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Decorative Jar August 4, 2014


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We had a very special bachelorette party to attend for a very special dear friend. Rather than giving her a useless gag gift, we wanted to give her something she could actually use. (Don’t get us wrong – we are ALL about gag gifts, we just wanted to do something a little more special this time). That’s how this craft came about.

 

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We gave her a suggestion with the gift – we mentioned she could keep her wedding jewelry in the jar.

 

 

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You will need:

  • Jar with lid – porcelain, ceramic, glass, wood, metal, etc. (We found our jar at an estate sale. It was an older porcelain piece. We knew the previous owner, she would have loved the idea of this going to a future bride.)
  • E-6000 Adhesive
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Wax paper
  • Tweezers
  • Beads (we purchased a string of beads at a sale – they were imitation pearls)
  • Bowl to place pearls in
  • Vintage broach (we found our broach in a free box at a garage sale, the clasp was broken)

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1. Prepping for the project – Wipe down the surface of your lid with a dry cloth. Place pearls into bowl (if pearls are on a string, separate them from string). Squirt a dollop of E-6000 onto a smaller piece of wax paper. Be sure to cover your work surface area.

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2. With a popsicle stick, apply adhesive to top of lid. Lay pearls onto the adhesive – tweezers and another, clean, popsicle stick will come in handy when positioning the pearls. Pearls may need to be held in place a while to allow the adhesive to take hold. Depending on the curvature of the lid, the pearls may have a tendency to slip around a bit, so be sure to check on the pearl placement periodically. Adhesive will start to set within 10-20 minutes, so you DO have SOME time to move the pearls back into their places before the adhesive fully sets. Cover entire lid with pearls. We found it best to work in rows. Allow adhesive to set overnight.

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3. Attach a few pearls to the back of the broach (we attached 4, 1 in each corner) – this gave us a good base so we could attach the pearls onto the lid of the jar.

Allow to fully dry.

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Don’t limit yourself to just pearls – decorative beads, rhinestones, sequins, etc would work well too.

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February Craft Class – Valentine String Art January 26, 2014

We have a craft planned for our February session that you’ll just love! String art is making a come-back and boy do we have some amazing tips and tricks in helping you create the most wonderful Valentine treat. Crafters will have the opportunity to choose from 2 Valentine themed designs: Love & Heart-N-Home. OR if you’d rather have a more traditional layout, you can choose a Monogram in either Script or Traditional type font.

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If you have a hair dryer, hammer & needle-nose pliers bring ‘em. We’ll have some available, BUT depending upon how many crafters we have sign up . . . well . . . if you have your own, you won’t have to share and/or wait to get craftin’.

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If the complexity of the class concerns you, don’t worry. We had our kids try it out first and they soared! Peek at the photo, that’s why it’s best to bring your own hammer and pliers. The pliers will save your fingers!

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Craft class is Sunday, February 2nd (Yes, we ARE aware that’s Super Bowl Sunday. You’ll be done before the game starts.)
1:00pm – 4:00pm (*NOTE time difference. We needed a little more time with this craft.)
Class will be held at Brandon Elementary Art Room, (Martin Public School) 1619 University Street; Martin, Michigan 49070.

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To register, send us an email at: craftredo@aol.com

When you register we need to know:
Your background paint color,
Thread color,
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1 design choice:
Love,
Heart-N-Home,
Monogram letter (Be sure to let us know which letter and which type font: Script or Traditional, you would like to use.) If you DO choose the Monogram style, we suggest picking the Traditional style. The Script is a little more advanced. AFTER attending the class you’ll feel confident to tackle the Script.

When selecting your background color and thread color, we suggest choosing contrasting colors. We found that dark backgrounds with light thread work best.

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Register by Thursday, January 30th.

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Cost for the session is $20 per person. Please bring payment to the craft class. All supplies will be provided by Katie and Korene.

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Feel free to bring your own treats and drinks. No alcoholic beverages, please.

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We ask that we keep the session for adults only (no kids please). Teens 13 and up are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by a paid adult. Feel free to invite friends.

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Here’s a link for the directions to the school: http://www.martinpublicschools.org/schools/brandonel/directions

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Enter through the main entrance on the West side of the building (Elementary entrance). Please park in the parking lot – NOT the loop or the student drop off area. Please arrive around or before 1:00, we will be locking the exterior doors (for our safety) a little bit after 1:00.

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Don’t forget: There will be a table set out if you would like to display a flyer/brochure of what YOU do. Are you an exercise instructor, product consultant, the head of an organization? Bring a brochure or flyer to display on the table.

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After the craft session, you’ll have the knowledge and skill to create layouts like these:

This is a really fun craft. Hope to see you Sunday!

 

October Craft Class – Tiered Serving Tower October 8, 2013

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Ever wanted to turn those china dishes in your cabinet into something you may ACTUALLY use, but didn’t dare repurpose your grandmother’s coveted china? Well . . . don’t worry, we bought somebody else’s grandmother’s china for you to use during this craft session.

These Serving Towers will be an amazing center piece to your Holiday feast, a fantastically thought-provoking hostess gift or a useful teacher appreciation gift. Many different materials will be offered to choose from: vintage china, glass platters, aluminum serving trays, and more. We will also incorporate a secret repurposed how-to craft that will make gift giving fun, easy and recycle-e this Holiday Season.

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Craft class is THIS Sunday, October 13th
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Brandon Elementary Art Room (Martin Public School) 1619 University Street; Martin, Michigan 49070.

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Register no later than THIS Friday 4:00pm, October 11th (we will be shopping for supplies on Saturday).

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To register, send us an email at: craftredo@aol.comPLATTER 2

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Cost for the session is $20 per person. Please bring payment to the craft class. All supplies will be provided by Katie and Korene.

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Feel free to bring your own treats and drinks. No alcoholic beverages, please.

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We ask that we keep the session for adults only (no kids please). Teens 13 and up are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by a paid adult. Feel free to invite friends.

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Here’s a link for the directions to the school: http://www.martinpublicschools.org/schools/brandonel/directions

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Enter through the main entrance on the West side of the building (Elementary entrance). Please park in the parking lot – NOT the loop or the student drop off area. Please arrive around or before 2:00, we will be locking the exterior doors (for our safety) a little bit after 2:00.

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Don’t forget: There will be a table set out if you would like to display a flyer/brochure of what you do. Are you an exercise instructor, product consultant, the head of an organization? Bring a brochure or flyer to display on the table.

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September Craft Class – Fall Burlap Board w/ Burlap Flower Embellishments September 24, 2013

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Crafters will learn many new and exciting techniques during the session. Techniques include:

  • Rustic crackle paint technique (using a household item that most everyone has on hand)
  • Transferring letters onto burlap
  • Creating burlap flowers (they are amazingly fun to make)

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Craft class is THIS Sunday, September 29th
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Brandon Elementary Art Room (Martin Public School) 1619 University Street; Martin, Michigan 49070.

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Register no later than Thursday night, September 26th (we will be shopping for supplies on Friday).

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To register, send us an email at: craftredo@aol.com

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Cost for the session is $20 per person. Please bring payment to the craft class. All supplies will be provided by Katie and Korene.GLAM FLOWERS 012

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Feel free to bring your own treats and drinks. No alcoholic beverages, please.

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We ask that we keep the session for adults only (no kids please). Teens 13 and up are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by a paid adult. Feel free to invite friends.

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Here’s a link for the directions to the school: http://www.martinpublicschools.org/schools/brandonel/directions

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Enter through the main entrance on the West side of the building (Elementary entrance). Please park in the parking lot – NOT the loop or the student drop off area. Please arrive around or before 2:00, we will be locking the exterior doors (for our safety) a little bit after 2:00.

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Don’t forget: There will be a table set out if you would like to display a flyer/brochure of what you do. Are you an exercise instructor, product consultant, the head of an organization? Bring a brochure or flyer to display on the table.

 

Concrete Letter With Stamped Washer Embellishment August 20, 2013

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What are 2 creative gals encouraged to do with an upcoming summer jam-packed with 8 graduation parties, 4 showers and 2 weddings? Well . . . they get craftin’, cement V jute of course!

We really wanted to ensure our gifts were hand-crafted and heartfelt since each recipient is so dear to us.

We bounced around the idea of personalization, it appears to be the trend currently – monograms, items with names, etc. Here’s what we came up with for 2 of the wedding shower gifts.

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You will need:

  • Discarded cereal or cracker/snack boxes
  • Cutting materials – scissors, Exacto knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Various tapes – blue painter’s tape and duct tape
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Computer print out of a letter (we recommend staying within the size of an 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper)
  • Pen
  • Quick-setting cement (There’s 2 quick-setting formulas that we have used and they come in different colored bags. The red bag: http://www.quikrete.com/ProductLines/FastSettingConcreteMix.asp is a quicker setting formula. The mix tends to be creamier (when water is added) and the end product appears to be smoother. The yellow bag: http://www.quikrete.com/ProductLines/ConcreteMix.asp sets quick as well, but not as quick as the red bag. The mix is more chunky/rocky (when water is added) and the end product, when not tapped enough, can offer a more rustic look by producing a honey-comb effect.)
  • Discarded container, mixing device & larger spoon (we used a plastic ice cream bucket, paint stirrer & serving spoon from a project that had gone all wrong)
  • Measuring cup (Please dedicate measuring cup to craft projects. After using measuring cup, do NOT use with foods/items that will be consumed by humans or animals!!!)
  • Water
  • Wire (We used a 1/16″ wire that was found in one of our garages. You could use a coat hanger too. Do some snoopin’, use what you have.)
  • Wire cutters (use safety glasses when cutting wire)
  • Corrugated cardboard

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The supply list and instructions for the Stamped Washer Embellishment can be found at our post ‘Stamped Washer Craft’:

http://craftredo.com/2013/07/10/stamped-washer-craft/

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Directions:

  1. Print out desired letter from computer (On the computer, you may need to adjust the horizontal scale of the letter to achieve desired letter form.) Flip paper over, with a pencil color on the backside of the paper where the imprint of the letter appears. It may help to tape paper onto a window so you can see the letter shape.
  2. Flip paper back over (to the front) and tape onto inside (brown) side of the box. With the letter, you will be working in reverse. So when you face the bottom of the finished mold towards you, the letter will look correct. Trace over letter with a sturdy pen. When paper is lifted, you will see the letter imprinted onto box. Cut out letter.
  3. Trim out 1″ long strips from box. The strips will be used for the walls of the mold.
  4. Flip letter over so the printed side of the box will be the insides of the mold. We found that the printed side of the box is coated which slows down the process of water seeping into the cardboard mold. With duct tape, attach the 1″ strips onto the sides of the letter (make sure printed side of box will be on the inside of the mold). Be generous with the duct tape, seal all edges with it. It’s not gonna look pretty. You don’t want the cement to ooze out, so seal all areas. You have just created the mold for the cement.
  5. Mark 1/4″ and 1/2″ marks on a couple of the walls of the mold. This will help you monitor the amount of cement to pour into the mold.
  6. Grab the wire, bend it to fit the shape of the mold. Trim ends. (When pouring the concrete, you will lay the wire inside the mold. This will help bond the concrete together, making the piece more sturdy. (Korene’s husband was a concrete foreman, we had much help with this project. Thank you John. We will explain more later on)
  7. Mixing the quick-setting cement: We have a very odd ratio, 6 cups of Quikrete® to roughly 1 1/4 cups water filled 2 letter ‘B’s & 1 letter ‘S’. It’s very scientific, trust us (Ha! Ha!). You don’t want the mud (that’s lingo for ‘wet cement’) to be too wet or too dry. Our best explanation is it looks like oversized oatmeal (the kind you would get at a restaurant)?? Reference the photo in the slide show. Stir mixture in ice cream bucket, mixing with paint stirrer.
  8. Lay letter mold on corrugated cardboard – if you need to move the piece, you will have a means to pick it up and transport it. Use the larger spoon to gently ‘spoon in’ the cement. Pour enough cement to fill ONLY up to the 1/4″ mark. Lightly tap mold to get cement to fill-in all areas (shift the cardboard underneath). Gently lay in wire shape, do not push the wire shape down. Rest wire onto the cement. Continue to fill the mold with the remainder of concrete up to the 1/2″ mark (you will be pouring the remainder of the concrete on top of wire shape). Shift the cardboard underneath, this will help get out the air bubbles. We also gingerly raised up the cardboard (with letter on cardboard) and carefully dropped onto floor. Be extremely careful, you don’t want to be too rough (Don’t do this process too much). Try not to fill concrete past the 1/2″ mark – we noticed the molds started to warp and/or ‘blow out’. If edges start to bow out, back off on the concrete. Grab some boards and brace the mold if bowing starts. Allow concrete to set overnight.
  9. The next day, GENTLY remove cardboard (Be careful, we’ve busted many letters being too eager to rip off the cardboard). Letter may need to set out in order to fully cure. Do NOT lay in direct sunlight. This can cause the piece to dry too fast and crack. It’s best to allow the letter to dry slowly in a shaded area. Doing so will make the piece stronger.
  10. Decorate with jute string and washer embellishment.

Note: Hangers may be added during pouring process or after project has been fully cured. When you have poured the concrete to the 1/2″ mark, slightly insert hanger into the wet cement (you can use a mirror hanger or create your own hanger from wire). We’ve also attached hangers to the back of the piece after it has been fully cured with a cement caulk.

Another Note: You CAN use store bought paper mache letters for the mold, by trimming off one side of the letter. We wanted our craft to use repurposed materials and to create our own style of letters.

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August Craft Class – Concrete Letter w/ Stamped Washer Embellishment August 2, 2013

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Crafters will create a concrete letter and have the opportunity to create a stamped washer embellishment.

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Craft class is THURSDAY, August 15th (Note: DAY CHANGE, NOT SUNDAY)
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Brandon Elementary Art Room (Martin Public School) 1619 University Street; Martin, Michigan 49070. We are waiting for final approval on location (Korene turned in the paperwork late). Don’t foresee any problems, but wanted to give you a ‘heads up’ in case of location change.

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Register no later than Friday, August 9th. Email us 2 letters that you would like to use at: craftredo@aol.com by Friday, August 9th (IE: I would like to use the letters V & K). We will provide letter templates at the class (that’s why we need to know which letters you would like to use). Crafters will use the letter template to create a mold for the concrete. The mold will be constructed from cereal boxes! It’s amazing and . . . yes, using a material that is repurposed. Gotta love that!

If you happen to have a HAMMER, bring it. We will have some available to use. Please put your name on the hammer.

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To register, send us an email at: craftredo@aol.com

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Cost for the session is $20 per person. Please bring payment to the craft class. All supplies will be provided by Katie and Korene.

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Feel free to bring your own treats and drinks. No alcoholic beverages, please.

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We ask that we keep the session for adults only (no kids please). Teens 13 and up are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by a paid adult. Feel free to invite friends.

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Here’s a link for the directions to the school: http://www.martinpublicschools.org/schools/brandonel/directions

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Enter through the main entrance on the West side of the building (Elementary entrance). Please park in the parking lot – NOT the loop or the student drop off area. Please arrive around or before 6:00, we will be locking the exterior doors (for our safety) a little bit after 6:00.

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Don’t forget: There will be a table set out if you would like to display a flyer/brochure of what you do. Are you an exercise instructor, product consultant, the head of an organization? Bring a brochure or flyer to display on the table.

 

Stamped Washer Craft July 10, 2013

My husband had purchased a steel letter/number stamping set for me during one of our excursions to Harbor Freight. I had been dyin’ to try it out. Father’s Day was coming . . . I saw an opportunity.

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Our father’s do not need anything, not a THING – they continue to tell us that. So we focused on the ‘thought’ of the gift. We gave them a personalized flashlight, monster magnet and a heaping plate of home-made cookies (I’ll have to share this recipe later, it’s awesome).

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You will need:

  • Steel Letter/Number Stamping Set (We used the 1/8” set. Here’s the link for the stamping set from Harbor Freight: http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=stamping+set)
  • Hammer
  • Safety glasses
  • Cutting board or flexible cutting mat
  • Washers (For our project we used 3/8” & 1/2”. Helpful Hint: Buy a few extra washers, it may take a few tries before you get the hang of it.)
  • Permanent Sharpie marker
  • Baby wipes
  • Key ring flashlight (Purchased at dollar store)
  • Hard surface for pounding

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Directions for stamping onto washers:

  1. Place cutting board/mat onto hard surface. We used our garage concrete floor. The concrete is a hard enough surface to pound on, the cutting board/mat creates a stable surface that will, hopefully, keep the washers from moving around while you are pounding on them.
  2. With safety glasses on, position stamp onto washer, pound top of stamp with hammer. Pound super-duper hard. 8-10 pounds with the hammer worked well. I found it helpful to hold my fingers against the mat and stamp, towards the bottom, while pounding with the hammer. This appeared to minimize any bouncing with the stamp. You don’t want the stamp to move at all.
  3. Wipe surface of the washer with a baby wipe. Color in letters with the Sharpie marker. Do about 3-4 letters at a time, making sure to fill in all the parts of each letter. Wipe surface with baby wipe. If you are having a hard time not getting all of the marker off of the surface, try coloring over the surface area again with the marker and then quickly wiping with baby wipe.
  4. Attach washers to key ring flashlight.

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This project can be used in many other ways. Use it as an embellishment onto of a package or an added highlight to a hand-made gift.

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Here are the monster magnets.

My mom and I made these when I was a kid (that was when wheels were square, according to my children). I totally forgot about these monster magnets until I came across them on Pinterest, old crafts never die.

We saved plastic bread tags, glued on googly eyes, embellished with glitter glue. Allowed to fully dry, flipped them over and attached magnet strips to the backs.

The grandpas really got a kick out of ‘em.

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