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Entries in kid crafts (5)


Paper Bag Table Settings on AM Northwest

My latest guest appearance on Portland's AM Northwest morning show featured me as a bag lady of sorts. I am getting more and more comfortable making the most basic crafts ever on live TV. I will leave the precision and details to the other craft guests they book. Besides, they seem to think I am funny and have already asked me to come back on next month.  This time, I brought back one of my Thanksgiving favorites- cutting up grocery store paper bags for table settings. It's no-cost and incredibly easy. A perfect craft to task little kids with so they stay out of your hair while you are getting ready for holiday guests.

These links to AM Northwest don't last indefinitely but, for now, you can see my segment here:


Instructions: Cut bags into placemat shapes. Use as placemats.

Can you believe a real morning news show actually invites me in to share this kind of stuff? Me either. But I DO meet the most fascinating people in the green room. This time I met Megan Giller who is the author of Bean-to-Bar: America's Craft Chocolate Revolution. I always confess that I am not a big chocolate fan but she was doing cheese and chocolate pairings on the show and a) interesting and b) she gave me all of the leftover cheese. Score! I can't wait to see who I meet next time. You can find out more about Megan's book here:


3D Printed Bracelet with a Touch of Class

I've been loving 3D printed jewelry for quite awhile now. The possibilities are endless and gorgeous. I know, I know. You think you can't afford a 3D printer so you're ignoring all the cool things about this new technology. Not true. You can print things so easily from, for example. Or check your local library- mine prints up to 4 items a month for the cost of t materials (averaging about 80 cents for, say, an iphone cover).

Now that PSA is over, let's get to my bracelet. I was given the an bracelet as a gift recently at the Craft and Hobby show. Someone was there doing 3D printer demos and the bracelet was a sample. But what a sample! It has a beautiful, shimmery sheen to it. Later, I was gifted a box of (sponsored product alert!) Swarovski crystals and I immediately knew the bracelet and the beads were a match made in crafty heaven. I love the idea of taking something so high tech and making it look rich and elegant.

I could bore you with the directions (because they're so incredibly simple) but really, get your hands on a pretty but plain little bracelet. It doesn't have to be 3D printed (but come ON- get on that tech bandwagon already!). And now grab your iLovetoCreate Liquid Fusion Clear Urethane Adhesive (I got a sample of this at the show) and glue some pretty crystals on. Let it dry and wear it to your next outing. When the sparkle catches someone's eye and they ask about it, you'll be able to say? "Oh this? It was made on a 3D printer and I embellished it myself). You get to teach someone something AND show off your creative side!


Playing with Dye- Valentine's Day Jacket Video


Washi Tape iPhone Cord Identifiers

We all fight over power cords around the Guilty house and last week I almost hyperventilated when I realized I had been trying to jam my Kindle power cord into my beloved new iPad mini. Eeek! I could have ruined it! And since my dear husband has scoffed at me buying the pink power adaptors I linger over at the drugstore, I decided to spend all of 3 minutes wrapping mine with some washi tape. You can find various ideas on Pinterest along the same lines- painting them with craft paint or nail polish- I even heard of someone dyeing hers with Rit Dye. But really, that's a lot of hassle. Washi tape is perfect- cute, quick, thin, and easy to work with. Hey- just like me! (I kid). But really, invest in the 3 minutes- there's no way my kids will be sneaking off with my adapters now plus I have a great visual reminder not to try to charge my iPad mini with the wrong charger! (Oh and yes, I did also cover my husband and son's various chargers. That'll teach them to mess with a crafter's stuff).


Favorite Stuffed Animal Craft

 This is probably the most personal crafting item I have ever made and I just love it (if i do say so myself). Do you have a little one who is SUPER attached to a particular stuffed animal or (*shudder*) doll? When I was little it was my Eeyore. I loved his whole mane and tail off and I still have him. For my little girl, it's her stuffed bunny, Bun-Bun. I think I found the perfect crafty tribute to Bun-Bun and my project is a featured post at FedEx Out of Office this week. You can check out the step-by-step and the finished project here: I'd love if you'd share this- FedEx is most excellent to work with and I'd love them to keep asking me to guest! =)