This is the last installment of my crafty field trip to Europe, which I took in October 2017. I have some great posts about John Lewis, Le BHV, Liberty of London, and Blade Rubber for you to read, too! (Yeah, I packed a LOT into a week!) But now let’s get to my Crafty Shopping Trip and Haul from fabric district at Sacre Coeur Basilica, Paris France. This area is basically at the foot of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. I […]
Craft Haul and Trip to Liberty of London, UK – October 2017 Did you think I was done with my travel posts? Not yet! (PS- if you need to catch up, see my posts on John Lewis, Le BHV, and Blade Rubber, too!) Today we are back in London, with what was actually my first stop- my happy place- Liberty of London. So..Liberty of London is another large department store disguised as a Tudor boarding school. I joke that […]
Hi, Crafty Friends! I’m back with another installment of “Jenny goes craft shopping in Europe, Part THREE!” Well, not quite- that’s a joke….. kind of. But YES, this is the third post on my latest trip to London and Paris. Check out my first post here when I visited John Lewis, and my trip here to le BHV in Paris. Like the previous posts, my goal is to: Introduce you to a place you might not know; Show you what the craft/fabric shopping is […]
Hey Crafty Friends! This week I have a special treat- I’m taking you with me on my trip to London and Paris. I tagged along with my husband while he was working, which is why we spent two nights in London, then two nights in Paris, then BACK to London to wrap up our trip. It was quite a whirlwind! I’m not sharing my trip chronologically, but rather how I’m unpacking my goodies. In each of these posts you’ll learn […]
Hey crafty friends! If you know me, you know I’ve been using Periscope for well over a year now to do live broadcasts. I really enjoy having a “craft tribe” to talk to, as I’m still trying to make friends in my new state! Anyway, today I’m sharing a video of my crafty field trip into NYC with my mom last month, and some of the awesome goodies I picked up. This is a pretty good idea of how my […]
I love me some crafty bargains- and I found quite a few at my (new) local Tuesday Morning in New Jersey. And I wanted to share the bounty with you! Take a look at the video: I’m looking forward to visiting the Watchung Tuesday Morning again to see what crafty bargains await. Where do YOU go to get crafting supplies on a discount?
Every now and then you need to stop and smell the roses- or pause and contemplate art. I did just that over TWO days at The Met in NYC. As a new New Yorker, I get free admission for a year with my New York ID and I plan to take full advantage! So for my first trips, I bee-lined to the Manus X Machina exhibit which closed Labor Day weekend 2016. From the press release: “Fashion and technology are […]
In June I spent just over a week going on tour with the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony. My son plays the baritone sax and was slated to play 5 concerts throughout Germany, The Netherlands (Holland) and Austria. Like any good parent, I decided to tag along. We had a lovely time bonding, and I got to see countries I’ve never been to before. And being me (because of course, I am) I had to seek out some crafty places- both […]
Sometimes you just feel like you need some new supplies to kick your creativity into gear- and last month I recharged my creative juices by doing some Craft Haul’in at my local stamp store, STAMPLISTIC. I did a Periscope sharing my hauls, which I’ve now edited a bit and put on YouTube for everyone. The first my “new” purchases– And this next one are my “used” goodies! I kind of overspent, but I’m happy with the things I […]
It’s Street Fair season in NE Ohio- that means fun food, music, and HANDMADE arts and crafts! I took a trip to the Hessler Street Fair in University Circle, Ohio, and got a henna tattoo as well as buying some handmade art.Take a look! Do you like street festivals? Did you ever participate in them as a seller? I’d love to hear your stories!!!
I know I just got back from London, but we had a family reunion last week in sunny Mexico! I couldn’t resist mixing a little bit of business with my pleasure, so I visited some handcraft shops to see that Mexican artists are making. While I know that they make a lot to sell to tourists, many of the techniques are traditional. I made you a video! And now here are the photos of my treasures….
As I mentioned here, I love to travel- and my favorite thing to do is to visit crafty stores and see what products/craft trends are popular abroad. Today I’m sharing my video of Liberty of London and John Lewis as I saw them in November 2015. What do you think? Similar or different than what you have in YOUR neighborhood? I’d love to hear from you!
What’s better than visiting New York City? Visiting a craft store in New York City! Last month while we were visiting, I found out that the Ink Pad was only a few blocks from my husbands’ new apartment. I ditched the family for a few hours and headed over to check it out! So, side story. I walked in and started checking things out. After the initial, “Hi, is there anything you are looking for/Can I help you?” greeting, one […]
You all know that I love love love to travel- and part of the fun is finding a craft store (or two, or three!) while I’m there. Last week I was in New York City (Manhattan) in the Madison Square Park area, right by the historic Flatiron building. We spent much of the week walking around and seeing sights- (I can share some of the architecture photos on another day, if you like.) But of course I had to take […]
Well, it’s a busy time here at CTD WHQ- kids are out of school and into camps, (and mischief) we’ve started demolition on our kitchen remodel, my husband is in transition with work, and I’m working on my projects for Hands On Crafts for Kids. We film the entire season in one week in July, and this season I’ve got increased hosting duties and I’m designing quite a few of the projects I’ll be sharing on-camera. This means that while […]
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 amount sold in store credit for NEW STUFF. Well, I’m not a snob. I love a good tag sale and it’s new to me, right? […]
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 Oasis of the Seas. While onboard, I made you a little video! You can tell I’m really in “cruise” mode because I’m not wearing makeup […]
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 fun and information! But…this post is about PACKING for the retreat. You see, it was the first one I’d even been to, and I just […]
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 set up….
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, NEW architecture, public art, and GRAFFITI! Take a peek: So…my broad takeaways of Melbourne: It’s a very “European” city- lots of foreign speakers, travelers […]