Creative living: Swimsuits, wall decorations to be featured on show

Information on making a swimsuit and personalizing a wall decoration will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday.

Apparel designer, Laura Keith will demonstrate how to sew a custom-fit swimsuit using easy sewing methods that are handy for any stretch knit fabric as well as for swimwear fabric. Her business is Laura Keith Apparel Design in Vancouver, Wash.

Donna Salazar is a professional crafter and designer, and she’s going to show how to make a framed butterfly wall decoration that includes a quote to make it personalized for the recipient. Her business is Donna Salazar Designs and she lives in Tarzana, Calf.

Information on making designer pillows, using organic sugar, and making window treatments will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Nancy Lovett is a sewing instructor for Ann Silva’s Bernina Sewing Center in Albuquerque. Lovett will demonstrate making pillows that are easy on the budget but resemble designer home décor pillows.

Marie Oser is a cooking expert with Wholesome Sweeteners, Inc., in Sugarland, Texas. She will show how to use organic corn syrup and organic pancake and waffle syrup to create delicious treats for breakfast.

Jana Beus is a licensed designer for Simplicity Pattern Co. in New York city. She will show how to make what she calls “Shirt Tail Window Treatments.” This technique uses multiple fabrics that are pressed and folded, and then folded again.


1 cup Wholesome Sweeteners organic sugar

1/2 cup Wholesome Organic corn cyrup

1/4 cup water

3/4 cup whole macadamia nuts

1/2 cup macadamia nuts, chopped

1 Tbsp. Organic Earth Balance (non dairy buttery spread)

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 200° F. Spray a cookie sheet with olive oil cooking spray and place in oven.

Combine sugar, corn syrup and water in a heavy gauge saucepan. Cook over medium heat, until syrup begins to darken and reaches the “soft ball” stage, about 230° F. on a candy thermometer.

Stir in macadamia nuts and Earth Balance. Cook, stirring constantly, until thermometer reaches about 270° F. and syrup is medium brown in color.

Remove from heat, add vanilla, and baking soda. Mixture will foam a bit.

Pour the candy onto prepared cookie sheet and quickly spread about 1/4 inch thick, cool about 20 minutes and break into pieces.

Store in a tightly covered tin.

“Creative Living” is produced and hosted by Sheryl Borden. The show is carried by more than 118 PBS stations in the United States, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico and is distributed by Westlink, Albuquerque.