January 2013 Craft Social: Gazing into the Future

John William Waterhouse - The Crystal Ball

John William Waterhouse – The Crystal Ball

The future – what does it hold? Is the Pantone Color Forecast an accurate way to predict color trends for the upcoming year? What about the latest sewing tools and techniques – where do you find out about them? Love the stitch pattern on the knit shawl you saw on your favorite TV show? How do you learn that? Do you need to travel across the country to the Craft & Hobby Association show to learn about these things or are there reliable sources closer to home (and screen)?

Join Barbara (@penguintrax) and Haley (@thezenofmaking), on Tuesday, January 22 at 2 PM EST to talk about discovering and researching new trends, the latest techniques and how to keep your crafting fresh, interesting and current.

What do  you think will be the biggest crafting trend for 2013? Bring your links, experiences and predictions to the January 2013 Craft Social!

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Roundup and Transcript: Setting the Stage for Productivity and Creativity

Tom Sawyer (Whitewashing the Fence) by Norman Rockwell, 1936

In last week’s Craft Social twitter chat, we got together with guest expert Kim Werker (@kpwerker) to discuss how you can set the stage for productivity as a maker AND/OR craft business owner. We touched on everything from organizing your work area to avoid distractions to organizing a spreadsheet to track expenses.

Below, we’ve compiled a few key responses for each chat question. You can also download the full chat transcript here: November 2012 Transcript: Setting the Stage for Productivity and Creativity

Before we move on to the chat, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the next Craft Social!

December 2012 Craft Social
Topic: Holiday 911: Spreading Out Creative Work & Avoiding the Last Minute Rush

  • Date: Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
  • Time: 2-3pm EST
  • Sponsor: DecoArt will be giving away a set of their Ink Effects product during the chat.


How to join:
Join the conversation using TweetChat, or look for the #CraftSocial hashtag on Twitter.

November 2012 Craft Social highlights:

The questions:
  • How do you define productivity in relation to making/your craft business?how do you prioritize your tasks, set you goals?
  • How do you capture ideas/create a to-do list? Online tools? Old fashioned paper and pencil?
  • What type of environment lends itself best to your work flow /productivity?
  • Does the way you organize your space make a difference in productivity? For example – do you lay out all supplies at once?
  • How do you separate your production time from your creative time?
  • Productivity is more than producing work. What non-craft tasks do you need to complete in your crafty life/biz?
  • What’s your top time management tip?

Download the full chat transcript: November 2012 Transcript: Setting the Stage for Productivity and Creativity

Additional Resources

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Resource Followup: Fuel for Your Creative Fire


McCall Magazine, 1940 via Flickr

Here is a list of resources we gathered, many with exercises and tips to help you kickstart YOUR muse.  Let us know if any particular tip really helped you.

Websites, Books, and Blogs

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