Doll Couture

Blogged under Good Books,Sew Simple by Tammy on Sunday 17 August 2014 at 11:14 am

Serious sewers will often have a stash of fabric scraps that are not large enough to make wearable items for themselves, but they hate to just toss them out. If you are not into quilting, then what do you do them? How about doll clothes! I received a press release about a new book on making doll clothes that seems like a good fit for fabric scrapers out there. Here are some details from the publisher:

“Running Press is proud to introduce Doll Couture: Handcrafted Fashions for 18-inch Dolls, a book that takes the unique fashions and DIY sensibilities of Hankie Couture to a new height. It showcases a striking array of original garments for the vastly popular 18-inch dolls (American Girl size). Everything from dresses to pants and shoes were meticulously crafted from vintage handkerchiefs, table cloths, tea towels, laces, embroidered linens, pillowcases, table runners, and more. The book showcases Marsha’s exquisite fashions and includes sewing instructions and 9 original patterns so you can recreate her designs. It will inspire you to unleash your imagination in transforming your own treasured heirlooms or colorful flea-market finds into one-of-a-kind ensembles.”

It retails for $22.00 US/$25.50 CAN. There is also a Kindle edition available.

Beads and Sparkles!

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 17 August 2014 at 10:06 am

Art Bead Scene
Check out Brandi’s art bead palette of the month!

A Bead A Day
Are you wearing sparkle today? Would you give up your exercise time to make something sparkly?

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Andrew shares the Reveal for the latest design challenge, Dark Bloom.

Craft Organizing
Tips for organizing or not organizing depending on how things go!

Resin Crafts Blog
Super easy coasters with resin and glitter!

How to Repair Beaded Fringe
Here’s how to DIY bead fringe repair or find a pro. BTW, craft repair is a very nice niche especially as a supplement to selling items you make from scratch.

Beading Arts
Cyndi has a review of Irina Miech’s new book, Finding Style. You’ll love all the new components that are available now!

Podcast Episode 2: Getting Organized, Or Not

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast by Tammy on Monday 11 August 2014 at 11:54 am

Spicy Shelf Discount Code & Giveaway

Picture of Little Dude

Morehouse Farm

Fresh Stitches Patterns

Shelf Organizing Giveaway – Spicy Shelf

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Sunday 10 August 2014 at 1:04 pm

I am always trying to get my house and studio organized. I’m sure I’m not alone when it comes to figuring out how to get all your crafting and other home items organized but still easy to get to when you need them, so I was interested when I was contacted by the folks of Spicy Shelf. This product is obviously originally designed with the idea of organizing spice bottles and tins in your kitchen cabinets, but there are lots of other uses for it, not just for the kitchen. You could organize paints, bottles of beads, or even rubber stamps on these shelves that you insert into a cabinet. If you go over to the Spicy Shelf web site, you’ll see a video of how it easily assembles, no special tools are needed.

And….they are offering the readers of Crafty Princess Diaries not only a discount but a chance to win a set for free! Yup!

To receive a $5.00 discount on two sets that normally retail for $19.95, use the promotion code SPICE5. (That is a 5 on the end, not the letter S by the way).

If you want to get a chance to win a set for free, then comment on this post and just tell me something about organizing your crafting supplies. Do you have a good tip? Are you struggling with ways to tackle your craft supplies? Just mention anything related to organizing your crafting supplies in the comments no later than 8/15 eastern time midnight. Make sure to include your email address so that I can contact you if you win, and you will have 3 days to reply in order to receive the prize. This is open to anyone living in the Continental US, and the prize will be mailed out by Spicy Shelf, who will need a street address to deliver to if you are the winner. One winner will be randomly selected.

Decoupage, Keepsakes, Bracelets!

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Sunday 10 August 2014 at 12:41 pm

A Bead A Day
Lisa shares her love for tiny little jewelry making elements. It doesn’t take much for her inner child to make an appearance!

How to Add an Antique Finish to Decoupage
Antiquing a decoupage project is very simple, but it’s important to do steps in the proper order.

Resin Crafts Blog
Learn to make the Charming Charlie Keepsake Bracelet – Created for Scrapbooking.Com Magazine

Carmi’s Art
A closer look at my resin projects published in Tammy Powley’s “The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making.”

Podcast Pilot
The princess puts herself out there in her pilot podcast!

Beading Arts
Buttons make a wonderful accent on a bead embroidered bracelet!

Break the Rules Bead Embroidery – Book Review

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Friday 8 August 2014 at 4:58 pm

Break the Rules Bead Embroidery: 22 Jewelry Projects Featuring Innovative Materials (Bead Inspirations) by Diane Hyde is a combination of projects that include bead embroidery, found objects, and mixed-media. It is published by Lark and come out in May 2014. It retails for $24.95 in the US and $26.95 in Canada.

Definitely the projects and techniques in this book will appeal to jewelry makers who have a certain type of fun and whimsical taste when it comes to making jewelry. You will find anything from a cuff bracelet that has baby chickens attached to it to heirloom-looking necklaces created with filigree components and photocopied photographs. All of the jewelry designs are dramatic and “out there” and not for the faint of heart. Reading through the list of tools and supplies needed for each project reminded me of reading through the list of ingredients in a gourmet recipe: there are a lot of them! And while some of them may be a little unique (like the little chickens), there are found objects that you may already have around your house that you can use like thimbles, scrabble tiles, and dice.

As I said, the projects are dramatic, not something you would wear if you don’t want to be seen. However, I could also see how some of these could easily be toned down a little for more day-to-day wearable pieces if you wanted to go in that direction. For example, the “Snap Out of It Necklace” incorporates tiny shells, crystals, and gold and natural colored seed beads. It is a beautiful piece and not as ornate as some of the other designs.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to make statement pieces that are fun and daring. You should also probably have a fair amount of jewelry experience; however, I will say that there are a large number of step by step color photographs for each project, which would be helpful for adventurous beginners.

Racing to Destash!

Blogged under crochet and knitting by Tammy on Wednesday 6 August 2014 at 3:10 pm

Woot! Another project done and more yardage is finished for Destash 2014! I now have 106 yards to go to reach my 5k goal. Tomorrow is the deadline. I just have to figure out what to work on next. I’m in the mood to knit, but I am not that fast so don’t know if I’ll manage to finish my current knitting project, a basket weave scarf.

Princess Podcast! Episode 1: The Pilot

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast by Tammy on Tuesday 5 August 2014 at 11:47 am

Woot! I did it! I published my first crafting podcast. It is very low-tech, just a webcam and me and some crafting goodies. Depending on how this first episode goes, I may do more. I am still figuring that all out. Under the embedded video are some links to web sites I mention. Feel free to let me know what you think 🙂

My Youtube Channel

Blu Mudd

The Knit Girllls

Fresh Stitches

The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making, 2nd Edition: 15 New Projects, New Gallery – More than 700 Large Color Photos

601 Yards to Stash Dash

Blogged under Projects in Progress by Tammy on Saturday 2 August 2014 at 4:04 pm

The Knit Girllls’ Stash Dash 2014 ends on August 7, and I am only 601 yards away from crocheting/knitting 5468 yards to make it to the end of the dash. I have a number of projects in the works, but I really want to meet this goal, so I’ve set those aside and started, what else, but a good old granny square baby afghan.

I still have baby yarn that I’d like to see out of the stash too, so I picked up some Bernat Baby Softee and started today. This skein is 395 yards, and I probably have a good half skein still after this left from a previous project. 601….I can do this!

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