Thursday, November 1, 2012

My Craftsy Education: Decisions, Decisions

Happy Feast of All Saints! I hope everyone had a lovely treat-filled evening with friends and neighbors!

As you know, I am a big time Craftsy aficionado and, more legally pertinent, an affiliate. What does that mean? I love Craftsy and have decided that, since I will promote them regardless because I think Craftsy is a benefit to humanity, I might as well use my pertinent posts to link in a way that *might* earn me a couple bucks without asking anyone to spend any extra money. You may interpret that as, “If you enjoy reading this blog that no one pays me to write and you also happen to want to sign up for a Craftsy class, you should feel very free to click a link in this post to do that; any commissions I earn are very much appreciated and will go straight towards my fabric habit.” No lie.


I think the concept and execution of the online class taught by industry professionals is simply genius. As I have mentioned before, I purchased 3 classes with my own hard-earned cash, and have been so pleased with the immense volume of knowledge that I have gained already. I’m (still) working my way through the Bombshell Dress and have watched some videos from both Jean-ius and the Couture Dress. The lessons are so information-packed that it takes some time to really absorb it all!

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Back to the point, Craftsy is very generous (or perhaps better said, marketing savvy) and has offered their affiliates the opportunity to take a complimentary Craftsy class, with a small extra incentive to blog about it. Heck yeah! Free Craftsy class?? Sign me up. This reminds me of a really annoying commercial for a brand of gum (can’t remember which), where some parents come home  from an evening out and offer to pay their babysitter in gum. Right. But seriously, I’d be willing to do rather a lot of work to be paid in Craftsy classes.

My main issue here, people, is actually choosing a class! I am very interested in both the Pants Fitting and Pants Construction classes by Sandra Betzina. I ruled them out (for now!), however, based on the fact that I still need to fully make it through Jean-ius before embarking on another pants expedition. Also really mesmerizing is the Product Photography class, though I am likely not their target student at this point. Also the Artisan Cheese Making (oh, how I love cheese!) with Mary Karlin and the Artisan Breadmaking with Peter Reinhart. Drool. I really need a class that can fit into my Fall/Winter available time, and bonus points if it helps accomplish some Christmas gifting in the process. So…

The two leading candidates were:

Jam and Marmalade the Blue Chair Way

with instructor Rachel Saunders



Decadent Chocolate Cakes

with instructor Alice Medrich


Either class would be amazing and helpful at this busy time of year (and beyond!). Both are kitchen-related and should be accomplishable in a day of effort (after watching the videos and acquiring ingredients). Both look really interesting to me. So… which to choose?

After thinking really hard about it (more thoroughly than I probably should have), I chose the Jam and Marmalade class. I was inspired by the delicious jam we received as a wedding favor (blogged on homemade English muffins a few days ago). My husband didn’t sound excited (but then, he’s not into cooking!) and my mother-in-law thought this might be very basic (but then, she is a very experienced canner in her own right, and I am a complete novice). I have no doubt I will benefit from watching and learning the whole process. Neither of my two experiments with canning fruit preserves turned out as desired… the strawberry jam I made about 6 years ago was soooo runny, and the citrus marmalade from 2010 set a bit too hard, though it was tasty. I clearly have much to learn. And I am going to start watching the videos today, while I oversee some house repair work. I will report back when I have pretty pictures of jams for you!!

If you are interested in learning a craft that will serve you well through the holidays, you might be interested to try some of Craftsy’s totally free mini-classes. I am signed up for the Modern Buttercream class, and I imagine this will provide some insight and inspiration for me to jazz up some Christmas treats!

free modern buttercream cake decorating class at

1 comment:

Jodi Bonjour said...

I would go with the marmalade class. Cakes, been there, done that. Jam and marmalade is out of my comfort zone. :)