Last month we mentioned a number of interesting projects happening in Ideas & Coffee. One of them was Sashiko Southwest, the ecommerce site designed around Joyce Perz delightful Sashiko interpretations of Southwest themes. We aren’t the only fans. Barbara Mummers built a quilt based in part on Joyce’s sashiko designs and it took First Prize and Judge’s Choice at the 2016 Eastern Long Island Quilt Show! Congratulations Joyce and Barbara!
We’ve been doing a WordPress work along for several months now and as it’s picked up in popularity and we’ve gotten more WordPress experts interested we’re moving from once a month to three times a month. Several local website development companies that work with WordPress are sponsoring these which is really awesome! Our current schedule looks like:
- First Thursday of the month – Orphic Workshop, Ken Hargis & SWCP, Jamii Corley
- Second Thursday – Noventum Consulting, Brian Stinar
- Third Thursday – Hermes Development, Jay Renteria
- Fourth Thursday – General WordPress Meetup, presentations, pizza, conversation
- Fifth Thursday – if there is one, we rest 🙂
The last few months has been fun watching lots of projects coming together at the Coworking Jellies and the WordPress work alongs. Here are a few of the things people are working on.
The Traveling Desk
Terry had the idea that most travel websites really didn’t provide a lot of help when you were trying to arrange a vacation to somewhere special, unusual, adventurous, and out of the major tourist scenes. If you want to spend a night in a hut in the middle of the rainforest, how do you arrange that? Eco Trip Match is the tool you need! Check it out at EcoTripMatch!
East meets West
Joyce created a marvelous blend of asian and southwestern culture in her website Sashiko Southwest. Using the techniques of Japanese sashiko stitching and the traditional southwestern designs she’s created patterns and kits for a wide range of beautiful products. Joyce has built a WordPress e-commerce site and blog and is becoming a WordPress expert.
Traveling seems to be a theme these days. Kendra of Zunguka has created a website to collect travel stories from around the world. It’s meant to be a repository of interesting tales of travel, and a way to get more personal information about a place. If you’re interested in reading interesting stories or adding to her collection please visit her website: Zunguka.org.
The worst thing about being on the organizing committee for WordCamp is how few of the talks you get to go see 🙂 However I did sneak out to see several in the morning, starting with Sam Hotchkiss’s excellent introduction to security talk, Security 101. He covered the basics of having a more secure site really well, and now I have pointers to things I need to know more about. My short list for this is:
We’re planning a small WordCamp in April, geared towards people actively using WordPress. No beginners sessions this time (that’s for a future event). We’ll be limiting attendance to 100 people so if you’re interested, sign up soon. We’re actively seeking volunteers and speakers. Get in touch on our event website.