Posted on January 14, 2014 by thefrugalcrafter .
Hello friends! I hate to admit it but my craft area is a disaster, even my friend Kathy O. (not to be confused with Kathy J of the Marden’s Haul) said she hadn’t seen my craft room this trashed before. Well, I let Kathy see my trashed room, what’s a couple thousand more people right, here it is just in time for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday:
Normally I would not let a sole see my studio in this state but I had a lot to do and no time to tidy when she came over to help me film Ask A Crafter today. To say I lost track of time would be an understatement, we always lose track of time especially when we are crafting or talking about crafting (or drinking tea and flipping through magazines about crafting) and today was no exception, we got pages and pages of questions (which we answered all of them) and pages of comments (I only picked a few to read) and we filmed about 2 and a half hours of footage! What do I do? I don’t want to cut out any questions but asking people to watch 2 plus hours of video to hear their question is a lot. Any suggestions? My husband thinks I should pick 10 questions and call it good but I feel bad leaving anyone out. Hubby is also amazed that anyone watches the 45 minute shows LOL! Maybe I should use a stopwatch and limit my answers to a minute, I could give my co-host a taser and they could shock me if I go over LOL! Hey, then I might not have to curl my hair hahaha! I am getting ready to slap the segments together and upload my video now, I think I will put it in two parts to make uploading more manageable. Also I think I might look into the shock treatment idea, it would be an incentive plus more people might want to co-host with me if they know they can zap me if I get long winded. So the question is for those of you who WATCH Ask a Crafter should I limit my questions, set a time limit for my responses or keep it as-is and let it run as long as it goes? I really want to know! Thanks for your input and Happy Crafting!
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Posted on December 17, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter .
Christmas is a week away and it looks like a snow-day for Wednesday, so much for an extra Christmas shopping day but I have to say I love padding around the house in my slippers, watching movies and making cocoa for the kids when they come in from playing in the snow. Besides, I have a whole week to shop right? Right? Anyway, it is time for What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday and I have not participated in over a month because I did not want to just link up if I did not have time to desk hop myself (a snow-day is perfect for desk-hopping!) and here is what my desk looks like today:
Pretty clean with a couple of wrapped presents. I wish the rest of the house looked this good. I did catch up an all the laundry yesterday though so I feel good about that! Of course if I have all the kids home playing in the snow all bets are off LOL! Since most of us are getting ready for Christmas this week I thought I’d share some quick and easy wrapping and tag tips as well as tips for removing sticky labels and price tags and making your own bow maker cheap! I’ts all in the video:
The supplies I used are from Papermart, I love the way the burlap looks over the plain brown boxes and I like getting the doilies, ribbon and shipping tags in bulk so I always have them on hand. Papermart even has a heavy duty heat gun if you don’t have one but I’d keep it on the low setting for craft use, don’t burn your hands off LOL! If you want to see more crafty desks besure to visit Julia’s blog for more WOYWW fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on November 6, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter .
Howdy folks! It is Wednesday and time for What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday! I wasn’t going to WOYWW this week but when I got back from walking the dog this morning I had 2 big boxes on my porch from Papermart! Also on my desk is an ATG gun and refills that my lovely YouTube friend Valerie sent me! Thank you so much Val, I hope I can figure out how to use it!
I am planning to go to town and get some Christmas shopping done today but first I had to unbox all of that crafty goodness, speaking of Christmas you should check Papermart’s prices, you will get WAY more bang for your buck for your crafting and wrapping!
It is figuratively a ton of wonderful goodies from Papermart and you will see this stuff in action in tutorials over the next 6 months. My first planned tutorial is a Thanksgiving centerpiece, be sure to keep an eye out for that!
OK, now down to business, it’s time for this weeks Ask a Crafter! I am so glad to have Lorraine as my co-host again this week, she is a riot! Let’s find out what my viewers and readers asked this week shall we? Oh, and if you have a question for next weeks episode you can leave it in the comments section.
BTW, I did make a lighthouse painting tutorial and I’ll post it on my blog this weekend or if the suspense is killing you it’s on my youtube channel. That’s all for today! Wish me luck Christmas shopping and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on October 31, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter .
Happy Halloween! It is actually Thursday, I’m a day late with my post for What’s on your work-desk Wednesday (WOYWW for short) and time for another installment of ask a Crafter but well get to that in a bit. First, 2 shots of my desk with various Halloween projects going on:
Above is the start of my son’s Halloween costume and below are 2 custom stencils I made for a friend who has a day-care.
I ironed freezer paper to scrapbook paper and cut Halloween stencils so she can make t-shirts with her charges. Ironing the freezer paper to the scrapbook paper makes a sturdy leak proof stencil…I wish I though of that before I cut the paper stencil for my son’s costume but it turned out all right, I just knew that if it had to be reused it needed to be more sturdy.
I have to thank everyone one who left comments on last weeks Ask a Crafter video and asked Lorraine to be in front of the camera this week, she agreed, you talked her into it! So without further ado, lets get to the craft questions!
If you have a question you can leave it in the comments section. If you wan to see other crafty desks head on over to the Stamping Ground. That’s it, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on October 23, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter .
Howdy folks! It’s What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday time! I have had a variety of new projects in the works, you can see several piles of new rubber for Halloween and Thanksgiving, gelatos, colored bits of paper twist cord, a granny square and assorted odds and ends.
Yesterday my friend Lorraine came over and helped me record Ask a Crafter. she did an amazing job and the best part is that you don’t have to look at the top of my head while I search for questions. We were smooth i tell you! I also went the extra mile and mixed it down into one video so you don’t have to sit through 3. you’re welcome. :P
Big thanks to Lorraine who helped out this week and even said she will come back next week! Isn’t that awesome! If you have a question for next weeks show simply leave a comment. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on October 16, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter .
Howdy folks! Time again for What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday, a weekly snoop around the desks of the world’s craftiest people. Here’s mine:
The laptop and camera are there because I just recorded this weeks episode of Ask a Crafter. I ended up being in 3 parts due to my camera’s restriction of being able to only record 20 minutes at a time (and my laziness not wanting to edit) but I put them all in a playlist so hopefully they will play continuously here, let’s see! Also I love the way YouTube randomly picks an image in your video for the preview so you can look at your absolutely most dorky…oh wait, that’s how I look LOL!
I think I need a producer for these shows, someone who can read the questions to me because I seem to lose my place a lot and waste time looking through the questions and comments. Any volunteers? Preferably someone local who will work for a cup of coffee? If you have any questions for next week’s ask a crafter leave a comment! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on October 9, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter .
Hello friends! I missed desk hopping last week, so much to do, so I made a point to snap a picture of my creative chaos and share it today for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday:
I have a busy 2 weeks coming up so I am busting out projects and tutorials to try and stay ahead. In the midst of my creative fury I decided to bring back the popular feature Ask a Crafter. If you want your question answered in an upcoming episode you can leave it in the comments section.
That’s it for me today! Time to walk the dog then get busy with burlap in the studio! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on September 24, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter .
Howdy folks! It is time to take another peek at crafty desks around the globe, that’s right it’s What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday!
Here I have the start of a watercolor painting and a few practice studies of dew drops. I’ll share a video on painting the dew drops as well as the finished peony painting in a day or two. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on September 17, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter .
Howdy crafty folks! It’s time for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday! I FINALLY managed to bring some order to my crafty chaos this week. I even vacuumed! I dug under the scary table where I cram stuff and purged and organized and I am not ashamed to show you my room. Even with my projects in progress out it still looks pretty good:)
Doncha love this shelf? I found it on the side of the road with a “FREE” sign on it! Free! Can you believe what people get rid of? I had my husband hang up the shelf then I used ribbons, scrapbook papers and beaded tassel trim to change it from “blah” to “ohh la la!”
I spent most of the day painting and working on a new beginner watercolor tutorial for my shop. I finished the BBC series Being Human so I decided to start on the American series…hmmm, tv is so much better with British accents….
I also varnished some new paper beads, look at that clean table!
And surprise, I got an advance copy of the December issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts and my artwork is on the cover, the whole entire cover!!!
A clean craft room, artwork on the cover of a major stamping magazine and a free shelf. It’s a pretty good day. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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Posted on September 10, 2013 by thefrugalcrafter .
Howdy folks! I started training for a race today. My son runs cross country for his school and every year they have a “parent race” and I figure what’s good for the goose is good for the gander so I am going to run it. I have 2 goals:
- To finish the race and not have a heart attack.
- Not to come in dead last.
So today instead of walking my dog I jogged the first 3rd of our route, walked a third and jogged the last third. That might sound impressive but our route is 1/2 mile long. The race is 1.62 miles long. I had to drag my dog the last third of the way because she is more of a leisure breed I think. Come to think of it I probably am too. My ankles hurt and my lungs burned. Good times. I am trying to recruit other moms of x-country runners to join me because misery loves company I guess. :) I have to say though, a half an hour after the run I felt really good and had lots of energy the rest of the day too so that is worth a little bit of agony I guess…right? Oh, you did not come hear to read about my running? OK then, here is my work desk this week, my twin daughters birthday is this weekend and here is the pinata we began tonight:
You might wonder why we spend so much time making something that is going to be destroyed (I think that when I see the elaborate food some people cook) well, I’ll tell you:
- It is fun to design and make.
- It is inexpensive (cardboard and party streamers) and it is nice to save money on the pinata and spend the money on the good fillings!
- What kid doesn’t love a pinata?
- It is really fun and freeing to make something that you know is temporary, it is liberating!
I was running low on cardboard and had to get creative with this. I just had some new goodies arrive from Papermart today so I used the box as the belly of the pinata (I filled the box chock-a-block full of candy) then I used a panel of flat cardboard for the nose and tail. I had to scrounge clean cardboard from a pizza box to make the fin and some tapering pieces from the box to the ends but who cares, it will all be covered in crepe paper! Man, I love making pinatas! If only I could figure out how to put the squiggle over the “a” whenever I spell pinata….
Do you want to see what other craft folk have on their desks today? Well hop over the Julia’s blog The Stamping Ground for more WOYWW fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
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