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’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!

Jewelry Book Gallery Call for Entries

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Tuesday 25 June 2013 at 4:59 pm

The book is called The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making and covers 10 different types of jewelry making: bead stringing, wire work (like wrapped loops and coils), chain making, fabrication (non-soldered metal jewelry), soldering, metal clay, polymer clay, fiber (crochet, braiding, macramé), resin, and mixed media. It is published by Creative Publishing International, who has asked me to do an update to the previous version published in 2010. The update should be out in spring 2014.

A high resolution (350 dpi resolution) image of each jewelry piece in .TIFF format, jewelry artist’s name and URL, and a brief list of techniques/materials used should be emailed to me at no later than August 30, 2013. Images should have good lighting and be very clear. Signed hardcopy release forms need to be mailed to me no later than August 30, 2013.

For the gallery, I need about 36 pieces that cover either one or a combination of techniques. For example, a piece could be a beaded piece with a resin or metal clay pendant created by the artist. Mixing media and types of jewelry making methods is fine. A few things I’m *not* looking for include pieces that have a great deal of wire wrapping (like the type done in the book Wire Wrapping by Linda Chandler and Christine Ritchey) or bead weaving.

Once submissions are received, they will be reviewed by the author and editor for possible inclusion in the text. Some of this will depend on need and some will depend on quality of design. For example, if I receive 30 bead stringing submissions, obviously, I can’t accept them all no matter how wonderful they are because I need a variety of techniques exhibited in the gallery.

Submission of jewelry pieces made of components primarily made by the artists versus pre-purchased components is encouraged. Jewelry pieces should not be previously published.

The release form surrenders all rights to the image of the piece over to the publisher, but the artist still owns the actual design used. This means the publisher has the right to use the photo of the piece in any form of media from digital to hardcopy. Contributors will receive a copy of the book (furnished by the publisher) but otherwise will receive no monetary compensation. A “by line” and URL of the artist will be included in a caption next to the image of the jewelry piece.

If you are interested, I ask that you run a general design idea by me including materials and techniques used before creating or submitting the piece. Feel free to ask me any questions. I appreciate your interest!

Knits for Dolls Book Giveaway!

Blogged under CFEs/Contests, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Sunday 26 May 2013 at 4:44 pm

Knitting designer Nicky Epstein has a new book out this month called Knits for Dolls, 25 Fun, Fabulous Outfits for 18-Inch Dolls. Here’s a little info about it from the press release:

“In Nicky Epstein Knits for Dolls, the celebrated knitwear designer and author presents a collection of 25 beautiful, charming, and creative outfits that are sure to inspire knitters and spark the imaginations of little girls. The stylish designs—from a glittering lacy gown for a royal ball to a skull-and-crossbones tunic for
rocking out at a concert—will bring playtime scenarios to life. Many of the ensembles include fun accessories like hats, headbands, purses, scarves mitts, and socks. The designs feature a wide range of techniques, from cables to Fair Isle to beadwork, that are sure to delight knitters at every level of skill and experience.”

Thanks to the publisher, Sixth&Spring Books, I get to give a free copy away to one of my readers. Here is what you do to get a chance to win. First, go over to here and look through the book. Then come back to this post and tell me which is your favorite pattern from the book. The deadline for entering is June 3, 2013 midnight eastern time. I will then use the random number generator to pick a winner. Make sure you include your email address when you leave a comment so that I can contact you in case you win. The winner will have 3 days to reply back to me; otherwise, I will pick a different winner.

Disclaimer info: The book will be sent out by the publisher, not me. Therefore, I am no responsible for how long the shipping may take or if a prize is lost in the mail or any other similar issue. Participants who do not leave their email address or who post after the deadline even if I have not closed the blog entry are not eligible to win.

ETA: Congrats to #8 Danijela! She won the book!

April’s Knitting Book Giveaway & Discount

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Monday 1 April 2013 at 4:13 am

For the month of April 2013, you can enter to win this new knitting book by Ruth Cross. It’s called The Knitted Home: Creative and Contemporary Projects for Interiors and is published by the Aurum Publishing Group. Here is a description from the publisher:

This exciting new book is a creative collection of over 20 knitted interiors projects by one of the UK’s most exciting textile designers. In The Knitted Home author Ruth Cross draws on her own experience of designing organic and freeform collections to guide you through the process of making and creating your own items. She creates desirable projects that can adorn many different items around the home including wonderfully textural cushion covers, cosy blankets and throws, fitted covers for chairs and footstools, stylish table runners and mats, seriously desirable wall hangings and smart floor rugs.

In addition to giveaway away a copy of this new book, the publisher is also offering a discount for my readers. Here is how that works:

To order The Knitted Home (9781906417727) for £16.00 including p&p*, telephone 01903 828503 and quote offer code JS195. Or send a cheque made payable to: Littlehampton Book Services Mail Order Department, Littlehampton Book Services, PO Box 4264, Worthing, West Sussex BN13 3TG. Please quote the offer code JS195 and include your name and address details. *UK ONLY - Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.

This giveaway is available to all readers no matter where you live. To get a chance to win a copy of The Knitted Home answer the questions below in the comments:

Have you ever knitted an item for your home? If so, what was it?

Post your comment only once in this blog entry and you will get a chance to win. The deadline for entry is April 30, 2013 midnight ET. Then during the first few days of the next month, I will randomly pick one winner. Make sure to include your email address when commenting. I will email the winner who will have 3 days after the drawing to reply back with a mailing address. Anyone who does not reply after 3 days will no longer be eligible to win, and I will draw a new winner. The book will be mailed by the publisher, so the winner will need to make sure to allow time for shipping, especially if you are not located in the UK.

ETA: Congrats to #25!

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