iMake
A Guernsey girl shares her love of everything creative and handmade. Episodes cover a wide variety of crafts including knitting, food, photography and much more. The show also includes a generous helping of Guernsey culture too. So go on, join in - share the handmade love and celebrate the sheer joy of making stuff. Show notes can be found at www.imakegsy.com.

Welcome to episode 83 of the iMake podcast. It’s my pleasure to welcome Charles back to the show. In true Charles and Martine fashion, this episode is really just us, chatting about creative stuff. As always, Charles shares a number of pearls of creative wisdom including an interesting recipe for, what sounds like, the world’s worst chocolate mousse. You’ve been warned.

This episode is kindly sponsored by the nice folks at CreativeLive (creativelive.com) and I will be telling you more about them later as I have been working through some of their courses over the past week or so, and they are amazing. I am totally inspired, so listen up for a major dose of enablement shortly.

So let’s get on with the show. First up, there’s a creative catch up, then I am going to chat briefly about the CreativeLive courses I am working on. Then it’s over to Charles. You know the drill - get outside in the sunshine (here’s hoping) with a cold drink and a creative work in progress. Let’s chat.

Recent Creative Exploits

There’s been more monogamous knitting - The Pebble Beach Shawl (pattern by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade) is now over 50% done - I cannot wait to wear it.

I’ve been doodling this month - a lot. If you follow me on social media you will have seen some of my painted pebbles (varnish = Mod Podge) as well as my hand lettering.

Thanks to those of you who’ve enquired after my progress with My Listopia. Just to update you, this project is currently on hiatus as I am working on something top secret and time consuming right now - but I know you’ll love it. So please, watch this space!

And finally, lovely Jo from the Shinybees podcast has encouraged me to rediscover Periscope.

Periscope is a live video streaming app for iOS and Android developed by Kayvon Beykpour and Joe Bernstein. The startup behind the app was purchased by Twitter for a reported $100 million in March 2015. On March 26, 2015, Twitter officially relaunched the application on iOS under its own App Store account. Later, on May 26, 2015, Periscope was released for Android.

That’s what wikipedia says anyway, so it must be true! I did my second ever ‘scope this morning and it was really fun with lots of interaction. So I think I will be doing lots more! I’m on there as Martine under my Twitter handle iMakeGuernsey if you’d like to give me a follow.

Love Learning

It’s no secret - I love learning, and if I can combine that with creative stuff I am a happy camper. That’s why I am so pleased to have this episode sponsored by CreativeLive. If you’ve not checked out their creative online courses - you must! Let me tell you a bit about them…

CreativeLive empowers the creative world to learn what they want, when they want. Founded with the belief that world-class education can (and should) be available to everyone, CreativeLive connects photographers, crafters, musicians, and entrepreneurs of all walks of life with top-notch learning from industry leaders. Whether a weekend crafter or the newly full-time freelancer, CreativeLive gives students the tools and the encouragement to make it happen, whatever "it" might be for them. Anyone can watch their live online workshops — for free — and interact with instructors in real time. The future of education is interactive, free, and live now.  

So the streamed courses are free - you only pay to download or stream and watch at your leisure. Isn’t that fab?

Discount: get 35% off all CreativeLive courses and using the discount code imakecreativelive.

I’ve finished one course already and I am working through 2 more at the moment. The first course I did was Hand Lettering 101 with Annica Lydenberg.

I am working through Create Digital Products That Sell While You Sleep with April Bowles-Olin and Introduction to Calligraphy with Bianca Mascorro.

Shout outs

It is the final few months of the #YarnNotesFromAssynt yarn club , more information here - ripplescrafts.com.

Me and Charles

Here are any links we mentioned:

Avocado chocolate mousse recipe (not the same as the one Charles used but similar)

How to make cashew cream

DIY Craft Projects on Facebook

Food Matters website

Achica

My colouring book - Just Add Color: Geometric Patterns by Lisa Congdon

White Lady recipe

Raspberry Cosmo recipe

Haut Maison - podcast interview with Catherine

Bluebottle Gin

Hedge Veg

Next photo cushions

Wrap up

I think that’s it. Thanks for listening and I hope you’ll tune in next time.

Direct download: Episode_83_Perfection_is_Overrated.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:52am UTC


You’ve made it to episode 82 of the iMake podcast. Today’s show includes little techie stuff, my recipe for perfect sausage rolls, the August iMake book club announcement, a new crochet website and lots more. So settle down, relax and enjoy some creative chatter.

Craftsy Logo

This episode is kindly sponsored by CrafstyCraftsy offers over 800 creative online classes hosted by some of the world’s best instructors. I’m currently coveting one of their knitting classes called Plug and Play: Custom Scarves and Shawls, hosted by knitty.com founder Amy Singer. Thank you for constantly enabling me, Crafsty.

Creative chatter

Knitting wise I’ve been surprisingly monogamous, concentrating on my Pebble Beach Shawl. This is a lovely, simple semi-circular shawl pattern by fellow podcaster and knitwear designer, Helen Stewart aka Curious Handmade. I’m knitting the shawl in the most heavenly yarn - it was a gift from the lovely Kate and it is a silver skein (literally) from one of The Golden Skein collections. The yarn is 50% merino, 50% silk and is hand-dyed by Yarn Garden.

Post-recording note: it’s Damask by Kitman Figueroa!

On the subject of yarn, I might have accidentally acquired a skein of self-striping watermelon patterned yarn by Etsy sellerArtisticYarnbyAbi.

I’m missing crochet and must get back to it! I’ve discovered a new pattern website which is likely to make this process a lot easier - http://www.topcrochetpatterns.com/. Do check it out!

I’ve also picked up my ukulele again - having time is just so wonderful!

For those of you who asked, Penny puppy is getting on really well thank you and still enriching my life enormously. We are taking her on holiday to Devon in a couple of weeks so I am really excited about that.

Foodie

Because I am on summer holidays now, I have a sudden compulsion to bake. Here is my recipe for the best and easiest sausage rolls EVER…

Ingredients

  • 8 square sausages
  • 8 squares of frozen puff pastry
  • Sauce of your choice (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • A splash of milk
  • Flour for dusting
  • Salt

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees C or equivalent.
  2. Lay out your puff pastry squares on a surface that has been lightly dusted with flour.
  3. Squirt the sauce of your choice on your pastry square in the area where you will be placing the sausage meat (lower half of your square).
  4. Grab your square sausages - fold them in half and squeeze them so they fit your pastry squares. Pop them on top of your lines of sauce.
  5. Fold the pastry squares over the sausage meat using the milk to seal (I just dab it on with my finger). Grab a fork to crimp the edge shut.
  6. Put the sausage rolls on a lined baking tray and glaze with a beaten egg.
  7. Sprinkle with salt if you wish.
  8. Cook for 30 mins or so until golden brown and cooked through.

Tech

If you follow me on social media you’ll know I love technology - both the physical stuff and also things like apps and software. I have a worrying obsession with productivity apps.

I caved in and bought myself an Apple Watch. This is the one I got: Apple Sport Watch (38mm). I love it!

Things I use it for:

  • Telling the time, date etc
  • To do list
  • Shopping list
  • Activity
  • Text messages
  • Reminders

iMake Book Club

This month’s book has been chosen by LoriCrafty and it’s called All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

If you’d like to get prepared for August’s club, I am happy to announce the book now. It’s Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott. Here’s a teaser courtesy of Amazon:

How far would you go to hold on to the people you love?

When Olivia Brookes calls the police to report that her husband and children are missing, she believes she will never see them again. She has reason to fear the worst; this isn’t the first tragedy that Olivia has experienced. Now, two years later, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is called in to investigate this family again, but this time it’s Olivia who has disappeared. All the evidence suggests that she was here, in the family home, that morning.

But her car is in the garage, and her purse is in her handbag – on the kitchen table. The police want to issue an appeal, but for some reason every single picture of this family has been removed from albums, from phones, from computers.

And then they find the blood…

Has the past caught up with Olivia?

Sleep Tight – if you can. You never know who’s watching.

Here are the book links:

Officially we start reading this in August, but obviously, feel free to read it now if you cannot wait! The discussion will be live at the end of August.

To join the club please download the interests.me app or visit imakebookclub.interests.me.

Shout outs

2 lovely creative blogs:

Also hello to Isla from brityarn.co.uk - who is launching the Scollayalong KAL.

Finally a big hello to Louise F and Lori SB from Facebook - ladies thanks for all your lovely comments on the page, it is really appreciated.

Alongs

Join in! There’s..

PebbleCAL (a crochet-along with knitted options)

Other ‘alongs on the iMake Ravelry group

Wrap up

I think that is about it - thanks for listening, TTFN.

Direct download: Episode_82_Eat_Craft_Read.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:30am UTC

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