Creative Living: Furniture makeovers, free resources shared

Information on making mini cards, a free online magazine for crafters, and quick and easy furniture “makeovers” will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday.

Kristine Widtfeldt is vice president of Close To My Heart, and she’s going to show how to make sixteen cards in about an hour. These mini cards are perfect for adding to a gift or as a note for a friend and making them in advance will ensure you have your stash all ready to go. She’s from Pleasant Grove, Utah.

Sheryl Borden

Sheryl Borden

Designers, crafters and magazine editors, Ann Butler and Lisa Rojas have started the first completely free online magazine dealing with all areas of crafts and related projects. They will discuss how the magazine came to be, who contributes to it and how to use it. The magazine is Bella Crafts Quarterly. Butler lives in Villard, Minnesota, and Rojas is from Victorville, California.

Bruce Johnson is the spokesperson for Minwax, and he’s going to show how to make some quick and easy furniture makeovers for people who don’t have a lot of time and who want to start and finish a project in one day.

Information on making plaster mosaic frames, power sorting and incorporating dairy products in the diet will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Author and designer, Kristin Peck will show how easy it is to make plaster mosaic frames. She has ideas for ways to use and decorate the home with this type of artwork. She lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Creative Memories Independent Consultant Debbie Sorensen from Carlsbad will explain how to power sort when scrapbooking. She’ll show how to organize all items in one place, decide on themes (if desired), sort as to event, and commit to doing the task at hand.

Registered dietitian Teresa Wagner represents DairyMax and says that product innovation and technology is driving dairy product development to reach untapped markets. Whether it’s a simple chocolate shake or a non-fat latte, Americans are incorporating dairy products in their diets in new, creative and delicious ways. She’s from Fort Worth, Texas.

Caramel Apple Latte
• 1 1/2 tablespoons (3/4 oz.) Torani Caramel Syrup
• 1 1/2 tablespoon (3/4 oz.) Torani Apple Syrup
• 1 cup 1 percent low-fat or fat-free milk
• 1 shot of espresso
Pour syrup into 20-ounce chilled stainless steel pitcher. Add cold milk, then steam. Serve in mug. If using stove-top, heat syrup and milk in saucepan over medium-low heat; do not boil. If using microwave, heat syrup and milk in large, shallow bowl for 2 to 3 minutes. Whisk rapidly until milk is airy and frothed. Add espresso shot and serve in mug. Serves 1.

Chilled Banana Latte
• 1 1/2 tablespoons syrup, crème de banana, sugar-free
• 1 1/2 tablespoons syrup, coconut, sugar-free
• 1 cup milk, fat-free
• 1 shot of espresso
Mix syrups and cold milk in 20-ounce chilled stainless steel pitcher. Froth milk with whisk until airy and light. Add a shot of espresso and pour over ice. Serve in a tall glass. Serves 1.

“Creative Living” is produced and hosted by Sheryl Borden. The show is carried by more than 118 PBS stations in the United States, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico and is distributed by Westlink, Albuquerque.