happy new year!

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well, this is it – the dawn of a new year, a new decade even. what will this year have in store?

soon, i will have been at the helm of scoutie girl for 6 months. and around the same time, scoutie girl turns 3! i hope that you’ve enjoyed the direction the site has taken under my typing-like-mad fingers. in 2010, my plan for the site is to venture into some new territory. just as i have been struggling with defining what “indie” craft & design is, i have been struggling with what separates scoutie girl from the rest of the great handmade blogs out there.

truth is, when i get into a rut: not much! which is why i’ve resolved to set a real plan for what you see between the sidebars here at scoutie girl. a plan to tell the story of the handmade movement and indie craft culture and not just find great stuff. sure, there will be plenty of great stuff – but i want to tell the story of where it came from, what it means to the maker, and what inspires its awesomeness!

afterall, it’s really the story of our stuff that separates it from what you find on the shelves of a big box store.

so each week, inspired by the formats of the magazines we used to love, i’ll be bringing you a theme and letting that theme unfold itself throughout the week. not all the posts you read will be in that theme, but my goal is to have at least 5 posts – one each morning – in each theme. i’ll open each week with a weekly welcome and close the week with a recap of the story that unfolded.

here’s where you come in: while it’s pretty easy to find awesome handmade goodies, it is much more difficult to find out the story behind them. i need you to tell me about your work, what inspires you, who taught you how to create, a struggle you went through… and i pledge to help you tell your story!

next week’s theme is “everything old is new again” – and the weeks 2 and 3 are “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts – collage” and “crafting romance.” if you have a story that fits those themes, please drop me a line – via email, via twitter, via facebook!

catch ya on the flipside!

{image credit: fireworks 8×8 fine art print by urban design}

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Author Description

Tara Gentile is a business coach and blogger serving passion-driven entrepreneurs with fresh ideas about productivity, passion, and profit. She's the author of the digital guide, The Art of Earning.

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9 Responses to “happy new year!”

  1. December 31, 2009

    erin Reply

    such an important thing to do! fascinated myself in the documentation and interpretation of the indie craft movement. can’t wait for this series. kudos and happy new year!

  2. December 31, 2009

    rosie's whimsy Reply

    Happy New Year, Tara!

    I am excited to read all the stories and be inspired by all the creative artisans you find!

  3. December 31, 2009

    Kara Perrien Reply

    Happy New year.. I looking forward to reading your new series also!

  4. January 1, 2010

    Victoria Klein Reply

    Happy New Year, Tara! You have done a fantastic job with Scoutie Girl & I’m elated to hear about the new plans you have for the site.

  5. January 1, 2010

    Sarah Reply

    I so look forward to reading. Happy New Year!

  6. January 1, 2010

    Brandi Powell Reply

    Great point being made here in trying to figure out where you want to fit in. In starting my letterpress business this year I have come very far but am wondering about the direction ahead. You are not alone in trying to define your business – I think we should all give this some thought for 2010.

    Happy New Year!

  7. January 1, 2010

    Mallory @ MissMalaprop Reply

    Love the storytelling idea! I’ve got some ideas for how I want to shape my site in 2010… hopefully I will find the time to make them happen and they will pan out!

  8. January 2, 2010

    Kate Gatski Reply

    Wonderful idea Tara! It really is the story that grips us. There is so much amazing handmade work on the web… it’s so easy to go…. yeah…yeah…yeah. That is great work, but I’m going to mosey right along. It’s all those little details that pull us in.

    I do know it’s not easy to “get the details”. I wish you all the best. I’ll be reading.

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