Brunch & Crafting Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 13 June 2010 at 10:14 am

Welcome to a lazy Sunday morning. It was great to sleep in and then enjoy a brunch of fried fish, eggs, grits, and bread with my hubby this morning as we read the paper and planned our day, which will include some photographs for my jewelry kits. Hopefully, you are also having a wonderful Sunday and have some time to do a little craft web surfing:

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Madge has a new DIY Website! Come read all about it and check it out!

Mixed Media Artist
What can you do with some vintage sheet music, fabric, and a photo transfer?

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
Make a Silver French knot sunburst embellished tote using the pattern in Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts.

The Artful Crafter
Artist profile of June Crawford, “A Creative Dreamer” who crafts her dreams with words, charming art dolls, and fantastical doodles – among other things. Take a peek into another artist’s creative world.

About Family Crafts
Check out this collection of free printable projects for Father’s Day. Print and make Father’s Day cards, coupon books, tags, and much more.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Carmi turns wood curtain pulls into pretty dolls.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Craftside’s got a tutorial on how to print on tissue paper from the book Creative Wildfire and a chance to win a copy of it, a super cute tutorial on how to needle felt a hedgehog, making a tole painted message block, and the latest Look, Learn, & Create video with Lisa Kettell.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy is spilling some of the beans concerning a new project she’s working on – jewelry making kits!

Flipping Out Over Flip Video Camera

Blogged under Crafty Products,Crafty Videos by Tammy on Thursday 10 June 2010 at 5:01 pm

Recently, I was asked to shoot a test video for a client I write for. When and if it goes live on-line, I’ll give you more info on that, but one very cool thing that came out of it was that I discovered the Flip Video Camera, just about the smallest video camera I’ve ever seen and very easy to use. The client loaned the camera to me, and I only had time to shoot one test video before having to return it. My husband, who was my photographer, and I were so impressed with this little guy that I did some research and discovered that they are sold all over the place on-line and are very reasonably priced. So, I bought one.

It arrive the other day and I’ve started to play around with it some more on my own, sans hubby’s help, and I’m still pretty darn impressed. The only drawback we have found is that it is not capable of super duper close-up detailed shots. For example, if you were going to show how to crimp a crimp bead, this camera won’t cut it. However, for larger crafting items, this may be the answer to anyone who has wanted to try to put some videos together but wasn’t able or sure about plunking down some big buck for a video camera. It would also be a handy camera to bring to craft fairs or related events since it so small and light-weight.

I have some ideas for some other videos for my client, so hopefully, this will be a new direction for my on-line publishing. If not, I can always post them here, but I’ll let you know how it goes.

Patch Work Coaster Video

Blogged under Crafty Videos,Sew Simple by Tammy on Wednesday 9 June 2010 at 12:47 pm

How to Make Patchwork Coasters w/ Lotta Jansdotter from Rowenta USA on Vimeo.

I thought this was a pretty good little video. It is a project for beginners, but it is also an interesting idea for using up scraps for those who have a little more sewing experience and can’t seem to throw away even the smallest piece of leftover fabric.

Jewelry Kits Under Wraps, Spilling the Beans

Blogged under Crafting a Career,Crafty Biz,Crafty Products,Projects in Progress by Tammy on Tuesday 8 June 2010 at 5:05 pm

I have been working on a new jewelry related project during my summer vacation, and until I got to a certain point of completion, I didn’t feel comfortable discussing it here. However, I have made some major progress and see my vision coming clearer ever day, so I finally decided to spill the beans, at least some of them.

Drum roll please…Tammy Powley (aka the Crafty Princess) will soon be offering jewelry kits for sale. This is a project that I have been dreaming about for way too long and decided to just buckle down and do it this summer.

Of course, it has been way more work than I expected. For example, my husband is helping me with the photographs since it is basically impossible to take photos of your hands making jewelry since, well, you need your hands to operate the camera. On our first photo shoot, he asked me how many photos I thought we would need to take. This shoot was for two of the kits, so I said well, maybe two dozen pictures or a tad more than that. How many did we end up taking? More like 100 pictures!

When I get further along, I will reveal more details about the designs I’ve created for the kits, but for now, I can say that I’m just starting with a small number to test the waters. My vision for the kits I think are a little different than what I’ve seen available so far. In fact, I’ve been pretty surprised at what I’ve seen as far as kits in general. My goals when putting together the designs for each kit include the following (in no particular order of importance):

  • Use quality materials, some of which are not available at the average craft shop
  • Develop a “class in a kit” approach where each kit covers specific skills
  • Provide step-by-step instructions tailored for each specific kit
  • Incorporate high-resolution photographs for each tutorial that accompanies each kit
  • Generally create kits that are appealing to beginners but also appeal to intermediate level jewelry makers
  • Offer convenience to buyers, no going to the craft store, bead shop, or ordering a huge list of supplies on-line.

I’m really hoping I get these all together and ready to announce properly, yes, with lots of fan fair, press releases, and Hollywood parties (okay, maybe not a party but you get the picture) by the time I start back to school, which is (yikes!) only a few weeks away. So stay tuned!

Some Crafty Links for You

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Sunday 6 June 2010 at 4:52 pm

About Family Crafts
Father’s Day is just around the corner. What will you do for all the other special dads you know? This year, why not make a special, home-made gift for all of the guys in your life!

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen shows you how to make vivacious vivid shipping tags to use on your gifts and in your art!

Beading Arts
Chapter two of Cyndi’s e-book is available for download! “Altered Surfaces” begins the exploration of the exchange between mixed media and bead embroidery!

Cathie Filian
It is fashion time for dad! Check out Cathie’s Father’s Day ideas.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Craftside’s got a recycled book page mobile from the book-Playing With Books and a chance to win a free copy of it, a new Look, Learn, and Create video on how to make a box stitch ribbon bracelet with Elaine Schmidt, tips on painting Rembrandt style, and some “Graphic Stew” line and shape ingredients!

Crafty Princess Diaries
After seriously losing sleep over taking photographs for her Etsy shop, Tammy has a eureka jewelry photography moment.

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
So you want to write a craft book? Here’s part five in Madge’s series on how to do it!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
See how to make a Steampunk button and recycled 80’s earring into a cool new necklace

The Artful Crafter
How to sew felted wool boxes to organize odds and ends.

Jewelry Ad Experiment

Blogged under Crafty Biz,etsy by Tammy on Friday 4 June 2010 at 8:50 am

I found a web site called ESellersAds. It lets you make up ads quickly from your Etsy shop by just typing in your Etsy username and clicking on an icon.

Photo Background Eureka Moment

Blogged under Crafting a Career,etsy by Tammy on Thursday 3 June 2010 at 4:23 pm

One of the issues I have had with getting my Etsy shop in order is trying to create some kind of cohesiveness, and photographs have a lot to do with that. If you are listing 50 items in your shop and have photographs with 50 different backgrounds, that is not exactly cohesive. However, since I’m selling mainly jewelry supplies along with some finished jewelry pieces, I have a real mix of materials, from metal to glass to crystal. What looks good for the background of a sterling silver tree charm doesn’t necessarily look that great behind a bead mix of lampwork, crystal, and seed beads.

I’ve been trying a zillion different backgrounds and canvasing everyone from  Twitter to Facebook to my blogging buds about their opinions. I’ve posted on the Etsy forums too. Of course, the more people you ask the more opinions you get, not all of which agree with each other!

Finally after probably over-thinking this way more than necessary, I came up with a compromise that I hope will help give me the put-together look I’m going for but accommodate all the different materials in the shop: black, gray, and white, all with slight textures to them. These neutral colors look good together and don’t fight with the colors of the materials either. So everyone can play nice!

Now I have the monumental task of retaking many of the photos I already have in my shop, which now has 45 items for sale, the most I have ever managed to get listed in there. But it feels good to have some kind of direction now, and I think, I hope, my photos are getting a little better as well.

Earthenwood Studio Give-a-Way

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Wednesday 2 June 2010 at 8:34 am

Melanie Brooks from Earthenwood Studio is celebrating her 1,000th blog post with a huge sale in her Etsy shop as well as a ten day give-a-way during the month of June. The final deadline is actually June 15th, 2010. Find out more about the details of her give-a-way on her blog.

If you like ceramic beads and jewelry components with an Earth-themed flair, then you will love Melanie’s work, and now is a great time buy some of her work that’s on sale and, of course, possible win some of it for free.

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