No-Stress Holiday Organizer

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Tuesday 26 August 2014 at 12:41 pm

If you are a list maker and have a lot going on during the holidays, then this new book from Cedar Fort Publishing and Media might be perfect for you, or it could be an early Christmas gift for someone. It’s called The No-Stress Holiday Organizer: An All-in-One Guide to Planning and Recording Your Holidays. Here’s a blurb from the publisher plus a brief video:

“Designed with the busy mom in mind, this “All-In-One Guide to Planning and Recording Your Holidays” does the thinking for you. From Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s, “The No-Stress Holiday Organizer” has everything you need to create a holiday season you’ll want to remember. Contents include calendars for each month and copious lists to help you plan and organize everything you will ever need for your celebration: budget planning, party planning, guest lists, schedules, grocery lists, recipes, cooking schedules, decorations, wish lists, pages for photos and more.”

Candy, Jewelry, Quilts, & Prizes

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 25 August 2014 at 11:15 am

Resin Crafts Blog
How to make paperweights in bangle molds with resin. Trials and triumphs.

Mixed Media Anniversary Quilt: Finished!
Cherie finishes the quilt she made to celebrate her wedding anniversary.

There Is No Can’t
Doing whatever you want in the whole wide world.

The Artful Crafter Website Re-Launch Party
We’re so excited that we’re throwing a BIG party with BIG prizes. Come see our new home!

Beading Arts
Cyndi shares what became of her textured candy bag…a cuff bracelet! Just one more excuse to eat more chocolate!

Book Review - Basic Knitting & Crocheting for Today’s Woman

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Sunday 24 August 2014 at 5:27 am

Basic Knitting and Crocheting for Today’s Woman: 14 Projects to Soothe the Mind & Body is written by Anita Closic and published by Schiffer Publishing Limited. It retails in the US for $16.99, though is available from Amazon for a few dollars less, bringing the cost per project down to less than $1 per project. This book includes patterns, 14 of them, 7 knit and 7 crochet, so you need to already know how to knit and/or crochet before attempting them since there is no information about how to knit or crochet provided in the book.

The type of patterns and yarn color selections for each were developed around the idea of relaxation and yoga. So you will find yoga wraps, pillows, a few afghans, scarves, and cowls in here. None of the patterns look overly complex, so if you can already follow a knitting or crochet pattern and have some basic stitching skills, you should be able to manage most of the project. The idea is that these projects are fairly easy so will be just about as relaxing as tacking a calm yoga class.

I have not seen many books that include both knitting and crochet together, so this was nice to see. While the theme is based around yoga, you don’t have to be someone who practices it to enjoy many of these projects such as the cowls and scarves. There is even a cute little knitted baby sweater and baby afghan included in the projects.

Knit Vs. Crochet - Which to Start With?

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast by Tammy on Saturday 23 August 2014 at 12:01 pm

Out of all the videos posted on my YouTube channel, my video entitled “Knit or Crochet: Which to Learn First?” has been the most popular. So I thought it was worth reposting it here on my weblog. This is really geared toward newbies who can’t decide which of these types of yarn crafting would be the best fit for them. Feel free to give me some feedback about which you think is the best type of yarn crafting to start with.


Sea Glass Jewelry - Book Review

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Saturday 23 August 2014 at 11:29 am

Sea Glass Jewelry: Create Beautiful and Unique Designs from Beach-Found Treasures by Lindsay Furber and Mary Beth Beuke is published by Ulysses Press and retails for $14.95 in the US and $17.50 in Canada. A little over one hundred pages, this paperback has lots of full-color photographs of beautiful sea glass. In fact, the photographs are definitely a highlight of the book.

While there are sea glass jewelry how-to projects in this book, it is not just about how to make jewelry but a general reference book about sea glass. It discusses the different types of glass and origins. It really is a book for collectors, not just jewelry makers.

That said, it would have been nice to see a few more projects. There are 9 projects in the book. Each project includes detailed step-by-step written directions and accompanying color photos of many of the steps. There is also a chapter on the tools used for the various projects.

While I was not overwhelmed by this book, I think it is a good starting place for anyone who loves collecting sea glass and would like to turn some of her/his collection in wearable jewelry pieces.

Thank You Knitting Podcast Blog!

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Thursday 21 August 2014 at 11:08 am

I just want to give a quick shout out “thank you” to the Knitting Podcast blog for including Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast in the “feature” section of their weblog! For those who may not be familiar with this blog, it has a huge feed of knitting, fiber, and related crafting podcasts, both audio and video, so you can check on it daily to see if any new podcasts have been published. I know there are a lot of apps that you can do this with, but I find it just easier to bookmark this blog list and check when I have time to watch.

The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet - Book Review

Blogged under Good Books, Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Wednesday 20 August 2014 at 5:11 pm



Like many women in America, I struggle with weight and, in general, my overall fitness level, so I was intrigued by the title of the new book The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet. It is written by the founders of the web site fitbottomedgirls.com, Jennipher Walters and Erin Whitehead, and published by Harmony Books. The copyright date is 2014, and it retails in the US for $17 and Canada for $20.

I am going to just admit that I may not be the intended audience for this book. It made me feel old! I say this because many of the suggestions are things my well over 40 body just cannot do any more. The book offers a number of ideas for very short workouts, which in theory I love the idea of that. The concept is that you can do a lot of small 10 minute workouts, and if you do enough of them throughout the day, they add up. Great! However, here is an example of why I say my body can’t do most of them. One of the “strength” mini-workouts they suggest has you hold hand weights on the ground as you do push ups while still holding the weights, and then you are supposed to pick up one of the weights while you are still in plank position. It tells you to do as many of these as you can in five minutes. I know I could not do one in five minutes. Now, maybe when I was 30 I could attempt this, but now? This is an extreme example, but for the most part, many of their suggested activities I found more intense than I could manage.

The other reasons this seems to me to speaker to a younger crowd is the constant motivation to be positive about your body and yourself that rings throughout the book. That, of course, is good. I know women can by hyper-critical of their bodies, especially younger women. I actually find that sad. I’m not perfect. I do need to lose weight and become generally more active and healthy, but I do not constantly beat myself up about it.

There are a lot of very positive reviews about this book, so it must be helping some women. I’m guessing it tends to help those who might, for really the first time, be trying to lose weight and exercise more regularly, and this book offers a lot of concrete ways to do that.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Episode 3: There Is No Can’t (Or I Can Do Whatever I Want in the Whole Wide World)

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast by Tammy on Tuesday 19 August 2014 at 4:20 pm

Here is Episode 3! Subscribe to my YouTube channel so that you get update notifications.


Blu Mudd
Knit 1, Heart Too
Chinese Crystal Beads

Doll Couture

Blogged under Good Books, Sew Simple by Tammy on Sunday 17 August 2014 at 11:14 am



Serious sewers will often have a stash of fabric scraps that are not large enough to make wearable items for themselves, but they hate to just toss them out. If you are not into quilting, then what do you do them? How about doll clothes! I received a press release about a new book on making doll clothes that seems like a good fit for fabric scrapers out there. Here are some details from the publisher:

“Running Press is proud to introduce Doll Couture: Handcrafted Fashions for 18-inch Dolls, a book that takes the unique fashions and DIY sensibilities of Hankie Couture to a new height. It showcases a striking array of original garments for the vastly popular 18-inch dolls (American Girl size). Everything from dresses to pants and shoes were meticulously crafted from vintage handkerchiefs, table cloths, tea towels, laces, embroidered linens, pillowcases, table runners, and more. The book showcases Marsha’s exquisite fashions and includes sewing instructions and 9 original patterns so you can recreate her designs. It will inspire you to unleash your imagination in transforming your own treasured heirlooms or colorful flea-market finds into one-of-a-kind ensembles.”

It retails for $22.00 US/$25.50 CAN. There is also a Kindle edition available.

Beads and Sparkles!

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 17 August 2014 at 10:06 am

Art Bead Scene
Check out Brandi’s art bead palette of the month!

A Bead A Day
Are you wearing sparkle today? Would you give up your exercise time to make something sparkly?

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Andrew shares the Reveal for the latest design challenge, Dark Bloom.

Craft Organizing
Tips for organizing or not organizing depending on how things go!

Resin Crafts Blog
Super easy coasters with resin and glitter!

How to Repair Beaded Fringe
Here’s how to DIY bead fringe repair or find a pro. BTW, craft repair is a very nice niche especially as a supplement to selling items you make from scratch.

Beading Arts
Cyndi has a review of Irina Miech’s new book, Finding Style. You’ll love all the new components that are available now!

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