Today’s podcast has a fascinating guest, Jonathan Fong. From plans for kid’s projects to ideas for sophisticated weddings, Jonathan just shines! Home decorating, crafting, and entertainment are not the only things he knows about, but he also has a unique gift to teach us how to master his creative visions. I love that Jonathan always dresses impeccably and adds unique touches to his ensemble. His approach proves that men’s fashions can be both original and very dapper.
In this conversation, you’ll learn more about the innovative Jonathan Fong and his “creative approach.”
More in this episode
- What Jonathan is doing on a daily basis and how he inspires others.
- Jonathan didn’t really become a designer until later on in life and shares where he started out before he got to this point in his journey.
- He discusses his career beginnings and the struggles he had when he experienced “left brain, right brain conflict” where he was trying to be creative in a non-creative field.
- Jonathan was encouraged that if he “had huge creative tendencies to explore them!”
- How his creative exploration led him to greater opportunities such as being on HGTV, writing books, creating a business and his own show on YouTube
- The value of creating your own content on YouTube and what that can lead to.
- How working with Disney and teaching on kid’s crafts helped him gain a wider audience to infuse creativity in the lives of millions.
- We discussed his exploration of infusing his creativity into his cooking as well.
- Who influenced Jonathan to embrace his creativity throughout his life.
- How his fun and playful attitude has helped people make their art more personal.
- Craft books on the horizon may include more Jewish Crafts and Dog and Cat Crafts.
- Jonathan feels that creativity is one of the most important things in this world. He says, “that for us creative folks, or for people that want to be creative, it’s our duty to create because creativity is the opposite of destruction. There is so much destruction in the world and so much of the world is geared towards destruction, both physical and spiritual. However you create, whether it’s through crafting or cooking or building or painting or singing – however you express yourself to create or make something – that counteracts the destruction. We can change the world by creating.”
Jonathan on Facebook
Youtube: Style with A Smile
Books on Amazon: Walls That Wow, Flowers That Wow, Parties That Wow
CHA (The Craft & Hobby Association, now known as The Association For Creative Industries)
E-how for more on creating a fun party, cooking, crafts, and more.
Jewish Film Festival in Sacramento
Creativity rarely happens on an island by yourself. The crafting community is filled to bursting with strength, support, and heart, which is just what we need to celebrate during a season of gratitude. My guest today is Eileen Hall, and she has certainly discovered all of those things and more. Eileen is a Paper Trail traveling adventurer who crafts her way across the country. Through her digital media, Eileen also teaches and shares her inspiration with followers from all over the world. What makes Eileen’s teaching even better is that she considers her “followers” her friends. She has learned how to lean into the crafting community, and as a result, she has created wonderful work that inspires so many.
Eileen isn’t just rambling about in her vintage trailer, Scotty; she is also creating die products for Sizzyx. Each die is designed and crafted with a team Eileen loves working with. These dies came about as a brilliant solution to a real crafting puzzle. Using both creativity and critical thinking, Eileen is determined to give you creative solutions to all of your problems.
I am so thankful to have been able to sit down and chat with Eileen today. Our conversation is filled with so much heart and compassion. If you are in need of a little pick-me-up, give this episode a listen, and make sure to check out all the ways you can be a part of Eileen’s creative community.
More in this episode:
- Eileen shares all about the products she creates for crafters and artists like me.
- What exactly is a design team? How did it turn into a fan club?
- Scotty the Vintage trailer is full of adventures!
- How Eileen uses Facebook Live to connect with everyone on all her adventures.
- The other craft adventures that Eileen teaches to others.
- From health care to crafting! Eileen shares how crafting became such a huge part of her life.
- How Eileen got involved creating dies.
- Share designs, even though the sad truth is that people steal.
- Eileen is motivated by deadlines, but she is rarely short on ideas.
- Crafters are kindred spirits.
- How to get your hands on Eileen’s designs.
- Last little thoughts on creativity.
- The beauty of community with Facebook Live.
Eileen Hull Designs on Facebook: Eileen Hull Designs
Do you have some kind creative outlet that you use, in order to express what’s going on with you, and in your life? Did you know that creating art is really good for you, both emotionally and mentally? Today we are really excited to have Janaina Oliviera, of With2Worlds.Org as our guest on the show. Janaina uses Digital Art to tell her stories and she also teaches these skills online. She loves to share these skills with others because she really believes in using an artistic expression of our ideas, for maintaining good mental health, so listen in now, to find out more about Janaina and her creative approach to life.
Brazilian born Janaina, who started out, back in the day, as a Card Maker, is a Digital Scrapbooker and a Storyteller. She views herself as a Digital Artist because she’s fascinated with all kinds of Digital Art and she really makes every effort to communicate and teach people some of the skills that she uses, in order to tell her stories. She has her blog, she has the classes that she teaches, where she shares her unique style of art and now she also writes a column for Scrapreneur.Com, about Digital Art. Listen in today, as Janaina speaks about the creativity in her life and she reflects on the topic of A Creative Approach.
- The Design work that Janaina does for others.
- Janaina’s favorite Apps.
- You can download a PDF list, with a guide to all the apps that Janaina uses and what they do.
- Janaina has a Facebook Group called 2wards Digital Education. She goes live on Thursdays, so sign up!
- Janaina has a document, posted in her Facebook Group, about the apps that are for Androids, and the ones that are for iPhones.
- What ‘artsy’ means to Janaina.
- The therapeutic value of creating art mindfully.
- Janaina’s recently completed studies, where she combined her creativity in art with her approach to solving problems.
- The reason behind the particular route that Janaina has taken, with her schooling.
- How Janaina got started with her Scrapbooking.
- Janaina’s early life and how she got onto that path that she’s on, currently.
- What it really takes, to become an artist and create great art.
- The importance of learning to use the things that you learn.
- Being fearless and having the courage to put your own twist on things, regardless of what others may think.
- Why Janaina really loves the work of Byron Katie.
- Some questions you could ask yourself, to discover your hidden creativity.
- How Janaina uses regular pictures of her life, to create her art.
- The different looks that Janaina creates, using different Digital Products.
- Why Janaina stopped doing Paper Scrapbooking.
- There is really something for everyone, in Digital Art.
- Hidden Journalling, with Digital.
For Janaina’s Online Column, go to: Scrapreneur
You can also find Janaina at Get It Scrapped or Debbie Hodge
For Janaina’s blog (and also to find her PDF list of apps), go to With 2 Worlds
Today we welcome our very first musician on the show! He is the delightful Canadian musician Forrest Eaglespeaker, founder of the band The North Sound and today he will be telling us about his storytelling, his music and the poetry of his lyrics, so listen in to find out more about Forrest and the wonderful music that he plays.
Forrest has been playing the guitar and singing in his band, The North Sound, for the last two and a half years. In January of this year, they released their debut album, The Valley and one of the songs from that album, Sunshine, became a number one hit on the Indigenous Music charts in Canada. Since then, things have been going well and they have released another EP, titled SKAB. With those two albums out in the Universe, they’re hanging out to see what comes next. Listen in to find out more!
- Forrest talks about Earthsongs, an American Indigenous Music station based in Alaska and L.A., who ran a feature on Forrest’s band.
- The current, modern, underground scene, with a vast amount musicians who happen to be indigenous, making tons of amazing music.
- The struggle for underground, indigenous musicians to get their music to reach the forefront.
- The goal of the Indigenous Music stations.
- Why it’s so difficult for Forrest to characterise his really melodic, alternative, music.
- The biggest part of the music for Forrest- the storytelling.
- Where The North Sound is at right now.
- The really great group of musicians that Forrest has been playing with, in Calgary, over the last two years.
- How Forrest started out with his music.
- The influence of Forrest’s indigenous identity on his music.
- The difficulties that Forrest used to experience, around his cultural identity.
- The influence of Hip Hop on Forrest and his music.
- What creativity means to Forrest.
- Forrest’s creative vision for the future.
Forrest’s website: www.thenrthsnd.com
Forrest on Instagram: thenrthsnd
You can also find Forrest’s music on Bandcamp, Spotify and iTunes
Public health is a topic many of us aren’t sufficiently informed on, and should be. We aren’t aware of the work that’s going on behind the scenes, or the benefits we’re missing out on due to the lack of attentiveness to the world around us. Dr. Mary Guinan has written a book on the subject, traveled the world for vaccination work, and helped women recover rights that should be basic human rights. Tune into this episode of a Creative Approach podcast, with your host, Karen Poirier-Brode, in order to become more informed on women’s vigor and public health.
- Writing a book about public health
- Informing people on public health
- Becoming a part of the worldwide small-pox organization
- Women physicians being banned from going to India
- Vaccinating children
- Women being traditional healers, but not being as widely accepted
- Traveling to different villages to vaccinate people from disease
- Traveling by elephant
- Studying herpes
- Being recruited back to CDC
- Treating and researching women’s STD’s
- Studying experimental factors of AIDS in San Francisco
- America’s STD epidemic
- Taking a moral stance
- Having an actress portray a part after Mary
- Difficulties for gay men when STD info was released
- The need for keeping people updated
- Founding a school for public health
- Women being in charge of their own health
- Ways to prevent abortion
- Preventing unplanned pregnancy
- Influences that pushed Mary into her profession
- The difficulties of finding a career as a woman
- Equality advancing for women
- Creative advice
- Women getting the equality and access they deserve
Adventures of a female Medical Detective by Mary Guinan
Many of us are oblivious to the underlying history and culture in everything. We fail to notice the details and technicalities within our everyday life. In a “Creative Approach Podcast”, we will explore the anthropology of many different cultures and how it correlates with us today. Professor William Doonan is a professor at Sacramento City College, Archaeologist, Cruise line speaker, and published novelist. Over his travels and personal explorations, he has acquired immense knowledge on subjects involving civilization and cultural awareness, which he uses as inspiration for his own novels and others. Tune into this episode, with your host Karen Poirier-Brode, in order to be enlightened on the culture around you.
- The inspiration drawn from daily life in order to create novels
- Meeting fascinating people on cruise ships
- Traveling to Costa Rica to work as an archeologist
- Where Professor Doonan grew up and got to where he is today
- Exploring different aspects of archaeology
- Studying Mayan archeology and writing a book on it
- Irish language revitalization and helping people learn the native language
- The melting pot of cultures
- Getting involved in cruise ships
- Teaching forensic anthropology and understanding culture
- Learning to determine different aspects of people in the past and learning to respect all the individual people
- Finding culture and diversity from people around you
- The gravitational pull towards the topics Professor Doonans books are about
- How cruise ships regulate and manage security
- Anthropology being incorporated into literature
- The meaning of creativity and developing others ideas
- Broadening culture awareness and being confident
- Selective listening