Tropical Etsy Tribute

Blogged under Around the Web,etsy by Tammy on Wednesday 19 May 2010 at 6:13 am

Since I have revived my Etsy shop, I have also been a little more active in the Etsy community in general. So I thought why not start paying back a little to all the Etsians who have helped me and continue to do so every time I post a question on the Etsy forum.

I am sort of still feeling the tropical vibe, so this Etsian tribute focuses on a tropical theme.

This pretty necklace is from Squid’s Etsy Shop: Sea Blossom – Shell Pendant Necklace with Fresh Water Pearls and Swarovski Crystals

This bracelet from Simply Graceful is bursting with color: Oh So Colorful Swarovski Crystal and Sterling Silver Bracelet

Swan River Stone has a number of tropical-inspired jewelry pieces including these beautiful earrings: Bahama- Layered Peacock Earrings

PikiThins crafted this hip fiber and bead bracelet that includes a sea shell charm. She calls it the Seashell Skies Bracelet.

Winning Wreaths adds a little whimsy to this tropical theme tribute with this palm tree necklace.

And, of course, don’t forget the decor Etsians. This Pink Flamingo Embroidered Wall Hanging is from Pink Tiger Textiles.

This White Gold Plated Matte Sea Gull Necklace is from YJennings. It is just one of a number of jewelry pieces in her shop that will remind you of the beach.

Simply Flaunt has some hot Rio Earrings.

Life’s a Beach according to Heidelberg Designs, who offers up this beach-themed bracelet.

This Paradise Palm Cigar Box Purse comes from the shop of Fiorella Designs.

RJ’s Original Glass Art finishes this tribute up with a very cool glass fish sculpture. You’ll find lots of other tropical sculptures in this shop as well.

Better in the Bahamas?

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Tuesday 18 May 2010 at 8:13 am

I’m back from the Bahamas and into the blogosphere again, yeah! Friday I left out of Port Canaveral, Florida for a short cruise to the Bahamas with my mother, who is a cruise-o-holic. We arrived in Nassau on Saturday, then hopped over to Royal Caribbean’s Coco Cay island on Sunday, and came back home on Monday.

I’m not much of a traveler and had a feeling that cruising would not be my cup of tea but went for my mom’s sake. My dad has gone on probably about half a dozen of them with her and is “over it.” He describes cruises as watching the same movie over and over and over and over again. My sisters have too many familial responsibilities to just pick up and go, even though both of them would love to take a cruise. As a result, that left me since my summer vacation is so long and I have an understanding hubby who doesn’t mind holding the fort down and taking care of all our furry babies for a few days.

Cruising is something that I suspected would not be a good fit for me, but I wanted to do this for my mom, and I think she enjoyed herself. Now before I get any lip about how I don’t know any better, let me say that I really did give it a try. Some of it was fun, most though, well, I split it up into two lists:

Here’s what I liked:

  • yoga on the beach (great workout & taught by a hunky Swedish dude)
  • great food (mainly during dinner, very gourmet type stuff, fabo service, and I did have wine, more each day in order to keep my sanity)
  • nice little gym & got to try out a treadmill for the first time, very cool, I so want one now
  • wonderful service & friendly/helpful ship’s staff
  • shopping and buying lots of crap I don’t need
  • beautiful weather, got a little coloring even though careful not to become a lobster

Here’s what I didn’t like:

  • waiting in line
  • living in a tiny box of a cabin
  • noise, noise, noise
  • waiting in line
  • zero privacy of any kind
  • hours of boredom because most of the ship’s activities (karaoke, bingo, name that tune, disco night, napkin folding) are stupid
  • fighting off photographers (If you fart, there is someone there with a camera begging to take your picture. This started before we even stepped one foot on the boat.)
  • drunk rude passengers
  • drunk nice passengers
  • walking up stairs because there are too many drunk people crammed in too few elevators
  • oh, waiting in line, did I mention that?

Seriously, I could see how this would be fun for some people and maybe for me if I had something to occupy my time that I enjoyed doing. For example, if I were on a craft cruise where we all made jewelry or crocheted or had yoga classes or did something other than drink and play idiotic games that are only fun if you are totally drunk. I did bring a book and some magazines, but with all the racket going on it was difficult to get much reading done. I really should have brought a crochet project.

This would be a good trip for large groups (families, drinking buddies, clubs, or sex in the city type of girl-friends) or for couples. Otherwise, I found it really boring. I do think my mom had a good time, so that is what is most important. Now, I just have to work on getting one of my sisters to go next because I’ve done my daughterly duty. I’m ova it.

The To-Do List Again

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Thursday 13 May 2010 at 8:02 am

As I slowing sink into my school vacation, I am able to look at my to-do list with a more realistic eye. On the one hand, I’m bummed that I won’t be able to do it all, but on the other hand, it feels good to have more of a focus than I did about a week ago.

So far, I’ve managed to get my Etsy shop looking more presentable, and now that I’m in the groove over there, I hope to keep up the momentum, at least throughout the summer. Also on my list was a blog face-lift; however, that is going way back on the back burner for awhile and off the list. Between the cost of a new template, the time required to learn some techie skills I currently don’t have, and the fact that I can’t possibly keep a super active blog going all the time, I decided it was just not something I could or should focus on right now.

All that said, I have some promising projects in the works, some related to Etsy, some related to craft writing, and hopefully, I’ll have some interesting news to share in a few weeks.

Being a Bead Star

Blogged under Publications from Moi by Tammy on Tuesday 11 May 2010 at 5:53 pm

I was able to view the the “proofs” today of a necklace project I submitted to BeadStyle magazine for its “All Star” issue coming out this summer. I believe it’s scheduled for June or July. Of course, one of the the issues with publishing designs off-line is that you have to wait until the hardcopy is out before anyone gets to see your work! I can tell you the theme was where you live, and since I live in Florida, it was a no brainer to use the beach an ocean as my inspiration.

So keep an eye out for it in the next few weeks. When I have more information to share, I will (of course!).

Jewelry Time Clean Up

Blogged under Crafting a Career,Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Sunday 9 May 2010 at 4:59 pm

After working away on my jewelry, writing up some projects for my About.com site, and loading up new items to my Etsy shop, I realized that this place has gotten, well, shall we say, a tad on the messy side? So yesterday I started cleaning and reorganizing a little around here. Luckily, I did most of my major studio reorganization last summer, so now when things get out of control, I can at least just put everything back in order, dust, and I’m ready to go!

Ah, this is soooo much better; don’t you think?!

Seriously, when I have a clean and organized space to work in, I seem to get so much more done. The hardest part of getting organized in the first place is stopping and just doing it.

Princess Etsy Shop Get’s Dusted Off

Blogged under etsy,My Crafty News by Tammy on Saturday 8 May 2010 at 2:24 pm

Okay, so I may not be able to do everything on my super long to-do list during summer vacation, but I have managed to blow the dust off my little Etsy shop and have a more respectable presence over there. I’m adding sterling silver pieces that I had cast years ago and recently found around here during my spring cleaning frenzy as well as a few supplies and finished pieces.

As I have been getting back into the Etsy swing of things, I’ve also been checking out the forums over there, and as usual, I really learn a lot from other Etsians. My shop is by no means perfect, but I think it is getting better, little by little.

Craft Links & Summer Starting Line

Blogged under Around the Web,Fiber Fun by Tammy on Friday 7 May 2010 at 8:54 am



After tonight, my summer break officially starts (for real). Tonight is the college’s commencement ceremony, which means faculty and administrators get dressed up in the old gown and funky hat. As I ironed out the wrinkles in my scholar get-up yesterday, I still felt a great deal of pride when I pulled out my hood. It’s the silky thing that goes around your neck and hangs back over the gown and has the colors of your college on it. In my case, they are gold and royal blue. Let me tell you, I worked hard for that hood, and it just reminds me again and again that hard work and determination does pay off.

Believe it or not, some of the hardest working folks I know are professional craft designers. Projects can take a lot of time to perfect. Getting your work published or landing a paying craft job takes time and can often lead to rejection after rejection before the stars align and you finally hear a “yes.” So I’m very proud to offer you some wonderful links today from my fellow pro-crafters.

The Artful Crafter
How to navigate the sea of digital file extensions.

Alexa Westerfield a.k.a. Swelldesigner
Alexa shows you how to make Fontalicious Wall Art that is bold, graphic, and fun! And definitely cheap and easy to do!

About Family Crafts
Let’s celebrate Half-Way to Halloween! Some people may think that it is too early to think about Halloween, but actually, Halloween seems to top the of list of people’s favorite crafting holidays.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Craftside’s got a great tutorial on how to paint on fusible web, a photo of a beautiful Roman Stripe quilt from the book-The Quilt, fun photos from a bee field trip with author Kim Flottum and a “Mean Girl” Logo from the book Letterhead & Logo Design 10.

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Madge reviews Jean Campbell’s gorgeous new book Steampunk Style Jewelry.

Cross Stitch at About.com
One of Connie’s friends says the free When This You See pattern looks like a brain. Connie was inspired by the pocketbook plant. No matter what you see, the abstract design with traditional saying will be a fun stitch.

Farm Girl Roots, City Girl Style
Linda cut out the pieces for another of her Grandma Paper Doll quilts. Check out Violet’s design.

Mixed Media Artist
A wonderful quote by Dorothy Day inspired Cyndi to make a little canvas board assemblage.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
Paper Jewelry inspired by The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Jewelry Making Techniques by Vannetta Seecharran.

Crochet Dude
Drew has just released the names and addies of the Michaels test stores nationwide that will be carrying his new line of crochet tools and kits – starting THIS weekend!

Now, THIS Is Hand-Made Soap, Folks!

Blogged under Crafty Videos,etsy by Tammy on Thursday 6 May 2010 at 3:33 pm

I saw this video over at Etsy and had to share it. The work these guys put into make their soap is awesome!

Sum, Sum, Summer Time!

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Wednesday 5 May 2010 at 5:17 pm

Ah, running barefoot in the grass! It is officially summer time at the Crafty Princess house. I posted my grades yesterday, have one more day to show up this week for the graduation ceremony, and then I’m free until almost the end of June!

After getting up early for a doctor’s appointment this morning, then doing some grocery shopping, I had the rest of the day to myself. On the one hand, I’m thrilled to be off for awhile. After teaching six classes, keeping up with my About.com site, and working on a new book this last semester, I really can use some down-time. However, on the other hand, my mind is racing with a to-do list that is forming in my brain. I feel compelled to have something, or lots of things, accomplished during my time off.

But where do I start? The list is crazy long, and I know it will be impossible to do it all. There are so many ideas swimming around in my brain that I’m having a hard time focusing: my Etsy shop needs some attention; I’d like to give this blog a face-lift and seriously get some ad revenue going on it; there are a stack of books here I’ve been dying to read, yes, reading for pleasure!; I need to continue my house reorganization efforts I started during spring break; every window in this house needs new curtains in a desperate way; there are tons of old tutorials on my About.com site that need template updates; oh, I could go on and on!

Am I the only crazy person that feels like I have to working during my vacation time?

Mother’s Day Gift, Plan B

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Monday 3 May 2010 at 9:31 am

Well, my photo bezel experiment did not turn out that well. As you can see from the photo, there are splotches on the image inside the resin. I’m not ready to give up yet. I think I know what went wrong; however, this is not a project that I’ll have done and ready to send off as a gift for mom by this Sunday.

So, I’ve moved onto plan B, which I think she will also like pretty well. I ended up ordering an Artbeads.com gift card for her. This way, it will go directly to her, and thus I don’t have to worry about racing to the post office in time to send a package. And, she can expand her jewelry supply buying experience from what she’s been doing so far, which is shopping at Michael’s and other craft stores. Not that they don’t have some okay supplies, but there really is a world of difference when you purchase supplies from a vendor who specializes in jewelry supplies, and from my own experience with Artbeads.com, the company has some high quality supplies.

At least now that she is into making jewelry, it will always be easy to think of a gift for her.

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