Thursday, May 31, 2012

my start up disc is full

In the process of backing up my computer. Be back to blog when I have enough room to edit pictures!!

Monday, May 28, 2012

a few days in London

I traveled to London last week to do QVC for Martha Stewart Crafts. With the Olympics firing up and the Queens Diamond Jubilee in full swing, the city was in full patriotic mode.
Not to mention, the Chelsea Flower Show was completely in bloom, so festivities were happening all around.
The Queen's garden party brought out the best dressed, with ladies wearing all sorts of hats and fascinators.
We are able to make it to Liberty of London so I could pick up a pair of Liberty patterned Dr. Martens—yay!
London Bridges were not falling down... thank God.
I admire the architecture in London, being so different than that of New York's. I also fancied the odd leafless trees!
It's not a lie when people say that London's Underground is so much better then New York's subway—it really is.
More to come from my visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum and a few crafts from QVC!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Martha's Crafter's Clay

Martha Stewart Crafts recently debuted this great product called Crafter's Clay. These beautiful flowers were crafted by the clay founder's daughter, Yukiko Miyai. She has had a lifetime of experience working with the clay—hence the incredible life-like flowers—but what's great about what Martha's done, is she's setup kits with silicone molds to make working with the clay super easy.  You can read more about it HERE.
By just using molds, Yukiko showed Martha how she created this wreath. How easily the colors mix and the texture of the clay are probably my two favorite features of the clay. Oh, did I mention that this wreath probably weights less than a couple quarters?!? Because the clay is mainly paper based, it is extremely light weight! Also non-toxic and air dries!

Watch how natural Yukiko is with the clay:

Sunday, May 13, 2012


The Martha Stewart Show has wrapped, for good, after seven seasons. This doesn't mean Martha won't be on TV anymore, in fact she is currently in the midst of filming another show that will be on my favorite channel, PBS. Unfortunately there won't be any crafting in this cooking show :(
I recently recalled all the segments I've done with Martha through the years and didn't realize how many there actually were! I'm really going to miss crafting every single day.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


We ventured upstate on Saturday to do our annual rummage and estate sale treasure hunting. I was really excited to have scored this vintage, possibly antique, American Flag. Being a huge fan of Antiques Road Show, I know that certain Americana things can possibly be worth a lot of money. The $5 price tag made the sale a no brainer, but after I was unbelievably curious to learn more about the flag. I could tell it was not new by the brittle wool fabric, the wear and tear and discoloring it had. Upon further  research, I learned a whole lot about the history of American Flags. This particular flag is called a Yacht Ensign. It has a circle of 13 stars with an anchor in the middle, 7 white and 7 red stripes. 

To determine the value of a flag there are the factors of design, age, scarcity, size, condition, quality, etc. Now I am in the process of tracking the history of this particular flag made by the Valley Forge Flag Co. I know they started the company in 1882 and began sewing flags in Spring City during the Depression era. I've emailed the company with questions about when they started making this style flag and when they stopped producing this flag with wool fabric. I love the investigation of this and learning about something I might never have been interested in. And maybe I even found a gem!—but probably not : (
While we're on the topic of flags, I actually have made one before! Not American, but Chilean for a story about wine for Men's Journal.

It was quite rewarding and fairly quick and easy to make. I pieced the different color fabrics together in the proper flag size, created a star and stitched it on, ironing in between steps. The finished flag was so crisp but i needed it to look old so I tea stained and wrinkled it up for the purpose of the photo shoot.