Bags, fabric on upcoming show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living

Information on making a messenger-type bag, creating a faux wall painting and felting fabric are featured topics on “Creative Living” noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Sewing expert Pat de Santis demonstrates how to make a messenger-type bag incorporating a dimensional grandmother’s fan by using the EZ Dresden tool. This quilting lesson is a play on the Dresden plate but much easier to do. De Santis is the vice president of corporate marketing with Wrights in West Warren, Mass.

Barbara Wurden, owner of Faux Fun Inc. in Long Beach, Calif., is demonstrating how to do paint walls using a sea sponge, masking tape and any type of water-based paint already on hand.

Vivian Lavinskas is the manager of consumer affairs with the Singer Sewing Co. in Lavergne, Tenn., and she says that felting is a phenomenal way to recycle. She’ll show how to take an old sweater and “felt” it in the washer and dryer to create a piece of fabric to use for making a purse or other items.

Information on cooking with dried beans and making a room-darkening fabric-covered roller shade will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday.

Dried beans are flavorful and nutritious and Pat Baird will demonstrate how versatile they are in various recipes. Baird represents the Northwest Bean Growers, and lives in Greenwich, Conn.

Jane Schenck of Pellon Consumer Products will show how to make a room-darkening fabric-covered roller shade with Pellon Wonder-Shade — without any sewing. She’s from Durham, N.C.


Black Beans and Yellow Rice

1 15-ounce can black or red Beans, drained

1 14-ounce can chicken broth

1 5-ounce package yellow rice mix

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 yellow onion, minced

2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 yellow pepper, minced

1/2 green or red pepper, minced

Salt and pepper, to taste

Garlic and onion powder, to taste (optional)

Bring chicken broth to a boil. Add rice and simmer on low, covered, for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a frying pan and saute onion, garlic and peppers until soft (about 3 to 4 minutes.) Drain excess liquid. Add beans to sauteed vegetables and heat thoroughly. Season to taste with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Mix bean mixture with yellow rice and serve.

“Creative Living” is produced and hosted by Sheryl Borden.