Tuesday, February 02, 2016

My Blog has moved!

I have moved my blog to cathiefilian.com - please visit me there!

Thanks!! xoxo

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Make a Faux Icing Easter Bunny with Collage Clay

So sweet that he looks yummy enough to eat!  But PEASE don't because that is not icing.....it's Collage Clay by Mod Podge.  I love love the nostalgic look that the star decorating tip creates.

Have a peek at all the instructions in the video below.

Friday, March 13, 2015

9 Spring Crafts to Brighten Your Day

Today, I'm sharing 9 DIY Crafts that are perfect for spring! Plus we have a little St. Patrick's Day Party Necklace and some Easter Ideas.  Have a great day!! xoxo Cathie

1. Egg Topiary via RadMegan for ehow

2. Paris Party Projects via Jader Bomb

3. Mod Melter Corner Embellishments via My Crafty Adventures

4. Mod Melt Vintage Pins via DIY Doyenne

5. Mod Podge Party Cooler via Cathie and Steve for Mod Podge

6. Game of Thrones Easter Eggs via Mark Montano

7. Hand Painted Tee via Trinkets in Bloom

8. Coffee Filter Flowers via Aunt Peaches

9. St. Patrick's Day Party Beads via Cathie and Steve for Mod Podge

Thursday, March 05, 2015

10 Creative Ideas for Spring

Spring is just around the corner for some and bursting out here in California.  Here are a few design ideas to kick start the sunshine. Plus a fun fun studded purse!

1. Lucky Pot Pin via Radmeagan

2. The Mod Melter is launching at HSN via Plaid's YouTube

3. Bejeweled Cuffs via Mark Montano

4. Stamped Cuff via DIY Doyenne

5. Glittered Easter Eggs via Handmade Happy Hour

6. Stamped Pendant via My Crafty Adventures

7. Mod Podge Party Cooler via Handmade Happy Hour and Plaid

8. How to use Home Decor Chalk via Plaid's YouTube

9. Tie-dyed Slips via Creative Juice

10. Studded Tote Purse via Trinkets in Bloom

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The Mod Melter is Finally HERE! Launching at HSN.... March 9th at 3pm EST!

Steve and I are so excited to announce that the Mod Melter is finally here!!! It took a ton of blood, sweat and tears to get this awesome tool to market!  The behind the scenes help from the whole team at Plaid has made this possible.  We are so grateful to HSN who is sponsoring the LAUNCH!  March 9th, I'll be live on HSN at 3PM EST. I have my outfit half picked out and still have some samples to make!  I hope you can tune in and check out our new Mod Melter! xo Cathie


Thursday, February 05, 2015

Valentine DIY Designs to Make!

Happy DIY Thursday!  Today I'm sharing 9 tutorials for Valentine's Day.  xoxoxoxo

1. Valentine Gift Bag via Trinkets in Bloom

2. Party Bead Boxes via Aunt Peaches

3. Love Wall Art via Mod Podge with Cathie and Steve

4. How to make ear wires via Margot Potter

5. POP T-Shirt via Jader Bomb

6. Mod Podge Facet Shape Necklace via Plaid Crafts

7. Romantic Candles via Mark Montano

8. Heart Shaped Waffles via Handmade Happy Hour

9. Glittered Champagne Glasses via Plaid Crafts

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

CHA time!!!!

Steve and I are super excited to be attending CHA for our 10th YEAR!  Holy Cow time flies when you are covered in glitter and Mod Podge. We are super excited for this show because we have new products that are launching and we will FINALLY have some big scoop for the Mod Melter!

If you are attending CHA, please pop by the Plaid booth and say hi!  We will be doing Wish Jar "make and takes" all day long!

xoxo Cathie

Thursday, November 20, 2014

8 DIY Designs to Jump Start the Holidays

Happy Thursday and Happy Almost Thanksgiving!

Today, I'm sharing a round of projects from my very talented pals!  

1. Jadore Embroidered Sweater via Trinkets in Bloom

2. Chalk Acorns via Dollarstore Crafts

3. Naughty or Nice Metal Stamped Earrings via I can Make Metal Stamped Jewelry

4. Faux Snow with Collage Clay via Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza

5. Aunt Peaches Wild Christmas Tree via Aunt Peaches

6. Faux Coral Centerpiece via Mark Montano

7. Driftwood Wreath via My Crafty Adventures

8. Sequin Ornaments via Jader Bomb

Kick back, click around and see what you might want to make (or pin).

Monday, November 03, 2014

Fost Adopt Update! Now we have two little girls and they are sisters.

Meet Miss D!
(her first night in our home)

It was May 28th, 2014 and we got our second life changing call.... It was from our Agency.  We were told that Miss S had a Big Sister and she needed a forever home.  It was a tailspin of panic that set in, a flurry of calls to our family/friends and then a ton of tears.  We said, "YES!" ~ and then the process of becoming a forever family for Miss D begun.

It would be 4 months before Miss D arrived at our home.  4 very long months.  It was a roller-coaster ride (and one that is not for the faint of heart).  I had many moments of anger and frustration while we waited for her arrival.  We had many false starts and setbacks due to things that were beyond our control.

 We squeezed in another crib!

We had just a few hours notice..... It was 2 days before her second birthday when the doorbell rang.  It was Miss D in the arms of our adoption/social worker.  She was beautiful.  She was scared.  She was ready.  We were ready.

I can't and won't go into the details of her condition upon arrival and the things that we discovered in the first week.  I will say that it was sobering and something I never want to see again.  So we will be the change. 

The good news is that she was loved in her previous home.... no doubt about it....she was loved and cuddled.  so she doesn't have attachment issues.  She calls us Mommy and Daddy and has since day one.  They were new words to her so it was a natural transition.

Yesterday was the two-month anniversary of Miss D's arrival.  She and Miss S. are more than sisters.... they are best friends and the good news is that have been united and will grow-up together and (fingers-crossed) be adopted together.

She is adjusting to her new home.....and new adventures!!

She traveled with me on an airplane to a wedding in Texas where she got to meet Foster Grandpa and Grandma (Cathie’s Parents)  She also has a local Foster Grandma (Eddie’s Mom) who spends time with both girls each Tuesday and Thursday plus weekends.  In November, her other Foster Grandma (Cathie’s Mom) will arrive from Florida to meet her and see Miss S.  She is getting very close with her new Aunts and Uncles too.

She has attached to some toys.  She especially loves her baby-doll and she pretends to feed the doll and plays “mama” with the doll.  She has made some friends.  Her cousin Tucker and her are becoming very close and she is very social with kids and adults.

We have done many things since she arrived and she has bravely done so many firsts.... including taking a BATH.  Yep - baths were a first for her!
We went swimming in a roof top pool, she went on an airplane, she goes on the swing and slides now, she has been to a kids party, she went to the zoo, she went to a museum, she visited the fair and she has toured the trains at travel town.

Her vocabulary and memory is very advanced and she excels at puzzles and games.  She loves reading books and singing songs.

She is a very bright, caring, giving and loving little girl.  She gives giant kisses and hugs.  I’m not sure how to describe it but, it is like she has always been with us.  She and Miss S are so amazing together.  Last night Miss D taught Miss S how to climb up the kitchen stair.  It was amazing to watch.

In November we will be having a birthday party for both the girls.  We decided to wait until Miss D was settled to celebrate her 2nd. 

Miss S!

We have so much to be thankful for and to celebrate.  Hopefully if we can get their court schedules to line up both sister can be adopted on the same day!

I'm here.  If you have questions send me a line!  There are so many foster children who need forever families. I happy to share our story with you.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Collage Clay Faux Sugar Skull Kit Giveaway!

Everybody loved our faux sugar skulls made with Mod Podge Collage Clay that we decided to make a little kit to giveaway! 

You will get:
1 Plastic Skull Base
5 Piping Bags
2 Couplers
2 Metal Decorating Tips

Learn How to Make
Faux Sugar Skulls
in This Video!

Enter Here!
Sorry - USA Only

Thursday, August 21, 2014

8 DIY Ideas for Back-to-School, Baby Rooms and Fashion

Today I'm sharing 8 new craft ideas for back-to-school, DIY fashion and ideas for using Fabric Mod Podge in a baby nursery.

1. Constellation Organizers via Mark Montano
2. Funny Face Book Markers via Dollar Store Crafts
3. Lettering Tutorials via Crafty Chica
4. Faux Enamel Bracelet via Margot Potter
5. Pearl Sunglasses via Trinkets in Bloom
6. Faux Quilted Pillow via Cathie and Steve for Mod Podge
7. Wall Monogram via Cathie and Steve for Mod Podge
8. Fabric Covered Nesting Boxes via Cathie and Steve for Mod Podge

xoxo Cathie

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I'm Giving Away a $50 Gift Card to Costco thanks to Huggies Diapers!!

Disclaimer: I participated in a campaign on behalf of www.mamiverse.com for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

I have posted a few times about the new Huggies diapers.  I was sent sample to test out and we loved them and so did little Miss S. The Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers (only available at Costco) were leak proof and seemed super comfy for our little princess.  We are using a size 3 for Miss S and they work great.

I am so thrilled (pinch pinch) to host a giveaway for one $50 Costco Cash Card, Of course, it would be wonderful for the winner to use that gift card to buy Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes (only available at Costco), but (s)he can really use that money on whatever (s)he wants!

The giveaway is super easy to enter, I have installed a Rafflecopter widget below and you have lots of opportunities to enter! Remember, anyone can enter (even if you don’t have a little one in diapers), so pass this along to your friends! It will count as an entry for you if you do!  

 You can try some for FREE!
Plus Up Your Care - try Huggies® Snug &Dry Plus Diapers and
Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes, only at Costco.
Costco Members - Click HERE https://shoppersampling.com/orders/huggies_getsample.html to register for a FREE sample of the Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes. Hurry and register now, there will be a limited number of samples each dayYou must be a Costco member to get a sample and limit 1 sample per household. 



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