Wire Lace CFE

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Thursday 29 April 2010 at 6:53 am

BeadStyle Magazine has teamed up with AlaCarte Clasps & WireLace to issue a jewelry making challenge. Though you can get all the details as well as an entry form at the BeadStyle Magazine web site, the basic info on this challenge involves participants using wire lace to create a jewelry piece. The deadline is July 15, 2010. Some of the prizes include subscriptions to the magazine as well as gift certificates to get more wire lace. Plus, some winners will be featured in the magazine as well. The first place winner also receives $250 in cash.

Mother’s Day Pendant Idea

Blogged under Jewelry Designing, Projects in Progress by Tammy on Wednesday 28 April 2010 at 6:36 am

My plan for this weekend is to make a resin photo pendant to give to my mother of her mother for Mother’s Day. My mom has recently started to make jewelry, and my grandmother passed away a few weeks ago, so I thought this might be a nice present that she can really appreciate by incorporating it into a jewelry piece she designs herself.

Here’s what I plan to do (and hopefully, it will work): I printed the photo on regular paper, and I plan to cut it to fit into the round bezel (which came from Rings & Things, item #46-301-21-0). Then I will seal the paper in modge podge, and after it dries, I’ll put it in the bezel and pour 2-part epoxy resin in it. This project is very similar to a Resin Flower Pendant project I created recently, so I’m fairly confident that it will work.

I think this is a great Mother’s Day gift idea because you could also put in photos of her children or a flower like I did for my other resin pendant. Use a two loop bezel and create a kind of Y-necklace design, or use a one loop and just add a chain to it and you’re done.

Show Off Your Mother’s Day Crafting

Blogged under CFEs/Contests, Fiber Fun by Tammy on Monday 26 April 2010 at 9:59 am

Here is the gift I made for my mom last year; it includes a crocheted bath mitt, hand-made soap (which I bought), and card. I was pretty pleased with how it turned out, so I thought it was extra cool that I got to show it off not only here on my blog last year, but this year I am showing it off at the Lion Brand web site also.

They have a blog post asking readers to show off their Mother’s Day crochet projects. You can upload it directly to the site. The deadline is May 12th, and then they will select some favorite photos to publish in their newsletters, blog, and Facebook page.

Links of Lovely Craft Ideas

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 25 April 2010 at 9:49 am

My crafting blog buddies have some great links this week. A few are even on the ball enough to start crafting for Mother’s Day already. I have an experiment in mind for that, which hopefully will work. If not, I need to think of a plan B for my mom’s day gift. What about you? Are your crafting for the big day yet?

The Artful Crafter
This week Eileen is offering some free striking vintage photos from the 30s and a chance to win the eBook “Altered Ancestors: 50 Techniques for Using Vintage Photos in Art”.

The Crochet Dude
Drew’s crochet purse designs are super cute, and now he’s got a crocheted Purse Pattern of the Month program? You’ve gotta check it out!!!

About Family Crafts
If you are looking for a special, home-made gift for Mother’s Day, check out Sherri’s collection of 100 gifts to make for mom.

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen has a wonderful Mother’s Day project to help make it a banner day for mom! Find out what Canvasette paper is while you check out her easy background technique.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a sneak peek into the new book Mixed-Media Dollhouses, how to draw a Zombie Voodoo Doll, make 2 types of paper flowers from recycled book pages, and how to use white glue and tape as resists in fabric altering.

Cross Stitch at About.com
Connie made an oops with a stitching project when she laundered an item that wasn’t colorfast. Have you ever had an oops like that? Vote in the poll and let us know.

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style
Linda’s finally going to intentionally make a quilt for herself! She’s picked the pattern and is using fabrics she collected years ago.

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
A hot topic Facebook thread leads to a post about valuing your work. Madge ponders the problems of discounts and freebies.

Mixed Media Artist
When dumpster diving fails you, here are some great online sources for cool stuff!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery

How to make recycled sweater tags inspired buy the one in: Hand-Me-Ups By Lorine Mason

Crochet Purse POM News

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Saturday 24 April 2010 at 12:00 pm

Do you love purses? Do you love crocheting purses even more? Then this new purse pattern of the month set up from The Crochet Dude is probably tailor-made for you.

He is offering members an original purse pattern each month that will not be published anywhere else. The patterns will come in the mail (like real mail, I know), and each will be signed and numbered. He is also limited the number of people who can join his purse pattern of the month club.

For more information and details about how to join, head over to his web site.

Beadwork Drawing

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Friday 23 April 2010 at 12:00 pm

If you love buying beads and enjoy wonderful bead-related magazines like Beadwork, then make sure you head over to Andrew Thornton’s blog and spring cleaning sale. He has an assortment of beads, charms, and vintage jewelry that he’s clearing out.

Make a purchase and you are automatically entered in his Beadwork drawing. Those entered have a chance to win a year’s subscription to the magazine on him. You can get complete details on his weblog.

New Silver Mermaind Pendant

Blogged under Crafty Products, Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Thursday 22 April 2010 at 9:45 am

I just added another sterling silver pendant to my Sterling Charm Sale! page. Like the other charms and pendants you’ll find over there, all of these were cast by my husband and me when we used to take lost waxing classes. That means we had to clean and polish these puppies by hand afterward. It is a lot of work, but you get some amazing detail with this process, so I think it is well worth it.

If you would like to know more about the lost wax casting method, I have a tutorial on my About.com site.

Tips for Crafting a Business

Blogged under Crafting a Career, Crafty Biz by Tammy on Wednesday 21 April 2010 at 6:32 am

Victoria Tillotson sent me a link to this interesting article on The Entreprenette Gazette, “The One Tip that Changed my Business.” (You will find Victoria listed there in tip number 6). The article includes 67 different tips from small business owners - many of them in craft related business such as making jewelry and other accessories. Participants were asked what one piece of advice they would give or have been given that when followed changed their business (for the better I’m sure). If you have been thinking about expanding your crafting business from your kitchen table to maybe a department store, you might find some of these tips helpful, or at least worth getting your wheels turning in the right direction.

Charming Sterling Charms

Blogged under Crafty Biz, Crafty Products by Tammy on Monday 19 April 2010 at 6:43 am

I did it! I managed to go through a large bag of jewelry I discovered while spring cleaning, and some of the silver charms I found (many of which I cast or my husband did) are up for sale on my “Sterling Charm Sale!” page. I actually have a lot more than what I posted. Plus, there are gobs of unfinished ones we still need to clean and polish. Those were discovered in the garage. Amazing what you can find when you start doing a little reorganization around here.

Some of these are just charms you can slip onto a chain and wear and others (like the mermaid above) would be perfect incorporated into finished jewelry pieces.

I’m going to attempt to sell these here via paypal and just see how that goes. I may put some other ones up on Etsy at a later point.

Sushi & Crafting Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 17 April 2010 at 3:29 pm

I have been craving sushi like crazy lately, and I so miss vendor from a grocery store I used to shop at. I now shop at a different store due to the convenience and lack of time, and that store actually has a sushi vendor too, but there is just something about this other guy’s sushi. It’s fresh and so beautiful! It reminded me of a craft project you can eat! I was in the area the other day and made a special trip in just to get a taste of the good stuff. I hope you treat yourself to something yummy this weekend as you cruise through some of these excellent craft links.

About Family Crafts
Not knowing much about iris folding, Sherri rolled up her sleeves, gave it a try, and shares her step-by-step adventure and free templates with you.

About.com Cross Stitch
Connie’s sharing a free pattern that was inspired by a piece of artwork she saw in an episode of Monk. You never know what the source of inspiration will be.

Aileen’s Musings
Are you in need of a royal crown? Aileen has an oldie but goodie tutorial she’s sharing with you.

Cathie Filian
Cathie is doing back flips over the release of her new book, 101 Snappy Fashions!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to crochet a “no-chain” foundation row, 17 ways to crop a photo, draw flames with Drew Brophy, change the color in a free cherry blossom print download and a call for entries for 1000 Steampunk Inspirations.

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style
The organization continues, but the craft room is very close to finished.

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Mother’s Day is coming soon and Madge has you covered. Check out her mom friendly card project, recipe and jewelry design!

Mixed Media Artist
There’s a lot to be learned about texture when you work with a monochromatic palette!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
See how to make recycled thigh high socks inspired by the book Color Knitting The Easy Way.

The Artful Crafter
Do companies offer free craft products to the general public for testing?

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