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CraftSanity Episode 19: "Whip Up" Something Wonderful With Kathreen Ricketson

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From a purple house with a bright red door in Canberra Australia, Kathreen Ricketson, a 34-year-old working mom, has created a new crafty portal that highlights the latest and greatest in the artsy, crafty world.

The site - - is fabulously addictive and wonderfully inspiring. It's all about "handcraft in a hectic world." It's an place for artists and crafters to share ideas and pass along information about the wonderful world of handcraft. On any given day there's usually a post of two to inspire the creative mind and delight the crafty senses.

The beauty of "Whip up" is that it calls upon the strengths of more than two dozen contributors who excel at a variety of creative specialties from fiber art to photography. Kathreen and her colleagues together comb the web for artists to celebrate and interesting bits of information to share with all of us who love making stuff.

There's even a motivating factor for creative types who need a little competitive motivation to get crafting. It's called Whiplash and it's a competition that requires entrants to create something over the weekend and submit a photo of it for a chance to win great prizes and kits. Participants can work in the medium of their choice. The only requirement is that folks create something inspired by a particular theme that Kathreen announces at the start of each contest.


Before she created "Whip up," Kathreen launched the popular Self Portrait Tuesday website, that has encouraged people from all over the world to document their lives and publish their photos on the web. Also, check out her Self Portrait Challenge site. Obvioulsy, Kathreen is on a roll. Tune in to this week's CraftSanity podcast find out more about her and where she gets these fantastic ideas.


Check out Kathreen's Red Current and Handy Projects blogs to read about the creative life she's living. (Her husband cooks with the mud oven above that he constructed in their yard.) And view some of her photographs here.

This week's project is a tutorial from Kathreen that shows how to make super cute pants for kids. The project is a great way to use that fabric you have stashed away while creating a one-of-kind look for a special child in your life.

ATTENTION LISTENERS: I NEED YOUR HELP! I'm planning to do a show or two about eco-friendly handcraft. So I'm collecting project ideas for creating cool stuff with recycled materials and want to hear about your favorite artists and crafters who specialize in earth-friendly crafting. Please send me your ideas and I'll be absolutely delighted to hear from you. Thanks!

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