Buying Blythe (Fakes) Aliexpress Safe?

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Monday 22 August 2016 at 8:25 am

Sewing, Jewelry, Knitting, & Pottery

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Sunday 21 August 2016 at 8:56 am

Jewelry Redo

Terry Jeanette, aka Tappingflamingo, shows another jewelry redo. This time, a pair of earrings becomes two necklaces.

Sewing for the Home

Home Sewn is a new book out that has lots of creative and simple sewing projects for household items.

Swirly WIP

Check out Connie’s latest stitching project and find out the materials she’s using for it.

Clay Pottery Repair of Heirloom Cookie Jar

Seamless clay pottery repair can be a challenge sometimes. But unless the pottery is in smithereens, you can DIY one with a few simple supplies. Here’s how.

Beading Arts

Cyndi explores how to make a Shamballa bracelet using larger beads!

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

Jean reviews the book for knitters, Self-Striping Yarn Studio by the wonderful instructor and knitter/designer Carol J. Sulcoski!

Sewing Blythe Doll Clothes Fail!

Blogged under dolls art/collecting,Sew Simple by Tammy on Sunday 21 August 2016 at 8:25 am

Dolly Clothes Haul

Blogged under dolls art/collecting by Tammy on Sunday 21 August 2016 at 8:24 am

Enjoy Some Craft Links!

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Tuesday 16 August 2016 at 7:56 am

Travel Journal: Capture the Memories & Avoid the Clutter

As summer draws to a close, think about reducing the mementos into concentrated personal memories with a travel journal.

Crafty Podcast

The Crafty Princess and Tappingflamingo are podcasting together again.

Wish Upon a Star

So, it’s past Independence Day, but some people stitch patriotic designs all year round, so check out the latest pattern added to the Connie Gee’s Designs Etsy shop.

Beading Arts

Cyndi shares a way to free-form wire wrap a special stone or cabochon.

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

Jean reviews the dazzling new jewelry design book, Make It Sparkle! by Lindsay Burke

Book Review: Homes Sewn

Blogged under Good Books,Sew Simple by Tammy on Monday 15 August 2016 at 9:09 am

Home Sewn: Projects and Inspiration for Every Room by Cassandra Ellis is published by Potter and retails for $24.99 US and $32.99 Canadian. Surprisingly, it is a hard cover book. The 159 page book is full of beautiful color photographs, most showing the finished pieces in a “staged” situation and a few showing some “how-to” elements.

As with many books I review, some of the print is too light for my poor old eyes, but oddly enough, some of the print in this book is dark and some light. For example, the Cotton Block-Print Pillowcases project has dark (I say dark but I mean more normal colored) text for the introduction. Then the print lightens up for the list of materials.Then it gets dark again for the step-by-step information. It seem like a small item to think about, but if you really want to read and use a book, this print design of the book I find to be irritating.

Most of the projects look simply enough as far as sewing skills. There are a variety of projects that require basically sewing a straight line, so that is nice to see. That said, I would still warn totally new sewers to be prepared to be challenged somewhat because the instructions are not as broken down as they could be. For experienced sewers, that should not be a problem though. Plus, there are some projects that require very little sewing. The Linen Bulletin Board, for example, only requires you to cut, staple, and glue fabric to a board.

If you have a small amount of sewing experience and enjoy the shabby – chic look, then you will find some very simple, fun, and useful items to make for your home in this book. There is a lot of use of cotton, linen, and canvas fabrics. If you want to work with fabric and try some projects like the bulletin board I mentioned and a few others that don’t really require stitching or require just hemming around the ends of something  (a lamp shade and canvas table cloth), then you will find these here too. I could also see some nice gift ideas to consider making such as tea towels and storage containers.

It is a very pretty book, too, one that I could see me sitting down and just enjoy flipping through the pages now and then while I sip some tea.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Crafty Podcast

Blogged under Crafty Videos,crochet and knitting,Jewelry Designing,Sew Simple by Tammy on Thursday 11 August 2016 at 2:01 pm

My sister, the Tappingflamingo, was down visiting me in Florida, so of course, that means we had to sneak off and record a podcast. We chat about my so far failed attempt at sewing Blythe doll clothes, her very cool gator jewelry, and show off some knitting and crochet.

Decals, Stitching, and Metal Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 8 August 2016 at 11:41 am

Melt Inkjet Decal Images onto Wood

How to melt inkjet decal images onto wood without visible decal edges. Turpentine dissolves Lazertran inkjet carrier film leaving only the decal image.

An Enchanting Pattern

Connie’s latest addition to her Etsy shop is a sampler fit for a queen, or a princess, or maybe even a prince or two.

Sewing Blythe Doll Clothes?

Tammy is blowing the dust off her sewing machine in hopes of attempting to sew doll clothes for her Blythe dolls.

Beading Arts

Cyndi mixes leather cords and metal links for a cute and easy bracelet tutorial!

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

Jean reviews Cynthia Newcomer Daniel’s fascinating new book, Modern Beaded Lace Beadweaving Techniques for Stunning Jewelry Designs.

Making Cards, Copper Jewelry, Free Pattern, & Beaded Jewelry

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Tuesday 2 August 2016 at 8:57 am

Folding Screen Card Two Ways

A folding screen card is a cute variation on an accordion fold card. It’s made to resemble an oriental room divider screen. Here are two ways to make one.

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

Jean reviews a fab new jewelry design book: Cool Copper Cuffs 25 Metal and Wire Projects by Eva M. Sherman !

Organizing,Before and After

Beads, sewing supplies, yarn,and more! How do you get your craft space organized so you can actually craft?

Beading Arts

Cyndi has collected some more fast and easy projects that won’t make you sweat in the summer heat!

Free Rainbow Circles Pattern

The latest free pattern at Connie Gee’s Designs is the Rainbow Circles chart. It is whole cross-stitch only and could be adapted for any color scheme.

Blythe Doll Dress Sewing Attempt, Almost!

Blogged under Sew Simple by Tammy on Monday 1 August 2016 at 8:42 am

After finally getting organized, I managed to get my sewing machine out and on my sewing cabinet. I think it has been about two years or so since I even turned on my sewing machine, so that was the first thing I needed to check. Does it work?

I already had a doll dress cut and ready for sewing. This is from a free pattern on the Waffle Patterns web site. I am not going to do the applique part, but I do plan to line it with the blue fabric shown. It is so freakin’ tiny, yikes!

I turned on the machine, and yeah, we have power! But, before I risked messing up my first little Blythe doll dress, I decided to test it out. And, boy, I’m glad I did. Everything turns on, and I can get it to stitch, but the stitches are uneven, and my reverse button doesn’t work. Something is wrong with the tension. Ugh!

So, the Blythe doll dress is still on hold for a little while. I need to pull out the manual and check to see if this is something I can fix. I can tell that the machine is very stiff feeling, too. When I work the hand wheel, it’s very tight, and I don’t remember it feeling like that in the past. I’m really hoping it’s something I can do myself since, I’m pretty sure, there are no sewing machine repair places close to me. I don’t want to ship off my machine now that I finally have space to sew. I will keep you posted.