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The podcast that's all about making stuff.
Tags: Arts, Design
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Latest episode: November 18, 2014 | 7:24 pm - CraftyPod: Urban Craft Uprising, with Nikola Davidson

174 episodes

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CraftyPod: Urban Craft Uprising, with Nikola Davidson (15:51) November 18, 2014 | 7:24 pm
Originally recorded in October 2005, an interview with Nikola Davidson on the eve of the first show.
CraftyPod 2.0: Crafty Celebrity and Internet Jealousy, with Vickie Howell (28:34) January 09, 2013 | 8:28 am
In the seven years I've been making these podcasts, I've generally steered away from interviewing "crafty celebrities" – not for any personal reasons, but because I've always felt that well-known crafters are already getting a lot of coverage....
CraftyPod 2.0: Getting Real About Professional Craft Blogging, with Haley Pierson-Cox (29:58) December 19, 2012 | 8:07 am
I meet a lot of crafters who have a similar dream: to start up a craft blog, and then turn that blog into some kind of creative career. And I applaud this dream – it was certainly my dream too! But I also think there's a lot of mythology out...
CraftyPod 2.0: Taking On Craft Business Investors, with Alicia DiRago (27:17) November 30, 2012 | 9:47 am
This show offers up a very interesting story: Alicia DiRago launched Whimseybox about a year ago. It's a subscription service, where you pay to get a monthly box of craft supplies mailed to you. There's also an online community where you can get ideas...
A 2012 Audio Christmas Card from Mom and Me (10:05) November 27, 2012 | 8:39 am
This isn't a formal podcast, just a short reminiscence between Mom and me about our love of Christmas ornaments. We hope it makes you giggle. Happy Holidays!...
CraftyPod 2.0: Taking Creativity on a Cross-Country Tour, with Jess Greene (31:58) November 16, 2012 | 9:55 am
Earlier this year, I ran across an Indiegogo campaign for a very ambitious project: Jess Greene wanted to drive across the U.S., hosting fifte free creativity events along the way. I love a grand undertaking like that, so I chipped in right away. Jess...
I Heart Craft Books: Return of the Stupid Sock Creatures, by John Murphy (06:13) November 02, 2012 | 11:37 am
I first met John Murphy back in 2003, when we did a podcast about his first book, Stupid Sock Creatures: Making Quirky, Lovable Figures from Cast-off Socks. That book spawned a lot more publishing for John, and now he's back with a sequel to the...
Encore Presentation: Creative Reuse and Crafting, with Michele Pacey (25:30) October 23, 2012 | 7:46 am
This is an encore presentation of a previously-released show. Michele Pacey is a genius at turning recycling-bin stuff into beautiful, useful items. In this interview, she shares her creative and construction secrets, and offers up a ton of...
CraftyPod 2.0: What Does it REALLY Take to Grow a Craft Business? with The Shibaguyz (34:14) October 19, 2012 | 9:26 am
Jason and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby run a successful knit and crochet design business under the name Shibaguyz Designz. When we started emailing about the possibility of doing a podcast together, I knew we would end up with a very meaningful and...
CraftyPod 2.0: Crochet Saved My Life, with Kathryn Vercillo (25:41) October 05, 2012 | 9:34 am
Whatever craft you love most, chances are that you consider it to be a pretty big part of your happiness. Is it also part of your overall health? I don't think too many of us would argue that making things is pretty important to our well-being. Well,...
CraftyPod 2.0: Getting Started Hiring Help, with Kelly McCants (28:35) September 21, 2012 | 8:26 am
If you have a craft business that's growing a bit, you may be fantasizing about hiring some people to help you with all that work. But what does that really mean, hiring help? How hard is it to do, and what does becoming the boss of others mean for...
Encore Presentation: CraftyPod 2.0, Finding Your Creative Mission with Jeff Rudell (39:55) September 17, 2012 | 1:07 pm
This is an encore presentation of a previously-released podcast. You can get more details on the original release at CraftyPod.com.
CraftyPod 2.0: The Art of Crafty Stash-Keeping, with Jeni Baker (23:22) September 07, 2012 | 7:58 am
If you're a crafter, then I'm pretty sure you keep a supply stash of some kind. Some of us, ahem, keep several stashes. I stash fabric, yarn, papers, and um… plastic canvas shapes. But what are the best ways to manage a stash? How do you keep...
CraftyPod 2.0: My Project Runway Story, with Buffi Jashanmal (26:47) August 24, 2012 | 6:34 am
If you're one of the many crafters who watches Project Runway, you're in for a treat this episode. I interviewed designer Buffi Jashanmal about her time on the show, what's happened since her elimination in Week 4, what it's like to create under...
CraftyPod 2.0: Making a Sustainable Living in Pattern Design, with Stacey Trock (38:18) August 11, 2012 | 4:36 pm
I think a lot of us crafters have a dream of making our living selling some kind of PDF craft patterns or tutorials. And that would indeed be a dream job, wouldn't it? I can tell you from experience that in reality, this can be a tough way to make...
CraftyPod 2.0: Drawing Fearlessly, with Linda Tieu (21:24) July 27, 2012 | 7:58 am
When we're kids, we draw. We don't worry about whether we do it well, or whether we can accurately depict things; we just make marks on paper and have fun. But as we grow up, we get a lot more concerned with whether we're doing it "right," and many...
CraftyPod 2.0: An Indie Knitting Book Collaboration, with Theresa Gaffey and Scott Rohr (24:54) July 13, 2012 | 8:58 am
Have you ever been browsing kniting pattern books at your local yarn store and thought, "The exact book I need isn't here. I should just write my own!" Well, a group of friends and yarn-store colleagues in St. Paul, MN did just that. This podcast...
CraftyPod 2.0: Part 2, Craft Bloggers and Marketing Boundaries, with Jessika Hepburn (26:13) June 15, 2012 | 8:11 am
Here's our second show about craft bloggers and the marketers who target them. This time, we're talking with an influential blogger – Jessika Hepburn, who edits Oh, My! Handmade Goodness. Jessika gets a lotof marketing pitches, from large...
CraftyPod 2.0: Craft Bloggers and Marketing Boundaries Part 1, with Jaime Guthals (30:53) June 01, 2012 | 11:08 am

We've had some discussion here and elsewhere about the big issue of bloggers and marketers, and how they need to work more effectively together. The more traffic your blog gets, the more people will email you, hoping you'll mention their product, service, or event on your blog.

All those marketing pitches can get really overwhelming – especially because so many marketers seem to be sending bloggers these very generic-sounding, not-well-targeted pitches. Oh – and by the way, how many of these marketers are also offering us any compensation for the exposure to our readers?

I thought it might be a good idea to do a podcast with a very good marketer. Jaime Guthals is the PR Director for Interweave, and to my mind, she's very skilled at forging good relationships with bloggers. In this interview, you'll learn how Jaime approaches both bloggers and professional journalists to market new Interweave releases. You'll get a little insight into why some marketers work well with bloggers and some don't. And you'll find out just how important blogs and bloggers are in the media landscape for the craft industry.

CraftyPod 2.0: Getting Started in Wholesale, with Jodie Rackley (29:57) May 18, 2012 | 8:52 am

We've got a craft-businessy subject today: we're talking about getting started with wholesale. It's very wise, if you have a craft business, to think about ways you can diversify your sources of income, and doing wholesale is a great option.

I'm talking with Jodie Rackley in this show. She's an Etsy seller who quickly branched out into wholesale, and now her products can be found in shops all over the country. What I like about Jodie's story is that it's really accessible - as you'll see, she didn't need any special equipment to get started with wholesale. She used simple, readily-available tools to get herself in front of stores, and she did it without having to pound the pavement and work up her courage to approach local shop owners. And it's made a very positive difference in her business.



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