CraftSanity Episode 16: Craftster Founder Leah Kramer Takes Us Behind the Scenes
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If you craft, you probably know all about Craftster.org, the
fantastically addictive web forum that's like an online craft night that never ends. On this episode of CraftSanity, you're going to hear from the one and only Leah Kramer, the woman who launched Craftster in 2003 and has watched its member base grow to more than 60,000 crafty people around the globe.

Hip crafters can visit the site at any hour of the day and search a massive database of project tutorials to figure out how to make just about anything from crocheted Wonder Woman power braclets to shoes decorated with Starburst wrappers or some funky fabric jewelry. Because of Leah's just-right blend of computer science knowledge and love of all things crafty, we can search for project tutorials, show off our latest creations and seek crafty advice from peer experts around the globe.

As if Craftster wasn't enough of a contribution to DIYers everywhere, Leah, 31, of Boston, is part-owner of a cool store called Magpie. The store, in Somervile, Mass., stocks original creations from artists, crafters and indie designers. She is also is an organizer of Bazaar Bizarre punk rock craft fair in Boston.

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Leah and I recently chatted about the creation of Craftster, her decision to leave her day job to keep it running, her collection of vintage craft magazines and her fun new book, "The Craftster Guide to Nifty, Thrifty and Kitschy Crafts: Fifty Fabulous Projects from the Fifties and Sixties.

Check out that fantastic fabric necklace Leah and I were talking about during the podcast.



And here's an easy etched glass how-to from Leah.



This episode features a song called "Extraordinary Girl" by Jack in the Pulpit supplied by the Podsafe Music Network.

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