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Ask Penny: How do I back up without crashing?

Ask Penny: How do I back up without crashing? #techquestions #handmadebiz

“Ask Penny” is the place to come with all of your tech-related questions. Want to know how to tweak your web site without hiring professional help, or when is the right time to get that type of help? Bring your questions right here to the comments! Once a month Penny will be back to answer a few more.

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Penny Shima Glanz is a computer scientist with a passion for information management and how we…

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#ThinkCreateReflect: Many Minions

#ThinkCreateReflect: What would you do if you had Minions?

Welcome to #ThinkCreateReflect, where we slow down at the end of the week and take the time to work through a creative or business-related prompt (or both!). We’re glad you’re here to join us!

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With this week’s prompt, you get to think like a villain!

If you could have a set of minions for a week, what would you do with them?If you’d like to share your response with us, post a link on Twitter or…

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#MakersWednesday: More Socks

#MakersWednesday: More Socks! What are YOU working on?

Welcome to Makers Wednesday, our favorite day of the week here at Patterned HQ! We love Wednesday because that’s the day we take a moment to celebrate the Maker in all of us. Wont’ you join us?

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This week, it should come as no surprise that I’m knitting another pair of socks. What can I say? They’re the perfect knit for summer – small enough that they don’t drape my lap with unwanted heat in this…

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The Importance of Creative Habits

The Importance of #Creative Habits

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Do you ever wonder what sets some creative entrepreneurs apart from the rest of their peers? Why do they seem to pluck success out of thin air, and run with it like the wind? All metaphors aside, there probably isn’t one universal answer to the question of why some people succeed where others fail. But there is a key that we can all employ in unlocking that secret – and that key involves building…

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#MakersWednesday: Finished Frisson

#MakersWednesday: Finished Frisson shawl. What are YOU working on?

Welcome to #MakersWednesday, where we take a mid-week break to celebrate Making. (Did you know, the President declared a National Day of Making? It was a Tuesday, but we’re still pretty excited!)

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Do you remember that last week I posted about all the fun I was having knitting the Frisson shawl? Well, now I’ve got a finished picture to show you!

My finished Frisson shawl

My finished Frisson shawl

I really enjoyed this…

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Handmade Round-up: The Write Stuff

Handmade Round-up: The Write Stuff (the best #handmade pens)

Recently we rounded up a variety of handmade notebooks to inspire your creative work. Well, what’s a notebook without something to write on its pages, right? So here we are, back again – this time with a roundup of our favorite finds in the world of handmade writing utensils:

Sartorio from Baltz Pens

Elegant dip pens from HECLLC

Colorful wood pens from Wood Writes

For the tech lover – Circuitboar…

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#ThinkCreateReflect: Signs in the Stars

#ThinkCreateReflect: Hey, creative biz baby, what’s your sign?

Welcome to #ThinkCreateReflect, where we feed your mind and your creative spirit with a writing or creative prompt every Friday. We’re happy to have you with us this week!

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This week’s prompt:

Think about your business as a living, breathing person. If your business had an astrological sign, what would it be – and why? Is it stubborn + grounded like a Taurus, or proud + impulsive like Aries?…

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#MakersWednesday: Fun with Frisson

#MakersWednesday: Fun with Frisson (#knit shawl in progress) -

Welcome to Maker’s Wednesday, where we take a day out of our busy weeks to celebrate the Maker in all of us.

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This week, I’m having a blast with my current knitting project – the Frisson Shawl by Brittany Wilson. Here’s my progress so far:

I love this shawl because it’s a perfect example of “potato chip knitting.” You know that old commercial for potato chips – betcha can’t eat just one? Well,…

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Ready, Set, Retreat!

Ready, Set, Retreat! Planning for a creative #retreat:

I recently came back from a knitting retreat (which I also hosted). Nearly 100 knitters gathered in middle Tennessee for a weekend of fun and fiber arts. Here’s a snapshot I took on my phone:

Have you ever been to a retreat or a conference, either in your personal or professional life? If so, you probably had a moment or two of feeling overwhelmed in the preparation stages! We’re here to help,…

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