Meet a Maker: Craftsy

Craftsy was a great sponsor of Rocky Mountain STEAMFest 2015! We’re are so grateful for their support!

Oh and hey, guess what my favorite maker friends? Craftsy is giving a FREE class to you! Go here craftsyFounders  — >

What does Craftsy do?

We connect people with the education, supplies and inspiration they need to craft amazing things by hand!

What are some of the things people can learn as Craftsy members?

We have 900+ online classes in more than 15 crafts! On Craftsy, you can learn everything from quilting and sewing, to knitting, cake decorating, cooking, photography, painting, drawing and beyond. Classes like Perfect Pizza at Home, Learn to Sew: Simple Bags or Basics of Digital Photography are all great places to start!

Who is your target customer?

Anyone who enjoys being creative will find something they’re interested in on Craftsy. Though, the majority of Craftsy members are women over the age of 40, and more than 50% of our members spend 10 hours a week on the crafts they love!

Why is Craftsy unique and what will your customers get out of being members?

Craftsy is an online community where more than 9 million members from 180 countries enjoy learning, shopping, finding inspiration and sharing their projects. Our classes are taught by the world’s best instructocraftsyStudentrs, and once a member enrolls in a class, they can watch it anytime, anywhere, forever.

Along with our selection of fun online classes, supplies and project kits, we have more than 125,000 digital patterns from independent designers — who get 100% of the profits. And many designers offer their patterns for free! Craftsy members have also uploaded pictures of more than 200,000 projects.

We think being a Craftsy member helps encourage and empower people to learn what they love, create projects they’re proud of and find a little more joy in every day.

What is your most inspiring customer feedback?

We often hear how Craftsy has changed the lives of our members for the better. We’ve heard from members who have used Craftsy to create things they never thought possible, find joy during difficult times in their lives, and even learn enough to start their own businesses.

Here are what a few Craftsy members had to see about their classes:

“A few weeks after completing the course, I was able to design and make some pretty snazzy and detailed superhero amigurumi for my kids, who were dazzled, as was everyone else who saw them. Since then, I’ve even made things like a two-tiered birthday cake with pretty icing and topping details!” – Craftsy Member Sparklerhooky on Amigurumi: Design Your Own Monster

“[My instructor was] really right there with me all the way. After an initial problem with my dough, she encouraged me to pinpoint what was going on and continue. I have since made fabulous croissants, pains au chocolat and savory croissants.” -Craftsy member chestnut22 on Classic Croissants at Home

How did your company get started and why?

In 2010, John Levisay, Josh Scott, Todd Tobin and Bret Hanna started a company with the aim of making expert-led online education accessible to anyone, regardless of their physical location or confidence with computers. They started with classes on subjects like parenting and personal finance, before branching out to create a class on quilting. Their first quilting class was a huge hit, and the rest is Craftsy history!

What is your best advice to a young entrepreneur who wants to start a company like Craftsy?

Start with an idea you believe in and a purpose you care about! There are detours and bumps along the way for every young entrepreneur, but if you’re passionate about what you’re working on, you’ll find it’s much easier to persevere and turn challenges into chances to create something meaningful.

What else do you want our readers to know?

Craftsy is a one-of-a-kind place to learn and create, both for customers and for employees. We’re always looking for people who want to help craft the future of our company, and there are lots of exciting openings at


Meet: Mark’s Art Car

Meet a Maker: Mark Moffett and the Fantastical Art Car

The Art Car parked at Alloy Gallery in Lafayette

The Art Car parked at Alloy Gallery in Lafayette

After a months-long struggle, we finally secured a car on August 8, 2015! A 1996 Volkswagen Golf. Thanks to Martha Lanaghen and Jeff Scott from MakerBolder!

My build partner for this pro ject is Jackson Ellis. Construction began on August 17 at Alloy Gallery in Lafayette. Jackson and I worked through the week, reconfiguring, removing and welding the skin. Our sheet metal and metal objects were donated by Uncle Benny’s Building Supplies, in Loveland.

Our first glueing event took place at Art Night Out in Lafayette, Friday, August 21. It was a great night and the town really embraced the project. Several members of the community participated. We painted some areas of the the car with chalkboard paint for those who wanted11924774_10153163792670698_1240388022519427465_n clean hands and clothes. We received donated objects from Sister Carmen, RAFT Colorado; and Art Parts Creative Reuse Center in Boulder. I purchased other materials at Goodwill Outlet World in Denver. Thanks to our host J Lucas Loeffler and Alloy Gallery!

The following night, we trekked to Denver for the Colorado Night Market. An audience participation, pop-up art show, held in the back of U-Haul Trucks! It was a very original, fun-filled evening. However, the most excitement came during our trip back to Lafayette, when we we’re pulled over by Westminister Police. Our tail-lights were on the fritz! Fortunately, they were more curious than anything. We were allowed to continue, as long as our support van had it’s flashers on! Thanks officers!

 Then, we trekked to the Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest where we visited with hundreds of people and worked with the materials we had collected.  More work is yet to come, and we’re always looking for donations for this car – or if you have an ol11887525_10153159427525698_5869335902549702919_od car you’d love to donate, we’re ready to start new projects as well.  Just email to learn more.

Great objects include:

  • Happy Meal Toys
  • Action figures
  • Dolls and doll heads
  • Skeletons and skulls (plastic please!)
  • Multiples: shells, marbles, small rocks, corks, pennies
  • Mardi Gras beads and glass beads
  • Old jewelry and gems
  • Any interesting plastic items
  • Old damaged musical instruments

All items should be weather-proof and able to spend time in the Colorado sun.

Thanks for your interest and keep watching for updates!
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Meet: Watershed School

A recent headline in Wired magazine put it simply: “Schools are preparing students for a world that doesn’t exist.” After all, how many times have you found a job memorizing historical dates or filling out worksheets? That kind of education is no longer relevant.

At Watershed School, our mission is to build the character and the ability of students to take on the world’s greatest challenges. For us, that means teaching them to create original solutions to real-world problems – 3d printer studentsand develop the ability to adapt, collaborate, and create.

At Watershed, this looks very different than students sitting in rows. It means

  • Starting a small business in an economics class
  • Using Arduino circuits to solve a problem in engineering
  • Learning Spanish by navigating the streets of small town Guatemala
  • Using design thinking to reduce the amount of waste headed to landfill

As a result, kids love coming to school. Your children are natural born inventors, entrepreneurs, and creative problem solvers. Giving kids the tools to express it makes them happier and more successful.

We support STEAMFest because STEAMFest is about this different way of learning. In Boulder, we are lucky to be part of a community of technological problem-solvers, educational innovators, and open-minded parents looking for something different.

11922958_1016768991675554_256434779100010393_o(1)And after STEAMFest, check us out at, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @watershed_co. You could even call us on an old-fashioned phone. We’d love to show you a different kind of school.