050: Tsoniki Crazy Bull: Catching Up!

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Welcome to episode 050 of the Me Being Crafty podcast, where we explore creativity in your life.

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In this episode I am giving you an update on me! I had tech difficulties, and we had friends visiting, and the end of the school year, and a quilt for a teacher.

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Technical issues = no internet. And just when I had an interview scheduled! But things move slowly’ish here, so it took a couple of days to fix, during which I read a lot.

I highly recommend the 11.22.63 book! So great!

We had friends visit, and we have another friend coming to visit soon! We are so thrilled to have people visit us here and it’s just a great time when we have visitors. We had a full, busy weekend when our friends were here that left us all tired.

I finished a quilt for JW’s teacher:

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And as this is posting, and as you are listening, we are on our camping vacation!

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Listen to episode 050 and let me know how your summer is going!

Leave me a comment and let me know how you were creative today. Me, I’m on my camping trip as this posts and all I took with me is some beadwork and embroidery. No sewing!

049: Tsoniki Crazy Bull: Let’s Recap! 8-21

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Welcome to episode 049 of the Me Being Crafty podcast, where we explore creativity in your life.

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In this episode I am recapping episodes 008-021! I meant to do recaps at a more frequent pace, but that got away from me.

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I love doing a recap episode. I enjoy remembering my visits with people and looking back at what our conversations were about.

Episode 008 – My friend Andrea House and I visited about her website, Tickled Peach, and her experiences with postpartum depression. Andrea has good words for people based on her experiences so I hope you listen to this or recommend it to a friend if they are struggling.

Episode 009 – Alorha Baga is a beadwork designer as well as a youth group coordinator,
Episode 010 – I found Allison Dutton‘s website when she shared the Falling Leaves pattern. We had a fun visit about her sewing journey, and social media. At the time of our visit she had just started her website, though she had been active on social media for a lot longer.

Episode 011 – Tracey Wirth and I have a really fun conversation that you just have to listen to! We talk about her experience designing and how we can’t let anyone hold us back. Tracey and I met a few years ago at Sewing Summit and she is doing fun stuff!

Episode 012 – Sandi Sawa Hazlewood now has a podcast of her own and I am happy to be an influence on her decision to start her show.

Episode 013 – Nicholas Ball and I talk about his journey with quilting and his amazing veggie quilts. He’s recently been on the Quilt Monkey show on QNNTV.com and showed how he does the veggies, such a great technique!

Episode 014 – I loved being able to visit with Christa Watson because I love hearing the story of how someone started and how their journey has gone. Christa has been quilting for years and years and she’s learned so much along the way, and she’s taught so much along the way too. Her website is full of tutorials and quilt alongs so be sure to check her out.

Episode 015 – It was so great to be able to talk with Julie Persinger. Julie had a podcast, CraftBorg, which was so awesome to listen to, we were a part of those early craft podcast back in 2005, 2006, 2007. She has a quilting business now and I am getting ready to send her a quilt of mine!

Episode 016 – If you don’t know May Chappell or the force behind it, Lee Monroe, head on over for a listen to hear the story of this woman and her business. I love anyone that recognizes their Grandparents too.

Episode 018 – At the end of 2014 I talked about my plans for 2015 – using the bullet journal, working on the year of making, thinking of a word for the year.

Episode 020 – I picked my word for the year! Embrace – something I am happy to report that I am still thinking about frequently.

Episode 021 – My visit with Jennifer Ackerman Haywood was a long conversation about Jennifer’s experience and life with art, of being a journalist, and writing about art and craft in her community. Her CraftSanity podcast and website are a fantastic resource for anyone interested in hearing the stories of artists.

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Listen to episode 049 and let me know if you have a favorite episode, a favorite interview I’ve done, or if you have a suggestion for someone you would be interested in hearing on the show!

Leave me a comment and let me know how you were creative today. Me, I’m sending out my last two mini quilt swaps. I’ll have more on this in future episodes!

048: Kerry Green: Very Kerry Berry

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Welcome to episode 048 of the Me Being Crafty podcast, where we explore creativity in your life.

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In this episode I talk to Kerry Green of Very Kerry Berry and also of Sew Ichigo.

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I have loved the Sew Ichigo patterns since they started being produced so it was a thrill to visit with Kerry about her journey with sewing. Thanks again for being on the show Kerry!

Check out Kerry’s handmade wardrobe posts, she is an amazing seamstress. I love that she goes into detail when she shares what she makes, telling what she modified, giving tips on how to make it even better. She also talks about her work with Penny and their patterns from Sew Ichigo.

The My Small World quilt along has just started, here is Kerry’s part one, so if you are interested you still have time to join in on the fun!

Kerry mentioned that one of her all time favorite singers is Nina Simone, here is Kerry’s favorite song Do What You Gotta Do:

 

Where you can find Kerry Kerry on instagramVery Kerry Berry facebookKerry on twitterKerry on flickr

Listen to episode 048 and let me know if you are joining the My Small World quilt along, I’m going to get started on my Gypsy Wife quilt soon!

Here is the latest quilt that Molli Sparkles created and there are links at the bottom of the post that will lead you to the form I mentioned in case you are interested in keeping track for a quilt you are making.

Leave me a comment and let me know how you were creative today. Me, I’m finishing up one of my last two mini quilt swaps.

047: Jess Van Den: Create and Thrive

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Welcome to episode 047 of the Me Being Crafty podcast, where we explore creativity in your life.

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In this episode I talk to Jess Van Den of Create and Thrive. She also just started a podcast recently, the Create & Thrive podcast.

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I love what Jess is teaching to others and encourage you to check out her courses and guides. Thanks again for being on the show Jess!

Jess and I have a great conversation about what she is teaching to others, and though the Thriver Circle only has open doors four times a year, you can sign up for her mailing list to keep up on what she’s putting out to help you build and have a successful creative business. You can also check out her courses and guides to get help with a wide variety of things – mailing lists, social media, photography, and selling at markets.

How To Run A Rockin' Mailing List

How to Sell More at Markets and Shows

Product Photography

Getting Started With Social Media

Where you can find Jess Create and Thrive on facebookJess on twitterJess on instagramCreate and Thrive on pinterest

Listen to episode 047 and let me know how your business is going!

Leave me a comment and let me know how you were creative today. Me, I’m working on mailing off bee blocks and .

046: Lisa Clarke: Polka Dot Cottage

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Welcome to episode 046 of the Me Being Crafty podcast, where we explore creativity in your life.

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In this episode I talk to Lisa Clarke of Polka Dot Cottage about her introduction to polymer clay, her knitting and crochet patterns, the beautiful crochet hooks she decorates, knowing when to end a business, and so much more.

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I’ve known Lisa for years now, here is a photo of the crochet hooks that I’ve purchased from her and I just love these. You have to see what she has available as these are perfect for you or for anyone that you know who crochets. Thanks again for being on the show Lisa!

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Lisa wrote about her decision to stop selling books and magazines on her Polka Dot Creations site, and about how her son asked if he could take over on the business instead of closing it down.  She has a variety of knitting, crochet, and polymer clay patterns available as well. And you have to stop by her handmade shop to check out not only the crochet hooks she makes, but other handmade items as well.

Where you can find Lisa Polka Dot Cottage on facebookLisa on twitterLisa on instagramLisa on flickrLisa on pinterestPolka Dot Cottage group on ravelry

Listen to episode 046 and let me know what your favorite handmade tool is, these crochet hooks are at the top of my list!

Leave me a comment and let me know how you were creative today. Me, I’m simply so happy to have finished and mailed the starquilt to my niece. Look for an upcoming post about that soon.

045: Sylvia Schaefer: Flying Parrot Quilts

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Welcome to episode 045 of the Me Being Crafty podcast, where we explore creativity in your life.

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In this episode I talk to Sylvia Schaefer of Flying Parrot Quilts. We had a fun visit about how she got started quilting, her process for designing, and thoughts on making quilts specifically for shows.

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I found Sylvia thanks to her Insane Artichoke Quilt – take a look at it, insane may be a funny title, but it’s a crazy quilt for sure. I love this design! Thanks again for being on the show Sylvia!

Sylvia has a page for her Science Quilts as well as for her non-science quilts. We talk about her growth in quilting, and even a cursory glance at the thumbnails of the quilts on these pages this growth is evident and easily seen. I am always happy to see people pushing themselves, trying something new, figuring out something new. Sylvia said something that really clicked and that is that there are enough simple patterns out there. That is something that makes a person pause. At some point, I think everyone that sews or quilts starts working on their own designs. We change a pattern here or there, that feels comfortable, and we move on to designing a quilt. And Sylvia is right, there are a lot of easy patterns out there. The great thing is that there is room for all of these patterns. There are people who want to push the boundaries and want an advanced pattern to help them get there. The patterns that Sylvia is creating and selling are not crazy difficult, but they are also not on the simple side of things.

We also talk about the process for making a quilt and how a quilt you are interested in entering in a quilt show is made differently than a quilt you are giving to a baby. She’s so right, isn’t she? I mean, a baby quilt is going to be loved and chewed on and dragged around and washed regularly. No one is going to critique your stitches or binding, but a quilt show doesn’t have babies for judges. So there are definite differences that exist depending on why you are making a quilt.

Click for the Insane Artichoke Quilt pattern and the Paper Crane Quilt pattern, both available in Sylvia’s Flying Parrot Quilts Craftsy store. Here is her binding curves tutorial as well.

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Where you can find Sylvia Sylvia on instagramSylvia on pinterestFlying Parrot Quilts on Craftsy

Listen to episode 045 and let me know how you make a quilt differently when thinking about the future of the quilt.

Leave me a comment and let me know how you were creative today. Me, I’m quilting a starquilt!

044: Tsoniki Crazy Bull: 100 Days Plus Making

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Welcome to episode 044 of the Me Being Crafty podcast, where we explore creativity in your life.

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In this episode I am talking about my experience with the 100 Days project and I am finding that this length of time – which is both very little bit also significant – has opened my eyes to what can be accomplished when you focus on a specific task.

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I found the 100 Day Project through Meighan O’Toole, the host of the podcast What’s Your Story. She is always sharing really great artistic and creative things so I am glad I caught this one and was able to join in!

Here is the link to my 100 Days of Starquilts

A link to the 100 Day project (people are also tagging 100 Day project – no ‘the’)

The Year of Making – I have fallen off of taking an posting a picture every day, but I talk about thinking about this year of making every time I cook. Maybe for me it’s translated into a food thing? HHmmm, interesting.

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Listen to episode 044 and let me know if you have ever participated in a challenge, I know a lot of people out there are working on a year of making!

Leave me a comment and let me know how you were creative today. Me, I’m working quickly to finish the starquilt I am making for my niece!