Thursday, July 21, 2011

My Favorite Things...

Well, the last couple weeks have been a whirlwind. Doctors appointments, unwell people in our lives, running around, and now working towards my show in Phoenix. Phew!

I wanted to start sharing some of my favorite things and items that I find myself using almost everyday. Sometimes during teaching folks will ask me about certain things that they've never heard about or seen or have no clue how to use...! So here goes...
If you don't own one of these you need to get in the car and go get one, right now!! (just kidding) But these craft sheets, sometimes also referred to as silicone mats, are the best invention in awhile. In the background you can see my desk is covered with one...okay, maybe more than one! I have them all over. My kids scribble on them with permanent markers, all types of paint, glues, and I use them under all my resin projects. After the sheet gets dirty you wipe it down with a damp cloth or baby wipe. When I feel lazy I put it in the top of my dishwasher. You can also bake on it. It works for shrink plastic or polymer clay and, if you designate one for food only, you can also use it for your edible projects! A great investment that you'll use over and over again for years to come. (go get one or two!)
Item #2 are these Tonic scissors designed by Tim Holtz. I have a pair in every room! (just about) Not only are the blades teflon coated but they're serrated! That means you can cut through tough stuff like foils and thick cardboard or trim your rubber stamps or just threads hanging from your kids clothes. Also those large red handles are squishy, soft for your hands when you're working on lots of things for long periods of time. Love them!
Okay one more, I take these whenever I have a class or to school or anywhere, including my studio, another great product!
These fold flat for travel!

You can use it as a water busket for painting or gluing, sometimes it becomes a trash container at the table, it's a great thing! (you'll see my logo on a couple pictures because I do sell some of these items too!)

Last but not least here's what my desk looks like today...Yikes!
I am trying to work out some new class ideas for the fall but maybe all I'm doing is making a huge mess! What else is new!
What have you been up to?

Until next time!
Create, create, create!!


Helen A Naylor said...

Some lovely things. What are the craft sheets made of ?

Susan said...

They are made of silicone and it sticks to nothing! Everything comes off!

Thanks for checking me out!