Material Mama Podcast #10 ~~ Holi-dazed

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I just got a new microphone, so hopefully at least that will work LOL.

Today’s show featured music from the Podsafe Network:

“Neighbor” by The Lascivious Biddies

“What Child is This” by Allison Crowe

The story, Gift of the Magi is available from Librivox and read by Betsie Bush

In news today, I talked about Donation Dolls program, the amazing women of Radio Almahaba, creating the next designing generation with Wee Scotty, and spring fashion colors.

For kids, I mentioned you might check out Kiddie Records. Kiddie Records Weekly is a three year project celebrating the golden age of children’s records. Each recording has been carefully transferred from the original 78s and encoded to MP3 format for you to download and enjoy. You’ll find a new addition every week, all year long with a special Christmas record available now.

You can take a look at the Spring 2007 Fashion Color Palette at Pantone

You can sew up a free holiday outfit for your child’s American Girl doll with this pattern from You Can Make This.

I shared my new Cloth Diapering Sewing site, where you can find and add many free cloth diaper patterns and even sell what you make! I find this to be my part of the Creative Culture movement.

The Creative Mom Podcast and the Crafty Chica podcast are great resources you’ll want to check out!

On a sad note, I’d like to send my condolences out to the Kim and Fleming families. You can donate here and see James’ memorial here. I’m amazed that his employees and employers have been so supportive and kind. That must be an incredible place to work.

Thank you for listening and keep on sewin’ sister!

Material Mama Podcast #9

Today I have changed the format a bit, added in some music and lengthened segments.

The music all comes from the Podsafe Music Network, and today I featured some really great artists. I hope you give their songs a listen and support Podsafe music! Please take a listen:

Farm Boy Spaghetti Cake
Grandma’s Piano Eliot Popkin
rise again Joshua Kadison

I also chatted about holiday sewing, and I found some resources for fun gifts to sew here here and here. Take a look at Wikipedia and add some to the Sewing area! I talk about my admiration for Brenda Dayne of Cast On podcast. Take a listen — even if you don’t knit I think you’ll enjoy her podcast. There are some great fabric card tutorials here. I made bacon and eggs out of wool felt for my girl’s Christmas gifts:

The adorable smocking from Caren at Baby Blue Yonder:

With a matching twirly skirt, modified from the Sew Baby twirly dress pattern.

I didn’t podcast about it, but my oldest daughter made this fun top herself! We traced a ready to wear top that she knew fit her well:

The wedding knit I got from Suz:

Thank you for all of your kind words, emails and support! It is greatly appreciated. I’m still learning the audio side of things, thanks for hanging in with me.


New ways to join in

I have added an email account so you can contact me directly.  Material mama at gmail dot com.  I hope to hear from you!

I also added a ‘chingo’ link. If you have a microphone on your computer, you can leave me a voicemail up to 2 minutes.  I may even play it on my next show!

Due to our upcoming vacation and children running around in need of attention, my podcast will be delayed.  Never fear, I’ll be back soon!  Leave me a voicemail!  I’d love to hear from you and get encouragement.



My other life

Hi everyone!

I’m working on my next podcast now.  The girls are running around in their new jammies I’ll have to share about.  We’re planning a trip to the Big D.  Disneyland!  I’ll chat about that too.

If you’d like a peek in my ‘other’ life, my blog is Juggling Jello.  I use it to write down things I will eventually print out for my girls.  A diary of sorts for them of their mother’s crazy life circa 2006.  Some sewing and crafting but a lot of Life and Momming.  I’ve taken up a challenge to post every day in November, so I warn you it may or may not be interesting.  😉

Oh and if you get a chance, please drop me a note over on iTunes — Thanks!!!

Material Mama Manifesto

Material Mama’s Sewing Manifesto

Anyone can learn to sew.

It’s an age old art, whether by hand or by computerized machine; repurposed thrift store finds or $50/yard designer fabric.

It unites us all.


  1. Love and respect my seam ripper
  2. Encourage smaller, boutique pattern designers
  3. Sew, repair, customize items for my family as needed and time permits.
  4. Be upfront with others that I may not hem, alter, customize or create for them.
  5. Understand sewing does NOT save money. (although I might not share this with my significant other)
  6. Love my stash. Visit it, pet it, appreciate it, and listen to it.
  7. Learn to hear praise and compliments about my sewing and say “Thank You”.
  8. Not play down my accomplishments in sewing, even if it’s learning to turn on a machine or thread a needle.
  9. Sew gifts for those who appreciate them
  10. Be proud to show my one of a kind, properly fitted, custom tailored garments.
  11. Know mommy made clothes make my child feel special and loved whenever they are wearing them.
  12. Sew because I have to, it’s a part of who I am
  13. Occasionally toss an item across the room in frustration.
  14. Forgive myself.
  15. Ask for support when I need and want it.
  16. Listen to my heart about MY fabric choices, pattern, style and cut.




  1. Feel I need to purchase even ONE Big Three pattern
  2. Support companies that sell their patterns on junky paper, with improper fitting, with outdated and overly complicated sewing techniques.
  3. Support pattern companies that do not support me in finding well fitting, and comfortable
  4. Feel forced to put advertising on my children without being paid for it (Name brands splashed all over clothing)
  5. Feel pressured to defend my beautiful stash
  6. Feel pressured to repair, customize clothing for others
  7. Dress my 4 year old like a hooker to keep up with current fashions.
  8. Support sweat shop labor
  9. Allow my stash to control me and how I feel. I am always in charge of Stash.
  10. Listen to any negativity about how sewing is outdated (it’s classic, and classic never goes out of style)
  11. Throw anything heavy at someone who tells me “wow, did you know that sewing clothing is getting popular again?”
  12. Sew for anyone who might not appreciate it, or sees it as inferior to store bought. It’s their loss.
  13. Endure cheap, poorly made and poor fitting Ready to Wear (off the rack clothing)
  14. Deny that sewing feeds my soul.
  15. See myself as competing with Wal-Mart, Target, etc. See myself as couture, custom family fashionista along the lines of Hannah Andersson, Gymboree and Michael Kors.
  16. Engage in negative self talk or berate my skills to myself or others.
  17. Assume that the big box stores (JoAnn’s, Hancock’s etc) will be able to tell fabric from scrapbook paper much less help with fit.

Copyright © 2006, All Rights Reserved Feel free to share, with this copyright information intact. Happy Sewing Mama!

Podcast #3 ready this weekend!

If my computer cooperates, I’ll have a new podcast out this weekend. The DSL router went down so I’m on  (gasp) dial up.  Still, I’m setting time aside from my mad organizing (and listening to Outlander!)  to jump on the mic.

I’ll be discussing my new machine (!!!!!) , brand loyalty, my material mama manifesto, and my current projects in the sewing room.

Thanks everyone for your continued support, and wonderful notes of encouragement!