Craft Bloggers Unite 09/20/09

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 20 September 2009 at 9:58 am

The Impatient Crafter
Madge talks about crafting a life of joy, which is a crafting of a sort indeed. The best sort.

About Family Crafts

If you are trying to find creative costume ideas for couples or groups of peoples, check out the lists I have compiled with the help of visitors like you.

Aileen’s Musings
There is less then 14 days until the Ties That Bind Art Doll Raffle is done. Stop by and read how you can help us spread the word !

Cathie Filian
Dry hands and feet season is just around the corner…Time to whip up some handmade lotion bars. Cathie has a yummy DIY recipe!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Craftside’s got a chance to win a copy of Nature Inspired along with some original artwork by the author Tracie Lyn Huskamp, a fun Halloween ghost decoration delivered to you by Fedex, creatively photographing your shadow and a sneak peek into the soon to be released 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse.

Cross Stitch at
Go Team! Make some sports-themed gifts or decorations using the free Sports Motifs Pattern Collection. Your fans will think you are “Number One”!

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style
What did I find at the Wisconsin Quilt Expo? Check it out!

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi shares her finished quilt…and swears she is ready to start the next one!

Naughty Secretary Club

If it will sit still long enough Jen will find a way to make it into jewelry, even iron-on T-shirt transfers are not safe.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery

See how to make a patch with a rubber stamp project inspired by the Super fun book- Bend The Rules With Fabric by Amy Karol

The Artful Crafter
If this isn’t a green craft, we don’t know what is! Let Eileen show you how to make desktop organizers from junk mail. Saving the planet – one catalog at a time.

Preemie Baby Blanket Finished

Blogged under Charity Crafting,Fiber Fun,Finished Projects by Tammy on Thursday 17 September 2009 at 5:47 pm

I finished the preemie baby blanket I blogged about recently, and I’m about half way through making a second one. The final size turned out to be about 20 inches, which includes a few inches of yellow trim around the variegated yarn. I used double crochet all the way, including the trim.

I have to laugh now when I think about how I wasn’t sure if I’d  have enough yarn for making this. It actually just took one 4oz skein! I’m so used to making larger baby blankets, that I didn’t really get that preemie blankets are way smaller, duh, because the babies are way smaller. Obviously, I have plenty of yarn to make at least another one, maybe even two more.

Lands’ End Knitting Chat w/Vickie Howell

Blogged under Craft Buddies by Tammy on Wednesday 16 September 2009 at 3:14 pm

Looking for some free knitting fun and chit chat? If you are on Twitter then you are in luck because yarn crafter Vickie Howell is hosting a tweeting chat tonight for Lands’ End. It runs from 7 to 9pm tonight, so you can pop in anytime between then in Tweet-ville and see what’s up.

For more information as well as how to get to the Tweet chat, go to this post over at Vickie’s weblog.

Heartmade Website Back in Business

Blogged under Charity Crafting by Tammy on Tuesday 15 September 2009 at 9:57 am

Yeah! The Heartmade Blessings website is back in business! I say “business” but I mean the business of giving. This is one web group I joined awhile back when I was looking for organizations to crochet items for. They are an amazing group of stitchers who make comfort afghans for all kinds of people who need a hug or two. Members of the group make 12×12 inch squares in whatever patterns they want and send them to other members who assemble them into finished afghans. It takes 12 squares to make one afghan. Then there are also members who sew up tote bags for the ghans when they are given to the recipients. Some members also make 6 inch squares to be assembled into bear-ghans for children.

All of the members’ time and yarn and stitches are donated. However, what I like about this group is that even if my squares aren’t super fancy (like granny squares or just double crochet which is mainly what I do) and even if I can’t do more than a few a month, because there are so many other members participating, even my small contribution is appreciated and helpful to the larger goal of the group.

Crocheting simple squares is a wonderful way to chill in the evening with one eye on the TV, so if you have thought about donating somehow with your yarn crafting, this group may be perfect for you. To find out more about donating squares or even yarn, go to the donations page of the group’s site.

Click & Support Your Fav Blogger

Blogged under Crafty Biz,Publications from Moi by Tammy on Monday 14 September 2009 at 6:31 am

My husband and I have started a new book project together that is going to require us to take a great deal of photographs. Now, we did this same thing for Picture Yourself Creating Metal Clay Jewelry, but since doing that book together, we decided we needed to crank up our set up a notch or two. Plus, this book will be about more than just metal clay, so rather than take over the guest bathroom like we did for the last book (the bathroom was both photo & jewelry studio for many months), I cleared out all my sewing gear in the guest room and plan to set that up just for picture taking.

As part of your new and improved set up, we knew we needed more lighting, so I was eyeballing a light tent kit available through Amazon. DH kept going back and forth about what he wanted to do, and I was getting impatient because we really need to start taking pictures, so yesterday morning, I went ahead and purchase the kit without his go-ahead.

As soon as I finished the last “click” to purchase it, I realized something I totally forgotten about….I should have gone to one of my many blog buddies’ sites to enter into Amazon before making the purchase. Instead I gone directly to the site. Dang it! Granted, bloggers like myself who have these Amazon ads don’t make a ton of money from them, but every little bit ads up.

Of course, a few hours later, DH finally said to purchase the kit (which I had already…ha ha..) and to also purchase a new tripod (ours was not sturdy enough) and a book he saw about taking photos of collectibles. Thankfully, this time I remembered to go through a blog when purchasing these smaller items, but I’m still really bummed that I didn’t think of this when buying the almost $100 tent kit!

Between books and other items, I’m a regular Amazon customer, and I would be many of us are since it so convenient and they sell just about everything. Plus, I like the customer reviews too. So next time you plan to purchase something via Amazon, remember to click and support your favorite blogger, even if it’s not me 😉

Craft Bloggers Unite 09/12/09

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 12 September 2009 at 9:28 am

I just had to share this monster package of mushrooms my DH brought home from the store. I put a table knife at the top to give you an idea of how large these suckers are. This is just one example of why it’s dangerous for husbands to go to Sam’s! There are only two of us living in this house, so I’m not sure who he thinks is going to eat these. Needless to say, we are eating in this weekend, and mushrooms will be on the menu! At least I have plenty of blog links to check out a keep myself busy as I’m eating 104 various mushroom dishes this weekend!

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style
I may have to tackle a t-shirt quilt—I’m getting ideas from all directions.

Mixed Media Artist

Cyndi has a copy of “The Art of Fabric Collage” to give away!

Naughty Secretary Club
Jen is in the midst of wrapping paper week with clever how-to idea, uses for wrapping paper that have nothing to do with gifts & a Wrapagami book giveaway.

Cross Stitch at
Do you find solace in your stitching? Vote in the poll, read the comments, and share your own experiences.

The Artful Crafter

Do you know how to make a secret box book? It’s not hard – well – except on your fingers. Eileen shows you how. She took lots of photos since she won’t be able to type for a while. LOL.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
How to make a Cone Candy Holder Candelabra inspired by a pretty project from Paperie for Inspired Living by Karen Bartolomei

About Family Crafts
September is National Sewing Month! Why not celebrating by making one or more of these easy sewing projects.

Cathie Filian
Melt up some soy wax and make some easy candles with Cathie.

The Crochet Dude
Check out Drew’s super cool Crochet Word Search that he has as a free download on his blog! I wonder how quick I can finish it!

The Impatient Crafter
Get your teens ready for Back to School with these recycled denim book covers from The Impatient Crafter for I Love to Create!

Vickie Howell-Craft.Rock.Love
Join Vickie & Lands’ End for a Twitter Party to celebrate the FeelGood campaign to benefit the homeless!

Alexa Westerfield a.k.a. Swelldesigner
It’s the return “Terrorific Tuesdays” on Swelldesigner’s blog! Learn about how you can participate in all the fun, spooky Halloween action!

Check out Sister Diane’s newest ebook – Creating a Blog Audience: An Unconventional Marketing Guide

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Craftside’s got a fun skull quilt tutorial inspired by a quilt in the new book Quilting Art, how-to’s on painting rocks like skulls, eyes and more for Halloween, tips for re-purposing in the studio and the correct terms for the parts of a book.

Aileen’s Musings
Have you heard the term Altered Art or Altered Artist and wondered what exactly that means? Aileen has given her explanation of what Altered art is and how YOU too can become an Altered Artist!

Patriotic Jewelry Mood

Blogged under Design Ideas,Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Friday 11 September 2009 at 9:36 am

I know many of us in the US are remembering today. For obvious reasons, I’m in a patriotic jewelry wearing mood, as I’m sure many other are.

If you are looking for some ideas to beef up your red, white, and blue jewelry designs, I have lots of ideas in a new project list I put together. Many of these designs can also be adapted to different countries by simply changing the colors.

Latest Baby Blanket

Blogged under Charity Crafting by Tammy on Wednesday 9 September 2009 at 9:40 am

I have been making lots of afghan squares lately, but I’m switching gears and going back to baby items while I make this blanket for Heart Felt Angels. This is the Yahoo Crochetlist’s September charity selection, and I decided to be a little ambitious. They are asking for preemie hats and blankets, and I’m guessing since hats are so easy to do, there will be lots of them and not so many blankets.

I’m using a size K hook and TLC Baby Amore yarn in a variegated pattern called “Baby,” which includes all the typical baby colors: pink, blue, green, yellow, and white. I have four skeins which are 4 oz each, so hopefully that’s enough. It’s going to be about 18×18 when I’m done.  I’m just doing a simple double crochet stitch for most of it, and then I hope to trim it in a solid color, maybe soft green, to finish it off.

It’s nothing fancy, but projects like this are perfect when I want to crochet at night in front of the TV and don’t want to have to constantly refer to a pattern, which means using my brain!

PieceWork’s Needlework Contest

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Tuesday 8 September 2009 at 9:20 am

In one of the many craft newsletters I receive, I found this information about a needlework related contest. Hearts is a favorite theme of mine for all types of crafts, and ornaments seem like a very do-able project, so of course, it got my creative brain wheels turning:

Each year PieceWork Magazine holds its annual Excellence in Needle Arts Awards contest to showcase the best work of needle crafters from around the country. This year’s theme is “Heart Ornaments.”

PieceWork invites you to send your handmade heart ornaments in these four categories: knitting/crochet, needlework (embroidery, cross-stitch, bead embroidery, needlepoint), lace making/tatting, or quilting. The grand prize winner will receive $500 and each category winner will receive $200 worth of products provided by our generous contest sponsors.

* Entries must be a maximum of 4″ in size.
* Deadline:  April 1, 2010.

The contest winners will be announced and their work displayed at The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) trade show in June 2010. They will also be featured in our July/August 2010 issue of PieceWork. Complete contest details will be available October 16 at

The heart ornament pictured above was created by Belinda Spiwack.

Counting Labor Day Blessings

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Monday 7 September 2009 at 10:16 am

I have been battling allergies since Friday, but for the most part, it has been a lazy and enjoyable holiday weekend around here, which means plenty of cat and dog smoochies and thinking about how life, generally speaking, is good. Yesterday, we had a brief period of excitement that really brought that home to my husband and myself.

My husband was outside finishing up mowing the lawn since he had been chased inside the day before due to some major lightening. I was taking a nap and trying to breath through my nose. About 30 minutes later, he came in and told me to call 911. There was an elderly lady wandering around our street. She didn’t speak any English, but from the little bit of Spanish my husband knew, he thought she was lost.

It was pretty hot outside, so he brought her a glass of cold water and got her to sit down on a chair in our garage as I called the police. I went outside and tried to see if she was hungry, but I know zero Spanish, and though my husband asked her in Spanish where her family was, she didn’t understand. After the police came about five minutes later, they told us she has dementia and is well-known to all of them. She was supposed to wear a bracelet with her name and address on it, but she didn’t have it on. However, they knew where she lived and were going to take her home.

What is weird about this whole thing is that my husband would have probably not been out yesterday since he had planned to do the yard work the day before. It still gets pretty hot down here in September, so there was not one other person outside on our street that day. Luckily for her, he was outside. And, it is pretty scary to think about her out there alone. So many things could have happened.

Physically, she seemed to be in fairly decent shape considering she is probably in her 80s. I thought about my own grandmother who is 90, in a nursing home now, and also deals with memory loss and confusion. I’m sure, like my grandmother, this woman was once full of energy and worked hard most of her life.

So yes, I’m pushing 50, could lose about 30 pounds, and have allergies, but I also have a great husband who has a good job, the teaching job of my dreams, and plenty of freelance writing/crafting work to boot. I will try to remember her the next time I get frustrated that I ruined my diet or experience a sneezing fit.

Here’s to wishing all my readers a blessed Labor Day!

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