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How She Creates: Ep 203 Metalsmithing

A discussion with metalsmith jewelry maker, January Jewelry, about creating, supporting artists, finding inspiration and more. Click through to listen to How She Creates Podcast.
I have been a huge fan of Melissa’s beautiful and unique jewelry line for so long, plus she is lives about 45 minutes from my hometown, so I doubly love her. In this weeks episode we talk about the scary start to your own online business, the difference between finding inspiration and refreshing yourself, tips for learning more about metal smithing, why its important to support local artists and about the importance of slow, hand making.

How She Creates Challenge

This week we want to learn more about local artists YOU love! Share your favorite local artists + their artwork with us using the #howshecreates hashtag so we can all support more hand makers!

Now, go listen and enjoy the show!



Show Notes

Meet Our Guest

Melissa graduated from East Carolina University in 2004. She received a BFA in Art Education and Metal Design. Upon graduating, she began teaching at a small K-8 charter school. When her husband got out of the military in 2012, his job relocated them to Columbia, SC. Melissa decided to pursue her entrepreneurial goals as a creative business owner and January Jewelry was created! Her studio is nestled upstairs in her home where you can find her tinkering away on her workbench!

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Meet Your Host

Lauren is an American crafter, adventurer and storyteller living in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, with her husband. Lauren is an art maker, grace giver, photographer of life, laugh enthusiast, creativity chaser, believer in people, inspiration aficionado, street food lover, and DIY fanatic.

Connect with Lauren:
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How She Creates: Ep 202 Being Present

This week on How She Creates I am chatting with Brandi Kincaid who is wise, kind, colorful and inspiring. This conversation really convicted and encouraged me to get out into the world and be an observer of life. Brandi has a really special gift when it comes to being present with others and then turning small fragments of interactions and observations into very connected art. She shares her tips for listening in so you can also create more from your personal experiences, how to work through creative ruts and more about her process of taking an idea to reality. 

How She Creates Challenge

This week we have a challenge for you. After you listen to the episode, go out, experience the world and turn it into art. Then share your observations and what you make with Brandi and I using the #howshecreates hashtag so we can all be a little more connected.

Now, go listen and enjoy the show!


Show Notes

Meet Our Guest

Brandi is an illustrator and paper crafter who makes and records memories with her husband in Bellingham, Washington, a far cry from her home state of Georgia. She spends all her free moments playing with paper and glue, and drawing a version of the world around her.  When she isn’t making a mess or dreaming up new designs, she’s spending time at one of her favorite neighborhood bookshops or watching episodes of Murder She Wrote, because nothing beats J.B. Fletcher.

Connect with Brandi:
Blog · Instagram · Shop

Meet Your Host

Lauren is an American crafter, adventurer and storyteller living in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, with her husband. Lauren is an art maker, grace giver, photographer of life, laugh enthusiast, creativity chaser, believer in people, inspiration aficionado, street food lover, and DIY fanatic.

Connect with Lauren:
Blog · Instagram · Courses · Pinterest 

My Favorite Podcasts

The best podcasts for creativity, business and entertainment!

In honor of How She Creates launching season 2 tomorrow, I thought it was a good time to do a round-up of all the current podcasts that are giving my ears sensational feelings these days. Podcasts are the way of the future but also, just a repetition of the past: hello talk radio?! Which, I loved growing up! I loved hearing people’s stories and podcasts are bringing that to us on such an approachable level these days. So give these podcasts a search in your favorite listening app and let me know what your favorites are so I can even more to my ever growing list!

Be sure to subscribe to How She Creates, so you are the first to know when the new episode goes live tomorrow! 


How She Creates
Duh. This is the podcast about creativity, by creatives, for creatives but also by me! We have 19 amazing interviews from season 1 where we talk about every craft under the sun, how these amazing creatives go their start and their best tips, favorite tools, taking action + some awesome arty challenges are thrown in there for YOU! Subscribe today!

100 Creatives
Sally took the 100 Day Project to the next level with this podcast! She is still working to interview 100 creatives and each interview is really inspiring and I love her creative resource segment each episode. I was interviewed in episode 20 about my 100 day project. 

The Jealous Curator: Art For Your Ears
Everyone loves The Jealous Curator and now she is bringing her amazing eye into your ears. Not weird at all people. She interviews amazing artists and has them share all their wisdom.

Pug Party Podcast
Everyone’s favorite art journaler, Roxanne, and her husband are adorable and hilarious and SO insightful in this unedited podcast where they hang out, drink and chat creativity. It’s so interesting to hear their different views and experience as an artist and a writer. It feels like you are just chillaxing at home with them, which is so refreshing.

Creative Pep Talk 
Andy J Pizza brings the quirky, kick in the pants, wisdom for all makers.

Magic Lessons
Everyone’s favorite creative fairy godmother, Elizabeth Gilbert, interviews normal people and famous people and gives her grandmotherly wisdom for getting their creative butts in gear.

Young House Love Has a Podcast
This is probably my #1 favorite podcast right now. Young House Love is just as quirky, hilarious, adorable and insanely helpful as ever. They cover everything that has to do with living life in a house in here and I cannot wait for every episode to come out.


Up and Vanished
This is an investigative podcast that digs up cold case files of people who have disappeared and the police have no leads…

Does anyone not know Serial at this point? If you don’t, again, we are investigating cold cases where someone has been convicted…but they claim they are innocent.

This is a new podcast, from the same people from Serial Killers. They go in-depth on the psychology of famous cults. It is SO fascinating. We talk about these episode over dinner most nights. Our house is weird.

For The Love with Jen Hatmaker
Taking a far turn from murder central, Jen Hatmaker is my beloved life mentor who shares all about life, faith, family, friendship and food. This podcast is 100% life-giving.

Shailey and Katie
This can really go in all three categories, but really I just love it, so here it is in entertainment. These ladies are really funny and helpful. They talk parenting, business and creativity. Weird story, one time they answered a listener question and I was like ‘man that is a great question, I would love to know the answer to that’. Turns out it was MY question that I had asked them…So Im famous but also don’t know my own name-because they definitely said MY OWN NAME when reading the question and it still took me awhile to realize that it WAS ME.

The Bravery Board
These are recorded talks from a monthly event where people come together and talk about growth, empowerment, creativity, business, courage and faith.

Ted Talks 
In short: inspirational, entertaining and educational.


Elise Gets Crafty
Always a favorite among creatives. Its taken quite the business turn, but still focused on small creative business.

Don Miller is one of my favorite authors and now he is teaching all about marketing strategy from the storytelling point of view. Very actionable and insightful info here.

The Strategy Hour
These ladies take you behind the scenes of their biz and share what worked and what didn’t in a very honest and raw feel and I love it, learn something and come away with very tangible ideas every time.

Being Boss
Very encouraging, practical steps to step up your business game.

Hashtag Authentic
My other favorite podcast right now. Sarah is English, so we all love her already, but she is an instagram guru and shares so much wisdom and has really amazing guests that I usually have never heard of, so it’s expanding my circle really well!

The Membership Guys
Very specific here, but they talk about running a membership site, which Get Messy is. They are our gurus and we follow all of their advice!

Raise Your Hand Say Yes
My favorite lady, Tiffany Han, shares wisdom and truth as she interviews amazing guests on being gutsy and going for the big things you want in life and business.

How To Be Remarkable
Tiffany again, but with her partner Erin, teach about branding and marketing, mostly, and they always share wisdom you can implement right away.

The Action Army Podcast
I love Jason and Caroline, so when Caroline comes on the show for Action Essentials, they share their wins, what they need to let go of and resources. So helpful and entertaining.

Ok, now what are your favorites? And who is pumped for How She Creates?! ME!