Craft Bloggers Unite 11/29/09

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 29 November 2009 at 11:04 am

The Artful Crafter
Whatever the holiday, make cute pop-up place cards to organize the dinner table and delight guests of all ages.

The Impatient Crafter
Madge is ready for Christmas so bring it on! Check out this retrolicious frame she designed for iLoveToCreate.

About Family Crafts
Does your family have any creative Thanksgiving traditions. You can read about other people’s Thanksgiving traditions and then share your own.

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen invites you to join a creative challenge with her called the Erosion Bundle Project. Take a peek at her pictures and find out exactly what erosion bundles are!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Craftside’s got yummy pumpkin cookie and biscuit recipes, an inside peek into Bead Quilled Jewelry, eco friendly recipes for casein glue and an all-purpose cleaner, and starting Monday- The 19 Days of Holiday Goodness Giveaways starts, answer each day’s question and you are entered to win a free book every day!

Cross Stitch at
The 2009 Holiday Ornament Collection is ready! Whip up some super quick back stitch ornies or cross stitch some more colorful ones.

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style

Don’t fence her in! Linda shares the story of her Fences and Ferns Quilt and how creativity can prosper even in dark times.

Mixed Media Artist
Mixed media artist Nicolette Anderson shares her lovely work!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
See a necklace and bracelet made from the same Blue Moon Beads pendant with a how-to video with me.

Gift Giving Times 2

Blogged under Charity Crafting,Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Saturday 28 November 2009 at 12:11 pm

When you are doing your holiday shopping this year, don’t forget that you can often get two times the gift out of one purchase. For example, I bought a few gift items and my Christmas cards this year through the Human Society of the United State’s on-line shop. This way I’m helping to support a cause that is important to me, getting the word out to others about it (via the cards mainly), and giving some gifts to a few animal lovers on my list to boot.

Photographing Crafts

Blogged under Crafty Biz,Getting Craft Work Published,Publications from Moi by Tammy on Friday 27 November 2009 at 10:53 am

One of the reasons we didn’t have any company like we usually do during Thanksgiving – other than the fact that I’m writing like a wild woman lately and my house is a disaster because of this – is because our guest room (aka sewing room, storage room, etc.) is now a photo studio. We have set it up in order to take photographs of the jewelry we are making for a new book my husband and I are working on together.

Above is a picture of the set up. All of this, other than the extra table lamp in the center, came in a very cool kit I got off It includes the tent, white and black backdrops, and two adjustable lamps with two special high out-put photographic fluorescent bulbs, 45 watts each. This kit got some excellent customer reviews, and I have to admit that I agree. It has really made a difference to have this set up while working on this book.

I know photographing crafts and jewelry especially can be very challenging, and while there are lots of way to make a tent yourself, I think considering this whole set up (not including extra lamp, camera, and of course, camera tripod) is worth the money.

Crochet Hat in Progress

Blogged under Fiber Fun,Projects in Progress by Tammy on Wednesday 25 November 2009 at 2:39 pm

I finally have had a chance to get started on one of the hats from Drew Emborsky’s book, In All Caps. It’s the beret on the front cover, and am using Red Heart Eco-Cotton Blend yarn in the color denim. I love working with this yarn because it feels great. It’s kind of hard to explain. It is soft, but not soft like baby yarn, more like smooth feeling when it runs through your fingers as you stitch.

Hopefully, it will come out right. I am still not that great at following patterns, and while this is labeled “easy” in the book, well, I’m not very confident about my abilities. I’m so used to doing “no brainer” type projects because primarily I crochet in the evenings while watching TV, and this has required me to count and keep track of where I’m at and what I’m doing.  I’m trying not to rush it, but I sure hope I get it done by the time we get some cold weather around here.

Diva Bead Sale and Free Beads

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Wednesday 25 November 2009 at 11:45 am

Cindy Gimbrone has announced a big sale at her site as well as her various web shops. Here is the 411 from her newsletter that I received the other day:

15% off plus FREE BEADS! I wanted to combine the best of both worlds, a sale of handmade beads and a giveaway. So, I’m having an online 15% off sale at all of my web shops. For every order over $25, you’ll receive a grab bag of handmade art beads! They may be accent beads, or focal beads but all of them will be handmade. It’s a sale and a giveaway!

How do you get the 15% off?

Just enter the coupon code: NovemberSale

Craft Bloggers Unite 11/22/09

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 22 November 2009 at 3:09 pm

About Family Crafts
Do you play with clay? If so, please take a moment and share your favorite stories, projects, recipes, techniques, and more.

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen is offering Vintage freebie images for you to download and use in your art. Get started on those digi holiday cards using some of them.

Cathie Filian
Cathie has lots of Thanksgiving recipes, crafts and family activities posted. Plus tips for a smooth Thanksgiving!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Over at Craftside you can enter to win a Mixed-Media Doll by Linda O’Brien, Co-author of Who’s Your Dada?, download a free intricate leaf paper cutting pattern, get a fun how-to on making a paper cupcake and a pretty pair of fall leaf earrings.

Cross Stitch at
Stitch a Simple Hanukah Menorah Motif for a card or ornament. Suitable for knitting or crochet projects too.

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style
Linda shares one of the first quilts she designed and tells the first of many stories about lessons learned.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi has finished a second Garden Quilt and is offering her tutorial!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
Sweater Surgery attacks t-shirts and cuts them up into some cute gathered tops with the help of Generation-T Beyond Fashion

The Artful Crafter
Check out Eileen’s latest craft finds: lots of free stuff and free advice – well that’s usually free, isn’t it? LOL.

The Crochet Dude
Drew kicks off the holiday season with a crochet pattern event!

The Impatient Crafter
In this week’s teen crafts blog for iLoveToCreate Madge makes a stunning mixed media necklace. You might just want to sport this one yourself!

Give Your Glue Gun Opinion

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Friday 20 November 2009 at 8:49 am

Remember the flower pin episode on The Big Bang Theory? Well, crafters and especially glue gun fans will also appreciate a call out for your glue gun opinions over at Cathie Filian’s weblog. She is working on some glue gun products and would like your opinion about glue guns in general, the good, the bad, and the sticky! Those who leave comments also get a chance to win some of her crafting goodies, so go over and tell her what you think right now.

Vanna Yarn Lovers’ Contest

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Thursday 19 November 2009 at 4:15 pm

I have to admit to becoming a real convert when it comes to loving Vanna’s Choice yarn manufactured by Lion Brand Yarn. The acrylic is a little pricier than Red Heart, but it is way, way softer, so I think for some items (like the amigurumi tiger pictured) it is worth it.

If you also love this yarn, then a new contest may be for you. It’s called the Vanna’s Choice Yarn Contest, and there are 4 categories you can enter. Each offers a $1,000 prize. That’s a lot of yarn! You can find the details are (where else?) on the Vanna’s Choice web site.

Art, Text, and Teens

Blogged under Design Ideas,Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Wednesday 18 November 2009 at 7:34 am

The college I work for has a sort of open house for local high school students once a year. The idea is to show them what is available as far as possible programs and future careers. This year there was a theme too, recycling and going green. This made me think of book art, especially altered books and artist Tom Phillips who is known for recycling an old book and turning into a new narrative.

In the past, our approach to this event has been to try to talk to students and get them to discuss their career goals, but we have  never been that thrilled with the outcome. At 15 or 16, how many teens really know what they want to do? So this year, we decided to make our presentation as interactive as possible, and that is where altered text comes in. We briefly discussed the idea that you can literally recycle text to create new meaning, and then we let them loose with paper, magazines, old books, glue, markers, glitter, and even crayons.

We challenged them to write a new story using old paper material that would normally be thrown away. Think cut up text combined with the idea of those word magnets you can use to make poetry. Mix those up, and that’s the idea we offered them.

Pictured above are just a few of the finished products. Considering they really only had about 20 minutes and no preconceived ideas about what they were going to do, I was very impressed with the outcome. They seemed to have a great time. They were smiling and talking and making a huge mess of the place!

It was a fun day and nice to be able to combine two things I like, writing and crafting.

Craft Bloggers Unit 11/15/09

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 15 November 2009 at 10:19 am

Vickie Howell-Craft.Rock.Love
Make cool, graphic wall art using Ed Roth’s Stencil Decor kit and a little imagination!

About Family Crafts
Come play along with this Make-It-Over craft challenge! What can you make out of candy? This is a great way to use up any left over Halloween candy. Cross Stitch
Connie’s added a new pattern collection – Four Ways to Say Peace. These designs will make great holiday ornaments.

Mixed Media Artist
Would you ever do an art show where you knew you wouldn’t sell anything?

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
How to make a Sweater Surgery Light up Christmas tree inspired by The Lampshade Lady’s Guide to Lighting Up Your Life.

The Artful Crafter
Eileen shares directions for some lovely polymer clay Thanksgiving napkin rings. You have a choice of one embellished with a cute clay turkey or a more formal looking ring stamped with a fall motif.

The Impatient Crafter
Madge makes a festive Patchwork Paper decoupaged letter for your teen’s bedroom door in this week’s post for iLoveToCreate

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen’s on a mission to win a trip to NYC and to see the Martha Stewart show! Check out her under $20.00 Christmas project on Michael’s craft site and rate it to help her win!

Cathie Filian

Cathie shows you how to make a kids’ felt book. The book are perfect for airplane trips, car rides and rainy days. They make great gifts!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Over on the Craftside blog there are how-to ideas for casting and making a silver metal clay wing necklace and a recycled wool sweater Christmas needle book. There’s an Mail Art Call Out to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, tips for making a vintage rosary style necklace and a little Jimi Hendrix thrown in.

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style
How did you get introduced to your hobby? Linda shares the story on how she learned to quilt and where those skills have gotten her.

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