#WDS2014 – Elise Blaha Cripe – IMakeStuff

5_Elise_Cripe_blog I was afraid for the 5 words:

‘So what do you do?’ 

But it was hard to tel what I exactly did. I blogged, I create crafts, … It was hard to say what I exactly did. And my answer is now: ‘Imakestuff.’

I’m not an expert in … the most things that I create but I do it. ‘I’m an expert at the attempt.’

Set a goal, you don’t need to have the skills and just do it. Learn from mistakes (it’s information).

We learn by doing. A baby fails a lot of time to learn walking.

Break it down into small steps and my huge goal become easier. Think about step 1 – use that success to go for step 2 and then step 3 … I gave myself a daily challenge and make something for a year. It’s okay to just stop – don’t consider it as failure but learn from it and adopt the strategy. Every year I gave myself different creative challenges. Every year the ambition got bigger.

My main lessons: I loved to make stuff.

My project now is ‘make29‘ and I would create 29 or 290 products (exclusively).

Leave space to grow. -You need space to adapt your plan.
Share your idea. – Do you really want to go for it? Get an accountability partner.
Ask for help. -People want to help other people

Eg: resource circles – people stand in a circle and they make a bold statement – in the second round people help each other


Make a bold statement and believe it fully.


Extra info:

+ http://eliseblaha.typepad.com/


5_Elise_Cripe_profileElise Blaha Cripe is a blogger, crafter and goal setter in San Diego, California. She has been sharing thoughts and DIY projects on her Internet corner since 2005 and running an online shop of handmade goods since 2008. To stay motivated and push herself creatively, Elise sets lofty year-long craft challenges and documents her progress and lessons learned online. Her most recent (ad)venture, MAKE29, is 12 handmade items, released monthly and produced and sold in editions of 290 or 29. Elise recently launched a weekly podcast, elise gets crafty, that focuses on handmade business, blogging, creativity and inspiration. When not writing, making or planning, Elise can be found willing her backyard garden to grow, watching old episodes of Arrested Development on repeat and/or playing with her daughter, Ellerie.