Earring Un-Boxing

Blogged under Jewelry Designers/Artists by Tammy on Sunday 14 February 2016 at 1:28 pm

I ordered some bead earrings from TappingflamingoBling and show them off in this Un-boxing video:

Beading, Stitching, and More Crafting

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 14 February 2016 at 1:26 pm

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

Andrew kicks off his month-long Creative heART Challenge with a collection of necklaces! Check out what he made!

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

Jean reviews Jewel Loom Inspirations, a marvelous and fun book for beaders by Julianna C. Avelar!

Valentine Heart Shaker Card

Eileen made a Valentine heart shaker card filled with red confetti hearts using her Silhouette. See how and download your choice of PDF template or SVG file.

Have Fun with Found Object Drawings

Try to look at common things in a different way by making drawings starting with found objects.

Stitch an Encouraging Saying

Connie’s added a new free pattern with a meaningful saying that will be perfect for a card or a framed design. Be sure to save it now!

Bead Vlog

Tammy’s creating sparkly jewelry with her bead bargain box goodies.

Rich Mom Videos

If you have been thinking of dusting off your Etsy shop or starting one, then you may want to watch what Rich Mom has to say.

Beading Arts

Cyndi shares an easy wire bracelet that only LOOKS complicated!

Bead Vlog: Necklace & Earrings Jan. Bargain Bead Box

Blogged under beading,Crafty Videos by Tammy on Tuesday 9 February 2016 at 7:16 am

In this quick little vlog, I show off the first few beaded jewelry pieces I made using supplies from the bargains beads I received in my Jan. 2016 shipment.

Doll Vlog: Customizing

Blogged under dolls art/collecting by Tammy on Monday 8 February 2016 at 7:08 am

My first dolly vlog is up. I discuss customizing, the good, the bad, and the, yes, ugly.

Craft-alongs, Tutorials, and Contests

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Sunday 7 February 2016 at 10:23 am

How To Make A Pom Pom And Fish Extender Idea

This is one of Tappingflamingo’s first video tutorial. She shows how to make a pom pom using your hand, and gives you a Fish Extender or party favor idea using them.

Coloring Book Giveaway

So easy to enter and maybe win! The Crafty Princess is giving away 2 adult coloring books!

Crocheted Flower Hair Clips

These simple crocheted flowers make adorable hair clips for girls (or women) and just use a tiny bit of yarn.

Valentine’s Day Kids Party

Throw a memorable Valentine’s Day kids party and keep costs down with these crafty ideas for planning decor, games, food & keeping all the kids happy.

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

Jean reviews Wonderful Wire Jewelry: Make 30+ Bracelets, Earrings, Necklaces, and More, by Erica Swanson. You will find tons to love in this book!

Lucky Thirteen

The next Diamond in the free SAL is up! Still plenty of time to join in if you are interested.

Beading Arts

Cyndi shares a tutorial that shows you how to make really pretty (but also easy) beaded beads.

Art Bead Scene

Take a walk in the woods with Julie, in her last post for the Art Bead Scene.

Craft Business Advice from Rich Mom

Blogged under Crafting a Career,Crafty Biz by Tammy on Saturday 6 February 2016 at 4:10 pm

Back in the early 90s, I was very active when it came to making and then selling my jewelry. I participated in numerous art shows and sold to boutiques and galleries, mainly in the Central Florida area. I wasn’t running my small business full time, but I was pretty successful in ┬ámy own small way. Later, I dabbled on Ebay with selling jewelry that I either made myself, mainly charms that I cast, or jewelry items I bought wholesale and sold at retail prices. This was when silver was very inexpensive.

I still sell jewelry pieces now and then and occasionally add items to my Etsy shop, but I have not concentrated on the business side of jewelry for years. Given the time, I’d love to start it up again, however. My sister and fellow crafter and blogger opened up her own Etsy store, Tappingflamino Bling, not that long ago, and she’s seeing some success. She is focusing on building her business and recently shared interesting craft business information she found over on the Rich Mom Business site. Right now, there’s a way to sign up for videos produced by “rich mom,”┬áRenae Christine. After signing up, you receive emails prompting you to head over and watch three videos she has on creating a “homemade” business. She also has a YouTube channel (of course).

Today’s handmade business model is much different than what I followed in the old days of the 1990s. I have watched two of Renae’s videos so far and found them really interesting, even a little inspiring! If you have been looking for some ideas on either starting a craft-related business or reviving a current business, then you might want to watch some of her videos as well. I’m not sure I am ready to work on my Etsy shop that it turns into a part-time job (since I already have a full-time job!), but I have to admit, she has got my jewelry business wheels turning!

Coloring Book Giveaway

Blogged under Book-Art,CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Monday 1 February 2016 at 10:37 am

Woot! I have an opportunity for crafters to double dip and possibly win one of two adult coloring books. See the details on my Ravelry group as well as my YouTube channel!

Dolly Mail: Socks & Boots

Blogged under dolls art/collecting by Tammy on Monday 1 February 2016 at 7:43 am

Any doll collector will tell you that receiving dolly mail is super fun. I have another short video where I show off items I’ve purchased for my Blythe dolls.

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