Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Free online class —make a glittery decoden box! UPDATE!!


Kathy Cano-Murillo (aka The Crafty Chica) is the guest artist for our first monthly online class for Virtual Wings members of the Charity Wings Art Center.

And guess what? We've decided to open it up to EVERYONE - you are all welcome to join us online for this first class, members and non-members alike. There will be prize drawings too, so don't miss this class!

It's happening TOMORROW NIGHT (rescheduled from last week due to tech issues), Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 6pm PT (9pm ET) in the Charity Wings Parlour.

They'll be teaching one of Kathy's latest crafty obsessions - glittery decoden. Kathy will show you a twist on this popular Japanese craft...using clear silicone instead of white and adding glitter!


To craft along with them, you'll need the following supplies:

  • DAP Alex clear silicone – you can buy this at most hardware and home improvement stores  Here’s a link to it at Sears so you can see exactly the product she’s referring to. 
  • Fine glitter – any craft store will carry this
  • Small trinket box – a plain wooden box, a mint tin, an old compact, any kind of similar item with a flat surface will work – try looking around your house for something you can fix up or head to your local craft or dollar store
  • Assorted miniature items – try craft stores, dollar stores, party supply stores….or raid your kid’s toy box :)
  • Gems/crystals – your local craft store should have some; check your dollar store too

Want a free online class like this from a new artist every month? Get yourself a Virtual Wings membership to the Charity Wings Art Center for only $10 a month.

You get lots of great member benefits, in addition to helping us to bring art into the lives of others who might not have it otherwise:

- 1 Kelly Lish "Fly" 5x7 signed print
- Annual Manufacturer sponsored gift (shipping/handling not included)
- Special member pricing for online events and classes
- 1 member visitor pass (In case you come to San Diego!)
- More free members-only manufacturer-sponsored classes with giveaways

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

10 Ways to Organize Ribbon

Have you been spring cleaning your craft room?  Remember to send us the information about the excess craft items you’d like to donate to Charity Wings and you’ll qualify for a FREE 3-month virtual membership to the Charity Wings Art Center and all the amazing benefits that brings with it!  


Here are some more great craft room organizing tips – 10 fabulous ideas for organizing your ribbon! Click on the caption of each picture for more details.

Use CD/DVD spindle cases!

Monday, March 18, 2013

6 Ways to Organize Fabric


Join our Spring Cleaning Giveaway!  Donate your excess craft supplies for us to auction off and we’ll give you a FREE 3 month online membership to the Charity Wings Art Center! 


Looking for some more great ideas to clean up your craft room?  Here are 6 clever ways to organize your on the caption of each photo for more details. What's your favorite way to store fabric?

Use pant hangers!
Use clear totes!

Use a pants rack!

Use a cassette storage rack!

Use a curtain rod!

Use Pendaflex files in a cabinet!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

4 ways to organize your craft room with cookie sheets

While you're whirling through your spring cleaning, here are some fun ways to repurpose old (or new!) cookie sheets into handy magnetic storage. Click the caption under each photo for more details.

Hang 'em upside down under a shelf! 

Make a bulletin board!

Organize spice jars filled with buttons, beads and brads!

Recycle soup cans into pen and marker cups!

So how is YOUR craft room spring clean up going? Be sure to put aside those items you’re getting rid of and donate them to the Charity Wings “Clean Up and Win Giveaway” so that YOU can get a free three month Charity Wings Art Center virtual membership AND be entered for a chance to win a FULL YEAR membership! Check out all the details here.

Saturday, March 16, 2013


Westcott, one of the worldʼs largest lighting and light modifier companies, today announced a lighting celebration like none other. Westcottʼs team is proud to announce the launch of Lightapalooza, an exciting year-long promotion for all lighting fanatics, creatives and photo enthusiasts. Thereʼll be giveaways galore featuring weekly contests, hundreds of prizes and one jaw-dropping Grand Prize valued over $15,000!
This collaborative contest aims to inform and inspire photographers about proper lighting techniques to take their skills and creations to the next level. Team Westcott and friends want to reverse stereotypes that lighting and green screen are a challenge through a variety of video tips, photography scenarios from top pros, and real deal reviews from everyday photographers like yourself.
Hereʼs how it works:
There will be weekly tips, reviews and contests of all sorts. Watch and enter these. Throughout the year, weekly prizes will be awarded along with 200 individual Golden Tickets. Then on December 31, 2013, each Golden Ticket will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing where one Westcott fanʼs life will be changed forever. 
The lucky Golden Ticket holder will shop-till-they-drop in aisles of gear and gadgets at Westcottʼs world headquarters, where everything is fair game up to $15,000! Choose from cutting-edge studio LEDs, Ice Lights, Apollo speedlite modifiers, hundreds of backdrops and more.
The celebration doesnʼt end there.
After the spree, the lucky Golden Ticket holder will be greeted by a Westcott Top Pro Photographer and learn hands-on how to use their new gear. Head into Westcottʼs studio for a professional fashion photo shoot, complete with model, wardrobe and makeup artist. Even more exciting, the entire experience will be shared with the world in a Live
web event.
Looking for the current contest? Check out the latest education and contest on Be sure to enter weekly for a chance to win prizes and that coveted Golden Ticket.
About FJ WestcottLocated just outside of Toledo, Ohio, with roots dating back to 1899, the F.J. Westcott Co. is currently a leading innovator of photo-video lighting solutions for professionals and enthusiasts.  We proudly team up with top industry pros to educate and inspire our customers throughout the globe through live shootout events, seminars and more.
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

National Scrapbook Day weekend crop

Crop and shop with The Robin's Nest to celebrate National Scrapbook Day and their 15th anniversary!  

Saturday, May 4th starting at 10:00am
through Sunday, May 5th at 10:00pm 

TERi Campus of Life
251 Airport Road
Oceanside, CA 92058

Every cropper will have 4 feet of table space, free access to tools, plus a commemorative 15th anniversary goodie bag from The Robin's Nest. Additional vendors will be announced soon, and we'll be looking for deals at local hotels for the out-of-towners - stay tuned.

$30 for one day; $50 for both days

And for those of you who can't be with us in person, we'll be webcasting live from the crop to share all the fun with you - more details to come!

This event will benefit the Charity Wings Art Center with proceeds going to TERi Inc., whose mission is to change the way the world sees people with autism and other developmental disabilities.

A special thank you to Jamie Dougherty for designing this wonderful NSD logo.

Clean your craft room and WIN!

Donate your excess craft supplies and you'll earn a free 3-month* Virtual Wings online membership to the Charity Wings Art Center. We will auction off your surplus loot on eBay as a fundraiser for the Art Center's charitable on for details on how to participate.

Get started on your spring cleaning now...and before long, you'll end up with a pile of extra craft supplies (new and/or gently used) that you don't need, and probably some extra handmade projects, too...right?

So now you have just 3 steps to take and you'll earn 3 months' worth of fabulous Art Center membership benefits:

1. Take 10 really great photos of your surplus loot. Zoom in there to show us the yummy details! 

2.  Email your pics, a list of items (detailed is better), and tell us where you are willing to ship (US only, global, UK only, etc.) to
3.  Shortly after the auction ends, we'll email your lucky bidder's address to you so you can ship your loot directly to them. 
You get a clean craft room and membership benefits for 3 whole months, and the Art Center gets funding to serve our charities. Win and win!

But wait...there's always more! Three lucky spring cleaners will win a full 1-year online membership, plus one of them will also win some fabulous crafty prizes in a random drawing.

So join us for a little spring cleaning for a good cause - and send us some before and after pictures of your craft space so we can feature your amazing feat of do-gooderness on our blog.
* A credit card is required (but not billed) to register for your free three months.You can cancel your membership at the end of your free period; otherwise your membership will continue at the rate of $10 per month, billed to your credit card on file. You will receive an email reminder when your free period is about to expire. Current members will receive a 3-month credit to their account.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Jamie Dougherty Art Raffle and Party Arty Livestream TODAY!

Today is the big Party Arty with Jamie Dougherty at Thorn Street Brewery and even if you can't be there in person, you can still participate.  We have a livestream from the event starting at 5 pm PST/8 pm EST AND you can have the chance to win some gorgeous Jamie Dougherty 13 by 19 inch prints (pictured above and below)  that we'll be raffling off at the party.

"Dreaming in Color"
A Little Hope

"Just a Dreamer"
Purchase your raffle tickets here:

Number of Tickets
Which print do you want?

Ticket sales close at 7 pm PST/10 pm EST

Log in here at 5 pm PST/8 pm EST for the live stream:

Thank you for supporting the Charity Wings Art Center!