Trying Out IndieMade

I’m giving IndieMade, a site that hosts shop websites for crafters, artisans, fashion designers, etc.  I just came across it one day looking for something else, and thought I would give it a shot.  They have a 30-day free trial and the base plan, though designed to suck you in, is around $5.00 a month.

Though I only have three things for sale, here’s Ludicraft’s home on IndieMade.  I need to get better photos up there, but my living space and equipment do not allow for that.  Still, it’s something. 

The difference from EtsyIndieMade appears to cater to a more complete website package, rather than Etsy’s more modular approach with your shop being a part of their website.  Still, you can link and track inventory on IndieMade through Etsy. I use Etsy for my photography, and have been looking for another place to host a crafting store.  IndieMade might be the place.

I’m only a few days into my free trial, and I haven’t seen much action on the site, then, again, I really haven’t put it out there much.  This is basically the first time I’m doing that, to be honest. 

If you want to play around with IndieMade and see what they could offer you, go look.  It may suit your needs.  I’m still getting my feelers out there for the site and seeing what happens.  Have any of you out there have had any experience with an IndieMade shop?  What do you think?  Is it worth it?

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Screenshot

After seeing a friend do this on Facebook, I decided to give this a shot.  I typed “ludicraft” into a Google Images search just to see what would come up.  Here’s a screenshot of what I got:

All things I’ve posted here and about!  I was just curious to what would come up. It’s kind of nice seeing a sort of snapshot of all the things I’ve posted about.  Shown here is the top of the search. 

Look, Ma, I’m tatting!

Back in March, my friend Amanda lent me a tatting shuttle and some crochet thread after she had shown me tatting.  Amanda did a demonstration on how to do it, and I thought it looked pretty.

A few nights after that, I tried to teach myself.  And I tried.  I just couldn’t do it.  I could not get that darn stitch to flip.  I gave up on it.  Until a few nights ago.

Oh, what is tatting?  Tatting is a way to make lace, usually with a shuttle.  Legend has it that tatting was the poor women’s way of getting lace for fancy clothing.  It evolved into an art that was fading and nearly forgotten, but is now making a comeback.

Three basic parts of tatting are the double stitch, the flip, and the picot.  The double stitch is the knot you make.  The flip is manipulating the knot to slide up and down the shuttle thread.  The picot is a little loop between double stitches.  Not the greatest explanation, but you get the point.

I was ordering a few things off Amazon for a friend’s birthday, and decided to grab a few things off my own and my DH’s to even it out for free shipping.  I had a few tatting books on my list, so I decided to get the cheapest one, Easy Tatting.  It had decent reviews and I thought it would be good.

The well-illustrated diagrams helped me A LOT.  I can do the double stitch! The stitches do the flip! I can make sloppy picots!  They slide up and down the thread like they are supposed to! Huzzah!

 I have been practicing making rings with the double stitch and picots.  See my poor little ring?  I’m proud of that ring. It’s not spiffy like Amanda’s, but I’ll get there.  I’ve only been tatting a few days!

This seems to be a repeating theme in my crafting life.  If I don’t succeed, put it down, and pick it up a long time later, and, BINGO, I’ve got the right idea! 

So, Amanda, THANK YOU!  I will get my own shuttle and return yours to you.  I think I’m going to like this craft.

Fall Fair Season Revisted

I’m getting ready for fall and am ready for fall.  That means pumpkins, my birthday, and crisp, cool weather.  Though I will sadly miss summer, fall is great time to celebrate the fruits of the previous season, be they actually fruit or the proverbial kind.
I have given some thought to my previous ambitions to enter in the local town fair next week, and I have decided against entering my knitting for the following reasons:
  1. I am sick and tired of knitting those shells.  I felt obligated to do them, and there seemed to be no end in sight.  Maybe I will pick them back up again one day, but I’m shelled-out.
  2. I’ll be WAY out of my league.  People enter things like intricate lace and outrageous Fair Isle.  I haven’t even hit those realms yet. 
  3. I have a photography job on the day people are supposed to pick their item up.
I think those are three good reasons, I suppose.  Maybe it’s my own lack of self-confidence, I don’t know.  My DH suggested we go and check out what people have entered this year so I can get a better idea as to what people actually enter.  I think that is wise.  I’ll get the scope of things and then plan accordingly for next year. 

Now, YOU win something!

Ludicraft is coming up on it’s 150th post!  To celebrate, I thought I’d have a quick contest/giveaway.  Interested?  If you are, leave me a comment below.  Here’s the awesome stuff you could win!

  1. A skein/ball/hank of NICE new yarn.
  2. A small knit item by yours truly.
  3. Some coffee or tea (specify which in your comment)
  4. A signed 4×6 print of the sunflower photo, without the watermark, of course. 

Sound good?  Great!  Leave me a comment below with your e-mail or Ravelry account name, and tell me if you like coffee or tea.  Follow me via the Google button on the right or on Facebook for another entry each!  Just be sure to leave a  separate comment to tell me you did so.  That’s three chances to enter!  Please, only one comment, “Like,” and Follow per person.  The winner will be decided through a random number generator.   The contest ends on Sunday, September 16th at 11:59 PM EST. 

Creative Reuse Finds

I know, I know, I’ve been all about creative reuse lately, but I’m really excited about it!  As one reader pointed out, I forgot to post what I got at both stores!  So, in one big combined photo, here’s what I bought.

Besides a whole lot of yarn, here are some other fun treasures:

  • Two older pattern folders, one for sweaters and one for dishcloths, hence all the cotton yarn.
  • A pair of US 10.5 Susan Bates needles, a good brand and one of my favorite needle sizes.
  • Note cards from a recently deceased local artist.  Artwork was by her, not sent from.
  • Copper leaf for a decoupage project I’m starting.
  • A teeny tiny sock kit.  I wanted it mostly for the pattern.
  • A 2008 Knitting Pattern A Day calendar that is going to be scanned, databased, and given to the next person for their use.

I have found some awesome yarn in similar places, and Art of Recycle and Lancaster Creative Reuse were no exception.   What are you able to find in your local thrift and creative reuse stores?  I’d love to know what you have found.