Patchwork Show
Modern Makers Festival
Local craft and food makers, live music, and community
Business + Makers Conference
Four days of hands-on food + craft workshops+ creative business classes in Ventura, CA - March 26-29, 2015
Dear Handmade Life Blog
Living + Working from Scratch
DIY projects, tips on creative entrepreneurship, recipes, our adventures, and inspiration to make every day awesome

Here are some of our Craftcation 2015 presenters. Stay tuned as we’ll be adding more soon.

amy tan

It's hard for Amy Tan to imagine where her life would be had she not fallen in love with scrapbooking in 2007. This hobby has afforded her so many amazing opportunities – including a number of signature lines with American Crafts, many of her projects published in a variety of magazines, her own book, and the chance to meet so many inspiring people - that she is endlessly grateful for. When she's not at home in Los Angeles, California with two mischievous Jack Russell Terriers, her long time partner, JC, and their adorable son, Jack, she is traveling, finding great places to eat, and doing her best to enjoy every moment. All while Instagramming everything along the way. Amy loves salted caramel anything, doggy cuddles, baby giggles, palm trees, riding her beach cruiser, and nachos. Always nachos. You can find her blogging about her life at

Blair Stocker

Blair Stocker has been a modern crafter and prolific “creative” her whole life. After a career in apparel and textile design, she began the Wise Craft blog in 2005 as a way to stay connected to her own creative passions while raising two small children. Putting her skills to work on thrift store pieces, inventive DIY projects, and clever handmade items for her home, Blair formed a loyal online following. Her original work and her home have been featured on Apartment Therapy, Design Mom, Café Mom/The Stir, and Design Sponge. Her work also has been featured in Parents, Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal,and more. Blair currently creates DIY content for the Creativebug blog (and herself!), obsessively makes quilts with re-purposed fabrics, sells quilt patterns, and teaches all kinds of handmade crafts. She lives with her husband, two children, and fat kitty in Seattle, Washington. Visit her at

cathy callahan

Cathy Callahan is a designer/maker based in Los Angeles. Her current projects explore techniques influenced by the work of textile artists such as Anni Albers, Sheila Hicks and Clare Zeisler. All pieces are handmade in small batches and are created in limited runs or are one-of-a-kind. Cathy has appeared on the Martha Stewart show and her work has been featured in The New York Times, Sunset, Anthology, Mollie Makes and Frankie magazines. Her jewelry and accessories collection is available at stores such as Yolk, Poketo, A+R and The Hammer Museum. Cathy is also works a window dresser, merchandiser and product consultant.

christine haynes

Christine Haynes is a Los Angeles-based sewing author, teacher, and pattern designer with her own line of sewing patterns, Christine Haynes Patterns, which are perfect for the vintage-loving modern seamstress. Her first book, Chic & Simple Sewing was published by Random House in 2009, and her newest book, The Photo Illustrated Guide to Clothing Construction will be published in February 2014 by Quarry Press. Christine’s articles have been published in SewStylish, Sew News, CraftStylish, and Craft Zine magazines and she is a regular contributor to the Craftsy Blog. She teaches sewing classes both in-person in Los Angeles at Sew L.A., and also teaches her popular Sassy Librarian Blouse on-line with Craftsy. Her work has been featured in Threads Magazine, The New York Times, The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, Martha Stewart's Radio Channel,, LA Weekly, Daily Candy, and NBC's Today Show, among others. She has presented lectures and workshops at the American Sewing Guild conference, the 2012 and 2013 Craftcation conferences, and has contributed to other books, like One Yard Wonders.

delilah snell

delilah snell is the owner of road less traveled, an environmentally friendly store based in santa ana, california. featured in sunset magazine, the fine living network, LA times, KCRW and numerous other media outlets, her store has won several awards for environmental products and education for the past 5 years. a staunch supporter of the local food movement, delilah has worked closely with several local farms, non-profits and community groups in marketing, product development and event planning and lectures on food sustainability for almost 10 years. delilah is also a Master Food Preserver and has started a line of local, organic preserves called backyard in a jar teaching classes on proper food preservation across the state. in 2006, she co-founded patchwork show with her niece nicole to provide a high-quality, local goods in the marketplace. a life-long resident of orange county, she currently lives in santa ana and writes about local, economical living on her blog project small.

Diane Gilleland

Diane Gilleland is a craft writer, designer, and teacher based in Portland Oregon. She's the author of Kanzashi In Bloom and co-author of Quilting Happiness, and her work has appeared in numerous magazines and websites. She blogs about crafts (with occasional tangents on the care and feeding of small creative businesses) at

Eleanor Callott Whitney

Eleanor Callott Whitney is a strategic partnerships manager and creative programmer who is passionate about art, creativity and entrepreneurship. She is an entrepreneur, writer, rock musician, and educator raised in Maine and living in Brooklyn. She finds joy in empowering creatives with the tools they need to think of themselves as entrepreneurs and in managing and facilitating creative projects with panache. She is the author of Grow, a practical field guide for starting a creative business, released in 2013 by Microcosm Publishing. For over a decade, Eleanor has worked with world-class museums and creative companies to plan events that connect audiences with art and the company’s mission, identify and manage national strategic partnerships, facilitate professional development workshops for creatives, and devise and implement strategies for content creation and presentation. She is currently the Community Outreach Coordinator at Shapeways, a 3D Printing community and marketplace.

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee is the founder of Artizen Coaching and the author of Building Your Business the Right-Brain Way and the bestseller The Right-Brain Business Plan, which has helped tens of thousands of entrepreneurs around the world launch their creative businesses. After spending 10 years climbing the corporate ladder and getting tired of living her dream "on-the-side," she took the leap to pursue her passions full-time. Jennifer has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, U.S. News & World Report, Whole Living, Family Circle, Cloth Paper Scissors Studios, and Choice. She received her coaching certification and leadership training through the prestigious Coaches Training Institute. She is also a certified yoga instructor, a certified Expressive Arts Facilitator, and holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from UCLA and an M.A. in Communication Management from USC. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can find out more at

Kari Chapin

Kari Chapin is a writer, teacher, and mentor who works with hand-makers, business people, and future authors from all over the world. She currently has three books on the shelves, the best sellers: The Handmade Marketplace and Grow Your Handmade Business and a book she co-wrote with needle felt artist, Kerri Wessel, Feltlicious. Kari travels the country speaking to arts and crafts groups, at conferences, and on college campuses, inspiring and motivating audiences on topics ranging from owning and operating a creativity based business to following your big dreams. She manages a popular online members-only group called Kari’s Creative Community, where hundreds of creative business owners gather online to support and encourage one another all in the pursuit of making their businesses the best they can be. Kari also works one-on-one with aspiring authors, helping them to take their book ideas to the next level. Kari has her own line of products to support creative business owners that will be released in 2015 and an updated version of The Handmade Marketplace will be released in summer of 2014. She happily lives her best creative life in Portland, Oregon with her husband Eric, who is also a writer. To connect with Kari and learn more about her books, and her services, including Kari’s Creative Community, please visit and be sure to sign up for her newsletter.

Kim Werker

Kim Werker is a writer, speaker, and freelance editor who tries to make something – anything – every day. Many of those things are awful; some are not. Her latest book, Make It Mighty Ugly, is based on her Mighty Ugly project; it's a handbook for vanquishing creative demons by confronting them head-on. Learn more about her work, appearance schedule and ragtag adventures at For more on Mighty Ugly, including links to resources and a book-club guide, visit

Lauren Venell

lauren venell is an artist, designer, and financial educator for creative professionals. her work has been published by imprints such as chronicle books, klutz/scholastic, uppercase and quarry, and featured in media outlets including the new york times, the san francisco chronicle, everyday with rachel ray and on canal+ television. she has launched several successful plush toy lines, including the deep creeps, which can currently be found in stores across the globe. in addition to her creative work, lauren educates fellow creative entrepreneurs about financial topics through online classes, in-person events and as a contributor to blogs such as design*sponge and craftzine. lauren lives and works in san francisco with her husband, her daughter and an ornery parrotlet named elvis.

nicole stevenson

Nicole's path includes time as a creative writing graduate student in San Francisco, street artist on the Venice Beach boardwalk, costume designer, Hollywood flea market art vendor, DIY workshop instructor, co-founder of a non-profit that produced art shows benefiting charities, owner and designer of Random Nicole an art-inspired clothing line carried at over 250 locations and owner of craft workshop studio and retail store: The Craft Kitchen. These days, Nicole can be found creating illustrations and designs for Show and Tell Design Studio, co-producing Patchwork Show: Modern Creative Festival and Craftcation: Creative Business and Makers Conference and writing about business, making and her adventures for the blog Dear Handmade Life. Nicole and her ventures have been featured in The Wall Street Journal,, The Los Angeles Times, Apartment Therapy, NPR, Riviera Magazine, Daily Candy, PaperCrafts Magazine, The OC Weekly and others. When she’s not working, you may find her breaking up scuffles between her dog and three chickens, couch crafting while watching a film she’s seen too many times to count, playing guitar with her husband, sitting in her backyard with good friends and a margarita while playing Cards vs. Humanity or squeezing in time for a quick trip to a lovely place where people are scarce and trees are not.

Rachel Mae Smith

Rachel Mae Smith lives in Portland, OR. She loves do-able diys and strives to make crafting easy and fun over on her blog The Crafted Life. When she’s not pinning pictures, or brushing glitter out of her hair, you can find her exploring and photographing the Pacific Northwest.

radmegan (megan andersen)

A regular craft blogger for, (Rad)Megan has video workshops on and covering various craft and photography techniques. She is a craft & photography instructor and writer, who has been featured on TV's KTLA Morning News, The Doctors (CBS), TLC's Craft Wars, and has had work featured in BUST Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Kids Crafts 123, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, MAKE and Apartment Therapy. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her loving husband, sweet baby and 500+ carnivorous plants she raised by hand.

Rosalie Gale

Rosalie Gale is a waterproof Shower Art maker, ex-stand-up comedian and blogger who is currently obsessed with German board games and free motion embroidery. She created and maintains Unanimous Craft - a directory of resources for Indie Business and EtsySaver - a site where Etsy sellers can submit coupons and Etsy shoppers can search for deals. In her spare time, she opened a brick and mortar retail shop in the Pike Place Market called Ugly Baby and La Ru.

Note: schedule, workshops and presenters are subject to change.