How to Make a Transformation

Episode Details

Air date: November 5th, 2018

Guests: Samantha Cheevers

Runtime: 36 minutes, 18 seconds

Summary: In the second episode of Season 2, Jen has a more interactive interview with her hair stylist, Sam Cheevers, who dyes Jen’s hair while also recording the episode. The two talk about making someone’s outsides match their insides, being your authentic self, and the difference between valuing time versus money when gift giving. 

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What I Made This Month

From the transcript: “And now I’d like to tell you about something I made this month. And no, it wasn’t Halloween costumes! For every year in recent memory, I have created our family’s Halloween costumes, but this year I was completely buried in October and ended up buying my kids their first store-bought costumes. I have to say, it was much easier and I was happy to spend a little money to save the time this year. But while I saved time on costume creation, I spent that time making a Celebration of Life for my father. My Dad passed away in July this year and on October 13th, my family held a special event to remember his life. I made paper flower centerpieces, which also included copies of books he read with special commemorative bookplates. I made a slideshow with pictures from throughout his life. I made programs for attendees. My dad and I didn’t share all that many hobbies, so I was so glad that I was able to use my love of making to remember him while I grieved.”

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Bonus: Happy International Podcast Day!

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The logo for International Podcast Day

Air date: September 30, 2018

Guests: Belinda & Matt Mitchell

Runtime: 34 minutes, 37 seconds

Summary: In this special bonus episodes, Jen, Belinda, and Matt collaborate on a celebration of podcasts for International Podcast Day 2018. Get ready to take some notes as they rattle off a list of highly recommended shows form all different formats and genres.

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How to Make a Difference from 7,600 Miles Away

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A headshot of photographer Arletta Charter
Arletta Charter

Air date: September 13, 2018

Guests: Arletta Charter

Runtime: 38 minutes, 5 seconds

Summary: In the first episode of Season 2, Jen is joined by Arletta Charter, a Hungarian national living on Martha’s Vineyard by way of Serbia, who takes some of the most stunning pictures you’ve ever seen. Arletta tells Jen all about a project she is working on with Photographers without Borders in South Africa.

Links of Interest: 

Photo to Table, Arletta’s photography business website
Arletta’s Photogarpher’s Without Borders donation page
Arletta on Instagram

What I Made This Week:

From the transcript:And now I’d like to tell you about something I made this week. Knitters face a bit of a slump every summer as the warm weather discourages hands from working with heavy materials like wool. But for those of us who have big projects that need to be completed before the end-of-year holidays, there isn’t much of a choice. During the show’s hiatus, I started and finished so many different projects, but the one I am most proud and excited about is my daughter’s Christmas stocking. I love the pattern that I picked out and am looking forward to having 4 finished stockings hung on the mantle. I hope to get my son’s finished for this year and then my husband and I will have our own the following year. Unique, handmade touches like these are the cornerstones of some of my favorite family tradition.Continue reading “How to Make a Difference from 7,600 Miles Away”

How to Make an Arse of Yourself

Episode Details

Air date: June 20, 2018

Guests: Mac Young

Runtime: 50 minutes, 47 seconds

Summary: In the final episode of Season 1, Jen breaks her 20-episode streak of family-friendly, curse-free content. Her guest is Mac Young, a scenic designer, talented actor, and dear friend. They discuss his current show, the sets he has designed in the past, and why Shakespeare was kind of weird.

Links of Interest: 

Shit-faced Shakespeare, by Magnificent Bastards Productions
The Crazy Locomotive by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz
The Jimmy Fund’s Annual Scooper Bowl

What I Made This Week:

From the transcript: “And now I’d like to tell you about something I made this week. I made a contribution to the Jimmy Fund in their efforts to support adult and pediatric cancer care. And what I received for this donation was a ticket to the Jimmy Fund’s annual Scooper Bowl. This year, a dozen vendors donated their ice cream for the country’s largest all-you-can-eat ice cream festival. Turns out that my limit is five scoops. But as I walked around, I could see that I was a light-weight compared to many of the other attendees.” Continue reading “How to Make an Arse of Yourself”

How to Make a Garden of Memories

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Air date: May 29, 2018

Guest: Rachel

Runtime: 32 minutes, 35 seconds

Summary: In the 20th episode, Rachel comes back for her third visit to the podcast to talk about the garden she has been growing for the past 6 years. But, as she explains, the garden is far older and more diverse that it appears.

Listen in as she explains why her garden is so special and what it brings to her life.

Links of Interest: 

The American Rhododendron Society
Black Parrot Tulips
Refurbishing Wicker
Black Oil Sunflower Seeds

What I Made This Week:

From the transcript: “And now I’d like to tell you about something I made this week. I made an old wicker patio set look brand new. Last summer, someone had set out a set of wicker furniture on the road near my house. It wasn’t in great shape, but I was looking for furniture to put out on my porch and I couldn’t argue with the price. I’ve never restored a piece of furniture before, so a few weeks ago, I began researching wicker restoration. I bought new rattan to replace the pieces that had fallen off or been damaged. I washed and deglossed all of the pieces, repaired the various areas that needed mending, and put on a new coat of bright sea foam spray paint. I absolutely love the result and am glad to be able to say that I’ve restored a wicker furniture set.” Continue reading “How to Make a Garden of Memories”

How to Make Nothing in Your 20s

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Air date: May 2, 2018

Guests: Danielle

Runtime: 36 minutes, 13 seconds

Summary: Episode 19 brings some much needed levity after last week’s episode. Danielle works at Jen’s local library and stops by to talk about a “How To” program that she recently coordinated. Eventually, the two devolve into giggles as they come to the realization that their 20s were a bit of a joke.

Links of Interest: 

2017 How to Fair
Lisa’s go-to croissant recipe
The Crafting Closet – great classes and yarns!
A Garden for Knitters

What I Made This Week:

From the transcript: “And now I’d like to tell you about something I made this week. Last week, my husband and I made a pretty substantial bonfire. This past winter, we had some storms that came through with very heavy now. This resulted in a number of sizable tree limbs falling in our backyard. So we worked on breaking down the limbs and had a fire that evening. We brought the kids out and roasted marshmallows and snuggled up to watch the fire as it got dark. I’m so grateful that I can give them evenings like that one.” Continue reading “How to Make Nothing in Your 20s”

How to Make It Through Depression

Episode Details

Air date: April 16, 2018

Guests: Jess

Runtime: 35 minutes, 21 seconds

Summary: This episode is a bit heavier than most. This week, Jen’s friend Jess joins her to talk about using the act of making as a way to cope with depression. They discuss the things that stand in their way when undertaking a new project and the challenges of starting a brand new hobby.

Links of Interest: 

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
Cinnamon Roll recipe
This is You Brain on Crafting by Jacque Wilson

What I Made This Week:

From the transcript: “And now I’d like to tell you about something I made this week. Many weekends, I wake up with a desire to make a specific breakfast pastry. But somehow, in my 32 years on this planet, I’ve yet to make cinnamon rolls. Until this past weekend! I found a recipe that had lots of rave reviews, and set to work. I mixed, kneaded, waited, sprinkled, rolled, and baked for about 2 hours. And in the end, the result was everything I’d dreamed it would be. And I made enough to store a few extra uncooked rolls in the freezer so I can have fresh-baked rolls at a moment’s notice!” Continue reading “How to Make It Through Depression”

How to Make a Podcasting Family

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Air date: April 4, 2018

Guests: Belinda & Yamina, aka The Geekend Amazons

Runtime: 32 minutes, 18 seconds

Summary: In episode 17, Jen invites two fellow lady podcasters on to talk about making their show, Geekend Amazons. Jen also has a special announcement about the future of her show!

Links of Interest: 

The Geekend Amazons
The Geekend Warriors
The Geekend Legion Patreon

What I Made This Week:

From the transcript: “And now I’d like to tell you about something I made this week. After months of work and so much help from my tireless admin, Greg, I’ve transitioned the show over to a new website! I’m so proud of it and am thrilled to provide comprehensive show notes and episode transcripts. Many transcripts are still being created, but once I catch up, I hope to have transcripts available soon after each episode airs. You can find the new website at” Continue reading “How to Make a Podcasting Family”

How to Make Italian Easter Pie

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Air date: March 21, 2018

Guest: Kathy Salamone

Runtime: 33 minutes, 35 seconds

Summary: In our 16th episode, Jen sits down with her Mom, Kathy Salamone, to gush about their love for Pizzagaina. Listen in to get some history on this family tradition from the ultimate Italian matriarch.

Links of Interest: 

Kathy’s Instagram account – Lots of gorgeous cloudscapes
Learn How to Make a Yo Yo Quilt
Jingle Bell Jack by Dr. Frances Horwich
Make your own Jingle Bell Jack

What I Made This Week:

Joey’s hair was out of control this day.

From the transcript: “And now, I’d like to tell you about something I made this week. I made a sizable addition to my knitting stash. This past weekend was the Knit North Yarn Crawl that had nine participating shops north of Boston. Each shop had special promotions and sales for the four-day event. So one morning, I hopped in the car with my son and we drove to all nine stores. The big find of the day was twelve skeins of yarn I bought to finally make my family’s Christmas stockings. Joey was a hit in each shop and had so much fun meeting all of the other crawlers, most of whom were grandmothers who were happy to have a toddler around to fawn over.” Continue reading “How to Make Italian Easter Pie”

How to Make an EP

Episode Details

Air date: March 7, 2018

Guest: Mark Steadman

Runtime: 34 minutes, 1 seconds

Summary: In episode 15, Jen is joined by another podcaster, Mark Steadman, to talk about creating an EP. Mark discusses the technical side of this task and then dives into the stories behind each of the songs.

Links of Interest: 

Mark’s EP – Songs Survive
For more about Mark, check out his website.

What I Made This Week:

From the transcript: “And now, I’d like to tell you about something I made this week. I made a home away from home for my family. This past weekend, we spent a few days up in the White Mountains to ski and spend time with my husband’s family. We were staying in a big ski lodge and had an entire floor to ourselves. Making the space inviting, familiar, and fun for my two toddlers was a challenge that totally paid off. They had a great weekend and both put on a pair of skis for the first time.” Continue reading “How to Make an EP”