Author Archive | Maria Del Pinto

Review | “Learn Fruit & Vegetable Sculpting” DVD with Chef Ray Duey

Fruit & Vegetable Carving by Chef DueyFruit and vegetable carving has been growing in popularity lately, so I decided to give it a try to see if I could learn this interesting art form.  My first step was to buy the video  ”Learn Fruit & Vegetable Sculpting” by Chef Ray Duey, C.E.C.  I wanted a video that allowed me to learn some basics without investing in a bunch of expensive equipment. This particular video has quite a few projects that I could do with just a simple paring knife by adjusting the techniques taught a little. Continue Reading →


Review | The Crochet Dude Advanced Crochet Kit With Hooks

The Crochet Dude Advanced Crochet Kit

Boye is well-known for providing quality crochet supplies, and they have teamed up with Drew Emborsky to offer some starter to advanced level “Crochet Dude” approved crochet kits. The Crochet Dude Advanced Crochet Kit offers a larger selection of supplies that were selected by Drew Emborsky (aka The Crochet Dude) for crochet enthusiasts who want to add some helpful accessories to their crocheting supplies in an affordably priced kit. The names of these kits are little confusing. The names imply that they are geared to a particular crochet experience level. However, I found that the names really just reflect the tools being offered in a kit. The “Advanced Crochet Kit” offers some tools, like stitch markers, that more advanced crocheters might find more useful in comparison to a novice crochet student who would not have a need for the stitch markers while they learn their basic stitches. Continue Reading →


Review | Kumihimo Bracelet Kit from Ebay

I recently ordered a Kumihimo Bracelet kit sold by Loom Jewelry on Ebay. The kit was created to provide the user with an easy and portable Kumihimo jewelry making kit for less than $10. Kumihimo is the Japanese art form of braiding. The process of making the braided cords is simple and was traditionally done on special wooden stands called Maru Dai and/or Takadi. The cording was originally used as trim, belts, etc. Kumihimohas become more popular in the United States and crafters are using the braiding to make various jewelry items. Thus, due to the growth in popularity more new kits are being made available from various retailers and manufacturers.

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CHA Mega Show 2014 | Jesse James Beads

Jessie James BeadsThe CHA 2014 Mega Show floor was the first time that I got to see the Jesse James Beads mixes all in one spot.  It was eye candy for the jewelry maker soul.  I just loved looking all the strings of different types and colors of beads hanging on their bead wall, which was taller than I was.  You could not walk past the bead wall and not stop to admire the different shapes and textures of the beads on display. Continue Reading →