Do You Craft? Do You Have ROKU?

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Disclaimer:  I have not been reimbursed by any company for any product that I use in my crafting. I craft for the sheer joy of it, and I believe in sharing.

If you are a crafter who has been lamenting the fact that HSN is the only TV Shopping Channel that sells crafts, well check out Create and Craft USA. This is a 24/7 online shopping channel (www.createandcraft.com) that airs on your Roku, and part of the day on Dish Network and Direct TV.  If you don’t have Roku, Dish Network or Direct TV, you can stream the shows on your computer. The difference with this channel is that they take their time to show the products and usually have 2-3 craft demos during each hour. The pace is much more relaxed and I watch the shows for inspiration. It’s great to have on while you are crafting.

This is the American version of the UK channel that has been airing for around 15 years. They launched in the US just over a year ago, so you may not have heard of it.  The show is broadcast from the UK, but the products are usually shipped from the US (there are a couple of exceptions).  About 80% of the products that they sell are paper crafting products, but they are slowly expanding the line of products they sell. Just recently they started selling Lion Brand Yarn. One of the best things is that they have $7.95 flat rate shipping, you can buy a sewing machine and you would only pay $7.95. How crazy is that? And that is shipping per order, not per item.

Create and Craft USA airs live programming from 11:00 am to 5: 00 pm Eastern Standard Time. I live in the Southwest and the shows air in the mornings. I watch Create and Craft by streaming through Roku, and watch the shows while I am doing housework or crafting. During the live hours, the viewing audience is encouraged to respond via email with any questions, and they also have a chance to win one of the projects demonstrated on the air during each hourly program.

If you are a Heartfelt Creations fan, you will be thrilled to know that they launch new products about once a month on this channel, and there are some products that are exclusive only to Create and Craft.  Many of the products they sell are manufactured in the UK and are not generally available in the US. Hunkydory Crafts, maker of the some of the best paper crafting products I have ever used, started selling their products a few months ago on Create and Craft USA. If you have never seen Hunkydory Products, you are in for a treat.

Check out this new channel or browse the website. Who knows, some of your favorite products are available.

http://www.createandcraft.com

Can’t See the Forest for the Trees

It has been quite a while since I have written a blog. I think my last one was around Halloween time in 2015. I got really busy making Christmas presents, then birthday presents, and things got a little crazy for a while. I have barely been on the computer in the past couple of months, just long enough to clean out my email. I have been using my Kindle Fire more often, because it is so portable.

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I thought I would share with you one of the birthday projects that I made for a friend. This is a very small scale version of a quilt pattern designed and made by Patti Carey, called Misty Pines. It was published in the January/February 2013 issue of McCall’s Quilting, and you can see many images of quilts that have been made from this pattern. Because of copyright issues, I’m not sure that I can copy an image from the magazine, so I have listed the link here:  http://www.mccallsquilting.com/mccallsquilting/articles/Misty_Pines_Dramatic_Trees_and_Mountains_Lap_Quilt_Pattern. You can also find images of this quilt on Pinterest and a few other places on the web.  Just search Misty Pines.

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Basically I just put together blocks from various parts of the pattern to come up with what I named “Can’t See the Forest for the Trees.” The original quilt uses fabrics from Northcott’s Stonehenge line, which are shades of gray. I used gray, green and black batiks for my quilt. My friend loves this quilt; it hangs on her bedroom door. I would not call myself the best quilter in the world, but friends and family like the things that I have made.

Most of the projects that I make are cards, so this is a nice change of pace.  Right now I am busy making a bunch of birthday and Christmas presents, so I’m not sure when I will be writing another post.

Have a wonderful spring day!