Aleene Jackson – entrepreneur, inventor of Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue and craft industry icon – was featured in the January 5, 1953 issue of LIFE Magazine because her Fibre & Floral Supply Company was regarded as one of the fastest growing and most successful businesses of the time.
During this same time period, she began making regular appearances on local Los Angeles and West Coast television shows, including Art Linkletter, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Gypsy Rose Lee and Dinah Shore. In the late 1960s, Aleene launched her Craftmaker’s Caravan, traveling to various cities and teaching people the art of affordable crafting at home. People lined up around the block everywhere the Craftmaker’s Caravan went. This wildly popular venture essentially launched the DIY crafting industry we know today!
Forever an entrepreneur, Aleene launched yet another venture – the Aleene’s Creative Living Show – in 1985. The show was all about DIY crafts and aired on TLC, Lifetime and The Nashville Network (TNN) for more than 15 years, becoming TNN’s top-rated show during its tenure. Two of Aleene’s daughters, Tiffany Windsor and Heidi Borchers, who’d grown up under the tutelage of their highly creative mother, were show hosts along with Aleene.
To this day, the Aleene’s Creative Living Show is a vintage fan favorite among crafters!