Making Molds, Free Templates, Jewelry Inspirations

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 9 June 2014 at 9:18 am

Fluttering Monarch Butterfly Flies Out to Meet Card Recipient
You’ll find the directions and downloadable template on The Artful Crafter. Be sure not to miss the video of the butterfly in flight!

A Bead A Day
Sometimes you just gotta resort to smiley faces! Lisa shares how she started off her week with a smiley face bracelet packed with personality!

Mixing Jewelry and Drawing
Andrew brings together his training as a fine artist and a jewelry-maker to create these fun “drawing brooches.”

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!
Jean reviews the fun-loving and chic jewelry design book, STYLISH JEWELRY MADE SIMPLE !

Resin Crafts Blog
Did you know you can make a mold in 25 minutes? Really, what are you waiting for?

Fan Afghan Begins

Blogged under crochet and knitting,Projects in Progress by Tammy on Saturday 7 June 2014 at 2:02 pm



I’m starting another baby afghan. This one has a designated home for sure. My niece is expecting, and she likes bright colors, specifically yellow, turquoise, green, and orange. I had about 3 skeins of Vanna’s Choice Baby yarn in the Sweet Pea colorway in my baby yarn stash, and I ordered some additional Knit Picks Brava yarn in Canary. Because Knit Picks tends to be a little thinner than most yarns, I went with bulky for this, and it’s working.



See here I started adding the yellow yarn, super bright and cheerful! I found the stitch, called Fan Stitch, in a stitch dictionary, and I plan to make 10 rows of each color. I’m using a size J hook, and I started with about 120 chain stitches. The stitch is very addicting, and so I hope to whip this afghan out really fast.

Free Crochet Craftsy.com Class

Blogged under Crafty Videos,crochet and knitting by Tammy on Thursday 5 June 2014 at 2:30 pm



I’m taking a brief break from my Knit Lab Craftsy class while I finish up another baby afghan so decided to watch a new class I signed up for called “Amazing Crochet Textures.” It is a free class offered by Craftsy and is taught by Drew Emborsky (aka The Crochet Dude). The class includes five lessons (I’m about half way through them so far) and covers elements for creating textures with yarn stitches like the cables and post stitches. Like most classes from Craftsy, it centers around a project, so you actually make something while you learn various techniques. For this class, the project is a 34 x 42 inch afghan. Written and charted instructions are provided in a downloadable pdf file.

Drew is a wonderful instructor and gives very clear explanations and helpful tips as he goes through each part of the process. I like that this class is for someone that has a little crochet experience but is not necessarily an expert. I think you should be able to do chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet before taking this class, but that’s about all you need to know, and those are pretty simple stitches most beginners learn right away.

So other than it’s a great class, hey, this is a free class! Go sign up for it now, seriously! Did I saw it was free? Hopefully, we will see more of Drew on Craftsy as well as more crochet classes. I love that there are lots of knitting classes, but we crochters need more choices over there too.

Put a Fork in It: 1st Knitted Craftsy Project

Blogged under learning2knit by Tammy on Monday 2 June 2014 at 4:22 pm



Here it is blocked, tails woven in, all done, my first Knit Lab project! I already knew garter stitch fairly well before taking this class, and I had a little bit of a handle on purling. However, along with covering those stitches, this project taught me how to knit two stitches together, yarn over, and steam block. And I kind of like the finished project because it’s small and relatively fast to make.

The yarn is from Drew Emborsky’s Decades line of yarns in the Iconic blend and Fer Sure colorway. I used size 7 needles, just some very old aluminum Boyes my mom gave me from her old knitting stash, as she no longer knits.

The next project in the class is another scarf (le sigh….really tired of scarves I have to admit), but I’m pressing on and hope to finish this class before my summer break is over.

ChiagoGoo Goodness and a Chunk O’Yarn

Blogged under aquisitions,learning2knit by Tammy on Sunday 1 June 2014 at 10:21 am



Since I happened to be in the area near a favorite yarn store of mine this weekend (Knit and Stitch Boutique), I decided to go ahead and get supplies for the Circular Knit Lab Craftsy class I plan to complete after I finish the current Knit Lab class I’m taking. The projects for this next class require double pointed needles and circular needles. I am still finding my way through knitting so hoped the knowledgeable people at the shop could help me, and they did. They are always so nice and friendly there.



I ended up with this huge cake of Marble Chunky yarn in the blue/violet colorway. Believe it or not, it’s acrylic, but I loved the color mix, and hey, washable is always a good thing. Plus, it was $15. Some of the other yarn I was fondling was going to run a lot more, and while I do believe in using good materials even when you are starting out, I was not up for making a $50 hat just yet.



The lady in the shop who was helping me suggested ChiaoGoo needles. Since I have not heard anything bad about this brand and have really no basis for comparison, I went with her suggestion. The tube connecting the circulars feels very flexible, and the bamboo parts have really nice points on them. Of course, I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that to make 1 hat I need all these needles, but luckily I didn’t spend a ton on my purchase, just a tad over $30, which is a record low for me in this shop.

Ornaments, Beads, Earrings, and Yarn Goodness

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 1 June 2014 at 9:02 am

Mixed Media Artist
Will this be the summer that you add altered books and handmade journals to your repertoire?

Beachy Souvenir Copper Coin Earrings
These drop earrings were made using souvenir pressed coins from Busch Gardens and Sea World in San Diego. Pressing them through the machine is fun, but then you get home and wonder, “What am I ever going to do with these?” Here’s one solution!

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!
Jean has some free and very cool project tutorials, including one she created herself! These include a variety of cool techniques–sure to appeal to all creative people!

Of Faces and Fairies
Charlene finds some gorgeous handmade fairy face pendants and charms she just has to share.

Learn to Knit
Yippy – doo – dah – day! With the help up the Knit Lab Craftsy class, the Craftsy Princess is learning to knit, for real!

Art Bead Scene
Check out Claire Lockwood’s neat tutorial for using flower bud beads to create some beautiful earrings.

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
A sleepless night results in some cool, Day of the Dead Sugar Skull ornaments.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
I have a new necklace featuring small pendants created from vintage french brocade ribbon.

Resin Crafts Blog
Wondering what else can be done with Washi tape? Try embedding it in resin, it looks amazing!

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