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Fun Friday Links #2

Friday, September 12th, 2008

It’s been a busy week at the GCM getting our web stuff moved to a new server so things have been a bit quiet on the blog. We’ll be back with more posts next week but I do have a few fun links to keep you occupied as you wait for the weekend to arrive.

» I’m currently swithering over whether to sign up for The Scavenger Project. It’s a great idea, whereby everyone who signs up has to create 24 pieces of visual art representing the 24 things on a list sent to you. You post your work back to the organisers and they make a book out of the entries. The only thing holding me back is the idea of making 24 things by the middle of November. It’s only $19 dollars to enter though and you’re guaranteed a spot in the book so if you’re the prolific type give it some thought!

» If that wasn’t bad enough, there’s also the Generic Zine Exchange tugging at my sleeve. I would LOVE to do this but again, the chances of me making a brand new zine by the middle of November seems unlikely given my past history of zine-making. I’m hoping to convince myself though as you do get 20 zines back and I love zines.

» I hate to be the first person to bring up Christmas but for us crafty folks, it is fast approaching. Are you ready for the busiest season of the year? Connie at The Tiny Fig has posted an extremely helpful Holiday Prep Guide on her blog which will almost certainly make you realise you’re nowhere near ready. It’s written with Etsy in mind, but her tips are relevant for anyone selling online.

» Craft Market season is also upon us (some of us will see you at the Dennistoun Craft Fair tomorrow!). If it’s your first time selling at a market, Etsy just posted up some tips on how to rock the holiday craft shows. It’ll help you with what to bring, how to arrange your stall and how to engage with your customers. Good luck!

» I also can’t go without mentioning the new blog project by me and fellow mafioso Claire. Super Cute Kawaii! is all about handmade cuteness and Japanese kawaii. Come over for a read, or submit your stuff via the Flickr Group. Yay!

Fun Friday Links

Friday, September 5th, 2008

A new regular series for anyone wishing the weekend would hurry up. Here’s some fun links to things I’ve found on the interweb this week.

>> If you’re running your own craft business, or thinking about giving it a go, then you’ll know one of the hardest nuts to crack is how to make your business stand out and get noticed. Modish blog is running a series of extremely helpful articles called How To Be A Crafty Marketer, all about finding your niche and using your unique crafty personality to move on up. It’s a must-read!

>> Crafty duo Something’s Hiding In Here have definitely found their niche. Your Message Here is their new project (photo above), a shop window display where they change the message regularly using suggestions from their blog. Add your message in the comments and you might be a part of the fun.

>> Design For Mankind is another great design blog – the new issue of Mankind Mag, their self-published e-zine, is now available for free download and full of inspiration.

>> Michelle Romo of Crowded Teeth is one of my favourite illustrators. She’s doing an art project EVERY DAY for a whole year and the results are truly inspiring. Check out the photos of this month’s papercraft theme – she designed and built them all!

>> Everyone knows about origami, but do you know about kirigami? It’s the Japanese art of papercutting and PingMag have an excellent article on kirigami artist Kanaka Yaguchi. Her work is colourful, intricate and very beautiful.

>> If you’re still bored, here’s how to make an origami flapping bird.

Have a good weekend, and if you have any interesting links for me, feel free to email them to hello AT askingfortrouble.org