Hi makers! Jewell here, hopping in for Kels with our Question of the Week in regards to maker accomplishments, at least one that we want to achieve in our lifetime.
For me, my accomplishment would be sort of a continuation - that being to connect us as makers. If I can be honest, I've seen more divisiveness in the maker community as of late than I've ever seen and it truly breaks my heart. I see makers battling grief, anxiety, inadequacy, unhealthy competition, false business and community pretenses, business practice solely for self-gain and overall drama (the dramz!) and I think these things are a true decay to our maker community. I've seen some of us make a claim to be leaders in the maker community, who feel that we deserve a platform to speak for and alongside makers, but end up sadly being the very ones who cut us down and slice our community as a whole.
When my team and I began OML last May, we never imagined how absolutely beautiful our first maker meetup would be (awesome recap pics here). We couldn't have created the vibrant spirit and energy that hit our small NYC downtown venue that day if we paid for it. It was more than a knitting party. It was more than just trying to promote our own crafts. It was far beyond anything money could buy - it was connection.
Hey makers, Kelly here with another Question of the Week. Between the launch of our 2017 Maker Meet Up event and the release of our first book MAKE: Volume 1, I'm sure you can imagine the hustle and bustle that has been going on over here at OML! But, I'm here to put a spark back on the blog page.
This week I'm here to talk about maker resolutions. Now, I know what you're going to say. Kelly, it's already mid March, New Years Resolutions should have been the December or January topic. Perhaps you're right, but what better time to touch on those changes you want to make then a couple of months after you've told yourself you're going to make those changes?
Ready to talk about those resolutions? Consider this a friendly reminder you've made them, OK? Ok. Let's go!
Hi makers, Kelly here. It has been a while, and I'm sure you can all relate - life has a tendency to get busy busy busy. But, I'm finally back with another Question of the Week!
As creatives in the world of handmade, every piece we make with our own two hands will hold some special place in our maker hearts. Every scarf we knit, every hat we crochet, every wall hanging we weave, the finished product will (in some way) be an accomplishment we are happy to achieve - hey, that rhymed!
There are however some projects that send our happy vibes into overdrive. Ready to talk about the projects that make us proud? Let's go!
Hi Makers, Kelly here with a brand new Question of the Week and we are keeping with that positive, new year theme!
Alright, so we've talked about what we accomplished last year. What we did wrong, what we did right, the lessons we've learned coming out the other side of 2016. For better or worse, we made it into the new year, and now we can start pushing forward. Now we can talk about goals, goals, goals.
All of us are at different stages in our businesses (or hobbies), different places personally, feeling different mentally and emotionally when it comes to our creative journeys. You could have one goal this year, or you could have 27. I thought five was a nice round number when I was reflecting on what I wanted to accomplish this year as a maker; not too intimidating that I wouldn't want to look at my goals list, but a number that would also make me push myself.
Ready to talk about those goals? Let's go!
Hi makers! It's Kelly, back with another great topic for this round of Our Maker Life's Question of the Week.
I think we can all agree, buying handmade is about more than just a purchase. Sometimes it's easy to forget there's a real person behind the small businesses we peruse online or at local events. People who are pouring their all into their work. Parents supporting their families, students putting themselves through school, individuals saving for the future. Whether the handmade business is a full time gig, or a way to put a little extra money in the bank, there's no denying you're supporting a person in one way or another when you buy handmade.