I have to "come clean" about this! I was absolutely addicted to The Carol Duvall Show and Aleene's Creative Living >>> for years!
I found the Aleene's Creative Living crafting show many, many years ago, when my children were still in grade school. I believe it was on every Saturday morning.I remember taping it and watching it on my trusty VHS tapes. Boy am I sorry I taped over those shows!
The fun thing about Aleene's crafting show was that it showed the how-tos for fun children's crafts… many of which my children enjoyed making. (A lot of them, of course, featured Aleene's Tacky Glue, which I still use today.) This show was my first venture into televised crafting shows.
I then found The Carol Duvall Show, which was on HGTV, before that channel became what it is today… a home improvement channel. Let's face it, how many shows do we need about knocking out room walls, how to re-tile your kitchen floors, or how to plant a few shrubs and trees to make your home look like it is worth $100,000.00 more than it really is? (If you know of a crafting show on that channel that is of the same quality as The Carol Duvall Show, please tell me! And, I don't mean "That's Clever"… 'cause it's not!) There is a reason Carol Duvall was known as "The Queen of Crafts">>> her show was simply the best crafting show I have ever seen!
It is at this time of year when I really start to miss (and reminisce about) these shows… especially Carol's. Even when I absolutely knew I wasn't going to try one of the featured crafts Carol showed that day (Yes, the show ran daily on HGTV… "before it became a home improvement channel"…) I would still enjoy the segment. It was just that good! I would DVR the shows to watch at a later time, and again, boy, am I sorry I didn't keep those shows!!!
Carol used to have the Carol Duvall's Holiday Workshop shows during November, in which she would feature the best holiday crafts for an entire week or two. Usually she would have her regular guests show a craft, but a lot of the time would be spent highlighting new people's crafts. I never missed the shows, even the year Carol was in the hospital and Robb Weller (one of her producers) played host. Boy, am I sorry I didn't keep those shows!
I am sorry that neither of these shows are on anymore… I am sorry that mothers and fathers of young children don't have a show which can give them ideas of things their children would enjoy making, things that would add richness to their homes, items that would be cherished for many, many years to come. I am also sorry that these very same mothers and fathers of children don't have a show which will inspire them to make wonderful heirlooms for their children to be able to pass on to future generations…
But, of course, the good news is this: If you want to find out how to knock that pesky wall out between your dining and living rooms… you have to do nothing more than turn on HGTV at any time of the day or night. And, while you're at it, buy some shrubs for your front lawn!