Sunday, April 19, 2015

Scenes from Vogue Knitting Live in Pasadena!

 I have had so much fun here at about meeting this weekend! I was able to show how to you use the Pattiewack tools and people were absolutely swarming into the booth. This has been a tremendously fun, amazing experience!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pom-poms & Tassels for Vogue Knitting Live!

I am so excited to be putting together all the goodies for our booth at Vogue Knitting Live in Pasadena this weekend. My pom-pom and tassel girls are going to look perfectly at home there, I'm thinking!

I've got to get my butt in gear today and pack everything so that I can drive down tomorrow and spend the night before setting up on Friday morning. My friend Susan Levin and I went together to sell my PattieWack crafting tools and her website products. 

If you haven't already, you can check out her fabulous products at www.stuffyoulove.com

I'll keep you posted as we set up. This is our first time, so we'll see what happens!

We are both a little bit scared, because we have no idea what to expect. I understand there will be thousands of people there. So we're packing my Transit and her SUV as full we can get them!

..... To be continued

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Score! Jonathan Adler style vase.

I can't believe I found this gorgeous vase at JoAnn fabrics today. It reminds me of the Jonathan Adler style base that I've wanted for a very long time. Plus I got it on sale for half price! So happy to put one of the roses from my yard in it today after it stopped raining. Score!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

CHA Tradeshow 2015 Highlights

I'm finally posting a few pictures from the highlights of CHA 2015. It was a fabulous trade show!
The iLoveToCreate booth was right in the front door, so I was a busy girl the entire time.
I couldn't believe it when I got there and saw the huge pictures of myself in the booth! Pretty much gave me the giggles.
There were only a couple of times during the entire show that I didn't have people at my make-it-take-it station making cool stuff. 


It was great to meet up with my favorite peeps like Mark Montano ❤️

And I got some good hugs from Steve and Cathie!

The iLoveToCreate booth was beautiful. And it was hoppin with lots of make-it-take-its, good friends and new products. 


Everyone loved the lanyards we made with the new Aleene's Quick Dry Fabric Fusion. 

One of the things I love most about the trade show is getting to do the Designer Showcase. This year I focused on Aleene's adhesives and made a denim and wool covered mannequin embellished with appliqu├ęs, pom-poms, and of course tassels. 



I also showcased several high heel stiletto ring holders. You know that my motto is; "If I can't glue it I don't do it!"


My portfolio certainly got a work-out this year. I'm so excited about the future!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Ugly Christmas Sweaters!



It seems that the Ugly Christmas Sweater has become a phenomenon in the cyber world and at holiday parties! And, thanks to this strange infatuation for ugly, my Ugly Christmas Necktie Sweater has been pick up by several top sites!  I'm over the moon, happy, and just shocked at how popular they are.  

The Ugly Christmas Sweater that keeps getting featured was made for the blog at iLoveToCreate, and also here on my Pattiewack blog.  I really think that the cute factor comes from our fabulous model/copywriter, Chloe Tatro.  She is a cutie patootie, and really sells it!  I mean, who else do you see holding an ornament with so much sassy-tude, right? 

To top it all off, our iLoveToCreate social media expert, Alexa Westerfield is a contributor for Buzzfeed.com and she put my sweater in a countdown for 27 Ugly Christmas Sweaters yesterday!  Love ya, Alexa!


  
Today.com did a cute segment on the Today Show, then followed it up with their top Ugly Christmas Sweaters, too.  They found my sweater on Pinterest, and it was #2 on the list!!  




But wait, there's MORE!  *giggle*
Yahoo.com featured it, too!  They found the sweater on iLoveToCreate.com and put it in a slideshow on their front page.  Wowza!  I've actually been in shock to tell you the truth, but super excited that the world is embracing pompoms, glue, and DIY just for the fun of it.  Yes!  What the world needs more of right now is some stinkin' holiday cheer!


So, just in case you need to know how to make your own ugly but cute Ugly Christmas Sweater, here's the instructions.  Look in the closet and grab those ugly neckties or run down to the thrift store and then glue yourself a fabulous and fun sweater to wow your friends and family!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Made in the USA!!!! PattieWack Pom-Pom and Tassel Makers


MADE in the USA

Yes!  We did it.  The quest for having our tools made here in America is not a dream any more.  We actually found someone right here in California that would come close to our China pricing and help us continue to make our tools profitable.  I am so excited to make the announcement today.  My hubby Scott just wouldn't give up, and it was worth it.  We ran out of the mini tassel makers several months ago and lost some sales, but he was determined to continue the search, and see where we could go with US makers.  

So, if you've been waiting to order your PattieWack Mini Tassel Maker, today's your day.  We are in the photography studio right now, getting the beauty shots done, and will have them on the web soon.   Look for them on www.PattieWack.com and in my Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/PattieWackDesigns ..... 


We are trying to do our part to save the economy through a thought process.  It will take the effort of every American to look for the USA logo on all their purchases.  We are trying to help American people to rely on each other in bringing our industry back.  Please consider supporting the companies that feel it is important to manufacture products in our country.





Sunday, November 9, 2014

Thanksgiving Topiaries

When I think about Thanksgiving, I think about spices, pumpkin pie, and all that goodness coming from the kitchen.  And I really love to create something pretty for my table for Thanksgiving.  So, I came up with this idea to crush old potpourri in a food processor and add spices and yummy smells to the mix, then glue it all to foam cones to make Thanksgiving Topiaries.

Check out this video from a few years ago when I was in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  I think you'll like it, just because it will give you a great idea to spice things up on YOUR Thanksgiving table.

P.S.  Don't laugh at my hair!  LOL

Here's what you'll need :

Bagged Potpourri
Food Processor
Cloves
Cinnamon Sticks
Craft Stick
White Craft Glue
Foam Cones & Spheres
Ground Spices
Rubber Band
Ribbon
Tea Lights
Candleholders & Tray
Grab a bag of potpourri and some spices out of the kitchen, because in less than an hour you can make a Spicy Centerpiece! These pretty trees and candles are made with foam shapes and a secret technique with your food processor. Who knew!
Steps:
1. Crush potpourri in a food processor. Be sure to remove large pieces of wood or sticks that would harm the processor. Add a few cloves to add to the fragrance of the mix. Pour the mixture into a shallow bowl.
2. If you want a row of cinnamon sticks around the base, adhere them all the way around the cone with glue. Use a rubber band to hold until dried completely.
3. Spread a generous amount of glue with a craft stick, to completely cover the entire cone. Lay the glue-covered cone into the potpourri mixture as your roll it and scoop handfuls of the mixture over the glue, until it is completely covered.
4. Pour ground spices over the cone to fill in any spaces that are not covered with the potpourri.
5. Press a decorative pinecone or dried flower from the bagged potpourri, into the top of the cone. Let it dry.
6. Tie a ribbon around the base of the cone, tying it into a bow. Place the completed cone on a candleholder and display on a coordinating tray.
7. For the tea light candles, cut a sphere in half, scoop out a hole to place the tea light. Follow the previous steps to cover with potpourri and let it dry. Glue ribbon around the sphere and push a tea light into the top to complete.
Pattie’s Pointer:
This is a fantastic way to use old potpourri that has lost aroma, but too good to throw away. Simply add a few fragrant cloves to the mixture for that holiday fragrance. Not only is this a pretty Thanksgiving centerpiece, but it will also move right into your Christmas decorations by changing the orange plaid ribbon to red velvet bows. Make several to add pizzazz to a holiday buffet that will be sure to impress your guests!

Happy Crafting!
Pattiewack

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Grand Opening Today! PattieWackDesigns Etsy Store


Big Announcement....

I'm pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the spankin' new PattieWackDesigns Etsy Store!   Yeehaw!  

I've been working on it for over a month and it finally came together.  Sooo happy that now I can share the PattieWack Tassel Tools, Pompom Tools, mixed media art, pompom keychains, color wheels, PattieWack Custom Crowns, and more crafty tools and supplies. 

Trust me, this is just the beginning. I've been hoarding craft supplies, and saving handmade items for YEARS.  And now it's time to unveil all the goodies!


One of the items in the store is just making me giddy.  I've always loved taking paper, rolling it, and making cool things with it.  And I've thought for a long time that making PattieWack Custom Crowns for special occasions would be fun.  Well, it's TIME.  I'm offering to make personalized crowns for those very special moments like a 50th birthday, or a Golden Wedding Anniversary, maybe a Sweet Sixteen Birthday girl, or any celebration.  There's a full description in the Etsy store :) 

So, please...please...please...head on over to the PattieWackDesigns Etsy Store and check it out.  I can't wait to hear back from y'all and hear what you have to say about it.  And remember, there's more to come!

Happy Shopping!
Pattiewack

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I love Tassels

You know how much I love Tassels, and there are countless images of tassels on the internet, and I'm always browsing for beautiful tassels for inspiration to make my own.  
In my internet journeys, I found the most amazing tassel pics at 
http://thepeachskin.tumblr.com/

I love this beautiful outfit, and the tassel necklace and bracelet make it so pretty.  Love the peace sign, love the beads, I just love it ALL!
The unbelievable colors in this necklace are simply delicious.  The tangerine tassel combined with the turquoise beads and knotted string are a beautiful combination.  I can see wearing this with a crispy starched white and a pair a indigo skinny jeans.

The ombre dye technique on this tassel really caught my eye, and shows how a simple silk tassel can be dipped into dye for an organic and thoughtful decoration on any door. 
And this one is extremely elegant in it's simplicity with the pure white embroidery floss and wooden beads, just slightly dipped in an ash brown dye.  Beautiful!
For more eye candy, check out:  http://thepeachskin.tumblr.com/

I know you love tassels too, or you wouldn't be hanging out here with me..... so if you want more inspiration and to see how easy it is to make your own tassels, you just might enjoy my little video.

How to Make PattieWack Tassels How-To Video on the PattieWack Designs Channel on YouTube right here:

Sunday, August 10, 2014

DIY Bird Feeder Yard Art

Yard Art

I've been working in the yard a lot lately, and thought you might like to see my little bird feeder with a bird bath.  The bonus as you can see, is that the little birdies that take a bath here are hanging out with this cute gnome!  He's always ready say Hi! to all comers.

The best part about this bird feeder/bird bath is how easy it was to make.  All you need is a cup and saucer, a handful of buttons, a copper 3/4" pipe, and a 3/4" copper cap.  And GLUE!  

If you're unfamiliar with the pipe and cap, just ask the dude at the home improvement store, and they'll fix you right up.  I purchased an 8 foot pipe and asked him to cut it in half so I could make 2 while I was at it.  And I grabbed two copper caps.

Here's what you do:  
Mix a little 2-part Epoxy on a paper plate with a craft stick.  You won't need tons, and you can always swirl a little more together if you run out.  Then glue the cup to the saucer, and the buttons around the edge.  Tape the buttons on with masking tape until the glue sets up so they don't slide off.  Now turn everything upside down and glue the copper cap to the bottom of the saucer; flat side to the saucer.  The cap will be what holds the pipe to the saucer.  you don't want to glue the pipe to the cap.  

After everything dries (it won't take long), poke the pole in the ground and then place the finished bird feeder/bird bath onto the top of the pole, fitting the cap over the end of the pole.  It really IS that easy.  Now you can sit a little friend like my gnome, or a frog, or any other kitschy critter on the side of the cup to keep the birdies company.

Lastly, you can wind a string of beads on a wire around the top of the pole for added decoration like I did.  Voila!  How cute is that? And don't forget to pour birdseed into the saucer, and fill the cup with water.  Now you're ready to sit back and watch the birds enjoy!

Happy Summer!
Pattiewack

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

One Kings Lane: Iris Apfel - A Journey in Style




I'm such a big fan of Iris Apfel!  I spent some YouTube time tonight, listening to videos of her being interviewed, and it was such a fun learning experience.  One of her famous lines is, "I don't see anything so wrong in a wrinkle!"  She is so much fun, and is not afraid to speak her mind.  Her style is undeniably iconic and daring, with no apologies.  I seriously adore her.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did, and if you want more, go to:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzTRQUfJZO4

In the longer interview with Nadja Swarovski, she tells about her life and how that she worked with several First Ladies in the White House that was very interesting.

Enjoy!
Pattiewack

Sunday, July 20, 2014

How To Make Pillows with a Scarf!


I absolutely LOVE anything Missoni, and I was searching the internet to find the perfect pillows to put on the new hanging bed in our gazebo.  (....more to come on that later...)  So, of course I fell in love with several Missoni pillows that I found.  But oh my goodness, they were all over $200 a pillow!  Yikes!




So, I'm NOT going to be paying $285 for a pillow, unless it comes with a cute young man with a silk fan in one hand and a dirty martini in the other!  (giggle)

But I'm definitely the person who's going to be on the look-out for fabric that reminds me of the Missoni chevron, and I got lucky at World Market and found this fabulous knit scarf that totally made me squeal when I found it.  Plus, it was on sale for 1/2 off so I got it for $12.50.  Score!  The scarf has all the colors in it that I was looking for.  The turquoise and coral pillows I put it with are perfect.  

As you can see by the step-out photos, I simply cut the scarf in half.  Then I folded the halves over and sewed up the sides on the sewing machine.  Next, I stuffed them with old pillows. (I never throw anything away :-)  Then I grabbed a needle and thread and sewed the opening closed.  That's it!  

Now I have to decide whether or not to add pompoms or tassels to them.  What do you think?

Pattiewack