“Safe Sparkle” Rally in Burbank, April 8

“Safe Sparkle” Rally in Burbank, April 8

So it turns out that talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres hates glitter. Can you imagine? Naturally this doesn’t sit well with Kathy Cano-Murillo–aka the Crafty Chica–who is spearheading a movement to win Ellen over to the sparkly side. It all starts with a glitter-positive rally (complete with craft supplies from Duncan) outside Ellen’s television studio in Burbank on April 8. I’ll be there supporting the cause in a glitter-painted CRAFT teeshirt, alongside the Crafty Chica herself, members of the LA Craft Mafia, and fun folks like TLC’s Mark Montano (author of The Big-Ass Book of Crafts) and Cathie Filian from DIY’s Creative Juice! If you’d like to join us, just come on by Ellen’s studio at 3000 West Alameda Ave. in Burbank, CA at 12 noon on April 8. For a little more background on this, here’s Kathy’s open letter to Ellen, from her blog:

“I love you. I’ve always loved you. So much that I’ve always had your back through goods times and bad. I love you because you preach love, kindness and equality for all people and things! Which is why your recent segment broke my heart!
Please don’t try to get glitter banned! I happen to be a fan of glitter because I feel it shines light both literally and metaphorically. Light is good because it gives people a sense of wonder and hope that they might need at that very moment.
OK, I can totally understand your points – BUT you are talking about “loose” glitter. Please understand that is just one (the most well known) kind of glitter. Not all glitters are the same.
Please don’t pass judgment on all glitters based on this one type. Yes, loose glitter can be a headache to deal with. It has no shame, it sticks from person to person, thing to thing, with no remorse. And um, yes, I use it faithfully. And secretly, I kinda like it when one of my flecks spreads to someone else!
HOWEVER – I’m a preacher of “safe sparkle”. I teach many workshops and have met many people who don’t like loose glitter either, so I educate them on loose glitter alternatives. And I think if you knew about these, you might find it in your heart to come to love glitter.”

For more info on the rally, you can check out the press release on the Crafty Chica diary–feel free to comment and let her know if you’ll be there!
WHAT: Safe Sparkle Glitter Rally
WHEN: Tuesday, April 8, 2008.
TIME: Noon to ???
WHERE: NBC Studios, 3000 West Alameda Avenue in Burbank, Calif.
WHO: Anyone who wants to help Ellen find her inner glitter! All are welcome!

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Jenny Ryan

Jenny Ryan is an artist, crafter, and maker of things. She lives in Los Angeles with a pack of various animals (including her husband) and writes about her adventures in creating at Exit Through the Thrift Shop.

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