Continuing the Conversation

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Jen_W Jennifer Worick, contributor
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Me and Michaela Murphy at the end of Maker Faire this past weekend in our John and Yoko pose.
Diane Gilleland, me, and Michaela Murphy at Maker Faire this past weekend.
Jeffrey Rudell amongst all his papery splendor at the CHA show in January.
Kayte Terry working on a gorgeous embroidery project during some downtime at CHA.
Erika Kern works her embroidery magic on Michaelas CraftStylish tee at Januarys CHA show.
Susan Beal at the Portland premiere of Handmade Nation.
Me and Michaela Murphy at the end of Maker Faire this past weekend in our John and Yoko pose.

Me and Michaela Murphy at the end of Maker Faire this past weekend in our John and Yoko pose.

Photo: Jennifer Worick

For me, most meaningful experiences involve extraordinary people. With that in mind, I’ve had a year-long meaningful, mind-blowing experience with CraftStylish. I’ve been lucky enough to meet the other bloggers through their writing and in person and for that, I am forever grateful. On Sunday afternoons, when I thought, “Crap, what am I going to do for Monday’s post?”, I became even more resolved to pull something wonderful out of my, uh, hat, because I wanted to earn my crafty place amongst Jeffrey, Diane, Kayte, Erika, Lee, Cal, Jennifer, Linda, Mary, Susan, and all the rest of the bloggers who created such a vibrant, exciting community.

Michaela Murphy is, simply, a force of nature, and she guided the site with care and a desire for excellence. To paraphrase the cheesy, she made me want to be a better woman, crafter, and writer. And because I can call her my good friend, she will continue to inspire me. She really is a good woman to know.

The talented Vicky North will continue the mission that was set forth by Michaela, and I encourage you to submit articles, share tutorials and photos, and become a voice on the site. After all, CraftStylish is nothing if not a generous community of talented crafters and artists.

And that brings me to you. I have been tickled, educated, and heartened by those of you who have read my articles and tutorials over the year. Whether you were telling me about what crafts you want to punch in the face or reporting back on your success using my shrink plastic ring tutorial, I have to admit I was giddy every time I saw a new comment. Taking the time to talk to me made every panicked Sunday night worth it.

In the future, if you want to chat, you can find me at my website, my humor blog Things I Want to Punch in the Face, or my crafting and publishing blog Prairie Tales.

I look forward to continuing the conversation.

posted in: community, crafters, bloggers

Comments (3)

Jen_W writes: Thanks, guys! You can still find me at or!
Posted: 3:46 am on June 18th
KraftyGirl writes: Thanks Jennifer for all the brilliant words and projects you've brought to CraftStylish. You'll be missed!
Posted: 10:01 pm on June 3rd
Maureclaire writes:
Gonna really miss you guys !!!
Posted: 6:41 pm on June 3rd
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