WARNING: Excessive exclamation points ahead…
Pssst…gather round, I have an exciting announcement to make!
Throughout the past few months I’ve been hinting about a project I was working on with a popular women’s cable network.
Well – it’s a done deal – Coming soon: Crafting With the Chica webisode series for LifetimeTV.com!
What exactly is a webisode series? It is an online show comprised of four-minute segments. All the cool networks have them these days. It’s extra content beyond what you see on the boob tube. This summer LifetimeTV.com revamped their web site and has been adding on all kinds of cool features – like crafty webisode series!
The site provides lifestyle content in areas relevant to women (health, beauty & style, home & crafts, relationships, money, entertainment, and astrology) and features content from premiere partners including Hearst (including Redbook, Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, Quick & Simple), About.com, Harvard Health, and Universal Music. LifetimeTV.com is home to a dynamic, infinitely-scalable community where women can find content on thousands of topics, comment and share their stories about these topics, and add their own topics to start new conversations.
Crafting With the Chica will consist of easy, breezy crafty ideas (what I call “gateway crafts” to get people addicted) aimed at busy women who want to make something fast and fabulous. I owe a world of thanks to Rosemond Perdue Cranner and the team at Bungalow 3 Productions for believing in me and making this happen!
Two Thanksgivings ago, a Crafty Chica feature ran in an issue of Working Mother Magazine. Rosemond was on her way home for the holiday and while on the plane, she read her copy of WM. She told me that she got to the end of the story, and concluded that I was destined to star in my own crafty show, and that she would make it happen.
Fast forward a year and a half. We’ve been through a lot of pitches at the various cable networks. Either my show ideas were not right for them, I was not what they were looking for, their schedules were booked, or their ideas didn’t quite play off my strengths. I never let it bother me because I’ve been so thrilled with all the other scores that have come my way. I figured a crafty show would go to someone who could do a much better job. I was cool just posting ideas here, writing my books and so on.
It figures that as soon as I let it go, I got a call from Rosemond.
“We just had a meeting with Lifetime and they love you! They want you to do a webisode series for them!”
I let out a sigh of relief. I love the idea of a web series. It feels so comfy and relaxed, and we have 12 segments to start with. I can just be myself, we are even filming in my house. I’m so ready to rock the cyber crafty party! Lifetime is an awesome network and I love the thought of reaching out to a new audience (TWO million strong!!)and hopefully lure them into the crafty universe!
We shoot next week and you know I will keep you filled in on the action!
Lastly I just want to say that I am so honored to be a part of the Lifetime TV family. They are all about empowering women, just check out this page to see what I mean.
This may sound so cheesy, but I have to say it. I’m sending out tons of thanks to the other companies and key people there who helped me build this shiny life of crafts, drama and glitter: The Arizona Republic/Az Central, Get Crafty, William Morris Agency, Porchlight MCG, Rockport Books, Watson-Guptill, MySpace, Harper Collins, DIY Network, Potter Craft, Grand Central Publishing, and most recently Duncan Enterprises!
Most of all (aside from mi familia) – to all the happy crafters and friends who have visited my site, bought my books, taken my workshops and supported me! I wantr to repay the favors. I’m sending you all lots of good karma and gratitude, and promise to make you all proud! This is all my dream, and I want you all to find your calling too. We all deserve to be happy, happy, happy. Once things smooth out with my schedule, I want to post articles here to help other aspiring artists and writers! I want to share the tips I wish I had learned back in the day.
By the way, as if this were not exciting enough – one of my dearest crafty cohorts is also doing a webisode series for LifetimeTV.com: drumroll...Pattie Wack (applause please!), Pattie Donham! You can read Pattie’s announcement here. Congrats and a big ol wifive to you, girl! (wifive: high five from a long distance)…
Oh yeah! Crafting With the Chica airs next month!