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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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March Craft Session March 16, 2013

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Custom-Colored Chalkboard Paint

Katie and Korene will show crafters how to create their very own custom-colored chalkboard paint. Crafters will also have the opportunity to use the paint on 4 surfaces (provided by Katie & Korene): wood, metal, glass, cardboard.

Sunday, March 24th
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Brandon Elementary Art Room (Martin Public School) 1619 University Street; Martin, Michigan 49070
Register no later than Thursday, March 21st.
To register, send us an email at: craftredo@aol.com
Cost for the session is $20 per person. Please bring payment to the craft class. All supplies will be provided by Katie and Korene.

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

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.

If you happen to have a hair dryer, bring it. We will have some available to use – but if you can bring your own dryer, feel free to do so.

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

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, writer of a magazine, the head of an organization? Bring a brochure or flyer to display on the table.

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Capturing Winter – Framed Ice Skates January 5, 2013

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Frames are a great, inexpensive way to showcase just about any item. Any time we are shopping at a resale shop, Goodwill®/Salvation Army® or garage sale our sights are always on the look out for unique picture frames. We prefer frames with bold details and solid construction. So when you’re out and about, keep your eyes peeled for picture frames. Now, grab a can of paint and let’s get going.

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You will need:

  • Frame
  • Set of ice skates (check garage sales, resale shops, Goodwill/Salvation Army, your own basement or garage)
  • Ribbon – a wider ribbon (for main bow) and a coordinating smaller width ribbon (small enough to go through eyelets of skates, this ribbon will replace the shoestrings from the skates)
  • Spray paint
  • Drill
  • Screw and a washer
  • Drop cloth
  • Wood block scraps (optional)
  • Screw eyes and wire (for hanging)
  • Wiping cloth (discarded washcloth, T-shirt, sock, etc)

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Directions:

  1. Take shoestrings out of skates, save shoestrings for later.
  2. Remove glass and backing materials from frame. Lightly sand frame. Wipe down frame and skates with a cloth, making sure dirt and dust have been removed.
  3. Lay down drop cloth. At this point, lay down wooden blocks (optional). We use wooden blocks to prop up items when spray painting. Doing so, makes it a bit easier to get full coverage of the items you’re painting.
  4. Spray paint frame and skates (both sides). Allow to fully dry. Apply another coat. Allow to fully dry.
  5. Lace up skates with the smaller ribbon. Use the original shoestrings to measure the length of the ribbon you’ll need. Twist ribbon so the front design of the ribbon shows. If you’re having trouble with the ribbon fitting through the eyelets, wrap the ends of the ribbon with tape.
  6. Attach skates onto the back of the frame by screwing a screw (and a washer) through both sets of ribbon. Puncture a pilot hole through the ribbon first (use a utility knife or nail). With the drill, carefully screw the screw through the ribbon first and then onto the back of the frame. You’ll need a partner to help hold the ribbon while the other person screws the screw through the ribbon. Go very slow with the drill. (Here’s the placement of items: Washer first, put the screw through the hole of the washer, screw the ribbon on, then attach entire group onto the back of the frame)
  7. To hang the piece, we attached screw eyes onto the back of the frame. Attach screw eyes on each side of the back of the frame, about 1/4 of the way from the top. String wire through a screw eye, wrap wire around itself to attach to screw eye. Pull wire through other screw eye, holding up piece to see if more or less wire is needed, wrap wire around itself, trim excess wire. You will be able to hang the piece from this wire with a sturdy wreath hanger.
  8. Attach bow with wire (or hot glue or your favorite adhesive). Wrap the wire around the frame, twisting the wire together at the back of the frame for a secure hold.

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How to make a bow:
Our friend Tammy showed us how to make the beautiful bow. We used a spool of ribbon that was 9 feet long and it was just enough.

  1. Unroll ribbon. Leave a ‘tail’ that’s about 14 inches long, this will be the ribbon end that hangs down.
  2. Fold ribbon back and forth onto itself, making a figure eight shape (check out the pictures, you’ll get a better idea of what’s going on here). Do this four times so you’ll have 4 soon-to-be bows on each side. Our bows measured roughly 8 inches across the entire figure eight shape.
  3. Hold ribbon together temporarily with a paper clip.
  4. With floral wire, wrap wire around the center of the ribbon and twist to secure. Remove paper clip when wire is securely attached.
  5. For the center of the bow, do one loop to one of the sides and attach it to the main ribbon with the wire. Our center measured roughly about 2 inches across.
  6. Twist wire on the back of the bow so it’s all secure.
  7. Spread out the bows. You may need to turn some of the bows right-side-out.
  8. Trim ends of the ribbon at an angle.

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Get bold and unique with your color choices.

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Crafter’s Note: We recommend placing the framed skates in an area that will not have a lot of movement. A door that doesn’t get opened, a wall, etc. Definitely do NOT hang them over a window. The skates are quite heavy. We also recommend to keep the piece in an area that may be protected by the elements. Rain, snow and extreme cold may cause the paint on the skates to peel or crack. The skates are usually made out of leather and the leather may expand/contract due to the temperature change. My skates are hanging inside the house, in our foyer over a closet door (with a very heavy wreath hook). Also, do not hang the piece over an area where children play. Again, the skates are extremely heavy and there always is a possibility of the piece falling. Use thoughtful judgment when hanging your skates.

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Halloween Themed Books September 9, 2012

I think I have a ‘craft crush’ on Mod Podge® Dimensional Magic™! It adds dimension to a craft project, dries clear and I found out that glitter really adheres to it (I used it on the spider book). Check it out at: www.plaidonline.com/mod-podge-dimensional-magic

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You will need:

  • Discarded hardcover books (check resale shops, Goodwill®/Salvation Army®, garage sales, your local library may have a book sale area, check your book shelves at home)
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Toothbrush
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencil
  • White Painters Pen (Elmer’s® makes a nice one)
  • Black glitter
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (of course)
  • Red scrapbooking embellishment (I had these little triangle-shaped acrylic pieces): stickers, rhinestones
  • E-6000 adhesive
  • Wrapping paper or scrapbook paper
  • Regular Mod Podge
  • Letter stickers (I used white, glittery scrapbooking stickers)
  • Wax paper
  • File folder
  • Straight edge (metal ruler)
  • X-acto knife
  • Scissors

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Here’s the directions for the spider book:

  1. Cover your work surface with wax paper. Paint books black. I did 2 coats. Be sure to paint the sides of the cover and the areas that carry over onto the inside of the book. Allow to fully dry.
  2. To add a weathered look to the outside pages: Slightly dip the toothbrush into black paint. Hold the toothbrush up to the pages and run your thumb across the toothbrush’s bristles, so the paint splatters against the sides of the pages. Also run the toothbrush across the corners, darkening them up a bit. This makes the book look like it’s been used a lot.
  3. I had a scrapbooking spider cut-out that I traced onto the book (in pencil) and then with a ruler I free-handed the spider web. You can also research the internet for images. Print off the image to the appropriate size, color the backside of the image with pencil, turn paper over and place the paper image onto the book. Trace over entire image, be sure not to move the paper. Lift up the paper, when done, and you will be able to see a light pencil marking of the image.
  4. With the white Painters Pen, I drew the web (be sure to NOT draw over the areas where the spider will go).
  5. Here’s the fun part. Fill in the spider with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. Try using it on a scrap piece of paper first (just a few strokes) then you can get a feel for how it will come out of the tube. Sprinkle glitter over the Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. Let it set for about 5 minutes, gently tap off the excess glitter onto the file folder. Fold file folder and pour remaining glitter back into container. Allow to fully dry. Note: When working with the glitter, it MAY be best to allow Dimensional Magic to dry for the allotted 3 hours before tapping off excess glitter. The image may move or slide. I couldn’t wait to see how it turned out.
  6. Now, with my embellishments (triangle-shaped acrylic pieces) I had to paint the backs of them white due to the fact that when I laid them onto the spider, they practically disappeared. When you choose your embellishment, make sure it has either a silver or white backing so it will show up when it’s placed on your piece. Attach embellishment with E-6000 adhesive.
  7. Don’t forget to decorate the spine of the book by adding a spooky title.

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Directions for the green and black book:

  1. Cover your work surface with wax paper. Paint books black. I did 2 coats. Be sure to paint the sides of the cover and the areas that carry over onto the inside of the book. Allow to fully dry.
  2. To add a weathered look to the outside pages: Slightly dip the toothbrush into black paint. Hold the toothbrush up to the pages and run your thumb across the toothbrush’s bristles, so the paint splatters against the sides of the pages. Also run the toothbrush across the corners, darkening them up a bit.
  3. Trim out your paper to be a bit bigger than your book (you’ll need the excess to wrap around the book).
  4. Apply regular Mod Podge to the areas that the paper will cover. Adhere paper to Mod Podge, wrapping it around the cover and onto the inside cover. Gently smooth out bubbles.
  5. On the inside covers, trim paper (using a straight edge and a ruler). I trimmed mine at 1/2″, just make sure you allow enough paper to wrap around the sides and onto the inside of the cover. Snip the corners, fold over and adhere with Mod Podge.
  6. Add a bewitching title to the spine with scrapbooking letters.

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Enjoy your ‘spooktacular creations’.

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A Spoon Full Of Sweet Sentiments July 19, 2012

A grade-school friend of ours was having a bridal shower. Katie mentioned we should come up with a craft to give her. We brainstormed and came up with a collage magnet spoon. We went through magazines to find words that spelled out the date of the wedding, embellished the spoon with scrapbooking elements and added magnets to the back.

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You will need:

  • Older spoon (check garage sales, resale shops, Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc)
  • Pour-on, 2-part epoxy (We used Parks Super Glaze Pour-On Finish & Preservative. Purchased at Home Depot: www.homedepot.com this will last you a looooong time. We’ve been trying to come up with craft projects that would entail this product. Follow the manufacturers instructions, carefully. We do have 2 tips – measure EXACTLY and stir, stir, stir. When measuring, we use 2 of the exact same measuring containers. Medicine cups work well, just be sure they are the exact same style. Setting them next to eachother when pouring the 2 solutions, can ensure that you will have exact measurements. Also when you mix the 2 solutions together, be sure to scrape all sides and bottom of the container when stirring.)
  • 2 medicine cups (for the epoxy – the epoxy will ruin your containers, so use something that you’re alright with discarding after the project)
  • Mixing container (for the epoxy)
  • Gloves (when mixing the epoxy)
  • Timer (mixing the epoxy)
  • Craft stick (mixing epoxy)
  • Wax paper
  • Discarded magazines
  • Sharp scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Magnets (we used button style magnets)
  • E-6000 adhesive
  • Safety pin or toothpick (pop bubbles in epoxy)
  • Scrapbooking embellishments
  • Scrapbooking mounting squares
  • Mod Podge (optional)

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  1. Cover work surface with wax paper. Go through magazines to find the words you’re looking for. We wanted the piece to have a ransom note-style. Trim out words, adhere them to the bowl of the spoon with scrapbooking mounting squares. We used tweezers to help with placement. Add scrapbooking embellishments. We had adhesive pearls that were gray and light blue. At this point you could paint the piece with Mod Podge (allow to fully dry before adding epoxy). We opted out of this step. We wanted a more rustic look. The epoxy got under the edges of the words, adding to the rustic feel of the piece.
  2. Prop up spoon so the bowl is level. We propped up the handle with the button magnets.
  3. Following manufacturer’s instructions, mix up the 2-part epoxy and pour into bowl of spoon. Be careful NOT to over fill the spoon. Bubbles will appear in the epoxy, this is the cool part, blow over the epoxy with a heavy breath. You will notice the bubbles will begin to disappear. Repeat this process, until all the bubbles are gone. A toothpick or safety pin can come in handy to help get rid of the bubbles as well.
  4. Let epoxy fully dry.
  5. Attach button magnets to the underside of the bowl and handle of the spoon. Making sure the magnets are level so they both will adhere to the magnetic surface.

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A birthday spoon would be a neat gift to give. The word ‘day’ is hard to find. ‘Birth’ is even harder, so opt for the letter ‘B’ – ‘Happy B Day’.

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Garage Sale Tip #1

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Bartering is an important part of garage sale-ing. Here’s one of our best garage sale tips that will help you score great deals.

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Place one-dollar bills in your left front pocket (about $6 worth, divide it into 2 bunches – a $4 bunch and the other bunch will have $2), in your right front pocket have 2 five-dollar bills (separated, don’t put them in a bunch together), back left pocket ten-dollar bill, back right pocket twenty-dollar bill . . . . that way when you are bartering on an item, you can reach in your pocket (grabbing your bunch of four ones) and say ‘All I have is $4, would you take $4?’. Or grab your $10 from your left back pocket and your $2 bunch from your front pocket and state, ‘All I have is $12, would you take $12?’ It sounds funny, but it works.

 

The Essential White Envelope June 30, 2012

If you’re a parent with school-aged kids, one of the items on your “back to school list” will be white envelopes. Every week these envelopes travel to school containing items such as money for popcorn, Scholastic® book order forms, lunch money, notes to the teacher, etc. Your vital contents will arrive to school in one of these amazing little messengers of white paper (ONLY if your child remembers to give it to the teacher).

One summer day I was trying to figure out an activity for the kids and I to do. Earlier that morning we had hit the mother load of all garage sales . . . a retired grade school teacher was having a sale. We stocked up on games, over-sized books, flash cards, holiday decorations, window decals and the best prize of all, BUG STAMPS. No boy can resist, bug stamps. As soon as we got home I put those bug stamps to work. Along with ink pads and white envelopes, I came up with an extremely easy project. The kids wanted no part of this act, at first. Then, slowly I sucked them into doing all the work (boo-haaa-haaa-haaaaaa). No, actually we had some really wonderful conversations during this project. And I was given the opportunity to sit back, watch what they came up with and listen to how funny they are. Next school year when I am in my morning hustle, grabbing one of those envelopes – I’ll stop and think of the fun day we had stamping and just simply talking with each other.

You will need:

  • White envelopes
  • Stamps
  • Ink pads
  • Optional: colored pencils, markers, paints

This is an easy one folks – grab some envelopes, ink up some stamps and go for it. We even enhanced our stamps by coloring them in with colored pencils. If you’re feeling really creative, don’t forget to stamp images on the back as well.

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