Monday, January 25, 2010

Round Up of CHA SuperShow

My meanderings and highlights of the CHA Craft SuperShow in Anaheim.

Let me start off by saying it is nice to go to a show that is less then ten miles from your home. And that was actually pretty easy to get into and around!

It was a great Retail show, that is if you are a Scrapbooker.. Which I do respect an all that jazz, but come on says CRAFT, not Scrapbooking SuperShow!!! Seems as though the show was geared toward Mommy Scrappers....

For me personally my biggest find and thrill was the Clover booth (Japanese Based Needle Arts Company) and was blessed to show up at the exact time that the Clover Reps told me about Michael's Craft Store doing a Demo class a few isles away for the new Clover Flower Loom called: Hana-Ami (ok it is the 1970's Flower Loom updated) and they were giving it away with the class! Barbara and I waited patiently to get a seat and did!
*It is not going to be released till May to retail stores.*
I have been wanting the Hana-Ami ever since I found it on the Clover site, and to see it and use it and get it for free was incredible! What a good Karma score! :) Thank you Universe!

*Clover is also coming out in May with a Pom Pom maker that creates Heart Shaped Pom Poms! *Meet Carol Duvall and got a photo with her. Also talked to her publicist about a interview they said yes!
*Found out Martha Stewart is coming out with a Embroidery Line of Products in the next three months!
*Crafters.org was there and the most subversive Indie Crafter group there, and they stuck out like a sore thumb, Tattoos and all. I overheard them saying they may have to cover them up next time..
*Joann's had a large make and take area, no retail but man were they doing the mini classes! How smart for them!
*Tall Mouse (Locale Craft Store) was there, and retailing, but not so much with any mini classes.
*Hancock Fabrics was there??? I mean I thought they were out of bizz. The Rep at their booth said they just closed a third of their stores.. Like that is small potatoes? They still have 300 though across the country and the nearest one here is in Redlands I think.. They did a big retail booth with lots of make and take, a bit crowded for my taste though...
*Not alot of giveaways, I imagine when things were going well for these companies the freebies were flowing and now they have had to tighten their belts, they also pull back on giveaways.. Unfortunately that is the time to do it!
When we first walked in Michaels and Joanns had nice bags they gave away to use for the show and beyond. Actually Michaels was very nice, heavy duty and looked like they were made for the show! I was suprised that Joanns didn't do the same, they were the green ones you can buy for 99cents and nothing special.
Found out about a few interesting new websites, one is spottedcanary.com
Their tag is Where ideas take flight. Worth a browse fa sure! A nice online community of support for Crafters who blog and do DIY's...
Overall I was happy to be at the SuperShow with my Mentor Barbara. She has been doing Needle Arts for over 60 years and to have her by my side was incredible! :-}
She knew her way to and fro the Convention Center and parking! She was a real trooper!
I may pop into the CHA Regular Show going on this week.... I have a article to write for Needles Magazine and a interview to go over....

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Choose the March Cover for Coastal Living!

I figure that most of us (yes even us in Cali) could use a bright Sunny Pick me up! And what better way then with one of my fav fav fav Magazines Coastal Living! It seems that they are offering readers and others the opportunity to vote for your favorite cover for March.. They are both Warm, Sunny and Beautiful Locations and will put you in a summery kinda mood! Just what most of us need who are w/o sunshine and warmth this week! Also check out the recipes, homes and more on their website!

Choose Our March 2010 Cover

We have such great cover options, and we can't pick just one! Help us by telling us which cover is your favorite!



Orange You Glad to BE Alive!



$16.00
Dharma Truths Bracelets

Chunky Orange DYED Turquoise bead:
Turquoise is a third chakra healing stone. Great for communication, speaking your truths, public speaking,acting, and thyroid support.
One Chunky Dyed Orange Turquoise bead is surrounded
by hand carved detailed beautiful wood flower 16mm Bali beads.These beads have a fragrant smell of Nag Champa Incense, YUM!! 8 Inch on stretchy cord.


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Good Enuff to Eat (Almost!)



$16.00
Dharma Truths Bracelets
Chunky DYED Apple Green Turquoise bead:
Turquoise is a third chakra healing stone. Great for communication, speaking your truths, public speaking,acting, and thyroid support.
A nice Chunky Dyed Apple Green Turquoise bead is surrounded by by hand carved detailed beautiful wood flower 16mm Bali beads.These beads have a fragrant smell of Nag Champa Incense, YUM!! 8 Inch on stretchy cord.


Lotus in the Mud.com offers elegant and simplistic hand carved detailed beautiful wood flower 16mm Bali beads and semiprecious gemstone bracelets.



Red Ruby Love Bracelet!



$16.00
Dharma Truths Bracelets

Ruby Red Jasper bead:
A Ruby Red Jasper smooth gemstone bead is offset and surrounded by hand carved sandalwood tibetan prayer beads repurposed from tibetan malas. 8 Inch on stretchy cord.


Lotus in the Mud.com offers elegant and simplistic sandalwood and semiprecious gemstone bracelets made Using repurposed
hand carved sandalwood Tibetan prayer malas. Each prayer bead has a Buddha or “Fo” Chinese symbol for Buddha.
Each Lotus in the Mud.com bracelet is made from Tibetan prayer malas(also known as a Japa Mala) specially imported from Asia. Each mala is unique in its own right resulting in a one-of-a-kind flavor for each and every bracelet.



Sunbrise Jasper Bliss!



$18.00
Dharma Truths Bracelets

Sunrise Jasper bead:
Round Sunrise Jasper smooth gemstone bead is surrounded by hand carved detailed beautiful wood flower 16mm Bali beads.These beads have a fragrant smell of Nag Champa Incense, YUM!! 8 Inch on stretchy cord.


Lotus in the Mud.com offers elegant and simplistic hand carved detailed beautiful wood flower 16mm Bali beads and semiprecious gemstone bracelets.



Seas of Blue Recycled Glass Beauty!



$18.00
Smooth Recycled Blue Beach Glass
Looks like Sea Glass you would find on the beach, if you were there after a storm that is!
This is a very healing colour and the smooth and matte finish of the Blue Recycled Glass bead is fantastic! Feels like silk, and is healing to throat, thryoid (the colour blue)
The beads are surrounded by hand carved sandalwood tibetan prayer beads repurposed from tibetan malas. 8 Inch on stretchy cord. Each one of beautiful, simple and great to wear daily for that reminder of your truths, and speaking your truth


Lotus in the Mud.com offers elegant and simplistic sandalwood and semiprecious gemstone bracelets made Using repurposed
hand carved sandalwood Tibetan prayer malas. Each prayer bead has a Buddha or “Fo” Chinese symbol for Buddha.
Each Lotus in the Mud.com bracelet is made from Tibetan prayer malas(also known as a Japa Mala) specially imported from Asia. Each mala is unique in its own right resulting in a one-of-a-kind flavor for each and every bracelet.



Mango Heart Braclet for Valentines Day Bliss!



$16.00
Dharma Truths Bracelets

Mango Turquoise heart bead:
Turquoise is a third chakra healing stone. Great for communication, speaking your truths, public speaking,acting, and thyroid support.
Heart Shaped Mango Turquoise smooth gemstone bead is surrounded by hand carved sandalwood tibetan prayer beads repurposed from tibetan malas. 8 Inch on stretchy cord. Each one of beautiful, simple and great to wear daily for that reminder of your truths, and speaking your truth
The mango colour is wonderful for creativity, learning to let go, and the mango colour connects with the sacral chakra.


Lotus in the Mud.com offers elegant and simplistic sandalwood and semiprecious gemstone bracelets made Using repurposed
hand carved sandalwood Tibetan prayer malas. Each prayer bead has a Buddha or “Fo” Chinese symbol for Buddha.
Each Lotus in the Mud.com bracelet is made from Tibetan prayer malas(also known as a Japa Mala) specially imported from Asia. Each mala is unique in its own right resulting in a one-of-a-kind flavor for each and every bracelet.



Beautiful Lavender Jasper Bracelet



$16.00
Lavender Jasper Bead
Jasper is said to be both invigorating and stabilizing, bringing stillness to a troubled mind
One distinctly different small oblong lavender Jasper Bead is surrounded by hand carved sandalwood tibetan prayer beads repurposed from tibetan malas.This bead has a fragrant smell of Nag Champa Incense, YUM!! 7 Inch on stretchy cord. Each one of beautiful, simple and great to wear daily for that reminder of your truths, and speaking your truth
The Lavender colour is wonderful for connecting to the infinite, and beyond. Lavender is a Crown Chakra Colour.


Lotus in the Mud.com offers elegant and simplistic sandalwood and semiprecious gemstone bracelets made Using repurposed hand carved sandalwood Tibetan prayer malas. Each prayer bead has a Buddha or “Fo” Chinese symbol for Buddha.
Each Lotus in the Mud.com bracelet is made from Tibetan prayer malas(also known as a Japa Mala) specially imported from Asia. Each mala is unique in its own right resulting in a one-of-a-kind flavor for each and every bracelet.



Fossil Fire Agate Stone Bracelet



$16.00
Smooth Fossil Fire Agate Stone
Fossil Fire agate is a stone of courage, protection, and strength.
Fossil fire agate beads have a glowing rusty orange color with scattered veins. Rather than having the distinctive banded appearance of many agates, fossil fire agate has a “crackled” look. The web-like pattern of white crackles is created via heat treatment, and color enhancement produces the fiery oranges and reds. Some of the beads are translucent and seem to glow from with within. The Fossil fire agate is surrounded by hand carved detailed beautiful wood flower 16mm Bali beads.These beads have a fragrant smell of Nag Champa Incense, YUM!! 8 Inch on stretchy cord. Fossil Fire agate is associated primarily with the sacral and root chakras.


Lotus in the Mud.com offers elegant and simplistic hand carved detailed beautiful wood flower 16mm Bali beads and semiprecious gemstone bracelets.



Beautiful Healing Green Veins Agate Bracelet



$16.00
Green Veins Agate Bead
Green Veins agate beads has a “crackled” look. The web-like pattern of green crackles is created via heat treatment, and color enhancement produces the green and yellow colours. Some of the beads are translucent and seem to glow from with within. The Green Veins Agate bead is surrounded by hand carved detailed beautiful wood flower 16mm Bali beads.These beads have a fragrant smell of Nag Champa Incense, YUM!! 8 Inch on stretchy cord.


Lotus in the Mud.com offers elegant and simplistic hand carved detailed beautiful wood flower 16mm Bali beads and semiprecious gemstone bracelets.



Friday, January 15, 2010

Style School Project No. 1


Wrapped w Tarn, then surrounded by large handmade cotton pompoms. Twitter bird with clear overhead paper and recycled felt wing and heart buttons



Style School Binder Bliss


I found this kewl as can be Photo Album with the words Summer, Hot, Sizzle, etc. And in Turqouise, Hot Pink and Orange, my fav colours! I added Style School logo and more! The pictures are mostly from Martha Stewart Mags (got a huge amount of back issues from Freecycle!) and style mags from the past years. I love colour and all things bright!



Craft Hope for Haiti


If u create donate to this new Etsy Site. monies go to Doctors w/o
Borders. I will be adding some stuff later to donate. http://www.etsy.com/shop/crafthope




Wednesday, January 6, 2010

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