Video: Blythe Doll Un-Boxing!

Blogged under dolls art/collecting by Tammy on Saturday 12 September 2015 at 4:13 pm

After “adopting” two factory Blythe dolls, I finally have the real deal. Share the fun as I un-box a new Blythe doll.

Video: Glass Pearls Versus Real Pearls

Blogged under Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Saturday 12 September 2015 at 9:58 am

Some thoughts on why you might want to use glass pearls in your jewelry designs….

Free Mandala Pattern to Color

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Monday 7 September 2015 at 3:08 pm

Woot! Time to get colorful with this super cool image compliments of the publisher of Coloring Dream Mandalas: 30 Hand-drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation . Just click on the image above for a larger version, and print it up through your Web browser. I have two more coming this way, so look for them to be posted over here soon.

Crafting from Around the Web

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 7 September 2015 at 1:14 pm

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

Soldering is fun and Andrew has been obsessed with making rings. But… he took a short break to whip up a pair of earrings!

SAL Diamond Three

Connie’s posted the latest Diamond section for the free SAL (stitch-along) and she shows two different examples of how it could be stitched.

Necklace Tutorial

Crystals, Pearl beads, and chain make up with colorful necklace that has an antique feel to it.

Art Bead Scene

Check out September’s gorgeous new challenge piece from artist Vanessa Bell!

Decoupage Outdoor Furniture

Products and techniques to decoupage outdoor furniture including step-by-step picnic table directions.

Beading Arts

One of Cyndi’s favorite pieces won a Silver medal in Fire Mountain Gems’s seed bead contest!

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!

Jean discusses the beauty of wrap bracelets and shows her most recent creation!

Video: Crafting Rejection – Episode 26 Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast by Tammy on Sunday 6 September 2015 at 8:09 am

You can find links over on my YouTube channel. Thanks for watching!

Video: Blythe Factory Doll Unboxing

Blogged under dolls art/collecting by Tammy on Thursday 3 September 2015 at 6:15 pm

Arm Candy – Learn Bead Embroidery

Blogged under beading,Jewelry Designers/Artists,Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Thursday 3 September 2015 at 5:38 am

Bead embroidery is a wonderful way for two forms of crafting to collide – beads and needlework! Cyndi Lavin is one of the pioneers of bead embroidery techniques, and in her collection of well-priced and even free e-books available on her Beading Arts blog, she breaks down the various methods for this art form. In fact, one of her latest books, Arm Candy, takes it a step further and shows how to incorporate old jewelry, often broken pieces no longer wearable, into stunning jewelry designs. I really like this idea of using old jewelry pieces because I know many of us have a few odds and ends like this that may have sentimental value, but we are not really able to enjoy them. So pull out those broken jewelry pieces from the past and reinvent them with help from Cyndi!

Ravelry FOs Sept. Giveaway

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Wednesday 2 September 2015 at 3:07 pm

The Sept. 2015 Finished Objects thread is now open on my Ravelry group. All types of crafts are cool to share. You can find out the details on how you can enter to win a copy of Coloring Dream Mandalas: 30 Hand-drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation by heading over to this link and reading the 411 on it.

10 Finalists Recognized in 10th Annual Halstead Grant Competition

Blogged under Around the Web,Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Tuesday 1 September 2015 at 5:20 am

Here’s a press release from Halstead about its grant competition!

PRESCOTT, AZ (August 18, 2015): The 10th annual Halstead Grant recognizes jewelry design excellence and business strategy acumen with a $6000 award in addition to industry recognition for 10 Halstead Grant Finalists. Finalists receive recognition on in addition to feedback from the judging committee to help build their businesses.

Hilary Halstead Scott, President of Halstead and founder of the Halstead Grant says, “After 10 years of judging grant competitions, we can say without a doubt that most of our past finalists have gone on to successful, long-term careers. This year’s applicants are a select group of amazing emerging artists.” Each group is listed in alphabetical order.


Samantha Skelton Jewelry Design based in Fairview, Pennsylvania.

Top 5

Bonde: Jewelry that graces the skin and honors the body

ENJI Jewelry Studio: A public statement on an intimate, ornamental scale

Letters to Sarah Metalsmithing: Adornments that celebrate passion and place

Seth Papac: Jewelry to make you feel gorgeous, confident, special, and FIERCE

Tenzabelle: Magical, hand-crafted amulets that tell your story

Top 10

Alexandra Lozier: Natural elements in dramatic jewelry settings

Lucia Pearl Jewelry: Smart, clean, wearable designs inspired by city life

Nicolette Absil: Delicately illustrated jewelry in enamel and metal

Olivia Shih: Gemstone and metal jewelry inspired by bold, organic elements

VIELA, Ltd: Cast metal jewelry imprinted by the forest and the sea

About the Halstead Grant

The Halstead Grant competition began in 2006 to inspire the pursuit of excellence in design and business practices in the jewelry arts community. Applicants must submit a design portfolio in addition to elements of a successful business plan including marketing strategy, production capacity and financial analysis.

Halstead’s mission is to support jewelry entrepreneurs with quality jewelry supplies and great service. The company was founded 40 years ago and is now managed by the second generation of the Halstead family.

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