March, 2009

Whole Living with Terri Trespicio Gets Crafty

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

This Tuesday morning at 10am I hit the airwaves once again to chat with the always delightful Terri Trespicio on her show: “Whole Living” on Martha Stewart Radio.

This is what my dining room table looked like at 7:30am:

I had just completed carefully cutting pieces of paper (both tissue and construction), and gathering up my craft supplies to head over to Sirius. Oh, so many pretty colors!

Yep, Terri and I did some seriously cute on-air crafting. I showed her how to make Sweet Umbrellas, a very simple spring craft that you can make on the cheap. They make great party favors or decorative touches to your springtime table. Here’s a close up of the finished crafts:

Aren’t those little blue boys j’adorable? I want to make hundreds of them and just pass them out to strangers on a rainy day. Sure, they won’t keep the drops away, but they are sweet as can be. I fill mine with jelly beans, the greatest candy in the world. Nothing puts a smile on someone’s face faster than a jelly bean.

The orange guys to the right are candy carrots. They’re pretty darling themselves. Say, I’ll tell you what. Maybe if you’re extra sweet, I’ll go ahead and post the instructions for those sweeties right here. And then you’ll see how easy spring crafting can be!

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Decoupage Assemblage at Spacecraft: The Recap

Friday, March 27th, 2009

I’m thrilled to report that last night’s first Crafterhours ever was just lovely. Spacecraft was the perfect place to have an evening of decoupage – check out their wall!

Designed and installed by Domestic Construction, it’s decoupage at its mural-tastic finest!

As I’ve said before, Spacecraft is just the coolest. It’s the kind of place that just makes crafters exclaim, “I wish this was MY store!” And Stella and Cristina, the owners, are total dolls. They make every customer feel totally welcome and offer lots of great crafting advice and instruction.

We had a fantastic time, and lots of good quality crafting went down. My friend Molly worked on a collage:

While Elyse decorated a picture frame:

And Rufus painted himself a treasure chest:

The whole gang had a great time.

And Rufus and I now have two newly decoupaged additions to our home:

My finished project is all ready to be filled up with sewing supplies:

I simply cannot wait for the next Crafterhours! An evening spent crafting with friends is an evening well spent, indeed.

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Crafterhours, Book Swap and Martha Stewart Radio!

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Hi there friendlies! I’ve got a busy week ahead of me, starting tonight, March 26th, when I will be hosting my very first Crafterhours! 

From 6:30-8pm at SPACECRAFT,  I will be signing books and demonstrating cool DECOUPAGE projects. (I’d love to show you a photo of such a craft, but my WordPress is not my friend today.)

Bring your own stuff to decoupage (wooden boxes, frames, furniture..) and paper goods to collage with, or buy materials at Spacecraft. And we’ll provide the Mod Podge, brushes and how-to. Let’s get crafty in the evening time!

If you haven’t already stopped by Spacecraft, you will love it. They stock great craft supplies in the front of the store, and in the back there’s a massive table where folks can sit and get their craft on. The walls are covered in cheerful collage murals and there is plenty of space to craft in. Spacecraft is just dreamy:

355 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211

Then on MONDAY, MARCH 30th, I’ll be chatting up a storm at the READERS & WRITERS MINGLE AND BOOK SWAP  from 7-10pm at PACIFIC STAND in Park Slope.This event is the creation of THE DESK SET - a group of NYC area librarians and bibliophiles who do all sorts of cool stuff. Here’s what they have to say about the evening:
The writers and readers of this great city are invited to bring their old books, swap ‘em for other people’s books, and have a drink and/or a chat with like-minded folks. All writers and readers are invited.
Pacific Standard
82 Fourth Avenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn

But I can’t party too hard on Monday night, as I’ll be chatting up a crafty storm on Tuesday morning at 10am on Martha Stewart Radio’s Whole Living with Terri Trespicio!

This is my third time on the show, and I am so thrilled that they keep asking me back. Terri is a great host and it’s a totally fun and informative show. I’ll be sharing some easy Easter and Passover craft ideas with the listeners. If you’re not already a subcscriber to Sirius, you can try it out forfree a few days right here:

I hope to see you in person or hear your happy call-in voice sometime this week!


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The Nation of Inspiration

Friday, March 13th, 2009

A few things I want to do in the next week or two:

It’s hard to read through the images reflected on the glass, but that collaged sign says, “Get Crafty!” It was really fun to craft a window display, so I’ve got my thinking cap on and I plan to come up with an awesome idea to spice up that cozy Word window.



 I promise to report back on all of the above in a timely fashion. Now get out there and get crafty!

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A New Craft Anthem

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Leslie Hall

Okay, Leslie Hall is a genius. She’s hilarious, she’s crafty, and the girl can lay down some beats. I hope all you crafty kids enjoy her new “craftastic” song: Craft Talk!


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Picking Favorites, Part Two

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

I’m loving so many things right now, I just have to share them!

1. My husband, who is both funny and crafty.

2. My mom, who turned 64 on Wednesday. In honor of her birthday, I woke up at 6:30 that morning so I could bake her a cake from scratch. Proof that I still need her, and I do feed her.

3. My dog, Lorenzo, who just happens to be the greatest dog on earth. Sorry other dogs, but you simply cannot compare to my little Lolo.

4. The orchid that my funny, crafty husband gave me four years ago. It blooms every six months. It’s got floral superpowers.

5. The Catskills. That’s one beautiful mountain range.

6. Having breakfast delivered to your door.

7. Knitting hats for wee little ones.

7. Homemade frosting (for a certain 64 year-old’s birthday cake).

8. Old vacation photos, this one from Scotland in 2007.

9. Planning the next vacation. This summer, our friends get married in Greece!

10. Remembering why I love Brooklyn.

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