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Harmony Crown by Candace Jedrowicz

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The coming year is going to be the year of harmony for Candace the Muse. January’s Cool2Craft Creative Play Theme asks you to consider what you want for yourself in 2012.  What do you want to work on, embody, attract or do this coming year?

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This is my Harmony Crown.  It’s made from a plastic tote, fuzzy yarn, colorful chain pulls, star garland, gems and my own mix of riot beads.  I would so love to see what you can come up with using things you have on hand to create a crown or anything else that represents where you want to be in 2012!  Your submission can be a photo of ANYTHING that shows what you desire!

Don’t forget that you earn CoolCash for every theme you participate in!  Four CoolCash points get’s you something handmade from my studio.  Last year I gave away some of my favorite projects to fabulous folks who sent me  photos of THEIR favorite projects.  Some of them have earned TWO handmades!  Check out my Creative Play page on our website, cool2craft.com for more details and past theme videos.  On the front page of cool2craft.com you’ll find a link to see Creative Play Muse Archives.  This will show you some Creative Play submissions as well as many of my posts.

This is your year to shine online!  Be a Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor as often as you like and earn my handmade goodies!


Cool2Craft18 2012 The Year of         Launched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.

 

Cool2Craft Creative Player and Two Time Handmade Swag Winner Martha Jenkins!

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Santa 1 e1318081326414 Cool2Craft Creative Player and Two Time Handmade Swag Winner Martha Jenkins!

Martha Jenkins is a frequent Cool2Craft Creative Player.  In fact, this fabulous submission earns Martha a second package of handmade swag from the studio of Candace the Muse and Candace is as pleased as she can be!  It’s always exciting to see what Martha has been up to!

Victorian Romance R e1318081924314 Cool2Craft Creative Player and Two Time Handmade Swag Winner Martha Jenkins! I was thrilled to open this email from Martha!  Here’s what she told me:

“You’ve had me scrambling about the computer trying to find appropriate photos. My all time favorite project is also my most ambitious. I spent more than 2 yrs in the thinking process before I ever did anything tangible but I think the results are well worth it.

It began when I saw an Old World Father Christmas figure my friend had on display in her living room. (Picture open mouthed awe.) I immediately wanted one—forget that thing about coveting. I WANTED ONE! Did I mention that he’s 6′ tall?

 Cranberry Spice Wood Song e1318081983475 Cool2Craft Creative Player and Two Time Handmade Swag Winner Martha Jenkins! Aside from not knowing where to find one, there was the price tag—her’s was originally about $3,000 but greatly reduced on clearance. I’ve since found a few in stores (Chicago, Tennessee, Virginia, Alaska) but the cheapest was $2,500. Still too much to justify.

After much mental trial & error, with my husband’s help, I finally realized my dream.

The Boss helped design & build the wooden frame. My figure is unique in that, unlike the others I’ve seen, he can be dismantled without tools & stored in 2 large plastic containers
…except for his walking staff.

 santa R3 e1318082008838 Cool2Craft Creative Player and Two Time Handmade Swag Winner Martha Jenkins! After the SantaI got so caught up in them that I’ve made several using rich looking upholstery fabrics for the robes. His face is purchased papier’ mache & he has a real Santa beard. I also make most of the accessories.

Teddy bears, balls, stick horses, flower decorations, etc. figures reached fruition, I hit on the idea of using just the face with his beard & hat as a wall decoration & from there, I’ve
also made just the decorated hats that can be worn or displayed during the Holidays.

 red BB e1318082045123 Cool2Craft Creative Player and Two Time Handmade Swag Winner Martha Jenkins! He’s definitely my favorite creation but I’m not certain if it’s “because of” or “in spite of” the difficulties I had with him.  Jenx

BTW, there are more examples in my FB album labeled “I Create” as well as in my Photobucket:

http://s92.photobucket.com/albums/l24/Jenx_photo/Life%20size%20Santas/

 

Martha, your work is delightful!  Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

Martha has earned another package of handmade goodness from my studio and I’m so happy to send it to her!

You can get something handmade from my studio, too!  Keep reading to find out how.

Candace the Muse

 

 

 Queens of Green Factor1 e1302499058519 Cool2Craft Creative Player and Two Time Handmade Swag Winner Martha Jenkins!  Whenever you submit an entry to a monthly theme you earn one CoolCash Smacker.

When you’ve earned four Smackers I’ll send you some handmade swag from my studio!
With the Queens of Green Factor, you can earn DOUBLE COOLCASH – just submit an entry that is earth friendly, uses gifts from the earth AND is uplifting to the spirit and you’ll get that extra Smacker!

 CoolCash 300x131 Cool2Craft Creative Player and Two Time Handmade Swag Winner Martha Jenkins! Remember, it’s never too late to enter any theme!  email me with questions, photos and stories at:

candace@cool2craft.com


Cool2Craft34 Cool2Craft Creative Player and Two Time Handmade Swag Winner Martha Jenkins!Launched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our Blip.tv channel for full archived episodes, our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.


Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Alesia Fowler

August projects 2011

August projects 2011 e1317695675665 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Alesia Fowler

Alesia Fowler sent Candace the Muse this photo of an adorable altered fan blade for the October Creative Play Theme – My Favorite Project.  If you like recycle art, you’ll love this project!

Here’s what Alesia had to say:

“When our ceiling fan broke my grandson had a ball taking the fan blades off.  He is special needs so the repetition was good for him.   My dd needs money so she took the metal and I started to alter the blades.   I took left over paper scraps from my stash and made paper dolls etc. from the Cricut. This is one blade.   I think I am going to do all the blades in seasons.   Hugs Alesia”

Thanks so much Alesia!  What a fabulous idea!

Candace the Muse

Alesia earned a CoolCash Smacker for her submission.  Here’s how you can earn CoolCash toward some handmade swag!

Queens of Green Factor1 e1302499058519 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Alesia Fowler  Whenever you submit an entry to a monthly theme you earn one CoolCash Smacker.  When you’ve earned four Smackers I’ll send you some handmade swag from my studio!
With the Queens of Green Factor, you can earn DOUBLE COOLCASH – just submit an entry that is earth friendly, uses gifts from the earth AND is uplifting to the spirit and you’ll get that extra Smacker!
 CoolCash 300x131 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Alesia Fowler  Remember, it’s never too late to enter any theme!  email me with questions, photos and stories at candace@cool2craft.com

Cool2Craft34 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Alesia FowlerLaunched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our Blip.tv channel for full archived episodes, our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.


Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Martha Jenkins

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Jaycees egg 2 e1316830032869 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Martha Jenkins

Once upon a time Martha Jenkins created a quilted Easter egg for her grandlet, Jaycee.  It was a magical egg, hand crafted and filled with treats.  Martha shared her quilted egg photos with Candace the Muse because the Cool2Craft Creative Play Theme for September is “My Quilt”.

Patchwork eggs e1316830678922 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Martha Jenkins Martha told me:

“One long ago year, in lieu of Easter baskets, I made large, treat filled, papier mache’ eggs for my 2 daughters, son in law & both grandlets.

I began with blown up balloons that I covered with papier mache’. (torn up newspaper & Mod Podge.) When they were dry I filled & decorated each differently.  With Mod Podge & fabrics, granddaughter Jaycee’s became a quilt.

I fitted triangles of fabric edge to edge over the entire egg. Some teddy bear fabric offered a nice applique for the top/center. I used a bottle of glitter glue to outline each of the seams & glitz up the applique. A ribbon & bow finished the project. To get to the contents on Easter
morning, we cut an opening in the bottom that could be repaired so we could reuse it for decorating.

 Jaycees egg 3 300x249 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Martha Jenkins  I’ve since used my “quiAs you can see, she enjoyed her Easter goodies. She was about 1 1/2 years
then & is now 16 (& 5’9″ tall).lted egg” idea for smaller eggs. Both purchased papier mache’ and plastic eggs work well but are better if painted white first. Painting will keep the darker egg from showing thru lighter colored fabrics & will help the fabric adhere to plastic eggs. I spray a
final acrylic finish on these & sometimes add a screw eyelet for hanging.  They look great hanging or with several others nested in a basket.  Printed gift wrap will work too.”

What o cool idea!  Thank you, Martha!  I love seeing your work!

Candace the Muse

 

 Queens of Green Factor1 e1302499058519 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Martha Jenkins Martha earned another CoolCash Smacker for her submission.  She’s already earned some handmade swag from my studio and she’s headed for more!

Whenever you submit an entry to a monthly theme you earn one CoolCash Smacker.  When you’ve earned four Smackers I’ll send you some handmade swag from my studio!
With the Queens of Green Factor, you can earn DOUBLE COOLCASH – just submit an entry that is earth friendly, uses gifts from the earth AND is uplifting to the spirit and you’ll get that extra Smacker!

 CoolCash 300x131 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Martha Jenkins  Remember, it’s never too late to enter any theme!  email me with questions, photos and stories at candace@cool2craft.com

Cool2Craft34 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Martha JenkinsLaunched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our Blip.tv channel for full archived episodes, our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.


Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Maria Soto

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Maria Chuy Soto 9 2011 e1316664115983 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Maria Soto

The Cool2Craft Creative Play Theme for September 2011 is “My Quilt”.  Maria Soto’s living quilt is her wonderful wall of inspiration!

Here is what Maria has to say about her “quilt”:

“Well – to me what is most important in my life are my children and extended family and true friends.  I was wondering what to make for this challenge – I knew it had to include my children and the rest of my family – but it also had to include my second passsion – crafting, creating, expressing myself through my children and my works.  I looked up to my wall in my office – to look at all the pictures of my loved ones and all the pretty flowers I have done and realized that my quilt is a work in progress – always adding more to it!  Always there as a reminder of why I am here – and why I am the way I am.  So here is a photo of my daily inspiration, a picture of what best describes me!!

Hope you can see all the different flowers I’ve done and placed on my wall – I have used brown paper bags, grocery shopping bags, nylon, yarn, polymer clay, crepe paper, recycled aluminum foil, toilet paper rolls, and water bottles – also from old calendars or magazines –  Hope you all like my inspiration wall!!!  It reminds me why I must continue to work and keep going every day despite all the problems and issues I encounter daily!!!”

Thank you so much, Maria!  I love your inspiration wall!

Candace the Muse

Queens of Green Factor1 e1302499058519 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Maria Soto Maria has earned another CoolCash Smacker for her submission.

Whenever you submit an entry to a monthly theme you earn one CoolCash Smacker.  When you’ve earned four Smackers I’ll send you some handmade swag from my studio!
With the Queens of Green Factor, you can earn DOUBLE COOLCASH – just submit an entry that is earth friendly, uses gifts from the earth AND is uplifting to the spirit and you’ll get that extra Smacker!

 CoolCash 300x131 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Maria Soto Remember, it’s never too late to enter any theme!  email me with questions, photos and stories at candace@cool2craft.com

Cool2Craft34 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Maria SotoLaunched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our Blip.tv channel for full archived episodes, our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.


Wilmarie’s Polymer Clay Tiled Box

Wilmarie Villanueva

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Wilmarie Villanueva watched Cool2craft’s new episode this morning – Girlfriends.   Candace’s Girlfriend project was a polymer clay tiled box and Wilmarie couldn’t wait to make her own!

photo 300x224 Wilmaries Polymer Clay Tiled Box Wilmarie was excited to find she had the materials to make these wonderful textured tiles and create this beautiful box!Thank you so much, Wilmarie!  I’m so glad you emailed your photos and story to me!

Candace the Muse


Cool2Craft34 Wilmaries Polymer Clay Tiled BoxLaunched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our Blip.tv channel for full archived episodes, our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.


Cool2Craft Creative Player Sherry Payne

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crafty life 009 e1314982366369 Cool2Craft Creative Player Sherry Payne

The Creative Play theme for August 2011 was Buried Treasure and Sherry Payne of Turtle Mountain Gifts shares where she found her treasure – In her recycle bin!  Sherry turns recycled cans into lovely art.  This is a must see!

fan n flowers 004 300x225 Cool2Craft Creative Player Sherry Payne Sherry says:

“I found my buried treasure buried in the recycling bin. I have found a new love of using cans, water jugs and soda bottles to make beautiful flowers that are usually blooming from the ground now they are blooming in my house. The kittys steal my stuff too so it must be a treasure.

stuff i made 023 300x225 Cool2Craft Creative Player Sherry Payne I use the cans for the petals, I cut the shapes from the plastic water jugs and melt them with my heat gun to make the petals curl, I use old buttons and beads for the centers and wire wrap them to a stick. The other thing I do is cut the bottom off of soda bottles, paint the back side and poke a hole for the ribbon and melt it with a heat gun to create flowers. You can use them to tie a package, put them in your hair, or tie them just about anywhere.

Thanks for letting me be a part of your creative play!!”

Sherry Payne


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Thank YOU, Sherry!

Sherry has earned handmade swag from my studio and is half way to earning some more!

Visit Sherry’s website www.turtlemountaingifts.com for all things vintage and handmade

Queens of Green Factor1 e1302499058519 Cool2Craft Creative Player Sherry Payne Whenever you submit an entry to a monthly theme you earn one CoolCash Smacker.  When you’ve earned four Smackers I’ll send you some handmade swag from my studio!
With the Queens of Green Factor, you can earn DOUBLE COOLCASH – just submit an entry that is earth friendly, uses gifts from the earth AND is uplifting to the spirit and you’ll get that extra Smacker!
CoolCash 300x131 Cool2Craft Creative Player Sherry Payne Remember, it’s never too late to enter any theme!  email me with questions, photos and stories at candace@cool2craft.com

Cool2Craft34 Cool2Craft Creative Player Sherry PayneLaunched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our Blip.tv channel for full archived episodes, our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.


Cool2Craft Creative Play Theme for September Announced

Fortune Teller

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Madame Jedrowicz reveals the September 2011 Creative Play Theme fortune teller style!

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You are all invited!  Join me this month by telling your story and earning CoolCash!  The theme is My Quilt.  You get to interpret yur “quilt” in any way!  Even if you’re not a quilter you can play by telling me about you living quilt, your quilt of life.  What are the things in your experience that make up your gorgeous, unique and completely you quilt of life?

Send me your high resolution photo(s) and your story and I’ll share it right here!  Don’t forget to include any links you want to include in the post.  Email me – candace@coo2craft.com.

 

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Remember, it’s never too late to enter any theme!  email me with questions, photos and stories at candace@cool2craft.com

Whenever you submit an entry to a monthly theme you earn one CoolCash Smacker.  When you’ve earned four Smackers I’ll send you some handmade swag from my studio!
With the Queens of Green Factor, you can earn DOUBLE COOLCASH – just submit an entry that is earth friendly, uses gifts from the earth AND is uplifting to the spirit and you’ll get that extra Smacker!

 


Cool2Craft34 Cool2Craft Creative Play Theme for September AnnouncedLaunched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our Blip.tv channel for full archived episodes, our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.


Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor PJ Peddie

PJ Peddie 8-2011 Projecttreasure

PJ Peddie 8 2011 Projecttreasure Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor PJ Peddie

The Cool2Craft Creative Play Theme for August 2011 is Buried Treasure.  Candace the Muse invited viewers to interpret the theme , dig up a treasure, polish it and share it.  PJ Peddie’s philosophy is a treasure all on its own, but PJ also offers up eye candy for this theme!

PJ Peddie 8 2011 Projecttreasure Detail 300x225 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor PJ Peddie PJ says:”Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life” – Picasso ………..Creativity is when your spirit gets a chance to play and express itself. So whether art, dance, cooking, making music, writing, or creating a garden, let yourself go! Create!”

Thanks PJ!  To read more check out PJ’s blog

PJ has earned CoolCash for her submission and is half way to earning some homemade swag form my studio!

Candace the Muse

Queens of Green Factor1 e1302499058519 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor PJ Peddie Whenever you submit an entry to a monthly theme you earn one CoolCash Smacker.  When you’ve earned four Smackers I’ll send you some handmade swag from my studio!
With the Queens of Green Factor, you can earn DOUBLE COOLCASH – just submit an entry that is earth friendly, uses gifts from the earth AND is uplifting to the spirit and you’ll get that extra Smacker!
CoolCash 300x131 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor PJ Peddie Remember, it’s never too late to enter any theme!  email me with questions, photos and stories at candace@cool2craft.com

Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Martha Jenkins

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Martha Jenkins is a frequent Creative Play contributor.  In fact she received some homemade swag from the Muse’s studio last month and is beginning a new round of play!  This time Martha dug up some Buried Treasure – that”s the August 2011 theme.  It involves a pirate’s booty of what?!

milkweed pods 1 300x225 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Martha Jenkins Martha says:
Candace, Thanks so much for the incentive. I decided to take your hint & hunt for buried treasure. Therefore, I braved the depths of the uncharted basement where I keep my craft supplies. My explorations led me to the dark, hidden cavern under the staircase where I found fantastic forgotten booty. I uncovered a trash bag filled with dried milkweed pods. I gathered them a few years ago to make Christmas ornaments with the grandlets. Can’t figure out why I picked so many! Perhaps because they’re
so readily available. When I thought about them the mind went from ornaments to a wreath.
Wreath 1 300x225 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Martha Jenkins I decided to use cardboard as a base because it’s fairly easy to find a cardboard box to cut up. I used a 15″ pizza pan & an 8-1/2″ pan lid to
make 2 cardboard rings.
wreath 2 300x225 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Martha Jenkins Since I was using corrugated cardboard I made 2 layers & was careful to turn the pieces so the “grain” runs at 90 degree angles for strength.
wreath 3 300x225 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Martha Jenkins I taped them together in several places.
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Then I hot glue the pods on in 3 rows beginning with the outer edge.

wreath 51 300x291 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Martha Jenkins I was tempted to leave it the natural color (which would be great for a fall wreath) but wanted to experiment so I spray painted the entire
wreath green (white or gold would have been good too.). To bring out the edges of the pods, I sponged on gold leaf paint before adding a large
flower & bow.  I’m quite chuffed that it turned out so well & am now thinking that the pods look an awful lot like poinsettia petals. I might just be onto my next project. I still have to find a way to use up the rest of those milkweed pods.”

Sweet! Thank you so much for sharing your treasure with us!

Martha’s submission invoked the Queens of Green Factor, giving her DOUBLE COOLCASH!

Way to play, Captain Jenx!  Arrr!

Candace the Muse

Queens of Green Factor1 e1302499058519 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Martha Jenkins Whenever you submit an entry to a monthly theme you earn one CoolCash Smacker.  When you’ve earned four Smackers I’ll send you some handmade swag from my studio!
With the Queens of Green Factor, you can earn DOUBLE COOLCASH – just submit an entry that is earth friendly, uses gifts from the earth AND is uplifting to the spirit and you’ll get that extra Smacker!
CoolCash 300x131 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Martha Jenkins Remember, it’s never too late to enter any theme!  email me with questions, photos and stories at candace@cool2craft.com

Cool2Craft34 Cool2Craft Creative Play Contributor Martha JenkinsLaunched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our Blip.tv channel for full archived episodes, our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.