EP. 49 // Intentional Memory Keeping w/ NICOLE REAVES

Today on the podcast we are thrilled to share with you our friend and fellow Awesome Lady, Nicole Reaves. She is a wife, a mama to one of each, and a life-long Michigander. She has been scrapbooking through a variety of formats over the last 13 years, though after several bouts of overwhelm + burnout, Nicole recently simplified her approach to memory-keeping to involve more intention + less stuff. As she rediscovers her authentic voice + style, Nicole has committed to mindful consumption in order to live, and document, her best life.

EP. 49 // NICOLE REAVES | Crafty Ass Female

SUMMARY //

Nicole Reaves talks to A + K about how she got into scrapbooking 13 years ago, why she started blogging + how it’s evolved. She also discusses her 20 Questions ‘birthday tradition’ books, the backstory behind them, & how they’ve become what they are now!

The ladies then chat about Nicole’s choice to leave Instagram, and how her mental health and the passing of her mother contributed to her decision to finally do it. She talks about the value of her newsletter as a creative outlet and upcoming December Daily®. YAY!

FAVORITE QUOTEs FROM THE EP //

Nicole on why she decided to leave Instagram :

“It really was kind of a long time coming. The short answer of why I ended up deleting it was probably, mostly, just mental health issues. I wasn’t dealing with comparison or anything so much, but I was noticing that I would go on there feeling horrible, and I would leave feeling worse. ”

Nicole on a subtle mind shift that will make work feel a little less hard :

“Instead of getting frustrated about what my roles or responsibilities are, like, outside of work and things like that…thinking that I ‘get to’ do something, instead of I ‘have to’ do something…so, I’m a stay-at-home mom, and I ‘get to’ be at home and work on my own thing and contribute financially for my family, but in the past that’s come with some resentment…and I am more, like, looking to my husband and I are more of a team…he ‘gets to’ do X because I’m here, or I ‘get to’ do whatever because he is out at work, so we BOTH ‘get to’ do things because of what we’re doing as individuals, not getting caught in that resentment…”

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Where to find Nicole //

WEBSITE | BLOG | BLURB | SHOPYOUTUBE | PINTEREST | NEWSLETTER 

SHOW NOTES //

Awesome Ladies Live
the panel at Awesome Ladies Live
Tiffany Han & The Inner Circle
Alisha Joy
Megan Anderson
Studio Calico
• Nicole’s 20 Questions (!!!)
“Your Story Matters” - rukristin
• Nicole’s Newsletter
• Ali Edwards’s December Daily®
• Nicole’s December Daily 2017
Brandi Kincaid
• Amanda’s “December Daily” 2017
Journal You Christmas w/ Shimelle Laine
Thanksgiving is November 22nd
Creative Mornings
• Nicole’s BPC: School Days
• Nicole’s BPC: Catching Up with School Days
OATLY! Oat Milk

Nicole’s LESS/MORE //

LESS: screens
MORE: sleep, conversations, & creative field trips

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
READING: The Dispatch | Folk Rebellion
LISTENING TO: Chris Cornell, Peaceful Piano on Spotify
MAKING: her kids’ School Albums
FEELING: free
PLANNING: Thanksgiving getaway to Naples, Florida
LOVING: oat milk lattes

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month + gain access to exclusive bonus content from Amanda, Kristin, & Nicole as they continue the conversation. Thank you for the continued support! xo

EP. 48 // Scrapbooking Across the pond w/ JESS ROEBUCK

Today on the podcast we have our first overseas guest: Jess Roebuck. Jess is a single working mum to three-year-old Ben, living in England & working as a teaching assistant. She started scrapbooking using Project Life® in 2015 - when her son was born - despite believing herself to be purely academic + not at all creative.

Jess is on the Wild Hare Kit design team & mostly scrapbooks in a travelers notebook. She absolutely identifies as a ‘creative’ now, who loves taking photos, starting new projects, working on mini albums & telling her own stories.

We are happy she reached out to us looking to come on the show, since her interview is chock full of relatable goodness + is one of our new faves! BOOM!

EP. 48 // JESS ROEBUCK | Crafty Ass Female

SUMMARY //

Jess Roebuck, a listener of the podcast from the beginning, talks to A + K about how she just ‘went for it’ & reached out to us to be on the show, how she got into scrapbooking, and how she resourcefully figured out where to channel her professional energy.

The ladies touch on a fun variety of topics including UK vs. US maternity leave, what’s considered ‘dinner’ and ‘tea’ in England, tips for how to craft with glitter, the struggle to be a scrapbooker overseas, and memory keeping that you want to SCRAP vs. projects you want to SHARE.

FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THE EP //

Jess on memory keeping to tell HER story:

"…I started off just because I was having Ben and that’s when I started my first Project Life album…and then, I think it was towards the end of that year that I found ‘Listers Gotta List’…so I did a month of that in a little notebook that I got cheap from the local store that sells everything…and that was the first time that I was doing something that was like, ‘this is actually about me, and not about who I am as a mom’ and I did struggle quite a lot when I was on my own with Ben, when I became a single, stay-at-home mum, and I thought, ‘Wow, this is not where I expected myself to be when I was, you know, studying psychology or when I was training to be a teacher. I had always really valued the academic side of my identity, and to go from that…to being a stay-at-home mom on benefits…I felt like I had to justify myself to people…and so I think it was good for me to start to identify my own story and my own personality and my own experiences and document them…”

WE WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU LEFT US A WRITTEN REVIEW ON ITUNES HERE

Where to find Jess //

 INSTAGRAM | BLOG | YOUTUBE  

SHOW NOTES //

@jess.claire.creates
Wild Hare Kits
Project Life®
Strawberry Project Life® Core Kit
December Daily®
“How Not to be a Perfectionist Teacher”
maternity leave in the UK
travelers notebooks
Jess’s TN
Jess’s TN with binder rings
“Dinner, Supper, or Tea”
“A Very Merry Unbirthday to You”
Felicity Jane
We R Fuse Tool
Listers Gotta List w/ The Reset Girl
The Problem with Overachieveing
Week in the Life on a Budget
100 Days of All About Me
#100daysofallaboutjessclaire

Jess’s LESS/MORE //

LESS: stress + creating content that she’s not interested in consuming
MORE: movement: to get out with Ben + drive more places

LESS judging, MORE encouraging.

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: How I Met Your Mother
READING: Girl, Wash Your Face
LISTENING TO: crafty podcasts + chill music
MAKING: weekly TN pages
FEELING: gratitude
PLANNING: birthdays & Christmas
LOVING: autumn

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month + gain access to Amanda, Kristin, & Jess as they dive deep into anxiety & therapy & strategies that have worked.

EP. 47 // The Election Episode

On this Monday before Halloween, we decided to release this episode on the spookiest topic we could imagine: POLITICS…and voting…and the election. EEK!

Welcome to episode 47: The Election Episode, one which A + K think is super important in this day and age, as electing representatives to address our needs, issues, and values is yet another thing we women have to be resourceful about, and let’s be honest: is downright confusing!

This episode reveals how the relationship + conversation between informed women voters like Kristin, and uninformed women who want to be voters like Amanda, needs to develop + grow.

EP. 47 // The Election Episode | Crafty Ass Female

SUMMARY //

In this episode, Amanda + Kristin host a research-based, non-partisan episode on participating in elections, voting, and all that important good stuff that can feel really scary + intimidating to us crafty ass females who are usually juggling hundreds of other things.

Kristin gives us a really practical, undramatic way to think about it all, and how she puts it is such an amazing takeaway!

Questions that were answered were:

1) Where & how can I register to vote?

2) Who am I voting for on November 6th? If it’s not the presidential election, why is it important to vote?

3) How can I know if the sources & information is reliable? Where’s the best place to go to get informed?

4) Is it bad to “trust your gut” when it comes to voting?

5) What happens if you don’t like ANY candidate running? 

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to hear A + K talk more about this topic, from a more non-partisan point of view. xo!


EP. 46 // 'TIS THE SEASON of Ali Edwards

We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring back our very first guest interviewee, Ali Edwards, to the show today with this very special episode centered around the projects she hosts this time of year: December Daily® and One Little Word®. // Listen to Ali’s 1st interview with us here.

EP. 46 // ALI EDWARDS | Crafty Ass Female

SUMMARY //

Ali Edwards has returned & we couldn't be happier! This episode begins with Ali revealing the backstory + approach to her December Daily® project. Ali talks ‘foundations pages’ + album prep, and documenting travel during her December as a separate piece to incorporate in her album.

The ladies shift gears & chat about One Little Word®, how it’s a much ‘quieter’ project than December Daily®, and her new One Little Word® journal!

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Ali on what December Daily® is really about :

"It’s kind of an attitude shift…

…one of the words that comes up a lot for me is kind of the MAGIC, right? …trying to identify, locate, and tell the story of ‘How does magic find its way into your season?’…even in very little things…

…again, the MAGIC for me- it really gets back to that. Even if I didn't have kids, it would still be, you know: How do you create magic for yourself? Where do you see magic happening in the world? Just the twinkle lights and the coziness…those are the things I want to bring into the stories that I’m telling. How can I PAY ATTENTION to those things? …which ALL of these projects are about: paying attention. That’s one of the core things for me, is like, encouraging people to pay. attention. to. their. life. …and make changes, if you want to…or not.”

Ali on ‘loosening up’ :

"One of the things that I’ve been thinking a lot about in general lately related to memory keeping is this idea of loosening up. …like ‘How can we get looser without feeling like we always have to have the exact same albums or the same sizes or the same…that everything needs to happen in the same way…?’ …and I like structure…but it gets back to people feeling the perfectionist thing, you know, that things need to be in this little row or I need to have exactly these products or I don’t have the same color white cardstock that I used yesterday, you know — all those kinds of things that become stopping points — rather than looking at everything as a tool and anything can go in there…the albums are just a container…it can hold all kinds of stuff in it…”

EP. 46 // Ali Edwards | Crafty Ass Female

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Where to find Ali //

WEBSITE | IG | FB | PINTEREST | TWITTER 

SHOW NOTES //

• Ali’s first episode on the podcast
December Daily®
Journal You Christmas w/ Shimelle Laine
Ali on Journal Your Christmas
Ghostbusters Firehouse
The Plaza
Home Alone 2 & The Plaza
Hamilton & Wicked
Crown of the Statue of Liberty
9/11 Memorial
Museum of Natural History
Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center
Hudson East Food Court
Jess on AE Creative Team
Travelors Notebook
• Ali’s 4x6 Dec Daily album from 2012
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
chapstick meme
One Little Word®
Andrea Scher’s Superhero Manifesto
Big Picture Classes
• Ali’s olw 2018 : SPACE
• Ali’s ‘Overcoming Bariers & Making Things Less Complicated’ blog post
Merry Days by Crate Paper
Katie Jaeger
• Ali’s Story Camp

Ali’s LESS/MORE //

LESS: stuff
MORE: yoga

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: CNN, Netflix’s Maniac, Sharp Objects
READING: The Story of a Happy Marriage, The New York Times
LISTENING TO: CNN, The Daily, Pantsuit Politics, Slow Burn
MAKING: December Daily® product play
FEELING: good overall, calm, drama-free
PLANNING: Story Camp & Prep Party for December Daily®
LOVING: Trader Joe’s sea salt chocolate-covered almonds

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month + hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, & Ali as they dive deep into friendship, being an introvert + how that plays in, making adult friends, & how much politics is too much politics. It’s SO GOOD! See you there!

EP. 45 // Creative Master Class w/ Jennie McGarvey

Today we have Jennie McGarvey on the show. Jennie is a SAH turned work-from-home mom of 3 school-aged boys, who has been scrapbooking since 2001 and involved online since 2011.  Jennie added a paper planner to my line-up in 2014 and has never looked back!  She’s been published in print magazines & a member of many design teams since getting involved.  Currently, Jennie is am a member of The Happy Planner® Squad, Doodlebug Designs Design Team and Citrus Twist Kit Club design team. In addition, she loves teaching, educating + meeting other paper-crafting and planner enthusiasts.

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SUMMARY //

This episode feels likes the Jennie McGarvey Master Class! Jennie begins the interview talking about the low-lows + the high-highs of her ‘Unexpected 2018’, including the passing of her mother & the opportunity she took to teach in Chile.

Jennie then takes us back through her scrapbooking journey - from the first day she was hooked! The ladies also talk about doing what works for you when it comes to social media, and how to redirect your thoughts and move on from the things we dwell on.

FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THE EP //

Jennie on why she makes & shares:

"…it was just fun! It was just…FUN! …and quite frankly, if I’m going to work on creative time, I really want to enjoy it. That’s all. I’m not trying to impress you, I’m not trying to impress anyone else…and if they like it, that’s amazing! That makes me feel good. It makes me feel validated, it makes me feel heard, but at the end of the day, I make them because I like them.”

“I don’t create it because it speaks to people, I create it ‘cause it spoke to me…and am I thrilled that it spoke to someone else? Of course I am! We’re not alone in this. We all want validation…so that’s wonderful. It feels good. …BUT, you really should be creating it because it makes YOU happy, or you wanted to try it, or you were interested in it…not because you wanted to get a boatload of followers…I’ve notice the authentic and the genuine ones that make me feel good are the ones that people really relate to…”

Weird Banana | Jennie McGarvey

WE WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU LEFT US A WRITTEN REVIEW ON ITUNES HERE

Where to find Jennie //

IG | YOUTUBE | BLOG | PLANNER CLASS | MEMORY PLANNING CLASS

SHOW NOTES //

The Happy Planner®
Doodlebug Designs
Kaitlin Sheaffer
Geralyn Sy
Citrus Twist Kits
Jennie’s regular planner
Travelers Notebook
• Jennie’s TN HERE + HERE
Jennie’s Commonplace book in her mini Happy Planner®
Jennie’s BANANA spread
Conan O’Brien’s quote

Jennie’s LESS/MORE //

LESS: STUFF!
MORE: meaningful experiences + time for experiences, connections, & friends

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Netflix; Vampire Diaries
READING: Big Magic + Into the Wild
LISTENING TO: podcasts; Casefiles
MAKING: in her planner, her memory planner, TN, & commonplace book
FEELING: hopeful
PLANNING: her son’s senior year
LOVING: this season of life

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month + hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Jennie to hear the convo continue! See ya there!

EP. 44 // The Magic Behind Graphic Design w/ Cecily Moore

Today we have Cecily Moore on the show. Cecily is somewhat of a jack-of-all trades when it comes to crafting, but primarily she is a graphic designer + illustrator. She lives + works in New York City blogging and selling artfully designed paper goods for modern creatives at The Paper Curator, her online store. Her aesthetic is artful, bright, & modern & she specializes in hand-lettering + scattering handmade textures and patterns throughout her work.

EP. 44 CECILY MOORE // Crafty Ass Female

SUMMARY //

Cecily Moore starts with her background as a Girl Scout, scrapbooking since she was 9, her crafty mom’s influence, having a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design, switching to become a graphic designer, and then starting The Paper Curator.

The girls also talk about losing your ‘craft mojo’ and getting it back, digital scrapbooking vs. manual, and realizing your niche. Cecily reveals her 5-year plan for The Paper Curator, and the process of making a collection!

FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THE EP //

Cecily on working smarter, not harder :

"I’m an utter perfectionist, and I find it hard to release things when they’re not ready, so I found that, you know, just keeping a log of everything that I think is great, and then repurposing it where I can has been really beneficial for me…that’s half of my business now is stationery - which started because I had all these extra patterns that I had already scanned & already had digitized …that didn't end up going into a kit, but I loved them…and how can I repurpose them for something more functional? A lot of times, I’ll just make a bunch of brushstrokes and scan them and turn them into prints later, and so that’s one technique I’ve found to be smarter, not harder, and has really helped me when I am in a creative slump and I have no energy to sit there and paint or do hand lettering, I just, you know, pull out my library of things and can turn them into magic pretty quickly.”

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Where to find Cecily //

WEBSITE | SHOP | IG | FB | TWITTER | YOUTUBE | PINTEREST

SHOW NOTES //

Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Shillington School of Graphic Design
Amanda’s past blog posts on Shillington
Cecily’s monthly scrapbook kits
Cecily’s stamps
reno alpha clear stamps
Bust Craftacular at Maker Faire
Hall of Science
Renegade Craft Fair
FAD Market
Cecily’s Project Life
Kristin’s morning pages
The National Stationery Show
NY NOW
• Cecily’s Crisp Air kit
Cecily’s HEAVY DUTY paper-cutter
Top 6 Must-Haves for Running a Stationery Business

Cecily’s LESS/MORE //

LESS: humidity & heart
MORE: money & tacos & snuggles with my cats

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Iron Fist & I Am a Killer
READING: Make + Mend
LISTENING TO: Spotify, Creative Biz Rebellion, Proof to Product
MAKING: sashiko embroidery + new products
FEELING: excited for the Fall + to visit The Color Factory
PLANNING: next year’s goals + the next winter collection
LOVING: MY CATS!!!

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Cecily to hear the convo continue! See ya there!

EP. 43 // Crafting a Life You Love w/ Amy Tangerine

Today we are thrilled to share our interview with the lovely and talented Amy Tan of the Amy Tangerine brand! Amy is a creative director, collaborator, paper & picture lover, traveler, homebody, planner, scrapbooker, and author of the book Craft a Life You Love. She’s been a crafty inspiration of both Kristin & Amanda’s for a number of years, and getting to interview her on the podcast was a dream come true!

EP. 43 AMY TAN // Crafty Ass Female

SUMMARY //

Amy Tangerine walks us through the creation of her book Craft a Life You Love, doing life ‘out of order’, and having a positive outlook.

Amy & the girls also play an impromptu game of ‘my therapist said’ sharing some key takeaways from therapy including letting go of negative thoughts and limiting beliefs.

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Amy on all those ideas you have in your head:

"All those ideas that you have in your head: it doesn’t matter how many you have, it’s how many you make happen. And that shouldn’t overwhelm you, it should inspire you because if you really do have a bunch of ideas, you putting one of them to work - now, today, taking action - is going to fuel everything that comes afterwards.”

Amy evolved definition of success :

“…Success to me has just always kind of been ‘GO GO GO’ and what I realized is, you know, true success is when you can do what you want, and if that means take a pause and say ‘hey, you know what? I’m just not feeling that good today’ or ‘I’m not feeling like doing that today, I need to take a wellness day and just go and sit at the park, or just get my paints out and do something just for me’…and I think that’s okay…I think that’s my definition of success lately…”

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Where to find Amy //

WEBSITE | SHOP | IG | FB | TWITTER | PINTEREST | YOUTUBE | VIMEO | AMY’S BOOK

SHOW NOTES //

• Amy’s book NEW | OLD
Amy’s surprise wedding
Amy’s Trader Joe’s wedding bouquet
Amanda meeting Amy at CHA
Lauren Hom
• amazon’s createspace
Human Beings VS. Human Doings
Brooke Castillo
cityyear.org
carved Jack stamp
@paper_afternoon

Amy’s LESS/MORE //

LESS: stress & struggle
MORE: harmony, flow, & love

CURRENTLY ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: The Handmaid’s Tale
READING: Own Your Glow
LISTENING TO: whatever Jack listens to: Timber & Believer
MAKING: pages in her hobonichi & travelers notebooks
FEELING: trends joy & gratitude inside
PLANNING: more openings in my calendar
LOVING: that there are so many people out there doing what they love, taking chances, sharing stories, the openness, conversation, and sense of community

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Amy to hear them talk about social media & sponsored posts! See ya there! xoxo

EP. 42 // LESS / MORE

CHEERS! WE’RE BACK! …and WOO, do we have a fun few weeks planned for you! The theme for Season 3 of Crafty Ass Female is Work Smarter, Not Harder - an idea that a lot of our past 40+ episodes have touched on & been leading up to.

Today’s show is the perfect kick-off! This LESS/MORE episode has A + K listing what they want less of and more of in their lives. This is great 10-minute exercise to complete yourself in order to really examine what is adding to your life and what is subtracting — so you can consciously spend time on the things that make you feel stronger & more fulfilled.

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, A + K go back & forth sharing items on their LESS/MORE lists.

KRISTIN’S LESS/MORE LIST:

LESS excess.
LESS unrewarding work.
LESS pain.

MORE space.
MORE time.
MORE connection.

AMANDA’S LESS/MORE LIST:

LESS of more,
MORE of less.

LESS agonizing,
MORE organizing.

LESS trying to be good or have other people think I’m good, and MORE having fun just playing.

LESS trying to get to where I want to go, MORE just being where I am.

LESS focus on happiness,
MORE focus on wellness.

WE WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU LEFT US A WRITTEN REVIEW ON ITUNES HERE

SHOW NOTES //

• our BONUS CURRENTLY ep on Patreon
Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
• episode w/ Dax’s mom, Laura Labo
• episode w/ David Harbour
“You have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce.”
EP. 35 // Creating True Success w/ Jaclyn Carter
• Jac's ART(ists) & CRAFTS class
Jackie (!!!)
I left my job with The Happy Planner®
A’s break-up with John
• Amanda’s olw this year : limitless
Hemocrania Continua
Dr. Phillipson’s ‘Choice’ article
The Awesome Ladies Project
ALP Discord Channel

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to hear A + K talk more about the LESS/MORE aspect of this episode & the start of season 3 of the podcast. 


...aaannnddd we're still on break! We'll be back w/ Season 3 on Monday, September 24!

Hey, listeners, friends, and crafty ass females! Amanda here! Kristin + I are still on break, adjusting to the summer-into-fall transition, and gearing up for a powerhouse Season 3 of the podcast ...which will be returning w/ a brand new episode in two weeks on Monday, September 24th.

on break // season 3 in two weeks | Crafty Ass Female

The theme for this upcoming season is going to be Work Smarter, Not Harder and is an idea that a lot of our past 40 episodes have been leading up to.

Season 3 will be kicking off with a LESS/MORE episode of Kristin + I listing off what we want less of and more of in our lives. We are also planning for new guest interviews, a talk about December Daily, recapping our one little words for this year & more! 

IN THE MEANTIME //

In the meantime, we encourage you to listen to some of our favorite episodes from Seasons 1 & 2.

Kristin & I have chatted on many topics including:
      • the question What's my thing?                       • mental health & mental health again
      • crafter's block & creative ruts                         • social media HERE & NOW
      • overcoming comparison-itis                           • why we memory keep
      • making adult friends                                       • being resourceful in a sexist society


OUR GUEST INTERVIEWS //

These themes have worked their way into the 'crafty' conversations we've had on the show with some of the most badass bunch of creative & resourceful women that we know - including Ali EdwardsBrandi KincaidNita Patterson, and Erica Canant.

Kristin & I are so proud that our podcast has grown in this way & are honored to bring you the wisdom, insight, and inspiration of these special guests. 

Click on any of the episode images to the right to be taken to the post where you can listen to the interview, get all the info on where to find our guest on the web, and follow along with the show notes! 


SEASON 2 FINALE //

You can also check out the finale of what was a HELL of a Season 2: the LIVE recording of the podcast Kristin & I did while at her second annual Awesome Ladies Live Feminist Scrapbooking Retreat in her home town of East Lansing, Michigan. 

We discussed the theme of this year's retreat which was Self-Care Through Storytelling, and reflect on our previous 40 episodes (whoa!!!) + how it's been interesting to learn that not only do we need self-care, but we crafty ass females need each other for it. // It was a great way to sign off.


All the love & Thanks // 

Kristin + I have said it before, but we’ll say it again — YOU ARE OUR PEOPLE. This podcast excites us because we're hoping we can connect more through this vehicle, and use it to learn from each other. Kristin & I were very adamant from the beginning that we wanted this podcast to not only be show, but be a community so we could hear your feedback on the topics we present & your unique crafty ass female perspective. We hope you take advantage of this + run with it, and you can do so in a number of ways...

CONNECT WITH THE SHOW ON:
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Thank you for visiting, listening, and all you've done so far to grow this platform. All the love from us to you crafty ass females out there! Keep rockin' it! xoxo

EP. 41 // Season 2 Finale LIVE SHOW @ Awesome Ladies Live

The second annual Awesome Ladies Live Feminist Scrapbooking Retreat hosted by our very own Kristin 'rukristin' Tweedale took place in her home town of East Lansing, Michigan the weekend from August 17-19. 

It was AWESOME! There were LADIES! ...and we crafted together LIVE!

What was also LIVE during the retreat was the recording of today's episode: the finale of what's been a HELL of a Season 2! A + K discussed the theme of this year's retreat which was Self-Care Through Storytelling.

EP 41 - Season 2 Finale LIVE SHOW @ Awesome Ladies Live 2018 | Crafty Ass Female

SUMMARY //

A + K talk about self-care: what it means to you + why self-care is an important part of your routine. The girls also reflect on their previous 40 episodes (whoa!!!) + how it's been interesting to learn that not only do we need self-care, but we crafty ass females need each other for it.

The girls hit on topics of bravery, showing kindness to others + grace to yourself, and how storytelling + memory keeping as an act of practiced self-care can get you to that 'grace place'. 

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 to hear A + K continue the convo!

In the After-Chatter attached to this finale, A+K have returned from Awesome Ladies Live & reflect on their experience. They revisit some moments from the LIVE recording, talk about how Kristin plans on growing the event next year, and disclose some plans for this podcast's season 3.

What to expect next//

A + K will be taking a short break, and Season 3 of Crafty Ass Female will return with a brand new episode on Monday Sept 24th.

The theme for this upcoming season is going to be Work Smarter, Not Harder and is an idea that a lot of our past 40 episodes have been leading up to.

Season 3 will be kicking off with a  LESS/MORE episode of the girls listing off what they want less of and more of in their lives. We are also planning for new guest interviews, a talk about December Daily, recapping our one little words, & more! 

Also expect an update of this website & some new products in our Crafty Ass Female merch shop! // We can't wait! Season 3 is on the horizon! Talk soon! xoxo

WE LOVE YOU AWESOME LADIES!
MEGANJENNJULIKATIEJENTRACEYNICOLESUSANMELISSA,
 ALLIEMEGALISHALAURAMELANIEMARIBETHJAIMEEMEGAN

EP. 40 // Cheeky Icons, Street Art & Stationery w/ Pinky Weber

We are so proud of how Crafty Ass Female's 'Summer of Special Guests' - our second series of amazing, inspiring interviews with a badass bunch of creative & resourceful women - turned out! Today's episode is our LAST of this series, and we're going out with a BANG! (Next week's show will be the finale episode of Season 2 of the podcast.)  

Today we have award-winning professional doodler, muralist shmuralist, zine queen, and donut enthusiast Pinky Weber on the podcast. She is the head of Pinky Weber Studio, Brooklyn’s finest female-run greeting card and accessory company, where wine o’clock starts promptly at 3 pm. 

By injecting reality with unexpected and playful imagery, Pinky re-evaluates the relationship between humans and ordinary un-celebrated everyday objects. She uses her work as a platform to transform the most monotonous, bland items into precious, vibrant, exciting icons — forcing the viewer to reconsider their typical relationship to physical space and reality. Cheeky and cheerful, Pinky Weber is perfect for parties, pick-me-ups, and presents between pals.

EP 40 PINKY WEBER | Crafty Ass Female

SUMMARY //

So is Pinky her real name? (The girls get to that right away.) Also in this episode, Pinky talks about going to Parsons School of Art & Design, how Brooklyn and living in New York influences her work, and being a woman in the street art community.

Pinky also discusses her cheeky, cheerful style and her desire to make the world more fun. The girls discuss understanding the inspiration behind everyday inanimate objects + giving them personality.

Other gems in this episode: Pinky's approach to her booth at the NSS trade show, whether or not she reached her goals for NSS, her feelings on licensing her work, advice to artists who are just starting to make art, and what she had hired help actually help her do. 

FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THE EP //

Pinky on how she's 'crafty' as RESOURCEFUL:

"I use both sides of the Swiffer® pad? (Haa Haa!) ...I think figuring out how to use my art in multiple ways and figuring out as many ways as possible that it works while still being ME. I really like doing illustration, I really like doing murals, I really like doing stationery...why can't I do all three?! ...

...and figuring out alternative ways where I don't have to go and sit at a cubicle and work, but still make money and be happy - even if it means putting more hours in, you know, having a tighter budget, eating dollar pizza four nights a week, that's fine. If I'm happy, you know, doing what I love just making ends meet, that's cool."

Lindsay Lohan Mugshots - EP 40 PIKY WEBER | Crafty Ass Female

 

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

WE WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU LEFT US A WRITTEN REVIEW ON ITUNES HERE

Where to find Pinky //

WEBSITE | INSTAGRAM | SHOP | FACEBOOK 

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Pinky to hear them continue the convo! See ya there! xoxo

As a $5 subscriber, you could also check out our July/Aug bookclub discussion on Austin Kleon's Steal Like An Artist (that went live on Patreon 8/3).

EP. 39 // Get your craft on w/ 30 Days of Lists w/ Kam Altar

Crafty Ass Female's 'Summer of Special Guests' has been awesome - and will be continuing through the end of August. It is our second series of amazing, inspiring interviews with a badass bunch of creative & resourceful women that Amanda + Kristin are thrilled to be able to share with you every Monday.

Today we have Kam Altar from campfirechic.com on the podcast. Kam is the crafty ass lady behind 30 Days of Lists, the creative journaling challenge for people who love to make lists. Kam lives in Southern California with her big orange cat + husband. When she doesn't have her face glued to her phone, you can find her playing Overwatch, binging true crime podcasts, or crafting a cheese plate to split with her husband. 

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, the girls talk to Kam about the origin story of her 30 Days of Lists challenge, how it's evolved, and gotten to the point where she now hosts it every March, September, + December of the year!

Kam + the girls also discuss all the different ways you can prep for the challenge and create your lists, whether it's in a notebook, in a pocket page album, on a post-it, as a blog post, or even as embroidery!!! 

FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THE EP //

Kam on the origin story of 30 Days of Lists:

"I started 30 Days of Lists with two friends in March 2011. ...it all started because I was doing a lot of these 30 days of _blank_ kind of creative challenges that were really popular at the time...and it was kind of my first time seeing a lot of art journaling online...I was doing this scrapbooking thing and ...I really wanted to be a apart of these communities 'cause like all the 'cool blogger-girls' are doing it...and I really wanted to be involved...
...but I was having a hard time keeping up with the prompts, and I was also feeling really discouraged because only certain styles of documenting were being highlighted. So it was only the really pretty pages being shown as examples ...I was seeing all this creative work, all this HONEST story telling that wasn't being shared...
...so I wanted to start something that's low-impact, easy to jump into, and didn't have the expectations of excellence or a certain style...and the BIG thing we decided was: there's no wrong way to make a list." 

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Kam to hear them continue the convo! See ya there! xoxo

As a $5 subscriber, you could also check out our July/Aug bookclub discussion on Austin Kleon's Steal Like An Artist (that went live on Patreon 8/3).

WE WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU LEFT US A WRITTEN REVIEW ON ITUNES HERE

Where to find 30DaysofLists //

SEPT REGISTRATIONWEBSITEIG | FB | FREE!

Where to find Kam //

BLOG | IG | FB | TWITTER | PINTEREST

SHOW NOTES //

30 Days of Lists
campfirechic.com
Inland Empire
"I'm right on top of that, Rose!"
April Ludgate from Parks & Rec
Donna Pulsen from Suits
Amy Teegan
Ali Edwards
Ali's December Daily®
• Lizzi S.'s embroidered lists
Tessa Thompson
S.M.A.R.T. goals
animals in Kristin's backyard
trash panda
• Kristin's Awesome Ladies 
• A's March 2018's #30Lists that saved her life
• Ali's Week in LifeDay in the Life
Project Life
Moorea Seal
FAT MUM SLIM
accountabili-buddy
Trust the process! Joel Embiid

LIGHTNING ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Killing Eve on BBC w/ Sandra Oh
READING: I'll Be Gone in the Dark & No Day Like Today
LISTENING TO: Wine & Crime, polygon.com
MAKING: travel plans to go Sedona
FEELING: tired, but inspired (ha! that rhymes!) 
PLANNING: #30Lists for Sept & painting her office
LOVING: Reddit! ...HERE + HERE + HERE !!!

EP. 38 // Philosophies on Small Business w/ Joanna Alberti

Crafty Ass Female's 'Summer of Special Guests' is moving right along - and will be continuing through the end of August. It is our second series of amazing, inspiring interviews with a badass bunch of creative & resourceful women that Amanda + Kristin are thrilled to be able to share with you every Monday.

Today we have Joanna Alberti on the podcast. Joanna is an illustrator, product designer, and small shop owner located in Rochester, NY. She is the creator of philoSophies™ (pronounced fill-ahs-SO-fees) which is a greeting card + product line featuring the main character Sophie, her philosophies on different occasions, and inspirations on friendship, love, and confidence.                      

EP 38 JOANNA ALBERTI | Crafty Ass Female

SUMMARY //

In this episode, the girls talk to Joanna about her background + the origin of philoSophies™.  She talks about what SHE handles in her business, and what parts of her business she gives over to licensing.

Joanna + the girls also discuss 'Influencer' Commerce, playing the 'comparison' game, and what works for her.

The importance of saying 'NO', taking breaks, and being there to pick up packages when UPS drops them off are also gems found in this episode! 

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Joanna on her business priorities :

"You don't have to do what you think is how every business should grow. You don't have to be this big box business. I enjoy being small... If I never hit the 'millionaire dollar' mark, that's fine for me. I'm doing what I love to do, and I'm doing the best that I can, and I think that people enjoy my art, and I'm grateful for that..." 

Joanna on dealing with the pressures of being a creative entrepreneur :

"...I put a lot of pressure on myself. I think everyone that is a creative entrepreneur does. You just have these unrealistic expectations sometimes, and social media doesn't help because it's like...I love social media. You can get so many great ideas or just feel supported and fulfilled that someone liked your post and things, but also you see...these amazing pictures and thousands and thousands of fans, and it's like: 'It's okay. I'm obviously doing something right because I continue to get orders and I'm continuing to grow..."

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Joanna to hear them continue the convo! See ya there! xoxo

As a $5 subscriber, you could also check out our July/Aug bookclub discussion on Austin Kleon's Steal Like An Artist (that went live on Patreon Friday).

WE WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU LEFT US A WRITTEN REVIEW ON ITUNES HERE

Where to find Joanna //

SHOPIG | FB | TWITTERPINTEREST | YOUTUBE

EP 38 JOANNA ALBERTI | Crafty Ass Female

SHOW NOTES //

Rochester Planner Event
philoSophies™ flip calendar
National Stationery Show
Boston University
Sports Club/LA
Filofax
• philoSophies™ planner stickers
• philoSophies™ seating charts
• philoSophies™ baby announcements
Fifteen Miles on The Eerie Canal
Joanna's store front
etsy.com
• Sophie in a real setting HERE + HERE

LIGHTNING ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: The Bachelorette 
READING: Expand Grow Thrive
LISTENING TO: How I Built This, Marie Forleo
MAKING: This girl loves...
FEELING: POSITIVE! 
PLANNING: a trip to Colorado + a website update
LOVING: the longer days of summer

EP. 37 // Becoming the Artist She Is w/ Katie Smith

Crafty Ass Female's 'Summer of Special Guests' is moving right along - and will be continuing through the end of August. It is our second series of amazing, inspiring interviews with a badass bunch of creative & resourceful women that Amanda + Kristin are thrilled to be able to share with you every Monday.

Today we have Katie Smith on the podcast. Katie is an artist + crafter located in Washington, USA. She loves anything + everything crafty – from sketching and painting to scrapbooking and art journaling, and even crochet and quilting. If it’s creative, she loves it! Her artwork focuses mainly on women, galaxies, and nature.  Katie shares all of her creative pursuits as well as creative tips and tutorials on her blog, www.studiokatie.com. Katie is a published artist in multiple magazines and books, including Creating Keepsakes, Stitch Craft Create, and Brush Mag.

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, the girls talk to Katie about moving from Texas to Washington, being artistic at a young age, starting her blog 9 years ago, and how the 'feel' of blogging has changed.

Katie talks about her early influences, the Design Teams she was on, and brings home the point that ARTISTS DESERVE TO GET PAID. Period. (Yes!)

She also talks about how having an online-based business to use her strengths over the internet works extremely well since she is a self-proclaimed introvert, and what a typical week is like for her.

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Katie on future plans for Studio Katie :

"I want to sell more original paintings and turn my artwork into more prints or stickers...more product-based a little bit... it's a little bit scary because I don't really know how, but I'll figure it out as I go along." 
EP 37 KATIE SMITH | Crafty Ass Female

Katie on claiming her power as an artist :

"Artists deserve to get paid just as much as anyone else who works." 

WE WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU LEFT US A WRITTEN REVIEW ON ITUNES HERE

Where to find Katie //

WEBSITE | SHOP | BLOGIG | FB | PINTEREST

EP 37 KATIE SMITH | Crafty Ass Female

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and Katie to hear/watch them discuss more about why it's important (like, so super important) for artists to get paid. In today's After-Chatter, Katie talks about how she prices her work, the switch in her mind that gave Katie more confidence & power, what she thought she'd be doing if not managing Studio Katie, and working with brands on social media. WOO! SO GOOD! See ya there! xoxo

EP. 36 // Paper-crafting #realtalk w/ France Wisniewski

Crafty Ass Female's 'Summer of Special Guests' is moving right along - and will be continuing through the end of August. It is our second series of amazing, inspiring interviews with a badass bunch of creative & resourceful women that Amanda + Kristin are thrilled to be able to share with you every Monday.

Today we're bringing you the smooth-sounds (her voice is so soothing) of France Wisniewski, the paper-obsessed graphic designer & owner/creator of Bananafishstudio. She specializes in creating modern paper/digital elements as well as rubber and photopolymer stamps inspired by her love of memory keeping, paper-crafting, and simple straight-forward design.

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, France GETS REAL! She talks about how she got started in graphic design, and how she's been a part of the memory keeping community since the late 90s, but did not put her creativity out there right away. The girls then fast forward to present day and talk about Traveler's Notebooks & designing for the industry in 2018. 

France also brings up how modern day society is a 'quick dismissal' society, and doesn't give artists enough credit or time or money to evolve their art. 

She also gives us crafty ass females a unique perspective on the realities of Design Teams and what's going on when you're on them. Oh yeah. We go there. 

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

France on her chosen medium for memory keeping at any given time :

"We're so focused on 'rules' so to speak, that we don't blaze our own trail."
"There's no ONE WAY to scrapbook. There's no one-size-fits-all. I have made layouts, I have made minibooks, I have done all kinds of things...and I don't put any limits on myself. Right now I'm doing notebooks, I don't know if I'll do notebooks forever, but any way that I feel motivated to continue documenting my memories in this way is what I will do." 

France on society not having faith in it's creative people & not giving art enough time:

"I feel like we've become a society where we're so quick to shut down everything, to hate on everything the minute we hear it, the minute we come across it. Just give it some time. I feel like there's never any time to just let things percolate...we need more time...I feel like we never have any time..."
"We have less respect for creative people in this society...because there was time when someone would put out a movie, they would do it the way they wanted to do it, like Citizen Kane...the fact of the matter is sometimes you need to let artists DO THEIR ART. Put it out into the world. Don't try to push it down, don't try to force them into changing it...show that you have some faith in your creative people." 
"I feel like over and over again business and corporations are basically saying 'We have no faith in you...we don't believe in you, if what you do does not immediately gain traction, then you're not good at what you do.' ...it's expecting too much of creative people. It's expecting us to be magicians...it's turning future generations off of creative jobs in particular." 

WE WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU LEFT US A WRITTEN REVIEW ON ITUNES HERE

Where to find France //

BLOG | SHOPIG | YOUTUBE | BIG PICTURE CLASS

SHOW NOTES //

Studio Calico
our Ali Edwards episode 
Travelor's Notebooks (TN)
• > > > France's TN layouts < < <
France's hybrid TN blog post
Kelly Purkey TN kits
Bananafishstudio for Kelly Purkey
Gossamer Blue
France's SHOP
Two Peas
Jenni Bowlin
Bananafishstudio for Studio Calico

LIGHTNING ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: 90 Day Fiancé
READING: Into Thin Air
LISTENING TO: Cardi B's "I Like It Like That"
MAKING: knitted socks, hats, scarves
FEELING: relief (YASSS, girl, YASSS)

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with Amanda, Kristin, and France to hear/watch them discuss the closing down of Toys R Us. It's no holds barred in today's After Chatter (in the best way possible)! See ya there! xoxo

EP. 35 // Creating True Success w/ Jaclyn Carter

Crafty Ass Female's 'Summer of Special Guests' is underway : our second series of amazing, inspiring interviews with a badass bunch of creative & resourceful women that Amanda + Kristin are thrilled to be able to share with you!

Today we're talking to Jaclyn Carter, an entrepreneur, teacher, and mom to two little ones, who runs a company & lifestyle blog called Love Jac that helps you create, share, and connect through art. Jaclyn has expanded Love Jac in recent years to go beyond selling greeting cards. Jaclyn hosts adult craft classes in person and online, and teaches a kids' art class called “Artists & Crafts” where she introduces toddlers to famous artists and encourages the children to create their own age-appropriate masterpieces.

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, Jaclyn dives right into how her successful toddler art class ART(ists) & CRAFTS organically came to be + grow into what it is today. Five years in the making, she talks about the challenges at the beginning, how transitioned it from a side-hustle to her main source of income, and how she arrived at these key words for her business: CREATE. SHARE. CONNECT. 

Jaclyn also talks about how she doubled her income without even realizing it, and her NEXT BIG IDEA for an adult craft class!  

10% OFF CODE //

Jackie provided the code CRAFTYAF (which is hilarious 'cause it can also mean crafty AS FUCK) for all our listeners. That can get them 10% OFF all purchases both on lovejac.com and on her scrapbook class Best Summer Yet (see below)!

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FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Jaclyn on recognizing what's working & letting go of the original plan :

"I've just been keeping going and seeing what works and you know, NOW I'm looking at it as what can make me money... l LOVE this creative job that I've created an I KNOW it can make me money if I put on the business woman hat instead of just giving it all away...

...I don't feel like I failed [the original plan of selling greeting cards] but what works is what you put your energy & effort into, and if I'm not putting my energy & effort into the greeting cards, it's not going to be as successful." 

Jaclyn on true success & looking at your ACTUAL LIFE:

"My other light bulb moment too in this whole process was: when I entered that competition I was like, 'I'm going to TAKE OVER THE WORLD of stationery!" ...like literally nothing else except taking over the world stationery-wise was going to be success... you have to be HALLMARK... and then NOW, living my life and going day by day, you realize 'if I teach this class to 24 kids every year, that's AWESOME. Those 24 kids' lives have been better. Their nannies' lives, their parents' lives... I have made an impact and it's succeed.' I could do that with a scrapbooking class and have succeed. Instead of thinking 'I have to be the next Ali Edwards."
 Jaclyn &amp; Amanda @ NSS back in May

WE WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU LEFT US A WRITTEN REVIEW ON ITUNES HERE

Where to find Jaclyn //

WEBSITE | BLOG | SHOPIG | SCRAPBOOK CLASS

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

You don't want to miss out on the AFTER-CHATTER SHOW for this episode!

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with the girls while they dive right into (1) mental health and how we ALL have to deal with some degree of mental distress throughout our lives. A, K, + J touch upon (2) post-pardum, (3) therapy, (4) societal pressures of motherhood, and (5) the challenges of being a stay-at-home mom. Also, how (6) memory keeping as a mom is super important because of the need to navigate YOUR story as an individual and not just a mom. ...and OF COURSE the girls conclude w/ (7) social media & the pressure to share EVERYTHING in order to be authentic. The girls decide: NOT TRUE!  ; )

EP. 34 // Optimizing Your Craftiness w/ Danielle Spurge

Welcome to Crafty Ass Female's 'Summer of Special Guests' : our second series of amazing, inspiring interviews with a badass bunch of creative & resourceful women that Amanda + Kristin are thrilled to be able to share with you!

Today we're talking to Danielle Spurge, a maker and craft business consultant who loves iced lattes and pop music. Through her work at The Merriweather Council, Danielle teaches creative people how to turn their crafty tendencies into profits. On her blog and podcast, Danielle aims to inspire and support makers in business and share insights from her eight years of experience selling handmade work online. Danielle believes in celebrating the reality of gainful self employment through craft and wants to help more artists, crafters and designers share their work with more confidence. 

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, Danielle Spurge shares how she 'just started' craft business, said 'YES' to everything, and leveraged Etsy to open herself to opportunities. She also talks about how that lead to her branching off into the craft business consultant she is today, teaching other makers how to make a profit off of their crafty tendencies. 

Danielle also explains the idea behind 'leveraging' and 'optimizing' your visibility + presence, figuring out what the unique opportunities are on each platform, and goes into the difference between the audience on Instagram vs. the audience on Etsy.  

Free Etsy Lessons //

Danielle has provided all of our listeners with this link to her FREE ETSY LESSONS email series: 
merriweathercouncilblog.com/craftyass

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Danielle on starting her craft business :

"...that's basically how I started my business, from a place of like, 'Well, I may as well try this now' ...and so literally the day after graduation I just went home and slept for a while and then I started my business...it's just as simple as that. I just decided this was what I wanted to do and I just started doing it because I didn't know any better, so I didn't know if I was doing it right or wrong, I just was doing it." 

Danielle on having a 'business bestie':

"Business is better with a friend. No one wants to do this alone. It's already hard enough. Why make it harder on yourself? Also of course we're all going to learn from our own experiences as we do things, but truthfully, we can not have ALL of the experiences ourselves. ...so we HAVE to learn from each other."

Danielle's advice to combat social media overwhelm:

"I tell people: you want to have ONE PASSIVE social media and ONE ACTIVE at least, and depending on what you like, you add something else in." 

WE WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU LEFT US A WRITTEN REVIEW ON ITUNES HERE

Where to find Danielle //

WEBSITE | BLOG | SHOPPODCASTIG | FB

SHOW NOTES //

Massachusetts College of Art & Design
MassART Fibers BFA
embroidery art
etsy 
The Merriweather Council
Etsy Teams
intro video on Danielle's website
Instagram Hits 1 Billion Users
the COUNCIL membership group
• Danielle's Summer UNSLUMP Bootcamp
• Danielle's PINTEREST page
• Danielle's 'BRAIN' embroidery 
Valentine, Danielle's fur baby

LIGHTNING ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: cable & Fixer Upper
READING: Into The Water
LISTENING TO: Celine Dion
MAKING: embroidered initial necklaces + Christmas ornaments
FEELING: motivated + empowered
PLANNING: more time w/ the humans in her life
LOVING: reddit

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

You don't want to miss out on the AFTER-CHATTER SHOW for this episode!

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with the girls while they talk about (1) women & money & not feeling guilt over monetizing what we're naturally good at, (2) distinguishing between what obstacles you should bring to your support system for your business & which are for therapy, and conclude with (3) expert advice from Danielle for how us niched memory keepers, paper crafters, and planners can optimized OUR craft. It's so good! 

Awesome Ladies Live // 

If you love this episode, and would love to be present at a LIVE taping of Crafty Ass Female, come join us at AWESOME LADIES LIVE! This event is a crafty weekend retreat hosted by Kristin and will be happening this year from August 17-19th in East Lansing, MI. A few tickets are left! A + K  hope to see you there!

EP. 33 // Extravagant Hope & Grace w/ Brandi Kincaid

Welcome to Crafty Ass Female's 'Summer of Special Guests' : our second series of amazing, inspiring interviews with a badass bunch of creative & resourceful women that Amanda + Kristin can't wait to share with you!

Today we're talking to Brandi Kincaid, one of Kristin's artistic inspirations. Brandi is an illustrator and paper crafter who makes and records memories with her husband Andrew, and puppy Augie Roo, in Bellingham, Washington. She spends all her free moments listening closely, playing with paper and glue, and drawing a version of the world around her.

A few days a week you can find her helping guests and giving tours at her local art and history museum, which is, in her not so humble opinion, the best place to practice some of that listening she loves so much. When she isn't making a mess or dreaming up new designs, she's spending time at one of her favorite neighborhood bookshops, thrifting treasures, or watching episodes of Murder She Wrote, because nothing beats J.B. Fletcher.

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SUMMARY //

In this episode, Brandi talks about being a collector in this world, how she moved into full-time freelance illustrating by organically allowing herself to grow, the practice of creating and keeping commonplace books, and shares the BEST ADVICE SHE'S EVER GOTTEN (!!!) with us. 

The ladies also chat about how Brandi had to let go of the pressure she put on herself to use the tools she thought she SHOULD be using, and use instead what WORKS FOR HER, end of story. 

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //

Brandi on her organic growth in the industry :

"Things opened up as I opened up." 

Brandi on TRYING & knowing your limits :

"At some point it's okay to decide: I've tried ENOUGH...and this is NOT the outlet for me.
I LOVE TRYING. I'm a BIG proponent of trying. I think we should all being trying, but I also think that TRYING at some point is NOT DOING, and it's okay to say 'I'm going to take that TRYING energy and put it toward something new that I'm going to WANT TO DO.' It's going to be okay after that. ...you have to always balance 'trying' and 'doing'." 

Brandi on what's worthy to pull from everyday life & turn into art:

"I think everything is worthy. I think everything is worth remembering, documenting...it's LESS about WHAT, and MORE about WHEN...kind of the TIMING of it...I write down more than I share and that's because I share them on the timeline that then makes sense, so I'm not depending on things to be important in the moment...I'm always wanting more from the small moments - and they give it to me - but they give it me on their own schedule." 

Awesome Ladies Live // 

If you love this episode, and would love to be present at a LIVE taping of Crafty Ass Female, come join us at AWESOME LADIES LIVE! This event is a crafty weekend retreat hosted by Kristin and will be happening this year from August 17-19th in East Lansing, MI. Tickets are now available! A + K  hope to see you there!

WE WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU LEFT US A WRITTEN REVIEW ON ITUNES HERE

Where to find Brandi //

WEBSITE | SHOP | IG | YOUTUBE 

SHOW NOTES //

Brandi's SHOP : The Shiny Bits
Brandi's products for FEED YOUR CRAFT
Brandi's work w/ Ellen Hutson's - Leading Ladies
Extravagent Hope - Brandi's monthly kit
Brandi on Project Life
Brandi's WEEK IN THE LIFE August 2015
• 2015 mini book HERE & HERE on IG
Elise from FEED YOUR CRAFT
Big Picture Classes
IPad Pro - 12.9 inches
Apple pencil
ProCreate for iPad
• Brandi's THINGS TAKE TIME post
J.B. Fletcher
Brandi's character Harriet the Hippo
• Brandi's #100DayProject this year
• 30 Rock's SHUT IT DOWN
• Brandi on Commonplace Books

LIGHTNING ROUND //

(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)

WATCHING: Obit + California Typewriter
READING: Hannah Green and Her Unfeasably Mundane Existence 
LISTENING TO: Eminem + Molly Parden
MAKING: marks & existing
FEELING: quietly hopeful (more on AFTER CHATTER)
PLANNING: an August release in her SHOP
LOVING: Richard Diebenkorn

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

You don't want to miss out on the AFTER-CHATTER SHOW for this episode!

Head to our Patreon page to sign up for just $5 a month and hang out backstage with the girls while they talk about (1) how Brandi loses followers every time she posts her face (!!!), (2) how we've stigmatized 'CARING' about social media (Brandi says it's okay to), (3) dealing w/ hard stuff, (4) showing up with grace, and (5) feeling quietly hopeful. It's a REALLY good one, and we hope you check it out! It's so worth the investment, and we don't say that lightly. GO! PLEASE! LISTEN! IT'S GREAT.

 

EP. 32 // Let's Get Feminist!

What was June on this podcast? Haa haa! If you just started listening to us this month, then know the show is not always filled with such heavy topics, as the last few were...but in truth, being a 'crafty ass female' means navigating issues such as how social media affects everything we do and how to maintain good mental health and how to be resourceful in a society that still upholds certain sexist social constructs, so let's get to it...

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SUMMARY //

Amanda + Kristin start by defining what feminism is and what it is to them. Spoiler Alert: "GIRLS RULE & BOYS DROOL" is NOT it! Later in the episode, we hear what inspired Kristin to become rukristin: feminist scrapbooker.

The girls also give examples from their real life of times they've picked up SEXIST VIBES while out in the world interacting & discuss how those vibes should not be easily dismissed. They are truths...they are your truth...and are telling of what is going on.

Feminism is about an EQUITABLE (not necessarily EQUAL) amount of importance & regard needing to be dispersed to every human, male or female, in order for them to live up to their full potential.

FAVORITE QUOTE THIS EP //

"It's not about whether or not you NEED feminism...the WORLD NEEDS FEMINISM. If you think it's about YOU as an individual person needing or not needing feminism...you don't get it yet...it's hard when you're trying to explain things to people who don't really see things outside of their own personal lense..." - Kristin
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AWESOME LADIES LIVE // 

If you love this episode, and would love to be present at a LIVE taping of Crafty Ass Female, come join us at AWESOME LADIES LIVE! This event is a crafty weekend retreat hosted by Kristin and will be happening this year from August 17-19th in East Lansing, MI. Tickets are now available! A + K  hope to see you there!

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SHOW NOTES //

What is feminism?
Feminism is for Everybody by Bell Hooks
"intersectionality"
Kimberlé Crenshaw on intersectionality
Ali Wong's Ironic Anti-Feminist
Baby Cobra + Hard Knock Wife
Harvey Weinstein's accusers
Salma Hayek's NY Times editorial
The Rat Pack
Your Nobody Unless Somebody Loves You
Standing On The Corner
Oprah's Golden Globes 2018 speech
Ina Garten
The Mask You Live In
Consciousness-Raising Groups
Pregnancy as Pre-Existing Condition
Kristin's insta-story journaling 
mansplaining + manspreading
Audra Lorde's "Master's Tools"
THIS IS US
maternity leave in the U.S.A. compared to the world's other wealthy countries
virtue signaling
woke
Handwritten Revolution in IG
Jen Gotch is OK...Sometimes
Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess

AFTER-CHATTER SHOW //

Head to our Patreon page to sign up to hear A + K get a little bit more personal and vulnerable about feminism and how not having kids in your 30s/40s/ever is an aspect of feminism that many people don't tap into. After-chatter was once again a great place to chat it out. Hope you check it out! xoxo 


EP. 31 // MENTAL HEALTH REVISITED

Two months ago, Amanda + Kristin came out with EP. 22 of this podcast about MENTAL HEALTH - sharing their mental health history, what they've learned along the way, & different things that have helped - doing their part to destigmatize mental illness & bring awareness to how the struggle w/ it is 100% REAL and common.

In light of the recent tragic suicide deaths of both KATE SPADE and ANTHONY BOURDAIN, they felt the need to revisit this topic, dive deeper, and offer again - a candid & open conversation about it.

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SUMMARY //

Amanda + Kristin start the conversation expressing their sadness over the loss of the amazing cultural icons Kate Spade & Anthony Bourdain earlier this month.

The girls discuss why it hit them so hard + how we crafty ass females need to reframe how we think about our own struggles in order to get the appropriate help we need.

This episode addresses our 'connection' issue which plays a part, how friends + family of mental illness sufferers can offer empathetic support, & how we might have adapted a 'happy go lucky' persona growing up which has insidiously hurt us in the long run. // Ladies, it's okay NOT to be okay. 

FAVORITE QUOTE THIS EP //

"YOU CAN BE SAD AND BE INSPIRATIONAL TOO." - Amanda
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AWESOME LADIES LIVE // 

If you love this episode, and would love to be present at a LIVE taping of Crafty Ass Female, come join us at AWESOME LADIES LIVE! This event is a crafty weekend retreat hosted by Kristin and will be happening this year from August 17-19th in East Lansing, MI. Tickets are now available! A + K  hope to see you there!