Crafty Ass Female

An audio show about the resourceful ways we women are living our lives, and the crafty projects we create.

About the show

Crafty Ass Female is a podcast dedicated to helping women embrace and use their power and creativity. We believe you are a capable BADASS, who already has all the tools you need to make beautiful things and make beautiful things happen. We’re just here to remind you.

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  • Episode 34: Optimizing Your Craftiness w/ Danielle Spurge

    July 9th, 2018  |  1 hr 5 mins

    Welcome to Crafty Ass Female's 'Summer of Special Guests' : our second series of amazing, inspiring interviews with a badass bunch of creative & resourceful women that Amanda + Kristin are thrilled to be able to share with you!

    Today we're talking to Danielle Spurge, a maker and craft business consultant who loves iced lattes and pop music. Through her work at The Merriweather Council, Danielle teaches creative people how to turn their crafty tendencies into profits. On her blog and podcast, Danielle aims to inspire and support makers in business and share insights from her eight years of experience selling handmade work online. Danielle believes in celebrating the reality of gainful self-employment through craft and wants to help more artists, crafters and designers share their work with more confidence.

  • Episode 33: Extravagant Hope & Grace w/ Brandi Kincaid

    July 2nd, 2018  |  1 hr 12 mins

    In this episode, Brandi talks about being a collector in this world, how she moved into full-time freelance illustrating by organically allowing herself to grow, the practice of creating and keeping commonplace books, and shares the BEST ADVICE SHE'S EVER GOTTEN (!!!) with us. 

    The ladies also chat about how Brandi had to let go of the pressure she put on herself to use the tools she thought she SHOULD be using, and use instead what WORKS FOR HER, end of story. 

  • Episode 32: Let's Get Feminist

    June 25th, 2018  |  59 mins 32 secs

    Amanda + Kristin start by defining what feminism is and what it is to them. Later in the episode, we hear what inspired Kristin to become rukristin: feminist scrapbooker.

    The girls also give examples from their real life of times they've picked up SEXIST VIBES while out in the world interacting & discuss how those vibes should not be taken lightly. They are truths...they are your truth...and are telling of what is going on.

  • Episode 31: Mental Health Revisited

    June 18th, 2018  |  57 mins 20 secs

    Amanda + Kristin start the conversation expressing their sadness over the loss of the amazing cultural icons Kate Spade & Anthony Bourdain earlier this month.

    The girls discuss why it hit them so hard + how we crafty ass females need to reframe how we think about our own struggles in order to get the appropriate help we need.

    This episode addresses our 'connection' issue which plays a part, how friends + family of mental illness sufferers can offer empathetic support, & how we might have adapted a 'happy go lucky' persona growing up which has insidiously hurt us in the long run. // Ladies, it's okay NOT to be okay. 

  • Episode 30: Social Media Here & Now

    June 11th, 2018  |  1 hr 4 mins

    FOLLOW LIKE COMMENT. FOLLOW LIKE COMMENT. FOLLOW LIKE COMMENT. REPEAT REPEAT REPEAT. It seems like communicating and functioning in the middle of 2018 means taking it day by day, post by post, picture by picture, caption by caption, hashtag by hashtag (you get the point)... 

    A + K felt the need for an episode solely on social media since the topic has popped up in so many of our previous 29 shows from one angle or another, and since we as women need to become more aware of its pervasive nature so we can better protect ourselves while still utilizing it to keep connected with our friends and support our creative endeavors.

  • Episode 29: Goals for 2018: Mid-Year Check-in

    June 4th, 2018  |  54 mins 18 secs

    Amanda + Kristin discuss how the purpose of a mid-year check-in isn't to measure how successful or unsuccessful you've been at achieving your goals, but rather to assess WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED SO FAR & how best to move forward.

    A + K also talk about using a support system when it comes to achieving big goals & bouncing your status off another creative friend that could help you progress in a new way!

  • Episode 28: The Art of Being (An Artist) w/ Melody Hansen

    May 28th, 2018  |  57 mins 28 secs

    This is the last interview in our May series of interviewees, our first batch of conversations from some of the Craftiest Ass Females we know, and we couldn't have been prouder to share their stories + wisdom!

    Today we're talking to Melody Hansen, one of Amanda's artistic inspirations. She is originally from Lausanne, Switzerland & currently living in Toronto, Canada, is a modern day artist that dabbles in graphic design, illustration, art direction, music, curation, + writing. Amanda recently took her creative workshop entitled The Art of Being (an Artist) + couldn't recommend it more!

  • Episode 27: Planning, Family, Church, + Writing w/ Erica Canant

    May 21st, 2018  |  1 hr 10 mins

    Let's keep the inspirational convos going, shall we?! We are thrilled to share the love & light of Amanda's really good friend, bae, boo, wittle deer, sister for another mister, bestie from Texie, Erica Canant, with ya'll today! (...who just had a birthday this past weekend! Happy Birthday!)

    She is a mom of three, wife to Phil, writer, creative, #plannerbabe, Happy Planner® Design Team member, child of God, group leader, Crafty Ass Female to the MAX, super-force + modern woman in the world today, who loves lettering, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, face filters, lip-synching in the car with the kiddos, etc. She's all around awesome, with so much grace + wisdom to share!

  • Episode 26: Diversity in Crafting + Choosing Joy w/ Nita Patterson

    May 14th, 2018  |  1 hr 20 mins

    We are so honored to have Amanda's beautiful friend + fellow #plannerbabe, Nita Patterson, wife to 'a whole husband’, creative, child of God, fashionista extradordinare, super-force + modern woman in the world on the podcast today imparting inspiration + strength + life lessons + the most amazing wisdom.

    This episode is dedicated to the loving memory of Christopher Aiden Patterson.

  • Episode 25: Crafting + Kids w/ Megan Anderson

    May 7th, 2018  |  1 hr 1 min

    The best part about our month of May of guest interviews with some of the craftiest ass females we know is how wonderfully, wildly different lives all of us ladies lead, yet how interconnected EVEN STILL we truly are.

    We are honored to have Kristin's soul-lady + BFF, Megan Anderson, the creative behind The Nerd Nest, wife, mom & caretaker to many children of various ages, and memory keeper extraordinare on the podcast today to share what she knows about crafting + kids.

  • Episode 24: A + K Interview Ali Edwards

    April 30th, 2018  |  1 hr 4 mins

    In honor of National Scrapbook Day coming up this weekend, the ladies of Crafty Ass Female bring you our personal memory keeping hero, the goddess of scrapbooking: Ali Edwards. (!!!)

    Ali's passion resides in that very special place where the stories and images of life intersect. Her work includes memory keeping product and project design, teaching, and blogging. Author of four books about memory keeping, Ali is well known for authentically capturing everyday life with photos and words and creating memory keeping projects from those moments that pass by in an instant.

    This episode kicks off our month of May of guest interviews with some of the craftiest ass females we know! YES!

  • Episode 23: Podcasting So Far + Patreon

    April 23rd, 2018  |  59 mins 30 secs

    Amanda + Kristin have been hosting this podcast for the past four months & releasing a show (or two) every week for your listening pleasure. ;) In this episode, the girls talk about the growth + evolution that's taken place in such a short amount of time, and how bringing Crafty Ass Female to Patreon was the logical next step.

  • Episode 22: A + K Talk Mental Health

    April 16th, 2018  |  1 hr 33 mins

    A lot of people suffer from anxiety + depression their entire life, but never understand what they're experiencing can be an illness -- until fear + hopelessness flood every inch of their body + there is a blaring sign that SOMETHING. IS. WRONG and they need to get help. We hope this episode sheds light on why you might feel the way you feel, let you know you're not alone, and be a part of this cultural movement to destigmatize & bring awareness to how the struggle w/ mental illness is real.

  • Episode 21: #thursday3 + Taking Selfies

    April 9th, 2018  |  54 mins 27 secs

    Here on Crafty Ass Female, particular themes seem to make their way into a lot of our episodes. Some of those themes include social media, the comparison trap, and fun creative challenges to try! Those themes can be found in today's episode as well "...but first, lemme take a selfie." ...

  • Episode 19: Crafty Ass Madness Part 4 - Tools

    April 2nd, 2018  |  50 mins 27 secs

    In our A + K's FAVE SUPPLIES episode, we asked you babes to fill out a survey of what your favorite TOP 5 go-to supplies are! We collected the data, organized all of it into groups + themes, and The Crafty Ass Madness Spring Event was born - pitting your crafting essentials against one another to see what wins out! In today's episode we're talking about the supplies we categorize as TOOLS...the supplies that we need in order to make most every other crafty thing happen.

  • Episode 20: #The100DayProject

    March 27th, 2018  |  59 mins 17 secs

    In this episode you'll hear Amanda + Kristin talk about their past experiences with #The100DayProject, share what artistic endeavor each is planning for this round of 100 days, and give a bunch of suggestions for how YOU can participate!