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I love to hear your feedback, suggestions and even complaints. E-mail me at or send letters to:
Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood
CraftSanity Podcast producer
P.O. Box 888192
Grand Rapids, MI 49588-8192


Comment from Lis
Time: March 15, 2008, 3:43 am

Hi – I like your site, your writing, & your pics.
I can’t imagine how busy you are sorting out the site change but I just switched over to the new RSS feed and noticed there were a few teeny tiny things that need attention. The feed will show up in my Google Reader but the title of your feed is blank (empty) & there are a few html orphans in ‘categories’, etc. I don’t think there is room here for me to paste in the entire code w/ corrections here – only 4 or 5 issues, but a lot of text in between them. You can run your feed through and it lists the issues (and suggest fixes) line by line.
Thanks for creating such a beautiful blog.

Comment from Donna
Time: March 17, 2008, 2:26 am

Hi Jennifer

I have listened to all of your podcasts, well up until christmas. And for whatever reason I never got any more through itunes. I just assumed that you had stopped. Then recently I have been drawn to fitness and running (partly inspired by you), I was searching to find your blog to see how you were going. Then to my delight I found dozens of episodes that I haven’t heard. Even though you hadn’t actually gone anywhere I am glad that you are still podcasting. I am looking forward to my runs even more now!

Comment from Sue Lester
Time: March 21, 2008, 3:08 am

I have the same problem as Lis. The title of your feed is blank on my Google homepage.

Comment from sharon dale
Time: March 31, 2008, 9:18 pm

I love your podcast ! I am 58 . I recently got a job as a letter carrier with the usps. I listen to your podcasts while I am delivering the mail. This is the first time I have been to your web site. Your girls are cuties. I had a dog I found that looks just like yours. I live in Anchorage, Alaska

Comment from Kathleen Fisher
Time: April 7, 2008, 10:56 pm

The Anna Maria Horner interview was the first of your podcasts I listened to and I am hooked. Your questions probe so deep below the surface … the resulting conversations give real insights into each artist, their philosophies and practice. Plus, I’m picking up a lot of tips for my own career. PS I’m a fellow apron addict.

Comment from jennifer
Time: April 7, 2008, 11:14 pm

Hi Ladies. Thank you all for leaving comments. We recently overhauled the website and haven’t worked out all the bugs yet. Thanks for letting me know about the quirks you’ve noticed. We’re on the case.

Comment from Nina Payne
Time: April 12, 2008, 7:41 am

Thank you so much for the wonderfull article in last Sundays paper. We have had a wonderful responce and had over 10 new sewers and a number of donations as a result, we had to have more chairs brought over from our Plainfield store to accomodate everyone. Thanks again.


Comment from tammy
Time: May 8, 2008, 12:05 pm

Not sure what’s going on but when I look at the podcast site, it’s not showing me anything after episode #71. Strange. Anyways, I’m eager to listen the new shows that I found on the left of the screen under “latest podcasts” – so excited that there is new stuff afterall!

Comment from Donna Chappell Sisk
Time: May 16, 2008, 8:01 am

Hello Jennifer,
I just discovered your podcast and I love it! Wow! Your interview are amazing and so inspiring. Thanks! Please keep up the good work. I plan to support your podcast and I don’t do that very ofte.

Thanks, Donna

Comment from Natasha
Time: May 22, 2008, 8:26 am

I just came across your blog today through dulcescreations on the fora there. Will be bakc to read more.

Comment from Samantha
Time: May 25, 2008, 4:35 am

Just wondering if you have decided on the winners of the Sublime comp.
Love the site.

Comment from sheilacjones
Time: May 31, 2008, 9:40 am

Hi Jennifer,

I have visited your site once or twice in the last 9 months but have just got to grips with podcasting and my ipod! Hooray, as I have loved listening to your podcasts and interviews with crafters. Thank you so much for all you do. I am in England, in the UK and although we are getting better with our crafting, we still don’t have the same community feel as you do over in the US. It’s a great thing that the internet allows us way over the ocean to hear from all you wonderful crafters.
I love dabbling in all sorts of crafts and since I reduced my day job to part time I have had more of a chance to get into quilting, knitting and crochet. I love to make cards and altered books too. You can see some of my ‘makes’ on my blog (
I am looking forward to listening to more of the CS archives.
Thanks again for all you are doing.


Comment from Christina
Time: June 13, 2008, 2:00 pm

Just want to say thank you for your utube video on continental knitting and purling. This method actually takes away stress from my whole body. I enjoy knitting now. Thank you thank you!!

Comment from T2
Time: June 14, 2008, 9:29 pm

I just recently discovered the podcast and am thoroughly enjoying it. Your interviews are both entertaining and informative. I wanted to suggest a couple people for interviews. Since I’m new to your podcast, it’s possible you’ve already interviewed them and I just haven’t gotten to their shows yet. Annette Petavey and Vicki Damon

Keep up the great work. I look forward to hearing more.

Comment from eesh
Time: June 16, 2008, 9:07 pm

Oh Jennifer I love you podcast! I was browsing around flickr to get some inspiration and I came across this I immediately thought about your obsession with aprons and I was listening to an earlier podcast where you were saying you never got around to making those tie skirts that were in way back when. And I said to myself, why Jennifer could make a tie apron instead! So maybe you can finally put all those ties to some good use!

Comment from the craft whore
Time: June 26, 2008, 10:32 pm

ooh i’m so excited to have found you. have you seen my videos?

yours in crafts,
stacy mcqueen
the craft whore

Comment from Laura
Time: July 1, 2008, 8:13 pm

Your podcast is my favorite. It is so inspiring! After I listen to each of your interviews, I suddenly have a burst of creative energy and feel like I need to add yet another craft to my repetoire! I have recommended it to many friends and family members and I even happened upon your continental knitting clip on YouTube. I’ve taught myself how to do the knit stitch but I’m still working on perfecting the purl! I do have one note about a technical thing. The sound quality is very uneven, or is it just my ears? Your introduction is very clear and loud, but nearly all your interviews are so soft that I can’t hear it even when turned full-blast on my external speakers. Maybe that can be amped up a bit at some point in the future? Thanks so much!

Comment from Yarn Hungry Hog
Time: July 18, 2008, 8:05 pm

Hi there Jennifer! Just to let you know I was surfing YouTube and found your podcast on Continental Knitting Demo. I must say, as a left-hander I do my Continental differently. I will definitely try your method since it looks easier and faster than mine.
Anyway, just to let you know I plug your CKD in my blog. I was surprised that I got some quick responses.
Thank you. And definitely, your blog will be in my ADD TO FAVORITES.

Comment from Nick Ramos
Time: July 28, 2008, 9:14 pm

I really enjoy your podcast… your energy and the fact that you wear aprons in public. Not sure if I am crafty… I have started a quilt (queen size, because there’s no point to start things small… and if one day I finish, I’ll actually be able to use it on my bed). But I find your guests inspirational, even though it has nothing to do with what I do. I found out about your blog recently and have been listening to several hours a day. Your personal and quirk style makes you interesting… and you even made me feel guilty about my lack of excercise, so I plan to lace up and get back to running. I’ll stay tuned …. Many Thanks!

Comment from Shawnee Halligan
Time: July 28, 2008, 10:08 pm

I enjoyed your cast with Meg, and you mentioned National Wear Your Apron Day — there IS a day, and it’s the Monday after Mother’s Day. So, put this on your calendar for next year!!

Comment from AllyB
Time: August 3, 2008, 6:54 am

Hey Jennifer! I’ve had many people mention they read your article about the Web-Heads and found it interesting. Thanks for giving me my 15 minutes of fame, LOL. You’re the best!

Comment from ELLA WILLIAMS
Time: September 15, 2008, 10:12 pm


Comment from Tracy
Time: September 17, 2008, 5:32 am

Love your new apron. It is fun with a sophisticated flair. I vote to save your embroidered logo for another fun piece. Did you design it? Is there a pattern available for purchase? Thanks for your daily inspiration.

Comment from Monika Morrow
Time: November 4, 2008, 9:42 am

I just Adore Amy Butler and her designs! I was so excited to listen to the interview you did with her. When my baby brother and his wife had their first baby, I made “The Weekender” bag designed by Amy for them as a diaper bag. They just loved it! Thanks so much for the wonderful show you do and all the exciting people you have on.
Thanks again!
Monika Morrow
Smithville, TX.

Comment from Amy
Time: January 1, 2009, 7:02 pm

I am looking through your site and love seeing all the fabulous colors and fun! It is so inspiring and is filling my head with all sorts of ideas!!!
I’m not sure if you have done anything with your “little stitches” or not, but if I had done something like this with my children I think it would be fun to save all and make a type of quilt/blanket for when they are older. Maybe one a holiday or year or just your favorite memories???
Just a thought…
Keep up the great blog!

Comment from I heart craft sanity
Time: January 9, 2009, 12:27 pm

I love your podcast. I think you are an awesome woman and I have listened to every single one of your shows, many more than once. However, it drives me crazy when you interrupt your guests to chime in! Your comments are always valid, but I also want them to finish what they are saying. You are probably so excited about connecting with a thought, but please, let people finish and then chip in with your great response.

Comment from san
Time: March 13, 2009, 9:46 am

Hi, been listening for a while, I wonder how you crafted a career in the print, and media business, can I interview you?

Comment from Angeline
Time: March 24, 2009, 12:56 pm

I enjoy your podcast so much, I even went back and listened to most of the archives! I would love to share some of your posts with my friends on facebook. Is there any chance you could add a bookmarking tool? I think this one is free
Thank you for everything you put into craftsanity, I always look forward to new posts and podcasts!

Comment from jan olmstead
Time: April 1, 2009, 6:56 am

Hi Jennifer

I saw a pic of girls in “pillowcase dresses” on the SewHip website and they looked so much like APRONS, I thought of you.

Here is the url

Comment from Mary
Time: May 4, 2009, 8:54 am

Hi Jennifer…I featured your blog on mine. I hope that’s ok with you. I think the cuff bracelet is so cute. I only found you this morning and your blog has so many different things on it, I have only just begun to check it out. Happy crafting!!!

Comment from mara
Time: May 20, 2009, 6:36 am

hi jennifer, just a note to say that i’m listening to all your podcasts, starting from #1 and enjoying every single one (i’m on 18 right now). i love your casual style and humor and the in-depth conversations. great stuff! many thanks! mara

Comment from Mary Hefferan
Time: May 26, 2009, 9:44 am

Thanks so much for your inspiration, courage and advice! Thanks for pointing me to the tools I need to build my lifeboat. Mary.

Comment from Kate in Somerset, UK
Time: June 2, 2009, 9:20 am

Hi Jennifer

A dandelion convert:

Carol Klein is my favourite gardening writer/broadcaster.

Comment from lisa
Time: June 13, 2009, 10:21 am

News travels fast. My mother who lives in Whitehall Michigan called the other morning when she saw you on tv 13 Take 5. She knew I had been looking for a pattern for pop tab purses. I live in Ohio, and don’t get channel 13 so I went on line to see if I could find you. WaLa!
Here you are! Do you give out instructions on how to make the purses? I have found some videos on it put none are done well and leave a lot out. I would greatly appreciate any help I could get. Thanks, Lisa

Comment from Ann
Time: June 26, 2009, 8:36 am

Hi Jennifer, just wanted to let you know I mentioned your podcasts on my blog, All Things Paper, this morning. I enjoy your topics so much and also your cheery voice. :-) Best success!

Comment from Darla
Time: July 9, 2009, 5:35 pm


I am a new podcast listener (to all podcasts), new quilter, and long time crafter (although I haven’t crafted a lot in recent years, some is coming back to me). I started with your first podcast and am only in the 30’s or so now. I haven’t spent a ton of time on blogs yet, because most of my podcasting is done to/from/at work – no internet at work for us.

I just love your podcast. Your interview skills are amazing. How you very easily draw out long and good answers from the people you interview, is just wonderful. I realize you come from this background, but still I think you’re talented in the conversational arts. I loved your crossover podcast with Sister Diane at Crafty Pod.

I also wanted to say (at least in these early episodes), I also have issues with sound quality at times. Like Laura above said, it starts out loud & clear during the pre and post show (which I also love!), and interviews are a lot more quiet in general and hard to hear. I am sure that things get better as the episodes get closer to the present time, but if not I wanted to point them out.

Keep up the good work!

Comment from Liz Toscano
Time: August 4, 2009, 10:24 pm

Just wanted to let you know I admire your site and work. Making a turkey that is really pretty, I’ll send you the finished picture and maybe you will like. 65 and clicking along and hope to be able to contribute to your site, love the birdies, do some birdie things myself but with feathers, birds are my passion. Sincerely, Liz T.

Comment from Karen
Time: August 18, 2009, 12:37 pm

THANKS FOR THE GREAT PODCASTS! I found you about a month ago and you have been filling my days at work ever since.

Comment from bonita coulson
Time: August 30, 2009, 4:03 pm

I stumbled upon your site, when I was looking for something to do w/ “yarn” made from t-shirts…..I love you site…..I’ve never heard of you before, and would love to get a hold of your book! Please let me win. I am also going to make some of those t-shirt bags!

Comment from gwyn
Time: September 3, 2009, 9:13 am

I bet you would LOVE this site!!! It is a collage artist’s
dream come true of imagery and layering:

Comment from Tami Knox
Time: September 11, 2009, 1:03 pm

I’m interested in buying one of the rug sized looms. Will you let me know when one is available?

Comment from claudia kufta lapham
Time: September 15, 2009, 5:27 am

Dear Jennifer, I have been a long time listener and I’m a fan! I live in Roseburg, Or. and I’m originally from Muskegon. I’ll be visiting my folks the end of September and you inspired the trip. You brought to my attention Art Prize, I got so excited and decided to fly home and immerse myself in creativity from around the world. I too am a maker of things. I’m creating cards and holiday centerpieces at the moment and I’m thinking of opening a shop on Etsy. I’ve been selling at our farmers market and can relate to your new adventure. Thanks for your infectious enthusiasm, your professionalism and your desire to reach out and share.

Comment from Nancy Jacobs
Time: September 25, 2009, 3:06 pm

Hi Jennifer,
I found you a couple of months ago and have been going through and listening to past episodes as I’ve really enjoyed your podcasts. You have a great style and your interviewees are interesting. I just wanted to say that episode 83 on art journaling really spoke to me. I do many crafts, especially basket weaving, and have seen art journaling but had not tried it. Through your interview with Dawn Devries I’ve become inspired to give art journaling a whirl and I look forward to seeing what I come up with. Art journaling is such a free-form art and I’m not used to that but am ready to branch out. Thanks for the inspiration and keep up the great work. I look forward to each episode.

Comment from andrea
Time: October 17, 2009, 11:17 am


I recently started listening to your show and I really enjoy it. I have been listening to past episodes in random order and just listened to the one from summer where you are talking about leaving your full time job. I just want to say – Thanks for the inspiration.

Believe me, I am not trying to “plug” my blog, but I posted a commercial featuring the owner of Sam Adams talking about starting the brewery -

Comment from andrea
Time: October 17, 2009, 11:19 am

Oops – somehow I accidently submitted my previous entry before it was finished – but the first few seconds of the commercial totally inspired me to cut my hours and pursue the things that I love.

Anyway – good luck!

Comment from Maria
Time: November 7, 2009, 10:22 am

So glad to have found your blog through the Daily Stitch Blog – – Love the Christmas Napkins Patterns.
I’d love to subscribe via email. Can you make that type of subscription available please?

I’ll add you to my blog, too.
I’m sure my readers will enjoy yours as much as I do.

Thank you.

Comment from Dawn Chesnut
Time: November 11, 2009, 5:53 pm

Do you know any crafters looking for a venue on 12/5/09? We still need crafters.
GRIF Arts & Craft Fair, December 5, 2009, 8am – 3pm
Located at Grand Rapids International Fellowship, 3765 Kalamazoo Avenue, Kentwood, MI. Free Admission. All booths will feature handcrafted fine arts & crafts. Student ministries is sponsoring this event as a fundraiser for their mission trip, June 2010. Are you a crafter? We are looking for crafters. Booths are 12’ x 10’, $40. All items must be handmade arts and crafts. No resales or home show items.

Comment from theaxx
Time: November 24, 2009, 6:58 pm

Greetings!!!!!!! I’m a dedicated listener, just wanted to check. I get the podcast via itunes, but only every 3/4 weeks or so. Am I missing some? Should I be doing something different with itunes to get it weekly??

Sorry for the bother..


Comment from Shirley
Time: December 19, 2009, 12:20 pm

I on was watching Take Five Dec. 18,09. Was wondering if you could send me the directions on making bows.

Comment from Carol
Time: January 2, 2010, 10:04 am

We have several items to be donated for Congress School or any other one who needs craft items, too many to mail.
Please advise where to take them.

Comment from jennifer
Time: January 2, 2010, 11:18 am

Hi Carol. We don’t have a central drop out off point, so we’ve been picking up donations. You can e-mail me to tell me where you live, or you can mail your items to me at P.O. Box 888192, Grand Rapids, MI, 49588-8192. Thank you!

Comment from Allison
Time: January 2, 2010, 9:35 pm

You rock. Keep ‘em coming Jennifer – we love your podcast and we love you too! I hope 2010 is ‘your’ year!

Comment from JayeL
Time: January 7, 2010, 12:56 pm

I don’t know where this is in relation to where you are, but I thought your kids might get a kick out of getting a free Bao:


Comment from Andrea
Time: January 9, 2010, 1:49 pm

I just listened to one of your older podcasts and you talked about going on a “craft diet”. The timing could not have been more perfect because I was gearing up to buy more fabric for a project that I already have enough fabric for.

Your comments inspired me to use what I have already.


Comment from LINDA UK
Time: January 10, 2010, 6:21 am

Just wanted to let you know I appreciate you putting all the effort into bringing us podcasts, they are always a highlight of my week.

Comment from Jaci UK
Time: March 18, 2010, 6:21 pm

Jennifer, thank you for all that you do with these podcasts. It is always inspiring and I’ve decided after listening to a load of your casts that 2010 will be the year I finally get myself a craft blog & stop lurking. And maybe do some pod-ing of my own as there are a bunch of British crafters I want to know more about! Its always a joy to listen to your podcasts whilst doing some crafty fun. I am mainly into textiles – sewing & felting but my first love was paper. usually cutting it into little bits much to my parents chagrin! I can knit a few stiches & crochet granny squares. My main trouble is finding storage! But I guess that is a problem for most of us craftsters… Thanks again x

Comment from robin
Time: April 7, 2010, 3:35 am

Hi there,

I have a couple of suggestions for guests for your show (which I am listening to EVERY SINGLE ONE!). Gussy Sews aka Maggie Whitely and Lois at Foxy G Knits

Thanks for all you contribute to the crafting community.

Comment from Anne
Time: April 18, 2010, 12:55 pm

Love your show and have recommended it to a gal here who wants to start an illistration business.

On sewing – I got excited about sewing again and making patterns from your Cal Patch interview. My problem is that I live in a small city and the only fabric available is from the big national fabric stores who seem to have lost the fashion fabric portion of the business. I can not buy the cheap fabric and put my time into it. I need to take the leap of ordering on line, but part of the fun of buying fabric is feeling it.

Keep up the good work. I look forward to your pod casts.

Comment from Kip
Time: April 20, 2010, 7:10 am

I have been following you for years and absolutely LOVE your podcast: love the subjects you choose, love that the interviews are so thorough and long, and love that you are such an informed interviewer. Thank you!

One person I would really thrilled to see you profile is illustrator/designer/crafter Geninne Zlatkis. Her blog is here:

She’s been featured on Apartment Therapy, her illustrations were used on pillows at Urban Outfitters, and her life seems just brimming with beautiful crafty goodness!

Comment from jennifer
Time: April 20, 2010, 8:15 am

Thanks for your kind remarks, Kip. And what an excellent suggestion. Thank you! : )

Comment from Lindy
Time: June 18, 2010, 12:10 am

I love you podcast Jennifer. I have a question I have sorta know someone that makes bears out of of name brand fabrics. She went to a craft show to sale her bears and one was made from cowboy fabric. Another lady that was there told her she couldn’t sale that because it said cowboy’s on it. What is your views on this? Can you make crafts or quilts out of cowboy, Ou, Texas fabrics or do you have to get rights to sale these brands?

Comment from Ronald B. Gamble
Time: July 25, 2010, 10:44 am

dear jennifer, before my mother died of cancer she taught me how to kint and sew, i’m a black man,brown or whatever,but any way i’m a better sewer than knitter, i can make a beautiful scarf but been having trouble making a hat and gloves can’t seem to join the seems together, can you recommend a book to make it easier, usually don’t kint until the long cold days of winter,since i’m a new C.D.l. operator i might take so needles on the road. i’m bound and determined to learn how to do this, a skill i would like to pass to my grand daughter, thank you very much. Ronald.

Comment from Julia P.
Time: September 16, 2010, 1:10 pm

Hello Jennifer, I really like your Podcast. Crafting is snowballing on me and with that the will to be more enterprising. I do cross stitching and paper cuts and have a box full of stuff – listening to your podcasts is really inspiring and I just listened to the Sue Hausman cast and loved it. I always forget that there are other people who don’t craft and that a little knowledge morsel on how to do things or a little self-made gift are welcome (and I love the repeated message of not pointing out the mistakes/snags in the work). Anyway, just wanted to show appreciation.


Comment from carole mieras
Time: September 21, 2010, 8:52 pm

Where or to whom can we donate a large bag of new yarn to??I’m trying to help my sister in law find a good home for the yarn .Thank you we enjoy your column every Sunday.Carole Mieras

Comment from Todd
Time: September 28, 2010, 1:44 am

I was wondering if you had experience with hot knives for cutting foam? Do you have any recommendations?

I am delving into some creative foam forms and I am not having much luck with precision cutting upholstery / memory foam (too many jagged edges… cant get a clean cut)

Any suggestions?

Comment from jennifer
Time: September 28, 2010, 5:26 pm

Hi Todd. I don’t have a lot of experience cutting foam, but I’m thinking that someone at your local art supply shop might be able to help you. If that doesn’t work, I’d call a local floral designer on the off chance that he or she could recommend a solid knife for cutting through foam. I know they cut a lot of it. I hope this helps. Good luck!

Comment from Kaja
Time: October 14, 2010, 3:00 am

I’ve been listening to your podcasts to and from work now for a while. Great way to start the day! Some of them (like CrochetDude, and the running knitter) I have actually listened to twice!

I have two questions. Do you have any pictures of you wearing your aprons? I still have a hard time trying to imagine how you look like wearing them. A “just coming out of the kitchen” or “hip and stylish”.

Second one is what these emerging crafters live off. I heard one of the shows. “I was living in new york and for five months I was working one day a week in a yarn store, and doing my crafting the other time during five months, until I started teaching”. Well yeah? But how did she pay the rent? Did she have a lot of money tucked away before or a very rich husband. I sure could not live of getting paid one day a week.

My business has started rolling, but I still have a daytime job (and two kids 4&6) and I would looove to do my business more of the time (and hopefully get less sleep deprived), but I am not sure of how I could handle that financially? Any thoughts about this? Perhaps an idea for a new podcast?

Comment from Penny B.
Time: October 19, 2010, 7:48 am

Hi Jen –

I think I read on this site last year a list of holiday craft shows that you compiled. I was wondering if you are doing such this year? If so, I would like add one to the list.

Penny Pots and Friends will hold its holiday sale on November 20th (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) at the Green Township Hall in Paris, MI. We offer handmade pottery, jewelry, repurposed felted items, handmade cards, snuggler blankets, birdfeeders,

You can check us out on Facebook. Just copy and paste this link.!/pages/Penny-Pots-and-Friends/192836609904

Thanks so much,


Is there any way we can make that happen?

Comment from Wulf Higgins
Time: October 28, 2010, 8:15 pm

Just wanted to tell you I ordered Linda Tieu’s Pensieri zine, and I LOVE IT. So glad to have heard about it on the podcast. Yay sponsors!


Comment from Laura Graham
Time: February 24, 2011, 9:05 am

I listen to your podcasts while I am working as a custodian @ my church and it makes my workday much more enjoyable. I also have purchased your magazine and loved just reading it let alone doing the projects. I am looking forward to #2 issue. Thanks for your blog updates so that we don’t worry where you are at. (Sorry, I am a MOM and moms worry). In the meantime godspeed with your magazine printing. Thank you for all your work and inspiration!

Comment from Marcia Stalder
Time: March 7, 2011, 12:14 am

I watched your video and I need some help on tearing the fabric and making the stitches with the sewing maching across the fabric before tearing it. I don’t understand that part. Can you help me with it.


Comment from Tera
Time: March 25, 2011, 5:12 pm

I’m sure someone has already suggested it but any hope of seeing carry your books? How about the Craft Room at 18Mile and Rochester Rd?

Comment from Carrie MacGillis
Time: May 19, 2011, 1:46 pm

I sent you an email, hope to hear from you soon!! :)

Comment from kelly soriano
Time: May 22, 2011, 12:00 am

Hi, I just found your Magazine while reading the article about Kim Lasher. I adore her dolls. I also wanted to share some of my craft work with you that I have made doll clothing with vintage linens and fabrics and notions. Thought you might like to see. The are on my past outfits created page on my websight.
Sincerely Kelly Soriano

Comment from Nicole McCarthy
Time: July 22, 2011, 7:01 am

Hi Jennifer,
You encourage feedback, so I thought I’d send some. I’ve just started listening to your shows and I LOVE THEM. I’m in Sydney Australia, a mother of a 6 month old and a three (and a half) year old, and podcasts like yours are my SANITY. I developed a internet/craft business idea making lampshades while I was pregnant but have had to shelve that idea for a while as life with two children seems to swamp me. Although I’m not a dyed in the wool crafter (pardon the bad pun) I do love the therapeutic value of making something from beautiful materials.
I love hearing the stories from all the talented women (and men) you interview. I’m quietly nurturing the dream of having home-based craft business. Your podcasts really help fuel that dream. Especially in the wee hours. I have no idea HOW you manage to do the blog, books and podcasts and have time to make stuff, but good on you for doing it. It’s inspiring others. Cheers, Nicole

Comment from jennifer
Time: July 22, 2011, 12:10 pm

Thanks for your kind feedback, Nicole. I really appreciate it and I’m so glad that you’re enjoying the show. Comments like yours inspire me to keep going. Thank you!

Comment from jennifer
Time: August 20, 2011, 12:36 am

Hi Laura. I have heard about this product, but have yet to get my hands on one. Once I put the fall issue of the magazine to bed, I’ll have to search for a Knook. It sounds intriguing. Thanks for commenting. Let me know what you think about this product if you try it out. Cheers!

Comment from Nouveau Stitch
Time: August 30, 2011, 12:23 pm

Hi Jennifer…just throwing it out there that I’d be happy to volunteer in whatever way you might need my assistance (I do a mean Starbuck’s run) and I have lots of spare time. MSU Comm grad w/tons of crafting experience. I’m in mid-Michigan but get to the west side as well as Detroit often. Help me help you!

Comment from Kathy
Time: September 6, 2011, 11:46 pm

Do you still have the wooden coaster, potholder, placemat and rug loom available?

Comment from jennifer
Time: September 9, 2011, 10:11 am

Yes, Kathy, I still make all those looms. Feel free email me and let me know what you’re looking for.

Comment from Jill
Time: October 1, 2011, 9:16 pm

Thinking of you and your many aprons as I’m about to go work on an apron for me to wear at my son’s first birthday. The theme is The Very Hungry Caterpillar, so how could I pass on an apron made from TVHC fabric :) And, the party isn’t until next Saturday! (I’ll be up late enough the night before with food and the cake, I’m sure.) Anyhow, wanted to let you know you aren’t alone in your apron addiction.

Comment from meryl
Time: November 28, 2011, 3:53 pm

can u please let me know how to find the graph paper that u have for your book loom. I can’t locate it on your site. and is there any other info on how to work her loom.

thank you

Comment from Stacie
Time: November 29, 2011, 10:35 pm

Love your show! Handmakers of the world unite! ;)


Comment from Jan Stave
Time: December 24, 2011, 12:26 am

Love your 5th addition Magazine! Merry Christmas!

Comment from jennifer
Time: December 26, 2011, 12:47 pm

Thanks for reading, Jan. Happy holidays!

Comment from Misty Richmond
Time: January 12, 2012, 10:56 pm

Hey there Jennifer,

I’ve been listening to your podcasts for a few weeks now and in one of the last ones you mentioned that you sometimes feel like you’re talking to your imaginary friends. Which made me realize that I am one of those imaginary people who hasn’t yet written you to say thank you. So…. I did my best to wash the blue dye off of my hands (I’m making felt baby shoes and was dying them) so that I could actually write you instead of just thinking “hey, I should really write her”.

I’m guessing I’m not the only person who finds herself elbow deep in wool or concrete mix (one of my favorite things, by the way) thinking- “I believe I may actually be insane”. Because it seems that most people find sitting in front of a computer for eight hours at a time perfectly acceptable, while making something that you could just as easily buy at a box store reeks of wasting time. But I can’t help myself…. I don’t care that I could buy x thing and save myself the trouble. It’s the figuring it out and the sanity that comes from the lovely tactile feel of the pieces coming together to create something that’s uniquely yours. And listening to your podcasts (and my god, I’ve listened to a LOT of them lately) makes me realize that I’m not the only one who feels that way. And that is a very valuable thing indeed, my friend. So, thank you. Really. Thank you with a blueberry on top.

Oh, it was also incredible to hear you mention that you had stayed up until 3am working on something in another podcast. My fiance and I both work from home and don’t have a huge place (thank you San Francisco Bay Area housing prices… we shall rent tiny places until we die, I fear), so I can’t really get into my projects until he’s closed his laptop and is done with work for the day. So the night time is my time to work on the fun stuff and too often I find myself looking up to realize that it’s 3:30am and I’ve still got a living room full of felting/sewing/resin stuff to clean up before I can even think about going to sleep. Which is another thing that can make a girl feel insane. So it’s nice to know that I’m not the only night owl on the planet.

I haven’t really had a chance to get as many projects online as I’d like and I’m still trying to figure out a better name for it, but for now, you can check out my not so finished craft blog at Or my photography website (that’s my day job) at I know you’re a busy woman though, so I don’t expect you to look at them… but thought I’d include the links just in case you just happen to find yourself sitting in front of your computer twiddling your thumbs thinking “man, I’d love to find a blog with pictures of a concrete fire pit table” (as most people do from time to time).

Again, thank you!


Comment from Dani Vilella
Time: January 13, 2012, 1:10 pm

Do you accept pattern submissions? How does one submit? Are there guidelines for submission available on the website?

Comment from Deepa
Time: February 21, 2012, 11:40 pm

Hi Jennifer, I recently discovered T-shirt yarn and then your fabulous patchwork rug on Petite Purls.
You mention a 13 peg Craftsanity loom but all I can find on your etsy shop are coaster looms and potholder looms. I’m thinking the one you used for the rug is somewhere in between. Will it be available in your shop sometime again soon? My almost 5 year old would love this loom and I can see her industriously working on a rug for her room. :) Thanks.

Comment from Cathleen Moses
Time: July 13, 2012, 6:09 pm

Thank you Jennifer for a great podcast and blog. I just wanted to let you know that I mentioned you in my blog as well. Cathy

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Comment from Linda Miller
Time: September 7, 2012, 2:25 pm

I’m interested in purchasing one 17 peg potholder maker and do not see it on estybed.
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Comment from Edna McWilliams
Time: September 10, 2012, 5:58 pm

tried to sign up for craftsanity but it keep on wanting a pass work did not except mine

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Time: October 21, 2012, 10:08 pm

Read your posting from September 30th, and feel for you having a week long headache. Our bodies truly do speak to us, and when we don’t listen the pain and discomfort scream to get our attention. My body balks at me when I stress it out . I have learned that deep breathing with peppermint, stretching arms, neck and shoulders can be great helpers. Ice packs for 20 minutes on the back or upper shoulders are a comfort. Life gets complicated, and being a mom is a special job. But you need to take care of yourself to enjoy life. I hope these tips help.

Comment from jackelyn
Time: November 24, 2012, 12:40 am

i will like to know how to get the head band pattern or head scarf pattern thank you in advance

Comment from colleen patrick
Time: December 3, 2012, 12:24 pm

My neice would love your looms for her 15th birthday on Sat. She lives in New York and I am going there on Friday and would love to take a couple of your looms to her for her birthday. Since I need them immediately I am wondering if I could come to Grand Rapids to pick them up? I live in Bloomfield Hills and I do not see any stores near here that carry them. Could you please help me as when i was with my neice at Thanksgiving she made a loom out of cardboard to make placements for her grandparents so I knlow she would love your products. Thanks Colleen Patrick

Comment from Janet
Time: May 1, 2013, 7:10 pm

I will try this venue to request a 17 peg loom. I have sent five emails with you replying once confirming my order. But since the first request Feb 26th I still do not see the loom available for me on etsy. Please advise.

Comment from Emily
Time: December 28, 2013, 11:12 am

I would like to purchase a placemat loom. Could you please let me know if you have one available and the process for purchasing. Thank you!


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I am interested in a 17 peg loom but do not see it offered on Etsy any longer. Any chance they will be available soon? Thank you.

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