TinyKnit Pattern Donation Giveaway Thank You

Blogged under CFEs/Contests, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Sunday 25 January 2015 at 5:32 pm

I have mentioned this a few podcasts, but I wanted to give another shout out and thank you to Linda Browning of TinyKnit.com for offering up one of her knitting patterns as a prize in my January 2015 Giveaway.

For information on how you can enter to win this or a number of other wonderful crafting prizes, read the full details at this link. Along with this great prize for one lucky knitter, other crafters will have a change to win all types of crafting supplies.

Hurry up and enter if you haven’t already. There is only 1 week left of this month!

Giveaway Reminder

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Sunday 18 January 2015 at 9:35 am

Don’t forget! Heck, January is already well past the mid-point! Have you entered my January 2015 Giveaway? Do you even know how?

You can find all the details at this link, and then get on it folks! If you don’t enter, there is no way you will get a chance to win some wonderful crafting supplies! The deadline will be here very soon!

Jan. 2015 Crafting Giveaways Coming

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Sunday 28 December 2014 at 11:41 am



As a way to ramp things up here on my blog and also fairly new video podcast, I have decided that a great way to start of 2015 is with some crafting giveaways! Yes, as in more than 1. I’m digging down into the craft supplies stash in my home studio, but if there are any vendors and/or designers who want to participate, contact me (tammypowley @ yahoo dot com).

So, how do you get a chance to win some crafting goodies?

Basically, join and subscribe! Join my Ravelry group, AND subscribe to my Youtube Channel.

For every 50 members on my Ravelry group and every fifty subscribers on my YouTube channel, I will pull a prize at the end of the month.

Right now, there are 37 members on my Ravelry group, so that means we need 13 more to join for prize # 1.

And right now on my YouTube channel, there are 81 subscribers, so that means 1 prize will be drawn, but with19 more subscribers, that will bump it up to 2 prizes. Get it?

The more people who join and subscribe, the more prizes!




All winners will be announced on my blog after Jan. 31. Winners will be determined by using the auto number generator. Winners will have 1 week to contact me for their prizes. Those outside the US will receive digital prizes (like pdf patterns, pdf instructions, that kind of thing) because the shipping will kill me otherwise! Photos in this blog post are just examples of what you might get a chance to win, but I will be sending out a little bit of everything from beads to books to yarn-related goodies.

Help spread the word and get those numbers up because the more we have the more chances everyone gets to win!

Last Day to Win Bead Book

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Tuesday 30 September 2014 at 5:52 am

Go over to my latest podcast and watch the first few minutes for details on how you can win the book Beaded Bracelets! Okay, really, watch the first few minutes, pause it, enter, and then watch the rest of my latest podcast!



Crochet Kit Winner

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Wednesday 9 April 2014 at 3:08 pm



Woot! Woot! We have a winner of the Wizard of Oz crochet kit from Thunder Bay Press…..It was number 21! Laura has been contacted and will be getting her kit in the mail soon! Keep an eye out for another new giveaway in the works!

Wizard of Oz Crochet Kit Giveaway & Review

Blogged under CFEs/Contests, Good Books, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Tuesday 25 March 2014 at 12:20 pm



I received an adorable crochet kit to review called The Wizard of Oz Crochet. It is produced by Thunder Bay Press and retails for $24.95; though, I saw it for sale as low as $14 on Amazon. The kit includes a 76 page book with 12 crochet patterns, a 4mm hook, two small balls of yarn (one gray one brown), a smaller amount of black yard, a little felt, stuffing, 2 pairs of safety eyes, and an embroidery needle. The 12 patterns include those for the Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy, Toto and a basket, Scarecrow, the Wicked Witch of the East (which is really a house with her legs sticking out from under it), the Wicked Witch of the West, a winged monkey, Glinda, the Wizard of Oz, ruby slippers, and a lolly pop kid. The supplies in the kit are supposed to be enough to make the Tin Man and the Lion.

So let me start with the pluses about this kit. First, it is so dang cute that I can’t stand it! Seriously! Who doesn’t love the Wizard of Oz? Then there are 12 patterns packed in the little book that is in the kit. If you purchased it at the $14 Amazon price, that is a deal, and then you also get supplies, so for the price, even considering the issues this kit has (which I will go into next) I think that is a great price. Another point of this kit that I like is the fact that the book has photos, not just written out patterns, so you get a little visual help. Finally, the finished characters are nice and big, not tiny like many amigurumi projects can be. For example, the Tin Man is 10 inches high when finished. I donate most of the toys I make, so kids actually play with them. For my purposes, then, tiny is not good since I want something large enough for a child to cuddle.




Now onto the minuses of this kit. According to the description on the box all of this comes in, this is “perfect for beginning crocheters.” While I think this kit is super adorable and would make a very cool gift for someone, I would never consider giving it to anyone who has not done a fair amount of amigurumi before. I looked over a few of the patterns, and probably the easiest would be the Tin Man and the Wicked Witch of the East, but even those I would not consider to be for a beginner. It is nice to have supplies ready to go in the kit, but the patterns call for worsted weight yarn, and to me the yarn in the kit is not thick enough to be consider worsted. I would say it is more sport weight. Finally, I did some looking around the web, and there are complaints that the patterns have errors in them. It is not necessarily unusual for crochet books to have errors, and most seasoned knitters and crocheters expect some errata to be published some time after a book comes out. However, so far the only errata I have found is from Makerknit.com’s blog. She bought the kit and made Dorothy, and she found a bunch of errors but was nice enough to publish the corrections on her blog. From what she said and from reading through a few of the patterns, it looks like the stitch counts included at the end of some of the rows is not correct. If you just ignore the number and follow the instructions, it works, but someone didn’t add up the stitches correctly when writing the patterns.

Okay, so like I said, I still like this kit, and I’m super thrilled that I get to give one away too! I know making crochet toys is not for everyone. Some think they are just too “fiddly,” but if you have some amigurumi experience and love the Wizard of Oz, then here is how you can win this book. Oh, and sorry, but I have to limit this to the continental US because of shipping costs (don’t hate on me hat on the PO!)

Here is how you can enter to win. Simply tell me who your favorite Wizard of Oz character is and why in the comments of this post. I will randomly pick a winner and send his/her name to the publisher who will ship out the kit. The deadline for entering is April 8, 2014. Make sure to leave your email address so that I can contact you, and I will give the winner 3 days to get back to me. And, of course, there is the usual “I’m not responsible for a darn thing contest gibberish so don’t sue me stuff.”

Durathon Iron Winner Announced!

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Saturday 8 March 2014 at 10:46 am



Paula Rosenow is the winner of the Durathon (#Durathon) Iron Giveaway! Woot! This is a wonderful products, so I know she will get a lot of use out of it. Congratulations Paula! And thank you to Hamilton Beach for offering this wonderful prize.

Durathon Iron Review and Giveaway

Blogged under CFEs/Contests, Crafty Products by Tammy on Friday 21 February 2014 at 11:40 am


I was recently contacted by the folks at Hamilton Beach and asked to test out and review a product called the Durathon Iron (#Durathon). Believe it or not, I iron fairly regularly, and I’m not just talking about when I pull out my sewing machine or cross stitch (which I have not touched in awhile since I need to get a good lamp/magnifier to order to be able to see well enough to work on it). Just about every week I’m ironing a shirt for me or my hubby, and he also has to wear ties almost every day, so I have to touch those up after he has worn and mangled them.



I have to admit that my old iron was…well…ancient! I won’t say who the manufacturer was because it is a really old iron so it’s not like I was using the latest and greatest version, but even when it was new, I was not able to get it to work as far as the steam part. I ended up having to spray with a water bottle. I was very happy to see that I could get the Durathon iron’s steam and other elements, like the spritzer, to work pretty easily. It comes with a small manual, which I found very easy to understand. Some other items I liked about this new iron is that it has a retractable cord, so when I put it away, I don’t have the cord going everywhere. The safety feature is also really good because if you leave it on for a period of time and it is not being used a sensor will shut it off. Simply put - I love this iron!

Anyone who sews or is involved with other types of needle crafts knows how important stopping occasionally to iron your work can be to the outcome of the finished product. Even yarn folks can use an iron to steam and block some finished items, so a good iron is really just like any other important tool in your craft room - necessary.

Okay, now for the giveaway info! Hamilton Beach has agreed to give one of my readers a #Durathon iron! Squee! To enter, just answer any of the following questions in the comments section of this post no later than March 7th, 2014 midnight eastern time:

Do you ever use an iron when you craft? If so, what do you use it for?

Do you iron cloths or other items for the home or your family? If so, is there anything about your current iron that drives you crazy?



Make sure to include an email address so you can be contacted if you win. The winner must reply back within 3 days of me emailing her/him, and I am not responsible in anyway, shape, or form if the winner does not reply back in a timely manner. Spammers will not be included in the drawing, obviously. One entry per person, etc. etc. The winner’s name and mailing address will be forwarded by me to the company who will then send out the prize.

Journal Giveaway from Pretty Things

Blogged under CFEs/Contests, writing by Tammy on Friday 3 January 2014 at 9:41 am



Lori Anderson from the Pretty Things blog has “the” perfect giveaway for the new year: journals. Now before you say that you do not have time to journal…wait…These are five year journals with just a few lines for each day, so you end up just having to write a few sentences. You are not committing to writing pages and pages of text, just a note every day about your life. I think that is pretty cool and doable for most people. Plus, it would be neat to sit back five years from now and read it.

Entering is pretty easy, but you can head over to her blog and get the details. As usual, Lori has another very cool idea to share with the creative community. Good luck!

Two Giveaways

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Monday 5 August 2013 at 6:50 am

One of my fellow crafting bloggers has a few giveaways going on. If you’d like a chance to win, here is the info and links for each:

To win $40 toward your choice of clothing at Mister Dress-Up, go to Mister Dress-Up T-Shirt Giveaway, Design Opportunity, and Coupon!

For a chance to win a $55 bottle of Sua Young Brightening Serum, go to Peach and Lily Giveaway!

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