Crafting at the Spotted Canary™New Crafting Series Takes Flight on PBS Oct. 21, 2010

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New PBS crafting show highlights inspiring and creative project ideas for paper crafting, home decor, card making, handmade gifts and more.

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Crafting at the Spotted Canary

Recycling. Education. Storytelling. They’re all topics you might expect to see covered on PBS – but they’re about to be presented in a whole new light.

"Crafting at the Spotted Canary," hosted by TV personality and crafting expert Joy Macdonell, debuts Thursday, Oct. 21. The 30-minute PBS series will explore the always creative, sometimes messy techniques adults and children can enjoy while experimenting with contemporary crafts.

Each show will highlight three projects, providing viewers with start-to-finish, easy-to-follow guidelines. Projects include:

  •     Recycling boxes, stickers and papers into a fairytale castle
  •     Learning the mechanics behind pop-up cards
  •     Journaling stories with stickers, rather than handwriting
  •     Personalizing file folders to jazz up a work space
  •     Creating custom wrapping paper with stamps
  •     Understanding basic jewelry techniques

“Crafting at the Spotted Canary” is produced by KS Inc. Productions in conjunction with EKSuccess Brands, a leading company in the craft industry. This new television series is an extension of the popular comprehensive crafting website,

“We wanted to inspire a larger audience with our products and techniques,” says Rich Ezra, vice president of marketing for EKSuccess Brands. “This new program will showcase an array of fundamental theories and techniques with products that make modern crafting easy, fun and memorable.”

Macdonell, the education director at EKSuccess Brands, spearheads the company’s educational initiatives for retailers and consumers. She was the host of the Do It Yourself Network’s (DIY) “Greetings from DIY” workshop series and a a frequent guest on other shows.

“People often look at beautiful craftwork and wonder, ‘How in the world did they do that?’ That’s the question we’ll answer on ‘Crafting at the Spotted Canary,’” Macdonell says. “Viewers will quickly realize that everyone makes mistakes – and those mistakes can be wonderful. What we didn’t intend to do may be exactly what we need. It’s pure self-expression.”

Viewers can check their local PBS listing for show times in their areas. To help viewers create projects highlighted on the show, information will be available online at

About PBS
PBS, with its 356 member stations, offers all Americans — from every walk of life — the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches more than 124 million people on-air and online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; hear diverse viewpoints; and take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and Web site,, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at, one of the leading dot-org Web sites on the Internet.

About EKSuccess Brands
Established in 1978, EKSuccess Brands’ diversified portfolio of over 10,000 inspirational and creative products cover scrapbooking, painting, needle crafting, stamping, paper crafting, jewelry making, kids crafts and more. Popular brands include Martha Stewart Crafts™, K&Company ®, Inkadinkado®, Dimensions®, Jolee’s®, Sticko®, and Perler®. EKSuccess Brands is a division of Wilton Brands Inc. . EKSuccess Brands Products are distributed through craft stores and online. For more details visit Dream. Make. Celebrate.™

Please contact us with any questions, to arrange an interview, request images or sample products.
Megan Thome, EKSuccess Brands


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