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Flashback of Creativity

6 Jan

A few months ago I was taken back. I was transported to the past where  fond childhood memories were clear as day.  It was at a craft fair that took place around the Christmas holiday.  I attended with my neighbor.  Many rooms were decorated with items for sale. There were many trees set up with ornaments for sale and there were many people doing their holiday shopping.

It wasn’t until I went upstairs to a particular room that I experienced my flashback.  The flash from the past was a clear as the days of old. I was in utter amazement in what was sitting under a decorated tree.  I discover in this room, a childhood friend.  Something so familiar and missed that seeing it brought tears to my eyes.  REALLY! I dropped to the floor on my knees to get a closer look.  I reached out to hold this dear object and I picked it up gingerly.  WOW! It was meant to be! Finding this lost treasure from my past was a sign that I needed to buy it for myself. For a second or two, I needed to reward myself and take back, reclaim what was a big part of my life in the past. I had to have that doll!

This is Mrs. Beasley and me. She is my blast from the past doll.

This is Mrs. Beasley and me. She is my blast from the past doll.

Mrs. Beasley was a fabric  and plastic doll made by Mattel in 1967.  Today she is considered vintage.  This particular Mrs.Beasley doll is a vintage re-make with the recordings of Cheryl Ladd as the grandmotherly voice used in her string activated voice box encased in the doll’s  cotton fabric torso area.  The doll was designed to resemble a grandmotherly type figure. She also had a string that you pulled to make her “talk”. The phrases she spoke were of things a Grandmother might say like: “I do believe you are the nicest little friend I ever had.” and “Would you like to try on my glasses, you may if you wish.”

The doll was made popular by the sit-com, family show starring Brian Keith. It was called: Family Affair. Keith played an uncle who was put in charge of these adorable twin children named Buffy and Jody.  Mr. French was a supporting character as the butler.  It was one of those feel good shows that I just loved watching as a child on television.

Buffy had a Mrs. Beasley doll on the show and they were pretty popular dolls.  The fabric of the doll’s body was blue and white poka-dot. It was a very stiff-stuffed doll with arms, torso and legs, that were solid and great for wear and tear.  That doll was durable.  Mrs. Beasley came with her own plastic granny glasses and a hair net. Funny now to think about those factors that seemed appealing to have on a doll.

I earned my own money to buy my Mrs. Beasley by making loom pot holders! I remember making many of the square loom pot holders in hopes that those in my neighborhood would buy them so that I could have enough money for my Mrs. Beasley doll. They did, so you know I had a fond appreciation for her because of the added efforts in obtaining her.

The funny part about finding this doll that day were the comments I got while I was holding her while shopping the rest of that shopping spree. Women would stop to talk about her and tell me that they had a Mrs. Beasley doll too or that they knew someone who had one when they were growing up.  One lady even asked if I were planning on buying it for sure because she would consider it if I did not want to purchase it.  I did buy it and I guess I was not ready for the reaction of my family when I brought my tiny treasure home.

My blast from the past doll.

My blast from the past doll.

The cats found her curious but were not impressed with it. And my husband did not know why I “needed” a doll at my age. My daughter thought it was “creepy” and said she was going to give her nightmares. Oh well!  She is mine. I have been reunited with my friend, Mrs.Beasley!

Do you have a flash from the past item that you are attached to for personal or creative reasons? Do share. Creativity is meant to be appreciated.

Blue Christmas- Inspired By Elvis

21 Dec

Club Creative Studio is sharing theme art in this Feature Friday post today that has been inspired by music on the radio.  It’s that time of year that the sounds of Christmas fill our airways.  Appreciating Christmas carols are part of our traditions, and one has inspired me to create a few statement pieces of hand-made jewelry art in the color blue.

Club Cretive Studio Art. Hand-made pendant.

Club Cretive Studio Art. Hand-made pendant.

The necklace above is made of various mixed metals, faux pearls, glass beads, shell buttons and dyed shell beads, a tea pot charm and a blue and black clay bead from polymer clay.

Lately the tune Blue Christmas sung my Elvis Presley has been heard quite often. So, I decided to create from the title of the song.  I don’t seem to createhand-made items in the color blue very often. I don’t know why. I have nothing against blue. I like blue. So, to concentrate on one specific color, and create item after item in the blue theme, was a welcome challenge and change of pace. How does the color blue make you feel? Does it make you feel down or lift your spirits with a calm feeling?

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Image from blog: Daily Days of MKH

Using music as inspiration is easy because you can listen to words over and over and take to heart what is being conveyed to you. Any given day may render a new meaning while listening to the same words of a tune so use that as inspiration as well.

The song Blue Christmas inspired art in this theme color.

The song Blue Christmas inspired art in this theme color.

Theme jewelry-making can be a challenge to create because you may feel like you are limited in creativity however, it can also be a welcome task because you are placed in a position that you need to stick to in terms of a certain style, mood, or color.

Hand-made jewelry art with a focus on the color blue.

Hand-made jewelry art with a focus on the color blue.

To view more creative creations please visit and revisit the website

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Custom requests welcome

veronica@clubcreativestudio.com

Christmas Crunch- It’s Bow Time!

21 Dec

Are you feeling the Christmas crunch? Club Creative Studio is sharing creative information about how to make your gifts look special for the holiday season and beyond.

Christmas Crunch: Quick and Easy Project ll

18 Dec

Transform a plain wood item into a colorful item with a personal touch.

Transform a plain wood item into a colorful item with a personal touch.

Welcome to Club Creative Studio’s blog with the focus on creativity.  I am adding a few posts about using your creativity in a crunch-time situation. It is that time of year that many stress about the time that they do not have to be creative for the holidays.  Maybe it is a lack of innovation of gift-giving ideas, maybe it is the stress of the challenge to do something new and creative in decorating, baking, cooking or gift-giving or gift wrapping.  Whatever the creative challenge, here is another post for a suggestion to use your creativity in a quick and easy project.

It doesn’t take as long as you think it does to be creative with acrylic paints.  You can transform a wood item into a colorful work of original art with a bit of paint and patience.  While there is a time and a place to appreciate wood for its natural beauty, some items just lend themselves to adding paint to beautify a wooden item in a different way.

Today, I painted a wooden nut cracker home accessory and changed the appearance from plain to wild, crazy, festive and colorful.

It is easy to transform a wooden holiday accessory into a more decorative item.

It is easy to transform a wooden holiday accessory into a more decorative item.

The first step is to find an item or ornament made from wood that is smooth and ready to accept paint.  I applied a thin layer of gesso acrylic primer to my wooden nut cracker item.

I applied one layer of gesso to prime the surface.

I applied one layer of gesso to prime the surface.

Using acrylic paint, I applied my paint to the wood figure with ideas to make it a “non-traditional” looking item. I wanted my nut cracker to be bright and colorful, with pattern added after the larger areas were painted for a unique look.  When you see the finished product at the end of this post, I think you may agree that the mission was accomplished.

Painted item ready for the next step.  The next step is adding the details.

Painted item ready for the next step. The next step is adding the details.

I love defining areas and adding details with black as a sharp contrasting color.

To add detail to the finished painted portions, I used a black felt permanent marker to add my swirls and decorative detailed areas.  Adding pattern with my marker seemed to make this item even more fanciful and imaginative.  A light coating can be added as a final touch for gloss or a matt protective coating if desired.  I hope that if you challenge yourself to create a painted wooden project, you can be expressive and end up with a one-of-a-kind festive item.

My finished project! The details make a polished look in the completed art.

My finished project! The details make a polished look in the completed art.

Although I love creating in clay and glass creations like the hand-made art you find in the Club Creative Studio website (http://www.clubcreativestudio.com) I have another love for using paint, especially acrylic.  I love that this medium has an easy clean-up process and you can mix your own colors with ease.  The fast dry-time is also a plus for getting your project done if you feel the holiday crunch for time.

Christmas Crunch- Quick and Easy Projects

16 Dec

Welcome to Club Creative Studio’s  blog where the focus is always on creativity.  With Christmas fast approaching, I am certainly feeling the “Christmas Crunch”. It is the time many feel rushed, hunting for quick solutions.  Many of your creative endeavors do not need to be time-consuming.  In fact, sometimes is a simple display of creativeness can mean the most.

Here’s the first of a few posts that will deal with the holiday season theme suggesting project prompts that are fairly quick and relatively easy to complete.  Let’s not stress being creative.

Hand-Made Gift Tags

Let’s create simple yet fun gift tags. You can do this inexpensively and with scraps and other found objects around the house. Using the computer is a fast and easy way to make gift tags because of the editing possibilities and the quick process. Maybe you want to combine the computer with other elements to create your tags.  I used pre-cut blank tags but, making your own from scrap stock paper and using a hole punch is just as easy to customize your color choices if you have those scrap booking supplies close on hand.

Basic supplies for gift-tag making.

Basic supplies for gift-tag making.

Supplies I used in the creation of my tags were: paper tags and ribbon,  scissors, decorative tapes, permanent markers in various size points and colors, foam stickers, scrap wrapping paper, brads, double stick tape, stamps, ink pads.  Dividing the tag surface into sections will give you an area to focus on. The new printed tapes out in the scrap-booking section of your local craft stores are fun to experiment with.  Feel free to cut the tape to suit your specific design needs.

Hand-made tags with paper "yo-yo" flower added.

Hand-made gift tags with paper “yo-yo” flower added.

For the paper “yo-yo” flowers you see on my tags, you’ll need a paper strip of printed scrap paper cut in a rectangle. The size of your flower and center opening will vary in size with your cut paper width and length cuts. Using the basic accordion fold, pick a thickness and keep the folds back and forth consistent.  Glue two stop ends together overlapping slightly and your “flower” is ready to add  a brad to the center. For a finishing touch on the flowers, I marked the raised and folded sections with metallic marker and placed double stick tape on the back to adhere to my blank tag area.  Let your creativity flow as you save money and create one-of-a-kind hand-made gift tags. It is certainly part of your gift!

Club Creative studio gift tags.

Club Creative Studio gift tags.

Suggestions For Your Socks

5 Dec

Club Creative Studio has a question for you: What is on your sock?  I am referring to your Christmas stocking that are traditionally hung by many from a fireplace mantel.  If you are one that does this year after year, I want to hear about how those socks are decorated. I also share ideas today as suggestions for your socks. What can you use and what have you used  to embellish them and make them your own decorative items for display?

Do you have stockings that are hand-made, heirloom pieces of fabric or store-bought?  Today in the Two Cent Tuesday post, I want to offer ideas that you can do inexpensively that will make those manufactured  dollar store-type Christmas stockings more personal and festive.

Christmas stocking ready to be decorated.

Christmas stocking ready to be decorated.

It may be as simple as having a glue gun and a bit of creativity.  You can use items that are “found items” around your home or purchase something specific to add to your stockings. To add personality and a personal identity to them, it is just a matter of being open to the creativity that you have within, and find a way to apply your ideas.

Let’s start with the most inexpensive ideas:

Hot glue items or use self adhesives to add buttons, rick-rack fabric, lace, ribbon, pom-pom, yarn, tassels, bows, cinnamon sticks, border trim, feathers, beads, charms, glitter, sequins, cotton balls or  faux fur.

Using unusual found items that convey personal interests may be interesting to attach with hot glue as well. Consider items such as crayons, pencils, photographs, theme scrapbook cut outs or stickers, silk flowers, cardboard initials,  bay leaves and whole cloves, small plastic toys, even coins.

To identify with name recognition, you can use fabric paint, fabric markers, small photos, initial charms, name tape, or decorative name tag.

Stepping it up a notch with these suggestions:

Moving on from glue to sewing techniques puts a different spin on the finished look.  Add higher quality textiles or fabrics. Adding a personal embroidery emblem, iron-on patch, rhinestone trim, actual photo frame and photo, quilted fabric sections,  personal theme ornament, or hand-made element in carved wood elevates the completed item.  The idea with stepping up the decorative element is the larger cost invested or better quality elements added, not necessarily the amount of decorative additions.

I have not included photos of improvements given to these stockings because, this is a project that my daughter and I will do together this year.  These are new stockings and they were bought because they are uniform in size, color and sweater-type texture for a more uniform theme this year.  Adding the personality will have a different feel this year, a more sophisticated theme.

So, let me know how you have personalized or made your holiday socks more special to display by adding decorative elements.  Did your creativity take hold in your project?

X is for “Xmas”

27 Apr

Club Creative Studio’s blog post today has a focus on the letter “X”.  You already know that there are not many words that fit into that category that may apply to creativity.  I will have to go with a more obvious choice.  X is for “Xmas”.  To highlight art that I created specially but not limited to the Christmas (Xmas) season, I’d like to share photos and descriptions of Club Creative Studio’s Artisan Beaded Hanging Ornaments. Our one-of-a-kind items are created from hand-made, hand-rolled polymer clay beads, charms, crystals, ribbon and wire.

It seems that hand-made items are popular for gift-giving occasions when the holiday seasons roll around. Why is that?  Maybe because they call for a special touch, a meaningful item with a lasting memory, or items like this are easily found at holiday themed craft fairs, bazaars and gift shops.

Whatever your reason for giving a hand-made piece, you have selected items that have a special attraction to them.  The artist and the art do have personal connections associated with hand-made items, and they happily pass that aspect on to you.

Hand-Made Beaded Artisan Ornament from Club Creative Studio.

Artisan hand-made beaded ornaments are one-of-a-kind creations.

As I think up ways that I can incorporate my hand-made beads, sometimes the ideas come readily, and sometimes I have to tweak the thoughts and experiment on the best way to highlight my beads.  The Christmas ornament idea came quite easy because there is a popular need to decorate Christmas trees and purchase special keepsake ornaments for them.

Close-up. Hand-made polymer clay beads incorporated into hanging art.

Looking at an item that seemingly has a specific function, and imagine other uses for it is what CREATIVITY is all about.  I’d like to offer suggestions on how you may enjoy what I first created as an Christmas Ornament.

What else is this useful for?

This item can displayed in other interesting fashions.

Use this decorative item in unique ways.

  1. Christmas tree hanging ornament
  2. Wreath focal point
  3.  Attach to a suction cup and admire from a window
  4. Hang from a table lamp at the switch location
  5. Adorn a vase by placing around the rim/brim
  6. Wrap safely around the top of a candle stick base
  7. Add a bit of bling as you dangle from a view mirror in your automobile
  8. Use as a decorative bow on a gift that is wrapped
  9. Display as fashionable curtain tie-backs
  10. Dangle slightly under a framed photo frame from the wall
  11. Add to a cabinet knob or door handles
  12. Embellish a wine bottle neck
  13. Add to a table scape by attaching to a pot lid or serving dish handle
  14. Highlight art from an individual hanging display made from wire
  15. Hang from a garden stake in your flower bed or bottom of a wire frame hanging basket
Do you have out-of-the-box suggestions that you can share on how you might use this Club Creative Studio art item?

Feel free to share your creative ideas in a comment post below!

Folded Fabric Facelift Part 1

27 Nov

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Club Creative Studio shares information on creativity.  You will discover a focus on progress, production, project, and process all using creativity the creativity that you can tap from within.  This post shares inspiration with images on how you can transform a table setting into a fantastic memory.  Using folded fabric napkins, you can turn the fun into a functional item to enjoy and use at your next family meal gathering.  From the simple to the complex you can learn how to create such folds from a variety of resources.  There are origami books, table scape theme books and magazines, television shows and websites dedicated to home and cooking that may have helpful hints on how to create your next table art.  You Tube and other do-it-yourself/how-to video can also explain the steps and maybe you even know someone who can demonstrate a one-on-one learning session.  Folding or teaching someone to fold a fabric napkin can be a fun and rewarding process.  Your table can have the unique and festive finishing touches with a hand-made flair.  Good luck in creating!

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Enjoy the challenges of trying your hand at folding napkins.  The samples in this post are specifically Christmas in theme in time for you to consider for seasonal holiday celebrations.

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