The podcast that's all about making stuff.

Welcome to the CraftyPod, a craft podcast all about making stuff.

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In this show:

- It's a CraftyPod tradition: the annual interview with my Mom, Pam Harris!

- Mom talks about her first year as a blogger, and about being a blogger from a different generation than a lot of the online craft community.

- She also answers questions sent in by listeners - some pretty great ones!

Links:

- Many thanks to these people for submitting questions for this show: - Rachel Klein - Cassi Griffin - Hanna Andersson - Margo Debbs - Chris Miser Debbi Crane - Denise Duclos

- Check out Mom's blog, Gingerbread Snowflakes.

Want to hear Mom's past podcasts? Here they are:

- Show #65: Gingerbread Houses

- Show #81: Making a Season

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A set of Ryan's new photo blocks

Welcome to the CraftyPod, a craft podcast all about making stuff.

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In this show:

- And interview with Ryan McAbery , who was a top seller on Etsy, and then decided to walk away from it.

- Learn what drove Ryan to leave her business behind, and what's bringing her fresh inspiration now.

- Gain some perspective on the benefits and drawbacks of having a very busy handmade business.

Links:

- Visit Ryan's new Etsy shop , and see her photography blocks and pendants.

- In Ryan's blog, All Things Littleput, she shares new designs, snippets of her now-balanced life, and some musings on starting over in business.

- Check out Ryan's current home - Portland Saturday Market.

- This "Quit Your Day-Job" article on The Storque about Ryan's top-seller business was published in September 2007.

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Welcome to the CraftyPod, a craft podcast all about making stuff.

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In this show:

- All about needlepoint, with Janet Perry, who's on a mission to change the way we think about this craft.

- Some discussion of why needlepoint is a perfect craft for today, and why it doesn't seem to get the respect it deserves.

- Lots of great ideas and resources to get you started needlepointing!

Links:

- Check out Janet'sNapa Needlepoint website, where you can find...

- Janet's self-published books: Needlepoint Trade Secrets and Bargello Revisited

- Janet's frequently-updated series of ebooks

- ...And, Janet's blog, Nuts About Needlepoint

- Janet also offers a free email needlepoint course for beginners.

- A book Janet recommends highly: Bargello, by Elsa Williams, published 1967.

- A book I recommend highly: Better Homes and Gardens Needlepoint, published 1978.

- Definitely check out the Modern Needlepoint on Flickr - it has lots of stunning work.

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Image from the Google Reader Blog.

Welcome to the CraftyPod, a craft podcast all about making stuff.

Click the “Play” button at the bottom of this post to listen!

In this show:

- The comments on this post tell me that the number one question folks have about craft blogging is, "What should I write about?" So this podcast attempts to answer that question.

- Learn why your blog is not really about you, and what it should be about instead.

- Understand why passion and value are two key elements of a great craft blog.

Good Bloggy Links:

- Check out the ebook I wrote about craft blogging. It covers even more techniques for finding topics to write about.

- How to Find Your Hidden Talent, on Skelliewag. A good exercise for those who need help identifying their passions.

- 7 Questions to Finding Your True Passion - a solid starting point to exploration.

- Watch this video: Gary Vaynerchuk absolutely nails how passion is crucial in the internet age.

- Julia Cameron's The Vein of Gold has been helping creative people find their passions for years.

- Don't miss this ProBlogger post on How to Write Great Blog Content.

- This ProBlogger post on developing a blog strategy is more about blogging goals than content, but great food for thought for new bloggers.

- If you're more of a photographer than a writer, you can tell your story on Flickr.

- If you're a person of few words, you might prefer Twitter or Tumblr

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Welcome to the CraftyPod, a craft podcast all about making stuff.

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In this show:

- Juliann, aka TheSickChick, tells us about how crafting helps her cope with chronic illness.

- Learn something about how crafting helps in managing pain, anxiety, and depression.

- Find out how the craft community is a lifeline to Juliann, providing support and friendship under challenging circumstances.

- Be absolutely inspired by Juliann's determination to stay positive and crafty.

Links:

- Visit TheSickChick.com to learn more about Juliann's current and upcoming internet projects.

- You can also read the archived entries on Juliann's blog.

- ...And, follow her (and chat with her) on Twitter.

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Welcome to the CraftyPod, a craft podcast all about making stuff.

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In this show:

- An interview with Bernadette Noll and Kathie Sever, co-owners of Future Craft Collective. They offer craft projects for families and kids that also teach creative reuse and self-reliance.

- Tips on designing good crafting and learning experiences for your children.

- Thoughts on how crafting can also become a way to learn more about sustainability.

- Bernadette and Kathie share their lessons learned through crafting with their own kids and their students.

Links:

- The Future Craft Collective website offers lots of projects to do with your kids, and lots of great links.

- Kathie's line of clothing is called Ramonsterwear. You may also know her from the Back and Forth Project.

- Bernadette has a great blog for parents, and be sure to check out her other project, Slow Family Living.

- Kathie and Bernadette recommend Crafting a Green World as a good source for sustainable craft project ideas.

- They also recommend The Story of Stuff, a short film about production, consumption, waste, and reuse.

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