Sponsor Spotlight: Origami Owl

Friday, March 29, 2013

This year one of the sponsors at Creative University was Sheila Bennett, Origami Owl designer. This was my first time seeing the beautiful lockets, charms and tags by this up and coming jewelry company. I loved the story behind the company, which was started by a 14 year old teen who wanted to start saving for a car.

Origami Owl’s living lockets are made to show off what’s important to you. You start with an empty locket and choose tiny little charms, plates or tags with words, and dangles to make your own one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry.


Each item is available individually, and you can customize to your heart’s content. I chose two of the tags for an affirmation statement. I love wearing this necklace so much, I have had it on most every day since Creative U. I feel like it gives me little boost of power every time I slip on my little “magic charm.” Who doesn’t need a little magic now and then?

Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I have a fondness for stop motion. Perhaps it’s because I grew up watching Rudolph and Gumby. I’m fascinated by the level of detail and commitment it takes to create even a few short minutes of film.

Gulp is the world’s largest stop motion animation, filmed from a sky-high viewpoint on a beach with a real actor. The largest scene stretches over 11,000 square feet. Another amazing fact is that the entire episode is filmed on a Nokia N8 smartphone.

Gulp. The world's largest stop-motion animation shot on a Nokia N8. from Nokia HD on Vimeo.

Watch the making of Gulp.

Wise Words

Sunday, March 24, 2013


I just heard this quote on CBS Sunday morning and it really hit home. I am often guilty of thinking of something that I should do, could do, want to do… but fail to take action.

So… first order of the day: make an typography graphic to remind myself to quit hallucinating, and get busy making things happen!

Jump for Joy in March!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Hostesses earn more rewards in March because when a Gathering reaches $250 or more in sales, the hostess jumps up to the next Hostess Rewards and Hostess Rewards Plus! levels. Now that’s a reason to jump for joy!*

Did you know you can earn hostess rewards, without even having a party?
That's right, no invites to send, no orders to collect, no house to clean. If you're going to put in a large order for yourself, YOU can get hostess rewards, simple as that!

Here's how it works:
Browse your copy of the Close to My Heart catalog, or view it online. Make a list and if you plan to purchase $150 (before shipping and tax), you can email me your list and I'll take it from there. You must email me, you can't place the order on my shopping website if you want to take advantage of the free hostess rewards.

Here are some of the hostess amounts you can earn and spend on select Close to My Heart products:
Orders of $150-$249 = $25 in product
Orders of $250-$349 = normally $40, this month $60 in product and select a 1/2 price item!
Orders of $350-$449 = normally 460, this month $80 in product and select two 1/2 price items!
The more you spend, the more you get!

Of course, if you'd like to invite your friends and family to add to your order, helping you reach even higher hostess rewards, I can set up an online "party" for you on my website, making it simple and easy to invite your guests to order directly. And you still don't have to clean your house!

*Shipping/handling and tax applies. Only Gatherings with a total of $250 or more will qualify for the jump in Hostess Rewards or Hostess Rewards Plus!. Qualifying hostesses will receive Hostess Rewards from one level only—the level that is one higher than their sales total.
Dates: Jump for Joy offer valid March 1–31, 2013.

The Ribbon Carousel

Friday, March 8, 2013

Ribbon hoarders rejoice! You can store your ribbons in style, and actually spend more time crafting instead of digging through piles of knotted ribbons and twine.

Corinna is the inventor and owner of The Ribbon Carousel. I love that her product is 100% made in the USA, and that Corinna is a wife and mother who runs her successful business along with her busy life. Her Ribbon Carousels are made to last, sturdy and gorgeous. There’s even a spinning turntable on the bottom so you can access all sides with the flick of your wrist!

Want to win a Ribbon Carousel for yourself? Enter the “Spring is in the Air” challenge on the Ribbon Carousel blog. Find details and rules here.

Shop for the Ribbon Carousel here.

One of my lucky Creative University attendees won a ribbon carousel, thanks to her amazing lung power during the Minute-to-Win it gameshow at CU.
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That’s Amy, on the right, competing against Jeanine on the left. Amy knocked over the most cups and took home a Ribbon Carousel.

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Amy at home with her prize!

Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hey, it’s time for another Whatever Wednesday! Today I’m sharing my recent discovery of Screaming Goats. Or Yelling Goats. Or Goats who sound like humans. Whatever you call them, they are freaky and funny, and just so… whatever. Gather the kids and enjoy!

Jewelry Class at Create U

Monday, March 4, 2013

One of the classes that I love offering at Create U is jewelry, because many of the attendees get their first exposure to this art form at my event. I feel that it’s important to sometimes step out of your comfort level and try new things, but I don’t want anyone to feel overwhelmed. The projects are designed to satisfy those with more jewelry experience but also allow beginners to create their project while learning a new craft.

CU necklace

This year students created soldered glass pendants with wire wrapped bead charms. I used this year’s CU logo so that students would have a keepsake to remind them of all the fun and inspiration they received at Creative University.

Below you can see the gorgeous silver-plated beads, blue freshwater pearl and blackstone charms.


My instructor, Melody did a wonderful job of helping everyone. It’s not easy supervising multiple work stations, especially when there are burning hot soldering irons involved. Here she is wearing her special teacher’s-only Creative U apron.


If you’re interested in learning soldering, I highly recommend the Simply Swank kit from Rings ‘n Things. It is the same brand we used at CU and for one affordable price you get everything you need to start creating right away.

photos credits: Amy Kupperman, Nichole Lewno