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Patterned is a web app that keeps customers in the loop and you sane.

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#ThinkCreateReflect: Dream a Little Dream

#ThinkCreateReflect: Dream a Little Dream

Welcome back for another round of #ThinkCreateReflect, where we take a moment out of each busy, crazy week to pause and think – create – or reflect! We’re glad to have you here, and we hope you’ll join us in the comments!

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Today we’ve got a quote to inspire your creativity:

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Our challenge to you today is to create a dream journal. Keep track of…

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#MakersWednesday: The Mystery Grows …

#MakersWednesday: My mystery knitting continues to grow … What are YOU making this week?

Welcome back to #MakersWednesday, where we celebrate the creativity in all of us!

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As you may remember, last week I posted about my mystery shawl, and I gave you a progress photo. Well, that mystery continues to pique my interest! In the second clue, the shawl took on a whole new shape. We ended up seaming a few edges together and then adding a new “growth” off the side, so now it looks like this:

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Ask Penny: Blog Design on the Cheap

Ask Penny: How do I redesign my blog on the cheap?

“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: Red-Letter Day

#ThinkCreateReflect: If you could write a letter to your hero, what would it say?

Welcome to #ThinkCreateReflect, where we take a moment at the end of every week to do something a little bit outside of the box. We’ll consider a creative or journal prompt and use it to grow ourselves and our businesses. Won’t you join us?

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This week, let’s get creative with our writing! Pull out your journal (or open up your blog) and answer the following prompt:

Write a letter to your business…

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#MakersWednesday: Shawl Progress - it’s a Mystery!

#MakersWednesday: I’m knitting a mystery! What are YOU making this week?

Happy Wednesday, Makers! We’re so happy to have you here with us on the day we celebrate the Maker in all of us.

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This week, I’ve got a mystery project going on! This is a mystery knit-along by knitting designer Josh Ryks. The pattern is called “Urban Survival,” and instead of getting the whole pattern at one time, Josh is releasing it as a series of clues (one per week for a period of 5-6…

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Pet Peeve: Labeling Your Handmade Creations

Can we share a pet peeve? Label your #handmade creations, please!

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Today I’m taking a minute to rant about one of my pet peeves as a frequent buyer of handmade items: labels!

I can’t tell you how many times I have bought an item from a handmade seller that I intended to use as a gift for someone else, OR the number of times I have received a gift from someone that was originally purchased from a handmade seller, and that handmade gift item came without any label…

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#ThinkCreateReflect: Plant your Apple Tree

#ThinkCreateReflect: Plant your Apple Tree What would you above all other things?

Welcome to #ThinkCreateReflect, where we take a moment at the end of every week to do something a little bit outside of the box. We’ll consider a creative or journal prompt and use it to grow ourselves and our businesses. Won’t you join us?

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This week, we’ve got a quote to inspire you …

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What would you do today, even if you knew it wouldn’t matter…

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#MakersWednesday: Finished Triangle Quilt

Jess finished a triangle quilt for her grandmother. What are YOU making? Tag & tweet! #MakersWednesday

Happy Wednesday, Makers! We’re so happy to have you here with us on the day we celebrate the Maker in all of us.

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This week, I’ve got a finished quilt to share! In many ways this was NOT my best quilting project – there are several places where the triangle points don’t perfectly match up, and the backing got a bit wrinkled in the process of quilting. But I think my grandmother will love it,…

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DIY Round-Up: It’s in the Bag

We’re rounding up our favorite #handmade bag #tutorials today on the blog:

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So, I have a confession to make: it’s entirely possible that I’m obsessed with bags. Suitcases, purses, totes, messengers, project bags for my knitting, you name it! If it’s a bag, I want it.

The problem is, I’m also extremely picky*. Just ask my husband – the poor man actually tried to take me shopping to find a new purse for my birthday. Let’s just say we ended up not finding one, and he’s even…

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#MakersWednesday: Baby Sack

#MakersWednesday: Baby Sack! What are YOU making time to make?

Welcome to Makers Wednesday, where makers of all levels and backgrounds come together to share their creativity!

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This week, I’ve got a handmade baby gift to share! My best friend from high school just had her first baby. When my first son was born, this particular friend knitted him a hat that he wore all through his first winter, I loved it so much! So of course I had to reciprocate!

When…

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