Monday, November 30, 2009
We need your help! Michaels is having a handmade holiday contest. Of course, we think that our products make the perfect holiday gift so we quickly entered our Memory Puzzle Blocks. The grand prize winner receives TWO tickets to NYC to see the Martha Stewart Show. Oh how Suni and I would LOVE a free trip to the Big Apple. Even better, we'd LOVE, LOVE, LOVE a chance to swap ideas with the queen of crafts, Martha! Help us make this dream a reality!
Go here to vote for us. Click on the snowmen on the bottom of the page...the more you like the project, the more snowmen you click!
Looking for your own kit? They are in now available in all Roberts Craft and Deserert Book stores.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
All I did was spray the branches with a bit of silver and gold spray paint. After they dried, I simply secured them in two long, skinny vases. (The display was too tall for the center of the table - it competed with the overhead lighting, so I decided to plant one at each end of the table.) Next, I add 4-5 bright red ornaments, along with 5 block ornaments featuring family faces to varying branches on the limb. That's it. Really! It makes a spectacular display!!
The rest of my ornaments adorn some greenery that I've already placed around the front door. I thought I'd get a running start on the Christmas decorating. Next week is going to be pretty busy. Did we mention that we're going to be on Channel 4, Good Things Utah? Oh, we did?! :-)
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
This week our products will be in the spotlight again! As we've mentioned, our Memory Puzzle kits are now available at all Roberts Crafts locations. Well, our new friends over at Roberts love our puzzles so much that they are highlighting them on KUTV 2 News at Noon on Wednesday, November 18th. On Friday, Nov. 20th, Lisa will be featuring our puzzles on Good Things Utah at 10am. (channel 4)
We are thrilled to have so many people share the excitement that we have for these fabulous products. Be sure to tune in!
Monday, November 16, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
We were lucky enough to be chosen as one of three booths to be featured on this show tomorrow morning!
Be sure to tune in tomorrow on channel 4 at 10:00 am to see us shine!
And if you're coming to the Family Christmas Gift Show at the South Towne Expo Center, stop by and say hi! (we are located at booth 620.)
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The metal is shipped with a protective coating to keep it from aging prematurely. You'll want to remove it for these processes to work best. We sprayed our tray with a common household cleaner (something that will cut grease), rinsed and dried it.
Bleach Bath: In the example on the left, we submerged the tray for about an hour in a bucket of regular household bleach. Make sure that you use common sense when working with bleach; wear old clothes, rubber gloves and protective eye wear! Once we removed the tray from the bleach, we carefully rinsed it under water. The resulting piece was a little too rusty for our liking, so we did a quick once-over scrub with our handy Bar Keepers Friend (a BEST friend in my kitchen!) and fell in love with the end result!
Coke Bath: This easy process simply requires a bucket of coca-cola. You'll want to use soda that is fully carbonated. Soak the tray over night for best results. Don't try to drink any soda that is used in this process. (I offer this piece of advice because I had a teenage son seriously dumb enough to consider swiping a swig.) Once the tray has soaked sufficiently, rinse it in water and thoroughly dry it. The tray on the right features the end result. It offers a more subtle distressed look then the bleach process and was voted most popular by all of our friends that were polled.These versatile trays can also be painted (use a paint made for metal) or decorate the outer edge with stickers or decals. Protect your furniture by placing felt or rubber bumpers on the bottom corners of the tray. A six-inch square of fabric in the bottom of the tray will provide a nice cushion for your blocks. The inside of the tray is also a perfect spot for storing extra copies of the puzzle pictures.
Keep in mind that the major emphasis in this project is the six pictures contained on the nine blocks. The tray is just a handy way to display and store the puzzle.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
We've just been featured in the Nov/Dec issue of LDS Living. If you get the magazine, look for us on page 76. They selected our puzzle kits for their 2009 Holiday Gift Guide. These are our new kits...the ones with the cool metal tray. Check 'em out on our website. We're thrilled to report that the kits are now in ALL 40 Deseret Book stores. We loved seeing them sit on the shelf at our local store. (Of course, we'd also love seeing them in your hot little hands on their way to the checkout counter!) The Roberts Craft order is shipping now. They should have their kits within the week.
On November 20th, Roberts Crafts stores is going to be featuring our puzzles on ABC's 4 Good Things Utah. And...if that's not enough, we're getting our own spot on GTU December 3rd!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Here's a couple of the new gadgets...
1. You can now use the Photo Wizard to prepare your pictures for the ornament and letter block projects! Yah, we know, it's about time. Thanks to our Swiss Day customers who have been patiently waiting. We think you'll love how easy it is to format your pictures for the different projects. We sure LOVE that we can now print 20 ornament pictures on a page! No more fiddling with the scaling or only getting one block ornament printout per page.
2. Had pictures that were too big to load into the Photo Wizard? Notice the past tense?? You're going to love how much easier it is to upload your pictures. We still have size limitations based on the whole internet thing, but now if you try to ADD a big picture, the Photo Wizard is going to give you the option of using our new Java Uploader feature.
3. We've also updated our Demo's and Tutorials section! Keep in mind that this is a work in progress, but it's the place to go if you have questions about any of our projects!
It seems like there is always something needing cleaning, changing or explaining, in life and in the virtual world of the internet. We'll continue to chase down the dust bunnies and get everything in working order, just in time for the next set of changes. Remember, tomorrow is the big day! Come check out the bells and whistles, kick the tires, look under the hood and let us know what works...and doesn't work.