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It’s been far too long since my last update, but I’ve had some important work to do for my family and the college students I advise. It would take me a long time to recap the events of the last couple months, so I’m just going to skip ahead and tell you that I’m working on a new issue of CraftSanity Magazine. It will include projects, recipes and stories I love. There is still room in the issue, so let me know if you have a inspiring story or project to share. I’m still doing interviews. : )


Speaking of interviews, I miss producing the podcast and it sounds like some of you miss hearing new episodes. Let me know if you have any thoughts on this topic. I’d like to get it going again, but want to make sure there’s still an audience for it. If that ship has sailed, I’ll get to work building a new ship.



We’ve been enjoying some beautiful winter days here in West Michigan. I don’t enjoy driving on snowy roads, but I love photographing the West Michigan landscapes dusted with white.

I’ve missed this space and it’s good to be back. I have many projects to show you because I never stopped crafting during my unplanned blogging break. Making stuff is like breathing for me. I have to do it. Included in this post are photos of some of the random embroidery and twilling projects that I’ve been sneaking in when I can. I’d stitch all day long if I could.

If you want learn more about what I’ve been up to, you can check out my Instagram photos. I post photos there almost daily because it’s quick and easy to fit into my life.

Okay, I have a difficult column to write, miles to run and stuff to organize so I better get to it. Enjoy the day and leave me a comment below about what you’ve been up to. We have some serious catching up to do.


Comment from KathyC
Time: February 10, 2013, 12:30 pm

I would love to listen to more episodes of CraftSanity. I learned so much from them and missing hearing your voice.

Comment from Alison Wood
Time: February 10, 2013, 12:32 pm

I absolutely love your Craft Sanity podcasts and really miss hearing new ones. You introduced me to so many new crafters, so please, please do some more! I am still subscribed in iTunes in the hope that you will :-)

Comment from Rachel
Time: February 10, 2013, 1:34 pm

I miss hearing your podcasts, so I would love to listen to new episodes :)

Comment from Kari
Time: February 10, 2013, 1:44 pm

I have been thinking about you recently. I hope everything with your family is good. I don’t listen to podcasts as much as I used too. I would always check in though, CraftSanity was a big favorite of mine, I still have all of your episodes on my iPod.

Comment from Melissa H
Time: February 10, 2013, 6:48 pm

Yay, so glad to hear you are thinking about podcasting again. I miss them SO MUCH. Haven’t found a craft podcast I like nearly as much although I was enjoying Grace’s podcasts at design sponge while they lasted. Now I just need to make a product so I can advertise by sponsoring your podcast. I’ll work on it :)

Do you need ideas for who to interview for your podcast? Lately I am thinking about memory keeping crafting (scrapbooking). I love Ali Edwards and Elise Blaha Cripes (both good interviews?) but even more I’m loving the aesthetic of of Pink Ronnie from Australia. Her blog is new to me.

I’m also loving the new (and newish) print magazines and the idea of creating print mags (like craftsanity!) in a digital era. I love the blog and magazine Anthology. I think you’ve maybe interviewed Meg Mateo Ilasco who is a coeditor but there’s another person and maybe they would have an interesting story. I recently found a new quilt magazine Generation Q and after reading their site I was interested in their story (launching a magazine with Kickstarter). Plus I love quilting so any quilters/designers you want to interview are fine by me.

As for stories for your magazine–are you looking specifically for a craft pattern? I actually have a quilt project I am looking to write up for a magazine (one of my goals for 2013) which is how I found generation Q but why didn’t I think of craftsanity? Let me know if you’d be interested in a quilt thing–here’s a link where I posted about the project online but without directions:

Comment from Sarah in Houston
Time: February 10, 2013, 7:29 pm

I would LOVE for you do come back to podcasting. I, like others, have missed hearing your adventures in person (so to speak). I look forward to you coming back.

Comment from Julie
Time: February 10, 2013, 8:18 pm

I’d love to hear a podcast from you! You’re extremely busy, though, so if it’s not fun and rewarding, forget it. I really enjoy your interviews.

Comment from Carolyn
Time: February 10, 2013, 9:17 pm

Count me as another who misses your podcasts! I appreciate you sharing your talents with us.

Comment from Abbey
Time: February 10, 2013, 11:47 pm

Please! Yes! I miss the podcast. I subscribe to many and yours was always the favourite. Your interview style really seems to suit the crafting person and the production was always top notch.

Do it! We miss you! :-)

Comment from EL
Time: February 11, 2013, 12:20 am

I too miss the podcast. I’d love to hear it again if you have the time to do it.

Comment from Mirjam
Time: February 11, 2013, 7:21 am

Great to hear from you again! I love the podcast, I love the way you interview the people, the time you take and the interest in the process the person has gone through. As a beading jewellery maker I would love to hear an interview with someone like Laura McCabe, Sherry Serafine or Heidi Kummli. But I listen to anything you do!

Comment from Glenna in TX
Time: February 11, 2013, 5:01 pm

Yes, please podcast again – I’ve missed your special “gift of crafting gab.” Glad to have you back on blogging world.

Comment from byneedleandthread
Time: February 11, 2013, 6:01 pm

I vote a HUGE YES!! for bringing back the podcast. I think you were my second ever podcast. Maybe even the first. I miss it a lot. Nice to hear about a variety of crafts most podcasts are craft specific.

Comment from Y
Time: February 12, 2013, 1:25 am

I would love to hear a new podcast! I miss them! I hope you have time to do them again! Some news about what you’ve been up to and some new techniques/trends you’ve seen would be fun, but really, your podcasts are awesome, so anything you can do would be great!

Comment from Ellen
Time: February 14, 2013, 6:46 pm

Yes! Podcast again!

Comment from MzTallulah
Time: February 15, 2013, 9:28 am

Yes please, I’d love to hear more of your podcasts, I love them because of their depth and range; most podcasts are limited to one craft, but you have interviewed so many different makers!

Comment from DianeP
Time: February 15, 2013, 7:44 pm

Welcome back! You surely were missed. Your cheerful words always make me happy to start the day here.

Hope all is well with you and your family. You’ve been missed, but glad to learn you’re back!

Comment from Rebekah
Time: February 15, 2013, 9:42 pm

I love listening to your podcast while I knit so please consider continuing! I especially loved your interview with Brett Bara, she was a delight to learn about and you ask just the right questions.

I am very interested in contributing a knitting pattern to your magazine. Do you have submission guidelines I can view? Glad to see you’re back!

Comment from Diana Klee
Time: February 16, 2013, 12:33 am

Nice to see you back! I would love knitting(my fav) or my new obsession, art journaling. Hope all is well!

Comment from Songbird
Time: February 16, 2013, 5:01 pm

Yes – please bring back the podcasts. They were inspiring! I really enjoyed hearing the simple but fantastics stories of the lives of so many women of our times. Stories that were woven with loves and dreams, and that revealed how restorative creativity and expression can be.

Comment from Holly U
Time: February 17, 2013, 9:42 pm

Adding my voice to the throng saying More Podcasts Please! As life allows, please bring it back!

Comment from mende
Time: February 19, 2013, 12:28 pm

yes yes yes! would love to have craftsanity podcast back!let me tell you craftsanity was a lifeline for me. so inspiring and encouraging! made me get up and go make something.

Comment from Christine W
Time: February 20, 2013, 6:00 pm

I miss the podcast! I haven’t found another craft podcast that I like as well. You are a great interviewer and also let your own personality shine through.

Comment from Kari H.
Time: February 21, 2013, 12:24 pm

That ship has NOT sailed! XOXO

Comment from Linda K
Time: February 21, 2013, 1:24 pm

Hi Jennifer
Oh yes please, I would love to hear you again, I always worked at quiet jobs whilst listening, one memorable job was cutting up a felled tree in my garden listening to your interview with the very ‘crafty’ family (sorry can’t remember their name), I always remember that when I’m tempted to tidy the garden again. You are our inspiration and have missed you while you have been silent, you have such a great interviewing technique.
Linda UK

Comment from Lynda A
Time: February 22, 2013, 10:39 pm

Your podcasts are the best and always welcome. I check weekly to see if you have had time to do one.

Comment from verity
Time: February 26, 2013, 7:13 am

Yes please! I still check back all the time…just in case. You have a wonderful talent and I enjoy listening to your podcasts so much!

Comment from Rebekah
Time: March 9, 2013, 8:49 am

LOVED the podcasts. I listened to them obsessively until I had heard them all. Miss them and hope you will do more!

Comment from Lea
Time: March 20, 2013, 1:01 am

Yes, I for one would LOVE to have the podcast back! I miss the Crafsanity podcast so much!

Comment from Maria
Time: April 20, 2013, 11:15 pm

Oh PLEASE do start podcasting again!!!! You are so awesome at interviewing and no one (to my knowledge) is doing what you did in terms of interviewing crafters and hearing about their journeys to get where they are in their artistry. I’d love to hear you again!!!

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