Ankle Warmers

Blogged under Finished Projects, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Thursday 29 December 2011 at 10:20 am

Here is another gift I can finally share since Christmas is over. My niece is a dance teacher, and so of course, I decided to go with a “dance” theme for her gifts. I made these ankle warmers using a free pattern called Heat Wave Ankle Warmers from Designs by KN and Vanna’s Choice yarn in black, and I also included a ballet calendar and a resin pendant that has ballet shoes on it. I wish I could say I made the pendant, but that was one of the presents I bought off Etsy. This was from the Crystal Bouquet, and at the time, there was a buy 2 get one free deal going on. So I bought the ballet shoes pendant for my niece, a light house one for my sister, and I treated myself to the “free” pendant, which was the princess and the pea.

The ankle warmers were super fast to make, and since you work in the back loop of the stitches, they have a lot of stretch to them when you are finished. Hopefully, she finds them useful as she teaches little girls their right foot from their left foot!

Glittery Yarn Bag

Blogged under Finished Projects, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Tuesday 27 December 2011 at 6:59 am

Finally now that Christmas is behind us I can show off some of the presents I made. Above is one that I am particularly happy with. It is a little drawstring bag made using Vanna’s Glamour yarn in platinum. I made it for my sister, and then put a small calendar and necklace inside of it, so the bag worked as the wrapping of the gift. The pattern I used is from Lion Brand and is called the Shimmer Bag.

I loved working with this yarn, and the bag is very fast to make since most of the stitching is single crochet in the round. So I made a second Shimmer Bag for a friend, and this time I used the same brand of yarn but in ruby. I also made the strap longer. I thought it would be a little more functional if you could put it on your shoulder or at least hang it from your wrist, so I made the strap twice as long, and then I knotted the ends together.

I’m on Pinterest

Blogged under Social Networking by Tammy on Monday 26 December 2011 at 8:06 am

I know that I do not need another social network to suck up my time, but the visual aspect of Pinterest lured me in. I am slowing pinning my boards and following others over there. Come by if you want and pin me.

Merry Christmas & Some Crafting Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 25 December 2011 at 2:00 pm

The Crafty Princess household is enjoying a relaxing Christmas Day at home, and we wish you all a wonderful Christmas and awesome (soon to be) New Year. Here are a few craft links you may enjoy as you sip some eggnog today.

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen gussied up a shipping tag for Christmas with a beautiful stained glass look. Check out her step by step tutorial.

Carmi’s Art/Life World

This week Carmi has a great rubber stamped project - that can be showcased as an ornament!

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Make these cute clothespin Christmas ornaments. Eileen shows a skier, but you could also do a nutcracker or skinny Santa.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi has decided to play around with marbling fabrics…come and find out how it went!

5th Bead Soup Blog Party Starting Soon!

Blogged under Around the Web, Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Saturday 24 December 2011 at 5:43 pm

Bead Soup Blog Party

Lori Anderson is about to start the fifth Bead Soup Blog Party. Registration runs January 7th through the 9th. Because these are so popular, she is going to set up participation via a lottery, with a cut off of 200 participants. For all the details about registration, participation, and the party rules, click on the image above, and you will be transported to her weblog that has all the 411 on how you can possibly be part of the next round of bead soup partying.

Pleasant Local Yarn Shop Visit

Blogged under Fiber Fun, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Thursday 22 December 2011 at 10:10 am

Not surprisingly, there are not a ton of local yarn shops (LYS) in Florida. Before today, the only other time I actually visited one (and it not just a yarn shop but it was a stitching shop too) was about 15 years ago. I was working 30 plus miles south of where I now live, and this place was nearby where I worked. I went there a few times during my lunch hour.

The LYS I visited yesterday, Yarn It in Port Saint Lucie, opened about a year ago, but it was in downtown Ft. Pierce, an area I try to avoid for a number of reasons; however, a few months ago, the shop moved a little closer to me. It took me a while to find the place because it was not at all where I mentally pictured it, and though it is in a plaza right off US1, it is tricky getting into the plaza because there is no direct entrance. But my persistence paid off, especially after I called a friend who I knew went to the gym near there and had told me about the yarn shop being in the same plaza.

I often hear that some yarn shops can have an attitude (sort like some bead shops). This can be especially true of shops that cater more to knitters than crocheters, but that is not the case at all with Yarn It. The owner, Celeste Briglia, actually knits and crochets. In fact, there were some Crochet Today magazines on the counter, an immediate sign of a crochet friendly shop.

I am not sure exactly what I was expecting. Walls and walls of yarn and dark wood all around maybe? But what I found was an open and airy shop with a specialized selection of unique yarns that I have to admit were kind of over my head. I am used to shopping at big box stores like Michael’s, and you just are not going to find hand-spun yarn at a big box store. Of course, there were lots of other yarn related items, including some vintage books and magazines. But I was there for the yarn.

Since I purchased Intermediate Scarves and Stitches, I needed yarn for the first project. Okay, honestly, I don’t really need yarn. While my stash does not rival many dedicated yarn crafters’, I will say it is plenty healthy. So I will say instead that I wanted some yarn for my first project, and of course, when you go to a yarn shop, heck, you are going to by yarn, no?!

I hope to go back and get some more yarn education and learn more about what she has, but as I said, I felt sort of out of my element. I told Celeste about my project, and she helped me pick out some pretty purple Lambs Pride Super Wash bulky from Brown Sheep Company. It was $6.10 for 110 yards, and I bought two, so that is not too bad considering I’m taking a step up from acrylic.

My eyes also locked onto some way cool looking yarn made in Italy, la lana Asia. It is the swirly pink, blue, purple skeins pictured above. It is bumpy and full of texture, and it probably isn’t the best for a beginning knitter, but I loved it and it bought two skeins with the idea I could make a scarf with it as well. It was $9.20 for 100 grams, and it is made of 60% merino, 9% alpaca, 5% nylon, and 26% acrylic.

I set my skeins on the car seat next to me, and as I was driving home I noticed that the purple wool yarn actually looked good next to the Asia yarn because of the little bits of purple in the swirls, so I have decided to make a loom knit hat with the Asia and that way I will have a matching purple scarf. At least some day I will have a purple scarf since I am very slow at knitting compared to crochet.

I will keep you posted on my progress, and of course, I plan to squeeze in time to visit the yarn shop again. I do not see myself giving up my big box acrylics, but it would be nice to infuse my yarn work with some unique yarns once in awhile.

Knitfreedom Holiday Sale and More Princess Knitting Adventure

Blogged under crochet and knitting by Tammy on Tuesday 20 December 2011 at 1:53 pm

I have to admit I have not been into the knitting like I had hoped. I used the free e-book at Knitfreedom.com and knitted a few scarves, and I have been dabbling with a knitted scarf using thinner needles and yarn, but I eventually just frogged it because I just had too many dropped stitches. I have been loom knitting and doing crochet much more than attending to my knitting lessons.

That may be changing, though, because I just scored a new e-book from Knitfreedom.com that is a follow-up book to her free one. It is called Intermediate Scarves and Stitches, and it just came out and it is also on sale right now for 30% off. In fact, I think all of her e-books are on sale up until the 12/26, but this book is one I have been waiting for. After making 2 scarves, I hesitate to call myself intermediate, but I was so impressed with her instructions in the free e-book that I feel pretty confident that I will learn something from this second one. Plus, they have really good support over on her Ravelry.com group.

All my Christmas gifts are made, and now I’m picking up the sticks again!

Take It Easy with Weekly Craft Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 18 December 2011 at 5:55 pm

Herbie and Coco suggest just taking it easy and surfing these crafting links:

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen shows you how she took pre made cards and embellished them to make her own Christmas cards she mailed out this year.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Carmi enters the Friendship Bracelet world and learns a thing or two.

Craft Buds
Turn that old wool sweater into a personalized keepsake. Learn how to make a monogram sweater ornament, embellished with jingle bells.

Craft. You.
Meet Jenny Barnett-Rohrs of Craft Test Dummies this week on Craft. You.!

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a double giveaway featuring books and Styrofoam shapes along with tutorials and patterns for Christmas painting and knitting along with a recipe for vegan nut butter dip and some adorable photos of our newest Amineko.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
“Santa Claus is coming to town.” Are you ready for The Artful Crafter’s annual Christmas Parade of Crafts?

Lindsay Sews
With the holiday ornament swap complete, you can check out photos of the lovely handmade ornaments–including bacon!

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Madge turns some styrofoam and sparkly things into a Retrofabulous Suzy Snowflake Snowlady!

Mixed Media Artist
Crochet a really nifty gift in just about two hours!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery

How to make a yarn ball and dpn Christmas tree.

Christmas Stocking for the Critters

Blogged under Free Craft Projects by Tammy on Saturday 17 December 2011 at 5:14 pm

Each of our pets have their own small stockings that we hang from the tree every year. I realized a few weeks ago that now that we have our new crew of cats we have to decorate some stocking for each of them, so on my latest trip to Michael’s, I picked up some stockings and glitter glue.

The stockings were about .60 cents each, and the pack of glitter glue in various colors was $2.00.  Now, I will warn you - this is messy business! As you can see from the photo above, I had a little pink glitter accident from the get-go.

But, once I got my groove on, I managed to get all four cats’ stockings finished and drying.

Now they are officially ready to Santa to come visit.

Spilling the Beans about My Jewelry Kits

Blogged under Crafty Biz, Publications from Moi by Tammy on Wednesday 14 December 2011 at 10:41 am

They don’t look like much, but pictured above are 48 jewelry making kits I packed and mailed out the other day to a new wholesale customer, Annie’s Attic. A few summers ago, I finally put together 4 earring kits and tutorials and put them up on my Crafty Princess Etsy Shop. They did okay as far a sales, but honestly, I did very little to promote them. I squeezed out the time to design the kits (which takes a major chunk by the way), but then I didn’t have time to do the follow up marketing that I needed to do.

Then a few weeks ago, I was contacted by a rep from Annie’s Attic about selling some of my kits wholesale. Luckily, I have had enough experience selling my finished jewelry that I knew when I put these together that I needed to price them so that I could sell them either retail or wholesale. The thing with wholesale pricing that turns some designers off is that you don’t get as much per item, but you have to remember that someone who buys from you wholesale is not going to just buy one item. In fact, if anyone asks to do that the person is not really a wholesaler at all.

I ended up selling them two different kit designs, 24 kits each, for a total of 48 kits. Since I just mailed these out, they are not up on the company’s web site yet, but as soon as they are, I will blab about it some more. I really enjoy making the kits. They combine my designing and writing skills, and I end up with a product that I can sell over and over again instead of just one time. I have some more kit ideas floating around in my head, so hopefully this is just the beginning of a new (successful) venue for me.

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