And I'm thinking of starting to record some new episodes of Stitch-Cast now that I have my crafting mojo back. I'll probably go with a bit looser format -- talking about whatever strikes my fancy each week -- but I'd love to hear any show ideas you have. Is there a craft that you want to know more about? I'm willing to go find out about it for you! Just leave me a comment or email me (email link is up at the top of the right hand sidebar.
I just uploaded the latest Stitch-Cast -- it's on sewing. If you listen, I'd love to hear from you!
And I talk about Renegade Craft fair a little in the show, but I wanted to mention it here. We got a chance to stop by the craft show before we went to my grandma's 80th birthday party yesterday. I picked up some cool things from Happy Owl Glassworks and got the new Sublime Stitching book. There were quite a few vendors and it looks like the big trends included screen printing, letterpress and clothes & other things made out of thrifted fabrics (and other materials).
Oh and there was a weird glow in the sky on our way home last night:
This week I had a few requests to talk a little bit more about the stamp carving I did last weekend (from this post) in my podcast -- so I did just that. Episode 7 -- Stamp Carving is now up at Stitch Cast (and iTunes). In it I talk about the tools you need, how to carve stamps, where to look for inspiration, what to do with your stamps and I even touch on letterboxing. Go give it a listen and let me know what you think!
I'm a little late with this episode because yesterday I actually made it to WWKIP Day at Millennium Park in Chicago. Theresa and Bonne Marie introduced me to the good ol' #66 bus as we made our way to the festivities. The sun actually came out for a while, so it turned out to be a lovely afternoon. Even though I'm a former resident of the city of Chicago I got to be a bit of a tourist. Gazing up at the shiny surface of the "Bean" I was mesmerized! We even managed a chocolate fix. What more could a girl ask for?
Time to set some goals again. It worked really well last time, so I thought I'd give it a try again. But first, here's something I picked up the last day of MS&W:
It's some hand-dyed 100% wool felt in very pretty colors which are difficult to photograph in our *still* cloudy weather. (I think I bought it from this vendor, but they gave me nothing with their business name on it -- not even the receipt had their name on it!)
Okay, so yesterday was cleaning and washing day and today I need to go grocery shopping in a very bad way. Here are some other things I want to get done this week:
Okay, I'm probably already over the limit on what is physically possible to complete, but I did a lot yesterday, so I'm feeling good about my outlook for the week. I got pretty much caught up on work -- cut out all the pictures I had printed for patterns and made up some patterns. I even got packages packed up and ready to ship. It was a productive work day.
In other news, I switched to libsyn for hosting my Stitch-Cast mp3's, starting with my latest episode. So if you have had trouble downloading or listening to them in the past, please give it another try! I'm hoping that this will solve all the problems and judging from the number of downloads I had yesterday, it's doing a good job! Thanks everyone for listening! I really appreciate it!
I just put up Episode 4 -- Spinning Wheels & Spindles at Stitch-Cast. I blathered on for 38 minutes, so if you are interested in buying a wheel or hearing what it's like to spin on a Golding spinning wheel, or want to know where to get started when you want to purchase your very first spindle, I hope you'll check it out!
I actually feel like a "real" podcaster now -- I know, 4 shows doesn't seem like much, but I've been doing this for about 2 months now and I'm really enjoying it! I was kind of excited to do this show and couldn't wait to find time to sit down and turn on the mic. My editing skills need some work (I simply don't have time to take out all the um's and and's), but I almost feel like I know what I'm doing now. Yeah!
*** Update *** Ah, much better. I was using my iTunes graphic which was too huge and scared me whenever I looked at my blog! I also made a Stitch-Cast button while I was messing around in Photoshop Elements: