Becky Helms of The Pink Samurai Talks Keeping Your Enamel Pin Game Strong – Creative Queso Episode #31

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Becky Helms of The Pink Samurai

You might have noticed that enamel pins are having a bit of a moment. Austin, TX based illustrator Beckly Helms of The Pink Samurai is here to help you keep your pin game strong.  Becky talks a lot about enamel pins from manufacturing and dealing with factories but we also go deep into Instagram and how to use the platform to sell all those enamel pins!  

Libby Johnston from LuxCups Creatives – Taco About It Tuesday

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Libby Johnston of Austin based enamel pin company LuxCups Creative

As the LuxCups Creative slogan goes – so cute it hurts.  Pins, patches, luggage tags and more – this Austin based husband and wife team are killing it with their quirky accessories.  Enamel pins are having a moment so I am super excited that Libby Johnston is here to Taco About it Tuesday.

Natalie Lloyd NYT Best Selling Author of A Snicker of Magic – Creative Queso Podcast Episode #30

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Author and New York Times Best Seller Natalie Lloyd

Ever dreamed of being a New York Times Best Selling author? Well today’s Creative Queso Podcast guest Natalie Lloyd did just that and more.  Not just the New York Times, a Snicker of Magic has won praise from Amazon, NPR, Parents Magazine and most recently has been optioned by Sony Tri-Star for television.  

Amy Doggett From Kitty Witty Paper Craft – Taco About It Tuesday

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Amy Dogget of Kitty Witty Paper Crafts

Ya’ll I have a bit of an Instagram crush on Amy Doggett from Kitty Witty Paper Craft.  If you love all things junk journal, vintage ephemera and kitsch – you will too.  Amy has an Etsy store full of fun journals to buy and curated collectibles for you to add to add to your own journals.  

Branding Your Creative Business With Stickers

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shakers with stickers inside

You guys know how much I love talking about the business of being creative and the creativity behind running a business.  One of the most important things you can do for any business is focus on your branding right from the start.  

Katie Kortman The Magic That Happens From Being Yourself – Creative Queso Podcast Episode #29

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Spoonflower designer Katie Kortman on the Creative Queso Podcast

When Katie Kortman made a commitment to start sewing her own clothes, she decided to put her art degree to good use and go ahead and make her own fabric as well. Fast forward to Katie having a successful Spoonflower store after wining an online sewing contest and teaching herself how to create a repeat pattern.

Kelly Smith Trimble Author of Vegetable Gardening Wisdom – Taco About It Tuesday

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Author Kelly Smith Trimble has a gorgeous new book out called Vegetable Gardening Wisdom.  Her passion about the environment led her down the path of edible gardening.  Kelly is not a full time author she is a certified master gardener with a full time job as an editorial director.  

Shelly Kim Talks Hand Lettering Your Way Into a Business – Creative Queso Episode #28

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Shelly Kim hand lettering artist and guest on the Creative Queso podcast

Shelly Kim of Letters by Shells got her start as many of us do working on a side hustle passion while balancing a day job.  Shelly’s adventure began because she wanted to decorate her cubicle with positive affirmations.  Almost 300,000 Instagram followers and a new book called Digital Hand Lettering and Modern Calligraphy later, it’s safe to say she is doing something more than just lettering right Listen in to my entire conversation with Shelly Kim on the Creative Queso Podcast Episode #28 on iTunes Stitcher Spotify Letters by Shells Lettering is definitely having a moment in the handmade space and Shelly Kim is the perfect person to talk to about how to make it into a full time career.  

Ashland Viscosi and the Ins and Outs of Event Planning – Creative Queso Episode #27

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Ashland Viscosi of Creatives Meet Business

Ashland Viscosi knows A LOT about event planning.  Not only does she work on events for the Austin Film Festival and the ATX Television Festival she also puts on her own event – the Creatives Meet Business Experience.  Putting on the perfect event whether that be a pop-up, book signing or your own interactive experience comes with a specific set of nuances.  

Mark Laferney of Slumbering Alligator – Taco About It Tuesday

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Mark Laferney of Slumbering Alligator

Mark Laferney is a fellow holiday decorating connoisseur and that is where I first fell in love with his company Slumbering Alligator.  When he is not making elaborate art installations for Chicago hotspots or creating content for craft companies like Plaid you can find him doing things like being a DIY star finalist for Hallmark channels Home and Family.  

What Doesn’t Maker A.V. Perkins Do – Creative Queso Episode #24

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A.V. Does What on the Creative Queso Podcast

A.V. Perkins of A.V. Does What should think about changing her name to what doesn’t A.V. do? The woman teaches craft workshops, created a hip hop trivia card game, cooks and did I mention she won her episode of Flea Market Flip?  

Alicia Hanson of Hi Octane Jewelry – Taco About It Tuesday

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Alicia Hanson of Hi Octane Jewelry

I’ve known Alicia Hanson since we were both card carrying members of craft mafias.  Her company Hi Octane Jewelry comes from Alicia love of vintage cars.  Not just hot rods influences of vintage exotica can also be found throughout everything she creates.