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#MarchMeetTheMaker Day 28 Organized. How funny is it that I skipped yesterday Routine because I just couldn't get myself together? HAHAHAHAH! I was going to write out what I did and paste the text into an image but by the time I did that the typeface was far too small to read. Maybe one day I'll do an entire blog post just on routine.  ANYWAY. Let's talk organization! I am both scattered to the winds and the most organized person I know. Welcome to the dichotomy of me! I have to be…

#MarchMeetTheMaker Day 28 Organized. How funny is it that I skipped yesterday Routine because I just couldn't get myself together? HAHAHAHAH! I was going to write out what I did and paste the text into an image but by the time I did that the typeface was far too small to read. Maybe one day I'll do an entire blog post just on routine. ANYWAY. Let's talk organization! I am both scattered to the winds and the most organized person I know. Welcome to the dichotomy of me! I have to be…

Almost caught up with #MarchMeetTheMaker! Day 4: Tools. SO MANY TOOLS. Paint brushes. Glazing brushes. Tools for handbuilding and slipcasting and cleaning greenware and carving and shaping. A wheel and a slabroller. My crock pots for dyeing yarn. Half of what is in my studio is a tool and I use them all! I may have a tool addiction too because I can never refuse something new to try out. Maker problems eh? #selfemployed #meetthemaker

Almost caught up with #MarchMeetTheMaker! Day 4: Tools. SO MANY TOOLS. Paint brushes. Glazing brushes. Tools for handbuilding and slipcasting and cleaning greenware and carving and shaping. A wheel and a slabroller. My crock pots for dyeing yarn. Half of what is in my studio is a tool and I use them all! I may have a tool addiction too because I can never refuse something new to try out. Maker problems eh? #selfemployed #meetthemaker

#MarchMeetTheMaker Day 12: First Ever Sale  Another hard one mostly because I'm just as proud of the first time I was behind the cash register of my first job a small locally owned comics/science fiction bookstore as I am of the first sale at the yarn store I opened with two friends as I am with the Etsy shop I opened as I am with having grown off Etsy onto my own domain. So let's start with Hanks then and then move to when I opened HaldeCraft (there's a tie-in I promise). We were so busy…

#MarchMeetTheMaker Day 12: First Ever Sale Another hard one mostly because I'm just as proud of the first time I was behind the cash register of my first job a small locally owned comics/science fiction bookstore as I am of the first sale at the yarn store I opened with two friends as I am with the Etsy shop I opened as I am with having grown off Etsy onto my own domain. So let's start with Hanks then and then move to when I opened HaldeCraft (there's a tie-in I promise). We were so busy…

#MarchMeetTheMaker Day 11: Post Run  Uh so am I the only American who thought "post run" meant "after doing that exercise that is faster than walking and usually means I am being chased by zombies"...? No? Just me then? RIGHT. Moving on.  Some days it is easier to get to the post office than others! This was a day I needed a Sherpa. I know I know you can schedule a pickup. Have you seen the info you need to type in to schedule a pickup? The post office is close enough to me that it takes me…

#MarchMeetTheMaker Day 11: Post Run Uh so am I the only American who thought "post run" meant "after doing that exercise that is faster than walking and usually means I am being chased by zombies"...? No? Just me then? RIGHT. Moving on. Some days it is easier to get to the post office than others! This was a day I needed a Sherpa. I know I know you can schedule a pickup. Have you seen the info you need to type in to schedule a pickup? The post office is close enough to me that it takes me…

It's #marchmeetthemaker Day 14 Creative Friends.  I only have creative friends! I was raised by science fiction writers so almost everyone I knew growing up was creative in that their imaginations knew no bounds. A lot of the writers I know also do other things -- they play musical instruments or they also paint or sing... creativity isn't pigeonholed into one place. More than one of my friends sew prolifically enough to make their own costumes for Renaissance (most of the ones who sew also…

It's #marchmeetthemaker Day 14 Creative Friends. I only have creative friends! I was raised by science fiction writers so almost everyone I knew growing up was creative in that their imaginations knew no bounds. A lot of the writers I know also do other things -- they play musical instruments or they also paint or sing... creativity isn't pigeonholed into one place. More than one of my friends sew prolifically enough to make their own costumes for Renaissance (most of the ones who sew also…

MarchMeetTheMaker Day 24: Milestone  The day I was able to move into this studio and start making it my own.

MarchMeetTheMaker Day Milestone The day I was able to move into this studio and start making it my own.

#MarchMeetTheMaker Day 17: Photography  My most recent camera is a Canon Powershot Sx50 HS and I luuuuurve it. I have a couple of lenses and a tripod (although I don't use it much). Mostly I photograph products in my low-rent lightbox (made with instructions I found online using a box from an office chair I'd just purchased). I change out backgrounds a lot as I tend to buy cheap ones so they get scratched easily. This is what I'm using now. And for my yarn photographs (to keep everything…

#MarchMeetTheMaker Day 17: Photography My most recent camera is a Canon Powershot Sx50 HS and I luuuuurve it. I have a couple of lenses and a tripod (although I don't use it much). Mostly I photograph products in my low-rent lightbox (made with instructions I found online using a box from an office chair I'd just purchased). I change out backgrounds a lot as I tend to buy cheap ones so they get scratched easily. This is what I'm using now. And for my yarn photographs (to keep everything…

Still catching up on #MarchMeetTheMaker; Day 3: Workspace. At the risk of sounding like a spoiled brat... here's my 2000 sq ft studio on our 15 acres that we bought last year. Y'all. Y'ALL. Sometimes this shit still doesn't seem real. There's a few hundred square feet not shown in a garage attached to the building; my husband uses that for his woodworking projects and my kiln is out there since it's covered but open -- that way we didn't have to put in a venting system to handle kiln fumes…

Still catching up on #MarchMeetTheMaker; Day 3: Workspace. At the risk of sounding like a spoiled brat... here's my 2000 sq ft studio on our 15 acres that we bought last year. Y'all. Y'ALL. Sometimes this shit still doesn't seem real. There's a few hundred square feet not shown in a garage attached to the building; my husband uses that for his woodworking projects and my kiln is out there since it's covered but open -- that way we didn't have to put in a venting system to handle kiln fumes…

How exciting is this? Ok maybe not all that exciting to an outsider (but other makers and artists might be thrilled)... I'm switching out the backdrop in my light box. So the faux wood backgrounds... I found a set of four of them for about $30 in rolls that are 4' by 12'. Since I only need about 2' by 3' at any given time... those four rolls are going to last me a very very long time.

How exciting is this? Ok maybe not all that exciting to an outsider (but other makers and artists might be thrilled)... I'm switching out the backdrop in my light box. So the faux wood backgrounds... I found a set of four of them for about $30 in rolls that are 4' by 12'. Since I only need about 2' by 3' at any given time... those four rolls are going to last me a very very long time.

The lengths I go to to take a good product photo.

The lengths I go to to take a good product photo.

Day 4 of marchmeetthemaker is tools....  by thefaffingroom

Day 4 of marchmeetthemaker is tools.

table mod podged with a dress pattern on the top & fabric measuring tape on the edge (then covered with lotsa coats of polyurethane)

Sewing table: mod podged a dress pattern on the top & fabric measuring tape on the edge (then covered with lotsa coats of polyurethane)

For Day 3 of the marchmeetthemaker challenge: workspace. Ours is here there and everywhere at the moment... Printing in the basement sewing in the dining room and our shop/studio! The shop & studio is a work in progress and we are excited to move most of our production to the new studio & out of the house within the next couple of months as we get ready for our grand opening in May. We will be so thrilled to have this stuff out of our house!  by littlechicagoclothing

For Day 3 of the marchmeetthemaker challenge: workspace. Ours is here there and everywhere at the moment... Printing in the basement sewing in the dining room and our shop/studio! The shop & studio is a work in progress and we are excited to move most of our production to the new studio & out of the house within the next couple of months as we get ready for our grand opening in May. We will be so thrilled to have this stuff out of our house! by littlechicagoclothing

Day 3 marchmeetthemaker is workspace!  I am lucky enough to have an entire room dedicated to work on my art! It's wonderful to have so much natural light in it too. Although I think my favorite part is my giant unnecessary lounge chair that keeps my pup comfy while I work.  by brittanydunlapart

Day 3 marchmeetthemaker is workspace! I am lucky enough to have an entire room dedicated to work on my art! It's wonderful to have so much natural light in it too. Although I think my favorite part is my giant unnecessary lounge chair that keeps my pup comfy while I work. by brittanydunlapart

#MarchMeetTheMaker Day 25: Packaging. So USPS did some serious damage to a pie plate the other week but the customer commented on how crazy she thought it was that it even was damaged because of how well I'd packaged it. Ceramics go in tissue paper then surrounded by bubble wrap which is then safely placed in a much bigger box than necessary in order to surround all of that in a cocoon of packing peanuts. If it's a hollow piece like a mug or a bowl I will also fill the empty areas with…

#MarchMeetTheMaker Day 25: Packaging.  So USPS did some serious damage to a pie plate the other week but the customer commented on how crazy she thought it was that it even was damaged because of how well I'd packaged it. Ceramics go in tissue paper then surrounded by bubble wrap which is then safely placed in a much bigger box than necessary in order to surround all of that in a cocoon of packing peanuts. If it's a hollow piece like a mug or a bowl I will also fill the empty areas with…
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