Archives for July 2012

Summer Fun Crafts for Kids as seen on WGN Chicago

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Slumber Party Pillow Bag Craft Project

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Craft Supplies Needed

  • Pillowcases that have been pre washed without fabric softener
  • Stamps
  • Fabric paint
  • Sponge brushes
  • Paper plates
  • Colored permanent markers
  • Piece of cardboard to put in between the layers of your pillow case




Project Instructions

  1. It is really important that your pillowcase has been prewashed with fabric softener.
  2. Decide what design you want on your pillowcase. If you use fabric paint (Tulip by Duncan or So Soft by Decoart) you can stamp all over your pillowcase and it will dry soft to the touch.
  3. Place your colors onto a paper plate. Use a sponge brush for each color. Use the brush to apply the paint to your stamp. I don’t recommend putting the stamp into the paint. It just makes a mess.
  4. Before you stamp place the cardboard inside your pillowcase and under where you are going to stamp. That way the paint won’t bleed thru to the other side. Stamp away!
  5. After you have stamped use the markers to draw in any detail. Let dry and set with an iron or in the dryer for about 10 minutes. Make sure it is completely dry first!!!
  6. Now you can enjoy your personalized, custom pillowcase. Bring it with you to any sleepover and make your friends jealous!
This next project comes from the wonderful folks at: 

CREATEI Heart Tie Dye
Designed by Pattie Wilkinson
Show your love for tie-dye fashion with a vibrant heart tee! Use bold Tulip® One-Step Dye™ and Tulip® Soft Fabric Paint™ for a look that’ll make you swoon.

1. Prewash T-shirt; do not use fabric softener. Do not dry.
2. Protect work surface with Surface Cover then lay damp shirt on work surface.
3. Fold shirt in half vertically, with fold pointed toward the right.
4. Use a pencil to lightly draw half of a heart in center of shirt, beginning at fold.
5. Pinch the shirt along the pencil line with fingers, gathering all the way around the heart shape. Wrap a rubber band tightly around the heart section then wrap another rubber band 1” below first rubber band.
6. Wearing plastic gloves from box, add water to dye bottles, filling to line indicated on bottles. Replace caps tightly and shake bottles until dye is dissolved.
7. Squeeze Fuchsia dye onto heart section of shirt, getting dye close to rubber band. Squeeze Yellow into the 1” section below heart section, then squeeze Fuchsia onto remainder of shirt.
8. Cover shirt with Surface Cover to keep damp and let set 4 to 6 hours or longer for most intense colors. Fill washer to large load setting with cold water and a small amount of laundry soap. Cut rubber bands off shirt then wash separately on a large load setting with a small amount of laundry soap. Dry separately in dryer.
9. Insert Fashion Form between layers of shirt.
10. Squeeze puddles of Azalea and Berry Red Soft Fabric Paints onto a piece of foil. Mix colors with paintbrush then brush feathered lines along the edge of the heart as shown.
11. Let dry flat 2 hours. Wait 72 hours to wash.

See it done:

super simple with terri oHaving an assortment of craft products on hand while the kids are home for the summer means it is super simple when you are ready to do art together!

Googly eyes, crayons, pipe cleaners, papers, paints, popsicle sticks, craft glue, feathers, pom poms, paint brushes. Add a few new things to your kid craft basket once in a while.



Sonoran Living gets a new co-host and producer August 13

Terri Ouellette is pleased to announce she will be joining Stephanie Sandoval as co-host and producer of “Sonoran Living” a lifestyle TV program created by Scripps Network and produced for the ABC affiliate KNXV in Phoenix, Arizona.

Terri O is a two-time Emmy Award winner, author, and PBS host of “Super Simple with Terri O”. For more than a decade, Terri has served as the national spokesperson for the Craft & Hobby Association.

“I’m very excited about Sonoran Living as it allows me to expand my creativity not only to crafting but to food, lifestyle, home décor and travel but allows me to develop professionally as a host and producer,” explained Ouellette. “I’ve been very blessed throughout my career to have been be able to work in creative fields where I have flourished. I look forward to continued growth right here at home!”

“Sonoran Living” airs on Channel 15 from 9 to 10 a.m. in Arizona. Terri will assume her role on August 13, 2012.

We Awaken Dreamers…

Making crafts is all about bringing beauty into the world and

getting carried away in pursuit of our dreams.

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SLK Industrial Chic We pendant

SLK Industrial Chic Crystal Dream Heart (The other heart pictured said “miracle”. As I was designing the piece, I decided mirror was a better fit.)

SLK industrial Chic Green Cord and Pink Ribbon

A piece of blue ribbon


Silk flowers

Craft frame

Paper birds cut out of paper and coated with ICE Resin®

Pink and Green Glitter

Luminart Shimmering Mists

Mirror (I chose a 10x magnification mirror so you have to step into the dream to put on your lipstick!)

A tiny nail

Craft Glue

Tools: Scissors & a Hammer

Time: about 30 minutes

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Step 1: I sprayed the frame with 3 different colors of Shimmering Mist.

Step 2: The frame was backless so I trace the heart on a heavy sheet of plastic and attached the ribbon and mirror with glue.

SUper simple with terri oStep 3: I made a simple bow with the 2 colors of ribbon and the cord and glued it in place.

Step 4: I decided where I wanted my design elements and hammered in the nail, and then glued a rhinestone on top.

super simple with terri oStep 5: I added the glitter, flowers, rhinestones and birds.

super simple with terri oStep 6: I hung the WE pendant to the corner of the frame with a length of green cord.

Susan Weckesser Industrial Chic project is up tomorrow on the hop! Check her out at My Sweet Earth.


Watermelon Baby Buggy – Baby Shower Centerpiece

I just love browsing farmer’s markets. There are always tasty samples of homemade preserves (plum or raspberry chipotle is my current fave), smiling people and super fresh vegetables and fruits.

Now is definitely the time to buy those succulent melons – water, cantaloupe, honey dew, Crenshaw…

Super Simple with Terri OThis baby shower centerpiece can be created a day ahead of time. However, put the fruit in just before serving. The buggy may leak, so put something beneath. Note: When I made the fruit salad buggy, I knew the gender to be a girl, but for a boy a watermelon race car flames painted on the sides instead of the ruffle would be fun. The whole project takes about an hour.

Have a simply marvelous day!


Materials Needed:

4 Granny Smith apples (or 2 grapefruit, halved)
4 10-inch wooden skewers
Cut fruit — watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, strawberries, grapes, etc.
Masking tape
Glue gun

Step 1:

Using masking tape, tape off part of watermelon to be cut to form the shape of a buggy. Using tape as a guide, cut off that section and save to be diced for salad contents.

Step 2:

Scoop out rest of melon with a melon baller or cut out and dice for salad.

Step 3:

Shape excess rind into handle. Cut lace to fit across hood and thumbtack to sides.

Step 4:

Put skewers through watermelon shell to form axles of wheels. Stick apples onto ends of skewers.

Step 5:

Place handle at one end of buggy and return cut watermelon and other fruit to the cavity of the melon.