Check me out on Craftypod!

I'm on Craftypod!

I was recently interviewed for Sister Diane’s Craftypod Podcast. It’s the top craft podcast in the industry and she is so knowledgable on so many crafty topics. My podcast was all about how I both work in craft and play in craft. I talk a lot about how I balance myself creatively, what it’s like to work at a craft company, and what opportunities are available for crafters who would like to get started in it. I feel I have a little background in it, having worked for two international craft companies in my career.

I hope you find it super insightful! Also check out my “How Do you Stand out from the Crowd” post a while back about my resume packet that helped get me noticed. Really getting noticed in the crafting industry isn’t different than getting noticed a lot of other workplaces. A lot of it goes back to how you market yourself and make yourself stand out as a brand!

Until next time Swellions!


Great video from Sister Diane on Google Reader for Crafty Bloggers

Sister Diane is one smart cookie! She always is sharing information for us crafters on our blog and on her podcast as well as great projects and other “crafty goodness” (her catchphrase, not mine). This is a great video all about Google Reader. I’ve talked in the past about Google reader, but this video that she made is really thorough and very helpful. If you love to read lots of blogs on various topics, Google Reader is the way you go. She shares how to use it in full detail in the video below!

Google Reader Tricks for Craft Bloggers from Diane Gilleland on Vimeo.

While you are there, check out her other videos as well. I found the “Evaluating an Opportunity (when you aren’t getting paid)” video very helpful. Also, on her “A Snapshot from the Craft Social” video, I noticed a tweet that I did for iLoveToCreate’s Twitter pop up. Fun! I gotta learn how to do do these little instructional videos like she is doing. I’m sure it’s pretty easy to setup and take video of your screen, I’ve just never done it!

Hope all is well in your world!

Until next time Swellions!


Meeting and making new friends at Maker Faire!

This past weekend at Maker Faire, I met so many cool people (not all were new, because I knew of them or had conversed with them over e-mail). Anyway, it is always super cool to meet people who you’ve admired from afar.

crafty pink ladies
Here’s me with Kathy a.k.a. Crafty Chica and Sister Diane! I’ve actually hung with Kathy before and always have a great time with her, but it was my first time meeting Diane. She has so much insight and it was so cool to talk and share ideas and thoughts on the craft industry together. It was awesome! Oh, and by the way, notice the shirt I’m wearing, I bought it at Old Navy and died it randomly with Purple One-Step Tie dye from Tulip™.

maya in the moment
I also was stoked to get to hang with Kathy’s daughter Maya. I’ve enjoyed watching Maya’s videos online and she is so funny and sweet 🙂 We goofed off and I even did my Roger Rabbit dance for her to film. We will see if they show up later in one of her videos.

me & peptogirl
My soul sister in design and craftiness Amy Cluck a.k.a. Peptogirl was also there and we walked around the show together for a bit (we had to stop to try on some wooden mustaches). If you haven’t visited her web site, it is a must! It is so adorable and totally my speed! She has put together Indie Sacramento for quite a while now and I don’t know how she does it all! Her blog is one of my favorite blogs…I totally appreciate the design (I think we have a similar design aesthetic in a lot of ways) and she makes the cutest crafts 🙂 She has a lot of tutorials and business insight on there too! I’m hoping maybe we can hang out some weekend together…we’re only like 3 hours away from each other!

I also had the pleasure of meeting and talking social media with Rob of Threadbanger, chatting it up with the Craftzine gal editors, meeting paper extroidonaire Jeffrey Rudell, Backcountry Betty authorJennifer Worwick, and Michaela Murphy. I met a lot of really other fabulous folks as well. The cool think about crafty folks at these events is that they are just so nice and down to earth. It’s like being part of a big happy community…everyone is so supportive.

Sorry about not posting the robots like I promised, but you can see some cool ones in my Maker Faire set on my Flickr stream! Also check out more Maker Faire photos I took here I love robots (I even talk like one on many occasions), but I just didn’t feel like posting about them today!

Hope you have a fun and inspiring day! And go and check out my crafty friends’ sites and get super inspired!

Until next time Swellions!