Craft Tagging

Blogged under Around the Web,Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Sunday 19 October 2008 at 3:43 pm

I’ve been tagged again, this time by Jean Yates, who is one of my best of all bead buddies, doll obsessed, and crazy (in a good way) blogger friend. I’ve been tagged a few times, and each time I think, “What does the Web world not know about me? I’ve been on here for 10+ years!” Okay, well, there is a lot you don’t know about me, but there are reasons for that, like it’s private stuff even my mom (especially my mom) does not know. So, these blog tag games tend to force me to think of stuff the world probably doesn’t know about me and might possible care to know (or not know, I’m good with that too) without getting too, too personal.

The way this particular tag works is that I list 7 factoids about moi, and then I tag 7 more bloggers. Here goes:

  1. I purchase a minimum of 90 pounds of cat litter per week; I sh*t you not (pun intended). That is three super duper big bags once a week when I do my main grocery shopping (ever bag-boy has to ask how many cats I have and why so much cat littler…same store every week…same questions…just shut up and put them in the d*mn car already!), and it’s not unusual for me to have to make a mid-week emergency cat litter run to boot. I have three spoiled geriatric cats who have trained me well, and their boxes happen to be in my home office; thus, I must service them regularly. It is what I live for. It is my purpose in life.
  2. Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Dover Thrift Editions)by Thomas Hardy is my favorite novel. I read it after a teacher I took a writing class from constantly raved about it. I was not doing well in the class, and right before the drop date, I asked him if I needed to worry about getting a C in the class. He told me not to worry. Yes, that’s because….(drum roll)…he gave be a D! Any whooo, though this novel and rugby had nothing at all to do with the writing class I was taking, he used to yammer about both of them endlessly. I still don’t give a rat’s bat-too-dee about rugby, but this made me curious about the Hardy novel, so I eventually read it. So, while this professor was obviously possessed by the devil, he did give me something I still treasure.
  3. I’m a Star Trek fan. When I was very young and used to play house with my BF, Elsie, I always claimed Captain Kirk as my husband. She liked Donny Osmond. To this day, I still admit to having a bit of a crush on William Shatner.
  4. I’m really, really, really nearsighted. Coke bottles got nothing on the glasses I have to wear. I do wear contacts sometimes, but besides my nearsightedness, now that I’m well past the big 40 hump, I now have to wear bifocals. As a result, I can’t read a dang thing when I wear contacts, so needless to say, I wear them to the occasional social event and that’s about it.
  5. I’m addicted to Twitter.
  6. You know that I have been running the About.com Jewelry Making site for 10 plus years, but you may not know that I applied for the position days after getting down-sized from a job I wasn’t that fond of. I was doing IT stuff for a small company, they’d just lost a huge contract, and they pretty much didn’t like me, so I was one of the first heads to roll. They were also very mean about it, waiting until 4:45 on a Friday (which also happened to be the day before I was to sign a contract on a house we just built and leave on a two week vacation to move in) to call me in, box in hand, and tell my my job had been “eliminated.” The secretary stood there while I loaded up the box with my personal possessions, and of course, to make sure I didn’t press delete *.* on my computer, which I would never do, even to people like them, because I am not people like them. Buy, hey, I see now they did me a big favor. Oh, and gee, they were eventually bought out and don’t even exist any more. Karma rocks sometimes!
  7. I own a Honda Element and love it.

Thanks to Twitter, I have a number of blogger tag volunteers. So, okay guys, you know what to do, 7 factoids, 7 more bloggers tagged, you’re it:

http://www.chezchani.blogspot.com/

http://www.debutanteclothing.com/

http://craftercast.com/

http://beadcircleblog.com/

http://www.claybuttons.com/wordpress/

http://koregonbeads.wordpress.com/

http://www.myspace.com/simplyshellsdesigns

Crochet a Witch’s Hat

Blogged under Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Sunday 19 October 2008 at 10:44 am


This free pattern over at Lion Brand Yard (you have to sign up for a free membership to access it) is called a Felted Witch’s Hat, but you actually crochet it first. Then you wash it and using a felting technique to turn it into felt, which makes sense since you use wool yarn to crochet it first. They also have a note on the pattern that you could make a super small sized hat for your pet. Of course, my dogs would eat this, but if you have a little dog that wouldn’t rip it to shreds and are looking for an adorable costume idea, this might do the trick.

Naturally Baby Contest for Yarn Lovers

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Saturday 18 October 2008 at 9:31 am


Robin Beam, now the A. C. Moore Director of Education, sent me a press release about baby blanket contest that also benefits a wonderful charity. I think it’s great when you get a double whammy of goodness going like this:

NaturallyCaron.com and A.C. Moore are proud to co-sponsor a contest! Knit or crochet a baby blanket using Naturally Caron Spa or Country Yarn, provide the info requested with a picture of your creation and you could win up to a $300 A.C. Moore Gift Card. Just think of all the crafty things you can do with that! To top it off, for every entry sent in, Caron will be donating $1 to Project Linus, which is comprised of hundreds of local chapters and thousands of volunteers across the United States. Each volunteer and local chapter all work together to help us achieve our mission statement, which states:

First it is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers. “

Second, it is our mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.

The contest runs from October 17, 2008 through December 1, 2008; go to www.naturallycaron.com for contest rules. A baby blanket is easy to knit or crochet up…it’s for a great cause and there’s the possibility of winning a prize!

If anyone has any questions, they can contact Caron via their website or A. C. Moore Director of Education, Robin Beam at rbeam@acmoore. com

Good Luck!

If you decide to participate in this contest, afterwards you can donate your finished baby blanket to Project Linus, which includes a listing of local chapters on the group’s web site. Heck, even if you don’t know how to crochet or knit, when I looked up my local chapter it had a web site that said they’d teach me if I didn’t know.

Crafty Bloggers Unite 10/17/08

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Friday 17 October 2008 at 8:27 am


I had an amazing craft weekend last weekend, but I’m not so sure about this weekend. It will be craft related, but I’m determined to get through some of the review items I’ve got stacking up around here! Hopefully, my blog craft buddies are not in the same boat. Speaking of my fellow craft bloggers, you’ll notice our little group as been growing, yeah!

The Crochet Dude
I Want My Mummy! Drew has a free Halloween treat bag crochet pattern that is super cute!

The Swell and Spooky Life

Swelldesigner is giving away a super swell vintage-inspired pumpkin man box in honor of Terrorific Tuesdays!

About Family Crafts

Take a few moments and tell Sherri and all of her visitors what your favorite way to save money is when it comes to craft supplies.

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen has a colorful fiber necklace tutorial posted that would make a lovely gift idea, enjoy!

Cathie Filian
Cathie Filian has a tutorial on how to transform plain candles with a few stamping supplies. Great for holiday gift giving and decorating! From the Medieval Lights episode of Creative Juice.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Peeking at you this week from Craftside are easy felted eyeballs, a dimensional surface technique tutorial, a creative inspiring exercise from the new book The Creative Entrepreneur and a paper and crystal necklace project from Jenn Mason’s latest and greatest book, Altered Paper Jewelry.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Are you thinking about stocking stuffers for you crafty friends yet? The Crafty Princess has a few ideas for you.

Cross Stitch at About.com
Do You Suffer from Pattern Paralysis? Find out what it is and learn ways to treat it. Be sure to read all the comments and add your own!

Layers Upon Layers
Cyndi has updated her ever-growing list of posts covering different methods to do image transfers.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
The “Eyes” have the vote with a super easy Eyeball Halloween Desktop Decoration.

The Impatient Crafter
Margot shares next week’s Terrorific Tuesday Halloween Themed paper crafted jewelry project. Hooty the Halloween Hoot Owl!

Etsy Promotion Ideas

Blogged under etsy by Tammy on Thursday 16 October 2008 at 6:08 am

Though I have woefully been neglecting my Etsy shop due to lack of time due to grading papers out the ying yang lately, amazingly enough I still have made an occasional sale over there.

This makes me wonder how successful I could be if I actually had time to rotate inventory, network with my fellow Etsians more, and generally give it the attention it deserves. No business will flourish left unattended and unmanaged, but while it doesn’t take a lot of cash to get an Etsy shop going or keep it going, it does take time. That is mainly what blogger the Autonomous Artisans explain in an excellent post about Promotion on a Budget. Though most of the ideas presented in the post connect up with the idea of owning an Etsy shop, really anyone who has a web business or even an off-line business can find some interesting and cheap (as far as money) ideas to consider. It’s definitely worth a read.

Getting Stressed with Stamping

Blogged under Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Wednesday 15 October 2008 at 6:27 am

Even though your stamps and inks may be new, you can get a distressed vintage look to your finished paper arts with a few simple techniques. Kate Pullen shows you how to distress a background doily on this ultra cute embellished tag project.

You’ll be amazed at how easy this looks to do, just some crinkling of the doily and using the right ink for the most part is required. For the finished tag project pictured, Kate used a ‘Sugar Nellie’ stamp.

Once you get the idea of how she did this, I’m sure there are lots of other wonderful stamping applications you could use this for as well, obviously, not just to decorate tags.

Free Halloween Postcard Images

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Tuesday 14 October 2008 at 6:15 am

A big THANK YOU to Barbara Crews of the About.com Collectibles site for offering up some amazing antique postcard images for your crafting needs. This is just one of 13 images she offers on her site, perfect for Halloween crafting of all kinds. Barbara is in the middle of crafting a Halloween themed wedding, and she used this card pictured as part of the rehearsal dinner place cards she created.

Successful Craft Weekend

Blogged under Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Monday 13 October 2008 at 6:00 am

In between reviewing and grading a mountain of essays for school (compare/contrast drafts; 1101 narrative essays; “A Rose for Emily” lit drafts; and Chopin/Poe lit essays for grading) I managed to get three, yes three! projects completed this weekend. Of course, how could I do all this you ask and actually get some sleep? There are mainly two reasons: (1) I didn’t get much house cleaning done; (2) These are ridiculously easy and fast!

First, let me introduce you to my favorite of the three projects, my Frankenstein 3-D Pin. I found him on an end-cap at Michael’s, and he was giving me that look, you know, the “Come here, baby! Have I got a craft project for you!” look.
After my rendezvous with Frankenstein, I got my crafty on with this super easy Foam Sticker Witch’s Hat Pin.

I realized that I had gone a little pin crazy, so I needed to balance things out and get some earrings made. Voila, some Pumpkin Foam Sticker Earrings, light-weight and light on the clock too.

I’m going to try to whip up some more foam sticker pins and earrings to give to my fellow teachers so that we can all look super dorky during Halloween week. But, hey, our students think we are dorks no matter what. I could roll in there on a Harley, wearing a belly ring, and have tatoos down my arms, and they’d roll their eyes!

Crafty Princess Political Statement

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Sunday 12 October 2008 at 8:30 am

I usually do not like to give my political point of view on this blog, but I thought it was time I fess up and start spreading the word!

We no longer have to pick between two evils!

Check out this new possible presidential candidate!

I hope to see you all at the voting booth, and remember to bring your glue guns!

Craft Bloggers Unite 10/11/08

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 11 October 2008 at 8:55 am


With Halloween on our heels, I’m determined to get some of my Halloween related projects finished this
weekend! I mean it! I really do! So, other than some fabo crafty links for you, I’m keeping this blog post brief…keep an eye out for my Halloween goodies.

Cross Stitch at About.com
Stitch a spooky skull with glow-in-the-dark blending filament – if you dare!

Layers Upon Layers
Make a fabric collage, using digital images as your inspiration.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
Stefanie, unlike Joan Crawford, embraces the wire hanger and her favorite medium-the sweater- to make a quick and easy Ghost Halloween Decoration.

The Impatient Crafter™
In honor of Halloween, Madge has joined Terroriffic Tuesdays. This week she shares a free Crystal Web Collar she created for CYSWCSE Swarovski’s DIY brand.

About Family Crafts
Find out how you can transform ordinary soda pop and beer cans into crafty masterpieces.

Cathie Filian
Cathie’s new book Bow Wow WOW! fetching costumes fabulous dog is now avaliable. Have a peek at the 36 different fun costumes and fashion accessories you can make for your pooch.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Halloween crafts are in full swing at Craftside with a GIANT web with a super cute spider from the book Fleece Animals, a papier mache skull with natural rust effects, and a found in the yard decoration inspired by Faux Florals in Glass. But Halloween isn’t the only thing happening, there is my finished Crafty Chica Empowerment Guardian and a whole bunch of techniques using Angelina fiber from the creative mind of Susan Stein.

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