there and find them.

Of course, we’d love for you to help us build the Patterned community, too – so take a moment to introduce yourself in the comments below, and read through the rest of the comments while you’re at it. You never know who you might run into!

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Take a few minutes out of your busy week and make the time to think, create, and reflect! This week, let’s bring a little JOY to the world, shall we?

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Draw, photograph, paint, sketch or otherwise capture what JOY looks like.

Then take a snapshot of your creations and post them on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #ThinkCreateReflect! Or, post them to your blog and leave a link below.

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So you’ve spent the day knitting or sewing or typing. Maybe you’ve even been busy with last-minute handmade holiday gift-making? You’re starting to get an uncomfortable or possibly tingling feeling with each movement of your fingers. As creatives, our hands are often our life-blood, both financially and soulfully, and we can’t afford to let them wither. It’s time to stretch!

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Thanks for joining us for another week of #ThinkCreateReflect, where we take the time out of a busy week of To Dos to have a little fun. Come along with us and think, create, and reflect on your life and your biz!

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This week, let’s play with your product offerings a little, shall we?

Take a product that you sell and personify it – what does it do for a living? Who would be its ideal life partner? What hobbies does it have? What does it love, and what does it hate? Where does it hang out?
Tell us all about your products so we can enjoy their personalities, too! Leave us a comment below OR share on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #ThinkCreateReflect.
Until next time, keep creating!
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CSA Salad: #ProjectWednesdays

CSA Salad: #ProjectWednesdays


Posted By on Dec 18, 2013

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Those of you who belong to CSAs or farm shares or shop at the farmer’s market will appreciate that first salad you make with the bounty you got.

How do you nourish yourself?
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Share your crafty and culinary creations with us on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #ProjectWednesdays!
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