• Three Days In Brooklyn, New York

    October 5, 2019 Kate

    Three days in Brooklyn last week for a workshop. Well, the workshop was one day. I tacked on two extra days because… NEW YORK! It’s one of my favourite cities to visit if I’m feeling like I need to creatively recharge. I didn’t take many photos on my camera (who am I!?) but you can…

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  • VLOG: Why My Blog Is Not A Business

    April 30, 2019 Kate

    Welcome to the first One Take Tuesday! In which I sit down, turn on my camera, and riff on a topic. No stopping and starting, no editing, simply whatever comes out in the first take is what you get. :) As I explain in the video, the last couple of months I started to feel…

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  • VLOG: Instagram Burnout & Why We Focus On The Wrong Metrics

    March 28, 2019 Kate

    It’s funny how going a few days without something (say, Instagram) highlights all the things you love, and hate, about it. This weeks video kicks off with a wee rant on some of the Instagram tactics I’m burnt out on and progresses into me—once again—talking at you about the importance of not losing sight of…

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  • VLOG: How To Be On Social Media Without Feeling Like Absolute Garbage

    February 27, 2019 Kate

    The fact that I thought I could do this video in under 10 minutes is, well, laughable. If we learned anything from my last YouTube video, it’s that I have a lot of thoughts FeeLinGs and OpiniOns*~ when it comes to social media. This week we’re digging into how I’ve created social media sharing guidelines for…

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  • VLOG: Social Media Advice (A Rant??) For Creatives

    February 13, 2019 Kate

    Welcome back! To another YouTube video! In which I give you the social media advice you never asked for! YAY. No growth hacks or step-by-step how-to guides. Just riffing on a few things, because I’ve been having conversations with creative entrepreneurs lately around how they “should” use social media (particularly Instagram) and I’m sensing… lots of…

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  • Seasonal Wreath Made With Vintage Merino Roving

    February 1, 2019 Kate

    You know when you’re walking and you think to yourself, “I should make a [insert thing here]!” and then you get home and proceed to pull out every craft supply/utensil you own, staring at it on the floor until you come up with The Thing? Mhm, well, that’s how this happened. I was walking home…

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  • (Another) Embroidered Knit Pillow

    January 31, 2019 Kate

    Another one! Yay! It’s been a while since I made one of these (you can see the original version here, a colourful version here, and the tutorial teaching you how to make your own here). I’ve had people reach out over the years asking to buy these, and I’ve always said no (read as: large fear…

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  • VLOG: My Recent (And Current!) Makes

    January 30, 2019 Kate

    We’re back on the YouTubes! This week I’m sharing what I’ve made recently, what I’m currently working on, and what I hope to dig into next (spoiler alert: I want to dig into all the things). Projects mentioned: 1. Embroidered Knit Pillow. Own design, made from Dominion Textile yarn from the 70s? 80s? 2. Ondawa Sweater…

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  • DIY Beanbag Footstool… Fail?

    January 29, 2019 Kate

    Gather round, kids, for another episode of What Not To Do with your host Kate Smalley. Today on the show we’re featuring the beanbag footstool I made nearly a year ago. I was searching for an oversized footstool or ottoman, and couldn’t find anything in my price range… so I decided to DIY one. I…

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  • VLOG: To All The Knits I’ve Loved Before

    January 17, 2019 Kate

    Well, well, well. What do we have here. If it isn’t… the year Kate heretofore nominated as the one she will give YouTube an honest go. Let me be clear: this video is not “quality content”, and I sure as heck have a thing or two to learn about lighting and focus (and apparently sound…

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