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CraftSanity “Live in Seattle” Episode 119: A Conversation With Not Martha blogger Megan Reardon

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This episode of CraftSanity was recorded before a live audience at the Creative Conference of Entrepreneurs in Seattle. My guest was the Megan Reardon, creator of the popular Not Martha blog she launched in 2001 as a place to keep track of her many crafty projects and lifestyle interests.

Nine years later, Megan’s blog has received mentions from high traffic sites including Daily Candy, Fred Flare, Boing Boing, Apartment Therapy, and Metafilter, and has been nominated for several Bloggie awards. Megan’s site was named one of the Coolest Websites of 2006 by Time magazine.

On this episode of CraftSanity, you’ll find out about Megan’s creative life that has included stints sewing opera costumes in Santa Fe, building corporate websites in San Francisco, and running a small knitting supplies business in her current home of Seattle, where she is a founding member of the Grassroots Business Association.

She has published patterns in Knitty.com (The Hallowig ranks among my favorites!) and in several knitting books.

She contributed projects to ReadyMade and FamilyFun magazines, and has also blogged for ReadyMade and Design Sponge. Megan also creates awesome projects for Holidash.com, including this Felt Dahlia Brooch.

Thanks to Megan for being the first guest to record with me before a live audience and for sharing her story with us!

Also thanks to the conference organizers who hosted the conference. It was great to be a part of the event and meet so many talented and creative people in person. I will be posting more little bits about people I met in the coming weeks. I have a little project to finish in the meantime.

Thanks to my episode 119 sponsors!
I got to meet the creators of Meylah at the conference and am impressed by the platform they’ve created to provide creative business people with a means to sell products, teach tutorials, and share their stories all in one place.  

Meylah combines a simple online store, blogging system, and social media marketing features into an easy to use,all-inclusive platform, just for you.  With Meylah, you can build your online presence in 15 minutes or less. So go visit Meylah and thank them for sponsoring this episode of CraftSanity.

A very special thanks to returning sponsor, AnniePurl! AnniePurl is what happens when a girl obsessed with all things knitting knitting combines her love of fabric, sewing, and shiny things.

At anniepurl.etsy.com you will find whimsical stitch markers, project bags of all kinds and tote bags made by a knitter with knitters in mind. So go visit AnniePurl and tell her Jennifer sent you!

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Comment from Chirag
Time: August 28, 2010, 10:26 pm

Great episode. I am using the meylah platform for sharing my stories and selling my art. Megan is impressive.

Comment from Felicia
Time: August 30, 2010, 3:19 pm

Glad to hear you had such a good time at the conference. And thanks for the Plush Team shout out! :)

Comment from thea
Time: August 30, 2010, 6:42 pm

Fantastic podcast! I unfortunately has to miss out on the CCE and I am so happy you taped this interview. Thank you!

Comment from Courtney
Time: August 31, 2010, 7:50 pm

We had such a fantastic time meeting you and are so pleased to have the opportunity to sponsor this podcast. Thanks so much Jennifer and congrats Megan on all your success!

Comment from Jenny
Time: September 1, 2010, 8:40 pm

What a great episode! I loved hearing the audience laugh along with me. Megan was a terrific guest and, if you can believe it, I had never been to her blog before. Glad you had fun at the conference and that an actual audience showed up!

PS…you look fantastic in that picture!

Comment from carrie
Time: September 3, 2010, 5:57 pm

thanks so much for episode 119! I really enjoyed listening to your conversation. I NEVER leave comments on blogs ever either, I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that I love your podcast! I must live under a rock, because I have never been to “not martha” so thank you!
I just want to take a moment to let you know that I listen to your show all the time while I work in my studio on my orders for my etsy shop. Thank you for making your blog, it is so nice to feel a part of an art/craft community through your podcast :)

Comment from jennifer
Time: September 3, 2010, 6:18 pm

Thanks for leaving a comment, Carrie. I really appreciate the kind feedback. I absolutely love hearing from the people listening out there. Now when I record, I picture all of you hard at work in your studios. I’m a lucky lady to have such great people tuning in. Thank you!

Comment from jennifer
Time: September 3, 2010, 6:26 pm

Thanks, Jenny! Yeah, I was pretty relieved, too, when an actual audience showed up. I could really get used to the clapping. Ha! It sure was fun. Thanks for the compliment on the photo. It’s so much better than reading comments from people who think I look like a dude. : )

Comment from Amparo
Time: October 29, 2010, 12:19 am

Thank you for your podcasts. I’ve been listening to them for some time now. Very inspiring! :-)

Comment from Lora
Time: October 30, 2010, 1:14 pm

Hi Jennifer, I listened to episode #119 this week. I normally don’t comment on blogs, as I am usually driving while I am listening to the shows. However, I must comment on how much I loved this show. I had never heard of Megan Reardon and her not martha blog. Nor had I heard of meylah.com. I was so inspired from what Megan had to say and the discovery of Meylah that I started my first blog! Keep up the good work and maybe now that I’ve started a blog I will need to be better about leaving comments. Your show is awesome!

P.S. Now that I have really short hair, sometimes I think I look like a dude-you made me LOL :-) I loved laughing along with the audience.

Comment from Marthaamay
Time: December 2, 2010, 3:19 pm

Love the interview. This is my first podcast listen, off to find another of yours to fill my ears! :) Thankyou

Comment from jennifer
Time: December 3, 2010, 5:57 pm

Welcome! Thanks for tuning in. : )

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