Sprucing Up YouTube Channel

Blogged under Crafty Videos by Tammy on Monday 30 December 2013 at 1:48 pm



I had to go with “Craft Princess” for my YouTube channel because it would not allow me to use “Crafty,” but hey, I have a channel, and it is growing. I have a smattering of craft videos I have made over there, and I hope to make more. I just finished getting it a little better organized. So take a look when you get a chance: Craft Princess YouTube Channel. I am checking into upgrading my video camera and basic video set up so I will have a tripod and a few extra bells and whistles. If you think of any craft topics you would like me to cover, let me know!

New Year and New Projects and Ideas

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 29 December 2013 at 10:42 am

A Bead A Day
Is it over or just beginning? Lisa’s asking the same question and sharing her bead selections for a New Year’s eve project.

Resin and Rhinestones
Charlene experiments with resin and vintage rhinestone components and shares the results.

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!
Cue the flashback optical illusions as Jean goes from the beginning piece of jewelry she made in 2013 to the final piece of the year, and explains why they were created and for whom!

Ornaments With Beads and Baubles
Sure, Christmas is over… but you’ll still want to make these super easy peasy ornaments.

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Andrew just returned from filming an episode of the PBS show, “Beads, Baubles and Jewels”. Check out his thoughts about the journey.

Cheap Christmas Wreath: from Puny to Grand in 2 Steps
Does last year’s wreath or an inexpensive one you bought need a bit more pizazz? Let’s kick it up a notch.

Looking at Yarn Sizes

Blogged under Crafty Videos by Tammy on Saturday 28 December 2013 at 10:01 am

This is another video geared toward the newbie yarn crafter where I look at the different sizes or thicknesses of yarn and talk about a little about what they are typically used to make when knitting or crocheting. My video helper, Lola, was really interested in all the yarns spread out on the table, so I sound a little breathless since I finally had to put her in the other room while I filmed this quickly. She was not happy about that either!

Newsletter Sign-Up

Blogged under Social Networking,writing by Tammy on Friday 27 December 2013 at 4:51 pm

I have been banging my head against a technology wall for awhile trying to figure out a way to publish a newsletter for this blog. I tried plug-ins that didn’t work. I checked into various free services and paid services. Finally, I found one that I hope will be a good fit for this blog and for me. I have a link to it on the side bar (top right), but for those who have not seen that yet, please pop over using this link and sign up for the Crafty Princess Diaries Newsletter. Woot!

Big Changes for the Crafty Princess in 2014

Blogged under writing,Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Thursday 26 December 2013 at 3:08 pm


2014 has some big changes in store for me, beginning with a BIG announcement: December 31, 2013 will be my last day as the About.com Jewelry Making Guide. I have to admit that I have very mixed emotions about this. I’m happy and sad at the same time. I started the site from nothing back in 1998 when About.com was The Mining Company. It is difficult to explain all the hats I wore during 15+ years I worked at this freelance job, but you can kind of think of it as running a mini online magazine where I was the designer, editor, proof reader, writer, photographer, link checker, HTML coder, etc, etc.

I am sure there are many people who are wondering if it was my decision or the company’s, and I have to say it was a little of both. My contract was not renewed, but I didn’t expect it to be. In fact, it was kind of a relief that it wasn’t because I have had a hard time letting go, even though I knew it was past time for me to leave. I won’t go into details because I would have to write a dissertation to explain it all, but the nutshell version is that I was not happy there anymore.  I have been planning to leave for well over a year. Every other month I would tell my husband, “This is it. Don’t plan on another check from this job. I’m done!”

I still enjoy making jewelry and plan to continue to design and write about jewelry making and other crafts on my Crafty Princess Diaries blog as well as some other outlets I’m exploring, so I’m not disappearing from the jewelry and craft web world. In fact, I’m looking forward to some new opportunities.

ETA: Also, I have a Raverly group for those who would liked to join: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/crafty-princess-diaries

Decorating a Stocking with Fabric Paint

Blogged under Projects in Progress by Tammy on Monday 23 December 2013 at 3:59 pm

It has been a tradition in my family that each furry child has his or her own Christmas stocking. I usually pick the small stockings up at my local Michael’s for a dollar each, and then I use fabric paint to paint their names on each one. Here are a few photos of one I just made today for our latest addition to the family.




Make sure when you purchase your stocking that there is some place (I prefer the top) where you can write the name. Also, be careful of any stockings that are extra flurry. That can be difficult to add fabric paint to.



I haven’t had to make one in a while, but we had a recent addition to the clan this past October. His name is “Little” because, to us at least, he is little. I was calling him “Little Dude” and my husband was calling him “Little Guy” when we first found him. Our other dogs are around 80 pounds, so at 50 pounds, Little seems like a small dog to us. I’m just waiting for the paint to dry before adding his stocking to the others on our tree. Luckily, it will be ready in plenty of time for Santa.

Cookies, Mix-Media, Dough Ornaments

Blogged under amigurumi by Tammy on Sunday 22 December 2013 at 10:20 am

Heritage Christmas Cookie Recipes
Caught up in the holiday whirl? Take time to think back on family holiday traditions. Heritage cookie recipe included!

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi reviews a new book that all mixed media artists are going to want to check out!

ACreativeDream
June has step by step directions for making a skinny Santa Christmas ornament from salt dough!

Walk by Faith Print
Cherie makes a print to remind her of her favorite Bible verse.

Join Crafty Princess Diaries on Ravelry

Blogged under Around the Web,Social Networking by Tammy on Sunday 22 December 2013 at 10:15 am


I have started a Crafty Princess Diaries group on Ravelry and would love some company over there. Here is the link: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/crafty-princess-diaries

The group is for crafty princesses and princess who make any type of crafts, not just fiber related, so stop by and introduce yourself.

Fast Holiday Craft Projects!

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 15 December 2013 at 3:28 pm

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi continues to collect and share fast and easy projects…it’s not too late to make these for Christmas!

Homemade Gifts to Make Even If You’re Not That Crafty
Some ideas for giving gifts with the homemade touch.

I’ll be Darned – You Can Design Your Own Custom Yarn!
Check out this Yarnia Custom Yarn Creator sales video. Darned cute!

Ornaments, Cards, and Wreaths

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 8 December 2013 at 10:23 am

Uniquely You Christmas Ornaments
There are many ways to put a personal touch on Christmas ornaments. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts

ACreativeDream
June has been making Christmas ornaments, and is going to create a tutorial for one, based on what her readers want. So, come on over and let her know which you think should be turned into a tutorial!

Mixed Media Christmas Card
Cherie uses old paper, paint, and pictures to create a holiday card.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi has been collecting some awesome ideas for making holiday wreaths!

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