Archive for January, 2010

Inspired at Home Radio – Sunday January 31, 2010

Come join us this Sunday night for Inspired at Home Radio! 7 pm Eastern – Set a reminder and listen from your computer!

Feature Guests:

Host Tiffany Windsor welcomes feature guest Terri O, a two-time Emmy award winning television personality. As a home arts expert Terri O shares her passion for creativity through her book and television appearances across the country. Terri O’s outgoing & unique outlook on creativity inspires even the “not-so-crafty” with her “here’s what not to do” approach. For 6 years and still running the Craft & Hobby Association has chosen Terri O to show America how to be creative via in studio appearances and satellite media tours.

Also joining us is Julianna Hudgins, spokesperson for Sizzix. Julianna will be talking about the new Sizzix eClips, the only electronic shape cutter of its kind.

And 2010 Plaid New Horizons Winner Brenda Pinnick drops by to talk about the CHA show.

Plus Craft Concierge Maria Nerius shares her creative inspiration and everyone joins in for the popular creative roundtable discussion!

7 pm ET (6 pm Central, 5 pm Mountain, 4 pm Pacific) Listen LIVE from your computer every Sunday night and join in the live chatroom!


January 29, 2010 at 6:43 pm Leave a comment

Inspired at Home Radio – Herban Living – January 17, 2010

Lavender in FieldLavender Bath Blend
by Candace Liccione
as featured on Inspired at Home Radio
January 17, 2010

Place 1 cup dried lavender flowers, 2 cups oatmeal and 1/2 cup baking soda into glass jar with lid. To use, fill muslin bag (or piece of tulle tied with ribbon or even a washcloth tied or banded closed) with 1/4 cup of mixture.

Fill bath with water and toss bag into tub. Enjoy the relaxing and calming effects plus all the ingredients are wonderful for your skin!

January 17, 2010 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment

Inspired at Home Radio – January 17, 2010

Join us tonight at 7 pm Eastern for Inspired at Home Radio! Feature guest: Lisa Fulmer from C&T Publishing. Lisa will be talking about the recent launch of the Liquitex Surface Design Center. Also joining us is Jennifer Blevins from, a Duncan Enterprises Company who will share this week’s trend report, Candace Liccione shares her berban living report and Craft Concierge and Inspired at Home Pajama Party host Maria Nerius shares her creative insights!  Listen from your computer! Set a reminder! GO>>

January 17, 2010 at 3:21 pm Leave a comment

Aleene – A Tacky Lady

Aleene in Life Magazine 1953It was 57 years ago today that my mother Aleene was featured in the January 5, 1953 issue of LIFE Magazine. There is such an amazing, rich history of how today’s craft industry started and I am blessed to have been born to a creative legend.

As a child, I certainly didn’t realize my mother’s role in the craft industry. It really wasn’t until I started digging into the Aleene’s archives and started putting the people and places together through photos and news clippings that I started to truly realize what Mom accomplished starting at a very young age.

Aleene & Woody Hershman - Florist Shop 1944

Aleene & Woody Hershman - Aleene's of Arcadia Florist 1944

Mom started a florist business at the age of 19 when my Dad went off to serve in WWII. She knew little about flower arranging and nothing about running a business.  Years later, a student introduced her to Formosan Wood Fibre and after securing the west coast distribution rights to this fascinating product, her business took off!

When she was featured in LIFE Magazine, she was 28 years old with 3 very active children at home (with two more children to come in the years ahead including me!).

Aleene talks to the crowd of over 20,000 at the Pasadena Convention Center

In the 1950’s and 1960’s Mom built her California based business by making regular appearances on local Los Angeles and west coast television shows, but it wasn’t until the late 1960’s that today’s craft industry burst onto the scene when Mom came up with the brilliant idea to take her crafting business “on the road” with the Aleene’s Craftmakers Caravan. At that time, hobby stores and 5 and dime stores dotted the map but there were no craft stores.

I can go on and on with the history of this amazing woman who I call Mom and who inspired me to become a hard core crafter but you might enjoy your own tour of the history archives at my Inspired at Home website.  There are lots more archive photos for me to sort through and post but I think you will enjoy the early years archives!

January 5, 2010 at 9:35 pm 5 comments

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