How to Make a Legacy

Episode Details

Air date: February 21, 2018

Guest: Diane Aragona

Runtime: 38 minutes, 7 seconds

Summary: In our 14th episode, Jen has a conversation with her sister-in-law, Diane, about the loss of her Mother. It’s a difficult topic, but one that Diane explores with grace and sincerity.

Links of Interest: 

American Cancer Society
Do Dead People Watch You Shower by Concetta Bertoldi

What I Made This Week:

From the transcript: “And now, I’d like to tell you about something I made this week. This past weekend, after Chuck and Diane left to drive home, we got some snow here by our house and that morning we went outside to make snowmen and snow angels. The snowmen didn’t go so well. It wasn’t quite the right snow for that. But we did manage to get in the snow for some snow angels. And we made some big piles of snow at the base of some of our slides in the backyard and she had a great time sliding down into them. It was really wonderful watching her experience the snow for one of the first times. We’ve had a lot of snow storms since she was born, but not all of them have created snow that she could really get out and play in. So standing out there and watching her explore the snow the way I remember doing when I was little was really special.” Continue reading “How to Make a Legacy”

How to Make Makers

Episode Details

Air date: February 7, 2018

Guest: Bronwyn Burns

Runtime: 29 minutes, 17 seconds

Summary: In our second episode with Bronwyn, we start off talking about making plastics, but quickly get into how to encourage our children to become makers.

Links of Interest: 

Plastic Bag Kites
Harness Backpack

What I Made This Week:

From the transcript: “And now, I’d like to tell you about something I made this week. Well, am making. I’m currently working on creating a real website for the podcast. Right now, my good friend Greg Thole is helping me by hosting the podcast and has built me a really nice website for the streaming of the podcast itself. However, it’s kind of limited in what kind of content I can share on it beyond just the podcast itself and some brief descriptions. So I wanted to put together something a little bit more comprehensive that would allow me to create show notes with really beautiful images and share more information on a regular basis about the things that I’m making and the things that are being made by people who I feature on the show. I also want to be able to provide transcripts of each episode for those who want to experience the podcast but can’t listen to it in an audio form. So I’ve been working really hard on transcribing past episodes and getting together a plan for creating content on a regular basis. I’m very lucky in that I have a lot of champions. People who are happily helping me on this journey. This is not something that comes naturally to me and so I’m learning a lot as I go. And I want to thank every single person who has helped me as I’ve worked to get this off the ground. Specifically a past guest on the show, Arianna, who does social media for a living and very graciously sat down and talked to me for about an hour about how to approach social media from a professional standpoint. I found that conversation to be really invaluable. So hopefully that’ll be up in the next few weeks and I’ll share lots of information with you in a future episode about how you can find that” Continue reading “How to Make Makers”

How to Make Digital Art

Episode Details

Air date: January 24, 2018

Guest: Bronwyn Burns

Runtime: 30 minutes, 16 seconds

Summary: This week, Jen sits down for a chat with Bronwyn Burns, the “Pixel Wizard” of an application called Playsets. Bronwyn talks about how the game was conceived, meeting a childhood hero, and what inspired her to be a maker in the first place.

This is the first episode of a two-part series that will feature Bronwyn. Join us next time for the rest of the conversation, where we dig into Making Makers.

Links of Interest: 

Playsets
PAX

What I Made This Week:

From the transcript: “And now, I’d like to tell you about something I made this week. This past week, my husband and I made some seriously awesome memories. We spent six days down in Riviera Maya in Mexico on a vacation that was sorely needed. We had a beautiful view of the ocean, met some really wonderful people, and saw a part of the world that we hadn’t seen before. It was good to have some time just the two of us.” Continue reading “How to Make Digital Art”

How to Make a Resolution

Episode Details

Air date: January 3, 2018

Guest: Ariana Sheehan

Runtime: 29 minutes, 57 seconds

Summary: It’s our first episode of 2018, so we’re talking about resolutions! Jen is joined by a childhood friend to talk about the exercise of setting goals each year.

This episode also comes out on the day that How to Make a Memory is being featured on #2PodsADay. Find new independent podcasts like this one by visiting 2PodsADay.wordpress.com.

Content Warning: In this episode, we discuss pregnancy loss.

Links of Interest: 

#2PodsADay
Little Hats, Big Hearts
Infant Loss Organizations

What I Made This Week:

From the transcript: “And now, I’d like to tell you about something I made this week. I made my list of resolutions! On this list, you’ll find goals related to the podcast, my health, my family, and things I’d like to make in the coming year. It’s always refreshing to sit down, take stock, and start the year with renewed momentum.” Continue reading “How to Make a Resolution”

How to Make Holiday Traditions

Episode Details:

Air date: December 13, 2017

Guest: Rachel Kuberry

Runtime: 28 minutes, 28 seconds

Summary: Our tenth episode is the second in a two-part holiday series. In episode nine, we spoke about making gifts. This time around, we’re talking about making traditions.

Also, in January, “How to Make a Memory” is being featured in a campaign from #TwoPodsADay. Find new independent podcasts like this one by following #TwoPodsADay on Facebook and Twitter.

Links of Interest: 

Owl Advent Calendar
Traditional Wassail recipe
#2PodsADay

What I Made This Week:

From the transcript: “And now I’d like to tell you about something I made this week. I’ve been working on getting the kids’ Christmas gifts finished up. I picked out a really cute hooded cowl for Emma and knit that up last week. It’s made with rainbow colored yarn and looks like a fairy hat. For Joey, I’m in the middle of assembling a busy book for him. It’s made mostly of felt and has lots of little activities to keep him busy on long car rides. Are you making any gifts this season?” Continue reading “How to Make Holiday Traditions”

How to Make Gifts for the Holidays

Episode Details:

Air date: November 29, 2017

Guest: Rachel Kuberry

Runtime: 30 minutes, 32 seconds

Summary: In our ninth episode, Jen and Rachel discuss the joys and pitfalls of making gifts during the holidays. What makes a gift a hit? What are some memorable gifts they’ve made and received? How are handmade gifts received?

Links of Interest: 

Jen’s go-to holiday Fudge recipe – I use this as the base for all of my varieties

What I Made This Week:

From the transcript: “And now I’d like to tell you about something I made this week. It’s hard to pick just one thing for this episode. I’ve been making so much lately. Homemade sauerkraut, stock from our Thanksgiving leftovers, so much bread. So I’ll go with the most relevant thing I’ve made. This past weekend, our family went out to pick up our Christmas tree. Since then, I’ve spent several days making the garlands for our home. I started doing this last year and absolutely love the effect. I went to a local church that was selling trees and asked if they had any extra boughs. They gave me two giant boxes and I went back home and started building yards upon yards of garland. I couldn’t be more pleased with how our home looks .” Continue reading “How to Make Gifts for the Holidays”

How to Make Just About Anything

Episode Details:

Air date: November 15, 2017

Guest: Quinn Shamblin

Runtime: 32 minutes, 29 seconds

Summary: In episode eight, Jen has a conversation with Quinn, who talks about why he creates and some of the projects he’s taken on over the years.

Links of Interest: 

The World’s Simplest Mittens
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
Hungry Monkey by Matthew Amster-Burton

What I Made This Week:

From the transcript: “And now I’d like to tell you about something I made this week. Several big long-term knitting projects have finally wrapped up and that has left my needles free for the first time in a long time. So this weekend, I was delighted when Emma requested a pair of blue mittens. Once she was in bed curled up under a blanket, I put on an episode of Doctor Who and knit her up a pair of chunky speckled blue mittens that she absolutely adores. This request came just in time because it finally turned very cold this week in our neck of the woods.” Continue reading “How to Make Just About Anything”

How to Make a Fool of Yourself

Episode Details:

Air date: November 1, 2017

Guest: Lisa Adil

Runtime: 28 minutes, 08 seconds

Summary: In the podcast’s 7th episode, Jen has a chat with her friend Lisa about writing romantic poetry and learning to cook Bengali food. Lisa advocates for taking risks and being vulnerable. Jen embraces awkward teenage poetry.

Links of Interest: 

Blueberry Banana Cake recipe
Chicken Biryani recipe

What I Made This Week:

From the transcript: “And now I’d like to tell you about something I made this week. Yesterday was Halloween and I’ve spent the past few weeks making our family’s costumes in preparation for a party that we threw this past weekend to coincide with Emma’s third birthday. I also made her birthday cake, so it’s been a particularly busy and productive time for me. The cake I chose was blueberry and banana flavored with cream-cheese frosting. Emma directed me to dye the frosting blue and it was a big hit with all of our guests. I will never get tired of watching people enjoy the food I make.” Continue reading “How to Make a Fool of Yourself”

How to Make Games for Your Friends

Episode Details:

Air date: October 18, 2017

Guest: Gabriel Charter

Runtime: 30 minutes, 59 seconds

Summary: In this episode, Jen chats with her friend Gabe about an immersive role playing game he has created and run for the past two years.

Links of Interest: 

The Adventure Zone – If you want to listen to grown men play D&D
Hearthside Throw knitting pattern
Music Box by Amigos Amigos

What I Made This Week:

From the transcript: “And now I’d like to tell you about something I made this week. By the time you hear this episode, I will hopefully have wrapped up the creation of a wedding gift for some very close friends of mine. They were married last November, so I’m nearing the one-year mark. I’ve spent around 80 hours knitting them a deep-green cabled throw. I’m going to be seeing them this weekend at another wedding and wanted to deliver it in person since they live several hours away. As of this moment I still have two balls of yarn to go so I’d better get going.” Continue reading “How to Make Games for Your Friends”

How to Make a Baby Smile

Episode Details:

Air date: October 3, 2017

Guest: Rebecca Shamblin

Runtime: 30 minutes, 42 seconds

Summary: In our fifth episode, Jen chats with her friend Rebecca about her career change into the world of newborn baby photography. Rebecca sheds some light on how all those poses are achieved, making babies look serene, and how to build a photography studio from scratch. Spoiler: marry a wood worker!

Links of Interest: 

Life Remembered
A tour of Rebecca’s studio
Rebecca’s Harry Potter Nursery
Cheesy Broccoli Bites
Crispy Bean Tots

What I Made This Week:

From the transcript: “And now I’d like to tell you about something I made this week. This past weekend, I worked with my daughter to make toddler friendly lunches for the week. She helped me measure out all of the ingredients and make little round broccoli bites. We also made some chickpea bites that are very similar to falafel. Working on this together was a great afternoon activity for us and as soon as these super healthy snacks came out of the oven, she couldn’t wait to try them. There’s nothing like getting a picky eater excited about cooking to help them try out new and healthy foods.” Continue reading “How to Make a Baby Smile”