By Diane Ako
I had loved my old job in news because it was a great way to meet a neat cross-section of people. That's how I met Ryan Soeda, who wrote in to say he enjoyed watching the show. He crafts as a hobby/ side job, and wanted to gift me something from his EBay inventory. I declined, but he insisted.
You never know if someone's a stalker or something weird, so I am always cautious. I figured out over time he was fine.
Finally, I said he could bead my coffee mug. I used a silver mug up on set. It had a brand logo on one side, which I always hid from the camera. I asked if Ryan could cover up the logo with a butterfly design, if I supplied the crystals. He said yes.
I dropped off the mug and a few days later, it came back artfully done! I was impressed, so I asked him to be a guest on the show. I'm a sometimes-crafter, and I think gluing crystals on your stuff is quite popular these days. It was a "how to" segment, like a local Martha Stewart.
He was really sweet and cute, and very prepared. For this segment, I brought two metal water bottles and bought more crystals. I think it went over well since every female I mentioned it to said they were planning to record the show.
I liked him so much, I asked him to come back and do another how-to show. This time, he taught viewers how to glue crystals on your body. He happened to come on KHNL's last day. It was fun to end the show with a little sparkle!