Tuesday, March 12, 2013


KNOB-ITS by Pauline (Rodriguez) Farias

A little bio time: Years ago I owned my own Crafter's Mall called Country Crafters. It was at the peak of the Country Folk Art era where I learned to design, cut, and paint wooden art. I was first published as a Provo Crafts Artist (Utah) with my first book; "All Keyed Up" (below) and second book; "Calendars", then acquired a publication through Suzanne McNeill (Texas) with KNOB-ITS.
KNOB-ITS was my third and most profitable published book. It reached all over the world, especially Singapore in which I cut, and painted over 4,000 of these drawer pulls for Derek Khaw. I was featured in Country Sampler and Country Folk Art magazines as well as running my own mail order business. This idea of drawer pulls hit Target, and other retail stores in ceramic form. I just found my books on Amazon and Ebay for discounted prices :( and as it brought back many wonderful memories, I thought I would share. 

"ALL KEYED UP" Provo Crafts
 by Pauline (Rodriguez) Farias
"My 1st Book"

Thursday, March 7, 2013



I recently found an old classic photo of a Valentine's project my preschool class did about 15 years ago. The children made re-purposed Levi Pockets Of Love as gifts for their mothers. We filled the Pockets of Love with candy kisses, a photo of themselves and a button heart brooch pinned to the front of them. I say classic because when I found the old photo...I loved them all over again. Here is the idea, let's see how you can elaborate upon it :) 

Skies the limit with the decorative pieces you can glue onto your pocket. Buttons, silk flowers, lace, ribbon, sequin, etc. 
I found that Tacky Glue worked the best:) 

You can punch holes at each corner of the pocket, slip through a ribbon handle and knot. Now, mommy can carry her Pocket of Love home. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


An Interactive Bulletin Board

Although the photo speaks for itself, I would like to say that this was one of our classroom's most fun and successful  boards to date. The children were involved, eager to participate and 'sad' when the farm had to come down. 

Trying to give the farm a realistic view, I crinkled the brown paper and folded it to make 'field rows' for planting our bean crops. 
The first set of 'green' mountains (background) were flat and smooth, the second row of 'green' mountains (forefront) were also crinkled to give some dimension and depth. 

The barn was made larger on purpose to make the field, mountains and animals look like they were further away:) 
The children's artwork then went up. The cows were drawn, and painted by the children. The pigs were part of a 'gluing' project...

The sheep were made from bowls (not plates) to help with our 3-D effect
Our rooster project entailed, painting a paper plate, folding it, and gluing feathers and features...
The children had a few questions on as to 'how' and 'why' the rooster was up in the loft? (Great teaching moment on farm life) 

And finally... 
our science experiment! The children were allowed to wet their paper towels, and place both towel and 'bean' inside a baggy. I then stapled them to the 'dirt field'. And we watched them grow...

...water them (just a spray bottle with water)...
watch them grow some more...

We worked on and studied farm life for a month and when it had to come down, we transplanted our bean sprouts into paper cups and the children got to take them home... along with all their farm animals. 
The End.