Hello lovely readers!
Usually Mondays would be the day for me to announce a new episode of my podcast, or to share with you an inspiring lookbook from one of my favorite Portland or Japanese brands.
However this Monday I am sharing some sad news: my partnership with WebTalkRadio.net to bring you a bimonthly episode of “Creatively Chic” has now come to an end.
I’ve been producing the show since December, and in 15 episodes, I’ve interviewed so many wonderful and creative people, like jewelry-makers, paper-crafters, interior stylists, knitters, and Dollar Store crafters. I’ve also interviewed representatives of companies that produce amazing products and services, like BRIKA.com, Cutting Edge Stencils, Whimseybox, Clear & Simple Stamps, and The Plaid Barn.
It’s been such a pleasure talking with all of you about your creative inspirations and how people can easily incorporate creativity and DIY into their lives. I’m sorry to say the show won’t be continuing since WebTalkRadio.net had been searching for a corporate sponsor for the show and we just couldn’t find one after 8 months of production. The costs are too high to continue to do the show, even bimonthly, so I’m afraid I have to close it down now.
The archives however will still be available for a little while longer, so download previous episodes of the show here if you’d like to listen to them later before they are taken down.
Thank you to everyone who let me interview you – I loved having you on the show! And thank you so much to all my listeners – you listening to each show every week meant the world to me. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
Now on to my next project!
Download Previous Episodes of “Creatively Chic”
Michelle Chang’s gorgeous jewelry pieces have exploded in popularity recently and are now stocked at a number of stores and shopping sites both in the U.S. and abroad (you may have seen her jewelry on Fab.com!). We chat about her unusual beginnings as a jewelry designer (she actually started as an illustrator!) and her rapid success in the market, as well as her inspirations and insight into how she gets it all done. She has some great advice to those who are starting their own businesses too – and how to begin in jewelry-making if you’ve never dealt with metalsmithing before. This episode also includes a Spotlight Interview with Jen Lee Koss, co-founder of BRIKA.com, and a DIY Challenge to create your own simple pendants and layered necklaces (using some major corner-cutting methods!).
photo of an Art Clay Silver bracelet by Jackie Truty, source
The latest episode of my podcast is now available for listening. It’s my longest episode yet, jam-packed full of resources, tips, websites, and ideas for jewelry-making. If you like to make your own accessories, definitely check it out!
Carly J. Cais has been making a variety of jewelry for more than 2 decades, and shares a huge number of resources for the craft. She shares her favorites must-have tools, websites for supplies (Fire Mountain Gems is a fave!), best instructional books (Tim McCreight is a must-have on your bookshelf) and ease-of-entry beginner projects in this can’t-miss episode. This episode also features a Spotlight interview with Master Art Clay Instructor Jackie Truty of Art Clay World and a DIY Challenge to try out a jewelry-making project that you haven’t tried before.
Rock Candy Rings by Carly J. Cais
A couple things I discuss in the episode:
*my background in making jewelry and first inspirations (Subversive Jewelry!)
*resources for buying tools and supplies
*must-have tools (jumpring tool, hole punch/pin vise/drill, flat-nose pliers, wire cutters
*using the correct adhesives
*getting started in soldering
Let me know what you think!
photo from DamaskLove
Master paper-crafter Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love creates breathtaking stationery sets, gift tags, and packaging out of cardstock, stamps, and diecuts. We talk tools and supplies to get started in making your own stationery, the perfect type of paper for all of your cards (hint: Amber loves Paper Presentation’s 130-lb cardstock!), her Crafting Social parties and monthly stationery subscription service, and upcoming papercrafting workshop. Also included is an interview with Nicki Jackson, the owner of Clear & Simple Stamps, and a DIY Challenge to try making your own greeting cards using a variety of materials.
photo from LiaGriffith.com
Lia Griffith, the founder of LiaGriffith.com is already making a name for herself as a talented paper-manipulator. On her blog she shares her love of all that is paper, including free downloadable templates for gorgeous flowers, wreaths, labels, and gift tags. Her work has been featured on the DIY Network, Martha Stewart Radio, and Babble.com, just to name a few. Check out this episode for her tips and tricks for creating realistic blooms with only a few tools, to make your own custom wedding or gift decorations with ease. This episode also features a Spotlight interview with Lori Olson, the owner of Paper-Papers.com (a one-stop shop for all your paper-crafting supplies), and a DIY Challenge for trying your hand at making something out of the humble paper sheet.
Suzannah Hamlin-Stanley is the talented sewist and blogger behind the website Adventures in Dressmaking. Her blog features tons of tutorials for sewing and patternmaking, including many upcycled pieces crafted from thrift store finds. Tune in for some great tips for working with secondhand materials, must-have sewing tools, and resources. This episode also features a spotlight interview with Michael Gold, the founder of TheThriftShopper.com, and a DIY challenge to put on your thrifty bargain-hunter specs and find some materials for your next Style.com-inspired project.
Listen to Creatively Chic Episode 12: Sewing From Thrifted Finds
Adi Edlen from GardenofEdlen.com is an amazing interior stylist who has an eye for beautiful color and pattern pairings, but is mindful of tight budgets. We talk how to embark on a home decor revamping project by creating inspiration collages, her favorite destinations for amazing (and affordable!) finds [HomeGoods.com is one of them!], and her tips and tricks for creating the perfect space by using the Rule of Three. This episode also features a Spotlight Interview with Greg Swisher, the co-founder of Cutting Edge Stencils, where we talk stenciling ideas for your spaces and DIY projects, and a challenge to reinvent one of your living spaces based on the experts’ advice.
Spearheading the upcycling movement and encouraging ethical and ecologically-sound fashion production, Outi Pyy of the wildly popular fashion blog Outsapop has just released her first book TRASHION! We talk recycled and upcycled couture-style creations, how to find the perfect materials in thrift shops that will last a lifetime, and where fashion for the future is headed. This episode also includes a Spotlight Interview with mega-crafting supplier M & J Trimming and this week’s DIY Challenge that will have you diving into your own closet for materials and inspiration for Spring.