Fay, Fay, Go Away!

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Tuesday 19 August 2008 at 8:38 am

This is what I woke up to this morning. Actually, by now, a few hours later, it is much worse, raining, raining, raining with no end in sight. Tropical storm Fay looks like she plans to stay awhile.

So far, it’s just a lot of water. We lost power very briefly around 6:30am, but it came right back on. If it continues like this, it can turn into an opportunity to catch up on school work as well as get a little craft work in. During the 2004 hurricanes that hit us back to back, I spent about 18 days without power. Luckily, I had my beads and lots of potato chips! Since I had so much spare time and nothing electronic to keep me busy, I pulled out my bead weaving supplies and ended up making a number of piece that were later part of a book I wrote on bead weaving, Making Designer Seed Bead, Stone, and Crystal Jewelry. So, I managed to squeeze out some lemonad out of the lemons I was handed. I hope to do something similarly today.

If you live in Florida, stay safe and as dry as possible. Other than running the dogs out for quick tinkles, I plan to hang by the PC, and my bead table.

August Sale Reminder

Blogged under etsy by Tammy on Monday 18 August 2008 at 6:31 am

I have more to talk about concerning my Etsy shop and experience over there, but for now, I just wanted to send out a reminder since we are about half way through the month. I’ve got a sale going on for the month of August. All items ship for a buck, even if you purchase multiple items or heavy stuff (like stone beads) and no matter where you live. You won’t pay more than $1 for shipping.

What’s a Crafter to Do with All These Social Networks? Tips for Not Going SN Insane

Blogged under Social Networking by Tammy on Sunday 17 August 2008 at 11:05 am

Are you to the point now where if you get one more email inviting you to one more social network (SN) you are going to scream? I mean enough is enough already! Am I right?

I’m not saying that social networks are not a good idea. I’ve met some wonderful, creative, and talented people through just about every SN I’ve joined. I’ve also managed to get some decent connections and promotion out them as well. But who has time for all of this socializing and networking? When does it start to be a waste of time rather than a way to promote your crafting while you get to know others in your chosen craft field?

If you go to my About Me page, you’ll see links to various SNs I’ve joined, about 8 so far, and holding. Honestly, while I know there are some other great ones out there, I’ve decided to stick with these for now. Even then, I still know I’m not using them to their full potential, but I have managed to find a balance that has worked for me, so I thought I’d pass it along.

Ideally, I would be posting blog entries every day on these SNs, but Twitter is really the only one I can manage because it’s so quick. Plus, I have my blog entries from my About.com site and this site set up to automatically post over there, and then Twitter automatically updates my Facebook page. So, that requires zero time on my part now that I have that set up.

The other SN sites, though, are a different story. For those, I try to go over once a week or every other week, when I have the time, and post a duplicate blog entry that lists lots of links to projects, articles, and whatever else I’ve been doing around the web. As an example, you can see my latest blog post over at MyCraftivity and then pop over to my MySpace page and see the same post, same goes for MetalChasers.

Most blogs in these SNs have an HTML option. Thus I can write up one blog post, view the HTML, block and copy it, and then paste it into the HTML window of another blog. This saves me a lot of time, and I can spread the word about my various other writing and craft work to a variety of readers since not all my myspace readers will necessarily be on metalchasers and metalchasers might not be on mycraftivity.

As I said, if I had the time, I know a daily posting like this to all the blogs would be a better way to go, but for now, this system is what I’ve come up with as a way to still use the advantages of SNs without driving myself completely insane with it all.

If you know of other simple ways to manage SNs, bring them on! I’m sure there are other simple methods I’m probably not considering.

Crafty Bloggers Unite 08/16/08

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 16 August 2008 at 10:19 am

It’s a weekend of catch up for me, starting with my crafty blog links which I usually post on Fridays. I keep thinking I need to write a list of things to do, but then again, maybe it’s best not to actually see that big long list in front of me!

About Family Crafts
Now is the time to start sharing your Halloween ideas and, more importantly, photos of your home-made costumes, jack-o-lanterns, and haunted decorations.

About.com Cross Stitch
A Pattern-A-Day in August ’08 continues. Don’t miss the new free patterns!

Aileen’s Musings
Meet Fleurita the Flower Nymph, she’s quite the fashionista! Learn how to create your very own flower nymph and enter her in OTM’s Art Muse Contest.

Craftside- A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Gear up for fall crafting with a chance to win a Crafty Chica Bobble head and her book along with her tour schedule, touching quilt stories, a free Halloween raven template with a paper and jewelry tutorial, a fashion illustration guideline for sketching your new fall fashions and how to sew a book cover just in time for back to school.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Links are still hot! And so is metal clay. Tammy offers some ideas for making metal clay links and then incorporating them into an easy earring design.

Layers Upon Layers
Come meet Angela Mabray, the Crafty Goat, as she shares her recyled art inspirations!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
Practicality wins at Sweater Surgery and the craft supplies get a new home with a freecycled wood shelf how-to.

The Impatient Blogger
The Impatient Crafter Margot Potter has a special guest in her new craftertaining video sampling! Jenny Harada comes to the little school house to share how to make your very own fuzzy monster!

I Heart Beads and My UPS Guy!

Blogged under Publications from Moi by Tammy on Friday 15 August 2008 at 5:59 am

Woot! It’s raining bead and books at my house. The UPS guy dropped off a box late yesterday and, surprise, it contained copies of my new book from Wiley Publishing! That means that those who took advantage of Amazon’s early ordering should also receive their copies soon. I have such a busy day ahead of me that I’ve been dreading in a way, so this was a really nice surprise that lifted my spirits.

Free Metal Clay ID Bracelet Project

Blogged under Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Thursday 14 August 2008 at 8:26 am

Metal Clay ID Bracelet

Metal Clay ID Bracelet

I’ve been meaning to post this for awhile, and now that I have my fancy new weblog template in place and images are working again, here you go, another free metal clay project.

It’s call “ID Me” and is from my metal clay book, Picture Yourself Creating Metal Clay Jewelry (Picture Yourself).

Just click on the filename link and the pdf file will open for you: idmeprojectpymcj_ch07part2x

Monster of a Video from the Impatient Crafter

Blogged under Crafty Videos by Tammy on Wednesday 13 August 2008 at 6:55 am

Margot Potter has another great craft video posted at her blog, and this one includes a special guest crafter, Jenny Harada. In this particular how-to, Jenny shows Margot (and the rest of us) how to make an adorable and funky cloud man.

Jenny makes all kinds of cute monsters and more that she sells through her Etsy store, and she also has kits available for anyone who would like to make her own manic monsters.

Metal Clay Calendar CFE

Blogged under CFEs/Contests,Publications from Moi by Tammy on Tuesday 12 August 2008 at 8:01 am

I saw this posted over at my About.com Jewelry Making forum from Holly Gage. The deadline is looming:

The Art and Design of Metal Clay Jewelry Calendar 2009
Submissions deadline: Aug. 15, 2008
Release date: Late – October 2008

I am seeking images to feature in our next annual calendar, The Art and Design of Metal Clay Jewelry 2009. All jewelry forms – necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, brooches, and others will be considered. Unique and diverse design styles and techniques are desired. Metal Clay is the predominant material, but other media – resign, gems, metals, enamel, and more may be incorporated into the design. High digital images will be accepted by mail or e-mail:
Gage Designs
c/o calendar submission 2009
P. O. Box 614
Bowmansville, PA 17507
E-mail: hgage1@ptd.net

Artwork submitted must represent work that is unique and original in design. New unpublished/unseen work is preferred. Group shots or individual pictures will be accepted. Please don’t send actual pieces. Professional photo quality is a MUST. Please consider the fact that viewers will only see your photo not your orginal work, so clear, uncluttered photos with an accurate representation will be priority for the selection process. Images should be 300 dpi, in tiff, jpg or psd format with no compression.
Artists retain copyright of their work. Each calendar page measures 8.5 x 11,
Opened it is 11 x 17.

Please include the following:
1. Name
2. Address
3. Website and/or e-mail (indicate if this information should be included on the calendar)
4. Title of piece
5. Materials used
6. Dimensions
7. Brief Description (50 words or less)
8. File name
9. Has the work been published before

Please direct all inquires to: Holly Gage, e-mail: hgage1@ptd.net
To view or purchase the 2008 calendar go to: http://tinyurl.com/yw7a4n

Jangle Beads on Sale

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Monday 11 August 2008 at 8:50 am

It looks like I’m not the only Etsian with a sale going on right now. Jennifer Jangles Beads has slashed prices up to 25% off for this week only. Jennifer is known for her colorful and fun ceramic beads. She even has a recently published book out on how to make them: Ceramic Bead Jewelry: 30 Fired & Inspired Projects

Her sale ends pretty soon, Sunday 8/17/08, so don’t think too long about snapping some of these up while you can get them at reduced prices.

Metal Clay Link Up

Blogged under Design Ideas by Tammy on Sunday 10 August 2008 at 2:53 pm

I finally got some more textured fine silver links up in my Etsy shop! And, since I think they are very cool, I also wrote up instructions on how to make the links on my About.com Jewelry Making site.

Not sure what to do with these links even if you buy them from me or try to make them yourself? How about this new earring project I just posted:

Fine Silver Link, Pearl, and Crystal Earrings.

Basically, I connected a few pearl dangles and a chain section with a crystal on the end from the center of the link, and then I added ear wires to the top. Voila!

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