Craft Bloggers Unite 05/30/09

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 30 May 2009 at 9:19 am

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Craftside’s got the latest episode of the video series Look, Learn & Create with Amy Hanna author of Rejuvenated Jewels, 1 of the tips from the book: 100 Habits of Successful Freelance Designers, a sneak peek in Book-Art with more info about Swap-o-rama-rama at Maker Faire this weekend and how to make a stencil portrait from L. K. Ludwig’s book: True Vision.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy reviews a book that may have answers for your crochet questions.

Blisstree Arts
Cyndi has been featuring some awesome polymer clay artists recently. Check out Dayle Doroshow’s work!

Cathie Filian
Whip up some flirty summer fashions with Cathie as she dyes slips.

The Crochet Dude
Kick off summer with Drew’s latest free pattern, “Brain Freeze”!

The Impatient Crafter
It’s Flip Out Flip Flop Summer madness at The Impatient Crafter. DIY a pair of lace up Goddess sandals with Madge!

Vickie Howell
Download a free Pop Goes Crochet pattern for the “Doris” summer scarf!

Sister Diane’s been making some interesting stuff with her Cricut and Cuttlebug…

About Family Crafts
Find out how easy it is to create your own tie-dyed masterpieces!

Aileen’s Musings
Are you looking for a new party invitation idea? Aileen has a mini tutorial for a banner invitation in a tin! Stop by and download your own freebie banner!

Cross Stitch at
Meet Mr. X Stitch – Learn more about the man who helps put the X in x-stitch. Mr. Cross Stitch aka Jamie Chalmers designs and supports modern Cross Stitch and embroidery.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
Old metal disk earrings get a industrial makeover with help from the new book- Chic Metal by Victoria Tillotson.

The Artful Crafter
Eileen shows you how to make beautiful roses from paper clay. Paper clay is fun to work with and very easy on the hands. For this project the only molded shapes you need to make are balls and cones. Then you flatten them to make either rose petals or leaves.

Got Thumbs Up on Crochet & Flannel Baby Items

Blogged under Charity Crafting by Tammy on Friday 29 May 2009 at 12:41 pm

I finally got everything finished, washed, and packed for the hospital donation, and I delivered the goods a few days ago. I ended up making 9 flannel baby blankets, 10 crochet bootie/hat sets, and 4 crocheted baby hats. I heard from a hospital volunteer today who said they brought everything up to the OBGYN department, and they were thrilled with my donation, shew! I know it sounds weird, but I was a little concerned that maybe they wouldn’t be up to snuff.

I have a few friends who said they may be interested in helping out too, so we’ll see how that goes. While I plan to continue with the various charities I donate for now, I hope to keep this up some as well. I realize there are needs all over the world, but I think it’s important to also remember those who live in my own backyard as well. At least in my area, there are a lot of families in need, especially with the way the economy is hitting everyone now. Just last week I read in the newspaper that at least half of the students in public schools in my county are considered living at what is considered “poverty” level, which I was pretty surprised to read.

Hats and Hugs Needed

Blogged under Charity Crafting by Tammy on Thursday 28 May 2009 at 8:51 am

I heard through the Twitter grapevine recently that an organizatoin called Hats and Hugs from Sandra’s Heart is looking for volunteers to participate in a few programs they are developing, and they sounded like they might be of interest to crafters. First, there is the “hats” connection. According to the site, they are looking for people like crocheters and knitters to make hats for cancer patients. Then the “hugs” connection has to do with sending cards and perhaps small gifts (which I’m guessing could be hand-made, like jewelry) to those in hospitals or nursing homes who might need a little something now and then to show people care.

It looks like this is still in the organizational phase, but if you want more information, you can contact the group through its website.

Get Crochet Questions Answered

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Wednesday 27 May 2009 at 7:56 am

Most stitchers learn crochet via the venerable pot holder project because it involves two basic stitches that you will more than likely use for a large number of projects in the future: chain stitch and single crochet. I’ve been looking around locally for crochet classes, and the only ones I’ve seen have been called things like “Crochet 101” or “Learn to Crochet Today.”

While I don’t fancy myself a crochet expert, I’m way, way beyond the pot holder stage. Heck, I did that when I was 8 years old! I would consider myself maybe at an intermediate level because I can crochet and make myself and others all kinds of items, but there are times that I need help still, when I don’t understand the directions I read in a pattern or I goof up somewhere along the line while stitching something and can’t figure out what happened.

I really need someone I can ask questions to, and I do have that via Ravelry and a few crochet lists I’m on, but it would be nice to have someone closer. And that’s sort of how I think of a book I just got written by Edie Eckman called The Crochet Answer Book: Solutions to Every Problem You’ll Ever Face; Answers to Every Question You’ll Ever Ask (Answer Book (Storey)). It’s like a little friend you can carry around and any time you have a question (like “Why do we have to use 3 chains to substitute for a double crochet stitch when we start a new row of DC?”) you can look it up and find out! Brilliant!

Now, of course, this does not replace how it would be if I had someone in person who could hold my hand, but so far, it’s done a pretty good job of answering my questions. I think this book would also be helpful for beginners, but I’m more impressed with the fact that it can help someone like me who is pretty far beyond the beginning stages and just needs some help now and then.

Packing Up the Glass

Blogged under Crafts from the Past,Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Monday 25 May 2009 at 5:58 pm

I spent a good part of the day packing up all my glass equipment and supplies to get shipped out tomorrow. Some of the non-breakable items I packed myself, and the rest I’m going to haul over to a pak mail place down the road to get it done professionally.

As I went through the mess of tools and glass out in my garage, I started to remember how much fun I used to have making jewelry components (such as the glass cabs I have pictured which are also for sale in my Etsy shop now, hint…hint), bowls, and plates. I would spend hours out there, and the time would go by like it was only a few minutes. I actually hesitated for a few minutes and asked myself if I was really sure about selling off all of this stuff. But, considering I haven’t touch any of it in years and our garage looks like a bomb hit it and it’s all I can do to crawl over all the crap out there to actually get to my glass equipment, I know this is the right decision. Plus, I’m actually kind of excited about passing it onto another artist who is going to have a new experience working with glass.

Actually, it’s sort of what I do, experiment with lots of different media. Some I stick with; some I don’t. However, all of them are enjoyable learning experiences, and I think worth my time because if I have gained some knowledge from on craft, I usually find that it will help me in other craft areas later on. If nothing else, I learn to appreciate the work that goes into items like lampwork beads and fused glass pendants.

So I’m not going to apologize for not sticking with one, and only one, craft. I am a crafting explorer. I spent a few years exploring glass, and now it’s time to move on.

New Tweeps Galore!

Blogged under Social Networking by Tammy on Sunday 24 May 2009 at 1:18 pm

Twitter is one of my favorite social networking sites. It’s quick, easy, and fun, and thanks to a mention over at Mashable, I’ve been getting an extra influx of Twitter followers lately. As of this post, I’m following 435 Tweeps (a term used for those on Twitter) and I’m being followed by 629 Tweeps. Yes, that’s correct: I don’t necessarily follow everyone who follows me. That’s because, even though I really can’t keep up with 435 people, I try to select who I follow based on some basic criteria:

– Does the Tweep have a bio that tells me who he/she is? If no bio, no following!

– Does the Tweep have an interest in jewelry and/or crafting of any kind? If yes, then that’s a person I follow back.

– Does the Tweep seem to have any coherent updates? If not, I don’t follow. What’s the point?

– Does the Tweep DM five minutes after I follow trying to sell me something? If yes, then I un-follow the Tweep, and generally, any Tweep that DMs me with any sale info (unless requested by me), I un-follow. That’s just not cool. It’s actually spam IMO.

– Does the Tweep have any shared interests (outside of crafts) such as books or pets? If so, then I follow.

– Does the Tweep seem to prefer preaching about any number of topics, from religion to politics? If so, then I don’t follow.

I get all kinds of great information on Twitter, and it’s a good place to feed my blogs into or just post about new crafting tutorials I publish on-line. And, yes, I admit to providing other information that isn’t necessarily Earth-shattering, such as the fact that I may be tucking my cats in for the night or what I’m having for lunch, but that’s what Twitter is all about, an on-going, big, crazy conversation with hundreds of your web friends and associates.

Tweet on! Oh, and of course, feel free to follow me!

Craft Bloggers Unite 05/22/09

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Saturday 23 May 2009 at 5:44 pm

Aileen’s Musings
Get your groove on with Aileen’s tie-dyed deli paper background technique. While your at it download her freebie fractal backgrounds!

Blisstree Arts
Many of Cyndi’s favorite Photoshop tricks!

Cathie Filian
Forget about “gone fishing” signs and “golf anyone” trinket boxes. Grab some fabric paints, freezer paper, iron-ons and get creative making one-of-a-kind fashions for your pop, pal or hubby.

Alexa Westerfield a.k.a. Swelldesigner
How do you brand yourself and your business? Alexa shares how she brands herself and offers some helpful marketing and graphic design ideas to help you build yours!

The Crochet Dude
Drew talks about what could be better than a crochet cruise to the Caribbean!

The Impatient Crafter
Madge is giving away a melange of beads from her Bead Board of Wonders and shares a fun mixed media project!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Craftside has the first in their how to video series, Look, Learn & Create with this week’s guest Christi Friesen author of Polymer Clay and Mixed-Media Together at Last, as well as some inspiration and tips for working in series, wordless journaling and a free deer stencil from the new book The Art of Paper Cutting with a how-to for a pattern slider card.

Sister Diane shares some tips for using Twitter and Facebook to market a creative business.

Cross Stitch at
Connie’s Grandmother was a quilter and she’s created a special chart to memorialize her. Stitch it up for the quilter in your life.

Naughty Secretary Club
Inspired by Marty Stevens-Heebner’s new book Altered Shoes, Jen gives a pair of white cotton Mary Janes a full makeover.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
Stefanie’s cross stitched up the 7 deadly sins in Latin with a scissor accent and gives you the pattern so you can make it too!

Vickie Howell
Create earth-friendly vases out of re-used mason jars & twine. This one’s for both knitters and crafters alike!

Fused Glass Molds 4 Sale Super Cheap!

Blogged under Crafty Products,Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Friday 22 May 2009 at 9:56 am

ETA:Thanks for all the interest! Wow! I’m going to have to post stuff here like this more often. It looks like I have sold the whole kit-and-kaboodle!

I’ve decided it’s time to let the glass go, which means I want to sell off all my glass tools, equipment, and supplies. I just can only spread my self so thin, so I need to find all my glass supplies a good home (or homes.)

I’m not looking to make any kind of profit on this. I seriously just want to clear out some space around here and possibly recoup some of the money I spent on all of this.

I decided the first place to start my clearance sale is with the fused glass ceramic slumping molds. All of them are in good shape, and I’ve taken pictures below. If anyone wants a larger picture, just email me at tammypowley [at] and I will send you larger images of any mold you’d like.

I have a total of 17 molds, and of course, I’d love to sell them all to you. If you buy the entire collection, the cost is $85 plus $10 for shipping via USPS including insurance, which I will pay for. I will only take paypal (tammypowley is my username), and this is a non-refundable offer. You buy it; you keep it. Not including shipping costs, that means these are going for about $5 each, which is a super deal!

You’ll notice some of the molds are pink. This is just mold release because I always used to like to have them “ready to go” when I was doing my glass thing.

Butterfly mold is appox. 6 1/4 inches x 2 3/4 inches

Coaster mold (left) is approx. 4″ ; shallow bowl (right) is appox. 3 1/4″

Large fluted bowls (top right & center bottom) approx. 6 1/2 inches; smaller fluted (top left) approx. 5 1/2 inches

Shallow textured plate approx. 6 1/2 inches

Heart bowls approx. 4 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches

Oval plate approx. 8 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches

Pie plate (left) approx 5 1/2 inches; small ruffle bowl approx. 4 3/4 inches

Shell bowl approx. 6 1/4 inches

Rectangle mold (left) 3 1/2×2 1/4 inches; square mold (right) 3 inches

Triangle molds approx. 8 x 7 1/4 inches

I have been struggling with what to do about the fused glass studio in my garage that has been dormant since before I went back to school a few years ago. I really enjoyed working with glass and making fused glass jewelry as well as gorgeous glass plates and bowls, and I had every intention of returning to my glass after I graduated. But, you know, that just hasn’t happened.

Along with all of these molds, I have lots of other glass supplies: glass grinder; glass saw; glass kiln (not recommended for metal clay but good for fused glass and lampworking); sheets of glass; dicro glass; and hand tools. I’m considering all reasonable offers, so please contact me at tammypowley [at]

Gingher Scissors the Way to Go

Blogged under Crafty Products,Sew Simple by Tammy on Thursday 21 May 2009 at 6:02 am

One tool that anyone working with fabric needs is a good pair of scissors, and I’m a big of an Gingher scissors. A number of years ago, not long after I had taken my first serious jewelry making class, I also took some sewing classes at the same adult education school in Florida. Because these classes were actually part of a certification program in tailoring, students were given an opportunity to purchase some supplies at discounted prices, like these scissors. I’m so glad I participated because these are still wonderful scissors and cut through fabric like butter! The smaller scissors are excellent for beadweaving projects as well. I have no clue how much these probably cost today, but I have no doubt they are worth every penny.

Good Ol’ Kenmore Sewing Machine

Blogged under Sew Simple by Tammy on Tuesday 19 May 2009 at 6:53 pm

The last of the baby blankets are drying, and I have a few more booties and maybe one or two more hats, and I’m done for now with my load of donations for the hospital. I had posted on my Facebook page about my adventures in sewing, and one of my friends asked about what type of sewing machine I had because she was thinking of getting one.

Well, here it is, my good ol’ reliable Kenmore 30 stitch. Before I had this machine, my DH had picked up a used Kenmore machine at his grandparent’s antique/tool/what-not shop for $25. It even has a cabinet, though it does looks like someone took a hammer to it. Still, that machine is pretty decent, and after loaning it out to two sisters, it made its way back to me recently and I plan to keep it (unless I can find it a very good home).

My more recent Kenmore sewing machine is not exactly new as it is now at least 15 years old, and I know there are a lot of machines that are much fancier, but this little guy still does the trick. I noticed that my reverse seems to have stopped working, so I probably need to bring it in for service (yet another reason I don’t plan to get rid of my other machine any time soon). However, considering it has never been serviced at all in all these years, I think that says a lot!

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