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CraftSanity Podcast Episode 136: A story about how jewelry-making helped a young West Michigan woman heal

Caitlin Myler was turning left out of the parking lot of the Ottawa County bank call center where she worked when she spotted another motorist traveling fast over the hill. Their cars collided and the impact of the November 2011 crash changed the course of Caitlin’s life.

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 135: A Conversation with SAORI weaving instructor, Chiaki O’Brien

When Chiaki O’Brien rolls into Allegan County and sets up her SAORI weaving looms at the Michigan Fiber Festival this week, her students will learn right away that they are part of one of the happiest growing fiber art movements. I have not studied SAORI in any official capacity, but I ran to my loom […]

Let’s try something new to keep the CraftSanity Podcast going

Hello CraftSanity Friends! I’m taking a page from the playbook of the tech podcasters that my husband, Jeff, listens to and I’ve decided to begin using a service called Patreon to secure funding for my podcast. I’ll turn it over to him to explain how it works: *** It’s simple. Do you get value in […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 134: A conversation with East Lansing Tapestry Weaver Nancy McRay

A surprising gift led Nancy McRay in an unexpected direction shortly after she graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in advertising. “When I graduated from college… my parents gave me a floor loom as a present,” she said, recalling how the unusual gift left her feeling “dumbfounded and intrigued.” Although she was puzzled […]

CraftSanity Episode 133: A conversation with Runaway Press artist, Michelle Terry

Messy inks and a collection of wood and lead type eventually lured Michelle Terry, 30, of Wyoming, away from spending her professional life in front of a computer screen.

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 132: Conversations with ‘Little One-Yard Wonders’ authors Rebecca Yaker and Trish Hoskins

This episode of CraftSanity features mini-interviews with Twin Cities authors of “Little One-Yard Wonders: Irresistible Clothes, Toys, and Accessories You Can Make for Babies and Kids.” We start the show with a chat with Patricia “Trish” Hoskins, co-owner of Crafty Planet in Minneapolis, and then continue with another chat with Rebecca Yaker, a crafty lady […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode #131 – A conversation with Ambrose founder Adam Weiler

A summer camp romance and a $5,000 grant have given arts education a boost on the lakeshore where a small business is providing opportunities for kids to express themselves creatively. This is what happens when cupid and a creative guy named Adam Weiler cross paths with a lovely lady on a basketball court. But more […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode #130: A conversation with ‘A Garden to Dye For’ author, Chris McLaughlin

Hello, hello! After a bit of a hiatus, I’m back recording podcast interviews with artists and crafters. On episode #130, I’ll introduce you to California garden writer and fiber enthusiast Chris McLaughlin. A long-time gardener, Chris loves to extract color from her plants and recently wrote a book about it so others can swan dive into the […]

Remembering Kathreen

I don’t usually listen to my old podcasts, but today I listened to episode 19 an interview I recorded in 2006 with Kathreen Ricketson, the whipup.net creator, author and mother of two. Back then our kids were little and we talked about motherhood and crafting and the adventures she had before she become a mom. I […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 129: A Conversation with ‘Extra Yarn’ Author Mac Barnett and Illustrator Jon Klassen

If you found a box “filled with yarn or every color,” what would you do? When this happened to Annabelle, the little girl featured in the new picture book “Extra Yarn” written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen, she decided to knit herself a sweater. There was extra yarn left over, so she knit […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 128: A Conversation with Knit Designer Jean Moss

Yesterday I made a last-minute scramble to interview British knit designer Jean Moss via Skype. I had previously agreed to be part of her blog tour for her new book “Sweet Shawlettes: 25 Irresistible Patterns for Knitting Cowls, Capelets and More” and had planned to post a Q&A with her today. But then I started […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 127: A Conversation with Cookbook Author Diane Morgan

On this episode of the podcast I chat with award-winning cookbook author and culinary instructor, Diane Morgan, about the joys of gifting food for the holidays and her inspiring book on the topic: “Gifts Cooks Love: Recipes for Giving.” This interview was recorded last year and I’m so glad to finally post it so you […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 126: A Conversation with Artist and Cook, Yvette van Boven

As time passes I’m getting more and more into cooking and canning and baking. And some of my most recent cooking experiments have been inspired by Yvette van Boven, author of “Home Made: The Ulitmate DIY Cookbook, Featuring Over 200 From-Scratch Recipes.” What I love about Yvette’s book is that it truly unique. Her easy […]

CraftSanity Episode 125: A Conversation With Craft Book Author and TV Host Brett Bara

Hi folks! Today I’m bringing you a new episode of CraftSanity featuring a conversation with Brett Bara, crafter, author, TV host and jello mold enthusiast. This podcast is part of Brett’s blog tour to promote her new book “Sewing in a Straight Line: Quick & Crafty Projects You Can Make By Simply Sewing Straight.” I […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 124: A conversation with Aimee Ray

After a short hiatus, the CraftSanity Podcast is back with an interview with Aimee Ray, a graphic designer, crafter and embroidery book author. You may know Aimee from her blog and you may have shopped for crafty wares at her Etsy shop, too. Aimee is the author of “Doodle Stitching” and “Doodle Stitching: The Motif […]