Check out My Great.ly Boutique

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I am curating a boutique over on Great.ly, a new artisan shopping site that had its grand opening online last week. I wanted to share with you some of the things that you’ll find if you visit my Great.ly boutique. There are items in crochet, soft goods, textiles and fiber art.

Great.ly Crochet Items

In my crochet section, I have added unique crochet items carefully collected into one creative space. Example:

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Lariat-style cotton crochet necklace by Kelli Ronci, a fair trade product from Bolivian Artisans

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Munchery Mix-Up

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Munchery is a local food delivery service. You can order in advanced from a set of meals prepared fresh by local chefs and get a one-hour window of delivery time. There are a lot of sustainable, locally sourced, organic options and the prices are reasonable.

It’s a good deal but I recently had a Munchery mix-up. The order was for this:

IMG 5922 764x1024 Munchery Mix UpChardonnay and a Lemon Poppy Scone

But I got:

IMG 5921 1024x764 Munchery Mix UpGrilled ahi tuna burger, 2 kids chicken teriyaki bowls, gourmet caramel popcorn

They fixed it pretty quickly, though, so it was okay.

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History of Gaming (Infographic)

The story of Gaming has seen some interesting milestones in history. Its evolution is both exciting and eclectic. One of history’s most enigmatic generals, Napoleon, loved the game of Blackjack, while fiction’s most commercial commodity, James Bond, has often been associated with Baccarat.

This and more facts are available in the info-graphic from http://www.gamingclub.com/au below. It traces the important dates in the progression of one of mankind’s oldest, fun and at times very enriching past times.

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Kickstarted: Blue Lace Project and American Manufacturing

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A little while back I decided to donate to a Kickstarter project called the Blue Lace Project. I just got my laces in the mail and it reminded me that I wanted to write about this.

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I pledged enough to get my own set of Bluelaces. Described on Kickstarter: “A super-premium waxed canvas piece built strong enough to pull a truck, but destined for so much more. In addition to supporting an American factory on the ropes, you’ll be helping send a message to retailers that, if they stock the right premium American made products, there are still customers who care.”IMG 2799 1024x764 Kickstarted: Blue Lace Project and American Manufacturing

This was a nice bonus for me because these particular canvas shoes have been without laces for years so I almost never wear them. Yes, I could’ve bought laces but I never did. Til now. I got “a triple-dense, double-waxed canvas lace, tipped in Aluminum. … They’re certainly light-years ahead of whatever cheap lace came pre-loaded in your imported sneakers.”IMG 2800 1024x764 Kickstarted: Blue Lace Project and American Manufacturing

And doing that allowed me to support the project. The idea here is that the blue laces will become a recognizable symbol like a “yellow ribbon” to help support American manufacturing.IMG 2801 1024x764 Kickstarted: Blue Lace Project and American Manufacturing

Some stats:

“According to printed reports, the United States has lost a staggering 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.

According to the US Department of Commerce, every $1 spent on American made products fuels another $1.40 in spending elsewhere in the US economy.

According to The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, on average, 1,276 manufacturing jobs were lost every day for the past 12 years.

According to Diane Sawyer and ABC World News, if each of us spent just $64 on American made goods during our holiday shopping, the result would be 200,000 new jobs.”

IMG 2802 1024x764 Kickstarted: Blue Lace Project and American ManufacturingFor school I’ve been reading some articles about the impact of the loss of jobs to globalization, not just the impact on individuals but on whole communities and societies. Specifically I’ve been reading about racism in America and it’s link to exportation of skilled labor jobs. I don’t have a fully formed thought to articulate about this yet but can say that I’m increasingly interested in this important issue.

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Thoughts on Being on a Jury

I recently went and participated in a mock jury trial. It was a fun experience but I have to say that I came away thinking two main things: #1 – I’m glad I didn’t finish law school and #2 – I really don’t believe in the jury trial system.

mock jury Thoughts on Being on a Jury

The mock jury takes place in a hotel. Each juror gets assigned to a different room; some rooms have the same case (with different lawyers, obviously) and some have different cases. Most are civil cases but I think there was one criminal case. Each case ends up having about 6-8 mock juors. Basically the point is for lawyers who are inexperienced with trials to gain experience and practice their skills and get feedback about the process from the judges and from the jurors.

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Infographic Book on One Billion Entrepreneurs

Are you interested in becoming an entrepreneur? There is a fairly good chance considering that it’s predicted that the number of entrepreneurs is expected to climb to one billion by 2020. Anna Vital believe that those entrepreneurs will want to get information through infographics instead of traditional means. Check this out:

Anna Vital was inspired to write a book via infographic format in part because she has always loved to learn but she struggles with dyslexia and so finds traditional reading to be very difficult. She didn’t let that hold her back; she knows multiple languages and completed law school, but she wants to reach the kind of people who have difficulties like hers with the information they might want about becoming an entrepreneur. She tried to get funding on Kickstarter to create this book but failed, which is too bad because she did get more than $16,000 but she was asking for $100,000.

Anna does a lot of other work with visual information for startups, though. Check out San Francisco-based Funders and Founders to see more of what she does.

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Bay Area Small Business: Makers/ Crafters Video Series

Little Paper Planes is a Bay Area based online store that also serves as a community for artists. They have lots of pretty products and a beautiful blog filled with terrific examples of great art and design. They recently co-launched a video/ multimedia series called Working Title that I’m loving.

They recently explained that Working Title is:

“a collaboration between KQED and Little Paper Planes, hosted by Kelly Lynn Jones of LPP and Andrew Martin Scott, co-owner of Needles and Pens. Through this program, which will include videos, interviews, articles, and essays, we will explore how local artist-entrepreneurs are re-inventing the American Dream, creating alternative economies and redefining success in the Bay Area.”

Needles and Pens is a cute little store in The Mission that I’ve stopped into more than once. They have zines there and it’s the kind of place I totally fantasized my own zines in 10+ years ago when I was an indie zine maker. I’m also a fan of the handcrafted jewelry that’s there; I’ve personally bought a few of their feather-decorated hair clips.

I love what Kelly says in the first video when she says, “There’s a subtle movement happening out there; people are choosing more unconventional career paths in order to have greater control of their lives. They’re re-engaging with artisanal craftsmanship … they are once again making things with their own hands and managing to sustain themselves while doing it.” Each episode celebrates one of these people.

The first episode is about Jay Nelson, a self-taught artist who builds tree houses:

The second episode is about Atelier Dion, a husband-and-wife-owned ceramics fabrication business:

I’m looking forward to seeing this program develop over time!

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Infographic: Female Entrepreneurs Around the Nation

I loved looking at the information about female entrepreneurs in this Visually infographic.

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Things I thought were interesting:

  • California has about twice as many female entrepreneurs as the next closest states on the list, which are Texas and New York. They are mostly concentrated in Los Angeles.
  • Although Illinois it not among the top three states when it comes to the number of women entrepreneurs, the city of Chicago is within the top three metro areas in the nation for this.
  • Women are more likely than men to start with a lower capital investment and not to borrow money as they expand.
  • Women are interested in health care and social assistance; the largest number of female entrepreneurs are in this sector.

Are you a woman who owns a business? Feel free to share your website link in the comments here. Visit the other women who comment to support each other in our efforts! My main professional page is www.kathrynvercillo.com.

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Friday Fun Infographic: Business Cards are Still in Business

I’m sharing this infographic, found on Visual.ly, for several reasons:
  • The topic interests me. I have business cards but I never know quite how to use them and have often wondered about their relevance in today’s society.
  • It includes several interesting things. History, tips and etiquette when it comes to business cards; I found it fascinating!
  • I love the color scheme. It’s basically black and white with the right color blue/green just looks really great I think.
  • I adore the inclusion of the “runway trends”. Not necessarily relevant to anything but just a fun addition to the infographic.
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