Crochet, Glass, and Ruffles

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 30 June 2013 at 2:43 pm

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are two exclusive projects: a broomstick lace crochet hat and a triple diamond embroidery pattern along with a mixed-media mushroom ATC tutorial and a recipe for mushroom and sweet potato hash.

Gold Glass Sculpture With Solar Light for the Garden
A new glass sculpture from Cherie.

How to Make a Sweet Ruffled Ribbon Card
You’ll find directions for making the pretty Glimmer Mist Ruffled Ribbon as well.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery

How to make a beer can pin cushion from the book Beer Crafts

Jewelry Book Gallery Call for Entries

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Tuesday 25 June 2013 at 4:59 pm

The book is called The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making and covers 10 different types of jewelry making: bead stringing, wire work (like wrapped loops and coils), chain making, fabrication (non-soldered metal jewelry), soldering, metal clay, polymer clay, fiber (crochet, braiding, macramé), resin, and mixed media. It is published by Creative Publishing International, who has asked me to do an update to the previous version published in 2010. The update should be out in spring 2014.

A high resolution (350 dpi resolution) image of each jewelry piece in .TIFF format, jewelry artist’s name and URL, and a brief list of techniques/materials used should be emailed to me at no later than August 30, 2013. Images should have good lighting and be very clear. Signed hardcopy release forms need to be mailed to me no later than August 30, 2013.

For the gallery, I need about 36 pieces that cover either one or a combination of techniques. For example, a piece could be a beaded piece with a resin or metal clay pendant created by the artist. Mixing media and types of jewelry making methods is fine. A few things I’m *not* looking for include pieces that have a great deal of wire wrapping (like the type done in the book Wire Wrapping by Linda Chandler and Christine Ritchey) or bead weaving.

Once submissions are received, they will be reviewed by the author and editor for possible inclusion in the text. Some of this will depend on need and some will depend on quality of design. For example, if I receive 30 bead stringing submissions, obviously, I can’t accept them all no matter how wonderful they are because I need a variety of techniques exhibited in the gallery.

Submission of jewelry pieces made of components primarily made by the artists versus pre-purchased components is encouraged. Jewelry pieces should not be previously published.

The release form surrenders all rights to the image of the piece over to the publisher, but the artist still owns the actual design used. This means the publisher has the right to use the photo of the piece in any form of media from digital to hardcopy. Contributors will receive a copy of the book (furnished by the publisher) but otherwise will receive no monetary compensation. A “by line” and URL of the artist will be included in a caption next to the image of the jewelry piece.

If you are interested, I ask that you run a general design idea by me including materials and techniques used before creating or submitting the piece. Feel free to ask me any questions. I appreciate your interest!

MLM Fascination

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Sunday 23 June 2013 at 12:01 pm

Since joining Thirty-One Gifts as an independent consultant, I have slowly been sucked into what might border on an obsession not only with this company but with the idea of multi-level marketing (MLM) in general. I will call it a fascination; yes, that is a better description of it. I have run my own jewelry business before, and so the idea of selling a product you are passionate about is not really new to me. I did have some success on my own too, but it was a lot of work and I only had me, myself, and I to do it, with the exception of my husband who did help with large endeavors like participating in arts and crafts shows.

One of the perks of joining an MLM is that you are not alone, and the “business” end of your business is in many ways done for you. For example, you don’t need to submit sales tax, create and maintain a web site, or design and manufacture a product. Now on the flip side, you do lose some of the control you would have as the person running everything. I sell Thirty-One products, but I do not get any say in what products they offer. Whatever is in the catalog is what you have to offer. For example, I love the new Flip Flop pattern, but it is only available in 4 of their products. If I was in charge, I would have it available in just about any bag or tote I sold. The two bags pictured above (the Inside-Out Bag and Thermal Mini Zipper Pouch) are in the Best Buds print, and they are my summer go-to bags. I like the Best Buds print, but hey, these would both look great in the Flip Flop print too….just sayin’

After Joining Thirty-One, I started to be aware of the numerous other MLMs that exist. In fact, my sister has thought about joining Thirty-One also, but she is concerned that there are too many consultants where she lives and so it would be too much competition for her to make it work. This kind of prompted me to start searching online for other MLM companies that might work well with the products I sell through Thirty-One with the idea that she and I might be able to help cross promote each other or, at the very least, be customers for one another. As I wandered around the Web, I found a fabulous resource called Home Party Review. It is a blog run by a woman who, like myself, was researching MLMs and realized that there was lots of information out there but not necessarily the type that focused on specifics. So her blog is full of reviews written by consultants from various MLMs that tell you about the products, the company, commission and sales rates, all the stuff you would want to know before joining any type of MLM business. My one issue with this site is that I could not find a date of publication for the reviews, so some of the information could change in the future or may have already changed. Other than that, though, I think this blog is very helpful for anyone who is interested in finding a MLM that will be a perfect fit.

Cards, Crochet, & Cartoons

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 23 June 2013 at 9:18 am

June’s participating in the Index Card a Day challenge… she’s up to 20…

An Eiffel Tower, Solar Light, and Glass
Cherie makes a cheesetastic glass sculpture using Dollar Store materials.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a pattern for a crocheted sun applique, tutorials on how to set up a still life and print with unusual elements along with a recipe for cinnamon scones.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi enjoys a good session of painting her black and white fabric!

Time-Stressed? Laugh at Time with this Crafty Desk Clock
This goofy cartoon calendar desk clock will have you laughing at time rather than feeling stressed by it. It’s very easy to make as well!

Baby Sweater Craftsy Class

Blogged under Craft Classes,Craft Classes Online,crochet and knitting by Tammy on Wednesday 19 June 2013 at 9:02 am

One goal of mine during my summer break was to finish another class, and well, I’m close but I go back too soon to finish the baby sweater project in the Beyond the Rectangle class. I will finish in a few weeks probably, but for whatever reason, I have just been too distracted to really enjoy this class like I though I would. And this has nothing to do with the class. I’m learning a lot about garment construction and crochet in general. I think it is just that I don’t really care about this sweater. I may have someone in mind for it, but there is a good chance he is going to be too big for it by the time I’m done. Plus, even though I’m using cotton yarn, it is summer in Florida. We are already hitting 90 degrees most days. Who wants a sweater?

But, I’m so close to finishing that I have to just put my head down and keep going. I have all the parts finished: 2 sleeves, back, 2 fronts. Next I think we block these, stitch them together, add a trim, and also add buttons and button holes. See what I mean about learning a lot? When I finish this thing, I will have the skills to make me a sweater, so this class is well worth my time. I’m not a huge sweater person; again, um, Florida is not a sweater place, but I have my eye on a few light sweater designs. I have only attempted to make a sweater one time, many, many years ago, and it was a total flop. Once I finish this, I may try again, and at least now, I will have some of the basic skills needed.

City Tweed Hat

Blogged under crochet and knitting,Projects in Progress by Tammy on Monday 17 June 2013 at 8:24 am

I’m almost finished with a hat I am making for my husband. He used to never ask me to make anything for him because he gets hot so easily. However, after I made him some fingerless gloves he used camping during a particularly cold period, he is slowly coming around.

Recently he asked for a hat when I told him I had some leftover yarn from a pair of fingerless gloves I had made for myself. He really liked the color of the yarn. Unfortunately, I had to explain to him that there was not enough of this yarn to make him a hat, and even if there was, it is sock yarn, so it’s kind of thin to use for a hat. Plus, this yarn was hand-dyed by a woman who did not have an active shop any more, and even back when she did, she usually just had sock yarn available. So we went on the hunt for some yarn that he would like and he picked out this City Tweed in Cobalt. I have never used this yarn from Knit Picks before, but this yarn is luscious to work with. It’s 55% Merino wool, 25% superfine alpaca, and 20% Donegal tweed. I got 2 skeins in an Aran/heavy weight.

I’m making him a beanie style hat. The pattern is free and called Soldier Beanie. It’s available through and is used to make hats for soldiers to wear under their helmets. I was just about finished when I had my husband try it on, and he thinks it needs to be longer because he wants it to cover the top part of his neck. I have tried to explain to him that a longer hat will not cover his neck; it will just start to roll at some point, but he won’t be convinced until I try to do it. Maybe I will be proven wrong, but I’m now working on trying to get him to let me make him a matching cowl or scarf.

Templates, Beads, Quilts, Fonts, & Father’s Day

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Sunday 16 June 2013 at 9:14 am

Bead embroidered quilt
Cyndi has put together a tiny little art quilt which uses her new favorite forms of bead embroidery!

Celebrate Independence Day with Free Templates
The Artful Crafter has free party favor templates: one for Canada Day (July 1) and one for U.S. Independence Day (July 4).

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to make a heart doodled Father’s Day card, 20 ways to draw a hedgehog, rubber stamp on a tortilla with food coloring and some fun kangaroo art.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
How to make a recycled magazine font Father’s Day card.

Amigurumi Doll Done!

Blogged under amigurumi,Charity Crafting by Tammy on Tuesday 11 June 2013 at 10:10 am

Ta da! She’s done, and she’s a monster size at 20 inches tall. Compared to many amigurumi projects I do, it seems like she took forever to make, but luckily, I recorded her progress under my project section, and it says there that I started her on May 26, 2013. I finished her today, June 11, 2013. So 17 days is not that bad when I consider how large she is and the fact that I didn’t necessary work on her a ton each day. The last few days I have been focused on finishing her, but before that, I took it pretty leisurely as I worked on this project.

Once I made the dress, I realized that this gal needed some undies, and I like the idea of how the pattern (A Doll Like Me from Fresh Stitches) has the clothes of the doll either attached or stitched as part of the constructions (like the shoes for example). This way, the clothes are not lost as some point later. After finishing the dress, which I also embellished with a little flower, I went back and used a similar technique to the dress and gave her some “boy shorts” style undies.

Though she’s pretty large, I have plenty of yarn to make another doll, so I’m plotting and planning now. I am not sure if I will make one very similar to her or change it up a little, maybe different hair or different outfit.

Doll’s Dress – The End is Near

Blogged under amigurumi by Tammy on Monday 10 June 2013 at 1:51 pm

The doll’s parts and pieces are now attached, but the girl is naked! Now it is time to crochet her dress, and that means I am “this close” to finishing her. Funny that when I was about half way through this project, I was asking myself “What possessed me to make this huge doll?” She is measuring 20 inches high!

Now, however, that I see the end is near, I can’t help but think about doing doll # 2.

Quilts, Glitter, & Father’s Day Ideas

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 9 June 2013 at 8:59 am

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to make a glitter mushroom Zentangle ATC and how to paint a single value painting, an interview with Carla and Steve Sonheim, and a recipe for chocolate cherry preserves.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi has started a new quilt inspired by…are you ready for this?…turkey vultures!

Printable Coupons for Father’s Day
Looking for a fast and fun gift for Father’s Day? Look no further!

Publishing a Creative Planner
Cherie works on her goal of creative a new and different planner.

Where do You Find Your Inspiration?
Eileen tells what has inspired her lately. Please share in the comments what inspires YOU to create.

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