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Introducing Tcaldy

lensmaster tcaldy on SquidooToday we’re pleased to introduce you to tcaldy, a wife and mom who wears many other hats including that of Squidoo lensmaster and RocketSquid student. Learn more from our recent interview:

How did you find Squidoo? The first time I saw Squidoo is when my sister in law wrote something on Facebook about one of her relatives writing for Squidoo. It was TheHonestWebGuru writing about Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies. I went to the lens to see what it was all about. I’d never heard of Squidoo before. I decided to sign up and write my first lens.

Of the lenses you’ve made so far, which is your favorite and why? Of the lenses I’ve made so far, I suppose I’d have to say that Make Your Own Beautiful Basket is my favorite. Of all the lenses it still gets visits and I think it has the most comments. Basket weaving is my passion. I have a small hobby business doing weaving, but mostly I do it because I love it. Weaving for others is an outlet to share my time and talent with other people. I have a few sales, give some baskets to charities that are close to my heart, give quite a few as gifts and more recently I started to do some historical reenactments and do weaving demonstrations as well as a little bit of teaching. I think that Make Your Own Beautiful Basket showcases some of my best work, plus gives readers a free pattern for making a basket of their own. Of all the lenses it is also the one I’ve worked on and edited the most.

What one tip would you give to a new lensmaster starting out? I think it would be difficult to nail down one tip to help Squidoo lens makers, but I guess that my advice would be to inject as much of your own personality into your lens making as you possibly can. I think anyone can write something. I could be wrong, but I think we have to offer our reader something and maybe that something could be a little bit of ourselves. I can write about a topic, but why is that topic special to me, and how in this little chunk of time that I have with my reader can I pull them into my world, sit down for tea as it were and share this material with them. If I had any other advice it would be to read and reread your material (hopefully before you post) I’ve fixed more stuff after it went live than I care to admit. I’m not sure I have all the answers yet, but I’m working on it.

Be sure to take a few minutes to visit tcaldy’s profile page and check out more of her lenses. If you’d like to sign up as a RocketSquids University student, just fill out this form. We’d love to have you!

Susan52 didn't know she wanted to be a Giant Squid when she grew up, but here she is and she couldn't be happier about it! When she isn't doing one thing or another here at Squidoo, you'll probably find her spending time with her family or otherwise appreciating life one precious moment at a time.

  • Merrci

    Lovely interview Susan! Nice to meet you Tcaldy. The baskets you’ve made are amazing!

  • Ruthi aka abitosunshine

    Welcome to Squidoo, Tcaldy! What a fabulous introductory interview! I just love your advice and will visit your articles here on Squidoo and maybe even have a cup of tea and a chat with you too!

  • tcaldy

    So glad to be here. Thanks for the warm welcome and for the interview!

  • grammieo

    Welcome…..I have got to go and check out your lens. The last time I made a basket, was so long ago that dinosaurs must have been roaming the earth. But I did enjoy doing it! Thanks and welcome again.

  • shinersoft

    Positive option is there.

  • shinersoft

    Positive option is there.

  • Charito1962

    Glad to have you around on Squidoo, tcaldy! Nice lens on the “Card Crafting with Vintage Images”!

  • denimexpert

    Hello “” Bangladesh Denim Expo.

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