Crafty Princess Says Thank You!

Blogged under My Crafty News,Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Saturday 31 May 2008 at 7:09 pm

I just wanted to stop here at the end of this month of May and say thank you to all of those in the arts and crafts blogosphere. About the middle of last month (April 2008), I finally took the plunge and turned my static web site of many years into a weblog, and I’m so glad that I did!

I will admit that it is still in the works. I dream of my fancy new template some day, and I am still learning the ropes of an indie blogger, figuring out what all the stats numbers really mean, looking for advertisers, understanding what my small readership wants, and of course, learning how to grow my readership, but I will never look back to the days of HTML and FTPing my files every few months.

So far, I have plenty to talk about, and while life is very busy – even during what is supposed to be my summer vacation away from school – I look forward to coming over and “talking” daily. Hopefully, you won’t get tired of listening.

Here is to the month of May, my first full month as an indie blogger!

Crafty Bloggers Unite 05/30/08

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Friday 30 May 2008 at 1:42 pm

Oh where oh where has May gone crafties? I guess this means it is officially summer in a few days. Time to get your craft urge on and play during summer vacation! Here are some craft players from around the WW Web.

Aileen’s Musings
The Fairies have landed at Aileen’s Musings! Check out her Mini Fairy Birdhouse tutorial and maybe you too can capture a fairy or two!

Craftside- A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there are a bunch of great patterns and how-to’s including a clip on cell phone case, jewelry with words, 2 winged embroidery templates used on a spa mask and cold pack cozy, a crocheted flower pattern and altered images and techniques.

Cross Stitch Bracelet
Stitch up quick Cross Stitch bling using floss and plastic canvas.

Diary of a Crafty Chica
Kathy gets crafty with words and shares a cautionary tale about the perils of cake in the office.

Layers Upon Layers
The year-long Bead Journal Project is winding down, and Cyndi is thrilled to be finished!!

Polymer Clay @ CraftGossip
Here’s the scoop on making your own polymer clay buttons.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
Over at Sweater Surgery there are a bunch of cross stitch sayings and note cards made from photos of the sayings.

The Impatient Blogger
Join The Impatient Crafter Margot Potter in this cheeky video tutorial on making UTEE glittered skull jewelry. It’s magically craftlicious!

Barnes & Noble’s Got My Book, La, La, La

Blogged under Crafting a Career,Publications from Moi by Tammy on Thursday 29 May 2008 at 5:42 am

Picture Yourself Creating Metal Clay Jewelry

I just felt like singing a little tune today because not only does Barnes & now have my book up, they have the description updated finally! Before it had a very old one from my original proposal which didn’t even mention the DVD. Yikes!

It funny, and not ha, ha funny more like crappy funny, how bookstores can be so powerful. Us little ol’ writers are so dependent on them, and a wrong description or misspelled word (I won’t mention any names there), and your book is out in La La Land, on the web but not really visible.

So, I bow to you B&N today….I am not worthy…thank you, thank you, thank you!!

The Impatient Blogger Crafts Some Jewelry

Blogged under Crafty Videos by Tammy on Wednesday 28 May 2008 at 1:11 pm

Margot Potter has another excellent video out. I am most impressed with the super simple mold she made. Enjoy!

On My Current Craft Plate Right Now

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Tuesday 27 May 2008 at 8:21 am

Ceramic Center

I woke up this morning thinking about all the projects I seem to have going on right now.

First, I have a bracelet idea I’m working on using this ceramic component and red hemp. (Yes, they would go with the necklace I made this weekend.) I’m trying to figure out a way to use the hemp to macrame the strap, but I’m not sure if I’m going try to attach the hemp to either side of the component or make the strap first and then stitch the component onto the finished strap. The loops, as is, are too small for much hemp, so that’s my quandary right now.

I have also been doing some eye pin experimentation. Here are a few so far. I think the coiled ones turned out okay. The other in the center, I’m not sure about. Maybe, it sort of reminds me of a vine. I have been revamping my wire findings area on my site. I tend to link to these tutorials a lot since I use them so much in my projects and thought it was a good time to give the whole place a little sprucing up. I thought these eye pins might be a new addition. Of course, then I’ll need to come up with projects to use them in as well, maybe earrings?

Eye Pins

After my cool ice tray find at Target, I have the itch to try some resin, finally, so I’ve pulled out The Art of Resin Jewelry: Layering, Casting, and Mixed Media Techniques for Creating Vintage to Contemporary Designs by Sherri Haab. I’m thinking of trying the star-shaped tray first and maybe putting either some coloring in the resin or putting some red, white, and blue glitter into clear resin and makeing star charms for the 4th of July.

Then there’s a book I need to read and write a review of, and it’s an actual book with lots of text and no projects for a change; luckily, I’ve been in the reading mood lately (as you can tell from my updated page at GoodReads) and I have actually had a little time to read as well. I’m looking forward to this book in particular:

Finally, I also pulled out an old crochet afghan project I’ve been working on forever. Right now, it is large enough now to be a blanket, but I keep thinking I need to make it larger, larger, larger! I may manage to finish it this summer.

A Few Moments of Remembering Today

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Monday 26 May 2008 at 6:12 pm

Peyote Flag Pin


Peyote Flag Pin

Craft Techniques & Technical Wackiness

Blogged under Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Sunday 25 May 2008 at 11:58 am

Serenity the Movie

Well, it tooks me forever to make this necklace and then it took me forever to post the step-by-step tutorial, but finally, the Serenity Ceramic, Wire, and Stone Necklace is done!

While I’m not sure if the movie Serenity would be considered part of the Steampunk genre, it came to mind when I started designing this necklace. The dark color of Melanie’s ceramic components and the idea of a futuristic world that is mixed with odds and ends from previous worlds made me think of mixing odds and and ends I have around here like hematite beads (always have those on hand), some colored hemp fiber, and some colored floral wire I got dirt cheap at my local craft store.

Between the craft technique I used of wrapping each bead and the computer problems I seem to be having lately, I thought I’d never finish this necklace. Wrapping each bead takes a lot more time than I remember. Plus, my eyes are in sad, sad shape! I am in desperate need of some new glasses. Luckily, my intent with this jewelry piece was to get an industrial look to it, so the fact that it may not be as finished as most of my pieces, I’m okay with.

The other technical issues were computer issues! My computer keeps giving me that blue screen, and my tech support slash husband doesn’t believe me. Then there’s wordpress that doesn’t want me to upload pictures, so I have to send them over to photobucket.

I’m wondering if this is some kind of voo-doo going on that’s trying to tell me to get off the computer and go read a book!

Serenity Ceramic, Wire, and Stone Necklace

Crafting a Holiday Weekend

Blogged under Design Ideas,Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Saturday 24 May 2008 at 5:21 pm

While I know that this holiday weekend (in the States) was not created for crafters, and I do hope we all remember and appreciate the reason we have a Memorial Day holiday in the first place, I also wish that everyone is able to carve out a little craft time this weekend. It is surprising how difficult this can be to manage even when you do this for part of your living!

So far my craft weekend is going pretty well. I’m working on a new necklace tutorial which I’ll have posted tomorrow for my site. I’m using some ceramic components from Earthenwood Studio’s SteAm Stones collection. Hopefully, Melanie will not be disappointed with my efforts. It’s funny how I always feel a little extra added pressure when I use components created by an artist I have some kind of personal connection with. I had a few bumps in the jewelry designing road earlier today, but I’m well on my way to finishing the piece. I’m giving my fingers a little break – typing rather than wire wrapping – because this baby has lots of wrapping going on. Without giving away the whole design enchilada, I’ll give one hint – wire wrapped beads.

wire wrapped bead

Other than making jewelry and working on my site, writing up the tutorial don’t ya know, I’ve managed to get a little reading in today, and I’m close to finishing a wonderful biography, Jane Austen: A Life. You would think that someone like myself who writes and has multiple degrees (in English no less) would be a lightening fast reader, but totally the opposite is true. I read tortuously slow; I would be embarrassed to admit to how long it’s taken me to read this book! But, now that I’m about 30 pages away from the end, I am already concerned that it’s ending too soon.

I hope I’m not the only one crafting this weekend (and reading and relaxing and thinking).

Crafty Bloggers Unite 05/23/08

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Friday 23 May 2008 at 7:56 am

crafts blog

I’m thrilled to announce a weekly blog fest here at Crafty Princess with links to many of my favorite crafty bloggers. Look for links each week about this time covering all areas of crafting from some of the heavy-hitters of crafting!

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen offers a groovy tutorial on altering a cabinet card using gouache paints.

A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world –
Over at the Craftside blog there is a chance to win a copy of Retro knits and 1000 Artist Trading Cards, a beaded butterfly pattern, and more spring crafty goodness.

Diary of a Crafty Chica – CONTEST!
Tell Kathy why you are a crafty chica too, and you may win a hecka lot of prizes!

Layers Upon Layers
Cyndi has compiled a list of her tutorials on mixing digital work into your mixed media!

Polymer Clay @ Craft Gossip
Need the low down on making dozens of different polymer clay beads? Heather reviews a handy book that might just be your recipe to beadmaking success.

Sweater Surgery
Stefanie updates an old pin cushion project and makes an eyeglass case out of old felted wool sweaters, paints a rock and gives you an inside peek at her creative space.

The Impatient Blogger
Madge shares some photos and impressions from her recent trip to Tokyo for CHA to HAJ.

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Cheap Craft Supply Alert for Resin Lovers

Blogged under Crafty Products,Crafty Videos by Tammy on Thursday 22 May 2008 at 1:36 pm

 After watching this very cool video on how to make a resin bracelet by Jennifer Perkins of the Naughty Secretary Club, my shopping cart in Target did an automatic about-face (insert sound of tires squeeching…rrrrrtttt…here) while cruising through the dollar section of the store. Ice cube trays – and not just any ice cube trays but trays with cool shapes in there, and yep, for $1. Right away I thought of Jennifer’s resin video I had just watched the other day.

Now, of course, she uses rectangle-shaped trays for her resin bracelet components, but I realized these shapes might work well with some kind of resin project using the same or similar technique she demonstrates in her video.

I’m sure all Targets have a different stash of $1 stuff, but just in case you happen to be in your own local Target in the near future, keep an eye for these.

*NEW* Naughty Secretary Club Resin Bracelet


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