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Celebrity Kids LOVE Perler Beads!

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A slew of celebrity kids stopped by the Perler beads display at the Connected gift lounge for the 2011 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards on April 1, 2011 in Hollywood, Calif. The Perler bead display featured a one-of-a-kind Perler Beads castle complete with dragon, horses, king, queen, knights, princesses and fairies. Several of the young celebs also took time to make their own miniature Perler Beads fish to benefit the Kyrie Foundation™ for pediatric brain cancer research.

Celebrity kids having fun with Perler Beads included Elsie Fisher, Kenton Duty, Rico Rodriguez, Preston and Brennan Bailey and Sammi Hanratty.

Elsie FisherElsie Fisher
Eight-year old Elsie Fisher provided the voice of youngest sister Agnes in the film “Despicable Me.” Most people know her by her classic quote, “It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die!” For Elsie, it was a difficult choice among all the Perler Beads colors, but in the end she chose dark blue and hot pink for her Perler fish for charity.
Rico Rodriguez

Rico Rodriguez

Rico Rodriguez steals the show as Manny Delgado on the ABC sitcom, “Modern Family.” Manny had a great time playing with our one-of-a-kind Perler bead castle which included a king and queen, knights, dragon, horses, princesses, and fairies.

Ken Duty

Kenton (Ken) Duty

Ken Duty stars as the flamboyant European exchange student Günther Hessenheffer on the Disney Channel original series, “Shake it Up!” Growing up with Perler as a kid, Ken enjoyed looking through all the Perler Beads colors and then choosing light blue with a bright green stripe for his charity fish.

Preston and Brennan Bailey

Preston and Brennan Bailey

Preston plays the lead in the upcoming kids feature film based on the book “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer,” and also stars on the Showtime hit TV series, “Dexter.” Brennan stars in the upcoming ABC Family feature “Halloween Dog,” and was seen in 2010 in “The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation.” The brothers enjoyed receiving their Perler Beads Bakery Buckets to take home.

Sammi HanrattySammi Hanratty
Known for her role as Holly on the Disney Channel’s “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” Sammi Hanratty also has been seen on TV series’ “Pushing Daisies” and “The Unit.” Sammi chose a Perler Beads fish in dark and light purple, and talked about her experience using Perler Beads many times before, confessing: “I love Perler Beads!”

Thanks, kids, for spending some time with Perler Beads and supporting a very worthy cause. Good things happen when you're crafting!

Keeping it creative,

Behind the Scenes of the Crafting at the Spotted Canary PBS Series

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This past summer, Joy Macdonell, the Education Director at EK Success Brands, and a small entourage of our Education Department team taped an exciting new 13-episode PBS series called “Crafting at the Spotted Canary”. It’s a brand new series, and a destination spot for contemporary crafting.

Joy and Dale NicholsonWe are thrilled to have this new place to craft—on TV and online—for everything from scrapbooking, jewelry making, and kids’ projects to paper crafting, needlecrafts, and crafting in general. Each program is filled with fun and informative projects that complement everyday life. It’s a way to make crafting relevant to the needs of every day.

At left, guest host Dale Nicholson, our VP of Fashion Arts, teaches Joy some simple jewelry making techniques using crystals and tools.

Every project is handled start to finish, and are creative items you can make with the supplies you already have on hand. Each show features 3 projects. The topics include:

  • things that organize
  • things to make a party festive
  • things that decorate a work space
  • things that tell a story
  • things for kids
  • things that wrap a gift
  • things that are green
  • things that hang on a door
  • things that help us remember 

Joy and Becky Cates

 Above right, Joy and Creative Artist Team Member Becky Cates prep for their segment on interactive cards from the episode titled “Things That Reveal a Secret.” Here are a few more sneak peeks behind the scenes from taping the show:

The Green Room
Yep, the “Green Room” really is green! Here is the space where we laid out all the shows in preparation for filming.

Dinner Party Joy and Karen Bulmahn

 Above left, Joy (in the background) prepares to craft elements for a dinner party in the “Things That Make a Party Festive” episode. In the photo above right with Joy and guest host Creative Artist Team member Karen Bulmahn, you can see a better view of our beautiful bird-themed set in the background!

To find if “Crafting at the Spotted Canary” is available on your local PBS station, click here and type in your zip code. Then, stop by Spotted Canary to check out all the great projects from the show!

Please feel free to comment below about the show. We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Keeping it creative,

National Craft Month Giveaway

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National Craft Month We are happy to announce the five winners of our National Craft Month Giveaway! They are:

Shelley E. from Texas
Mynnette K. from Kansas
Adele L. from Kentucky
Lisa H. from Washington
Joyce L. from Kansas

These five will receive their prize packs of EK Success Brands products soon and be busily crafting in no time! Ladies, we hope you will share your projects with us on Spotted Canary! Congratulations to all of you, and we hope everyone was able to stretch their wings and enjoy exploring new aspects of their creative side during National Craft Month.

Happy crafting,


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