September 2013 Craft Social: Making Matters – Crafting Skills as Life Skills

September 2013 Craft Social: Making Matters - Crafting Skills Crafting Skills as Life Skills | Craft Social

Hello, Socialites! The next Craft Social Twitter chat is on Tuesday, September 17th from 2-3PM EST, and we’re so excited to be back in action after a lovely summer vacation. (We even gave the Craft Social website a little makeover to celebrate! What do you guys think?)

Since fall is upon us and students everywhere are heading back to class, now seems like the perfect time to talk about skills. More specifically, how crafting skills intersect with and complement your daily life.

Whether it’s mending a tent while on a camping trip, using those embroidery-honed fine motor skills to manipulate items under a microscope, or employing years of tutorial-editing experience to track down a bad piece of code in the computer lab, when it comes to creativity and flexibility in both the professional and personal realms (not to mention STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), it turns out that crafting skills really are life skills.

Did your favorite math teacher use quilting to explain geometry or cross-stitch to show you how to map coordinates on a grid? Did your daughter’s chemistry teacher tackle the complex art of fabric dyeing to illustrate chemical reactions? Or maybe a skill you learned in crafting keeps popping up unexpectedly in the office? We want to hear about the ways that crafting has helped you either professionally, in school, or in your daily routine!

Join your fellow Socialites, along with hosts Barbara (@penguintrax) and Haley (@thezenofmaking), on Tuesday, September 17th from 2-3PM EST to talk about why making matters.

HOW TO JOIN:

When: TUESDAY, September 17th, 2-3PM EST
Topic: Making Matters – Crafting Skills as Life Skills
Hashtag: #CraftSocial

Join the conversation using Twubs, or look for the #CraftSocial hashtag on Twitter.

See you there, crafty pals!

Resource Roundup: Holiday 911 – Avoiding the Last Minute Rush

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In November 27th’s Craft Social twitter chat, we discussed the ins and outs of stress-free holiday crafting. We began with hitting deadlines, staying organized, and why we give handmade, then rounded out the chat by inviting our fellow Socialites to share links to their favorite holiday projects. If you’re ready to get serious about your holiday DIY, grab a cup of cocoa and read on!

Below, we’ve compiled a few key responses for each chat question. You can also download the full chat transcrip here: Transcript: Holiday 911: Spreading Out Creative Work & Avoiding the Last Minute Rush

November 27th Craft Social highlights:

Topic: Holiday 911: Spreading Out Creative Work & Avoiding the Last Minute Rush

Questions:

  1. How many of your are planning on giving handmade for the holidays?
  2. Speaking of individual vs. bulk, what’s your holiday crafting approach?
  3. Let’s talk more about prepping for bulk projects. What are your must-do tips for making things run smoothly?
  4. How do you find time for holiday making – a little every day or do you set aside a large block of time.
  5. How do you make DIY gifts reasonable in terms of both cost and time?
  6. When crafting for the holidays, do you try new ideas or stick with tried and true?

Bonus: Tried & True DIY Gift Ideas from Your Fellow Socialites
Scroll down to the bottom to see a full roundup of the gift idea links that were shared in the chat!

Q1: How many of your are planning on giving handmade for the holidays?

  • Q1: Me! Although, I’m ‘cutting’ back this year, opting for more sewing over knitting…goes a bit quicker!@freshstitches
  • A1: Yes, but I’m trying to limit my making to bulk goodies instead of individual projects.@thezenofmaking
  • I’m doing ALL handmade gifts for the 1st time this year!@whitrae

Q2: Speaking of individual vs. bulk, what’s your holiday crafting approach?

  • I like to put together little kits for the kids on my list. Blank dolls to color, or DIY felt puppets with all the supplies.@abbyglassenberg
  • A2: teacher/class gifts are bulk crafting, ditto food gifts. Last year was homemade caramel-a-rama.@penguintrax
  • A2: try to pick projects that are special but not too big to tackle, unless I can start them early [riiight]@xiane_3ravens
  • A2: I like bulk in theory, but usually end up going individual. Bulk that isn’t thoughtful rubs me the wrong way.@thezenofmaking

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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


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