…Aaaand we’re back.

It’s been both an incredibly fast- and slow-moving couple of months. On the website/crafting-front, my ideas and interests have evolved considerably. There was an inkling (possible pun intended) of that in my last post about watercoloring. Since then, I’ve started an oil painting class, and also became obsessively enamored with digital art (no mess!)–more on that later–and also fancy lettering.

You may also have noticed another do-over of the look of the website. I spent a lot of time thinking on what I wanted it to be, what direction I was headed in, and even tried to learn a little bit about social media! So while the website has been under renovations, the instagram @frommytwohands has been very much alive, with posts almost every day. I’ve also started a Facebook page, because apparently Facebook is still a thing. Follow both please! This website has handy dandy social media icons on nearly every page to make it easy!

I’ve also started storefronts on a few sites, Society6, TeePublic, and Zazzle–more details here. For those unfamiliar, I upload my designs, and they produce all sorts of goodies and send them directly to you–including furniture, bedding, stickers, t-shirts, yoga mats, mugs, tote bags, stationery, and other home decor items. Here are a few examples from my shops:

Etsy will be coming soon! It will, for now, focus on photography and art prints. (Some art prints are available at Society6, but I suspect Etsy will be better–in the interests of full disclosure, I don’t control the pricing on those sites…. It’s a fascinating business model.)

So with all of that going on, I thought I might finally get back to the fun part of writing about making things and start pulling everything together.

Have you heard the old story about the cobbler’s children going barefoot? I’m the MBA consultant who is kind of ignoring all the advice I’ve ever given about business planning. I might come back to thinking about that, but for now, I’m doing what I feel like doing :-).

So many hats…

To be perfectly clear:  I do not make hats.  Well, I occasionally knit hats.  But these are metaphorical hats.  As in, I am wearing all of them, such as the:

  • Accounting and finance hat
  • Procurement and inventory hat
  • Graphic design hat
  • Laundry hat (running out to the ATM so I can pre-wash fabrics)
  • Market research hat
  • Pricing hat
  • Social media hat
  • Product design hat
  • “Manufacturing” hat
  • Cleaning, storage and organization hat

I do not enjoy some of these hats.  I seem to need an Executive Function hat, one that says “take off that graphic design hat and put on the accounting hat.”  It was quite fun (and a time sink) to design those little business/branding cards you get in an Etsy package.  Perhaps not as immediately useful as recording all the fabric and accessories I’ve been ordering.  Not to mention actually creating items.

My apartment is FILLED to the rafters (if I had rafters) with holiday fabric.  It is everywhere, on nearly every conceivable surface as they await their laundry experience (in plastic zip bags for protection from the vicious four-legged creatures who also live here).  Have I mentioned my need for storage?

It’s Thursday, September 27.  I won’t name today’s soundtrack, just say that it’s very upsetting and it’ll take a lot of crafting to get through it.

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