Tuesday, April 27, 2010

CraftEdu.com Here I come!

Well let's see...CraftEdu is about to go live with their Beta Site and I am not thru yet with a single tutorial. I am about 1/3 of the way thru with my free tutorial. It is going to be called "10 tips for Cane Construction". Catchy title? I hope y'all will check it out - love it - demand to see more - and then shell out the bucks to see another tutorial.

Well that is the idea, isn't it?

(There is some good news/bad news here. After talking to Donna, I have decided to add the cane to my tutorial. The bad news is that will no longer be free. Sorry but it won't be much and I hope you will feel that it will be worth it!)

Of course I have to get one out there to satisfy the demand. I have it planned out. (in my head) It is going to be a class on how to turn a single cane into five other canes. I was going to do ten but I realized you'd have to start with about 3 pounds of clay. (OK maybe I exaggerated a little!)

As for the book - it is finished! I am sending it to the publisher's tomorrow. For some reason I got a kick out of saying "Hold on, I am on the phone with my publisher". Something very ...I don't know... snooty about it. Like I'm really hot s#$t. Those who have followed me, know that I am TNBTIPC after all!

Oh yeah I almost forgot - I gave up on the fake nails for CraftEdu. What you see, is what you get. Nubs and all. It was just too much of a hassle.

My hubby and I just bought a new house. When most people are downsizing, we up size. Never was one to follow the crowd. Stayed up to 3 planning my new craft room. What fun! Of course the thought of going thru the junk that is in this house terrifies me. 27 years of accumulation. "I better not throw it away because I might need it someday" (of course I won't be able to find it!)

I guess that's it for now. The picture is the cane I used in my free tutorial. It's not really a "how to" but if you watch it you should be able to reproduce most of the cane. Maybe I'll do a "how to" here for those who are interested. Let me know if you are.


  1. Yes, of course, we are interested in seeing the "how to" here on your blog! And congratulations on your new home. Good luck with all your new endeavors! - Marlene

  2. Congrats Julie on your new home! There is hardly anything more exciting than setting up a new studio. So many possibilities! I am curious to see how CraftEdu comes together. There are certainly a lot of good artists involved. Hope it works out for you. Have fun in your new house!

  3. Hey, Julie! I absolutely suck at canework. I am the world's worst caner, and I cannot wait to see your tutorial!

    I have managed to keep my ugly hands out of the photos in my tutorials so far, but I think I am going to hire a hand model for the next one. Luckily, my teenage niece works cheap, will take jewelry instead of cash! LOL

    Good luck in your new venture! :)


  4. Of course I'm interested in a how to! I just did the Big Bead's class from Donna on craft edu so I have to wait for the next pay day to take yours. (sorry). I just started caning so I hope a "beginner" can "get" your class!
    Thank you so much for posting it. I know it's a lot of work..but it'll be worth it for you! AND US!