159 episodes

With over 20 years of experience running creative businesses, your host, Nicole Stevenson knows the joy and the struggles of being your own boss. Join her and her guests for business insights, life lessons and the stories behind their successes and lessons of their missteps so you can work smart, get creative inspiration, live joyfully and feel connected.

Nicole is the CEO and Creative Director of Dear Handmade Life which produces Patchwork Show: Makers Festival and Craftcation Conference as well as a blog, online learning and this podcast.

If you’re a creative misfit or a passionate small business owner, grab a drink and take a seat because you’re exactly where you need to be!

Dear Handmade Life Dear Handmade Life

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 173 Ratings

With over 20 years of experience running creative businesses, your host, Nicole Stevenson knows the joy and the struggles of being your own boss. Join her and her guests for business insights, life lessons and the stories behind their successes and lessons of their missteps so you can work smart, get creative inspiration, live joyfully and feel connected.

Nicole is the CEO and Creative Director of Dear Handmade Life which produces Patchwork Show: Makers Festival and Craftcation Conference as well as a blog, online learning and this podcast.

If you’re a creative misfit or a passionate small business owner, grab a drink and take a seat because you’re exactly where you need to be!

    Winter Break

    Winter Break

    Nicole shares a special announcement, a thank you gift for all of you and closes out the season before our podcast goes on winter break. We'll see you all again in January 2023 for a new season.

    • 4 min
    How to Create a Soul-aligned Instagram

    How to Create a Soul-aligned Instagram

    Nicole chats with Instagram branding strategist Kat Coroy about how to create an authentic brand on Instagram that attracts your ideal customers, ways to create content without feeling overwhelmed, a mindset shift to help you feel more confident on social media, how to deal with negativity online and more.

    • 47 min
    Intuitive Finances

    Intuitive Finances

    What does a visionary relationship with your finances look like? Nicole talks with Jessie Susannah Karnatz aka the Money Witch about healing your relationship with money, creating change in your financial life, how to determine who your big financial goal is, the real reasons behind your money issues and more.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    150: Radical Authenticity in Your Life & Creative Business

    150: Radical Authenticity in Your Life & Creative Business

    How are radical authenticity and self-acceptance drivers in the growth of creativity and business? Healer, Licensed Therapist, Ritualist, Yoga Instructor Shirley Johnson joins Nicole for a conversation about how if you’re not growing and moving towards being your true self, you won’t be able to build a sustainable business and irresistible brand. They talk about how discomfort and patience are key to growth, why rough spots are transformational, what to do if you feel like there’s something bigger for you and more.

    • 50 min
    Making a Living From Your Art

    Making a Living From Your Art

    What sets doers apart from dreamers? How do you know if you should take the leap and turn your artistic passion into a business? Ilana Griffo & Katie Johnson, artists, published authors and co-owners behind Goodtype join Nicole for a conversation all about what it takes to make a living from your art. They talk about how to know if it's time to quit your job, taking calculated risks, testing the market, sacrifices they had to make and more.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Clarifying and Sharing Your Brand Story

    Clarifying and Sharing Your Brand Story

    What is your brand story? How do you clarify your vision and create branded purposeful content that supports it? Brand, Content Marketing Strategist and avid storyteller Vivienne Okafor joins Nicole to answer these questions as well as talk about how to keep with the changes on social media, the importance of market research and how to do it on a budget, and they have an on-the-spot brainstorm session and create content ideas for a handmade brand to get your inspired. P.S. - You can join Nicole and Vivienne on Instagram Live on October 19, 2022 at 1pm PT for a Live content idea brainstorm session. We’ll invite you to tell us about your brand and we’ll give you a few content ideas that feel on-brand and easy. Just head to @ dearhanmdadelife on Instagram to RSVP.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
173 Ratings

173 Ratings

Scented Designs ,

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Nicole’s podcast shines with inspiration — there is no other podcast that leaves me feeling absolutely pumped! I love how Nicole brings on other creatives, they are all so FULL of knowledge!!

alibsmith ,

I feel seen :)

This podcast has helped me through so many “funks” & late nights crafting as a small business owner creative. I love that Nicole brings unique perspectives from guests to her shows (honestly I could just listen to her talk for an hour because she’s so relatable!) There are so many gems of information & thought provoking ideas to put in my pocket and take out for a later day. One of my favs from a recent podcast- when we get In our feelings seeing others being so successful & wanting it for ourselves. I remember the guest mentioning it’s good to see others being so successful- it’s shows us what’s possible!

Thanks for this amazing podcast, Nicole!

G.Wayne-"Situation D, LLC" ,

Awesome Inspiration & Rad people!

I recently came across this podcast and love it! Creatives, we’re a distinct bunch, ya know?! And to hear great practical tips and lots of interviews with other creators and makers on a similar path is an outstanding resource to have. I play the show while I am taking photos or doing other hands on work for our biz. Highly recommend it! -GS

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