January 8, 2013

A New Crafting Toy..The Melting Pot..And The Dress Form Winner!

I was snooping around the floral department at Jo-Ann Fabrics and stumbled on something called 

"The Melting Pot"


I love a new toy so, for $9.99.... Oh wait, minus my 40% off coupon, I had to try it 

I bought it when I was getting ready to make this Christmas wreath


And this rose wreath and it worked so well I thought I would share it with you


The "Melting Pot"


I gathered my flowers


Stuck a glue stick in, it took about 20 minutes to warm up and melt the glue into the reservoir 

Then I grabbed the wreath


And started, dipping and sticking, dipping, sticking.....


And dipping and sticking.   I got the same glue strings I get with the gun so, it was more like.... Dip, swirl, stick, dip, swirl, stick.

It sure made quick work of both of these wreaths.  I loved that it was hands free, and I'm guessing I completed this in half the time it would have taken me with the glue gun.


  Is the "Melting Pot" for every project?  Nooooo, Just when I'm dipping and sticking a whole bunch of things.

OK, time to announce the winner of the Dress Form



By random number........The winner is....Wanda at Roses in Winter...Congratulations, please contact me so you can get her dressed and ready for...

I am so excited that so many of you plan to attend this years Ball!  This will be only the second linky party I have ever done (Last years ball was the first) and I'm hoping for a good turn out (So I don't look like a loser).   I'll keep reminding you.


So, has anyone used the melting pot?  What did you think?

Happy Creating!
Carol

36 comments:

NanaDiana said...

Years ago I tried one of those, Carol, but it was a mess. I think the heat in the old ones was too high because it would get to almost smoking stage as it melted. I do think it worked great for hands free stuff though. Yours looks a lot neater than my own did...and I think you just stuck the short glue sticks in the pot and they melted away with the old ones.

Congrats to Wanda. What a great win- xo Diana

lynn said...

beautiful wreaths, carol! such a handy tool, esp. for dried flowers! i will get harper ready for the ball:)

Tina Eudora said...

I love it! I have never heard of this crafting tool but I am definitely going to keep my eyes open for one. I can already think of many project this could make much easier!
Have a great day Carol!
Tina xo

Debbie said...

I've heard of that melting pot and been very tempted to get one. I need to keep my eyes out for coupons!

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

I just got a cordless glue gun. This looks like a new toy I will have to try. Thanks!

Decora Adora said...

beautiful wreaths, carol! such a handy tool, esp. for dried flowers! i will get harper ready for the ball
Angelica

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your wreaths are beautiful, Carol! I've never used something like this myself. Congrats to Wanda!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I've never tried one but I think I would like it for some of my projects! You make the most beautiful wreaths! And congrats to the winner...that was fun! Hugs!

Laurie said...

wow. thats really clever!! You will never be a loser!!!Congrats to the lucky winner!

Beansieleigh said...

Oh, the Dressform Ball!! I wanted to attend LAST year, but couldn't make it to participate.. Very disappointing, but I HOPE to attend with a project or two THIS year!... Love your beautiful wreaths, and have a great week! ~tina

Venus Blues Hideaway said...

Hello, I came to your blog by way of another blog and just love it. The tutorials are great. I printed out the flower making one--hope that Ok. Can't wait to try it. My creativity has been at an all time low--this may be just what I need to get me back into the groove. I became a follower so that I can pop in often.

Faye

TLady said...

CONGRATULATIONS WANDA!!!!!!!!! :) (Dress her up PRETTY!!!! ) :)
AND THANKS FOR COMING TO VISIT Carol!!!!!!! AND for your SWEET COMMENT!!!!!! :)

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol,
Congrats to Wanda. She is such a sweetie and so happy that she won.
Yes, I tried a melting pot some years ago. It was a different type and it did not go well as you had to purchase a special type of glue that looked like little pillows. I used it for awhile till it burned up!! LOL
This one you found looks like a much better style. I might try it again. Sure would save setting down the glue gun every minute.
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs, CM

DeeDee said...

Congrats Wanda...!! I want a melting pot now too.. I can see me using this often... :D

Thanks for the visit to my blog.. The toaster is lived way past expectations.. Lol..
Have a great day

Jan Flood said...

Had to laugh when I read this, everything old is new again :) I've been making roses, roses, and more roses and after all the Christmas projects my low temp glue gun gave out, my high temp gun is too hot, so got out my old melting pot! I used this for years and years it's especially good for floral arrangements. Unfortunately, it wouldn't get hot enough to melt the glue. I bought a couple of new glue guns and was wondering if they still made the melting pots and/or if the old ones were not up to the new glues.

Debbiedoo's said...

Dang I think I need one of those! Very cool. I love your wreaths. The only melting pot I ever heard of was the place you eat at.

Wanda said...

Carol and ladies I am beside myself with surprise, I never win so I almost fell off my chair when I got the email saying I won..... Oh My Goodness, I still have a little tingling going on inside. Thank you so much Carol for the giveaway and the people at Barr Display for their generosity. I can't wait to get stared making it as pretty as I can for the Dress form Ball.
Big thank you hug to you Carol. And thank all you ladies for your congratulation comments.
TTFN Wanda

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I've never used one before, but I can see how it would save a lot of time. What a bargain with your 40% off. Congratulations to Wanda:-)

Createology said...

Oh yes I have that little melting pot and used it many years ago. Now it is in the bin left to age like fine wine. ;o) Amazing how much easier it makes the dipping and sticking process. Congratulations Wanda. I am looking forward to the Dress Form Ball...

Cynthia said...

Where have I been? I don't think I've heard of this melting pot before today, and it's just what I need, too - LOL! Congratulations to Wanda for winning that dress form. I'll have to check out that source. Thanks for letting us know where we could get our own.

sissie said...

Hi Carol,
I think I need one of these, but of course I will still make a mess and burn my fingers...but hey, I'm all for new gadgets.

Oh those wreaths of yours are 2die4!!!

hugs
Sissie

Connie said...

Wow! What a cool tool.
Thanks for sharing.

JoJoand Eloise said...

Congratulations to Wanda!! I Love your new Toy!! And your wreaths are BEAUTIFUL!!!
XO
Angelina

Desiree Siegel said...

I love Joanns! That melting pot looks really cool. The last time I was at Joanns was around Christmas and I was thrilled to find burlap in RED! (It's probably been around forever, but it was new to me! lol)
Going to have to order one of those dress forms...they are too cute!
Desiree
tdsiegel@hotmail.com

Shabby and Frills said...

I have never seen one of these. I am going to Joanne's In the Morning!!

camp and cottage living said...

I don't have a form or I'd join your party, for sure.
I've never used the melting pot, but my girlfriend whose a florist, uses one all the time.

pipigirl said...

CONGRATS WANDA. HAVE FUN. JUST WENT TO HER BLOG. SEEMS LIKE A NICE LADY. DOING FOR OTHERS... WOW, THIS SHOULD HELP MAKE QUICK WORK OF SOME PROJECTS HUH. GOTTA GET ONE. WITH A COUPON OF COURSE LOL. THANKS FOR SHARING. WELL NOW ILL TRY TO GET IN NEXTS YRS. SAVE ALL MY LACE FOR ANOTHER YR. STILL CANT WAIT THO:)

Chenille Cottage said...

Hi Carol,
What a busy time this is with travel to San Diego to await the birth of my son's first child. I'm using his laptop for the most part and trying to get caught up on my visits to special blogging pals.

I am going to have to try your new glue stick method. I always seem to manage to burn myself and forget to turn it off. Maybe a change is due.
Congratulations to the winner of your dress form. What an awesome giveaway.
I hope I am able to join in on your linky party. Maybe I'll be home by then.
Have a wonderful week, my friend.
Carolynn xxx

Maureen said...

Years ago I saw a florist do the same thing with an old electric frying pan. I was awed at her ingenuity!

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Your wreaths are so beautiful Carol. The melting pot is a great help for sure. It makes crafting so much faster.

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

Now how cool is that!! Perfect for projects like your wreaths, which are absolutely beautiful. I'll have to find me a glue pot, too. Thanks!

Donna said...

Gosh, I think I have one of those dippers and keep forgetting about it! Pretty wreaths.

Little Miss Maggie said...

This looks like a neat tool for gluing. I'm already making plans for my dress form now.

Perfectly Printed said...

Love your wreaths and the glue pot!! Sort of reminds of what they use to wax your eyebrows! Yikes!!

chris

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Oh gosh I have three of them ! Love them because they make wreath making (and any thing else you need to use a lot of repetitive gluing on) so much quicker.

Rhissanna said...

Wow! I wish I'd had one of these when I made a rose wreath for Hubby's Steampunk Study. I'll have to look for one of these as glue guns are too big and clumsy for a lot of my doll stuff. Thanks for sharing!