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FrogTape painters tape launches ‘Earn Your Stripes’ DIY contest
Maybe it’s called FrogTape for a reason: It takes your decor to new heights. A type of painters tape that comes in different forms to help you create different patterns with paint, FrogTape is a fun way to add an extra oomph to a painted wall or piece of furniture. Now, FrogTape is getting ready to launch its Fifth Annual Earn Your Stripes Contest. Starting April 1 through July 1, DIY-ers can submit pictures of their best projects using FrogTape. A panel of FrogTape judges will narrow down the candidates and then the public will vote to determine the winners. The grand prize winner will receive $5,000. To enter, DIY-ers must submit images documenting their process with before, during and after shots of their transformation using FrogTape. Pictured are “before” and “after” shots from last year’s grand prize winner. To learn more about the contest and see last year’s winning entries, go to frogtape.com/earnyourstripes.
tinted stain line
Metro Detroit native Cari Cucksey, star of HGTV’s “Cash & Cari,” has visited home shows across the country for years. An expert in refinishing and repurposing old furniture, she was always using other people’s products during her home show demonstrations when she had an “aha” moment: she should just make her own line of tinted stains and paints. So she did. Cucksey’s Re-Purpose Chroma-Color Paint and Tinted-Tincture Wood Stain debuted in the summer. The water-based, low-VOC paint comes in 15 fun colors (including Perky Persimmon and Azurite Blue) for $27.99 a quart and the water-based stain comes in 12 colors (such as Barn Red, Amethyst Indigo, and Emerald Green) for $29.99 a quart. Cucksey’s line is available through her website — repurposeshop.com — and through Northville’s Dancing Eye Gallery, 101 N. Center.
Trisha Yearwood launches home
She’s already conquered country music and food (and she’s married to Garth Brooks). Now country music star Trisha Yearwood is launching a home furniture line. Partnering with Klaussner Home Furnishings, Yearwood will debut her 2015 Trisha Yearwood Collection at the April High Point Market in High Point, North Carolina. “The partnership with Klaussner is a natural fit and we are all excited to reveal the collection in April,” says Yearwood in a press release. “Being back on the road reminds me how much we all need a warm and inviting space to return to. My collection with Klaussner is all about comfort and accessibility, giving everyone a place to relax and recharge with family and friends.” It’s unclear where the collection will be available locally.
Million dollar question for sewing fans: What to do with leftover fabric
A great question surfaced at Homestyle’s first Dish & Design event about getting organized in the New Year: What do you do with leftover fabric when you’ve finished a project? Some sewers keep the fabric in bins. But once you have plenty of leftover fabric, then what? Brenda Rogerson, education director for the American Sewing Expo in Novi, recommends Freecycle.org. Freecyle is a forum where anyone can post or inquire about items that they’re trying to pass on. For example, Rogerson says Freecycle is where a lot of folks “who sew for animal rescues know to check here for their supplies,” she writes in an email. “I also had someone say they would take fabric scraps to nursing homes for craft projects. I believe some quilt guilds and churches also take donations, but I do not have a specific list.” This year’s American Sewing Expo is scheduled for Sept. 25-27 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.
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Harry Bertoia is known for his iconic mid-century modern furniture, but what many don’t know is he also designed jewelry. An exhibition showcasing Bertoia’s jewelry, “Bent, Cast, and Forged: The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia,” opens March 14 at the Cranbrook Art Museum. Bertoia was a graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and later taught metalsmithing there in the early 1940s. The exhibition will feature 30 pieces of Bertoia’s jewelry work. He started making jewelry as a student at Detroit’s Cass Technical High School, using scrap metal he could find. Exhibition curator Shelley Selim, Cranbrook Art Museum’s 2013-2015 Jeanne and Ralph Graham Collections Fellow, says the exhibition is the first of its kind of Bertoia’s jewelry in a museum setting. “Bertoia made jewelry as a way of working out his conceptual interests — particularly the vital forces of nature and its cycle of growth and decay,” says Selim in a press release. “The pieces in the show embody a developing visual language and artistic worldview that persevered and intensified throughout his entire career.” The exhibition runs through Nov. 29.