Today on the podcast we are thrilled to share the motivational musings of Eliza Kapitan. She is the creator and host of the podcast, Craft Hangout, which launched in March 2018. She is a seasoned professional accessories designer + artist in NYC. In 2014, she began creating deliciously whimsical and fun jewelry by hand after long days designing on a computer at a corporate office. After her day job, she would work on the fun stuff, handcrafting the cutest pieces with fun colors, sparkle, and a sense of humor. She did it for the love of the craft, and when too many people she didn’t know asked where they could buy Love Eliza jewelry (especially when some of her drinking necklaces were featured on Real Housewives of New York), Love Eliza, LLC was born!
Besides podcasting and jewelry design, she loves painting, drawing, marker rendering, customizing sneakers, textile/apparel art, sculpting in air dry clay, making insane toys, and is down for trying any new supply she finds at A.C. Moore. Eliza is proof that you can have a creative day job and balance a craft side hustle, all while being happy working both.
Eliza Kapitan talks to A + K about how her podcast Craft Hangout came to be + how it’s evolved. She also discusses attending + speaking at Podcast Movement, the world’s largest gathering of podcasters.
The ladies then chat about keeping the imperfect parts of conversations while recording into the final cut of the episode, and how Eliza makes guests feel at ease right from the beginning.
FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE EP //
Eliza on ‘working smarter, not harder’ :
“I’m always working hard, like, I can’t STOP, but there are things that I do to make things easier, and make things the most efficient they could be. So something that I do when I have a project…is to find out…what’s the timeline, what are the parameters, and then from that point, I try to figure out the best way possible… I feel like taking the time in the beginning to plan for it, actually makes it ease the best…”
Eliza on finding inspiration from things right in front of her :
“There’s also something very relatable to the mundane…the necklace that launched my business was inspired by reality TV…the necklace I made for my friend was inspired by Vanderpump Rules…you never know!…like, finding inspiration in places, like…’oh, you should be looking in a museum’…you don’t have to! …being smart about looking at what’s around you and being inspired by that too.”
SHOW NOTES //
• The Met
• Charlotte, Michigan
• My Favorite Murder LIVE!
• Craft Hangout
• Real Housewives of New York
• Eliza’s #drinkingnecklaces + HERE
• our LAUNCH in DEC 2017
• Podcast Movement
• Eliza’s Speech @ Podcast Movement
• Patreon (our episode about Patreon)
• Making It
• our ‘making adult friends’ episode
• faux enamel pins
• Eliza’s #MabsDrawolloween
• puff paint
• Mystery Box
• Pantone book
• Vanderpump Rules
• Kristin’s Morning Pages
• Morning Pages | The Artists’ Way
Eliza’s LESS/MORE //
LESS: headspace noise
CURRENTLY ROUND //
(inspired by Kristin's CURRENTLY CARD)
WATCHING: The ID Channel
READING: How To Be Happy at Work
LISTENING TO: US (yay!), Craft Hangout, My Favorite Burger, Don’t Keep Your Day Job, + dark wave station
MAKING: care package for friend, designer toys, #MabsDrawlloween, necklaces, lapel pins
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, & Eliza as they continue the conversation. Thank you for the continued support! xo