Friday, August 29, 2014

Podcasts and Blogs (Part 2)

Hello! Here is part two of my Podcasts and Blogs post. If you decided to try any of these out, please let them know where you heard about them from. :)

  1. Subway Knits- "Adventures in knitting on the subway (and everywhere else!) in New York City." This another one of my favorite knitting podcasts. Maria is a lovely hostess and I'm always excited when I see a new episode pop up on my iTunes. To contact her, join her Ravelry group, her blog, and follow her on Twitter
  2. Slumber Party With Alie and Georgia- "Climb into our fort for an adult slumber party with Alie & Georgia! There's wine Spritzers, games, ghost stories and pajamas are mandatory." This id a really funny podcast. If you want a laugh then I highly suggest for you to check it out. WARNING: This is not a podcast to listen around children. You can find it on iTunes.
  3. The Art of Photography- "The Art of Photography is your lens into the worlf of making images. Every Sunday, Ted Forbes produces new episodes in diverse topics such as techniques, composition, philosophy, craft,digital photography, film, darkroom techniques and more. If you are a photographer, this is the show for you. Past episodes and additional content can be found on our website:" This is one of the best photography podcast I had found. I've been watching this show for a few years now, and it is still super interesting. You can find this podcast on iTunes and at their website that is mention in the description above.
  4. Electric Sheep-"Hoxton Handmade celebrates all things knit. Whether it's online, around town or in her living room, we'll be talking about crafting, knitting and the joys of making stuff, along with a few philosophical ramblings." Another great podcast, Hoxton is really funny and has the best essays. She hasn't updated the podcast is a while be it is worth waiting for new episodes. To contact her, join her Ravelry group.
  5. Sticks & String Podcast- "A podcast by an Australian bloke who knits." This was a really great knitting podcast and I was sad when he stopped recording. But don't let that stop you from giving this show a listen. You can find all the episodes on iTunes. To try to contact him, join his Ravelry group or go to the website above.
  6. MuggleNet Academia- "MuggleNet Academia discusses literature aspects of the Harry Potter book series. Brought to you by the World's #1 Harry Potter Fan Site." I think this podcast is really interesting. For someone who is really into the Harry Potter series, it made me think more about it then I would have myself. They haven't released a new episode in a while, but keep an eye out. You can find this show on iTunes and on
  7. CraftyPod- "The podcast that's all about making stuff." I haven't listened to this in a while, but when I did I found it really interesting. I learned more about other crafts and got to wanting to make a few things as well. You can find the older episodes on iTunes.
  8. Aplayfulday- And of course, yet another knitting podcast that I absolutely love. I getting so excited when I see a new episode on my iTunes. The host is super charming, I could listen to her for hours. She inspires me to get into gardening and to try to get this blog up and running. To contact her, join her Ravelry group or check out her website.
  9. The Book Pod- This is a really great book podcast. They would have interview with authors, reviews, and a audio sample of some books. Unfortunately,they haven't update their feed in a while. You can find older episodes on iTunes.
  10. Tvknittingpodcast- "A podcast about TV and Knitting, but not necessarily together." Another one of my favorites, I love to hear about her spinning and the bar time segment she does with her husband. She's such a lovely lady, I had the pleasure to talk to her a few times on Twitter. To contact her you can; join her Ravelry group, check out her blog, and follow her on Twitter.
  11. Knitmoregirl's Podcast- "Gigi and Jasmin co-host a knitting podcast featuring regular segments such as "On the needles", "Mother Knows Best", and "When Knitting Attacks!" This podcast is probably one of the most well known knitting podcasts. They are a mother/daughter show. They both are some of the sweetest knitters every, Jasmin is a major enabler so beware. Because of them I decided to try my hand at knitting beads into my shawl. I highly recommend this podcast, you won't regret that you gave them a try.  To contacted them you can; join their Ravelry group or follow their blog.
  12. The High Fiber Diet- "A podcast about knitting, crochet, spinning, food, family and fibery fun." If you love to hear a married couple joke back and forth about anything and everything, including knitting, then this is a podcast for you. Coggie has a few patterns out on Ravelry now and she has a fiber retreat called "Knittn in the Mittn"  To contacted her you can; join her Ravelry group, check out her blog, or follow her on Twitter.
  13. Knit Knit Cafe- "Abby knits, spins and talks about it from New York City." Another lovely lady to listen to, she hasn't released an episode in a while only because she's been super busy. Her laugh is contagious, so beware you might spit up whatever you happen to be drinking at the time. To contact her you can; join her Ravelry group or check out her blog.
  14. Knitting Brooklyn- This was a great podcast. It was nice hearing about the projects she was working on and about her family. She hasn't updated her feed, but go listen to the older episodes. You can find the older episodes on iTunes, check out her blog, and join her Ravelry group.
  15. Knitting in Circles- "Join Aimee and Darren each week for Knitting in Circles Podcast as they share their current knitting and spinning projects. Visit the website at Thanks!" A great husband and wife video podcast, Aimee and Darren are great to watch. I love everything that Aimee knits and Darren gives me ideas to what to knit for my husband. They are so funny and I always get excited when there is a new episode. To watch their show find them on iTunes and Youtube. And to contact them; join their Ravelry group and check out their blog.
  16. KnitBytes- "A crafting podcast for geeks and gamers. Shownotes at" This was a great video podcast. I was always impressed with Becca's knitting and I heard about a lot of video games that I would like to try to play from her. She no longer podcasts but you should definitely watch all the episodes she has. You can find her all of her episodes on iTunes.
  17. Film State- "Film State is a one of a kind look at everything film related. Get movie news and rumors, fil trailers, movie reviews, and new DVD release info all in one place. Never waste your time or hard earned money on a bad movie again." I heard basically everything I know about upcoming movies from this show. It's from the same people from Film Riot, but they decided to just work on Film Riot for right now. There hasn't been any news to whether or not they will record any new episodes of this show yet. You can find this show on iTunes.
  18. YarnGasm- "A knitting video podcast hosted by Voolenvine who knits, spins, and dyes yarn in Brooklyn." This is probably my #1 favorite knitting podcast. I love Kristin, she is super sweet. Her knitting is amazing and so is her spinning. If it wasn't for her I probably wouldn't have started spinning. Her yarn store on etsy is doing really well. I have a few of her early skeins. I highly, and I repeat HIGHLY, suggest you go check her podcast out. You won't be sorry. To contact her; you can join her Ravelry groups (her podcast group and her yarn shop group), check out her blog and/or her etsy shop, and follow her on Twitter. You can also find links to her Facebook pages to both in the groups.
  19. Still Untitled: The Adam Savage Podcast- "Posted on Tuesdays, Norm and Will discuss topics of interest with Adam--nothing is off-limits! Still Untitled covers everything from hot-button issues within the maker community to experiences from Adam's life to questions from the audience. Enjoy!" If you love the show "Mythbusters" then you would love to hear what Adam has to say about the topics they talk about in this show. You can find this podcast on iTunes and Youtube.
  20. MuggleCast: The Harry Potter Podcast- "MuggleCast is the most-listened to Harry Potter podcast online, and the only one to release on a regular and timely schedule. Pioneering the Harry Potter podcast phenomenon in August 2005, MuggleCast has continued to bring its listeners the most entertaining and thought-provoking discussions. With each new episode we dicuss everything Harry Potter: the latest news, all seven Potter books, the Deathly Hallows films, interviews with Potter stars, and more! Totally unscripted, enlighting, and always guaranteed to give you a laugh. See Why MuggleCast is the #1 most-downloaded Potter podcast."...I think the description explains it all. This was the first Harry Potter podcast I started to listen to. They release a episode when there is new news to talk about. You can find this podcast on iTunes and on
  21. PotterCast: #1 Harry Potter Podcast- "The ONLY Harry Potter podcast to bring you interviews with author J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter actors, and much more. We're discussing Deathly Hallows and Order of the Phoenix every week and are continually bringing you the best and most up to date content anywhere. Join us for the fun!" Another Harry Potter podcast. Even though I was a member of The Leaky Cauldron when I was younger, I didn't start listening to this until I had read the woman who runs the website's book. But I'm glad I started to listen to them. I just wish I found them sooner. You can find this podcast on iTunes.
  22. The Bakery Bears- This is a new husband and wife podcast. They up to 9 episode now, and I hope they keep releasing episodes in the future. They are the nicest people and I love their humor. Please check them out. You can find this video podcast only on Youtube. To contact them; leave a comment on Youtube and/or join their Ravelry group.
Ok, I think that's all of them for right now. Until I finish another, but you'll hear about that when the time comes. If you made it this far, THANK YOU! I know it probably got ramblely and I'm sorry about that. Please bear with me while I improve my writing. :) Like I said at the beginning; if you do decide to check out any of these podcasts, let them know where you heard about them. Spread the word about them and this blog. :)

Happy listening! 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Podcasts and Blogs.

So if you were someone who knows me in person (or read a few posts of mine about a year or two ago), you would know that I listen to quite a few podcasts. And by a few I mean a lot. If you don't know what podcasts are, they are audio/video "talk shows". At least that's how I would describe them. I listen to knitting podcasts (shocker!), but I also listen to some book theme, news, photography, film, cooking, and pop culture ones. Now note that I listen to a lot of podcast and I like to listen to the older episodes if they are in my iTunes or if I can find them, which means I'm not caught up with most of them yet. But the ones I am caught up with I'll tell you about them (if they have a description on iTunes, I'll post what they say), give you a brief review, and let you know if they're still updating their feeds.

Podcasts that I recommend

  1. Start Cooking- This podcast is short 5 minutes or more video showing you how to make certain recipes and new tips and tricks. I really like how the women explains each step clearly and she tells you some things you can replace other foods with. I'm not sure if this feed is up to date, I haven't gotten a new episode from this one in a while and I might have to go to the iTunes store page to update it my self.
  2. Film Riot- "Film Riot is a how-to trip through filmmaking from the hyper-active mind of Ryan Connolly. From how to make great effects to following Triune Films through production, Film Riot explores the art of filmmaking in a way you've never seen."They have two episodes a week one on Mondays; where they answer questions and recommend a short video, and one on Thrusdays; where they review a new product/show how they do a certain effect/talk about a new short film they released. This is one that I make sure that I'm getting all the new episodes. The host and the camera man make the show very entertaining and interesting. Even though I don't do anything with film making I still find everything interesting.  If you want to know more about this podcast, they are on iTunes and Youtube. They also have a Twitter account.
  3. CaffeinatedKnitting-  "Talk about knitting, spinning and crochet." The hostess is from TN, which was one reason why I checked her out, but I really enjoy her show. I'm always interested in what she talks about and love everything she makes. WARNING: She is an enableer, big time. Every time she shows some new yarn or fiber I get a major case of grabby hands. She updates as much as she can, to know when there is a new episode join her Raverly group and/or blog. Also follow here on Twitter.
  4. The Knitting Den- "A weekly podcast about knitting, spinning and lots of girl chatter." Another lovely hostess, she also is really interesting and a big enabler. She sews project bags and creates some beautiful stitch markers, and she has an esty shop where she sells them. To contact her, join her Raverly group and her Youtube channel.
  5. A Night Bird- "A video podcast about kntting, crafting and homemaking through the seasons." This is a monthly podcast based in Germany. The hostess talks about what has happened with her crafty wise in the past month.(Knitting, sewing, etc.) She is such a lovely lady, part of me wishes she would podcast more then just monthly, but hey people have their own lives it can't be about knitting all the time. To contact her, join her Ravelry group and check out her blog.
  6. KnitBritish- "Sharing woolly notions!" This too is a monthly podcast by Louise Scollay, who obviously is British. She's been knitting with only local British wool and she talks about how she does it in her podcast. To contact her, join her Ravelry group and check out her blog.
  7. Knitting Butterflies- "Join me for my adventures in knitting, crochet, spinning, photography, and of course, parenting." The is a some what new podcast. I enjoy hearing about the hostess's projects and other adventures, and hearing her photography tips. To contact her: join her Ravelry group, follow her on Instagram, and her blog.
  8. SkeinAfterSkein- "Yarn! GIMME YARN! NOW! YARN! YARN! YARN! GIMME! NOW!" This podcast was really fun to listen to, but there hasn't been a new episode in a few months. Just two friends talking about all their projects from knitting, crochet, and sewing. To contact them: join their Ravelry group and/or their blog.
  9. This American Life-"Official free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show 'This American Life.' First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass, from WBEZ Chicago Public Media, and distributed by Public Radio International. In mp3 and updated Mondays." Well, the iTunes description pretty much sums up everything. The short stories they tell are really entertaining and fascinating. If you enjoying hearing people tell their stories then you will enjoy this podcast. You can find this on iTunes.
  10. A Homespun House- "Homespun knitting podcast is hosted by your friend Molly. Stop by every Thursday for chatter, knit-a-longs, project sharing, questions, and your own personal enjoyment !!!!" Molly is an american living in Germany and she is super sweet. I really enjoy hearing about her love of knitting and making handmade things. To contact her, join her Ravelry group and/or check out her blog. To watch this podcast find it on iTunes or Youtube.
  11. NPR: Snap Judgment Podcast- "Snap Judgment is the smoking-hot new show from NPR. Winner of the Public Radio Talent Quest, Gylnn Washington delivers a raw, musical brand of storytelling, daring listeners to see the world through the eyes of another." Also another descirption that pretty much tells you everything about the podcast. Again if you love storytelling, then this podcast is for you. You can find it on iTunes.
  12. Books on the Nightstand-"A conversational podcast about books, from two longtime veterans of the publishing industry. If you love to read, this podcast is for you. Listen in to hear what's new, what's great, and the books we just can't stop talking about." This is one of my favorite podcasts, it definitely is my favorite book podcast. I highly suggest you to check them out. To contact them: join their Goodreads group, their website, and follow them on Twitter.
  13. NPR Programs" Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Podcast- "NPR's weekly current events quiz. Have a laugh and yest your news knowledge while figuring out what's real and what we've made up." This is pretty much my favorite news podcasts. It's super funny, I love it. You can find it on iTunes.
  14. Yarncraft- "Join us for a knitting and crochet talk show, brought to you by Lion Brand Yarn Company. Featuring persona stories, pattern recommendations, and interviews with industry insiders including expert teachers, designers, and artists. Stop by twice a month for new content. Find show notes at!" This was a really nice podcast about the Lion Brand Company, but they no longer release new episodes. If you want to listen to the older episodes find this podcast on iTunes.
  15. NPR: Books Podcast- "NPR book reviews, news and author interviews -- for people who love to read. The best of Morning Edition, All Things Considered and other award-winning NPR programs." This is my second favorite book podcast. It's shorter then Books on the Nightstand but you still get a lot of information. You can find this podcast on iTunes.
  16. CRAFTCAST- "On, host Alison Lee takes you through the world of Crafting, from interviews, product reviews, and do it yourself tutorials. is the only podcast where you can listen, learn, and create!" I've learned about a lot of other crafts from this podcast over the years. She hasn't posted a new episode in a while but she does every once in a while. You can find this podcast on iTunes.
  17. Stash and Burn- "Nicole and Jenny, two San Francisco knitters, talk about yarn, books, patterns, blogs, and ways to deal with life under the weight of the stash. Jenny has been knitting since 2005 and Nicole's had work on the needles since 2002. Join the duo as they get together each week to talk about the subject that consumes them." I really like this podcast, it was one of the first knitting podcasts I had listened to. They don't podcast as much as they just to but when they do I really enjoy everything they say. To contact them: join their Ravelry group.
  18. Drum Corps International Field Pass- "Drum Corps International (DCI) is the world leader in producing events for the world's most elite and exclusive marching ensembles for student musicians and performers. Field Pass presented by Zildjian is Drum Corps International's official podcast featuring award-winning host Dan Potter. With fresh episodes available daily throughout the summer on iTunes and, Field Pass gives you an inside look at Marching Music's Major League; from the parking lot, to the stadium tunnel to the 50-yard line!" Of course I would listen to this. I've listened to this since I found it my 10th year in high school. Being in Marching band I loved this and still love it. It makes me miss band more and more I listen to it. To find this podcast, follow the links in the description above.
  19. Knit Picks' Podcast- "Kelley Petkun, owner of Knit Picks, carries on a one-side conversation as she ponders the joys, challenges and rewards of complete immersion in today's fiber community. Find camaraderie and understanding as Knit Picks employees confess to their own knitting triumphs and complete blunders. Does any of this sound fimiliar? If so, tune in weekly for the further adventures of the gang at Knit Picks and any other knitter we can round up." This is like Yarncraft. Kelley no longer hosts but the employees try to release a podcast when they can. You can find this podcast on iTunes.
  20. Alohomora!-"Alohomora! is an interactive and creative collaborative project between fans world wide and MuggleNet staff. Join us as we re-read the entire series, spin wild theories, and share content all influenced by our love of Harry Potter." I love Harry Potter, so I really love this podcast. They are currently on book five. If you want to join the re-read find this podcast on iTunes and follow them on Twitter.
  21. Stuff You Missed in History Class- "What's the story of Andrew's Raid, also known as the Great Locomotive Chase? Join Holly and Tracy as they bring you the greatest and strangest Stuff You Missed In History Class in this podcast by" The title is pretty much what you would expect for the podcast. If you want to heard about something you may have not known about something, then give the podcast a listen. You can find this podcast on iTunes.

Since this is already a pretty long list I'm going to stop here for right now. Look for the next list soon and if you decided to check any of these podcasts out, let them know where you heard about them from. 

Happy Listening!

Friday, August 8, 2014

DIY Shadow Box Project

I found a Pinterest project a few months ago, that made me want to try it out. It was a 
box that you decorate with a movie theme and cut a slit at the top of the box and viola! A shadow box for your movie tickets! 

Our Shadow Box.

Jordan and I picked up everything at Joann's yesterday and it was a super easy and quick project we did together. 

What we used:

1. A 8"x 10" shadow box.
2. 1 sheet of card stock. (Used for scrap booking.)
3. 1 small package of movie themed stickers. (Also used in scrap booking.)
4. A dermal drill.
5. And tape.

Jordan used the drill to make the slit at the top on the box, and if you use one as well make sure you make the slit wider enough to fit your movie tickets through. After he finished drilling, I lined up the card stock against the card board back of the box and cut off the extra that is hanging off. Then I put tape on the back of the card stock to keep it from moving around. The we placed the stickers how we wanted them and added our movie tickets! :) 

It's a really quick and easy project to do. I'm sure there are a ton of fun projects that you can make with shadow boxes. I'm sure I'll make a few more in the future.

If you have an idea for a shadow box project, leave a comment on this post. I would love to hear your ideas. :)

Happy Crafting!