Totally Tuned In: Dear Handmade Life and While She Naps Podcast

Recently I listened to the first full episode of a new podcast for Dear Handmade Life. It was all about organizing craft shows and the craziness behind the scenes that the attendees don’t really ever have to see. Imagine my surprise when they introduced one of the guests on the show as the organizer of a large craft show in Houston, TX called Pop Shop – Houston! I’ve never heard of that and I LIVE in Houston! Of course now I have to check out the next one which is on March 8th. I will certainly be curious to see what it’s all about. The ladies who host this show are the masterminds behind a huge craft show in CA called Patchwork Show (which they started because there wasn’t one in their area), a Craft and Business Retreat called Craftcation and the Blog on Dear Handmade Life. Now they’ve started up a podcast, because I guess they just weren’t busy enough.  But it’s awesome, just like they are so I’m glad they did it!

I also want to say thanks to Abby from While She Naps for talking about the Craft Sanity podcast in her weekly newsletter. I’ve started listening to those episodes as well and since that one has been going on since before my dumb phone got an upgrade (circa 2007), I have a lot to catch up on! (Abby is also the reason I know about the Dear Handmade Life site in the first place.)

I’m very excited to find out if anyone will be podcasting from QuiltCon or maybe prepping to have a post QuiltCon podcast. If I find out anything, I’ll share that info on here tomorrow.

When I hear about a new podcast I just go to my phone, open up the Podcast Addict app (I have a Samsung Galaxy 4) and search for the podcast. Then I download the episodes I want to listen to (usually when I’m stretching before I hit the treadmill) because then they are saved on my phone and don’t have to be online (i.e. zapping my battery) for them to play! Yes, I’m weird and I will turn off the WiFi option and any sort of Internet Access option (on my phone it’s called Mobile Network) when I’m not using it. Supposedly this saves battery life and doesn’t use up data that way (I also have a ridiculous plan that only gives me 500 MB a month of data, silly I know).

I’d love to hear about the podcasts you are listening to. I’m always down for a good one and I have a 3 hour drive (each way!) with plenty of air space to fill on my way to Austin on Friday (not to mention the drive back).

Happy Stitches,


QuiltCon Monday


NOTE: In the following post you will see the hashtag (#) symbol used a few times. If you log in to Instagram, you can do a search for any of these hashtags and see any post that someone has created and used that tag.

Something exciting is happening in a few days! The Modern Quilt Guild quilt show called QuiltCon! This is the second year for it to take place and it’s going to rock our socks off! Of course, I’ve joined in the fun of the #quiltconpinswap and ordered up about 100 little pin backed buttons to swap around with people. I’ve also started some #franticquiltconbagmaking because, well a girl needs a new cute handmade bag to show off at QuiltCon (to all the other people who are sporting their handmade bags). I’m working on a #241tote by Noodlehead designs and her bag patterns are so darn popular that there is even going to be a Noodlehead Bag Photo taken at 12:15 pm on Saturday 02/21!! I’ll be working at the registration desk but fortunately, the picture is taking place right next to the Reg Desk so hopefully I can hop over and get in on that, as long as I get the bag done in time (I feel a little like Cinderella).

In QuiltCon 2013, the Weekender Tote by Amy Butler was probably the MOST popular bag around but I think this year it’s going to to be the 241 tote or something similar.

Also, when I went to QuiltCon in 2013, I had just moved to Houston, so I drove by myself and I was a Super Volunteer which meant I had to “work” 16 hours in the 3 or 4 days I was there. I was busy the entire time I didn’t really even get to enjoy the quilts! So this year will be different! I am only volunteering twice.

Friday 4-6 pm at the Texas MQG booth (come say Hi and get a button if you want!)

Saturday 12-4 pm at the Registration Desk

Then, I have meet ups in the evening and a class on Saturday evening. I think the #QuiltConNightLife is going to be the best part of QuiltCon this year! Also all the crazy socializing with people I know on Instagram or even from Facebook (yes, Bradie and Matt Sparrow, that means you). I may have hyped this up in my head but I think this year is going to be the best QuiltCon ever!

Also, if you’re curious about who will be attending QuiltCon, check out #helloquiltcon to see actual “selfie” pictures of people attending! It was a fun little tag that circulated for a few days and lots of people shared pictures! Now some of the vendors have started to say hi too!

On a sad note for me but exciting for people in those regions, QuiltCon is moving away from Austin and will be bouncing back and forth between the coasts starting in 2016, but it will be offered EVERY YEAR! So even though getting there will be a little trickier, I hope I get to go again in the future. I’m determined to make this a very memorable year!

Happy Stitches,