Hot Soup and Hot Craft Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 27 February 2011 at 5:28 pm

We cleaned out the frig and pantry this weekend and made this yummy vegetable soup - kale, potatoes, carrots, and garlic cloves! Here’s some hot soup and some hot crafting links to go with.

About Family Crafts
Discover how you can create your own music crafts and then amaze your friends, your family, and yourself with all of the beautiful music you can make.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Carmi creates a circular collage as a memento of her trip to the big Paris cemetery.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there are directions on how to make a hammock, tips on matching paint colors, a cool story about a wind powered knitting machine and a unique calla lily fishbowl flower arrangement.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Time always seems to get away from us, doesn’t it? Eileen reminds you not to forget to scrap those special moments.

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Madge finally reveals her project for the JoAnn Fabrics Spring Press Kit!

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi was introduced to a book artist’s video that will take your breath away!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
See how to transform a Rubik’s cube with inspiration from the book Photojojo!

Granny Square Baby Afghan

Blogged under Projects in Progress by Tammy on Saturday 26 February 2011 at 5:20 pm

This is one of my latest crochet projects in the works, a granny square baby afghan. The yarn is Bernat Baby Jacquards in a color combination called “berries and cream.” Because of the holes that are created in the typical granny square, I decided to go with a smaller than usually hook, a size F, so that overall the gauge on this is on small side. It wasn’t long before I got into this, though, that I was so wishing I had used a G hook. It’s funny how just a size smaller makes a difference, but it’s been a little challenging using such a small hook, even on this simple granny square.

Luckily, I’m very close to the end and will probably finish it in a day or so. Then this will head off with some of the baby afghans my craft club has been making for Healthy Start. I am thinking of making another one soon, but I will definitely go with the G hook this time!

Plastic Bins and Craft Organizing

Blogged under Crafty Products, My College Craft Club by Tammy on Thursday 24 February 2011 at 7:32 am


Since starting my college craft club, I discovered a number of points I hadn’t really thought through that much. One of the biggies is storage for all of the craft supplies. I have my own office, but it’s not that big. It’s fine for one person, but when you add in my L-shaped desk, computer, filing cabinet, a few chairs, and a few book cases, and then try to squeeze in loads of yarn, bags of material, and so on, well, it has gotten to be a pretty tight squeeze in there.

Some teachers just have one small desk with their computers on that, and it makes it more roomy, but when I work I like to spread out. I can’t imagine what I would do with all the paper stuff I have….and I even grade primarily on-line.

Finally, I made a trip to Wal-Mart and loaded up on plastic bins to help me get organized. We have yarn, hooks and needles, jewelry making supplies, and more recently fleece. I also have a miscellaneous assortment of food related items such as plastic cups, spoons, napkins, and plates, since I provide small snacks at each meeting.

I did something similar in my home studio a few years ago, and really, plastic bins are a great way to divide and concur your crafting crap. Now, I just need the time to actually put everything inside the bins!

Free Sewing Ebook

Blogged under Sew Simple by Tammy on Tuesday 22 February 2011 at 6:52 pm

Sew Daily is a-live, and to celebrate the birth of this site, blog, etc. it is giving away a free e-book on sewing, of course. You do have to sign up, but if you are already part of any of the Interweave “daily” sites (like Beading Daily), then you already have a membership and just need to sign in. This new e-book has 5 patterns and tips, but after surfing around, I found that there is a free Sewing Basics e-book too as well as a number of free patterns you can pick up.

This Week’s Craft Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 20 February 2011 at 4:59 pm

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi has a brand new copy of the wonderful book Scraps to give away this week! It’s a mixed media lover’s dream…
About Family Crafts
Stop by and share your crafty cleaning tips and read other people’s tips!

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen has repost of a fun shipping tag tutorial; stop by and check it out!

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Carmi crafts some pretty flower brooches with a new tool from Clover!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a free tulip quilt block pattern and tutorial, interviews with Susan Strawn author of Knitting America on NPR, Carla Sonheim author of Drawing Lab with details of her workshop at the Etsy Lab in Brooklyn, and a couple of cool DIY sewing tips.

Cross Stitch at About.com
Connie’s dedicating a design to some serious stitchers who are gearing up for some HUGE stitching projects. She reminds them to “Begin with the End in Mind.”

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Here are directions for making a double strand charm bracelet from Eileen. She made this one for a real life angel. Choose your charms to suit any occasion you like.
Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
How to make a recycled color wheel dart board.

The Crochet Dude
Drew gives five good reasons why January was a blur!

Bernat Crochet or Knit Along for Project Linus

Blogged under Charity Crafting, Fiber Fun by Tammy on Friday 18 February 2011 at 4:15 pm

Bernat, which makes pretty much my all time favorite baby yarn (next to Vanna’s baby yarn), has a charity project going on in conjunction with Project Linus. Starting February 28th, a crochet along and knit along will start up. You can see the projects posted here, two crochet and two knit, but they won’t have the actual instructions until they start on the 28th. They do, however, list the supplies needed and offer 25% off of the yarn if you purchase it on-line through the company’s web site. The yarn sale ends on February 23.

Stringing Magazine Free Trial Issue

Blogged under Crafty Products, Design Ideas by Tammy on Thursday 17 February 2011 at 4:03 pm

For anyone who enjoys bead stringing, Stringing magazine is a wonderful publication. As the title suggests, it is all about stringing. While I like other types of jewelry making, I’m still very partial to beading, especially since my hands and wrists have had issues that don’t seem to want to go away.

Right now, Stringing is offer a free trial issue. Then if you like it, you can sign up for a full subscription, 4 issues for $21.95. My only beef is that it doesn’t come out more often, but eventually, it might. Very often fairly new publications start out as quarterly. This isn’t a super new magazine, but with the way so many are folding these days, we are lucky to still have such a great magazine around.

Slip Stitching Away

Blogged under Charity Crafting, My College Craft Club by Tammy on Wednesday 16 February 2011 at 4:41 pm

The craft club is at the point of stitching up all of our squares. Pictured is one of two blankets we have almost completed. Considering that about half of our members just learned to crochet a few months ago, I’m very impressed with our progress.

It was a tad tricky slip stitching all of the squares together because everyone tends to have a different gauge, but crochet is so forgiving that we managed to make it work. We should finish up these two at our next meeting, and we have a third in the works. I have made three myself and have a fourth one in progress, so we should have a fair amount of items to donate to Healthy Start.

Of course, there were issues as we worked on these. We have a few weird squares that are way larger than 10 inches or just not exactly square, so those will be stitched together to make blankets for a local animal shelter since the dogs and cats won’t mind if there are a few boo-boos in their blankets. For squares that somehow shrank and ended up smaller than 10 inches, I just added a trim around them to make them a little larger. Tails were another issue. I kept having to remind members to leave at least a six inch tail and not to knot.

Some of the good points of making these squares was that it allowed each member to have a small project to work on, and with the squares, they learned three different stitches: chain, single crochet, and double crochet. When we started putting them together, they learned how to slip stitch. Since these are all foundational stitches, they are in pretty good shape to move on to something like hats where they will have to work in the round.

Successful Valentine’s Fund Raiser

Blogged under My College Craft Club by Tammy on Tuesday 15 February 2011 at 3:57 pm

I wish I could remember who in our club suggested we make Valentine’s cards as a fund raiser item because it was an amazingly brilliant idea. We definitely did not kill ourselves selling them around campus and still ended up making $118. Some additional good news is that JoAnn’s has fleece on sale for 50% off. We plan to use the majority of our earnings to make fleece blankets for Save the Chimps, so this timing is perfect.

I’ve tucked away the few remaining cards and heart pins for next year. This is definitely going to be an annual event for us.

Valentine’s Day Craft Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 14 February 2011 at 5:54 pm

About Family Crafts
If you are in need of a last minute Valentine, check out these printable cards.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Eileen has some tips for Tara and other aspiring young artists.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi decided to dust off her needle and thread for a brand new project.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
See how to make a recycled sweater, fabric, and button cuff

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen offers you a new recipe along with a cupcake postcard you can download and send to a friend. Remember when all else fails keep calm and eat a cupcake!

Carmi’s Art/Life World

Carmi has a pop out card tutorial on her blog this week.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world

This week at Craftside there are 2 chances to win any book of your choice from QBookShop.com, insight into double exposure photography, 2 free Valentine graphic pattern downloads, 3 samples of extreme lettering, a bunch of the cutest Amineko photos (one with Suede from Project Runway!) and a fun decorating idea.

Cross Stitch at About.com
Connie has a versatile Heart and Hands Blessing pattern for use as a Valentine, wedding, anniversary, or even a St. Patrick’s Day project.

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