Thank You for Thanksgiving Jewelry

Blogged under Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Tuesday 18 November 2008 at 7:26 am

Believe it or not, but this is really the first time I have ever considered making Thanksgiving-themed jewelry, and you know how that goes. You get one idea, and then another, and another, and so on.

I’ve started collecting a list of Thanksgiving/Fall themed jewelry here, which so far includes the Thanksgiving earrings pictured (which I made using chipboard stickers) and a leaf pendant, also from the same chipboard set I purchased from my local craft store in the scrapbooking area.

Special Olympics Scarf Project

Blogged under Charity Crafting by Tammy on Monday 17 November 2008 at 6:52 am

Red Heart and Coats and Clark are helping to get the word out about the Special Olympics Scarf Project:

Athletes at the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Idaho will be wrapped in a little handmade love, courtesy of knitters and crocheters across the country. Coats & Clark is sponsoring a project to provide each athlete with a scarf created in white and delft blue Red Heart® Super Saver® yarns.

The World Winter Games aim to give a scarf to each athlete, the delegates supporting them and various dignitaries who will be visiting the Games—and they need help to meet that mark. This is where Coats & Clark comes into the picture.

“We’re thrilled to sponsor this project. Our goal is to see 5,000 scarves donated. It’s a big number, but I’m confident we can do it,” says Vicki Blizzard, media relations and special promotions director for Coats & Clark. “Knitters and crocheters are dedicated and generous and are known for rising to this type of challenge.”

No special patterns or skills are required to create a scarf. Beginners, schools, scout troops and other local groups are actively encouraged to participate. “Our only rule,” says Blizzard, “is that the scarves are knitted or crocheted by hand using delft blue (885) and white (311) Red Heart Super Saver yarn, because these colors perfectly match the Special Olympics logo and were chosen specifically by the World Winter Games organizers.”

Coats is providing a knitted pattern and a crochet pattern but any pattern from basic stitches to complicated colorwork and stitch patterns may be used. Personal notes from knitters and crocheters who want to send their best wishes to the athletes are encouraged and should be firmly attached to the scarves, which will be handed out before the Opening Ceremony.

Special Olympic Scarves pattern

Completed scarves must arrive by January 15, 2009, and should be sent to:

2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games Scarf Project
3150 West Main Street
Boise, Idaho 83702

Crafty Bloggers Unite 11/15/08

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 15 November 2008 at 8:01 am

Layers Upon Layers
Come meet Ellwood T Risk, contemporary collage artist with a political slant.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery

Check out the Creature Comforts charity sewing event I went to at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

The Impatient Crafter™
There’s a free holiday themed project every week until Christmas at The Impatient Crafter™! This week it’s a jaunty snowman ornapendant that both you and your tree can wear.

About Family Crafts
It is easy to plan ahead and get a jump on making that perfect holiday gift for everyone you know! This collection of books contains something for everyone.

Aileen’s Musings
Let the voting begin! Aileen invites you to come vote for your favorite Art Muse doll and help choose the winning dolls!

Cathie Filian
Thanksgiving is just around the corner…swing by Cathie’s blog for recipes, crafts and entertaining tips – plus, a recipe for a pumpkin pietini.

Craftside- A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside brings you a beaded and sequined Christmas tree ornament, a rockin’ sweepstakes where you can enter to win a signed Fender Squire Stratocaster, a book mark gift card and a peek into a Creative Entrepreneur workshop and a way-cool design that was contributed by Carol Parks.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Pull yourself off the PC once in a while (after you read this post), and grab some craft time for yourself.

Cross Stitch at
Use a child’s drawing for a pattern or give them some graph paper and have them design their own!

Next Project, Crochet Ornament

Blogged under Design Ideas,Fiber Fun by Tammy on Friday 14 November 2008 at 7:43 am

Most crafters are notorious for having a zillion craft projects going on and possibly not finishing them all. I have to admit that I too often have a number of them going on in various types of media as well, ranging from fiber to beads to paper generally. However, I really hate not finishing a project, so I do keep my multi-tasking down to a minimum when it comes to multiple projects.

On the crochet front, I’ve already written about the never ending afghan, which I am confident I’ll finish some day, but I’ve been itching to make something else. Then I saw this ornament in the Nov/Dec 08 issue of Crochet Today. You use wool yarn (something I rarely use since I’m a Floridian), crochet a circle, and wash it in order to turn it into felt. Then you embroider a design on the front and add a piece of yarn to hang it with. Between the fact that I’ve never tried this method of felting before, or really any method for making felt, and the additional benefit that this is a super small project and the holidays are just about here, I couldn’t resist.

I’ll let you know how it turns out. I’ve just started it, and in between 5 jillion papers I need to grade this weekend, I hope to finish up to at least the felting part.

Make a Cup Cozy

Blogged under Fiber Fun,Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Thursday 13 November 2008 at 4:31 pm

Is this too clever or what? Just imagine all that leftover yarn you have stashed now can turn into some cool cup cozies. This pattern from is for knitters, but for those hookers like myself (aka crochet folks), this would not be that difficult to manage.

Free Embroidery Pattern

Blogged under Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Wednesday 12 November 2008 at 4:22 pm

The Pimp Stitch Blog has a free embroidery pattern you can download from Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching. The pattern is pictured above, but head over to their blog so you can pick up the pattern and also read the interesting brief interview with Jenny about what inspires her.

The Never Ending Afghan

Blogged under Fiber Fun by Tammy on Tuesday 11 November 2008 at 4:15 pm

Ah, I’m working on the trim now for my afghan, and it is starting to feel like I will never be done, as if I stitch and stitch but the difference is barely noticeable! The middle part is variegated colors of purple, green, blues, and yellows, and I’m trimming it in purple. I used standard Red Heart “super save” yarn for all of it.

To the left is a thumbnail of the afghan so far, and of course, my girl cat who is doing her best to model for you. She is dying to give it a test run, but I’m holding her off until I’m completely done. Actually, this is going to be a blanket for my hubby when I’m done. He’s got one old ratty thing on his side of the bed that I plan to give to the dogs, but I need to have a replacement ready first.

I think this is going to be my last large crochet project for awhile. After this, I may start making baby-sized blankets instead. That way, they don’t weigh 500 pounds after I get close to finishing, and when I’m finished, I can donate them to organizations like Project Linus.

Setting Up a Craft Blog Group Q&A

Blogged under Social Networking by Tammy on Sunday 9 November 2008 at 6:12 pm

As most regular readers of the Crafty Princess Diaries knows, I am part of a loosely associated group of craft bloggers who exchange weekly links, very similar to the idea of a blog carnival, but we do it weekly. Our group is small, and we plan to keep it that way in order to keep the posted links more enticing for reader click-throughs, so we aren’t looking for new members right now. However, I thought it might be helpful to readers who have been curious about how it all works if I answered some questions about how and why you may want to start your own craft blogging group:

  • What is the purpose of a group? Weekly linking is a good way to help promote fellow bloggers who have a similar readership base. Plus, blogging is all about linking and networking with those in the blogosphere, so a weekly organized group that posts weekly links is a great way to accomplish this. If weekly is too much, you could always do it bi-weekly or even monthly.
  • Where do you set up a group? You can use any number of free services where members of your group can join and share links with each other. Yahoo and Google, for example, both offer this service.
  • How do you get members to join? Our group is by invitation only, and I think this is a good way to go for what I’m talking about doing. This way you can get bloggers together who have similar goals, and it also keeps the number of members down, which as I said before is helpful for purposes of traffic. If you have super long posts with dozens of links, more than likely readers will not click on all the links. If you have a small number, the possible click-throughs will probably be higher.
  • Where can you find members to invite? Check your blog roll first. Since most of us include bloggers on our rolls who we read and have similar points of views, that’s a great place to start. Once you get a few members from there to join, ask those members to make suggestions for additional members to invite to the group.
  • How do you organize the weekly posting? This is something that is pretty subjective because there isn’t just one way to do this, but the way our group works is that we have files in our web area where we store links each week for each other to copy over to our post. We set specific dates for adding to folders and also for posting our weekly link posts.
  • How many members should be in the group? Again, this can be subjective, but I think between 15 and 20 is a good number. This way, if some members can’t post (due to illness, travel, etc.) you won’t have to worry about not having enough links.
  • What should members blog about? There are a number of approaches you can take. You can follow the idea of a carnival more closely and have a weekly question or theme, or you can just ask bloggers to post links related to any blog post they think is really good or interesting or something they want to generally promote.

There isn’t any one way to set up your own craft blog group, so just use my Q&A as a way to get started. You have to find an approach that works for your own personal blogging and crafting goals; however, blogging via a group is a wonderful way to use social media to promote your crafting career, so consider giving it a try.

Crafter’s Motto: “I Can Do That” and Sundance Buyer Blues

Blogged under Crafting a Career by Tammy on Saturday 8 November 2008 at 4:16 pm

Just as I was sitting down to lunch today, the postal carrier brought our mail, which included a Sundance catalog filled with awesome jewelry, like this necklace designed by Dana Kellin. It’s made of white labradorite, rainbow moonstone, pale gray quartz, and iridescent cultured pearls. Of course, while I always love 99.9% of the jewelry I see in this catalog, especially because so much of it very dainty and wearable which is totally my taste, I am just like most crafters when I look at catalogs like this because I know that I can make a good portion of what I see in between its pages. In fact, many of the same techniques in this necklace, such as wire wrapped loops, are staple techniques of mine.

I’m not saying I invented these techniques, but I’m amazed (and a tad jealous) that someone has managed to use them and sell high-end artesian jewelry through an outlet like Sundance. I know, too, that I am one of a zillion jewelry designers who would like to be able to do the same, and so with this idea a number of months ago, I actually contacted one of its buyers and asked for an interview via email. At first, I was told yes, and she would “get back with me.” Of course, she didn’t, so I emailed her again and was told that she was busy but still interested. Finally, she just stopped answering my emails all together.

Can you tell I’m very disappointed and even a little miffed? Why did she go back on her promise? I’m not sure. Maybe she really is too busy to answer a few questions from a little jewelry designer/writer. Maybe she realized that she would be inundated with jewelry designers once I published the interview. But, I’m the type of person that when I say I’ll do something, I’ll do it, so I just don’t get this kind of reaction, humf!

Crafty Bloggers Unite 11/07/08

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Friday 7 November 2008 at 7:37 am

About Family Crafts
Take a few minutes to browse through some photos of home-made Thanksgiving cards. You can also submit your own home-made card designs.

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen’s been busy finishing up some incomplete art pieces using her new favorite art supply, Shiva Oil Paintstiks. Come take a peek and see why Aileen loves them so much!

Cross Stitch at
Add some flair to your Thanksgiving decor with these free Cross Stitch Patterns.

Layers Upon Layers
Cyndi has declared that November is “Take a (New) Artist to Lunch Month”! Come and meet extraordinary artists that you probably haven’t run into before throughout this whole month!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
Why shouldn’t your napkins be cozy? Check out a super easy recycled sweater napkin ring project and listen to a cool tune while making them.

The Crochet Dude
Drew’s new book of crochet patterns called “Designs for Guys” launched on Sunday! Click the link to see photos of the fun in Houston!

The Impatient Crafter™
Madge visits Terri O Radio for a wickedly fun two part interview on inspiration and carving out time for creativity!l

Alexa Westerfield a.k.a. Swelldesigner
What are you thankful for this season? Express and share those blessings in this simple pumpkin painting project!

Cathie Filan
Making your own Thanksgiving centerpiece is not as hard as one might think. Cathie Filian has a few simple ideas that can be made with everything from dried beans to texture paint.

Craftside- A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Craftside brings you a cornucopia of craftiness this week with free patterns for Sweater Surgery Ornaments, the author schedule for Felt Club, a bunch of pretty designs from 1000 Jewelry Inspirations, a tutorial on how to unspin and incorporate scrap yarn to knit up a wild scarf, a call to share your opinions for a new book and a pumpkin cheesecake recipe.

Crafty Princess Diaries
What does The Matrix have to do with crafting? Listen to Morpheus and he will tell you.

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