Major Delica Destash Alert

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Tuesday 30 September 2008 at 5:06 pm

I received an email about a major destash of Delica beads going on, and I thought I’d pass the word along for those beadweavers, especially peyote folks, who may be interested.

Gini, the owner of has had some recent health issues that have forced her to close up her web shop and clear out her inventory. In order to do it as quickly as possible, she has started a blog and organized a ticket program where she will give the entire stash away to the winning ticket number.

Now, I will say the tickets aren’t cheap, $100 each, but she is talking about a huge amount of Delicas (also not cheap), and it might be something a group of beadweavers could go in on together to purchase a ticket. Then if they won, they could split up the stash amongst themselves.

You can find all the details of how this will work, including an FAQ list as well as detailed inventory list on her web site:

Even though she has figured out a way to destash in one big lump give-a-away, this still seems like a major undertaking, so I wish her the best of luck as well as the hope that she will recover from the health problems she has had to deal with.

Crafting by Hand with Drawings at Ponoko

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Monday 29 September 2008 at 6:30 pm

Here’s a press release from Ponoko about its new option to use drawn images to design finished products:

September 24, 2008
Turn hand drawings into real life things with Ponoko’s Photomake

San Francisco, CA – World leader in product individualization Ponoko has today launched another world first. It’s a service called Photomake. You can use it to turn digital photos of hand drawings into real products simply by uploading them to the Ponoko website.

Ponoko has established itself as a place where you can shop online for one-of-a-kind goods direct from popular and upcoming designers, or design and make them yourself. The company is on a mission to make it super simple for anyone to make anything that is on their mind, at low cost.

Previously at Techcrunch40, Ponoko launched Designmake for designers to make things on demand – over 10,000 have signed up. Earlier this year, they also launched Ponoko ID for shoppers to request goods to be made just for them by these designers. Now with Photomake they’re inviting creative people who don’t know how to use design software to participate simply by sketching what they want on a piece of paper and uploading a photo of it to get it made.

Chief Strategy Officer, Derek Elley says Photomake is child’s play. “It’s great for crafters, makers and artists,” he says. “One of the cool things about Photomake is the quality of the result – it’s truly hand drawn. Because digital making is so very precise every tiny bump in the hand drawn creation is picked up and made for real. This gives a very natural and human feel to the things you make.”

All you need to get started with Photomake is a felt tip pen and piece of paper. Just draw what you want to make, take a photograph of it, upload this digital photo to the Ponoko website (no login required), get an instant online price to turn your drawing into the real thing, then click to make. Your product will be delivered to your door in days.

CEO Dave ten Have says Photomake is made possible by some very clever file conversion technology that is more accurate than anything that has come before it. “It is designed so that what you draw is what is made, without any touching up required in a design software program,” he says. “It is also 100% online, so you don’t need to own a design software program to use it.”

And for those who know how to use Microsoft Paint and popular photo editing software like Photoshop and GIMP, Photomake is the perfect tool to turn creations designed in these programs into real things too. This is because Photomake accepts common jpg, gif and png files.

Elley says that, as with Ponoko’s original Designmake service, designers can use the new service to make cash as well as make things for themselves. “When you make something with Photomake, you can keep it for yourself, give it as a gift or sell it online from your own free Ponoko e-commerce storefront. You can also sell or give away for free your design file templates too.”

So if you’re worried about the cost of Christmas shopping this season, Photomake may be the easiest and most affordable way to give the most personal of gifts – hand drawn and made by you.

If you are the type of designer that likes to draw out designs before creating a proto-type this might be something to think about. You can see a video demo on it at the company’s web site as well.

All Things Resin

Blogged under Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Sunday 28 September 2008 at 6:31 pm

I have been enamored with all things resin lately. It really is an amazing material for use in all kinds of crafts and even decorative items like this very cool wall clock I picked up at Bed, Bath, and Beyond this weekend. I couldn’t help myself! Plus, hey, I do save their coupons like crazy.

My own resin experience is slowly growing as I find time to play. So far, as far as semi-successful projects, I’ve got my resin stars, which I loaded up with red, white, and blue glitter, and more recently, I made some fun Halloween cabs using sequin stickers and clear casting epoxy resin.

I love how the basics are pretty easy to pick up, but I have to say that the instant gratification side of me continues to struggles with the curing process, which takes at least 24 hours. Dang it!

Craft Bloggers Unit 09/27/08

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 27 September 2008 at 5:56 pm

Another week has whipped past me! Sheewwww! Can you believe that October is on the horizon? October, of course, means lost of Halloween goodies, and I don’t just mean the fattening type! As you can see from this list of crafter blog links, I’m not the only busy blogger bee!

Layers Upon Layers
Do you find yourself snapping pictures of things just for their texture? Cyndi wants to know what you do with these shots.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
Here’s looking at you kid! “See” a pair of mosaic lawn eyes made from some old bowling balls.

The Impatient Blogger
Come see the entries in The Impatient Crafter Happy Cute Make Kewpie Doll Challenge 2008!

About Family Crafts
Check out this special events calendar to find out what holidays, birthdays, and other events are celebrated in the month of October; plus, find ideas for crafts, games, and other activities to help you celebrate. Cross Stitch
Halloween is coming soon, but there’s still time to stitch some designs to add to treat bags, t-shirts, or Halloween trees.

Aileen’s Musings
Discover what deli paper and sprayable watercolors have in common when you watch Aileen’s slide show and see how to create your own bodacious background papers to use in your art or as backgrounds for your scrapbook pages.

Cathie Filian
Check out Cathie’s top 10 pumpkin tips and cozy up to fall with recipes for a homemade butternut squash soup and an ultimate grilled cheese sandwich.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
It’s an upcycled crafty Halloween at Craftside with projects like a recycled sweater devil horn headband, mixed-media bottle cap necklaces, mosaic stepping stones with all sorts of goodies thrown in, clay acorns and a silhouette figure study technique from L.K. Ludwig’s new book-True Vision.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Are Halloween crafts on your list of things to do? How about a little lampwork ghost lariat? The Crafty Princess has a few other Halloween goodie ideas floating around in her head right now.

More Craft Cruise News

Blogged under Craft Classes by Tammy on Friday 26 September 2008 at 5:50 pm

After posting about my friend who was determined to go on a cruise with or without her husband and the fact that I was trying to find a themed cruise for her and ended finding some cool craft cruises, Kristal posted a comment on that post about a theme cruise she’s involved with. Rather than have her information buried in a comment, I thought it deserved a little more notice than that, so here goes:

Hey girls!

Do I have the answer to your cruisin’ prayers!

We are presenting the first Crystal Chix Cruise Nov. 10-15!
Lisa Pavelka, Laura Timmons and myself, Kristal Wick, (all celeb Swarovski designers and teachers) are teaching 5 days of non-stop crystal jewelry classes sponsored by Swarovski.

A bling girl’s paradise!
We leave out of San Diego with stops in Ensenada and Cabo San Lucas.
The goodie bags are worth more than you’ll pay to go on this soirée!
Come alone or bring a friend, it’s all good!

Check out my website for more info:

After getting in Kristal’s site, her information lead me to another, Art Across the Oceans. Along with more information about the Crystal Chix Cruise, it looks like the site has a soon-to-be-announced polymer clay cruise. If you are interested in cruising and crafting, then this site is one to keep an eye on. It looks like it isn’t totally complete yet, but they have a lot of things in the works from what I could tell.

Oh, and my friend? After her husband realized she was seriously planning to go solo, he changed his mind and decided he want to go too. Is that too cute or what?

Adorable Hand-Craft Wristlet

Blogged under Around the Web,Fiber Fun by Tammy on Tuesday 23 September 2008 at 6:22 pm

Is this totally adorable or what? And it’s mine….all mine! I purchased it the other day from The Antique Basket Lady’s Etsy shop. I’ve been eye-balling her purses for awhile, and I also follow her on twitter, but I’ve been waiting for the right one. And, finally, this is it.

I have been needing a little something to carry now and then to meetings because I don’t always have pockets in whatever I’m wearing. I try to because I’m a pocket gal, but sometimes jackets or even pants just don’t come with pockets, which sucks. I need to have my chap stick, comb, a pen, my office keys, and sometimes my prescription sun glasses if I’m trooping across campus, but I don’t want to lug my purse around all the time. Enter the “wristlet” to carry by various must have items.

I think this is also a great little holiday gift idea. Her prices for these are normally around $10 (not including shipping which she discounts if you purchase multiple items), so considering the workman ship on these, I think that is a very reasonable price. I have a meeting on Friday, so I’ll have my first test run with it then.

Craft Cruises

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 22 September 2008 at 6:30 am

A friend of mine is talking about going on a cruise sans the husband who would have to be dragged by the hair on his head. Though she has friends she could go with instead, she is seriously thinking of going alone because she basically wants to do what she wants to do when she wants to do it and thinks she’ll be held back if she has to account to someone else. I got on-line in hopes f finding her some theme cruises to go on, and found Craft Cruises, which looks pretty darn cool:

Cruising with a purpose is all about collecting experiences and making lifelong friends. If you have found yourself resisting cruising then you may want to think again.

Misconceptions about cruising have kept many from trying it. The most satisfied of all Craft Cruise participants are the ones who resisted. The onboard classes, the pampering, the friendships, the overall feeling of togetherness, and the exclusive opportunities to meet other like-minded people in ports around the world have led to expectations being exceeded and the cruise experience being repeated over and over again.

They have cruises available for knitting, crochet, beading, scrapbooking, and one called the Christmas Craft Market, which looks more like a shopping trip than a hands-on craft cruise, but the rest tout classes and lectures on the craft topic of choice. I’m not much of a traveler, but if I were to go on a cruise some day, this is the sort of thing that would appeal to me. Otherwise, I’d be at the buffets stuffing my face all day I have no doubt.

Have you ever been on one of these or a similar cruise? I’m curious to hear about real experiences on one of these.

Craft Bloggers Unite 09/20/08

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 20 September 2008 at 9:49 am

Where did Friday go? I just didn’t have any blogging energy left last night. Sorry for the later than usual craft bloggers’ post. Yesterday, I started with an 8:30am pod cast at the college’s e-learning center for a little comma movie thing I put together, then it was off to grade papers in my office for a few hours, followed by lunch at home with the puppies and kitties, then physical therapy for the old knee caps, then back up to stuff kitty with kidney problems in the cat carrier, then off the vet for her weekly fluids, then back home to feed dogs, and ended the day with literature draft essays to review. After all of that, I could only think of popping the cork on a bottle of vino!

But, today I’m refreshed and back to blogging, so enjoy the links!

Layers Upon Layers
One of the most frequently asked questions at Layers Upon Layers is how to do image transfers. Here are Cyndi’s favorite methods and tutorials for each!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery

See some pumpkins that are “carved” out of some cute sweaters and a classic saying in cross stitch.

The Impatient Blogger
What’s your brand? Madge shares some thoughts about branding and a new demo reel in this thought provoking post.

About Family Crafts
Check out these spotlight crafts… Make everything from a scarecrow candy jar to a Beaded Safety Pin Bear. Cross Stitch
Connie has been feathering her stitching nest. Find out how she made her stitching spot work.

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen’s been having fun again creating another Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) project.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Flower power time! Tammy posts about a CFE over at CraftStylish for all your flower fanatics.

Cathie Filian
Halloween is just around the corner so fly on over to Cathie Filian’s blog for some spooky new ideas and frightfully fun projects.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Work and play are in full fall swing this week at Craftside with news like the Crafty Chica giving away a space on her cruise, a job opportunity for a Marketing Specialist at The Quayside Publishing Group, Lisa Engelbrecht signing and demoing at Barnes & Noble, and of course two fun craft projects; a funky recycled denim purse with motorcycle gear handles and tiny needle felted pumpkins.

Jewelry Dummy Book Give-a-Way

Blogged under Publications from Moi by Tammy on Thursday 18 September 2008 at 6:12 pm

I saw this over at DETNEWS. They are giving away a copy of my book, Jewelry and Beading Designs for Dummies. Amazing what you learn about yourself and your work when you have google alerts set up!

Boo to You! Painted Veggies for Halloween

Blogged under Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Wednesday 17 September 2008 at 5:06 pm

I found this dude on the DecoArts web site and thought he was totally adorable and talk about an easy craft! Even for those who consider themselves craft challenged, you have to admit this ghost gourd is pretty darn basic. Except for the sealers they use, which you’d need to do in a well-ventilated area of course, the painting part might be a good project for the kids to help you with. This is just one of a number of Halloween projects on the site at its Pumpkin Painting Idea Center.

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