Crochet a Pet Costume

Blogged under Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Monday 12 October 2009 at 6:58 am

No, this is not one of my cats, who would rip me to shreds if I even attempted to put something like this on them, at least while they were awake 🙂 This cat is modeling an adorable Crochet Candy Corn Pet Sweater designed by the DIY Maven, and you can get complete instructions on her blog. While she shows it on a cat, I can just imagine a small dog wearing this. I mean – how cute can you get! And it looks really easy to make, lots of double crochet stitches. What a great project!

Craft Bloggers Unite 10/11/09

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 11 October 2009 at 12:57 pm

Cathie Filian
Kids will flip for this Halloween Punch and Witches Brew Punch Bowl.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Craftside has a bunch of tutorials and ideas for an eco friendly rib bone Halloween decoration, a quarter circle mini journal/Christmas ornament, painting spotted eggs, and how to make mail art while out for a walk.

Cross Stitch at

Stitch up some cute little traffic signs, including this warning sign design for your child’s play set or to decorate a jacket.

Mixed Media Artist
Think you know polymer clay? Look what Layl McDill can do with this material!

Alexa Westerfield a.k.a. Swelldesigner
Win a fun prize pack in honor of Swelldesigner’s 24 Halloween Crafts in 24 Hours on October 8th

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
See how I took a pattern from Drew Emborsky’s Fun New book “All Washed Up” for a test spin Halloween Style!

The Artful Crafter
If you don’t live in the southwest, you may not even know about this huge football homecoming tradition. Even so, you can still enjoy Eileen’s tongue-in-cheek directions for making the most outrageous Homecoming Mum Corsage ever.

The Crochet Dude
Drew has a great free crochet pattern for a creepy-cute Halloween treat bag called “I Want My Mummy!”

About Family Crafts
It is never too early or too late to begin planning a Halloween party, and you are sure to find something creative here to help with your planning.

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen has not 1 but 2 giveaways for you. Enter her Fall giveaway and download a freebie background while your at it.

Halloween Amigurumi for Crochet

Blogged under Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Saturday 10 October 2009 at 1:55 pm

I know he is supposed to be scary, but I think this amigurumi Count Dracula is too cute. But, alas, what isn’t cute when it comes to amigurumi? He was featured in the recent Lion Brand Yarn newsletter along with a few other Halloween friends. Here are links to all three of the free patterns:

If you haven’t tried amigurumi yet, all of these look easier than most projects, especially Dracula and Patrick because they don’t require a lot of different colors of yarn, and thus switching back and forth a lot. Wanda’s stocking are striped, so those looked a little more difficult than usual, but otherwise, that pattern also only uses a few colors, which normally equates to an easier pattern when it comes to crochet.

Crochet Dog Blanket Growing

Blogged under Projects in Progress by Tammy on Thursday 8 October 2009 at 5:58 pm

The dog’s blanket has grown. It is no longer small enough to fit into my regular little crochet project carry-all and has moved into my very cool Michael’s tote, which I got when the local Michael’s had its grand opening around here a year or so ago. I am now onto the third skein of yarn as well, so it’s a fair size; however, the boys say it is still not big enough. So onward and upward to outward I guess too! I may get this finished by this weekend. Then I’m thinking of….gasp….making something for myself!

New Jewelry Out the Door

Blogged under Projects in Progress,Publications from Moi by Tammy on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 5:43 pm

I’m working on a new jewelry making book, and I have the first group of items, including finished jewelry pieces, printed images with required labeling, artlog, and CD, ready to ship off. This means my first big deadline is met, actually beaten since I’m about a week ahead of schedule. Yippy!

I know this picture is far from visually appealing, and that’s part of the deal when working on a book. You can’t show off all the fabulous finished items you’ve crafted for it. In fact, you make them, write about them, and then pack them off and say good-bye for anywhere from 6 months to a year, “Good-bye my lovelies, I will miss you!”

So You Think You Can Dance Update

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Tuesday 6 October 2009 at 7:50 am

Last week I pestered just about everyone I know on-line asking them to watch the New Orleans audition episode of So You Think You Can Dance. My 19 year old niece, Ashely, had gone to the auditions, so we thought she might be shown. So this is an update for all those nice folks who put up with her aunt’s craziness in posting via emails and social networks about this monumental event.

No, her audition was not actually shown and she didn’t make it to Vegas. However, here is a very blurry image I pulled from the net of her during the choreography round. So that means she was on TV for about 10 second.

From what her mother (my older sis) and she reported, the auditions were a great experience. Everyone of the crew and cast were extremely encouraging to all those auditioning, and even her fellow dancers at the auditions were supportive of each other. The trip was something she hadn’t really planned on. She was home for the summer (she a dance major at BYU), and didn’t even have her dance gear with her. She ended up digging out an old pair of tap shoes she’s used in a recital years before, and they were painted blue. As it turned out, though, the tap shoes were a hit with everyone there. I guess they made her stand out a little. At the actual audition, she confessed to choking up some in front of one judge (Little C I think his name is), but overall it was a great learning experience for her, and she is seriously considering returning next year and going for it again.

This means all my web friends have a year to relax before they start hearing me babbling about it again!

Free Crochet Dude Purse Pattern

Blogged under Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Monday 5 October 2009 at 6:29 am

You get a two-for deal right now over at the Crochet Dude weblog. First, you can download a free pattern for this very cool pink purse. Drew created it for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Then, while you are over there, leave a comment on that same blog post the purse pattern is linked from (making sure to include your email when you do so) and your name will automatically be included in a drawing he has set up that includes various breast cancer appliques and the same handle pictured above for the purse pattern.

Craft Bloggers Unite 10/04/09

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 4 October 2009 at 10:32 am

About Family Crafts
Find a way to creatively celebrate everyday during the month of October by consulting this list of special days.

The Crochet Dude
Drew has designed a super cute crocheted pink purse for breast cancer awareness month. AND he’s giving away some cool pink ribbon appliques too!

Aileen’s Musings
Need a little Halloween inspiration? Check out Aileen’s past Halloween posts and get yourself revved up for Halloween!

The Impatient Crafter
Halloween is right around the corner and Madge kicks off the season with a stunningly spooky mixed media necklace and a bonus short story sure to send shivers up your spine!

Cathie Filian
Cathie shows you how to alter kids’ clothing into fun Halloween costumes.

The Artful Crafter
CD Ghosts – what an economical and easy project for Halloween. Let the kids make several to hang from a porch or trees to delight of your Trick or Treaters.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
At Craftside there are posts on how to have fun with word play and spice up your art, draw a pattern for a full size witch hat and make a tiny one, make a silverware spider and make a gather from a serged edge without a differential feed.

Cross Stitch at

Connie has a free quick-to-stitch pattern that reminds you to “Let Your Light Shine”.

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style
A back pack resurfaces and reminds Linda that she hasn’t shared this project on her blog yet!

Mixed Media Artist

Cyndi shares the profiles of some spectacular mixed media artists, including our own Aileen Roberts!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
A Buzzing Beaded Bead Bail using a wonderful tutorial from the book- Seed Bead Fusion by Rachel Nelson-Smith

Cooling Off in October

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Saturday 3 October 2009 at 9:36 am

Okay, “cooling off” may be a little extreme to use for October in South Florida. Perhaps, “not super sticky God-awful heat and humidity but still pretty darn hot” might be a better description of this month. We were actually told that a cool front was coming this week, but I guess the weather reporters are technically correct since very early in the a.m. it’s gotten down to 68 degrees. However, I still love the month of October because it’s when you do feel a little relief from the humidity.

I decided to go outside one day and snap a few pictures or our backyard and the dogs. Most didn’t turn out that great. In fact, I got a great photo of Rocky’s butt, but I didn’t think that would be aesthetically appealing, so instead, I am sharing this one of Jasper in semi-running mode. That boy loves to leap and hop and run around our yard, normally on the hunt for lizards.

Here’s another odd patch of basically weeds, but I like the fuzzies they have going on.

Happy October everyone!

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