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Cool2Craft LIVE at CHA

Cool2Craft LIVE at CHA

Been busy this week finalizing details so that I can finally announce that Cool2Craft LIVE TV will be broadcasting LIVE from the Craft & Hobby Association Summer show!  Rise and shine and join me and my cool creative friend Lisa Fulmer as we kick off the Cool2Craft LIVE TV shows with the Innovations Showcase on Tuesday July 27th at 9:30 am (Eastern) (8:30 am Central, 7:30 am Mountain, 6:30 am Pacific).  This one-hour event will feature 20 short product demonstrations selected from the Innovations Showcase by CHA’s panel of media judges. The judges will be awarding prizes for most innovative products for the 2010 CHA Summer Show. This is a must watch opportunity to see a sneak peek at 20 of the hottest products being launched at the show!

On Wednesday July 28th at 10:30 am (Central) Lisa and I are headed to the trade show floor for a 2-hour LIVE special where we will be featuring 10 LIVE product demos and make ‘n takes from today’s top craft manufacturers. We’re revving it up for this high-paced craft-packed tour of the show floor to see what’s new in the creative world.

On Thursday July 29th at 10 am (Central) Lisa and I return to the trade show floor for a 2-hour LIVE special featuring 10 product demos and make ‘n takes from new exhibitors and familiar crafting companies you know and love! It’s a great opportunity to get a sneak peek at what’s new on the crafting horizon!

On Friday and Saturday July 30 – 31st I’m broadcasting live from the iLovetoCreate booth at the CHA Craft SuperShow.  This cool event will highlight several different demos from the iLovetoCreate creative team! Stop by and say hello at this cool consumer event!

For more info go to: http://www.cool2craft.com

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Fave Crafts Radio – April 25, 2010

I can’t seem to stop myself! When it comes to booking my Sunday night radio shows, the line-ups seem to grow and grow! This Sunday’s FaveCrafts Radio show is super-charged with 10 guests!  Yep! I really did it this time!

Jenni Bowlin is the creative force behind Jenni Bowlin Studio – a boutique papercrafting manufacturer with a “vintage fresh” attitude.

Little Birdie Secrets was born from the crafting obsession of three friends – Stacy Clark, Jessica Myrup and Mandy Sybrowsky whose mission it is to share the wealth of fun projects and helpful tips they find!

Wendy Hyde is a busy wife and mother to 4 kids who works part-time from home as an editorial assistant, runs a photography business with her husband and blogs at The Shabby Nest about her love of all things home.

Carly Verble is an Etsy artist who creates an eyewear colleciton known as The Haus That Jane Built. Each pair of glasses are made to order guaranteeing a completely unique piece!

Ann Butler launches her new Organize This! report series. Getting organized can be a major production for some and as easy as putting things away for others.

Pat Sloan drops by with her FabChat report focusing on what’s new in the fabric world.

Jennifer Blevins reports on the Steampunk trend.

Candace Liccione reports on the benefits of mineral rich sea salts and shares the cutest mosaic Bath Jars for Mom.

Tune in Sunday April 25th at 7 pm Eastern for creative craft-chat on FaveCrafts Radio!

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A.C. Moore In-Store Make ‘n Take


I had the great pleasure to go to the A.C. Moore store in Greenville, NC yesterday on behalf of Aleene’s Tacky Glue/iLovetoCreate. OMG!! What fun I had sharing the vintage Aleene’s Forged Foil technique with the shopping customers. They were HUNGRY to learn new crafting techniques and jumped at the chance to sit down and craft hands-on. And when there were not more chairs available they stood! They kept saying “I’ve never seen anything like this! This is so much fun!” “This gives me so many ideas!”

So what does this tell me? We MUST, MUST, MUST get the craft consumer engaged in face-to-face crafting. When I quizzed them about this project being available on-line, they asked “How would I know what to find?” “I wouldn’t even know where to look, what to call it or if I would like it!”

Again – what does this tell me??? What I’ve known all along! That we must get back to the basics of teaching face-to-face and encouraging and support them every step of the process. There is nothing better than seeing the excitement of young and old when they have crafted for the first time or the 1,000th time!

I also saw that teens and tweens are hungry to craft.  The teens were eager to sit down and craft with their mothers or grandmothers. Unfortunately, the tweens seemed to be kept on a tight schedule because time and time again when I invited them to sit down and craft, their mother’s consistently said they didn’t have enough time. Interesting! I also asked everyone I could if this was the first visit to this store (this A.C. Moore in Greenville, NC had just opened a few weeks ago). Several said it was their first time to this new store but I was pleased to hear how many were back for their 2nd and 3rd visits.

Also, we must educate the store staff. For many of them, “crafts” were new to them, having just been hired from other industries including food and clothing retail. One of the front-end supervisors had managed a scrapbook store so she immediately saw the cross-over in wanting to use this cool technique on her scrapbooking pages.  This staff took their breaks to come and sit down and craft and they were so excited.  For those staff who could not sit down, I left supplies so that their co-workers could teach them! Jamie (pictured to right) even came up with her own idea of what to foil – a box that she had been planning on to cover with gift-wrap paper!

So, I had the most wonderfully amazing day doing what I LOVE which is connecting face-to-face with the craft consumer!

It was awesome!

Thank you iLovetoCreate and Aleene’s Tacky Glue for making this possible!

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FaveCrafts Radio Giveaway – tonight!

Listen tonight and call in to win this cool Crafty Wave Spring Banner Kit by Donna Dewberry!

Just go to FaveCrafts Radio and listen to tonight’s show right from your computer!

There’s a great line-up of guests and reporters on tonight’s show including:

Donna Dewberry

Jo Packham

Nancy Soriano

Chasity Gordon

Brenda Pinnick

Jennifer Blevins

Maria Nerius!

If you miss tonight’s episode, just go to FaveCrafts Radio and click to listen to archived episodes or download from iTunes!

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FaveCrafts Radio – Sunday April 11, 2010

It’s another jam packed episode of FaveCrafts Radio this Sunday night. Hope you can join us! Listen live from your computer at 7 pm Eastern.

Donna Dewberry is best known for her One Stroke Painting program which she created at her dining room table. Plaid Enterprises found her about 17 years ago. Dewberry Crafts is an education company and One Stroke is now in over 47 countries and has over 7,000 One Stroke certified instructors. In this episode, Donna will talk about her One Stroke program, her family and what she sees as the future in painting.

Jo Packham is the creator and editor-in-chief of Where Women Create – Inspiring Workspaces of Extraordinary Women and co-founder of The Creative Connection Event in Minneapolis, MN September 16 – 18, 2010.  In this episode, Jo and co-founder Nancy Soriano will be talking about The Creative Connection Event in Minneapolis, the purpose of the event, the keynote speakers, the teachers, panelist, classes, panels, the HandMade market, the vendors and events taking place in the 3 days.

Chasity Gordon was born and raised in Georgia and has studied printmaking, bookmaking, ceramics, and performance/installation arts. She loves making things and designing projects that are fun to make, and easy to follow along. For her, making and using handmade things adds texture and depth to her life everyday. In this episode, Chasity will be talking about belle and burger, the place where she shares her creative life, presents tips for crafting and tutorials for projects.

FaveCrafts reporter Jennifer Blevins will be talking about the prom trend and Brenda Pinnick has us seeing green with this week’s color report.

Join us this Sunday night at 7 pm Eastern – FaveCrafts Radio! If you are busy with weekend happenings, you can listen to the archived podcast 24/7 or download it for free from iTunes.

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Fave Crafts Radio – Sunday March 28, 2010

Fave Crafts RadioI just love visiting with my creative friends! Tune in this  Sunday night to FaveCrafts Radio! Visit and chat with me and my creative friends! 7 pm Eastern.

Featured guests!

Laura Bray will be talking about Creative Nostalgia – taking everything that is good about the past and incorporating into today’s lifestyle.

Deborah Wiener – author of Slob Proof! Real-Live Design Solutions will be sharing interior design tips and tricks and solutions to home decorating that you may have never thought of.

Becca Dulgarian will be talking about how to develop a creative process that will inspired, motivate and keep you on track when it comes to reaching your creative goals.

Maria Nerius – FaveCrafts.com Craft Expert will be talking about how to repurpose medicine bottles.

Candace Liccione – FaveCrafts Radio reporter will be talking about how to dye Easter Eggs naturally.

Jennifer Blevins – FaveCrafts Radio trend reporter will be talking about the patchwork trend.

Listen from your computer Sunday night March 28, 2010 at 7 pm Eastern.

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Celebrating National Craft Month – finally!


Remember last week when I was blatantly bumped from my on-air gig to promote National Craft Month. Well, today was my reschedule day and I had my 2-minutes of National Craft Month fame :)  Yes, of course I think that crafts should be getting more than 2-minutes but heck with practically NO crafts on TV these days, we’ll take every 2-minutes we can get!

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