Video: Amigurumi Tip 1

Blogged under amigurumi,Crafty Videos by Tammy on Wednesday 29 July 2015 at 7:53 am

This is the first tip in a video series I have in the works. Enjoy! And feel free to add your own tips in the comments.

Come by for Crafting Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 26 July 2015 at 2:57 pm

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

Check out Andrew’s new bronze creations and find out what he plans to do with them!

Robot Love

Enjoy some fun amigurumi & learn about a few crafting giveaways.

Connie Gee’s SAL

Connie has started up a free SAL. Join the Connie Gee’s Stitchers group on Facebook to share your progress photos. Find out how to get started.

Silhouette Studio – Tedious Tasks Made Easy

Silhouette Studio conquers two card making issues. Two-sided projects don’t align well with desktop printers. Many pieces mean tedious cutting & varied results.

Art Bead Scene

Meet Julie of Uglibeads, one of our fantastic new Art Bead Scene contributors (and FYI, her beads are the opposite of ugly!)

Table Transformation

Cherie transforms an old table into a fun piece for the living room.

Beading Arts

Make a teeny tiny little bead embroidered pendant! It’s fast, easy, and a great way to try stitching with the smaller seed beads.

Video: Amazing Blythe Exhibit

Blogged under dolls art/collecting,My Crafty News by Tammy on Saturday 25 July 2015 at 9:02 am

If you caught Episode 24 of my Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast, then you know I’ve been falling down the art doll world. The more I learn, the more fascinated I’m becoming. So when I found this video that shows off amazing Blythe dolls that have been re-imagined into little miniature works of art, I had to share. Get a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy!

Video: Amigurumi Robot Love – Episode 24

Blogged under amigurumi,Crafty Princess Podcast by Tammy on Wednesday 22 July 2015 at 11:18 am

Time to take a break and craft with me! Come watch Episode 24 of my Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast.

My Etsy Shop

My Novel, Crafting Memories

You can find me at these social networks.

Video: Subscriber Giveaway

Blogged under CFEs/Contests,Crafty Videos by Tammy on Saturday 18 July 2015 at 12:05 pm

I have a new giveaway going on to help boost my YouTube subscribers. It is super easy to enter, so watch this 2+ minute video to get all the details and enter to win today!

Craft Links to Enjoy

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 18 July 2015 at 9:09 am

DIY Crochet Bead and Wire Crochet Necklace

Learn how to crochet wire and beads into a fun, whimsical necklace. Here is the link to my video on how to crochet a chain stitch.

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

So many beautiful creations were made for the latest challenge, Endless Sky. Check out what all the participants made!

Review of Crafting Memories by Tammy Powley

Crafting Memories is the well-known craft author’s first book of fiction and it’s a very good read as career struggles mix with family scandal.

Yarn Review & Subscriber Giveaway

The Crafty Princess takes a look at a popular yarn used for knitting/crocheting baby items and has a YouTube subscriber giveaway in the works.

Mum’s the Word

This free pattern from Connie Gee’s Designs is suitable for cross-stitch, needlepoint, and beadwork. Use the small design to experiment with different flosses or techniques.

Beading Arts

Cyndi’s been going to town making Shamballa bracelets! Here she shows you how to make smaller feminine ones using cords and cupchain.

Art Bead Scene

Check out Rebecca’s roundup of ocean-inspired beads for this week!

Video: Baby Yarn Review & Subscriber Giveaway

Blogged under Crafty Products,Crafty Videos by Tammy on Thursday 16 July 2015 at 9:09 am

There are lots of different types of yarns on the market used for making baby items like clothing, afghans, and toys. In this video, I take a look at one from Bernat.

When you watch the video, make sure to head over to my YouTube channel and subscribe. I have a giveaway in the works, which I will be announcing in an up coming video. Subscribers receive automatic email notifications when I post a new video. Subscribe now so you don’t miss out!

Knit Socks in My Future?

Blogged under learning2knit by Tammy on Monday 13 July 2015 at 8:33 am

Since I tend to go barefoot a lot and mostly wear sandals, it has taken me awhile to warm up to the idea of knitting socks. But I have seen so many beautiful patterns for them, and I got to thinking that I do wear socks when it gets cold inside the house, especially in the evenings when we have had the AC cranking all day. So now, I want to make them.

Of course, this is where it gets tricky because I’m still not that great at reading patterns, and most of the sock patterns I’ve looked at seem to pretty complicated for a beginning knitter. And, of course, I can’t just bop down to my local yarn store because that doesn’t exist in sunny Florida, at least in my part of Florida.

Craftsy has some sock classes, but after reading the reviews, I got turned off. I don’t want to turn anyone else off, just for me sounds like it’s over my head.

So what to do? YouTube it! And I found this awesome video that shows step by step how to make a pair of ankle socks, which is perfect for what I need. Now I just need to order some smaller double pointed needles.

Knitting Sadness and Doggie Madness

Blogged under crochet and knitting,learning2knit,Projects in Progress by Tammy on Sunday 12 July 2015 at 3:56 pm

If you have watched any recent episodes of my Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast on YouTube, then you may have seen this shawl popping up once or twice. It’s a very simple pattern, perfect for beginning level knitters like myself (and free on Ravelry) called Das Tuchle. I was using my beautiful Rainbow circulars from Knit Picks, size 8 (5mm) needles, and some of my favorite yarn from Cascade, Heritage Silk Paints in the Water Lily colorway.

Well….I guess I spaced out one night and forgot my project bag in the TV room where we sort of keep our dogs sequestered from other parts of the house and this is what happened! Yikes!

We don’t have any doggie evidence for sure on who of our three dogs did it, but this guy looks the most guilty.

And he already has a bad track record after eating a hole in my MIL’s cashmere sweater. Not that out other two guys wouldn’t have gone for it if given the chance. He was probably just faster than they were.

On the flip side, I’m very grateful that the needles and cable are fine. Most of the yarn made it through, though now in a lot of small balls. I’m not sure exactly what I will be doing with the yarn, but I’m preparing to start up the shawl again with some new yarn, hopefully one that won’t be as tasty.

Crafting Link Time

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 12 July 2015 at 3:35 pm

Here are some craft links to enjoy from some of my fellow crafting bloggers. We have a small group that shares links and could use a few more members. If anyone is interested (obviously need to have an active and established blog), feel free to contact me.

Fun Freebies

Find out one of Connie’s favorite freebie sites that also has quite a nice selection of charts for sale.

Clutter-Busting With Patterned Duck Tape

Can too much color clutter your craft space and crush creativity? Reorganize and coordinate your craft table for less than 5 bucks with patterned Duck Tape.

Art Bead Scene

Take a peek at Claire’s Etsy pics to whet your appetite for this months challenge!


Cherie shows her first step in creating art.

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