Book Giveaway, Victorian Ornaments, and Bezel Hearts

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Wednesday 17 December 2014 at 9:59 am

Need a Hand!
Someone is going to get the cutest monster for Christmas!

Beading Arts
Cyndi has been making more pieces using ribbon…it’s amazing what all you can do with it. AND, she has a fabulous new book to give away!

Victorian Candy Cone Christmas Tree Ornaments
Make lovely Victorian cone ornaments for the Christmas tree. These close at the top so you can hide little trinkets and candies inside. Free template for download!

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Would you like to participate in a heartfelt resin exchange? I will ship you two bezel hearts if you do.

Episode 9: An Undisclosed Location

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast by Tammy on Monday 15 December 2014 at 3:19 pm

As you can see from my sparkling jewelry and crazy eye-shadow I’m wearing in this 9th episode of my podcast, I’m getting into the holiday spirit! Join me for some craft-talking and holiday cheer in my recent episode called “An Undisclosed Location.” Below are related links and show notes.

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Instructions for the necklace I'm wearing can be found in my book Making Designer Seed Bead, Stone, and Crystal Jewelry

I start off with showing some tree ornaments I’ve made in the past. You can find instructions for the beaded ornament cover here.

Here is a general timeline if you want to skip around:

7 minutes: This episode’s crafting tip

9 minutes: Finished Objects

  • Sampler Scarf - I used Cascade 100% baby alpaca and size 10 knitting needles and trimmed it in a darker purple yarn (also baby alpaca) using a size G hook and single crochet stitch. The knit stitches include seed, garter, stockinette, and ribbed.
  • Mike the Monster - This is a free pattern from FreshStitchescom. You can download the pattern here. I used Knitpicks Brava yarn in the Peapod colorway and size H crochet hook.

16 minutes: Works in Progress

  • Gordon the Flamingo is a paid for pattern located here. It’s just $4.
  • Garter stitch scarf - I’m using size 10 needles and started by casting on 20 stitches. I’m using Aran weight City Tweed from Knit Picks in the Blue Blood colorway.

25 minutes: Future Project Plans

  • Flower Power amigurumi from the Craftsy “Design Your Own Monster” class.
  • Baby Kimono - This is a free pattern from Lion Brand, #L10465.

30 minutes: Personal Stuff

  • My Craftsy plans - During my 2 week holiday break from school, I’m hoping to get through at least part of Craftsy’s Circular Knit Lab, Hats 4 Ways class.

Need a Hand!

Blogged under amigurumi by Tammy on Friday 12 December 2014 at 9:58 am

Finally, the school semester is just about wrapped up. I have been cranking on grading all week. lots and lots and lots of grading! But, I uploaded all the grades last night, and now I can take a little break over the weekend and work on holiday gifts and other related tasks…like getting my Christmas cards mailed…something that I often wait too long to do.

Pictured are the parts and pieces so far of Mike the Monster, a free pattern from, and he is turning out soooo cute! If you have watched any recent episodes of my Crafty Princess Diaries Podcasts , then you know that I have been slowly working on him to give as a gift to one of my¬† young nephews. I just have one more “hand” to finish, make the body and horns, and then stitch him all together.

One of my weekend goals is to finish this guy, and then I have another week of school stuff. There are no classes at this point, but I have meetings to go to, commencement to attend, and oh, right, I have to get everything set up for next semester. I like to get all my syllabi and class web sites set up before I check out officially for the holiday break. Otherwise, it continues to hang over me when I’m trying to relax, and by relax, you know me! That means lots of crafting!

Ornaments, Decoupage, and Silk Flowers

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 7 December 2014 at 10:13 am

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Want a look at what’s on Andrew’s work bench? Take a peek at all the resin ornaments he has been making lately!

Decoupage under Glass Using Holiday Theme Paper Napkins
Use holiday-themed napkins to make inexpensive decoupage plates for display or serving.

Beading Arts
Cyndi shares a tutorial on how to make a silk flower necklace, including links to making your own silk flowers!

Carmi’s Art/Life World

Elizabeth the first is the inspiration for this new necklace idea featuring vintage pink coloured pearls.

Blue Jean Baby
Cherie experiments with mixed media.

My Book of Essays Published!

Blogged under writing by Tammy on Wednesday 3 December 2014 at 6:19 pm

Look what showed up at my front door (in a box with other copies)!

I have had kind of an off day, working on some not-so-fun school stuff and feeling generally icky, may be fighting off a cold. When I heard the door bell ring, I had just managed to take a short nap with the hope I would gain some energy, so I was a little irritated that I had to get up and lug a box inside. I had completely forgotten about this. I expected it to be published after the first of the year. So, yeah, me! It’s done! Two years of my life wrapped up between a softback cover….

It is also listed on already: Women of Florida Fiction: Essays on 12 Sunshine State Writers

Paints and Pendants

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Tuesday 2 December 2014 at 1:35 pm

A Bead A Day
Are you inspired to create jewelry by the objects around you? How about a cornucopia bracelet?

Carmi’s Art/Life World
The pendant I have featured can be located on my computer in a file called “Resin Disasters.” How I saved it is on my blog.

Holiday Crafting with The Artful Crafter: Kids’ and Christmas Card Projects
Looking for little crafty gifts or something to keep the kids busy on a snow day? The Artful Crafter has just the thing!

Beading Arts
Cyndi’s got three copies of a brand new DIY magazine to give away…check it out!

Grace and Hope
Cherie thinks about grace and hope this week as she paints and even does the dishes!

No Podcast This Week, Happy Thanksgiving!

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast by Tammy on Tuesday 25 November 2014 at 6:01 pm

Like I’m sure most of you….at least those who will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week….this is a time we are all super busy, getting work caught up with our “real” jobs, getting the house clean and ready for visitors, and shopping for way too much food. While normally I would have recorded an episode of my video podcast this week, that just was not going to happen! I am squeezing in a little bit of crafting but not nearly enough either. So look for the next episode (hopefully) next week, and if you have missed any episodes, you can take some time to catch up: Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast. I am only up to 8 episodes, but I think I’m starting to get a better feel for the whole video podcasting business.

Here is wishing all of you, even those who are not in the US and plan to eat turkey this week, a wonderful holiday!

Book Review: Beaded Bracelets

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Monday 24 November 2014 at 5:45 am

Beaded Bracelets: 25 Dazzling Handcrafted Projects is published by Running Press and written by Claudine McCormack Jalajas. In the US, the book retails for $18, in the UK L11.99, and in Canada $21.00, and it was published in 2014. Regular readers/viewers will remember that I did a giveaway for this book this past year and also mentioned it during one of my bi-weekly video podcasts. As promised, though, here is a little more detail on the book.

It is nice to see someone paying attention to bracelets for a change. So often, necklaces are the main focus of many jewelry making and beading books that I review. And, I have to say, I love all the designs in this book. There is even a few gallery type pages in the front of book so that you can see them all together without having to flip through, and each photo includes a page reference.

While you will find a fair amount of crystal beads and other components in the book, the projects primarily focus on using seed beads and bead weaving techniques such as peyote, herringbone, and right angle weave. Seasoned bead weavers will be able to pick this book up and “go” very easily. The step by step instructions include color-coded illustrations. However, though there is information on materials and the illustrations are very detailed, I suggest totally new bead weavers be prepared to supplement the instructions. For example, check on YouTube for some basics when it comes to some of the stitches used.

Book Review: Pretty Quilled Cards

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Sunday 23 November 2014 at 1:24 pm

Lark Books-Pretty Quilled Cards by Cecelia Louie has been on my “to review” stack for awhile. It came out in March 2014 and is published by Lark. Retails price in the US is $17.95.

Its subtitles describes basically what you will find inside: 25 + Creative Designs for Greetings and Celebrations. All but six of the twenty-five projects are greetings cards, but that is what actually made me think of picking this up right now. With the holiday season here, it seems like the perfect time to get your creative paper-arts juices going and create hand-crafted cards.

The book’s front matter explains the basic tools and supplies you will need, which surprising isn’t that much, and then the techniques area breaks down basic paper scrolled forms that are later referenced in each of the projects. As an added bonus to this book, many of the cards include templates that you can color photocopy and use so that you are able to duplicate exact projects from the book.

There is a lot of detail in this book. I mean that in a a few ways. First, the instructions are detailed nicely so that you have a very clear understanding of how to complete the projects. But, also, the projects and actually the technique of quilling is pretty detailed too. This could be good or bad, depending on the type of crafter you are. If you enjoy intricate, though not necessarily difficult, craft projects, then this type of crafting will appeal to you. If you don’t like to to have to be too exacting, then it probably won’t. Given how beautiful the finished results are as shown throughout the book’s photographs, paper-art lovers will be drawn to this book.

Flowers & Holiday Decor Ideas

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 23 November 2014 at 12:53 pm

What can you say in 30 words?
Over the past year, Andrew has participated (off and on) in Erin Prais-Hintz’s 30 Words Thursday Project. Erin has selected entries from different participants of the challenge to create a book to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Art Bead Scene
Check out our Art Bead Palette Inspiration from Brandi and Zesty Frog!

Knitted Sampler
When you can’t figure out which knit stitch to use, why not use all of them?

Christmas Stocking Advent Calendar
This charming Christmas Advent Calendar will add to your holiday decor, delight kids of all ages, and be used for years to come.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Who knew that scissors designed to shred your private papers could create gorgeous flowers too?

Beading Arts
Cyndi shows you how to combine some easy shibori silk petals into lovely flowers.

Children of God
Being God’s child was the inspiration for these prints.

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