[Crafty Monday] Make & Meaning + CraftyPod

Last week I came across Make & Meaning: Creative Community in Conversation – boy, what a breath of fresh air! It’s a blog that discusses all aspects of creating in a really substantial, thoughtful way. I read “What if we paid each other” and was hooked. I read a few other articles and look forward to reading more. I highly recommend you take a look.

One of the contributors to Make & Meaning (and author of “What if we paid each other”) is Diane Gilleland, also known as Sister Diane and producer of CraftyPod. Are you already familiar with it? I’m just sorry it’s taken me so long to discover it.

CraftyPod is a blog chock full of videos and tutorials, as well as podcast featuring interesting interviews with crafty people and different ideas, tips and discussion about crafting and your craft business. I really enjoyed her podcast with Rachel Klein of One Pretty Thing (which is a site I really love) and was stunned to learn that Rachel has 4,000 blogs that she regularly reads. 4,000! I consider myself an organized person, but I don’t think I could read 4,000 blogs, produce all those craft round-ups, and still have time to devote to family and home, and yet she does.

I certainly wouldn’t call myself a crafter, but I am fascinated by the creative process, so I’m very happy to have come across both Make & Meaning and CraftyPod and the substantive conversations they both offer.

If you are a serious crafter, and perhaps have your own Etsy shop or online shop, Sister Diane also publishes ebooks and has a number of interesting titles on the CraftyPod site. She’s also on Twitter @SisterDiane.

One more recommendation for today’s post: Marie Perkins of Print & Pattern was featured in an article in yesterday’s edition of the Independent coinciding with the publication of her book, which I can’t wait to buy. I love Print & Pattern. You may (or may not!) remember that  when Target rolled out its Orla Kiely line last spring, I featured a few items on Charlotte’s Fancy and also offered to send some of the items to Marie (who is a big fan of Orla). In the package I sent to her, I also included favorites from my stationery stash. She very sweetly wrote about all of it here.

Happy reading and Happy Monday!

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  1. 1

    goodtogrow said,

    I can see why the article “what if we paid each other” hooked you. Thanks for the great info!

  2. 2

    yasmine said,

    isn’t she awesome?

    i’m also glad that many of the people who commented agreed with her.

  3. 4

    Lisa said,

    Thanks for sharing these links. I didn’t know about the site until I saw your post. I listened to a couple of the podcasts yesterday. :)

  4. 5

    Rachel said,

    Thanks so much for the shout-out! It’s funny, I don’t think about how much work the site is but whenever I write it all out or talk about it I think, “GEEZE! That girl is crazy!” =) I totally love it though.


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