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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!

 

November Craft Class – Ribbon, Pallet Board Art November 9, 2013

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We’ll start your Thanksgiving week off right with an upcycled Holiday craft. Crafters will choose from 3 designs: heart, cross or star. Size of finished product will be roughly 9 1/2″ w x 11″h. What a great way to get ONE of your Holiday gifts off your shopping list.

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If you happen to have a drill, bring it (electric or cordless – if it’s cordless, the drill needs to be fully charged when you bring it to class). We will have some available to use – but if you can bring your own drill, feel free to do so.

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Craft class is Sunday, November 24th
2:00pm – 4:00pm
We are planning on holding the class at Brandon Elementary Art Room, (Martin Public School) 1619 University Street; Martin, Michigan 49070, but waiting for the final A-OK from the school. We’ll keep you updated.

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Register by Thursday, November 21st.

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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 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.

 

Patriotic Quote Sign – Praise And Coffee The Magazine July 10, 2013

 

Thank you Praise And Coffee for allowing us to feature an article in their magazine. Here’s the link: http://issuu.com/praiseandcoffee/docs/summer_2013/50?e=1741187%2F3985515

 

We love the distressed look. The more grungy, dirty, rusty, worn and faded an object is . . . the better. We have easy instructions for creating your very own rustic qu

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You will need:

  • Weathered wood roughly cut to the size you need (Our wood was from old skids. We had 2 different widths, 5 1/2” and 3 1/4”). Check out the post ‘Wood and Ribbon Cross Craft – Praise and Coffee the Magazine’ for tips on collecting weathered wood.
  • Brown paper bag
  • Acrylic paint – Do you happen to have 1/2 of a gallon of paint from when you decided to repaint your bedroom light blue or the living room taupe? Go grab that. Use what you have.
  • Sharpie markers or white paint pen (if you are using a light color for the background of the board you will need a dark colored Sharpie. If you will be using a darker color for your background (navy, black, red, etc) you will need to use the white paint pen)
  • Various tapes – For this project, we used blue tape and clear tape
  • Sand paper or sanding block (Various grits – You may find that light-weight grits work best)
  • Jute string
  • Screw eyes
  • Drill
  • Pencil
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Red or blue ink pen
  • Computer print out of quote

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Directions:

  1. Trim the weathered wood to desired size. Crinkle up brown paper bag, lightly ‘sand’ board with brown paper bag. (It may be a good idea to use protective gloves so you won’t get a sliver.) You want to get the dirt, debris and frayed wood off of the board, without losing the integrity of the weathered wood. By using the brown paper bag, it lightly sands and gets all the stray pieces of fibers off the board.
  2. Lightly paint one side of the board. Do not paint the surface entirely – Have the paint ‘feather out’ to the edges, exposing the weathered wood texture.
  3. Print out your favorite quote from your computer. Helpful tip: On your computer, create a file the size of your board, place type into the file, print it out as ‘tiles’. Tape printouts onto a window to help line up the type, tape printouts together. It’s A-O.K. if printouts overlap.
  4. To transfer words onto the board – Turn printout over and cover the backs of the letters with graphite from the pencil. Hold paper up to the light to make sure you are getting all the parts of the letters covered with graphite.
  5. Tape quote printout onto board with blue painter tape.
  6. Trace the outer edges of the letters with a blue or red pen. By using the blue or red pen, you will be able to see the areas you have traced and the areas you have not traced. When done tracing do NOT take paper totally off, leave it attached at the top. Carefully lift paper up to ensure you have transferred over all of the parts of the letters. You may need to place the paper  back down onto the board to trace areas you’ve missed. Helpful tip: If you are using a really dark background and are finding out that the graphite from the pencil is hard to see – Try using a colored white pencil or chalk instead of the graphite.
  7. With the Sharpie (or white paint pen) simply color in your letters. Yes, it’s THAT simple.
  8. Allow letters to fully dry. Letting the letters dry overnight is best, but usually we don’t have that type of patience so we get out the hair dryer.
  9. With a sanding block or sand paper, lightly sand the letters and background. It’s awesome to see. The board will start to ‘distress’ right before your eyes.
  10. Grab the drill and drill 2 holes on the top edge of the board – This is how you’ll hang the board. We drilled holes about 2-3 inches from each end. Screw in screw eyes. You may need to use a random nail to help twist in the screw eyes. Don’t screw in the eyes all the way, they may break. Be careful when drilling your holes and screwing in the eyes – We’ve ‘lost’ many bits and eyes, they break right off in the wood, if you’re not careful. If you’re using wood from a skid, it will more than likely be a hard wood which can cause the bits and eyes to break off if the items are forced into the wood. If that does happen, move over a bit and re-drill. It just adds to the character.
  11. Tie one end of the jute string to an eye. Leave about 2 inches of tail. We fray the ends of the tail, which adds to the distressed charm. Stretch out string to the other screw eye, tie-off (leaving a tail) & trim, fray tail.

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There you go! You’re a distressed board-making rock star!

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Photos from our ‘quote sign’ craft class session.

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Valentine Craft June 5, 2013

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The great thing about this craft is you can give the craft all year round. My youngest son gave it to his teacher for a Christmas present. His teacher currently still displays the heart board in her entryway.

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For a full ‘run down’ on how to craft this lovely project, reference:

Wood and Ribbon Cross Craft – Praise and Coffee the Magazine

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You’ll need to download the heart template:

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On the template you will notice black and gray dots. We generally use the black dots, if you are reducing or enlarging the project you may find a different dot works better for your project. We wanted to offer other solutions for dot placement.

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Here’s a slide show of the class.

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April Craft Class April 20, 2013

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Katie and Korene will show crafters how to create their very own custom rustic-looking quote sign.

Sunday, April 28th
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Brandon Elementary Art Room (Martin Public School) 1619 University Street; Martin, Michigan 49070

Register no later than Thursday, April 25th. Have a favorite quote you would like to use? Email quote to craftredo@aol.com by THURSDAY, APRIL 25th (keep quote to no more than 7 words). We will provide quotes to choose from if we don’t receive your quote by the 25th.

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. Please arrive around or before 2:00, we will be locking the exterior doors (for our safety) a little bit after 2:00.

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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Want to order a quote sign. Email us at craftredo@aol.com