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.
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”
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 www.htmamcast.com.” Continue reading “How to Make a Podcasting Family”
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.
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”
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.
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”
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”
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”
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.
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”
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”
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”
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”