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Momma Aleene’s Upholstered Chair featuring Tulip Soft Paint

Momma's Tulip Soft Paint Chair 300

Momma's Tulip Soft Paint Chair 300

When Momma Aleene asked for her own special chair in the studio, I knew exactly what I wanted! My grand-niece Savannah Starr had painted this upholstered chair last year for her studio space but decided not to use it. I’ve seen it sitting in my sister’s garage for quite some time now so when she was recently cleaning the garage, it was an easy decision when she said “do you want THE chair?” It is a huge wing-back and I tried to fit it in my car without success so I thought I had to pass on it until Heidi offered to drive it down. It wouldn’t even fit in her SUV so she brought it in her pick-up truck. I tossed on some sweater pillows that Heidi made and now THIS is a chair fit for a queen!

I tried to find my before pictures of this chair, but without success, I can only tell you that from memory, it had a busy floral pattern.  It took two coats of Turquoise Tulip Soft Paint to transform this chair. What I love about the Tulip Soft Paint is that it dries soft and flexible. Everyone is amazed that it is painted! Now Momma has her own special place in the studio to catch all the action.

When I was looking through some vintage photos, I found this photo and love Momma’s pose. This was a promotional photo that was taken as she was just launching her empire :)

Vintage Aleene 1945


 

Pattiewack: Heart-to-Heart Convo with Pattie Wilkinson

Pattiewack Heart Art PM

Pattiewack Heart Art PM

Pattiewack and I have been friends for many years and first met when I was hosting/producing the Aleene’s Creative Living Television show. Pattie was a regular guest on the show and always shared the coolest ideas! I remember the first project that I fell in love with – a reverse decoupage vase with silk pansies and tissue paper. Our creative worlds have continued to intersect over the years and Pattie and I share a common thread through iLovetoCreate where she the Lead Craft Designer/Spokesperson. Pattie and I recently had the chance to chat while painting heart art at the Make Lab at YouTubeSpaceLA.

Visit Pattie at her YouTube channel, Facebook and blog!

 

Watch Tiffany’s video chat with Pattiewack: Pattie Wilkinson.

Filmed on location at MakeLab YouTubeSpace LA.

 


 

ThreadBanger DIY Party! Cool2Craft Banners plus MUCH MORE!!

ThreadBanger DIY Party hero PM

ThreadBanger DIY Party hero PM

Tiffany, Heidi, Savannah and Terry recently met up with the COOLEST crafters at the ThreadBanger DIY Party. Hosted by Corinne and Rob from ThreadBanger at the Make Lab at YouTubeSpaceLA, this day was a great opportunity for us to try new techniques, make new creative friends and P-A-R-T-Y! We used spray paint to stencil on t-shirts, we learned how to make balloon party hats, we made fabulous folded invitations, decorated wine glasses, glittered chihuahuas (yes! you read that right!), made Halloween party hats, created party banners and learned how to drop a beat :)

And the best part is that we captured it all on tape so come on in and join the party – click to watch the ThreadBanger DIY Party Playlist!

Remember to leave a comment on each video and let them know that Cool2Craft sent you… and come back here to the Cool2Craft blog and leave a comment to let us know what party crafts you liked the best!

Here are links to everyone’s YouTube channels. Just click on their image to discover their awesome videos:)

  ThreadBanger Banner SoulPancake Banner Balloon Animals Banner
Threadbanger Logo Soulpancake logo Balloon Animals Logo
     
Pattie Wilkinson Banner Sam Proof Banner Crafty Chica Banner
ilovetocreate logo samproof logo Crafty Chica Logo
Debi Banner Heidi & Savannah Banner  Terry Banner
Debis Design Diary Cool2Craft.com logo x1000 Cool2Craft.com logo x1000

 


 

Aleene’s Crafting History Jackpot! Thank you Hazel Pearson!

Crafting History Glue d Aleene
Aleene Jackson Craft Museum Glue d'Aleene

Click image to read more about the Aleene’s crafting history.

 

What started out as a garage cleaning task for my sister and me, ended up with a crafting history jackpot yesterday!

Let me take a moment to tell you how this journey started. Several years ago Heidi, Momma Aleene and I met with our life-time friend Hazel Pearson to talk about what she wanted to do with some of her company’s history archives. Hazel was well into her 90’s at the time and it was time to discuss how to preserve the early history of today’s craft industry. When we met, Hazel granted me rights to all of her published materials and we discussed how to start making the transfer of archives. It was a bittersweet conversation for the four of us as we knew that an era of crafting history could easily become forgotten if we did not take action. Let’s take a quick peek a few years back.

ALEENE & HAZEL THE EARLY YEARS. Born in 1914, Hazel’s early years as a one-room school teacher and her mother’s passion for china painting led to her interest in teaching women how to craft. Because no “craft stores” existed in those early days, “crafting” for Hazel focused on teaching copper tooling and china painting. Fast forward to 1944 when, at the age of 19, Momma Aleene had just opened her first business, a florist shop in Arcadia, CA.

It was natural that the creative paths of these two women would quickly cross. They had a similar passion for crafts, an entrepreneurial spirit and lived in nearby cities. Hazel was ten years older than Aleene so she had a bit more experience under her belt at that time and was the first person to introduce Aleene to the Hobby Industry Association. At that time, HIA consisted of model trains, remote control airplanes and hobby items. It wasn’t long before Hazel Pearson Handicrafts was well known for introducing the world to resin grapes (she imported the glass resin molds by the train carload ) and Aleene’s Fibre and Floral Supply Company was known for its huge success with Aleene’s Wood Fibre Flowers and junk (recycle/upcycle) crafts.

Aleene Jackson & Hazel Pearson 1967

Aleene & Hazel Pearson 1967 – Promotional photo for Aleene’s Craftmaker Caravan tour

Aleene Jackson & Hazel Pearson  2009

Aleene Jackson & Hazel Pearson 2009

Over the years, these amazing women remained friendly competitors in adjoining California cities (Temple City and Rosemead) and even teamed up in 1967 to launch the Aleene’s Craftmaker Caravan which is credited with the birth of today’s craft industry. Our families took vacations together and spent holidays together.

Always amused by Aleene’s “in-your-face” marketing style, Hazel took a quiet behind-the-scenes approach to her business building. These women were well respected and revered and adored by crafting fans and served as tremendous role models for women business owners in a time when female entrepreneurs were few and far between.

For many, many years, Aleene and Hazel had talked and dreamed about some type of craft museum where industry manufacturers could display their early-years products and samples. It would be a great way to preserve the rich history of their businesses and many other sewing, yarn, craft, button, millinery and tool companies who share a history and passion for this industry. Unfortunately, that dream never came to be in Hazel’s lifetime as she passed away in 2011 at the age of 98.

Thankfully, in 2009, my sister Heidi started making regular trips to LA to pick up boxes that Hazel had stored in her garage. Heidi and Hazel would open each box, review the contents and Hazel would give a “yeah” or a “nay” for Heidi to take that box with her. As you can imagine, it was very difficult for Hazel to part with her craft treasures but she was very grateful that my sister and I were taking on the task of preserving craft history. During that time, Heidi transferred about 100 of Hazels boxes to our garages. We didn’t learn of Hazel’s passing until Christmas 2011 when Aleene tried to make her annual Christmas call to Hazel. We’re not sure what happened to the all of the museum quality collection that she had in her home (Hazel’s home was filled to the brim with 60-years of collecting) but we do know that some are in the loving hands of her daughters and grandchildren and others were sold at her estate sale.

Aleene Jackson Craft Museum Glue d'AleeneYesterday, Heidi and I started to dig into the boxes that we had been storing for many years. When I asked Heidi for 2 hours of help, little did I know that 5 hours and one box later that I would find that our dear friend Hazel had unknowingly given me my greatest crafting treasure!

Tucked into the bottom of one box were several bottles of glue and when I found this one I squealed with delight. Heidi had already left for a grandson’s basketball game, but Momma Aleene was home so I rushed inside to show her the treasure I had found – a well-worn bottle of Glue d’Aleene.  I have shared this story for many years how Aleene’s Tacky Glue had first started as Glue d’Aleene but Momma Aleene changed its name when designers and customers would ask for “that tacky glue”. And now, 50+ years later, we have uncovered one of those original bottles.

Thank you Hazel for leaving your crafting legacy to us and for preserving the greatest gift you could give back to the Aleene’s family! You are dearly missed and we will always do our best to be sure that today’s crafter never, ever forgets you and your incredible crafting legacy!

Heidi and Tiffany Garage

Heidi and Tiffany ready to start their 5-hour journey of sorting through Hazel Pearson archives boxes

Heidi Borchers with Hazel Pearson afghans

Many of the boxes were filled with vintage samples, Heidi found many afghans that were created for Hazel Pearson’s craft instruction books.

Aleene overseeing Hazel Pearson archives

Momma Aleene oversees the festivities!

Hazel Pearson archive boxes

Unpacking, sorting and repacking was the focus of the day.

End of Day Hazel Pearson Archives

At the end of a very productive day or organizing and re-organizing!

 


iLovetoCreate Holiday iPad Giveaway! So COOL!

iLTC iPad Giveaway
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Our COOL friends at iLoveToCreate studios are celebrating the season with a special gift giveaway!  Enter to win an Apple iPad…it’s the perfect tablet to look up your favorite holiday inspiration sites and blogs (like ilovetocreate.com or cool2craft.com …hint, hint).

 
1 Lucky Winner will win:

Apple iPad Wi-Fi 16 GB – 3rd generation

Pick up the iPad and suddenly, it’s clear. You’re actually touching your photos, reading a book, playing the piano. Nothing comes between you and what you love. To make that hands-on experience even better, they made the fundamental elements of iPad better – the display, the camera, the wireless connection. All of which makes the third-generation iPad capable of so much more than you ever imagined. Everything you do with iPad, you do through its large, beautiful display. And when the display is better, the entire iPad experience is better. The Retina display on the iPad features a 2048-by-1536 resolution, 44-percent greater color saturation, and an astounding 3.1-million pixels – in the same 9.7-inch space. That’s four times the number of pixels in iPad and a million more than an HDTV. Those pixels are so close together, your eyes can’t discern individual ones at a normal viewing distance. When you can’t see the pixels, you see the whole picture. Or article. Or game. In ways you never could before.

Product Features

  • 9.7 Retina Display; 2048 x 1536 Resolution
  • Apple iOS 5; Dual-Core A5X Chip with Quad-Core Graphics
  • 5 Megapixel iSight Camera; 1080p Video Recording
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); 16 GB Capacity: 1 x Headphones – Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm, 1 x Docking / port replicator – 30-pin dock connector
  • Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life; 1.44 lbs

Giveaway ends December 31st at 11:59pm, open to US residents only, ages 18+. See Rafflecopter’s Terms and Conditions to enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

  • 9.7 Retina Display; 2048 x 1536 Resolution
  • Apple iOS 5; Dual-Core A5X Chip with Quad-Core Graphics
  • 5 Megapixel iSight Camera; 1080p Video Recording
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); 16 GB Capacity: 1 x Headphones – Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm, 1 x Docking / port replicator – 30-pin dock connector
  • Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life; 1.44 lbs

Giveaway ends December 31st at 11:59pm, open to US residents only, ages 18+. See Rafflecopter’s Terms and Conditions to enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway


We Aced It! Shop your local Ace Hardware Store for some cool craft supplies!

Cheerful Trio Frame by Tiffany Windsor

My sis EcoHeidi Borchers and I were recently given the coolest creative challenge. We were asked to shop exclusively at our local Ace Hardware store to create projects with Aleene’s Tacky Glues. What fun we had going up and down the aisles and dreaming up some fun and do-able ideas. We invite you to check out some of the projects we created and then head on over to your local neighborhood store and Ace it! Be sure to look for the expanded Aleene’s glue display now available at your local Ace Hardware. (If you don’t see an Aleene’s glue you want, be sure to ask the store manager and tell them EcoHeidi and Tiffany sent you!

Cheerful Trio Frame Dad Plaque
Designed by Tiffany Windsor, this fun frame is made from cedar lawn edging, sink mat flowers and clothespins. Designed by EcoHeidi Borchers, this cool plaque is created on a stucco grill and spells out DAD in nuts, bots and doo dads. Really fun for the kids to make for Father’s Day or Dad’s birthday.
 
Beach Keen Candle Holder Stop and Smell the Flowers Garden Stakes
Designed by Tiffany Windsor, this Ball jar serves as the perfect glass candle holder. Decorated with Tangle Guard Waterproof Paper (garden department), beach glass and kitchen twine, you fill with sand and tuck in a tea light or electronic candle. Designed by EcoHeidi Borchers and Tiffany Windsor, these yard art stakes are super cool. The electrical wiring department is filled with all sorts of fun colors of coated wires which can easily be bent into flowers. Stick them in a wood stake and you have whimsical yard art in a snap!
Light Up Your Life Switch Plate Keepsake Jar
Designed by EcoHeidi Borchers, a plain light switch plate is brought to life with paint, Aleene’s Tacky Glue and nuts and bolts! Designed by EcoHeidi Borchers, doilies and seed packet flowers add a pretty trim to a Ball jar.
 
Starlight Luminary Hardware Chic Pendants
Designed by EcoHeidi Borchers, a cheesecloth covered Ball jar highlighted with brown bag stars makes a dreamy votive holder. Designed by EcoHeidi Borchers, lighting department ball chain, washers and keys combine for a chic jewelry style.

2012 Logo C2C a creative community e1326591287152 Papas Cupcake Toppers by Savannah StarrLaunched 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.


Designer Crafts Connection Blog + iLovetoCreate = Super Cool Projects and Giveaway!

Jewelry Pouch featuring Tulip Beads in a Bottle by Tiffany Windsor

Jewelry Pouch featuring Tulip Beads in a Bottle by Tiffany Windsor

[Tiffany’s Blog ] The Designer Crafts Connection is featuring a very special blog hop this month with 30+ projects created with Tulip’s Beads in a Bottle. Each designer in the hop has created a fun, unique project using Beads in a Bottle! Here’s my jewelry Jewelry Pouch by Tiffany Windsor - Close Uppouch project that I’ll be featuring on Cool2Craft TV on Monday July 11th. Stop on by www.cool2craft.com at 9 am Pacific/noon Eastern and watch my craft demo and live craft chat with us during the show!

In the meantime, be sure to head on over to  iLovetoCreate to enter to win this awesome giveaway in celebration of this month’s Beads in a Bottle design theme!

 

 

iLovetoCreate Blog Hop Giveaway July 2011

If you’re ready to hop along – click here to check out the next super cool project in this month’s blog hop!


Cool2Craft Craft TV Channel - x300Launched in October 2009, the Cool2Craft TV channel 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. Sign up for the Cool2Craft newsletter.


Giveaway Alert! Aleene’s Glue Assortment – Cool2Craft Pajama Party – Wednesday November 10, 2010

Aleene's Tacky Glue Giveaway

Aleene's Tacky Glue GiveawayWOOHOO! Watch and win! In honor of Aleene’s LIVE on-air appearance on tonight’s Cool2Craft LIVE Pajama Party, our cool friends at iLovetoCreate have put together an assortment of Aleene’s Tacky Glues that we will be giving away LIVE during tonight’s show! Come watch and win!

Watch LIVE right from your computer – live craft demos – live craft chat – this cool giveaway and a special appearance by Momma Aleene!  9 pm Eastern, 8 pm Central, 7 pm Mountain, 6 pm Pacific. Log-in: http://linqto.com/rooms/cool2craft

See you at tonight’s Cool2Craft Pajama Party!!

P.S. Bunny slippers optional :)

Feelin’ the Love for Momma Aleene


Had the coolest women entrepreneurs on Cool2Craft today and I’m feelin’ the love for Momma Aleene who set such a wonderful example for all creative women to continue to forge ahead and share our passion for crafting. I wanted to invite you to check out the cool on-line museum at iLovetoCreate where I continue to post the history of Aleene’s.  It’s amazing to see what she did starting back in 1944 to launch the industry that we all love to be a part of!

Countdown to Creativity – LIVE Broadcasts from CHA

Cool2Craft LIVE at CHA

Cool2Craft LIVE at CHACool2Craft is broadcasting LIVE from CHA and this is going to be SO cool! We’re counting down the days!  Join hosts Tiffany Windsor, Lisa Fulmer and Linda Peterson. Watch LIVE from your computer. Facebook members log-in here! Web log-in here! For more info please go to www.cool2craft.com

Tuesday July 27, 2010
Innovations Showcase Event
9:30 am Eastern (8:30 am Central, 7:30 am Mountain, 6:30 am Pacific)
Featuring 20 product demonstrations selected from the Innovations Showcase by CHA’s panel of media judges.

Wednesday July 28, 2010
LIVE from the CHA Trade Show Floor
11:30 am – 1:30 pm Eastern (10:30 am Central, 9:30 am Mountain, 8:30 am Pacific)
Featuring LIVE demos by:

Thursday July 29, 2010
LIVE from the CHA Trade Show Floor
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Eastern (10:00 am Central, 9:00 am Mountain, 8:00 am Pacific)
Featuring LIVE demos by:

Friday July 30, 2010
LIVE from Craft SuperShow – iLovetoCreate Booth
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern (1:oo pm Central, 12:00 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific)
Featuring LIVE demo by Stephenie Hamen/Fiskars – Collage Pauge Frame

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Eastern (4:30 pm Central, 3:30 pm Mountain, 2:30 pm Pacific)
Featuring LIVE demo by Tiffany Windsor – Water Bottle Bracelets

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm Eastern (7:00 pm Central, 6:00 pm Mountain, 5:00 pm Pacific)
Featuring LIVE demo by Crafty Chica Kathy Cano Murilllo Tie Dye Bag

Saturday July 31, 2010
LIVE from Craft SuperShow – iLovetoCreate Booth
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Eastern (11:oo am Central, 10:00 am Mountain, 9:00 am Pacific)
Featuring LIVE demo by Cheryl Waters/Fiskars – Collage Pauge Frame

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern (1:30 pm Central, 12:30 pm Mountain, 11:30 am Pacific)
Featuring LIVE demo by Tiffany Windsor – Water Bottle Bracelets

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Eastern (4:30 pm Central, 3:30 pm Mountain, 2:30 pm Pacific)
Featuring LIVE demo by Pattie Donham Wilkinson – Ceramic Bubble Star Box