From My Kitchen Table with Jo Packham

Jo Packham

Our podcast series FROM MY KITCHEN TABLE is both inspired and created from my successful WOMEN CREATE magazines. These women consist of artists, foodies, entrepreneurs, and creators of the unusual and the exceptional. Their personal stores are filled with triumph, perseverance, inspiration, and a love and commitment to community. To share their stories join our fellow travelers, your kindred spirits, your very best friends, your new friends, and your yet unknown friends each week on our new podcast series: FROM MY KITCHEN TABLE.

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Ep. 29: Behind the Ever-changing Vintage Scene with Ki Nassauer
Aug 31 2022
Ep. 29: Behind the Ever-changing Vintage Scene with Ki Nassauer
In this episode of FROM MY KITCHEN TABLE, Ki Nassauer, dubbed the “Martha Stewart of vintage” in media coverage from varied sources such as the Wall Street Journal, NBC’s “Today,” and HGTV, joins Jo Packham for a discussion on the ever-changing vintage scene and her journey as a vintage entrepreneur. She has gained a loyal and engaged audience, with nearly 220,000 followers on social media. Ki has crafted a career from vintage since 1999, scouring antiques shops, flea markets, salvage yards and the occasional street-side pile of castoffs for objects to create decor that is functional, beautiful and unique. One of Ki’s joys is connecting with a vast national network of vintage and antique aficionados — dealers, artisans and individuals who simply love vintage and repurposing. She was able to nurture and broaden that connection in her nine years as editor of Flea Market Style magazine. In 2006, Ki founded the vintage shopping extravaganza, Junk Bonanza, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Junk Bonanza showcases hand-picked wares from dealers nationwide and attracts 15,000 attendees. As the creator of Lived-In Style online magazine, Ki continues to share her passion for all things old and authentic while chronicling the beauty and utility of the vintage-inspired life. Ki is currently working on her new book for Ryland, Peters & Small / CICO, which will be available Spring 2023.Born and raised in Minnesota and now living in Los Angeles, Ki is a proud mother and friend to her two grown children, with whom she enjoys touring neighboring vineyards and chowing down at local restaurants. She is thrilled to be “Kiki” to three grandchildren. Learn more about Ki Nassauer:   Lived-In Style online magazine   Lived-In Style Instagram   Lived-In Style Facebook   Ki Nassauer Website
Ep. 29: Behind the Ever-changing Vintage Scene with Ki Nassauer
Aug 31 2022
Ep. 29: Behind the Ever-changing Vintage Scene with Ki Nassauer
In this episode of FROM MY KITCHEN TABLE, Ki Nassauer, dubbed the “Martha Stewart of vintage” in media coverage from varied sources such as the Wall Street Journal, NBC’s “Today,” and HGTV, joins Jo Packham for a discussion on the ever-changing vintage scene and her journey as a vintage entrepreneur. She has gained a loyal and engaged audience, with nearly 220,000 followers on social media. Ki has crafted a career from vintage since 1999, scouring antiques shops, flea markets, salvage yards and the occasional street-side pile of castoffs for objects to create decor that is functional, beautiful and unique. One of Ki’s joys is connecting with a vast national network of vintage and antique aficionados — dealers, artisans and individuals who simply love vintage and repurposing. She was able to nurture and broaden that connection in her nine years as editor of Flea Market Style magazine. In 2006, Ki founded the vintage shopping extravaganza, Junk Bonanza, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Junk Bonanza showcases hand-picked wares from dealers nationwide and attracts 15,000 attendees. As the creator of Lived-In Style online magazine, Ki continues to share her passion for all things old and authentic while chronicling the beauty and utility of the vintage-inspired life. Ki is currently working on her new book for Ryland, Peters & Small / CICO, which will be available Spring 2023.Born and raised in Minnesota and now living in Los Angeles, Ki is a proud mother and friend to her two grown children, with whom she enjoys touring neighboring vineyards and chowing down at local restaurants. She is thrilled to be “Kiki” to three grandchildren. Learn more about Ki Nassauer:   Lived-In Style online magazine   Lived-In Style Instagram   Lived-In Style Facebook   Ki Nassauer Website
Ep. 28: Having a Vision with the Reality of Being the CEO with Wendy Batten
Aug 23 2022
Ep. 28: Having a Vision with the Reality of Being the CEO with Wendy Batten
In this episode of FROM MY KITCHEN TABLE, Jo Packham invites Wendy Batten to discuss the art of balancing being a creative — and having a vision and dreams — with the reality of being a CEO and all the “unsexy and unfun parts” that come with that role. As a business coach and creative herself, she understands what it takes to turn a hobby and passion into a thriving business. Wendy Batten is on a mission to improve the lives of creative shop owners across the globe. Wendy works with established independent brick and mortars who have big hearts and passion for what they do and want to elevate their skills and reclaim their dreams, profits, and passion. She brings a collected mix of experience to the table, including decades of being in the self-employed trenches, learning the hard way how to run a business, she’s since sold 2 successful companies, franchised one, and co-founded a 3rd with her husband; has extensive leadership and customer experience and has worked with industry leaders as the primary educator and on their business teams. Along the way…she realized helping other see what’s possible for them and thrives in her role as their guide - giving them the tools, resources and map along with a big dose of cheerleading. She became the coach she wished she’d had.  Learn more about Wendy Batten: Website Facebook Instagram Join The Retailer's Inner Circle - Wendy's popular monthly creative shop owners group
Ep. 23: Mindful Creativity with Donna Watson
Jun 22 2022
Ep. 23: Mindful Creativity with Donna Watson
In this episode of FROM MY KITCHEN TABLE, Jo Packham and Donna Watson discuss how to find your own true, deep, personal, unique artistic voice in your artwork and bring it to a more conscious level of focus, thinking, and creating. Donna Watson is a mixed media artist for 40 years. Her mediums include painting, collage, assemblage, textile and handmade books. Her paintings have been accepted into many juried international and national exhibitions and she has received numerous awards. Donna has extensive experience as a juror and workshop instructor all over the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Her artwork and studio have been published in magazines like American Artist, The Artist Magazine, and Where Women Create. Her art has also been published in numerous books including MASTERS COLLAGE. More recently, her paintings have been included in the book COLD WAX MEDIUM and her collages are included in the book FRAGMENTATION AND REPAIR. She has also published a number of her own books at Blurb.com. In addition to discussing her paintings and handmade books, in a later conversation, Donna shared a beautiful story on collaging for the first time that she'd like to share with you all: "I was painting with acrylics and a friend returned home from Japan and gave me some Japanese papers and bags and I was so excited to get anything from Japan because at that time I did not have much … that I collaged these papers right into my painting. It was the first time I had used collage ever." Learn more about Donna Watson:  Website Instagram  Facebook — Perry and Carlson Gallery - Mt. Vernon, WA Donna is the one and only featured artist at the Perry and Carlson Gallery. The theme of her show is The Beauty of Nothingness. The reception opening is August 6, 2-5pm PDT. — Handmade Book Club by Ali Manning Donna mentions this book club in her podcast: This is where Donna learned how to stitch the Coptic stitch and other types of handmade books.
Ep. 20: Passions Turned To A Profession with Sammi Thomas
May 18 2022
Ep. 20: Passions Turned To A Profession with Sammi Thomas
In this episode of FROM MY KITCHEN TABLE, Sammi Thomas, the Content and Marketing Associate for Women Create joins Jo Packham for a discussion on growing up with creative influences and translating those learned creative skills to the corporate world.  As a young creative and professional, Sammi’s goal in her career, and life, is to always be implementing creativity. At Madavor Media, Sammi is the behind-the-scenes of our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts, produces our FROM MY KITCHEN TABLE podcast, manages and participates in our Maker Moments webinars, and much more. In her free time, Sammi frequents art museums, especially those in the Boston Area, enjoys fashion and thrifting, is a lover of the outdoors, including hiking, snowboarding, and camping, and most of all, enjoys time with family, friends, and her adorable dog, Jax.   Resources Mentioned by Sammi The Dollar Eighty Strategy  Commenting is one of the key tools to increase engagement on all the most popular social media platforms. Lucky for you, this means you can implement the Dollar Eighty Strategy across these platforms to really catapult your engagement. Dollar Eighty is supported on: Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest, Dribble, Facebook and LinkedIn. In order to get the most out of the strategy, it is imperative that all your social media profiles are optimized for the objective that you’re trying to achieve. Remember – It’s called Social Media for a reason! Access more information and sign-up to start using the Dollar Eighty Strategy here! More About Sammi ... Sammi is a huge advocate for community service … working with nonprofits such as Fresh Truck, Toys for Tots, The Greater Boston Food Bank, and more. One organization that she would like to bring more awareness is to Artists for Humanity (AFH). AFH provides under-resourced teens the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in art and design. AFH is built on the philosophy that engagement in the creative process is a powerful force for social change, and that creative entrepreneurship is a productive and life-changing opportunity for young people. Learn more: consider donating to or looking into the opportunities of this amazing organization. Or do some research to find an organization in your local area that supports providing opportunities for creativity to those who may not have creative influences and opportunities in their lives.
Ep. 19: How The Power of Art Can Bring Us Together with Seth Apter
May 11 2022
Ep. 19: How The Power of Art Can Bring Us Together with Seth Apter
In this episode of FROM MY KITCHEN TABLE, longtime supporter of WOMEN CREATE Seth Apter joins Jo Packham for a second time to discuss developing collaborative projects with other artists, his experience teaching art, upcoming workshop opportunities and more! Seth carries a strong belief in the power of art to bring people together and strengthen our communities. Whether it is a one-day workshop at a craft store or a nine-day international cultural adventure – Seth’s events going forward will be filled with so much more than just technique and projects. He has also published two books of his own, The Pulse of Mixed Media and The Mixed-Media Artist.   Seth's Upcoming In-Person Workshops: JUNE - A Case of Curiosities A Case of Curiosities. "Twice a year I travel to the magical Mabel Luhan Dodge House in Taos, New Mexico to hold a retreat in collaboration with Roxanne Evans Stout. This June, beginning on the night of Sunday June 12th with a welcome reception and ending on Saturday morning June 18 with our final breakfast together, we finally reconvene after missing 5 straight retreats due to the Pandemic. Together Roxanne and I will lead you through 5 full days of creative workshops, incredible meals, and some very special events and adventures. You start with a case/container of your own choosing and during the week we work together to paint, collage, stitch, weave, connect, construct, book bind, build, sketch and write to create multiple projects that fill your case and fill your creative mind. Email me at shap97@gmail.com for specifics. Event is filled. Please contact me at shap97@gmail.com if you would like to be on the list to be among the first to hear about our 2023 dates." JULY - Found and Gathered Found and Gathered. "At the one and only Ephemera Paducah in Paducah, Kentucky - one of only nine UNESCO designated Creative Cities in the USA and home to the National Quilt Museum and annual Quilt Show - this is an all-new three-day workshop event that is so much more than just a class. We will gather together, both within the workshop space at Ephemera Paducah and at several surprise locations in the area, and spend time transforming materials into a series of what might loosely be called artist books. Some will be stitched and bound, some will be loose and some will simply be scraps floating in between. The instruction offered throughout, for the group as a whole as well as one-to-one, will cover the range of techniques used in mixed media: surface design, using paints and inks, hand stitching, bookbinding, mark-making, gel printing, collage, creative layering, and more. The workshop is designed to alternate between focused instructional demonstrations and uninterrupted art-making. Click here for all the details. Event is filled."