Friday, February 29, 2008

This Year's Easter Theme-The Egg

OK-yes I am "The Plaidbunny"
So you would think I would theme Easter always with the bun, but I think this year it's going to be more about the egg.
What, no- which came first the bunny or the egg jokes???

Not that the egg hasn't always played a part in my Easter falderal, but the bunny generally was the focal point. Not that it is easy to tell what is an Easter decoration in my house vs. what's up year round. Let's just say you can't turn around in this house without spotting a bunny somewhere.
So today's egg is.....Golden!

So you too can make golden eggs too. Simply blow out the insides of some eggs and let dry.
I put a bit of glue to fill in the hole. Then I just gold leafed them as the package instructions said to.

And I guess I started this egg theme awhile back, here is a fun ATC embossed paper Egg Pocket project I did. It could be a fun invitation, hmm?

And since it's Flashback Friday I'll share with you a few pictures from a previous Easter Party, here at Casa de Canejo Diablo.

Please note the GIANT eggs on the lawn!!

And what were the girlies looking for? Eggs, well yes there are some of those traditional eggs hidden about, but the real prize, as stated in my "10 things no one else probably has done" Little bottles of alcohol!

The loot of one of the attendees her crafted Easter basket (the first activity of the day!)
What good eggs my friends are!

Monday, February 25, 2008

TVWeekly peeps at CHA

Here are a bunch of the peeps at CHA.

Here is Jami Petersen posing in front of the big screen with, oh who's that on the monitor? Why it's Jami Petersen!
Well you can never get too much of a good thing!
Forget the Oscars- Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero and her super funny and snarky(which I love!) hubbie with their award for best Tech Booth for Kaleidoscope Kreator 2.0 (or something like that) They can correct me in the comments section! had buttons made of some of the hosts and here Jeanie is showing off her mini Jeanie!
Here Judi, Rosie and I pose in the fabulous Judikins booth.
Here I am with Karen Thomas in the Yasutomo Booth. I haven't seen her in forever!!!! We need some paper folding-stat!

And I already posted the Fabulous Michael Strong demo-ing his great heart project on Valentines Day.

Tricia Morris from Club Scrap was there but she was moving so fast I couldn't get a picture of her!
But I do have this one from the last shoot, Sparkle and Shine:

I hope you all enjoy seeing all these crafty people doing there thing! I love working with them and learning so much. I am a very lucky girl!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Anticraft for Easter

I am on the Martha Stewart mailing list and yesterday's email remided all of us that it was 4 weeks till Easter. How ironic that it was sewing class day and I had penciled in a bit of "crafting for me" (as opposed to crafting for work) time.

When I get to do this, I often like to make something designed by someone else.
I have just scored the book:
Anticraft: Knitting, Beading and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister
from North Light Books and I was hot to make this:
The title of the project designed by Alice Merlino is Bad Egg. Yes, that is a decapitated bunny.

And yes, I seem to share her sense of humor because I just loved it so much I had to make it out of recycled sweaters, because that what I do here at Sweater Surgery!

The directions and patterns were great!

Be sure to pop on over the the Authors Renee Rigdon and Zabet Stewart's blog:

And thanks for giving a shout out to The CPi title in the back of the book:

Sewing 101: A beginner's guide to sewing

Monday, February 18, 2008

10 Things No one else has probably done

10 things probably no one else has done.

JAG posted her 10 things probably no one else had done, so then Dave did. Here is my list.

Like Dave, I worked in the Art Department on kids (and adult TV and film) so a lot of what I do that no one else has done has been....for work! And been paid to actually do it.

1. Glued Fruit Loops together in bowls for 4 days straight. One of my very first jobs was at a company that produced stop-motion animation. This was before a lot of CGI. The Fruit loops moved 32 times in a second to form the letters "A" , "B" and "C" as in the vitamins that were in the cereal.

2. Hauled a car full of lava rocks (the kind you use in a barbecue and large ones rented from a rental house) to the desert in Palm Springs in the middle of the summer where the wind turbines are and set them on fire with the pyro guys from the movie "Volcano" for a car commercial.

110 degree weather + gusting wind + fire + dumping big rocks = best time ever (NOT)

3. Made torches, wall sconces and spaceship stick shifts out of those accordion plungers from the Home Depot.

4. Showed people how to glue pom poms together into fun little monsters for 4 days straight.

And on this topic I will add an additional thing that I don't believe anyone else has done since it happened at the same event-CHA- The Craft and Hobby Association convention.

Walked around with a button on my butt that said, " I sat my tush on a Komfycush!"

I really felt that that was where it was meant to be. In addition to the button on my butt, there was green "Cindy Hoo Hair to sport" And most importantly silly photos with giant knitting needles to be taken.
Now I was not the only one to sport the Cindy Hoo Hair, there were hundreds of people walking around CHA with the bold hair look. Here is Maria.

This was my favorite Dude:

It's a fine man to sport Cindy Hoo hair with his girl!
All of this was a promotion for a great line of products from Stone Creak Creations. One is totes to store your crafting supplies and the other is the Komfycush. It is padding for a chair that sports pockets on the sides for more storage. We crafters can sit for a loooooong time and boy can our tushes use the soft padding!

OK, back to the list.

5. Did fittings of big fancy bellydance costumes with a bucket of "Grip clips" for 14 girls in a dance rehearsal space bathroom in 2 hours.
This photo was taken when the troupe, plus a whole bunch more of her amazing students, performed at a half time show at the Staples Center at an arena football game. I sewed the skirts and long gloves too, but that was another project. Leela can really put on a wild show. Pop on over to LeelaBellyDance to check out more of her fabulousness and her upcoming shows and classes.

6. Snuck into the Vermeer exhibit at The National Gallery of Art with my mom, just like in the old days of sneaking back stage into clubs when we were under age. The museum had been closed due to the government shutdown on the day we actually had our tickets due to the Budget standoff between President Clinton and the House of Representatives in the era when Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the House.

7. Drove back and forth across the country taking pictures of a vintage Barbie everywhere.

8. Hold Easter Egg hunts but instead of eggs I hide little airline bottles of alcohol.

9. Received Fedexed comfort food from my mom when I was on my deathbed.

10. Buy jewelry in bulk. I'm talking major pounds of the stuff. All tangled thrown in a box or all individual in zip lock bags. It's like mini dumpster diving. Speaking of that, I do like to go to dumps and take stuff, not leave stuff.
The Glastonbury, CT dump is so nice and sorted out that you actually have to pay a dollar (I think it was) to get in. I went there with my Aunt Nan and we scored vintage canning jars and old rake that she planned to make into a wall hanger for coats and such. I now go to the Burbank recycling center and have scored some cool mother boards and some other neat little items.

So that's my list.

Let me know if you make one!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Michael Strong Rubber stamped Valentine Card

Happy Valentines Day!

So, this week was so much fun and I learned so much! Michael Strong Demo'd this great white on white stamped card with one of his amazing stamps. He then color dusts it to make the white embossing show up on the white card.

The other cool thing about his stamps is you can cut them in half. So being me, I cut my heart!
Be sure to pop over to in the Scrapbook Lounge you can watch his cool episodes.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Oh so neglectful, let me list the excuses

1. Sick
2. Preping for CHA
3. Learning how to blog over on

4. Making Pom poms, oh well I guess I'm always doing that so I guess that doesn't count????
This is me with a whole wall of Pom Pom designs from CHA 2006 in Vegas- just another flashback for you. The designs were for this book from Plaid (Isn't is great I work with Plaid????)

But just so you don't feel like there isn't crafting going on, click the Craftside link above to see some Swarovski magic that I'll be doing at CHA.

And just 'cause I can't leave you with no silly flashback picture, here I am with the King at CHA 2006 in Vegas baby!

So what is Anaheim's slogan- What happens in Anaheim happens with a mouse?
I'll keep you posted....
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