YuDu Home Screenprinting Machine Video from The Impatient Crafter

Blogged under Crafty Videos by Tammy on Friday 17 April 2009 at 9:31 am

I’ve seen these in Michael’s as well as on-line, so I have been very curious about them. Thanks to Margot Potter, you can get a wonderful demo via her latest crafting video.

Cat Tubbie 2.0 Complete, Sort Of

Blogged under Projects in Progress by Tammy on Thursday 16 April 2009 at 9:06 am

I mentioned earlier this month that I was about to embark on an experiment when it comes to crocheting a cat tubbie. The idea was that since the first tubbie sort of deflated over time and is now more like a pancake than a tub, I would work with doubled yarn and thus create more structure to the finished product. Alas, this does seem to be a good concept, but as I got into the project further, I realized that I had, again, made the bottom part too large for my tiny little gray cat. Yes, I could have unraveled a bunch of it, but I had already done that due to some brilliant (or admittedly not so brilliant) idea that I was going to wing it for awhile rather than follow either of the two instructions I had for this.

Ultimately, I opted to finish it off early, and as you can see, it is in use. He doesn’t seem to mind to much that it’s too big and really more of an upside down berret than a tub. However, I’m not deterred and cat tubbie 3.0 is in the planning stages. I just purchased two purple pound-sized skeins of yarn and will next attempt to make it smaller (pay attention this time Princess!) and make it double thick as far as density. Hopefully, it will work this time and get as much use as the two previous models, which basically have one of my two cats in them just about 24/7.

Crochet Professionally?

Blogged under Crafting a Career by Tammy on Wednesday 15 April 2009 at 5:58 am

Crafting as a career is something many of us dream of doing. Who wouldn’t love to get paid for something you love to do? And, that’s true with any career in any industry. However, few people realize that you can turn your love of crafting into a career. The trick is knowing how to do so. One tip is to find organizations that can help you achieve your goal, and I discovered one recently just for crocheters call the Crochet Guild of America. It costs $35 a year for an individual membership, and according to its web site, these are the benefits provided to members:

* Crochet! magazine which is published six time a year.
* Chain Link CGOA’s newsletter published six times a year.
* “CGOA eNews” the national guild’s newsletter sent to your email account.
* Access to CGOA Membership Message Board on Yahoogroups.
* National retail discounts with AnniesAttic.com, Interweave Crochet, TheLeisureBoutique.com, Mary Maxim and ShopCaron.com.
* Discounts to annual and regional conferences.
* Member to member discounts.
* Networking with other crocheters and individuals in the industry from around the world.
* Opportunity to receive mentoring from crochet professionals already established in the industry.
* Corporate Members receive a link on CGOA’s Web site.
* Corporate Members receive advertising discounts through Crochet! magazine.
* Corporate Members are listed in every issue of Crochet! magazine.
* DRG offers Corporate Sponsors and Corporate members bonus advertising space or discounts equal to or greater than their annual membership dues in Crochet! magazine.

* Corporate Sponsors who already advertise with DRG will receive bonus $1,000 in space added to their existing contracts.
* Corporate Sponsors who do not already advertise with DRG will receive 2 for 1 space up to $1,000 (i.e. $2,000 in space for $1,000).
* Corporate Members receive $125 discount per ad per issue. For a discount for all 6 issues ($750 in discounts) a six-time contract must be signed.
* Contact Publisher John Boggs at 260-589-4000 ext 354 or Sale Manager Diane Kocal @ 317-578-0469.

A Time to Help: A Place to Bark

Blogged under Charity Crafting,Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Sunday 12 April 2009 at 8:38 am

Like many non-profit groups these days, animal shelters are getting hit hard with lower than usual donations. One place I’ve heard about recently which is in need of some help is a no-kill dog (and sometimes cat) shelter run by Bernie Berlin in Tennessee called “A Place to Bark.” The shelter is in the middle of its annual fund raiser, called “10 to Life.” The idea is that if one person just gave ten bucks, and then asked ten friends to give ten bucks, and so on, these small donations would add up to the shelter’s goal of $100,000.

So, I have sent in my $10 (and a little more) and thus I am asking my readers to do the same and pass on the idea via social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. Along with monetary donations, which can be sent in via a PayPal icon on the shelter’s blog, you’ll also find a list of needed items such as towels, blankets, toys, and so on. Yes, blankets my fellow crafters! Do you sew, knit, or crochet? How about using your scraps to zip up a few little doggie blankets to send to A Place to Bark?

If you have followed Bernie on Twitter or Facebook, then you know that this woman (who donates all her time and a good chunk of her own money) is incredibly devoted to this cause. So after passing on your ten buck donation, make sure to pass on this information to your friends and family. You can read the details of the fund raiser, see pictures and videos of the shelter and its residents, plus see the stats of the number of lives it has saved at A Place to Bark’s weblog.

Craft Bloggers Unite 04/12/09

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 11 April 2009 at 8:59 am

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
Martha Stewart’s New Encyclopedia of Crafts is my muse this week to create a Hoppin’ cute Easter Card

The Impatient Crafter
Madge shares her three pronged approach to success and a link to her CraftCast interview with Alison Lee.

Crafty Princess Diaries
ArtFire Crafty Princess Shop is Live! Tammy is kicking the tires, testing the waters, and basically, trying to figure out what the deal is over at Artfire.com.

Sister Diane offers lots of creative ways to use Sharpie Paint Markers.

Naughty Secretary Club
This week Jen explores using fabric to make jewelry.

About Family Crafts
Find a wide variety of egg related projects! Everything from creative easter egg coloring to cute egg crafts.

Aileen’s Musings

Aileen’s offering freebie Spring images for you to download and use in your art. Happy Spring!

Alexa Westerfield a.k.a. Swelldesigner
Swelldesigner shows you how to make rainbow tie-dye rosettes!

Blisstree Arts
Unexpected results abound when you use this easy method to create background papers for your work.

Cathie Filian
Cathie Filian is having a spring fling with 11 different spring projects.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world

Craftside’s got mixed-media art from Lisa Engelbrecht and an ATC by it, a free Amigurumi knit antler pattern, a couple of Art Nouveau jewelry designs with a how-to on making a wire ball bead and some pretty greeting cards with a tutorial on an Easter card made with stiffened fabric die cuts.

Yarn Sale at Crafts, Etc.

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Friday 10 April 2009 at 12:00 pm

Thanks to one of the yarn craft lists I’m on, I discovered a great on-line source for crafting supplies, Crafts, Etc. and to top it off, this site has a 25% off sale going on right now on needlework supplies. This includes yarn and supplies for crochet and knitting, but it also includes other types of needlework crafting such as embroidery and cross stitch. For example, I loaded up on some tried and true Red Heart Super Saver in colors I’ve had a hard time finding locally like amethyst and navy blue. They also have wool, cotton, Homespun, and various types of specialty yarns on sale. Plus, with a $25 purchase, you get free shipping. The sale runs through April 14th, so you have a few days to think about it. I am still mulling over my 30% off coupon at Michael’s good this Saturday, but during my last visit there, I was really disappointed about the lack of colors available, so this site is a good back up considering there are no yarn stores or similar craft stores within a reasonable driving distance of where I live. Thank goodness for the Internet!

ArtFire Crafty Princess Shop is Live!

Blogged under Crafty Biz,etsy,My Crafty News by Tammy on Wednesday 8 April 2009 at 8:24 am

Okay, I just had to see what all the fuss was about! I’ve been hearing about ArtFire.com for months now. Basically, ArtFire.com has the same thing going on as Etsy.com as far as a business model. It’s a web site where anyone can join for free and set up a shop for free. All items must be hand-crafted by the seller or be supplies for crafting. They also have a vintage section.

The main differences are the options. If you want to go totally free, then you are limited to 10 items in your shop, but it is, as I said, totally free, no fee for selling or listing. At Etsy, the shop is free, but there’s a fee for listing items and selling items. If you decide to go up a level and have unlimited listings and lots of other options like more images of your pieces that you list, right now it costs $12 a month. Not that long ago it was $7 a month, and supposedly, it will go up to $20 at some point. Why this difference in the pricing, I’m not sure. It’s actually something I think is not cool to do, but I guess they are trying to get people to join. To me, though, it doesn’t seem fair that just because you join early you get a lower price. What about the poor folks who will pay almost three times as much as the early people who join?

I opted to try it for free (no big surprise) and see how it goes, so you can now find me over there too: Crafty Princesss ArtFire Shop. Right now, I only have a few items listed but plan to put up a total of 10 at some point. Like my Etsy shop, I’ll mainly concentrate on selling supplies and components. For example, the lace textured fine silver charm pictured above is over there.

I’ve found it to be similar yet different than Etsy as far as a user experience, if that makes any sense, and it probably doesn’t. However, as I continue to play around over there, I’ll let you know what I think. If you are curious about ArtFire, stop by my store and than surf around over there. I’m curious to hear what others think.

CraftSanity’s Sensible Crochet Easter Basket

Blogged under Around the Web,Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Tuesday 7 April 2009 at 8:09 am

CraftSanity is far from insane when it comes to the wonderful craft ideas she has, such as this easy and cute crocheted Easter basket. You can get the full directions on her weblog, which has all kinds of other wonderful projects, podcasts, and generally good crafting information. This idea originated with her great grandmother who used to recycle plastic butter tubs or cool whip containers, cover them with crochet goodness, and voila, and Easter basket for the kids. This so reminded my of my own sweetheart of a grandma who used to recycle jars and even the plastic dishes from Dairy Queen. With all this talk of “going green” today, they were obviously way ahead of their time.

Sold on Bamboo Crochet Hooks

Blogged under Crafty Products,Fiber Fun by Tammy on Sunday 5 April 2009 at 6:46 pm

I had always heard about bamboo crochet hooks but hesitated to purchase them because of the cost. Granted, they aren’t super expensive, but normally you’ll have to pay a good couple of dollars more per hook compared to aluminum or plastic hooks. So I stuck with aluminum for many years.

Finally, I took the plunge and ordered a few. At first, I was disappointed. What was the big fuss about? In fact, it felt kind of weird and even a little difficult to slide around on the yarn compared to what I was used to. However, I persevered and eventually was won over by bamboo. I’m not sure how or when it happened, but I got used to the different feel, so much so that I only want to use bamboo from now on. The cold feel of a metal hook is just not the same!

If you’ve been thinking of taking the bamboo crochet hook plunge, you can find them available all over the web including One Fine Yarn (pictured) and Knitting Warehouse.

Craft Bloggers Unite 040409

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 4 April 2009 at 10:06 am

About Family Crafts
Not only is recycling good for the environment, it can help save you money, and, with the projects I have gathered, you can find out how to recycle creatively!

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen’s getting in the Easter spirit with her quickie Easter card project.

Alexa Westerfield a.k.a. Swelldesigner

Alexa shares how to make glam graffiti earrings out of gift cards!

We’re crazy about books, and we’ve got lots of information to share!

Cathie Filian
Cathie Filian has a step-by-step guide for making boutonnières Рperfect for wedding and prom season and a super $$ saver.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world

This week at Craftside there is an inside peek into the new book Sculpting Mythical Creatures with some Easter Bunnies thrown in for the season, a Mother of the Bride box project, a photo standup Easter Eggs decoration and an interview with Quilt Artist Robbi Joy Eklow author of Goddess of the Last Minute.

Crafty Princess Diaries
2 Fun New Jewelry Projects, Glue, and You – Tammy has two new jewelry projects that involve a little glue and a lot of fun.

Sister Diane reviews the new Heather Ross book, Weekend Sewing.

Cross Stitch at About.com

Childhood memories influence the name of Connie’s new free pattern. It is a Dilly of a chart.

Naughty Secretary Club
Every Thursday in April Jen is revamping a project from her book The Naughty Secretary Club: The Working Girls Guide to Handmade Jewelry. First up fabric scrap and tape roll bangle bracelets.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
See how to make “For the Love of Flaming Hot Coffee Cozy”- Inspired by the Crafty Chica’s Guide to Artful Sewing.

The Impatient Crafter
Check out this fab free mixed media collage jewelry project Madge created for Beadalon.

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