Have you been to the Polka Dot Cottage shop lately? No? Well, neither has anybody else, myself included. I’m not feeling it anymore. The why’s of it are complicated, but I think it boils down to one fact more than others: I don’t make enough time to work with polymer anymore.
THE BACK STORY
The Polka Dot Cottage shop was literally built for my work in polymer clay. I wrote the code myself many years ago, and I organized it around color schemes and pattern types, and it was really, really perfect.
That is to say, it was perfect when all I did was polymer. It was perfect when I did polymer often, and kept it updated with new work every few months. With my growing interest in other forms of creative expression, I have tried to adapt the shop. I’ve added patchwork scarves from my sewing machine, and brightly-colored knit hats, but in doing so I feel I’ve lost my focus. And, let’s be honest, my interest.
It’s not working for me anymore. I feel like this entire website has started to get rather complicated, and I crave simplicity.
And so I’ve come to the decision to close the shop in its current form.
That’s not to say that I won’t be selling my work ever again. But I need a new strategy – one that fits how I work right now, is adaptable to change in the future, and is relatively simple in format.
The download shop will remain open.
The little amazon-powered book shop I curate will remain open.
Polka Dot Creations will remain open (although if you are an artsy person with strong desires to serve the polymer community, to house a significant collection of clay books and videos in your basement, and grow a niche business, email me and we’ll chat. I am open to entertaining any serious offers for the entire business, or just the contents of the store. Seriously. I told you I am craving simplicity…)
The Polka Dot Cottage Shop closes this Friday, and while we wait, I really want to have a big blowout sale to thank you for your support in the past, and celebrate this new shift for me. How does 50% off everything in the shop sound to you? Plus every order gets a free gift (I’ll choose something nice for you from the shop or from the pile of creations that I never got around to listing).
Please tell a friend. I’m not going to get all dramatic and claim “everything must go” but it would be nice to pass along as many pieces as possible to good homes before they disappear from the web and get shut away in my attic forever! (ok, maybe I will get a little bit dramatic.)
Thanks, everybody 🙂