Make Awesome Things

Craftcation: Business + Makers Conference is an annual life-changing four-day event featuring industry professionals leading attendees in over 100+ hands-on DIY workshops and creative business classes … so whether you’re coming to craft, grow your business or a little bit of both, there’s lots of making, meeting and learning in store for you.

Craftcation takes place April 3-7, 2019, in the beach town of Ventura, CA – about an hour north of Los Angeles. Craftcation utilizes Ventura’s historic downtown buildings and businesses as well as the beach for special events like networking meet & greets, cocktail socials, a pop-up shop, opening celebration, yoga, as well as food and art tours.

EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION OPENS OCTOBER 5, 2018 AT 9:00AM PT.

THE FIRST 50 PEOPLE TO REGISTER GET $50 OFF!

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THE FANBASE WEEKLY: EPISODE #076

In this episode, the Fanbase Press staff welcomes guest Susan Lee (Life on Its Side Studios: Wraith of Love, Shadow of the Knight, Women on the Dark Side) to discuss the latest geek news stories of the week, including the celebration of The X-Files‘ 25th anniversary, whether Henry Cavill is out of the DCEU, Hulu’s First space exploration show, and Chris Pine on nudity and violence in film.


Cast members
: Bryant Dillon, Claire Thorne, and Barbra Dillon

Special guest: Susan Lee (Life on Its Side Studios: Wraith of Love, Shadow of the Knight, Women on the Dark Side)

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Craftcation: Business + Makers Conference 2019

Craftcation: Business & Makers Conference, is an annual four-day conference held in the artsy seaside town of Ventura in Southern California. The nationally-known conference features industry experts leading attendees in 150+ small business smarts and creative craft workshops as well as social gatherings to connect and foster community through activities and inspiration. You’ll find that you not only will you make new friends, but you’ll reconnect with yourself too.

#Craftcation @dearhandmadelife

Early-bird registration opens October 5, 2018 at 9:00am PT.

The first 50 people to register get $50 off!

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The Great Geeky Book Proof

Last Thursday, I finally got my hands on the first physical version A Geek’s Guide to Cross-Stitch: Journeys in Space. It was absolutely amazing to see and feel the pages, to hold it in its nearly finished form. It is suddenly a very real thing, and I am amazed to find that I am really and truly just around the corner from having the final version in my hands in all its glory.

There have been lots of other hands involved in this book since I started designing a few rockets and aliens. In the few weeks between now and the release date, I’m going to have many strong words of praise and appreciation for my publisher, the book designer, and my husband…to name just a few people.  But this last Thursday, as I held those pages, I thought about the first people who have held these designs in their hands and who spent so many hours stitching them into little bits of beauty.  To all the lovely ladies at Geek Girls Forever, specifically Kate Moore, Chelsea Stevenson, Jeny Vasquez, Jeanne Ess, and Melanie Kline…you are stitching rock stars, and I adore you.

Journeys in Space is available for pre-order now…click here to get your copy!

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THE FANBASE WEEKLY: EPISODE #075

In this episode, the Fanbase Press staff welcomes guests Rachel Beck and Karyn Keene (StoryForge Productions) to discuss the latest geek news stories of the week, including Alec Baldwin’s exit from the upcoming Joker feature film, Chris Pine’s exit from Star Trek 4, why NASA should head to Mercury, and Hollywood’s problematic use of disability as a plot device.

Cast members: Bryant Dillon, Claire Thorne, and Barbra Dillon

Special guests: Rachel Beck and Karyn Keene (StoryForge Productions)

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THE FANBASE WEEKLY: EPISODE #073

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In The Fanbase Weekly, the Fanbase Press staff and a host of special guests from across the pop culture spectrum discuss the top geek stories of the week. 

In this episode, the Fanbase Press staff welcomes guest Todd Berger (screenwriter, The Happytime Murders) to discuss the latest geek news stories of the week, including DC’s confirmation that Batman is an atheist, the eating habits of the Predator, the toxicity of social media, and whether Thanos is a “complex” character.


Cast members
: Bryant Dillon, Claire Thorne, and Barbra Dillon

Special guest: Todd Berger (screenwriter, The Happytime Murders)