Friday, October 22, 2010

Are they done yet?

It has been an adventure (to say the least) with my most recent creation, The Coloring Book Oven. You may recall about a week ago I posted, "A Sticky Situation" wherein the initial books, all 737 of them arrived glued shut!

Since that time, I have returned another 950 due to poor print quality and the most recent delivery (today), was retuned for lopsided artwork and smudges!!!

Through-out it all..I remain faithful that, "they'll get it right!"

The Coloring Book Oven comes in white but can be painted using watercolor paint and a sponge brush. (see photo). It has a fold-out easel for displaying and comes with a 12 sheet Illustration Pad. The original illustrations (shown) are by John Rios who was gracious enough to illustrate the coloring book for The Crafty Buffet Oven. He and his wife Mary designed The Crafty Buffet Website and Brand. I am forever grateful to them both. The 2nd illustration Pad (not shown), created by my good friend and gifted Artist, Opoku Ofei, captures children interacting with food! I will post illustrations soon. The Coloring Book Oven is available at

As for now, I'm hoping the "ovens are done" in time for...Thanksgiving!
Keep your fingers crossed and STAY TUNED..!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A "bright" idea for Lights On!

Looking for a Lights-On activity that will light up children faces? Something inexpensive yet engaging and fun? I've got it - a Balloon Light Bulb!

This is what you will need: Cardboard tissue roll; 5in balloon (yellow, white or clear); Aluminum foil sheet; Hot glue gun and glue sticks; Battery operated tea light; Balloon pump.

Cut 2 inch piece from cardboard tube and 6 by 3 1/2 inch piece from foil; wrap tube with foil (tucking excess inside); inflate balloon with pump; run hot glue around top edge of covered tube; place balloon (knot side down) on tube top; hot glue tea light inside tube bottom underneath balloon; write and decorate with permanent marker; use tea light on/off switch to turn on balloon bulb!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Sticky Situation

Yesterday morning I received an unexpected call from my Box Company. My long-awaited for coloring books were being delivered. Finally the product I dreamed up almost a year ago could be marketed! I immediately re-scheduled my plans for the morning thinking, "Where the heck am I going to put 1,000 coloring books!?!!? Decidedly the garage was the best option. The books would store nicely and be out of the way on top of display tables I had gotten a few years back from a Department Store that was going out of business.

Shortly after 12:30ish the truck arrived! I bounced out the front door and cheerfully greeted the driver. Both him and I stacked the books on the tables in about 10 minutes - it was a cinch and I was delighted! I promptly paid my invoice and thanked the driver. Boy was I excited! The box company had packaged the books neatly in bundles of 25. Just the right "bite sizes" for me to handle. I grabbed a bundle, closed the garage door and headed inside to construct my first 25.

Or so I thought...

Much to my disbelief, the box company had GLUED THE DOOR TO MY BOOK SHUT!!! All 737 of them! Can you believe that!?!?!?! I was totally flabergasted!!! Was I dealing with The Three Stooges or what?!? This was a C-O-L-O-R-I-N-G Book that was suppose to open and shut! I called my sales rep and asked, Are you sitting down?

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Just in time for Thanksgiving Dinner!

The Coloring Book Oven has arrived! At least I am expecting it to!?!?! Not just ONE but a 1,000! I've stepped out on faith and finally committed to seriously market something "I" totally originated, designed and created (of course, with God's help). Don't ask, "why another oven, Cheryl?" I don't know. I got this thing about FOOD! One of my most memorable experiences as a child was coloring pictures of it! I liked to color. But pages with "edibles" would capture and engage me for hours! I was, The "Original" Coloring Cook!

My slogan is, "Coloring with a Cooking Twist. A Coloring Book for The Coloring Cook!" It comes in standard white (like most ovens did) but can be painted any color using washable paint and a sponge brush. It is approximately 15 1/4 by 12 1/2 inches, has a fold-out easel, a see-thru window, Velcro closures and coloring pad with 12 food illustrations. Children can select a page or draw and color their own pictures on any 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper. Colored pages placed into the window appear to "bake" when displayed using the fold-out easel - How cool is that?

Although created with children in mind, The Coloring Book Oven is NOT just for kids! Coloring is a great stress reliever! Adults and teens too can benefit from it! Why not color up a batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies or a Submarine Sandwich for lunch? How 'bout a Turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner? With a series of coloring pads soon to be available online at the fun is endless!

Restaurant owners? Display your "specials" of the day in The Coloring Book Oven's window and have books available for customers to purchase (we have wholesale pricing available). Or use as an incentive to get customers in the door! I can think of numerous ways The Coloring Book Oven can be utilized to engage and entertain patrons of all ages! And it's MADE IN MICHIGAN!

I've designed my business cards to fold into an oven, my flyers are oven shaped, I have an Oven Costume with a "cooked" turkey hat OVERSIZED Coloring Book Oven Prop for display (thanks to my good friends at Michigan Box, specifically Mary and Ryan). Am I serious or what?

I have no choice. The house can't stand it. If I don't market and sell these books we'll be living on the roof and the residents living inside will be oven kits, oven coloring books, big cat glasses, popcorn hats, chocolate charmers and ALL my MANY other crafts and inventions!?!?!? Wish me luck! And as always...stay tuned!

Monday, October 4, 2010

A Word from The Creator

Well, it is October. What will be my "highlight" for 2010?

Last year it was the Martha Stewart Show. In 2001 in was FamilyFun Magazine. In between those years I grew Kid's Crafts. So far, this year I debuted Big Cats (both Tigers & Lions), Chocolate Charmers/Strawberries and The Coloring Book Oven. The Tigers didn't make the playoffs and it does not look as if the Lions will win a game (according to Cliff)! I got bored making the chocolates/strawberries but have since re-visited them (i.e. made chocolate covered strawberries all day Saturday). They represent, "Fruit of The, patience, long-suffering, etc. The Chocolate Charmers, originally named Love Defined Chocolates, represented the "true" meaning of Love as defined in the Bible. Yesterday, the Lord brought to my rememberance that I had initially created these products with Him in mind. However, somewhere down the road...that got lost. I have since restored the original vision for these products. Perhaps now I can market them in the spirit in which they were originally created!

As for The Coloring Book Oven...I've got 1,000 on the way! This is a must do! The house can't stand it - we'll have to live on the roof when they arrive! I took a HUGE leap of I've got to back it up with WORK - stay tuned!