Terri Ouellette loves crafts, and this month the whole country will know about it. For the second year, the Valley TV personality — host of "Home With Terri O" and the upcoming "On the Go With Terri O" — is spokeswoman for National Craft Month. Ouellette will make appearances at craft stores as nearby as Prescott, and as far away as New Jersey.
"A lot of people don’t like the word ‘crafts,’ " Ouellette said. "It’s a tough one to get over. If they start to think of it as — I haven’t found the exact right word, but creativity and inspiring creativity. The whole idea behind creating has just skyrocketed. Even when other industries, especially in a down economy, are feeling a pinch, the creative industry gets a boost. People
are looking to do things themselves, to stay home."
That means folks in Ohio might be doing needlework, while Los Angelenos work on colorwashing and stamping inks on canvas.
"I think anything anyone creates with their hands is magnificent," Ouellette said. "It might not be to my style or taste, but I appreciate it. I’m not a needlepointer, but boy, do I appreciate someone who’s spent hours creating a blanket or a quilt."
Supplies are available at larger craft stores
Microwaveable glycerin Soap bricks Fragrance Soap pigments Molds (soap or candy molds will work) Optional: Decorative items such as herbs, flowers, toys
1. Cut the soap into small chunks and microwave in 40-second increments. About halfway through the melting stage, add fragrance and color; follow directions on manufacturers label. Add decorative items when melting is complete. Pour soap into level molds, then let cool.
2. Ouellette takes things beyond the basics by layering colors (let each layer cool before adding the next), or by adding decorative items such as toys, coins and dried fruits or flowers into the soap.