Crafty Bloggers’ Link Love

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 14 March 2010 at 2:30 pm

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Had your eyes checked lately? Madge did…and was she surprised to find out she needs glasses!

About Family Crafts
If you are planning a slumber party, check out this list of crafts projects that will help the time fly.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Craftside has a fun St. Patrick’s Day necklace with a tutorial on how to make a flat coil head pin, instructions on how to make an adjustable lace up shirt alteration, a free round topped box template download and some cool Collage Lab stuff.

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style
The cardmaking station is pulled together in Linda’s sewing and craft room. Now she’s looking forward to making some cards!

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi wants to know: which of your new years resolutions are you actually going to keep?

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
How to sew a recycled tank and t-shirt dress inspired by one of the projects from the book Twinkle Sews by Wenlan Chia.

The Artful Crafter
Looking for canning jar art ideas and supplies? Let Eileen help you out with resources and tips.

Blogger Moves to HGTV

Blogged under Around the Web,Design Ideas by Tammy on Thursday 11 March 2010 at 12:30 pm

Though I am a crafty person, I have to admit that one area of craftiness that I am challenged and not overly interested in either is interior design. As long as my house is semi-clean and comfortable (like our still-under-construction TV room pictured above), I’m good. In fact, I don’t like have an excess of nick-knacks to dust and arrange. Also because of my furry menagerie, I am limited to what we can have in our house any way. Sometimes I joke with my husband that we just should have everything made of cement like the Flintstones and have a big hose and drain so that I can just hose the place down now and then!

That said, I am still curious about a new home design show I’ve heard coming to HGTV called Design Happens. Though there seems to be a number of bloggers talking about this show over there, one person stands out, not necessarily due to her interior designing but due to her blogging, Heather Armstrong of Dooce.com.

I am not the avid reader of her blog that I once was due to lack of time, not interest, but when I was studying for my last degree, I actually worked her into my dissertation as a case study. Part of what I was writing about was how people (especially women) are creating on-line journals that resemble scrapbooks, and Dooce.com is a wonderful example of this trend.

Any way, I am eager to see how they might transform her web writing to the screen, and I find it interesting that we are seeing a blogger transition from the computer screen to the TV screen versus the other way around for a change.

Pretty Little Presents Book Review

Blogged under Good Books,Sew Simple by Tammy on Tuesday 9 March 2010 at 5:55 pm


Pretty Little Presents (Lark Books, $17.59 US, $23.50 CAN) is a compilation of 29 gift-related sewing projects created by 17 different designers. As the title indicates, each project is “little,” which for the most part means not overly time intensive or involved.

Many of the projects can be recreated using scraps such as the “I Heart You Coasters,” “All Buttoned Up” napkin rings, and the “Keep Your Place” book mark. Other projects use a minimal amount of fabric, so phat quarters are ideal if you are like me and enjoy collecting those for your fabric stash.

When I picked this title from the book club I joined, I anticipated that I would probably want to make most of the projects, but after looking it over, I can’t really say that. I could see myself maybe finding the desire to making about half of them, which isn’t too bad. Now, this is me. If you are the type of person that needs to make lots of small gifts (for the baby sitter, teacher, house keeper, third cousin once removed), you may have a different opinion.

The main appeal of this book for me were the simple projects that would probably not take much time, especially for anyone with some sewing skill. For those who haven’t sewn very much, the projects aren’t too difficult, though the instructions may not be enough for the total newbie.

If you were thinking of paying full price for this, my suggestion is to check it out in person at a book store first.

Craft Bloggers Unite 03/07/10

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 7 March 2010 at 11:47 am

Beading Arts
Cyndi is running a contest on Beading Arts, and the prize is an absolutely free advertisement!

About Family Crafts
Sherri shares some suggestions to help you celebrate National Craft Month.

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen’s altered a pair of old white tennis shoes and gave them a whole new look….they were pretty wild but she’s toned them down with some spray webbing. She’s even worn them out and about and received some great compliments on them!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Craftside’s got a post about working with grids in mixed media, a ribbon embellished quilt from The Quilt Bible, 3rd Edition, tips on outlining a photo and a bunch of journal pages from 1000 Artist Journals.

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style
Linda’s making progress in the sewing and craft room. Check out the closet!

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Ever wondered what it takes to get a craft book published? Join Madge in this first installment in her How To Write and Publish a Craft Book series.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
How to make Egg Cup pincushions inspired by a wonderful project in I “Heart” Patchwork by Rashida Coleman-Hale.

The Artful Crafter
Take a spin with Eileen and Shaaron on the Craft-N-Spin crafting turntable.

Last of the Jewelry, Bye-Bye

Blogged under Publications from Moi by Tammy on Saturday 6 March 2010 at 11:07 am

I wish I could show you more than a box filled with bubble wrap, but that’s one of the downsides to doing a jewelry book. You can’t show off the finished goods until the book is published. This is the last of the jewelry for my next book, Complete Photo Guide to Making Jewelry.

This box has about 10 pieces for the gallery section as well as about 15 for three of the 10 how-to sections (bead stringing, wire work, chain making, fabrication, soldering, resin, fiber, metal clay, polymer clay, and mixed media). The total number of projects is 47, wow! Look for the book out in fall 2010, published by Creative Publishing International.

Reasons to Enter Craft Contests

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Friday 5 March 2010 at 12:51 pm

Have you ever thought of entering a craft contest? There seems to be a never ending number of them on the Internet. I even have a CFE/Contests category on this blog for just that reason.

Honestly, I’m not one to normally enter contests myself, mainly due to lack of time, but this article from a Meylah, entitled “Everyone Wins: Why You Should Enter Contests,” got me thinking more seriously about the additional benefits to entering contests other than winning.

Generally, some of the reasons suggested in this article includes added professional exposure; a chance to expand your creativity; trying something different than you might usually do when it comes to your normal crafting direction; and creating traffic for your blog, shop, or web site.

If you aren’t normally the type to enter contests, then you may think differently after reading this article.

Jewelry Donations for Humane Society

Blogged under Charity Crafting,Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Tuesday 2 March 2010 at 10:23 am

My husband and I have a special place in our hearts for our local Humane Society because two of our “boys” came from there, Jasper and Rocky.

We provide a membership donation every year, and in addition, we donate hand-craft jewelry items for the group’s annual Fur Ball, which has a silent auction. This year, though we’ve been really busy with the book, we managed to put a few special jewelry pieces together for the auction.

I made the attached charms on these earrings using silver metal clay, and then just added some hematite heart beads and Swarovski crystals.

My husband made the jump rings using sterling silver round wire and then assembled it into a bracelet. He added a lobster claw clasp and one of my metal clay silverĀ  heart charms.

Hopefully, both of these jewelry pieces will bring in a little money for the cause.

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