Weekend Craft Links to Love

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 30 October 2011 at 3:40 pm

Coco loves to get inside of things, especially bags and boxes.

Did I mention Coco likes to get into bags?

Okay, enough cat distractions. Here are my weekly installment of good crafty links.

Aileen’s Musings
Hard to believe but Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Aileen is gearing up by offering you a freebie pumpkin biscotti recipe card and a pumpkin label for you to download and print for your own use.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Carmi creates one special Christmas card using rubber stamps and paint.

Cindy Gimbrone Beads
Cindy and her blue fingers review The Handbook of Metal Clay.

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

This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to needle felt a bat and a pumpkin with a cute mouse, an early recycled sweater Christmas tree designed with the new Sizzix die, a chance to win a copy of How to Draw Steampunk, how to build garden row covers, a reportage video, and a recipe for a fast fruity skillet cake.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Rather than stashing your mom’s jewelry away to tarnish and gather dust, combine some of your favorite pieces into a M.O.M.s (Memories of Mom) necklace.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi’s hand stitched silk top quilt is all finished! Whew!!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
See how to make a secret window in a glitter decoupaged book with a Fiskars Everywere Punch.

Greeting Cards to Show Off

Blogged under My College Craft Club by Tammy on Friday 28 October 2011 at 8:11 am

As promised, here are a few pictures of the greeting cards my craft club made. The one on the left was drawn free-hand by one member, wow! The card on the right mixes stickers, rubber stamping, and acrylics.

These two cards were made using a mix of rubber stamping and stickers.

Wash Clothes & Soaps for Charity

Blogged under Charity Crafting, My College Craft Club by Tammy on Wednesday 26 October 2011 at 4:28 pm

As a way to learn some basic crochet techniques, members of my craft club have been making wash clothes like this one. We plan to make them and then give them to a local women’s shelter. When we first started making them, I mentioned at one club meeting that we might be able to buy some soap to go with the wash clothes, and one of our members chimed in that she had been saving little soap and lotion sets from her many travels. She had a huge bag and would bring them to the next meeting.

This got me to thinking about asking other people to also save those soaps you get when you visit hotels but don’t actually use, and I put the word out. Now along with her massive donation, we have had a lot of other people from school give use their travel soap stashes. In fact, we have way more soap then wash clothes!

At one of our next meetings, we will organize as much as we can of them and package them along with the clothes in zip lock bags to give to the shelter. I plan to keep doing this, save the soaps people donated and give them to this shelter and possibly others.

What I love about this idea is that we are using items that many people can donate without any cost to them, and often we pick this kind of thing up when we travel but never end up using them. Plus, members get to learn some crochet and make something really useful even though they are just learning how to crochet for the first time. Win-win!

Paper Crafting Fun

Blogged under My College Craft Club by Tammy on Tuesday 25 October 2011 at 5:40 pm

I am remiss in not having photos to show off, but I promise to get some and post them soon. The craft club has its first and only show November 19th. Ambitious adviser that I am, I agreed that we would have two tables at the show, which means we need to fill two tables!

While members are learning to crochet and loom knit, it is admittedly slow going. In fact, the few yarn items we will have for sale and have been made by me and the other adviser! Though, a few items were started by members and we just finished them off.

Since our Valentine’s cards were hits last spring, we decided to make greeting cards to sell at the show. So now I can breathe a sigh of relief because between the memory wire bracelets and earrings we made already, a few knit hats, and now tons of greeting cards, we will have plenty to fill the tables. Now, if we can manage to sell at least a portion of these items, we will be in great shape!

Weekly Craft Link Time

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 23 October 2011 at 4:39 pm

This is one of the best window spots in the house. I have an old coffee table under the window, and then I cover it with crocheted afghans. So it is a great snuggle as well as look-out spot. Plus, the curtain is just high enough that you can get a little sun sometimes too.

About Family Crafts
The current craft challenge is all about crafting with plastic bags. Submit your project and browse through the pumpkin projects submitted for the last craft challenge.

Aileen’s Musings
Herm and Ethel have arrived for their annual visit. Stop by and say hi and grab this year’s freebie Halloween postcards to download and send to friends and family.

Cindy Gimbrone Beads
Cindy reviews Craft Activism just in time for Make a Difference Day!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a blanket stitched felted flower pattern and tutorial, a chance to win a copy of The Wine Lover’s Devotional, some high fashion clothing details, and a recipe for an oven smoked roast.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Got tea lights? Look at this darling mini birthday cake favor you can make with them. You’ll find directions for a coordinating birthday card as well.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi’s painted silk fabric quilt is almost finished!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
How to make a recycled wool sweater pumpkin with flower die cuts.

Virtual Craft Show

Blogged under Around the Web, Crafty Biz by Tammy on Thursday 20 October 2011 at 10:01 am

Lori Anderson, the brains behind the Bead Soup Blog Party, has cooked up another amazing idea, a Virtual Craft Show. The very small nutshell version of this show is that participants offer to give away merchandise, such as finished jewelry, beads, etc. and Lori will promote them on her weblog during the show. I will be giving away a copy of my latest jewelry book (The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making). I will post more about this when I have more to tell on my end, but you can learn about the basics of her virtual show over at her weblog, Pretty Things.

Crafty Princess Escapes for a Few Days

Blogged under writing by Tammy on Wednesday 19 October 2011 at 12:37 pm

This is the view from my balcony. Yes, the Crafty Princess managed to escape her comfortable domesticity and headed for the big city of Melbourne, Florida for a few days. I attended the 2011 Florida College English Association Conference and stayed overnight at the Crowne Plaza, located right on the beach.

I don’t get out much, and admittedly, I am okay with that. In fact, I really do not like to travel. There, I said it. I’m sure some readers will shake their heads in disbelief, but I love to stay at home, spend time with my husband, play on my computer, read on my Kindle, chill with my cats, and make fun stuff. What’s not to like?

However, I will say that the very few times I venture away from home, I am usually (not always mind you) glad that I did, and this was one of those times. The conference only lasted a few days, and it was very close to home, so I got up super early on the first day and made it there a little after 8am. The first panel started at 9, so I was there in plenty of time. I stayed at the hotel (where the conference was being held), and after listening to some great readings and breaking for lunch, I stopped by the brief mixer and rubbed some elbows, had dinner with my fellow faculty peeps (many of whom I never get to see), and then ended the night with a little crochet and a few stupid TV shows before going to bed. The conference ended the next day with more panels, a speaker, a lunch, and then I was headed back home by about 2:00 that afternoon.

I have attended this particular conference a few times, and it is always refreshing to spend time with fellow English professors. While there are a few of the “celebrity” types who always act like they have never seen me before in their lives, 99% of the attendees are just super nice people, and I always become energizes when I listen to their presentations. I learn about authors I either never heard of before or knew little about. I mull over unique teaching methods some of the presenter share. And, of course, I usually try to present a paper as well. This time, I presented a sort of silly paper about Flannery O’Connor’s South and whether or not we Floridians belong there or not. Luckily, my audience laughed with me and not at me. I was even stopped while walking down the hall by someone who had heard my presentation and commented on how much she liked it, wowie!

While I am not a traveler at heart, I do wish I could do something like this a little more often, including academic as well as craft-related functions (I’m reminded of the Bead Expo I went to years ago in Miami). It is amazing how much I learn from others who are knowledgeable about a topic that is so important to me.

Sqeezing in Academic Publishing

Blogged under Publications from Moi, writing by Tammy on Tuesday 18 October 2011 at 2:59 pm


I tend to spend most of my time writing about crafting, especially jewelry making, so I don’t have a lot of time to write on other topics. Usually, I try to assign myself a non-craft writing project to work on during my summers off from school. That seems to be the only way I can squeeze it in.

Just like any form of publishing, academic publishing takes a really long time. Actually, it can take about 10 times longer than when I write a book. Sometimes, I feel like I am sending my work into a big black hole, ala the Big Bang Theory, only I get zippo for my bang.

So I am very happy to announce that one of my academic articles made it through the universe and landed in a real, true to life book. It is a piece I presented in 2010 at the Florida College English Association Conference. After the conference, I submitted it to be considered as part of the published proceedings, and hot-diggity, it was accepted and just recently published this month! The article is a kind of mix of narrative and analysis entitled “NASA Becomes Nostalgia: Retrospection and Prospects for Florida’s Space Coast.” I just ordered my copy of it this past weekend, using my author’s discount. I hope to get it in my hands very soon!

More Craft Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 16 October 2011 at 4:19 pm

Lola Belle wants to know: Are you ready for Halloween?

Craft Buds
Pick up some free Halloween printables at Craft Buds, including subway art and a cut-and-assemble Halloween banner for your mantle. While you’re there, you can look for the easy fabric pumpkins tutorial, and get your home ready for fall!

Craftside- A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a chance to win a copy of the book The Art of Vintage Journaling and Collage with a tutorial on how to make a rock collage paperweight, a link to enter to win 12 design books along with quotes and eye-candy from Quilt Hall of Fame inductee Nancy Crow and the book Design Matters.

About Family Crafts
Looking for a fun Halloween gift for your neighbors? Check out these fun ideas that will have you ringing the door bell and running!

Lindsay Sews
Modern quilters unite to host the 12 Days of Christmas Sample Quilt Along. Each block will be different, and with only two blocks per week for 6 weeks, it’s easy to join in! Get your fabric ready, because it kicks off in two weeks.

Mixed Media Artist
Piecing the top of a hand-painted silk quilt is like doing a giant puzzle!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
Here is a free crochet tiny ghost pattern.

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen shares a couple of holiday Artist Trading Block’s she created for a swap. Don’t know what an ATB is? Stop by and check them out.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
A sweet pop out card featuring a rubber stamp launch from the Crafter’s Companion is this weeks special post.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Here is a quick and easy tutorial for making vintage-look bottle vases.

School Color Loom Knit Hats

Blogged under Finished Projects, Loom Knitting, My College Craft Club by Tammy on Wednesday 12 October 2011 at 5:07 am

Our school colors are royal blue and bright yellow, so I got the idea to make school color hats. One issue with these Knifty Knitter looms is that you have to either use very thick yarn or double lighter-weight yarn. I bought some Red Heart yarn in royal and bright yellow, and doubled up to make one, of what I hope with be a few more knit loom hats in our school colors.

While club members have taken to the loom pretty well, it still takes a few hours to get one adult hat made, so we haven’t gotten really far in making as many hats as I had hoped in time for our November holiday show. I took a few skeins of yarn home this weekend, and voila, got at least one hat made. I started it Saturday afternoon, made some major project that night while watching a movie with my hubby, and then finished it up the next day. It turned out great. I’m glad to see that my tension is now a lot more even, so there are no weird burgery spots. Now I just have to figure out how much to sell the hats for.

Next Page »