Weekly Wrap / July 12

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Happy Friday! It’s been a slow week over here, but those are just the best sometimes, right? I had a few blog posts planned that I never got around to, I’ve been teaching a lot, I’ve been doodling a lot, and I’m getting ready to travel for the next few weeks, so I ultimately tried to prioritize rest. I’ll be putting my shop into vacation mode while I’m gone, but digital downloads will still be available, and I hope to list digital versions of more of my products while I’m away.

You might have seen on Insta stories that I recently purchased a finetip stylus pen for drawing and writing on my touchscreen laptop. This was the highlight of my week! I can’t afford an iPad right now, but I really want to practice digital art, so I figured a pen was a more affordable compromise. It actually works sooo much better than I had imagined, even on my really old cracked tablet! I’m looking forward to making all kinds of new things for my shop.

Speaking of …

… in my shop this week, I released a new set of number cards! I shared on Insta that these were maybe the most “me” project I’ve done so far. I was a little worried that the color combo or the concept wouldn’t come across as well, but the response has been great so far! I want my shop to reflect the things I’m actually making and using with my students, and sometimes that means there’s no unified theme or color palette. I’m learning to be good with that!

on my blog

Handmade Sunday Vol. 3

on my radar

Etsy’s new shipping policies. An interesting twist right as I’m starting my shop! Basically, Etsy is going to start giving priority in search results to sellers that offer free shipping. This means that sellers will be forced to build the costs of shipping into the prices of their items. So, for example, if I’m selling a 2D prop for $3 plus shipping and handling, Etsy now wants me to include shipping in the cost of the item, and offer free shipping to customers instead. The problem is that shipping costs vary, for lots of different reasons! I buy lots of things on Etsy too, and I don’t want to pay for shipping several times over when I’m purchasing items from the same shop. And as a maker, if you buy three or four 2D props, I want to ship those things together in the same envelope and only charge you exactly what the shipping actually costs for the shipping and dimensions of those items.

The other issue with this new policy is that sellers who offer digital downloads will be pushed down in the search results. Obviously I can’t offer free shipping on digital downloads, but Etsy will prioritize listings that offer free shipping. I’m not sure how this will all work out, but I would love to know how you feel about this policy!

Ok, fun stuff now:

The prettiest summer cake.

The cutest kids suitcases from Meri Meri - rainbows and mini mermaids and astronauts.

Whimsical dinosaur temporary tattoos.

One of my very favorite author-illustrators, Julie Flett, has a new book available for preorder. If you’re looking for sweet, thoughtful, powerful reading, I highly recommend her work. Check out My Heart Fills with Happiness, When We Were Alone, Black Bear Red Fox, and We All Count.

I’m collecting embroidery inspiration here and I reaaally want to learn.

I’m thinking of switching to bar shampoo. Any recommendations?

Have a lovely weekend, friends.

Em 💕