Why a Podcast? Calgary-Work Safety-vvp Pilot

Valerie’s Variety Podcast

Welcome to Episode 1 -PILOT 

  • Why a Podcast
  • Living in the Calgary area
  • Working as a project manager.

Why a podcast? I’ve blogged for years even surpassing 200 posts on quilting, sewing and my own opinions  -now that’s a feat!. VSquareD is a new outlet for me because I have something to tell and have an opinion that I want to share and I listen to so many excellent podcasts on my daily communute that have inspired me to do this. Variety is what I’m looking to put out there for your opinions, your feedback, teach me something, influence me, challenge me and I hope to do the same. LIVE WORK PLAY, what makes you TIC

Podcast also known as autoblogging started in the 1980’s – there’s more than 250,000 podcasts on iTunes in more than 100 languages,

some of my favourite podcasts are (not necessarily in this order)

  • Someone Knows Something a podcast about unsolved crimes in Canada. David Riggen is now on season 4 of this intense excellently produced podcast, he has a great way of telling a story
  • The Minds of Madness – True Crime Stories an investigative discovery, uncovering event, circumstances and state of mind which cause ordinary people to do unthinkable things. Tyler’s voice  is edgy but soft spoken and slightly slow however the stories never let me down
  • S-Town– S.Town or shit town is a podcast from Serial and This American Life, Host Brian Reed about a man named John who despise his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks Brian to investigate the some of a wealth family who allegedly been bragging that he go away with murder, but when someone else ends up dead, the search for the truth leads to a nasty feud a hunt for hidden treasure and an unearthing of the mistrials of ones man’s life.

Calgary, also known as cow town located in the southern part of Alberta in Western Canada. Where  prairies and mountains meet, oil fields are in abundance and destination skiing and winter sports is what everyone talks about. Calgary is home to the most famous Major in the world, Mayor Nenshi – who’s been on the ballot box line up for 3 consecutive votes and won each time. why because he’s grounded, fair and fearless. Isn’t this what we all want in ourselves. Known for the Calgary Stampede and the Calgary Flames Hockey Team – Living in Calgary for almost 20 years, my entire career is here, my history is here – we have roots here. I love it here, the weather is hot and dry in the summer  getting up to mid to high 30’s (low 90’s in fahrenheit  in the summer and mid to low -30 degrees celcius in the winter is -22 F, for you southerners it’s super cold, for us yep is super cold too. Have you been to this awesome city? If so share your story and I’ll share it out (or now depends how you feel)

Work?  Something most of us are committed to and can’t avoid I’m a Senior Project Manager for a Signage Company, my first task was to install 7000 signs into the new International Airport Expansion project in Calgary, the 4th largest Airport in Canada. Our scope of the project was supposed to be completed in 6 months was eventually completed in 3 years – we had 160 change orders and 170 sign types. the majority of our change orders happened in the last 3 months of the whole project, just before opening. Talk about pressure. The best part was completion, the worst part was being bullied, harassed and put to the test every single day on this job. Looking back I basically received a whole lifetime of experience as I was the superintendent on site, a female, in her 30’s among 1500 other trades and all men – life lessons were learned. Have you worked on a constuction site? which site?

Thank you for listening to Valerie’s Variety Podcast I hope you enjoyed this pilot episode, please leave me a comment, a rating on itunes . Please visit valeriemoss.ca for show notes, links to today’s topics.

this episode is written through WordPress, researched and produced through Garageband by me, Valerie, edited by Jeff and added to in our b, roll by London.

Around the Net: Stitching the Night Away (256)

Have you heard of Lynn Terry? She’s an online guru when it comes to marketing and social media networking, plus she’s young, upbeat and in the “know”. Get to know her and you’ll be ahead of the online social media game if you want to call it that.

My hubby found this article: Online Success Story: Stitching the Night Away and I thought it was worth passing on to all of you 🙂 For those of you who blog or who love to read blogs this article may entice you to make your blog better, blog more often, find more interesting content and just be inspired.

Stitching the Night Away in Illinois by Eva is such a nice friendly blog to read and be drawn into by her personality, enjoy from one blog writter to another:)

Until next time, stay happy and creative.

The Quilting Blog (232)

 

www.theQUILTINGblog.com

Have you heard of this site before?

It’s a mash-up of all of the popular quilting and sewing blogs that we’ve come across from around the world and LOVE. Some are MY personal favourites and some have been submitted, why not submit yours today and link back to spread the word.

It’s a nice format to read, click through, search AND you can have your blog be a featured blog…so if you’re just getting started or need to refresh your blog, being in the “featured area’ would be a great promotional spot for you to gain more traffic. 

Like” us on Facebook for daily updates.

Our site get’s hundred’s of monthly readers a month who LOVE to quilt and sew, so why not spread the word:)

e-Interview with Kim Hanson & Prize (215)

To finish off this special e-Interview, Kim’s overing an adorable smelly pillow pattern and kit…Sew how do you win? Give us your feedback here and on Kim’s Blog. Thanks for spending the time here today and getting to know Kim a bit better:)

Until next time stay happy and creative, Valerie

 

TIP: A simple Rule of thumb: The more you love your design the quicker you’ll finish

Tutorials for Blog Journalists (209)

Are we Journalists are our own News? I think sew and for today I wanted to share a new site I found while on my friend Vivian’s blogs: Quilting Under the Midnight Sun she has a link to Shabby Blogs have you heard of this site before? Me neither and it’s AWESOME.

Sew many good things here like amazing tutorials on how to brighten up your blog and change things – they have great videos too:) Enjoy and tell them Valerie sent you;)

Around the Net: Stash Manicure (184)

For those of you who missed it I was a guest blogger over at Stash Manicure a few weeks ago and I thought I would share my post with you also here 🙂

Hi, I’m Valerie (you can find me here on most days) and I LOVE to Quilt! I most especially LOVE Block of the Month clubs as they are an excellent way to make a stunning quilt by creating a new block each month while learning a barrage of techniques as you go.
I need help deciding which one(s) to do…
My Block of the Month Club programs teach with private step by step how-to video blog and picture tutorials weather you’re a beginner or an advanced quilter, my tutorials are an excellent way to start your skills and hone them and I will show you how, sound fun?
Pastimes Online provides you everything you need to get started, silk pins, sewing machine needles, 100% cotton hand dyed floss and wool, 100% silk floss and luscious dupioni silks…sound enticing now?

 

We are about to launch a new array of block of the month (bom) clubs from beginner to advanced. One of these will suite YOU! Each bom will include all of the above plus prizes (i.e. scissors, rulers, fabrics) each month.
Help us pick which ones YOU would LOVE to do by Voting through our Block of the Month Poll!!
Crazy Christmas by Lynette Anderson, 12 month bom, quilt as you go, to include stitching & the cutest Christmas wool applique within a crazy patch design.

Life is Beautiful by Hugs and Kisses will be set in the mood of creams, browns, lilacs and purples, with an interesting applique & quilt as you go technique. A ‘beautiful’ journal pattern including all the blocks.
HocusPocusVille by Crabapple Hill was one I just couldn’t resist. Starting with the amazing drawings that will be stitched in veriegated flosses, and the adorable 9-patches will be perfect to hang during the fall.
Pies and Tarts by Sue Daley is one that is just stunning, with the overwhelming beauty combination of the curves and piecing. This will sure to be a show stopper. English paper piecing technique will be mastered throughout this process. Acrylic templates, paper templates and more included in this kit.

Truly Scrumptious by Cinderberry Stitches is the most adorably whimsical piece of patchwork and embroidery I’ve seen, this will look amazing in any hallway, or bedroom making it joyful and happy.
So I want to say, “thanks so much!!” Madame Samm for having me spend the day here with all of your wonderful viewers in this fantabulous community of quilting, sharing and loving each other up so much!! I’ve had a great time and would love to come back and chat about my favourite cutting tools including the desirable Gingher line of scissors, Gingher’s unbelievable rotary cutter and sew much more on my next visit. If you need a fix or want to read up on Pastimes at www.PastimesOnline.ca, and sign up for our quarterly newsletter, The Times!
Until next time, stay happy and creative, since this post, our boms are ready to sign-up 🙂

Kind Words: Lori P (183)

Sew Lori is a recent member to our Block of the Month clubs and likely one of my biggest fans…this is what she had to say recently when we were emailing back and forth late one night, she was telling me she put a link to my site on her blog Lolastitchida because she is so excited about our new Block of the Month Club: Life is Beautiful. (I’m in the process of making a button for my boms)

Yay.  I will add that button to my blog.  Are you kidding.  I love how you run your BOMs and have private blogs and extra goodies.  I would recommend you to anyone. I am so excited to start and work on the quilt with you.  I will pick one (or two) to do each year with you.  And being Canadian is awesome.

Lori

Isn’t she the best! Thanks Lori for your great email I just had to share it with everyone…

SewCalGal: Christmas Quilt Show (178)

Sew I was blog hopping as usual and came upon Aunt Polly’s Porch  blog and she was showing off her adorable Christmas quilt for the SewCalGal: Christmas Quilt Show 2010

Well I want to enter a few delights of my own that I’ve created over Christamas’s Past :

 I made about 12+ of this cute little snowmen, I think everyone got one that year 🙂 

I did stockings one year for a bunch of people and exchanges filled them full of goodies. These were pre-printed patterns, super easy and fun!

Tree of Life: My Sister wanted one, it was paper pieced (my first project)

I loved it so much I made myself one..

I called them Family Trees 🙂

Tree Skirt was a class I taught a few years back…turned out really cute. One lady made over 20 of these.

Snowman door hanger, I made about 10 of these one year and they were all different but all a HUGE hit! Pattern was out of MaCalls I think?

We always do ornaments each year on each gift, one year I made them all…they were all different and super cute. This was when I fell in love with embroidery.

Twinkle tree covered in french knots, was a block exchange…

This isn’t something that I made but it is stitched, embroidered and is for Christmas to me from my Mum, thanks Mum I LOVE it!

 

Well I hope you enjoy stopping by, now what am I going to make this year,

thanks so much for checking this post out and leaving me a comment 🙂

Until next time, stay happy and creative!