Last Day to Win Bead Book

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Tuesday 30 September 2014 at 5:52 am

Go over to my latest podcast and watch the first few minutes for details on how you can win the book Beaded Bracelets! Okay, really, watch the first few minutes, pause it, enter, and then watch the rest of my latest podcast!



Stitches, Photography, and Chain

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 28 September 2014 at 11:57 am

A Bead A Day
Some shiny things really get attention! Lisa’s sharing some shiny silvery connectors that look like chain.

Artist Profile: Photographer Taerie Kelly
Taerie is a good example of how people can find their way from being crafters to accomplished artists. She has her first solo show starting this Friday!

Mini Canvas Making
Cherie’s working on some mini canvases to decorate her office.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
The summer goal of hand sewing twelve crazy cuffs was met with this salute to the fleur de lis!

Beading Arts
The final chapter of “Bored by Back Stitch” is now ready and available for download! The topic is “Textured Surfaces”, and features ways to include shibori silk ribbon, metal mesh ribbon, soutache braid, and candy bags in your bead embroidery work!

Felted Ornament Tutorial

Blogged under My College Craft Club, Sew Simple by Tammy on Saturday 27 September 2014 at 1:58 pm

So this is really rough and unedited, but I think you can get a fairly good idea of how to make this cute ginger bread man felted ornament.



Teddy Bear’s Scarf Done!

Blogged under amigurumi, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Sunday 21 September 2014 at 11:32 am



If you watched my latest podcast (episode 5), then you saw the start of this little knitted scarf. I’m not that fast of a knitter, so it felt like this took me forever, even though it’s really not that big. But now that it is done, it was so worth the time. I think he looks adorable with this addition, and now he fits in with the stegosaurus I made for my niece.

Crafting Links: Giveaways, Challenges, and Projects

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 21 September 2014 at 11:05 am

A Bead A Day
It’s craft night and Lisa’s looking for inspiration! If you have an abundance of quick and easy ideas, check out her post.

Resin Crafts Blog
It is amazing what you can cast in an ice cube tray…check out my super hero weapons!

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
See what Andrew and the rest of the talented participants made for the Festival Lights Challenge.

Giveaway & Baby Box Goodies
Catch the latest Crafty Princess Diaries podcast and get a chance to win a wonderful new beaded bracelet book.

Winter Note Card Made with “Joy” and Homemade Glimmer Mist
This card uses the prettiest glimmer mist Eileen has ever seen. Where can you buy it? You can’t. You make it yourself for mere pennies!

Beading Arts
Cyndi’s gathered up some of the best and most recent jewelry making and jewelry business advice for you from around the blogosphere!

Faith and Art
Cherie muses about faith and painting and growing in your craft.

Episode 5: Giveaway & Baby Box Goodies

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast by Tammy on Monday 15 September 2014 at 11:12 am



Beaded Bracelets: 25 Dazzling Handcrafted Projects

Knit and Stitch Boutique

Thirty-One Gifts

NexStitch Scarf

Bright Star Afghan for Ashley’s Baby

Bunny and Matching Baby Afghan

Cute Shirts on Etsy

Recent Yarn Acquisition

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Sunday 14 September 2014 at 12:16 pm

This weekend my sisters and I made a quick trip to downtown Cocoa Village for some yarn shopping at the Knit and Stitch Boutique. Before I even made it into the shop, however, I saw this in an outside display at the shop next door and HAD to buy it! If any of you follow me on Facebook and know about Little Dude, I don’t need to explain why I had to buy this.




Okay, onto the yarn!

I am planning at some point (probably will have to wait until the next big holiday school break) to make the Loveland Neck Scarf. It requires lace weight yarn and a size D hook, but it looks nice and light and Florida friendly. This little cake is 798 yards/100 grams of Juniper Moon Farm Findley Dappled, 50% merino wool/50% silk. The colorway is Wisteria.




I love Cascade Yarns’ Heritage Paints and Silk Paints collections, and I knew I wanted another skein, similar to one I used to make this shawl, just in a different color. I found this beautiful color called “Isle of Skye,” 75% superwash merino wool/25% nylon, 437 yards/400 meters. I am thinking of making a shawlette with it and may have enough left for wristers.



Finally, I have no idea what I am going to do with these skeins, but they were just $5 each and are soooo soft, even though they are polyester. This is also a Cascade yarn. It’s called Pluscious, and each skein is 148.7 yards/136 meters, 3.5 oz/100 grams. The colorway for these is called Begonia, but they had a ton of fabulous colors. It was very hard to pick.



We had so much fun shopping, and then we all three came back to our parents’ house and sat around and crocheted together. There’s nothing like sharing sister and yarn love at the same time!

Episode 5 Coming Soon!

Blogged under My Crafty News, Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Sunday 14 September 2014 at 9:44 am

I am preparing to record the fifth episode of my Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast. With each episode, I learn a little bit more about this whole process, and I continue to get encouraging feedback from my audience, small as it may be.

If you have missed any or all of the previous four episodes and want to catch up, there are two ways to watch. First, you can stay here on my weblog. Just select the category (listed on the right) for the Crafty Princess Podcast. I have embedded the videos there along with show notes and links related to each episode.

Another option to is to watch directly through my YouTube channel; you just miss out on show notes. However, the cool thing about YouTube is that you can subscribe to my channel and get notifications sent to you when I have uploaded a new video.

Finally, here are links to each show, which I try to keep under 20 minutes each:

Scrapping Projects, Jewelry Ideas, & Dollar Store Finds

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 14 September 2014 at 9:33 am

Snap out of it Jean! There’s beading to be done!
Jean reviews the wonderful new book by Jamie Cloud Eakin, Bead Play with Fringe, Techniques, design, and projects.

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Andrew does a recap of his recent trip out to Philadelphia for BeadFest.

A Bead A Day
Did someone say Sparkle? Lisa’s come up with a new mantra: sparkle, sparkle, sparkle! Join her as she obsesses over shamballa beads.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
The summer project of creating a dozen crazy cuffs is right on track. Number eleven is elephant themed.

Resin Crafts Blog
Halloween and resin go hand in hand if you shop in dollar stores!

Ornament Prototype
Crafty Princess is planning ahead for the holidays with this super simple sewn felted ornament project.

Is There a Clay Recipe Suitable for an Essential Oil Diffuser Pendant?
A reader was looking for a clay recipe to make essential oil diffusers. Read Eileen’s answer.

Beading Arts
Sometimes you just need to use up some leftovers! Cyndi has a cute earring project to share with you.

Blue Glass Sculpture
Cherie makes a blue glass sculpture for her home.

Spikey the Stegosaurus Done!

Blogged under amigurumi by Tammy on Friday 12 September 2014 at 4:34 pm



Woot! I finished Spikey the Stegosaurus today! This is one of those amigurumi projects that is not really hard, but there are a lot of fiddly part and piece to it. The pattern is from FreshStitches.com (of course), and the yarn it Knit Pick’s Brava in the orange and cornflower colorways. The white yarn for the eyes is just some leftover white worsted I had around, and I cut out black felt circles and glued those on to the centers. This is going in a box full of goodies for my soon-to-be new momma niece.



Of course, like anything I make I can see a zillion imperfections in this guy, but generally, I’m pretty happy with him.



Now I have to figure out what the next amigurumi project will be!

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