Author Archives | Vicki

About Vicki

I also blog at vickiodell.com, a daily creative lifestyle blog where I share craft and home decor projects as well as recipes, inspiration and my own brand of Creative Goddess wisdom. I can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. Be careful... I'll talk your eyeballs off if you let me. :)

CHA Show 2015: Behind the Scenes with Vicki

January 30, 2015

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CHA Show 2015: Behind the Scenes with Vicki

Last year I shared with you my BTS CHA 2014: Behind the Scenes with Vicki post from CHA and I thought I would do the same this year. It’s fun to go to CHA as a designer member and as a member of the media for Craft Test Dummies. I get to attend lots of great […]

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CHA Show 2015 – New Jewelry Products to Watch For

January 19, 2015

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The second best thing about going to the Craft and Hobby Association Trade show every January is seeing all of the new products being released. Of course the best part is leaving the snow and cold and going to Anaheim for a few days. There are several new products being released soon that we here […]

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CHA Show 2015: Yarnia

January 15, 2015

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CHA Show 2015: Yarnia

You just never know what you will find at the CHA show. Giant elephants, life size hot air balloons or a full scale knitted or crochet version of The Chronicles of Narnia. Or in this case YARNIA.     The folks at Spinrite (the makers of Patons, Bernat, Caron and Lily Sugar n’ Cream) went all […]

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Trend Report for 2014-2015 – Home Decor

November 26, 2014

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Trend Report for 2014-2015 - Home Decor

    Predicting upcoming trends is a fun game for me and I have been creating trend reports in the home decor sector for the Craft and Hobby Association for the past four years. Due to the slow growth of the economy, the shrinking of the world due to the internet and the prevalence of […]

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Review: Stencib Self Adhesive Stencils

May 27, 2014

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Review: Stencib Stencils

Stenciling for home decor is one of those things that cycles in and out. One minute it is super popular and the next minute it – not so much. Lately though, I seem to be seeing more and more stenciled projects. One of the things I always hated about stenciling was the fact that the […]

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Craft Countdown with Abby Davis

May 7, 2014

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Craft Countdown with Abby Davis

  Craft Countdown with Abby Davis     I’m a crafter and artist in Richmond, VA. I come from a very creative family. I love making anything, but my favorite things to make are fashion related. I have been hand sewing since I was 4 years old, according to my great aunt. I started machine […]

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Review: Clover Bead Loom Kit

April 29, 2014

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  Not too long ago I wrote a Review of the Clover Bead Loom and in it I said that I’d always admired beadwork but that I was intimidated because of the intricate designs. If I had known how relatively easy weaving on a loom could be I would have checked it out sooner. But then, […]

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Review: Clover Beading Loom

March 18, 2014

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Clover Beading Loom

Weaving beads on a loom is a beautiful art form. I’ve always been drawn to beading on a loom but have never added it to my list of skills. I was always intimidated by the intricacy of the designs imagining that it must be very difficult to do. Then when people I spoke with started […]

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Craft Countdown with Patti Robinson

March 12, 2014

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Craft Countdown with Patti Robinson

Jenny’s note: Today I’m especially excited for our craft countdown- you get to meet Patti Robinson, the newest addition to #TeamCTD! Please leave a comment on the bottom of this post welcoming her!! I’m kind of a craft floozy. You name it, I’ve done it: jewelry making, knitting and crocheting, sewing, paper making, polymer and […]

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CHA 2014: Behind the Scenes with Vicki

February 19, 2014

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CHA 2014: Behind the Scenes with Vicki

  I’m sure you’ve been enjoying all of the great new craft products Team CTD found for you at CHA this year but have you ever wondered what goes on BESIDES walking the show floor? A LOT! I thought I would share a little behind the scenes look a la Vicki O’Dell The Creative Goddess […]

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CHA 2014: Trend Spotting – Needle Arts

February 11, 2014

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CHA 2014: Trend Spotting - Needle Arts

Part of the fun of going to CHA is trying to spot new emerging trends. One trend I spotted coming out of the CHA Mega Show this year has to do with needle arts. I’ve done some looking around since I’ve been home as well and I’m pretty sure all sorts of needle arts will […]

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ICED Enamels

January 22, 2014

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ICED Enamels

    I recently did a demo for ICE Resin at the CHA Mega Show and it occurred to me that I had never introduced you all to ICE Resin. If you like the idea of creating your own jewelry components and you love the look of enamel on metal but you don’t want to […]

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CHA Mega Show 2014 – Designer Sneak Peek

January 11, 2014

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beadalon-knot-a-bead

  One of the newer events that  CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) has been sponsoring is the CHA Designer Sneak Peek. It’s a chance for the designer members to see some of the newest products available for the show and talk to the creators and manufacturers one-on-one. Sometime it is difficult as a designer to […]

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Bezel Effects by ImpressArt

December 31, 2013

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Bezel Effects by ImpressArt

  We all know that I am an ImpressArt fan and love their metal stamps, hammers and other jewelry making supplies so I was excited to have an opportunity to review a new product from them called Bezel Effects. Here is what the ImpressArt website says about the Pebeo Fantasy Moon paints: Pebeo Fantasy Moon […]

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Craft Countdown with Katie Waltemeyer

December 5, 2013

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Craft Countdown with Katie Waltemeyer

Today we have a special guest on our Craft Countdown- Katie Waltemeyer, our newest member of #TeamCTD! She is an amazing blogger and crafter, and we are so honored to have her on board!  Hi y’all! I’m Katie and you can find me over at my little slice of the internet, Sweet Rose Studio! I […]

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Beadsmith 1-Step Looper

November 19, 2013

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Beadsmith 1-Step Looper

  From the website:   The BeadSmith 1-Step Looper Create your own eye pins with the 1-step looper plier from The BeadSmith. This tool allows you to trim and loop ready-made eye pins. You can even create eye pins in one motion! If you want to create custom length eye pins, you can do that, […]

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French Knitter – Clover USA

October 29, 2013

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French Knitter - Clover USA

I love getting new tools that are easy to pack up and take with me on a last minute road trip and the French Knitter from Clover USA  is one of those tools. In fact, the samples I created for this post were actually created in the car, on the road.         […]

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Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media Shears

September 30, 2013

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Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media Shears

  There is nothing like being in the middle of creating a mixed media project and not being able to find scissors sturdy enough or sharp enough to cut through the material you are working with. Second worst is managing to cut through the material only to have jagged edges that need cleaning up, because […]

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Craft Countdown with Carolina Moore

September 4, 2013

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30 Minute Crafts Button

  Carolina Moore is the creative whirlwind behind 30 Minute Crafts. She creates real crafts in just 30 minutes – many of which look like they would take much longer! She loves chocolate, trying new things, and the smell of summer rain in the desert at night. She loves to sew, and is an accomplished […]

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Craft Countdown with Sudie Alexander

August 27, 2013

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SUDIE

    A former financial analyst, Sudie Alexander retired from Corporate America to stay home with her small children.  Between burps and banishing dust bunnies, Sudie found her joy while crafting.  She dabbled in knitting, crocheting, and papercrafts, to name a few. During this time, Sudie met some like-minded creative folks who encouraged her to submit […]

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#CHAshow Mixed Media – Vicki’s Favorites

August 6, 2013

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Scotch Brand Tapes

      The scrapbooking industry has been going through some changes the past couple of CHA shows and focusing on new products with more of a mixed media spin. While I’m not a scrapbooker I am a mixed media junkie from way back. This show certainly didn’t disappoint in new products for mixed media […]

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#CHAshow Jewelry – Vicki’s Favorites

July 31, 2013

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Blue Moon Beads

  As you may know I usually cover jewelry related items here on Craft Test Dummies. Even though the summer show is traditionally paper oriented I was still able to find some really great products for jewelry making. One of the first things I saw that made me squeal in delight were these Mixed Media […]

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CHA Media Event – Vicki’s Favorite Picks

July 24, 2013

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The Optimist Collection

  One of the best parts about attending the CHA Trade shows is getting to seek the new products being released. The night before the show opens there is usually an event where the best of the new products are show to the media. I thought I would share a few of my favorite finds […]

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Craft Countdown with Sara Carns

July 18, 2013

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Sara Carns

  I’m a stay at home mom to two fabulous girls in the Arizona desert that loves to create just about anything from altered art to last minute costumes for my kids!  My mother started my passion for crafting at a young age and I started going to rubber stamp conventions at nine years old; […]

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Craft Countdown with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

June 5, 2013

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Balzer Designs

  Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is a painter and mixed media artist. She currently authors the “Adventures in Arting” column in Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, hosts a bi-monthly podcast by the same name, and is the co-host of Scrapbook Soup TV on PBS. She teaches art classes around the world as well as online and through […]

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Craft Countdown with Amy Anderson

May 21, 2013

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Mod Podge Amy

  My name is Amy. I am a 36-year-old crafty gal who has lived all over the country (a lot in the Northwest) and finally ended up in Atlanta. I was born from creative genes, so I’m carrying on the tradition. I have been knitting for 18 years, sewing for longer and decoupaging for just […]

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Craft Countdown with Margot Potter

May 15, 2013

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Margot Potter

  Margot Potter is an internationally celebrated designer, author, trash to treasure trover, freelance writer, consultant, public speaker, performer and TV Host.  She invites people to not only think outside of the box, but to tear it up, repurpose it into something fabulous and stand on it to reach for the stars. Equally comfortable at […]

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Craft Countdown with Becky Striepe

April 18, 2013

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Crafting a Green World

    My name is Becky Striepe (pronounced “stree-pee,” like “sleepy”), and I am a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. My life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone!     5 tools or supplies you can’t be without 1. Vintage buttons 2. Ric Rac 3. […]

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Craft Countdown with Vicki O’Dell, The Creative Goddess

April 9, 2013

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5, 4, 3, 2, 1 with Vicki O'Dell, The Creative Goddess

 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1   I’ve been writing here on Craft Test Dummies for a while now (2 years this coming July). While at CHA in January Jenny and I started talking (Well, ok. The truth is that we NEVER STOP talking but that’s a story for another day) and […]

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Whimsy Kits by Heidi Boyd

April 5, 2013

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Whimsy Kits by Heidi Boyd

  Every great once in a while I see something online and I think, “that is super cute” and I have to make it. Even if it’s not within the usual realm of my work. I mean, who says I have to stick with mixed media and jewelry making EVERY day? So when my Facebook […]

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