What Podcast Boss is Listening To

I listen to podcasts. No really, I listen to a LOT of podcasts. I listen to so many podcasts, I've stopped asking people for recommendations. I've probably heard already it. This fact has earned me the nickname "Podcast Boss" among my friends. Occasionally people ask me a for a general recommendation or a list of what I listen to. This is that list. I'll update it as I find new favorites, or if a questionable ending knocks something off my recommendations list (I'm looking at you, Missing Richard Simmons and The Black Tapes.) Is one of your favorites missing from my list? Comment! I'd love to chat about what I thought or try something new.

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Business

Proof to Product
Tradeshow Bootcamp's podcast, talking to owners of product-based businesses (I appear on episode 5)

From Maker to Manufacturing 
A maker, talking to other makers about their journey and growth (I appear on episode 10)

Productivity Paradox
Super helpful productivity concepts and tips from someone who doesn't make you feel judged

Fiction

Tanis
My favorite podcast - a PNW themed mystery that encompasses topics of history, faith, dread, and hope

Rabbits
Another fun mystery podcast from the creators of Tanis - this one about a far reaching game and gathering in some pop culture elements

36 Questions
A musical fiction podcast that made me ugly cry

The Big Loop
A series of short stories that are weird and wonderful - also makes me ugly cry

The Bright Sessions
The adventures of a therapist for people with superpowers

The Disappearance Podcast
A weird and winding mystery that confused and intrigued me enough to keep listening

Showcase: The Polybius Conspiracy
Was not marketed as fiction, but was SO GOOD that I don't care whether or not it was all true

Non-Fiction

Family Ghosts
Sweet and sad and haunting stories of family life and our personal histories

HGTV & Me
A funny and delightful deep dive into the world of HGTV shows

This American Life
Favorite Episodes: “The House on Loon Lake” and “The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar” 

Reply All
Markets itself as a podcast about the internet, but shares stories that are so much more than that

S-Town
A giant life, lived in a small town - rough and sad and beautiful

Invisibilia
I loved the episodes "True You," "Future Self" and "The Culture Inside" - important conversations about identity, race, and more

The Hilarious World of Depression
Talking to comedians about their experience with depression and anxiety

Will You Accept This Rose
Recapping and making hilarity out of the Bachelor franchise

Politics

Slow Burn
Nothing is new under the sun. Why doesn't that make me feel better?

Pod Save America
"A political podcast for people not yet ready to give up or go insane."

Nerd Farmer Podcast
A great podcast from a truly great human being - local to the Seattle/Tacoma area, features conversations about education, politics, race, and everything in between

The Pope's Lon Con
A wild ride that I WISH was fiction

True Crime

Crime Writers On
The true crime podcast book club I've always wanted in real life

True Crime Obsessed
The true crime podcast book club I'd have if my friends were SO FUNNY IT HURTS

Missing Maura Murray
If I had to choose one unsolved mystery to know the answer to, it's this one

My Favorite Murder
Come for the gasps and shocked responses of two friends telling each other murder stories, stay for the transparent conversations about mental health

Serial
The podcast that put true crime podcasts on the map

In the Dark
While unsolved mysteries are intriguing, seeing how a solved case gets solved (and how it could have been solved so much sooner) is both shocking and sad

Zealot
A podcast about cults with delightful Australian accents and catchy transition music

Dirty John
A paperback thriller of a podcast

Criminal
A podcast that consistently turns the idea of who and what we consider to be "criminal" upside down

Done Disappeared
A goofy but on point satire about the true crime genre 

Ear Hustle
Incredible, humanizing stories about life inside San Quentin prison

The Grift
Big stories about the people who get away with it

Heaven's Gate
A series about the infamous group that humanizes everyone involved

Faith

Good Christian Fun
Dives into the weird world of Christian pop culture (hilarity ensues) but also manages to stumble into truly meaningful conversations about growing up in church, and struggling to find faith for oneself 

Bad Christian Podcast
Rough, honest conversations about faith and church with people who aren't afraid to ask every question

Truth's Table
A thoughtful, soulful, podcast on faith and culture hosted by 3 incredible black women

The Shauna Niequist Podcast
I love Shauna's books and her podcast conversations are helpful and encouraging as well

For the Love with Jen Hatmaker
Her recent episode with Emily Ley was really encouraging to me

Soccer

Nos Audietis
The foremost Sounders podcast

Locked on Sounders
Dave's wisdom about both soccer and life are worth listening to

The Cooligans
Covers all of MLS, and looks for the funny in everything

 

Meet the Team: Melissa
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This Fall I set out to hire a shop manager. What I got instead was an incredible super woman who finishes my sentences. Sincerely, Melissa's presence in the shop and fresh ideas have brought a new kind of a magic to Constellation & Co. The thing that excites me most about 2018 is seeing all that we'll accomplish together this year! Here's what Melissa had to say about herself:

Q: Describe yourself in 6 words or less.
I have no idea I'm not capable of being that objective about myself. 

Q: What is your favorite thing about working at Constellation & Co.?
Besides the cards (which I love because they are cards that say real things we face. Whether funny or tugging at my heart strings, they hit close to home every time.), I love that we fill the shop with people and handmade crafts of people that we admire. 

Q: What are you doing when you're not in the shop? (Jobs, hobbies, etc.)
When not working I am a crazy crafter (knit, crochet, make soap, candles, bath bombs, macrame, make books, and many other things 90 year old woman might do), take care of my gang of misfit animals, and try to explore as much as Washington as I can.

Q: What is your favorite place in Seattle? (Shops, restaurants, parks, etc.)
I have lots of favorite spots in Seattle, but I think my all time favorite spot is the Ballard Locks. It's a special place where I go with one of my nearest and dearest and sit on the hill and catch up, you fall in love with the rose garden in summer, and every time I go a I see a seal and that's super magical to me being from the east coast. 

2017 Highlights
Our brand new "New Year's Blessing" card is available in the shop and online now!

Our brand new "New Year's Blessing" card is available in the shop and online now!

Happy New Year!

Thank you so much for supporting our little shop in 2017. You make our dreams come true. Before we march forward into the New Year, I'd like to share with you some highlights from the past 12 months.

In 2017, we...

  • Launched our Constellation & Co. Card Club subscription service
  • Started hosting Hand Lettering Workshops with Songbird Paperie
  • Sponsored an adult pub league soccer team that Sara played in
  • Became the first Sailor Pen stockist in WA state
  • Launched our Empathy, Kindness, Respect shirt with Cotton Bureau and raised over $3k for refugee aid
  • Hired our incredible new shop manager, Melissa
  • Celebrated with our talented letterpress printer, Brooke, as she graduated with a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology
  • Welcomed new team members Brie, Lara and Beth
  • Hosted an awesome winter intern, Bryn
  • Sent off our beloved Meredith to pursue her photography career full time
  • Hosted a Pop-Up Shop with Gingiber
  • Listened to Sara talk about stationery business on the Proof to Product podcast
  • Sent Sara to Paper Camp+ and then made about 1,000,000 systems changes to the business and shop
  • Had our best craft fair weekend ever at the winter Renegade Craft Fair
  • Designed and printed quite a few new products, including: 37 cards, 8 notepads, and 2 enamel pins!

Conviction, Craftsmanship, Community

As a small business and as members of the community, we feel a serious responsibility to give back and support others. With your help, we donated over $4k in 2017! When you shop with us, your purchases make a difference. Here are the organizations and causes we supported in 2017.

Meet the Team: Our Winter Intern, Bryn!
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Q: Tell us about your internship!
Constellation & Co. was my first internship and it was so fun! It was awesome to be able to meet and connect with a group of people who are as passionate about art as I am. One of the best parts of my internship was the huge variety of things I got to do and learn about. I helped with the retail shop, which included opening and closing the shop on time, handling money, and helping out customers. I also got to learn about the business side, and how Constellation takes an idea and makes it into a card. I loved learning about the art of letterpress too and watching how each card gets created. I got to create a window design, help out with the catalogue, and design three of my own cards, which was super fun and a very special experience for me! 

Q: What is your favorite thing about interning at Constellation & Co.?
My favorite thing about interning at Constellation would have to be restocking the cards and making sure the shop looks nice. I love greeting cards and loved the process of packaging and pricing that made each card look beautiful. I also loved opening the shop first thing in the morning. Mornings represent new beginnings and a fresh start to me, and I loved prepping the shop for the busy day ahead. 

We had the pleasure of hosting a talented intern this Winter named Bryn! It's been a long time since we had an intern, but she was too special to pass up. She came to us with a passionate interest in greeting card design, a very unique artistic style, and an eagerness to learn. It's been a delight having her in the shop and showing her the ropes! She grew up in our beautiful neighborhood, Magnolia, so we knew it was meant to be. We're hoping (fingers crossed!) to see her again this summer! Here's what Bryn had to say about herself and her time with us:

Q: Describe yourself in 6 words or less.
Passionate, driven, optimistic, creative and adventurous! 

Q: What are you doing when you're not in the shop? (Other jobs, hobbies, etc.) 
When I’m not at the shop, I’m usually drawing! I love thinking up new characters to draw and creating backstories for them. I love going vintage shopping, too. Trove in Ballard is one of my favorite shops for unique and beautiful pieces. I love clothing that has a story behind it.

Q: What is your favorite place in Seattle? (Shops, restaurants, parks, etc.)
I have so many favorite places in Seattle, it’s so hard to pick just one! I love going to the Ballard Locks, especially in the summertime. I love seeing the huge ships sail slowly by, love to hear the thundering rush of water as it pours into the locks. It’s a place that is both peaceful and very busy. Most of all, I’ve always loved seeing the salmon jump out of the water! To me, the Locks is both ordinary and magical and embodies the uniqueness and the industry that we have here in Seattle.

 

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Renegade Craft Fair Winter 2017
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I've been doing craft fairs for 6 years now (wow time flies!), and I've tried out many displays over the years. This is hands down my favorite. It looks amazing, was very practical for vending, and was huge toward making this weekend our best craft show yet! We built the display using the simple IKEA bookshelves we recently replaced in our storage area and a variation on the DIY card racks we built for our brick & mortar. I'm so pleased with this display, I can't wait to set it up at the next show! 

A walk down craft show display memory lane: 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016

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