Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Don't Change That Channel!

Some of you already know this, but this past June, the Bosch company invited our family to participate in a Dremel 300 tool infomercial! At first, they contacted me since they had me on file as a designer, but after interviewing me over the phone and hearing all about how we like to use this great tool, the director asked me if the rest of the family would be interested in helping out too? Ashley was too shy, but Kraig and Katie were game, so we all flew out in July 11-13 to Orange County, CA to film it with several other people.

It was really fun to work with the production crew, the Bosch company, and everyone else. Of course, I totally forgot to bring my camera to the shoot and didn't get any pics of our brush with fame. Just what kind of scrapbooker am I?!? We stayed over the weekend—managing to squeeze in a day at Disneyland—then came back home. Now the infomercial is airing, and although we haven't had a chance to see it yet, you can check out sneak previews of us here.

And here's what we were told in a recent message:
This email is just to let you know that the infomercial will begin airing on test runs starting Friday, September 5th and will continue through the 21st. After these first few weeks, it will begin airing on a wider distribution amongst the following channels and possibly others: Home & Garden TV, National Geographic Channel, Do It Yourself Network, CNBC, The Discovery Channel, TRU (previously Court TV), TV Food Network.

EEK! Judging from what I've already seen, looks like I'm going to be nationally embarrassed at how dorky I look. *sigh* So if you see it before I do, please be kind and don't laugh too hard, k? But I am really proud of how well Kraig and Katie did—those drama classes really paid off!

We were asked to bring some projects with us to show how we used the Dremel tool. Katie and I made the bracelet together—she went around the house and collected game pieces and shells from a holiday trip, and I provided some leftover charms I had made for various other projects. She drilled the holes and I cut the dominoes in half, embellished with silver Rub-n-Buff, and wired everything onto an inexpensive silver charm bracelet (I even made the green/blue round glass bead on my torch!). I also made a necklace out of Swarovski crystals and Precious Metal Clay (aka PMC) which is a special clay that fires into fine silver.

Well, that's it for today, folks! More blog news coming soon, I promise! *Ü*

6 comments:

  1. Lori, you are all stars! You look great! For some reason I thought your girls were little! Probably because you look so young! Katie is darling and I am sure Ashlynn is too (oh, and Kraig too of course)! :)

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  2. Silly me, I MEANT Ashley! I have a friend with a new grandaughter named Ashlynn. Sorry about that!

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  3. Thanks, Sheila—you just made my week! ;-D Actually, I got the name Ashlyn Design by combining the names of Kaitlyn + Ashley!

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  4. Love, love, love your blog, Lori. :-) I found a link to your blog from the Dremel discussion board. I wonder if you would mind sharing your Dremel technique for drilling metal? I totally understand if it's a trade secret, but I'm desperate for help. I've ruined two expensive bits trying to drill a small hole in a vintage brooch to make it into a pendant. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you so much, Mary! The trick for drilling into metal is to first make a little indentation where you want to drill by lightly tapping with something like a metal punch tool or a blunt nail. You just want to dent the metal, not go all the way through it. Then use a drill bit appropriate for the metal you're working with, make sure it's placed directly over the dent as straight as possible, and make the hole. Easy as that! If you have a drill that has variable speeds with a foot pedal, etc., then it also helps to start off at a slower speed, then go faster once the bit has started to bite into the metal. Hope that helps! *Ü*

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  5. Thanks, much, Lori! That's very helpful. My Dremel is variable speed, but I've been using the flexshaft which makes it hard to adjust the speed on the main unit without taking the bit off the hole. I may just try using the main Dremel unit by itself to see if that makes it easier. Thanks and I'm looking forward to more great posts about your latest designs! :-)

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