This is an image of what I have not been up to for the last week…
If you’re viewing this on my website and not through a feed reader, then you have undoubtedly noticed by now what I have been doing.
So, what’s up with the new look?
Let me give you the scoop. Polka Dot Creations is a business name that has been with me since 1996. In my mind, it has always meant “polymer clay” to me. I’ve sold the things I’ve made under that name, and I’ve sold many a book & video under that name as well.
In the past year, my focus has been shifting. I’ve found an interest in sewing, and much of what I make now is a reflection of that, whether the materials I use are exclusively fabrics, or whether the clay work I do is inspired by some piece of cloth. My blogging style, too, has changed. No longer am I limiting myself to promotional bits for the book store, or clay-related anecdotes. I now find myself posting nearly every day, and the subject matter is as varied as my everyday experiences.
The work and play of the last year has felt to me somewhat like a new creative beginning, and it has inspired my to re-think the way I present my business to the world.
I have decided that there will now be two separate entities:
- Polka Dot Creations, the polymer clay book/video/magazine empire we all know and love
- Polka Dot Cottage, my personal spot that contains my blog and a small shop with my art & craft work
This new Polka Dot Cottage lives at lisaclarke.net. (Please update your bookmarks, if you haven’t already) I chose the name for a few reasons:
- I feel so tied to the Polka Dot persona at this point, it’s not something I wanted to give up
- I used to run a BBS (Bulletin Board System) from my home in the days before the Internet took over as the dominant message board arena, and it was called The Polka Dot Cottage. The focus there was on domesticity, and I think that makes it an appropriate moniker for this space.
It’s Sunday night as I am going live with all of this, and I will probably continue to tinker with the settings on and off for the next week or so, making sure everything is working, and looking like I want it to. I’ve always designed my own sites, but I usually just threw them together in an afternoon. This time, I’ve spent days on it, gotten Neil involved as a sounding board (and as a CSS tutor when necessary), and basically just been a heck of a lot less half-assed than usual 😀
Please let me know if you come across anything wonky, but most of all, please just enjoy the new Polka Dot Cottage! Tomorrow I’ll be back to posting the usual stuff – that’ll be nice, won’t it? I’ve missed crafty blogging while I’ve been obsessing over web design!