Beaded Pirate Power & Yarn Love - Episode 17

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast, amigurumi by Tammy on Wednesday 18 March 2015 at 12:43 pm

I have a new video podcast up. This is full of fun crafts from beaded pirate jewelry (to become fish extender gifts when I take a Disney cruise this summer) to adorable amigurumi (can never get enough). Plus, I give you little virtual tour of a yarn shop located in Florida, and oh, yes, there’s some knitting chatter too.

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Meet Mike the Monster & Crafting Links

Blogged under Around the Web, amigurumi by Tammy on Sunday 21 December 2014 at 12:49 pm

I have finished Mike the Monster! This is a free Fresh Stitches pattern, and I made this as a gift for one of my nephews. You can get an up close look at him in episode 9 of my Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast.

After you watch my podcast, stop by some of these other crafting blogs for some creative ideas:

Carmi’s Art/Life World
This post features a resin bezels necklace that will out do any ugly sweater!

Peace Ornaments
Cherie makes ornaments for her family homemade ornament exchange.

Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees
Cute cupcake liner Christmas trees are everywhere. In learning to make them, Eileen developed some helpful techniques.

Beading Arts
Metal mesh ribbon holds so many possibilities for designing jewelry! Cyndi starts a new tutorial on Beading Arts.

Need a Hand!

Blogged under amigurumi by Tammy on Friday 12 December 2014 at 9:58 am

Finally, the school semester is just about wrapped up. I have been cranking on grading all week. lots and lots and lots of grading! But, I uploaded all the grades last night, and now I can take a little break over the weekend and work on holiday gifts and other related tasks…like getting my Christmas cards mailed…something that I often wait too long to do.

Pictured are the parts and pieces so far of Mike the Monster, a free pattern from, and he is turning out soooo cute! If you have watched any recent episodes of my Crafty Princess Diaries Podcasts , then you know that I have been slowly working on him to give as a gift to one of my¬† young nephews. I just have one more “hand” to finish, make the body and horns, and then stitch him all together.

One of my weekend goals is to finish this guy, and then I have another week of school stuff. There are no classes at this point, but I have meetings to go to, commencement to attend, and oh, right, I have to get everything set up for next semester. I like to get all my syllabi and class web sites set up before I check out officially for the holiday break. Otherwise, it continues to hang over me when I’m trying to relax, and by relax, you know me! That means lots of crafting!

Baby Soft Little Bunny

Blogged under amigurumi by Tammy on Monday 20 October 2014 at 6:51 am

This little guy is made with Lion Brand’s Baby-Soft yarn in the pastel colorway using a size G hook. The pattern is Blair the Bunny from Fresh Stitches. Since this yarn is sport weight and the pattern calls for worsted weight, I went down a hook size from an H to a G. This will go in my donation to Craft Hope We are Kenya project 25. Now I just have to get this little guy wrapped up, along with some hats and scarves I made, and mail them all. If you want to see some of the other items I made for this donation effort, watch episode 6 of my Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast.

Scrappy Dragon

Blogged under amigurumi by Tammy on Sunday 19 October 2014 at 12:45 pm

This is the second dragon I’ve made using the Choose Your Own Dragon Adventure pattern from Fresh Stitches. Obviously, this guy was made using some of the leftover yarn from my first dragon plus other odds and ends I had around here.

With this guy, I opted to change the tail out, but otherwise, I followed the same design as the first. I think the other thinner tail is cuter, but with this larger tail, he can stand up on his own.

Both of the dragons will be up for sale at my college craft club’s fall boutique with proceeds going to charity.

Teddy Bear’s Scarf Done!

Blogged under amigurumi, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Sunday 21 September 2014 at 11:32 am

If you watched my latest podcast (episode 5), then you saw the start of this little knitted scarf. I’m not that fast of a knitter, so it felt like this took me forever, even though it’s really not that big. But now that it is done, it was so worth the time. I think he looks adorable with this addition, and now he fits in with the stegosaurus I made for my niece.

Spikey the Stegosaurus Done!

Blogged under amigurumi by Tammy on Friday 12 September 2014 at 4:34 pm

Woot! I finished Spikey the Stegosaurus today! This is one of those amigurumi projects that is not really hard, but there are a lot of fiddly part and piece to it. The pattern is from (of course), and the yarn it Knit Pick’s Brava in the orange and cornflower colorways. The white yarn for the eyes is just some leftover white worsted I had around, and I cut out black felt circles and glued those on to the centers. This is going in a box full of goodies for my soon-to-be new momma niece.

Of course, like anything I make I can see a zillion imperfections in this guy, but generally, I’m pretty happy with him.

Now I have to figure out what the next amigurumi project will be!

Amigurumi Cutie Pie Dragon

Blogged under amigurumi by Tammy on Sunday 13 July 2014 at 1:23 pm

I have to admit that I’ve been working on this guy for awhile. It definitely not an immediate gratification type crochet project, but I think it was finally worth the effort. This pattern is from and is called “Choose Your Own Dragon Adventure.” You are provided with options in the pattern so you sort of design your finished dragon. Tails, scales, wings, and so on are items you select and decided which to use. The original pattern is also a little involved because it has you use two colors for the body so that the tummy is a different color than the rest of the body, but as you can see, I didn’t do that. The darker green yarn is leftover from a previous project, so I was not sure if I had enough. Plus, by just using one color, it made the whole project a little faster and easier for me.

Now that I made it through this pattern….finally!….I’m thinking of making a second one. I am not sure if I have enough of the yarn left from this one to make an entire second dragon, but we will see what happens. I may have to dig around in my scraps and pick up a third color like purple or pink to finish off a second one.

Amigurumi Toys’ New Home

Blogged under Charity Crafting, amigurumi by Tammy on Wednesday 9 July 2014 at 5:47 pm

While leaving my Zumba class the other day, a friend and I noticed a large empty box in the lobby of the community center. It had a note on it about a toy drive for an organization called PATCHES PPEC, Pediatric Alternative Treatment, Care, Housing & Evaluation Services, Inc. and Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care. I immediately thought of the crochet toys I’ve been collecting. While there are a few places I can donate them to, I have already send them some other items, and one place in particular is difficult to hook up with to the point I was considering mailing this big box to them. But just as I was leery about simply putting all these toys in the box in the lobby - who knows where they were going or if they would make it there or if they were really what they were looking for - I didn’t like the idea of packing them off and sending them off without handing them to a person. So I came home, googled the organization, and called the local PATCHES office.

As it turns out, they are close to school, and though they said they would not be able to use my stuff toys in the hospital due to germs getting on them from one child to another, they said they would love to be able to give them out when the children are able to go home. They also said an emphatic “yes” to baby afghans, score! I am loading all these up and hope to drop them by in the next few days.

I will miss my little animal toy menagerie, but it is nice to find them all homes!

Bunny and Baby Ghan Combo

Blogged under amigurumi, crochet jewelry by Tammy on Saturday 21 June 2014 at 2:22 pm

Squeee! Serious cuteness ahead……

I will get a chance to briefly see my niece and her hubby soon and wanted to give at least the first installment of baby goodies to them, so I managed to crank out this baby afghan (started at the beginning of this month) and a matching bunny stuffie.

I used leftovers to make the bunny. This bunny is a favorite of mine, and I have probably made a half dozen of them already for charity. The pattern (Blair the Bunny) comes from It’s a paid for pattern and definitely worth $5. In fact, she has sales occasionally and I usually stock up on patterns from her her when she has them, so I probably paid less than $5 for this pattern.

The afghan is 32 x 36 inches, and I basically just used 2 different types of yarn and the fan stitch. I may take some time to write up the pattern for this because I really like how it turned out and could see making it again. The finished size is a good baby or even small lapghan size, and it works up very fast.

Here’s the bunny and baby afghan together. Love!

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