Embroidery tips featured on show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living

Information on using stabilizers when doing embroidery, refinishing outdoor furniture and ways to deal with difficult people will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday.

Patsy Shields represents RNK Distributing and Floriani Stabilizers, and she will show how to use stabilizers and a soldering iron or stencil burner to create dimensional embroidery. She lives in Sellersburg, Ind.

Bruce Johnson is going to show how to make your backyard living space your own private retreat. He’ll demonstrate how to protect the life of outdoor furniture and how to make a weathered deck look like new again. Johnson is the spokesperson for Minwax, located in Upper Saddle River, N.J.

Ruth St. Pierre, whose company is Creative Business Resources, says we can “become a CPA” and learn to deal with difficult people, and she’ll explain what she means by that. St. Pierre is from Pleasant Valley, Mo.

Information on planning weddings and feng shui will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

According to wedding specialist Melissa Widner, it’s not that difficult to have a perfect wedding — if you start early and “cover all bases,” which is what a wedding specialist can help with.

She’ll talk about resource books, invitations, accessories and other “sometimes-forgotten items” for a wedding. She’s from Friona, Texas.

Lorelei Taylor explains that the Asian influence is evident in everything from fashion to fusion cooking to feng shui. She’ll discuss feng shui and show examples of the different elements. She’s from Portales.

Dealing with Difficult People

It’s all about learning to COMMUNICATE effectively. Ruth St. Pierre has been helping organizations build effective communication skills for more than 18 years. Her on-site training workshops are focused on the most crucial communication topics in the training industry. The workshops turn the complex and theoretical into practical, user-friendly applications that will benefit your organization. Following is an outline for one of her popular workshops: Dealing with Difficult People.

For anyone who has ever had to cope with a difficult person, this seminar presents real-world, practical techniques for dealing with the behavior, plus coping skills to prevent the difficult person from becoming a negative, destructive influence.

Module 1: Identifying the Difficult Person — It’s not as easy as you think!

• A matter of personal preferences

• Personality style assessment and analysis: difficult may be different

• What makes a person “difficult?”

Module 2: Our Attitude, Our Reactions, Our Responses

• Identify “hot buttons”

• Making choices: when to confront, ignore or call for help

• Three-step process for handling unacceptable behavior

• Effective strategies to use with difficult people