Crafting Memories!

Blogged under Good Books, My Crafty News, writing by Tammy on Monday 3 August 2015 at 8:16 am

Woot! I have been mentioning this through all my social media outlets and through my video podcast, but just in case you missed it, my new novel is out and available through Kindle download on Amazon. It is called Crafting Memories, and below is a brief description:

Tess Dudley Forrester finds herself forty, unemployed, and wondering: Had it been a mistake for her to leave her secure job as a craft book editor so many years ago to pursue a career as a teacher? How long will her husband’s good nature last as she navigates depression and tries to reconfigure her career goals? While Tess tries to understand the fickle nature of fate, along the way she discovers a distant family relative’s journal and letters that open up a tragic chapter from her ancestors’ lives, a mother/daughter suicide. At first, this discovery is just a distraction from her own troubles, but eventually, as she digs into her family’s past, she also takes a journey of self-discovery. Along the way, she reconnects with her knitting and crochet friends, is tempted by a man who may be the answer to her future in more ways than one, and remembers how much she enjoys the art of crafting, both with her hands and her words.

You can read the preface and first chapter for free if you go over to the listing (here) on Amazon and click on the “Look Inside” option.

Video: Coloring Doll Hair

Blogged under art dolls by Tammy on Sunday 2 August 2015 at 12:02 pm

Barbie gives you an update on my doll crafting experimentation.

Crafting Links Time

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 2 August 2015 at 9:01 am

Art Bead Scene

Take a peek inside the studio with Mary Harding!

SAL Diamond One

Have you started your Connie Gee’s SAL project yet? The borders were posted last week and the first section has been added as well. Join the Connie Gee’s Stitchers Facebook group for more info.

Another Little Table Transformation

Cherie makes over a little side table.

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

Andrew was asked to make a special ring. See how it turned out!

Craft Tip Time

Have you wanted to try to crochet cute stuff toys but weren’t sure where to start? Here’s a quick tip for you.

Magnolia and Driftwood Arrangement

How to make paper magnolia flower and bud, then arrange them on a piece of driftwood. Finish the arrangement with a hummingbird perched on a petal to drink the flower’s nectar.

Beading Arts

Beading Arts turned 10 this year, and Cyndi looked back to see which have been the all-time most popular tutorials she has posted over the years!

Video: Doll Craft Experiment Part 1

Blogged under Crafty Videos, art dolls by Tammy on Saturday 1 August 2015 at 9:02 am

I picked up some dolls from a local thrift store and have plans to do some craft experimenting on them. Here’s a little video showing you my doll score!

Video: Amigurumi Tip 1

Blogged under Crafty Videos, amigurumi by Tammy on Wednesday 29 July 2015 at 7:53 am

This is the first tip in a video series I have in the works. Enjoy! And feel free to add your own tips in the comments.

Come by for Crafting Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 26 July 2015 at 2:57 pm

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

Check out Andrew’s new bronze creations and find out what he plans to do with them!

Robot Love

Enjoy some fun amigurumi & learn about a few crafting giveaways.

Connie Gee’s SAL

Connie has started up a free SAL. Join the Connie Gee’s Stitchers group on Facebook to share your progress photos. Find out how to get started.

Silhouette Studio - Tedious Tasks Made Easy

Silhouette Studio conquers two card making issues. Two-sided projects don’t align well with desktop printers. Many pieces mean tedious cutting & varied results.

Art Bead Scene

Meet Julie of Uglibeads, one of our fantastic new Art Bead Scene contributors (and FYI, her beads are the opposite of ugly!)

Table Transformation

Cherie transforms an old table into a fun piece for the living room.

Beading Arts

Make a teeny tiny little bead embroidered pendant! It’s fast, easy, and a great way to try stitching with the smaller seed beads.

Video: Amazing Blythe Exhibit

Blogged under My Crafty News, art dolls by Tammy on Saturday 25 July 2015 at 9:02 am

If you caught Episode 24 of my Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast, then you know I’ve been falling down the art doll world. The more I learn, the more fascinated I’m becoming. So when I found this video that shows off amazing Blythe dolls that have been re-imagined into little miniature works of art, I had to share. Get a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy!

Video: Amigurumi Robot Love - Episode 24

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast, amigurumi by Tammy on Wednesday 22 July 2015 at 11:18 am

Time to take a break and craft with me! Come watch Episode 24 of my Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast.

My Etsy Shop

My Novel, Crafting Memories

You can find me at these social networks.

Video: Subscriber Giveaway

Blogged under CFEs/Contests, Crafty Videos by Tammy on Saturday 18 July 2015 at 12:05 pm

I have a new giveaway going on to help boost my YouTube subscribers. It is super easy to enter, so watch this 2+ minute video to get all the details and enter to win today!

Craft Links to Enjoy

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 18 July 2015 at 9:09 am

DIY Crochet Bead and Wire Crochet Necklace

Learn how to crochet wire and beads into a fun, whimsical necklace. Here is the link to my video on how to crochet a chain stitch.

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

So many beautiful creations were made for the latest challenge, Endless Sky. Check out what all the participants made!

Review of Crafting Memories by Tammy Powley

Crafting Memories is the well-known craft author’s first book of fiction and it’s a very good read as career struggles mix with family scandal.

Yarn Review & Subscriber Giveaway

The Crafty Princess takes a look at a popular yarn used for knitting/crocheting baby items and has a YouTube subscriber giveaway in the works.

Mum’s the Word

This free pattern from Connie Gee’s Designs is suitable for cross-stitch, needlepoint, and beadwork. Use the small design to experiment with different flosses or techniques.

Beading Arts

Cyndi’s been going to town making Shamballa bracelets! Here she shows you how to make smaller feminine ones using cords and cupchain.

Art Bead Scene

Check out Rebecca’s roundup of ocean-inspired beads for this week!

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