Friday, March 28, 2014

Succulent & Shoe Love!

Gifts from the Garden Workshop

I'm still working on the projects for my Gifts from the Garden Workshop but had to share these cute succulent planters we'll be making.  I used a new waterproof decoupage medium that's a great find - it doesn't bubble or wrinkle the paper and it's super waterproof - I can't wait to make more things!

Come join me for a relaxing Sunday afternoon on April 27th on the beautiful Central Coast of California to make your own Succulent Shoe - I even provide the succulents.  There are other projects we'll be making so I'll post those soon!  Send me an email and join the fun!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mixed Media Ideas

We had a fantastic mixed media workshop last night.  I showed the basics of decoupage then let the students find things from my stash and they went to town decorating wood boxes.  They are all so unique!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mixed Media Workshop

As I am getting ready to teach a mixed media workshop tonight, I realize that I've been creating mixed media for years but I never called it that.  When I was a designer on the Aleene's Creative LivingTelevision Show I was assigned a particular product to use in my project.  I would make a project but always added several elements or layers to it to make it interesting. Whether it's called crafting or mixed media it's fun to be creative and add your own twist to any project.  I've told the students tonight there are no rules so I'm excited to see what they create from the items in the treasure chest they get to pick later tonight or tomorrow of their creations. Can't wait!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

National Craft Month - Photo Candle Holder

March is National Craft Month

How are you getting your craft on today?  How about trying something new?  The rush is super for your overall health not to mention fun!  Here's a project that you can do right now that won't break the bank!
Photo Memory Candle Holder

By Joan Martin Fee

Don’t keep your photos on your computer, create lovely displays to share their beauty with inexpensive candle holders.  Use photos from vacations, headshots of family members for reunions or wedding favors, or images of nature look amazing too!

What You’ll Need
Computer and printer
Paper, regular or vellum
Photo of your choice
Craft knife with new blade
Cutting board
Glass candle holder, 3” high, circumference 11” (you can use any size candle holder just test fit the paper around it)
Tape or white glue
Battery operated votive candle
Ruler – optional

How to Make It
  1. Print picture so it covers 3” x 11” on the paper.  You may need to repeat the photo or enlarge or decrease it in size. 
  2. Place image on cutting board, right side up.  Cut out details with craft knife.  If desired, use ruler as a straight edge to cut against. Remove cut out sections from image. 
  3. Cut image to fit around candle holder, overlapping ends slightly.  Tape or tack at ends with glue.
  4. Place candle inside, turn on and enjoy the memories!

Joan Martin Fee has been involved in the craft industry for a zillion years!  From designer to editor to teacher to television personality, she’s done it all.  She’s taking all that experience and her creativity and teaching workshops and holding creative retreats on the beautiful Central Coast of California.  Check out more of her designs at and her retreats and workshops at