This Is What It Shall Be
So I've had this Tom Cruise crush since he first appeared on screen as Steve Randle in "The Outsiders." While most 12 year old girls were swooning over C. Thomas Howell or Ralph Macchio, I had the hots for the wild greaser that acrobatically flipped over the chain link fence before the big rumble scene. He was loud and crazy and had me at "Beer for breakfast there, Two-Bit?" And almost 30 years later I'm still inwardly smoldering for the guy. He is and will always be my first true celebrity crush, but I usually keep it private. I won't wear a Stacee Jaxx t-shirt or a pair of Maverick style aviator shades. But then again I won't bother hiding my collection of magazines with him on the front cover, either. And if you ask me if I like him, I will quickly and loudly say YES.
TAPE IT & MAKE IT is a duct tape craft book with 101 projects and it will be available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local bookstore on September 15.
Okay, now on to the big reveal: my crazy project that combines my movie star crush and crafting obsession is a Tom Cruise duct tape messenger bag. I made a NYC subway duct tape messenger bag a few months ago, but a TC bag is more my style. I know that it sounds like a craft-fail in the making, but repeat my mantra with me:
This is what it shall be!
I'm borrowing my mantra from my Italian friend Umberto, who has the propensity to says things in English with great authority. He usually says this particular phrase before announcing our plans for the evening which can be an elaborate 8-course meal of raw seafood plus wine pairings. But no matter. I'm taking it and running very, very fast. Like Tom Cruise in many of his "Mission Impossible" movies. I'm going to make this work, so stay tuned.