CraftSanity Episode 48
Author Jessica Vitkus
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CraftSanity is back from an extended holiday break to celebrate its first anniversary and kick off the 2007 season. If you want to know what host Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood has been up to listen to the "After Show" after the final music plays.

This week's guest is writer, crafter and TV producer Jessica Vitkus. She is the author of "AlternaCrafts: 20+ Hi-Style Lo-Budget Projects to Make." She also worked for Sassy magazine and "Martha Stewart Living TV," "The Daily Show," "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and "Craft Corner Deathmatch."

Vitkus, 40, splits her time between New York City and Austin, Texas. On this episode, she's going to take us behind the scenes of the Martha Stewart craft empire and share some of her other adventures. This show is sure to keep you entertained, so grab a beverage and settle in with your latest project and let's get to it.

Here are some photos of projects in "AlternaCrafts":


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Bandana curtain and button mosaic (Jennifer's favorite!)

Enter to win: Jessica and STC Craft are giving away two autographed copies of her book. To get in the random CraftSanity drawing for these fabulous prizes all you have to do is leave a comment on the blog below this entry and then copy/paste it into an e-mail to me and I'll get you entered. Please include your full name and mailing address so I can get the prize to you quickly if you win. The deadline for entries is Friday, Feb. 2. Good luck everyone!

Click these links for more information on topics Jessica and I talked about on the show:

There's a "Craft Corner Deathmatch" sample is on Click on "video" to see a clip.

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" is on the web site. Click on "Cheney Reaction" story for the "Officer & Gentleman" ending.

Jessica's "recycling hero" is her boyfriend, Andy Coolquitt, who built his whole Austin TX house out of scraps. That's where Jessica is spending the winter. See the house on his web site

What's next? Jessica is working on several crafty projects including a collaboration with genius embroiderer, Jenny Hart, ( and to develop an indie-rock-type craft show that they're planning to shoot in Austin.

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This week's project: Download a pdf of Jessica's stitched cereal box cd case.

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