Inspired at Home

August 16, 2009

Just in case you missed any details of our August 16th radio show, here's the facts, info, hints, tips, advice, musings and whatevers! Yep -- we actually talked about ALL this stuff on this show! Don't believe that we could have possibly fit all this info into one tiny show? Listen to the archived  show. Use our quick links to jump to any feature on this page:

Project Ideas of the Week
Rave about Fave
Guest Interview with Jo Packham
Guest Interview with Violette
Craft Concierge - Maria Nerius
Embracing Your Creative Spirit with Katheryn Tidwell Bieber
The Final Few  |  Musings
Herban Living  |  GoGoGreen
Rave About Fave

All of our Inspired at Home projects can be found at  We love to rave about Fave!  This is a site that is a center for all things crafting with thousands of free craft projects from craft manufacturers, designers and craft bloggers.

Knit Wrap from FaveCrafts.comMy pick this week from is this beautiful Chunky Knitted Long Wrap by Patons.  For those of you who listened to last week's "after the show" discussion, I asked the group "What is one crafting technique that you have never tried?". When it came time for me to answer, I said that I wanted to learn how to knit!  I had tried knitting as a teenager but just couldn't get the hang of it so I switched to crochet - which I LOVE! But now, I want to learn how to knit! So, I'm printing this pattern off and taking it to my local yarn shop and say "this is what I want to make!" >>Tiffany  

Project Ideas
 Feltorama.comMy project pick this week comes from This site has fibers for modern crafters. Anything you could possibly want in the way of felt, they have it! Recycled eco-felt, hand-dyed wool felt, felt flowers, felt beads, felt balls, felt buttons, felt ribbon! Did I mention they have felt?!  Check out their blot too - it has lots of fun ideas from.....felt!  >>Heidi
Bread Tab Jewelry by Heidi BorchersMy project pick this week comes from (That's us!) I love how Heidi has repurposed Bread Tags into cool Jewelry. Bread tabs are those little plastic thingies that keep the loaf of bread sealed in its wrapper. This beautiful necklace and earrings are stunning and no will know (until you tell them) that you repurposed your bread tags. >>Candace

Listen to our Project Picks of the Week podcast report! >>GO
Embracing Your Creative Spirit
Embracing your Creative Spirit with Katheryn Tidwell Bieber - this week's topic is Transitioning into Creative Change. Ugh, change! That's such a tough one for so many of us! Read Katheryn's suggestions for Transitioning into Creative Change! GO>>
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Craft Concierge
Maria NeriusMaria Nerius is back this week to answer your creative  question - "What is Shrink Plastic?" Read Maria's report with basic Shrink Plastic instructions! GO>>
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 Challenge HeidiLast week, we launched the Challenge Heidi segment which, as many of you know was THE most popular segment on Aleene's CreativeCoffeeMate Living television during its 15-years on-air.

Since we put out the call for challenges for Heidi, they have been rolling in!  This week's Challenge Heidi comes from Pat Lehnen from Sacramento, CA.  With the holidays in mind, Heidi created . . .  GO>>

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Do you have a Challenge Heidi idea?  Just email us at and tell us what you want to challenge Heidi with!
Several weeks ago Katheryn reminded us of an exercise that we had gone through years ago where we contributed to a Gift Statement to be compiled and given to co-workers. We decided to start this wonderful gift idea back up - this week we are sharing our appreciation for Heidi. Read Heidi's Gift Statement! GO>>
Heidi's Ribbon Spool Flower ArtHere's what we've been blogging about this week: Challenge Heidi Ribbon Spools Flower Art by Heidi Borchers, The Shed by Heidi Borchers, Gourd Treasures by Heidi Borchers, Parsley - Culinary and Much More! by Candace Liccione - Releasing Creative Clutter  by Katheryn Tidwell Bieber, Craft Concierge What are Style Stones by Tiffany Windsor, Yoyo Elephant from by Tiffany Windsor, Heidi's SodaPoppy Angels by Tiffany Windsor. 
Recent guest updates:
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Brenda Pinnick LogoWhen Brenda Pinnick was on the show recently, she mentioned that she would be posting a link on her blog to a pdf download of Some Fun Summer Color Palettes.  Just in case you missed the link - here it is! GO>>
Eileen Hull tells us that she has a new line of Sizzix dies called Scoreboards.  There are eight designs and the fun and innovative thing about them is that they are specially designed to cut and score matboard and chipboard. The designs include a gift card/business card box, frame, notepad box, post it note holder, ATC box, checkbook cover, box with lid and cupcake ruffle. Look for them on coming soon!

Dee GruenigDee Gruenig was planning to retire, but she now is providing designs and ideas under license to a wonderful rubber stamp company, Stamp A Mania, owned by Mark and Cynthia Stansell. Dee tells us that "they just do too good a job and are too much fun to say "No" to. We are grateful to have them added to the other two companies we serve, All Night Media and Sunday International."  In an unusual agreement, all three companies have given permission in agreements to work with the others. Dee Gruenig's Posh Designs should appear by mid- September. Also, Dee will appear at two stamping shows for the Rubber Stamp Events company in Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 31 and November 1 and Mesa, Arizona (near Phoenix) on November 7 & 8.


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