Monday, April 30, 2007
Don’t tell anyone, but I made a D in Home Ec, and the teacher hated me, but I don't blame her. In my adolescent arrogance, I did not care about learning to make a potholder when I was sitting there in a dress I made myself. Can I help it, that my mom had already taught me how to sew? It was a weekly adventure for us to trek to the local fabric store in Ada, Oklahoma to find the grooviest new dress pattern and the latest double knit. Oops, I just gave my age away. I remember an orange sherbet paisley printed a-line dress, with long bell sleeves and extra long pointy collar. Look out, Twiggy. That collar was a bitch to sew, but it was worth it. I had the white patent go-go boots too, baby. Woohoo. I'm outa here...gotta get to a fabric store. Can you say paisley?
Friday, April 27, 2007
Here's a close-up of the frame with ripped fabric. On this piece, I threaded beads onto raffia before I twisted it around the frame. I am thinking about putting a fringe on my patio umbrella now. The umbrella is red, and brand new. But, last week when the wind was so terrible, the bungie cord that was wrapped around it, chewed into it and ripped some holes. So, I guess it's time to craft it!
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
The ripped projects are so much fun! I made this tablecloth with the same fabrics, adding raffia for more texture, and it is so amazing for outdoors, because you get a lot of movement in a breeze. Can't you just see this with organzas, ribbons, and other sheer fabrics?
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Don't throw away your fabric scraps! Rip it up and tie it to everything like I did. First, rip the fabric into 1-inch strips, then start tying it around the candlestick, or whatever. I used a safari print cotton fabric, and I love the jungle feeling it gave the pieces.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
If you watched the KOTV Channel Six in the Morning show today on CBS, and are looking for the project page, you can find the instructions at:
You can find the tassel making tools at: PattieWack.com. The fibers I used are the Adornaments. I also think that ribbon would be gorgeous for the bride tassel, and I thought about not cutting the bottom of the tassel, to make it more poufy. So many options! I would love to see YOUR tassels, so send me your pics. And oh, I almost forgot! You can actually view a video of me demonstrating the tassel tool at:
Craft Studios Clips
Friday, April 20, 2007
You know I LOVE making tassels, and these characters are too cute. I made these to show this coming Monday on Channel Six for the morning show. I used the Jolee's stickers for the tassel tops, and cut a piece of felt to match for the back. Now they are ready for packages, bookmarks, party favors, or I can even make them into Christmas ornaments. I think that I need to make a cheerleader or a graduate next.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Okay, everyone is asking me how I did these. Easy! I took a sponge paint roller and applied black fabric paint onto the tread of a tire and then just rolled it across the jeans and tees. You know, if you don't have a tire laying around, you can paint with your car! Just be sure nobody is WEARING the clothes when you run over them! *giggle* Seriously!
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
I so want to make some of these! I simply love the idea of using found objects, and especially buttons. These are gorgeous, and seem so simple to make. I'm going to my button box right now....
Can you believe these are made with sponge scrubbers, and all kinds of wacky household items? I love it! Good grief, I wouldn't wear them, but they sure would make a funky conversation starter. I know, just sit them on the floor by the shower door to freak out your guests. How fun, since all you need is a good bottle of glue.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
I had a blast doing this t-shirt and bag for Channel Six this Monday morning. I found the t-shirt at the local thrift store, and the bag, too! The bag has hidden pockets and cell phone holder inside, which makes it perfect, and fun to carry. The iron-ons are so easy, that this little project only took about 30 minutes from start to finish. There are SO many iron-ons in the store now, that it is hard to decide which ones to use.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Sunday, April 8, 2007
Thursday, April 5, 2007
This weekend will be such fun with Easter Egg Hunts, family picnics, and kids playing outdoors to celebrate the holiday. If you are looking for an idea to keep the kids creative, try these bubble wands that I made for Craft TV. They are super easy, since all you need are shrink plastic sheets, scissors, and some permanent markers. Here is the pattern that you can enlarge to a full size sheet when you print it out. Let the kids watch as you place the cut-outs on a cookie sheet and bake at 250 degrees in an oven. I still get a kick out of watching the plastic curl up, shrink, and then lay flat on the sheet when it's done. Too cool! The kids can use markers to write their names or draw designs on the plastic before you shrink it.
BUBBLES RECIPE: Mix 5 cups water, 2 cups liquid dishwashing soap and 1/2 cup corn syrup. Pour into colorful bowls to dunk your bubble wands into, and watch the fun begin! Happy Easter, everyone!
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Voila! It is totally done, and I am loving it. Everything has a place, and everything is in it’s place. That’s something I learned from my mom and dad. They would be proud. Now I can stir up some new craft projects, sew up something and dream up some new craft products. Fun, fun, fun!
There are some things I can’t live without on my design table. Paper dolls, masks, crazy ephemera, rub-on alphabets, glue, a ton of scissors, paper, my markers, and a cool roller stamp. Notice the Martha Stewart ticket that I got when she was the keynote speaker at the last CHA trade show. Gotta haves….
You can’t have a design studio without inspiration. That’s an autographed pic of Pee Wee of Scott’s, a recipe from Amy Sedaris, and an autographed pic from Steve Martin. Mix them all with pompoms, googly eyes and some crayons, and let the crafting fun begin!
I am loving all this room. I still have 12 crates to organize, then I’ll be done. I’ll be so happy to have a place to sew, paint, paper craft, make jewelry and candles and soap, and even have room for my silk screen. Yes!
I found this door, and I think that if I sweeten up Scott, that he will screw one end to that tower of drawers and add legs to the other end, it will make a sweet design table. Gotta find Scott.
I know. He is a bit crazy. I blame it on the coffee, and yes that cup is full of coffee on his head. I guess that’s what it takes to keep up with my zippy-doo-dahs. The surfboard in the corner is waiting for us to have a day off to go to the beach.
See? It’s magic. All I needed was a little time, and my trusty computer to print out labels for every crate. This is only 36 of the 46 crates, full of priceless craft supplies. Makes me have shaky leg, just thinking about it. (That’s what happens when I get excited.)
Since so many people see me doing crafts on TV, the craft manufacturers send tons of supplies my way. Thanks, by the way! These are like gold to me, and I never throw anything away. Hey, it’s hard for me to throw away a plastic carry out carton, because who knows when I’ll need to stir up some paint? Anyway, it just looks like I’m out of control. Believe me, it’s all labeled and if you ask me for a black feather boa or a google eye, I know just where it is.
When Scott was presented with the opportunity to combine his video production business with his buddy in Valencia, it made perfect sense to move, since I just became a creative alliance with Gloria and Susan at K1C2. Their design studio is in Ventura, California. So, we decided that the best place for us was Santa Paula, which is sort of in the middle between Valencia Production and Post Studios and the K1C2 Studio. And, of course it doesn’t hurt that Santa Barbara (where we used to live) is nearby. Can you say beaches? Okay, I need to pour some coffee and get busy.
The move to Santa Paula has been a big ol’ eye opener for me. I knew I had lots of stuff, but baybee I have toooo much stuff! I counted over 40 plastic crates, full of stuff. Good grief, I’m glad I at least sorted it all before the move. It all used to be in the basement when we were in Tulsa, but now I get to spread out in our huge garage. I feel like a bird out of a cage. But, now the work begins.