Craft Industry Alliance & While She Naps – Creative Queso Podcast Episode #7

I have been a fan of Abby Glassenberg for a long time and not just because she has had me as a guest on her podcast – While She Naps.  She is a small business specialist, pattern designer for companies like Simplicity, author, Harvard graduate and half of the Craft Industry Alliance.  Think Barbara Walters doing investivative glitter covered journalism, meets Martha Stewart with her line of patterns and adorable plush animals and a dash of Norma Rae fighting for the rights of crafters everywhere.
Abby Glassenberg - Craft Industry Alliance

Abby Glassenberg

One reason I love doing this podcast, besides getting to network in my closet with no makeup on, is I get to ask experts all my hot burning questions.  I could have asked Abby Glassenberg questions for days because she is that well versed on the business of being creative and the creativity of running a business.

Be sure to check out Abby’s podcast While She Naps.  Here are a few episodes we mention during the show…

While She Naps doll pattern

While She Naps

I always enjoy talking to creative entrepreneurs about income that is more passive.  Abby with her brand and blog While She Naps has built up several streams.  She teaches online classes on her own site as well as, has sewing patterns that are downloadable PDF’s and also sells e-books.  Not only is she a whiz at sewing up and creating patterns for adorable plush toys she also uses that masters degree in education to teach about blogging, business and email marketing.

This virtual methodology for crafters to work smarter not harder is worth the listen alone!

Enamel pin sewist

Craft Industry Alliance

A newer venture for Abby is the Craft Industry Alliance which she co-runs with Kristin Link.  Think of CIA as a watchdog group for crafters.  Their vision is to build a trade organization that meets the specific needs of craft industry professionals and offer opportunities for makers, suppliers, designers and writers to join together as allies under a united “craft industry” umbrella.

Read: How I Got That Gig: HGTV + Jennifer Perkins – a fun article I wrote for the Craft Industry Alliance.


Abby from While She Naps on Creative Queso

Take a deep dive into the world of Abby Glassenberg.  Between her classes, articles, books and podcast any craftprenuer or creative content creator should be kept busy for a good long while.

More places to find Abby

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