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Craft Haul- LSS Rummage Sale!

May 15, 2015

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Craft Haul- LSS Rummage Sale

This week my Local Stamping Store (LSS- shout out to Stamplistic in Amherst) had a rummage sale at their new location. The idea is that you could bring in your gently used tools and stamps and the store sells them for you. YOU do the pricing, the store does the work, and you get the […]

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Crafting and Cruising!

April 13, 2015

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It seems that I’ve been living a whirlwind life of travel these days… we just got back from Melbourne and then we were off as a family for a Royal Caribbean cruise. Of course, I brought my travel kit and couldn’t resist taking a peek at what the craft activities offered on our ship, the […]

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Packing for a Polymer Clay Retreat!

April 10, 2015

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Last fall my crafty BFF Vicki O’Dell, the Creative Goddess (you should check out her site VickiODell.com) and I took a little in-state road trip to the International Polymer Clay Associations’ polymer clay retreat! It was a weekend in Dublin, Ohio, at a hotel…but while the venue was small, it packed it a lot of […]

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Crafty Field Trip to Melbourne, pt 1: Kikki K!

March 23, 2015

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Kikki K field trip, Melbourne Australia

While I was traveling in Melbourne, I found a Kikki K shop and wandered in. I’d been seeing a lot of planners online and was interested in them… so I treated myself! The shop was lovely, too. I finally cracked it open when I got home. I made a little video of unboxing and initial […]

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Melbourne Trip 2015- Art & Architecture

March 16, 2015

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I love love love to travel…and taking in the public art and architecture is a BIG part of my travel experience. Just taking these new sights in really influences my art and craft design sensibilities. In this 4-minute video, I share with you the highlights of my week in Melbourne, Australia, focusing on old architecture, […]

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Travel Crafting Kit Round-Up & Trip to Oz

March 2, 2015

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Travel Kit & Round Up on CraftTestDummies.com

If you’ve been here a while, you know I LOVE to travel. It doesn’t really even matter where- in my home state, across the country, North America, Europe.. well, I just love to go and see this beautiful earth of ours! Last October I took my first honest-to-goodness trip to Europe (Italy) to visit our AFS […]

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Crafty Field Trip to Hawaii, Part 3 of 3: Quilt Shop!

December 9, 2014

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Quilt Passions Kona Hawaii

So since Hawaii is known for their quilts, what trip to the Big Island would be complete without a trip to a local Quilt Shop. (By the way, if you’d like to see my trip to the craft store & scrapbooking store and/or the bead shop, just click those links too.) The aforementioned quilt shop […]

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Crafty Field Trip- Hawaii, Part 2 (BEADS!)

December 1, 2014

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da Bead Shop, Kona, Hawaii

As I mentioned before in Part 1 of the Crafty Field Trip Hawaii series, I often have a junior partner in crafty crime- my nine-year old daughter Bailey. We had scoured the Kona Coffee Festival booths that were loaded with locally-made jewelry, and she really wanted to buy some pieces for her friends. As you […]

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Crafty Field Trip: Hawaii (Part 1 of 3)

November 24, 2014

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As some of you know, I LOVE to travel. Seriously love it. And I often am not picky at all about where I go, as long as I get to see the sights and eat the food….and visit a few craft stores or handmade markets along the way! This month our whole family took a […]

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International Polymer Clay Association Retreat in Columbus Ohio

August 25, 2014

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Sometimes, you just need a “creative jumpstart” to get your mojo flowing, or a road trip, or a combination of both. My best crafty pal Vicki O’Dell and I decided that we’d do just that and headed down to the International Polymer Clay Association retreat last week, which was held in our home state of […]

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Crafty Field Trip: Medina Ohio

August 26, 2013

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Sometimes you need to recharge your creative batteries with a change of scenery. For me, I like to got to museums, take nature walks, go thrifting, or visit some craft stores. Last Friday, my craft BFF Vicki O’Dell and I met up in the lovely Medina, Ohio to check out a bead shop, eat some […]

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Behind the Scenes at Scrapbook Soup TV

June 6, 2013

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This week I visited the brand new KS Productions Studios to be on-set for the filming of the next season of Scrapbook Soup. I visited back in 2011 to share some tips on crafting as you age, but this time I had THREE segments! All of them where “how-to’s”, each using a die-cut element. But […]

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Crafty Field Trip: Piktails of Orlando, Florida

April 8, 2013

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Last week I took a vacation with my family to Florida. Funny, I’ve been there 5 times since December but haven’t had a chance to actually enjoy the sunshine! So of course I soaked up some rays, visited some theme parks, and took a field trip to a scrapbook store, Piktails! (Side note: actually, we […]

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Beaded VW Bug- the “Vochol” at the National Museum of the American Indian

May 3, 2012

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Last month my family and I traveled to the Capitol to see the sights over spring break. One of my favorite new museums is the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. First off, the building is just amazing. Designed to mimic the red rock bluffs of the American southwest, the undulating curves on the […]

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CraftTestDummies at Martha Stewart Craft Week- Part 2

October 3, 2011

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(Read Part One of my adventure here, if you’ve missed it!) So Monday, October 3rd was the big day- the day I got to go to the Martha Stewart Show as a “featured audience member!” They invited some of us crafty bloggers to come and blog/facebook/tweet live from the show. Haley- my “plus-one” for this […]

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CraftTestDummies at The Martha Stewart Show Craft Week-Part 1

October 3, 2011

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Wow! In a whirl-wind trip from Sunday, October 2 over To Monday, October 3rd to 2011 I was in NYC for the Martha Stewart Show Craft Week. But you KNOW I had to take a few detours, too, to visit some crafty places and see some crafty faces! Since the Martha Stewart Show studios are […]

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California Crafty Field Trips: Two Local Craft/Scrapbooking Stores

August 10, 2011

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One of the things I just LOVE about traveling is the chance to meet other crafters and visit local guilds & shops! Well, last month while I was vacationing in Carlsbad, I took an afternoon to visit a few local stores. First I visited  Gee Gee’s Stamps ‘n’ Stuff. Located on 2965 State Street, Carlsbad, […]

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