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The Friday Blog Round-Up 7/13/12

13th July 2012

The Friday Blog Round-Up 7/13/12

I think I did a Friday Blog Round-Up on Friday the 13th a few months ago as well.   That seemed to work out o.k.

First on the list today isn’t a blog post,  it’s a product announcement from EnMart.    We have released the details of a top secret project on which Black Duck Inc’s Erich Campbell and I have been working.   The product is called Q-104 and it’s a water soluble topping which creates a 3-D effect with loose stitches.  This stuff is awesome! You can see all the details and pictures on EnMart’s facebook page.  If you want to stay in the loop as to when Q-104 will be available,  make sure you like our page if you haven’t already.

Second on deck today is Erich Campbell’s great post about taking photographs of your work.   All the photos of the Q-104 that are on the EnMart Facebook page (not to put in another plug) are the work of Erich and his wife, who is a photographer.  They take beautiful photos and the tips Erich gives in his post will help you do the same.

Third at bat is a post from Retail Minded about how to revitalize the downtown shopping district of your town.   As big box stores have come in,  a lot of smaller boutiques and specialty shops have faded into the sunset.  Many downtown districts are now a sea of empty storefronts or stores that are open but not kept up very well.  The whole atmosphere provides a less than exciting shopping environment.    Nicole’s post offers some ideas for turning your downtown area back into a place where people like to shop,  and most of them are quite easy to implement.

Fourth on the docket we have a post from Urban Threads showing the results when the same designs are hand embroidered and machine embroidered.   Like them, I don’t want to get into an argument about which discipline is better, because I think both hand embroiderers and machine embroiderers create awesome work.   I just like this post because I think it’s fun to see how different methods and different people interpret the same basic design.

Finally,  I want to point you to a post about a couple named Herb and Dorothy.   I love this post because it points out the fact that if you’re willing to forge your own path and do your own thing,  you can create an extraordinary life.   For those who don’t know Herb and Dorothy Vogel are a couple who had a modest middle class life.  What made them special is that they had a love of art,  and they collected it,  one piece at a time until they had 4,782 works of art in their apartment.   Eventually they donated it all to the National Gallery of Art,  but that’s not the important part.  What’s important is how and why they did what they did.   Apparently there’s a documentary about them.  I’m definitely going to find it and watch.

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