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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Two Hats Simple Sites....New Business!

Two hats...what's she talking about? Well, I started building my own web site many years ago as I always wanted to keep it up to date.....then got onto building for others.

I found working with technical stuff challenging and fascinating and fell in love! My husband even updated my laptop for me this year as I do so much work on it and my old one just couldn't keep up.



Trying to think of a name for my second business I hadn't come up with anything but I knew I'd have to put a link from this site to my Carolyn M. Barnett Designs site as I seem to wear two hats.....two hats! That's it! That's how the name came about.

I love working with the technology, images, people, balance, creativity and it's a great alternative for me from travelling for shows and always being in the studio....I can work elsewhere and one on one (seated) over coffee with my clients.

I do end up doing a bit of instruction too, with how to take decent photos of work for the site, working with your Mac computer, Mail Chimp for your business and so on.

So, check out my site and see if there is anything there you or someone you know might need.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Buggies? Old Lady No More!

Yesterday I went, with a friend, to visit the One of A Kind show in Toronto. As I always schlep stuff around and pick stuff up and also shop I took my lovely handy dandy Ikea bundle buggy. We had a cooler with sandwiches, apples (no show food for us) and water...a bottle at the show went for $4:25!!!!

Also, it meant we had a place to store our coats and gloves and all the brochures and cards we picked up.

When we arrived, walking past the office supply place we spied these lovely little wheelie bundle buggies. The pic shows mine (with it's funky Swedish design) and the box buggies. They have a slide up handle and also contain a cooler bag for food.

These innovative buggies rented for $10 or purchased for $30. You paid $30 up front and got $20 back if you took it back....you might just want to take it home....very sturdy and useful.

By the way, do click on the OOAK web site and watch the video celebrating the 40 years. I was there from 1982 to this past Spring and one of the folk I was fond of was Marty Rumack (as we know him) he'd show up in a slightly rumpled suit and hang out at your booth catching up with you...it was a great loss when he left years ago, so glad to see he's involved in the video.

Martin Rumack



The show has changed, lots of 'production' work, of course the younger generation are using modern technology...probably to produce. I see that the show seems to have lost it specialty, personal edge...which is one of the reasons I left. It's still a great place to find wonderful hand made Canadian products and art though.