Recent Yarn Acquisition

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Sunday 14 September 2014 at 12:16 pm

This weekend my sisters and I made a quick trip to downtown Cocoa Village for some yarn shopping at the Knit and Stitch Boutique. Before I even made it into the shop, however, I saw this in an outside display at the shop next door and HAD to buy it! If any of you follow me on Facebook and know about Little Dude, I don’t need to explain why I had to buy this.




Okay, onto the yarn!

I am planning at some point (probably will have to wait until the next big holiday school break) to make the Loveland Neck Scarf. It requires lace weight yarn and a size D hook, but it looks nice and light and Florida friendly. This little cake is 798 yards/100 grams of Juniper Moon Farm Findley Dappled, 50% merino wool/50% silk. The colorway is Wisteria.




I love Cascade Yarns’ Heritage Paints and Silk Paints collections, and I knew I wanted another skein, similar to one I used to make this shawl, just in a different color. I found this beautiful color called “Isle of Skye,” 75% superwash merino wool/25% nylon, 437 yards/400 meters. I am thinking of making a shawlette with it and may have enough left for wristers.



Finally, I have no idea what I am going to do with these skeins, but they were just $5 each and are soooo soft, even though they are polyester. This is also a Cascade yarn. It’s called Pluscious, and each skein is 148.7 yards/136 meters, 3.5 oz/100 grams. The colorway for these is called Begonia, but they had a ton of fabulous colors. It was very hard to pick.



We had so much fun shopping, and then we all three came back to our parents’ house and sat around and crocheted together. There’s nothing like sharing sister and yarn love at the same time!

Shelf Organizing Giveaway - Spicy Shelf

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Sunday 10 August 2014 at 1:04 pm



I am always trying to get my house and studio organized. I’m sure I’m not alone when it comes to figuring out how to get all your crafting and other home items organized but still easy to get to when you need them, so I was interested when I was contacted by the folks of Spicy Shelf. This product is obviously originally designed with the idea of organizing spice bottles and tins in your kitchen cabinets, but there are lots of other uses for it, not just for the kitchen. You could organize paints, bottles of beads, or even rubber stamps on these shelves that you insert into a cabinet. If you go over to the Spicy Shelf web site, you’ll see a video of how it easily assembles, no special tools are needed.



And….they are offering the readers of Crafty Princess Diaries not only a discount but a chance to win a set for free! Yup!

To receive a $5.00 discount on two sets that normally retail for $19.95, use the promotion code SPICE5. (That is a 5 on the end, not the letter S by the way).

If you want to get a chance to win a set for free, then comment on this post and just tell me something about organizing your crafting supplies. Do you have a good tip? Are you struggling with ways to tackle your craft supplies? Just mention anything related to organizing your crafting supplies in the comments no later than 8/15 eastern time midnight. Make sure to include your email address so that I can contact you if you win, and you will have 3 days to reply in order to receive the prize. This is open to anyone living in the Continental US, and the prize will be mailed out by Spicy Shelf, who will need a street address to deliver to if you are the winner. One winner will be randomly selected.

Get 25% Off Hobby Holster!

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Wednesday 2 July 2014 at 12:54 pm



The folks at Holster Brands sent me a new product of theirs to test drive. It is called the Hobby Holster, and I have to say it is pretty clever. Pictured above is the holster stuck to my desk, and it has not budged, even though I’ve knocked it around accidentally a little. The idea is that you can use this for hot tools like a glue gun, so it is made of silicone. I have a few silicone utensils and tools for our kitchen. This is using the same concept, but instead, you can slip your glue gun in it while it is still hot and not worry about the glue going everywhere or burning your fingers. Once the glue cools and dries, you can just peel it off.

Though its original intention is for hot crafting tools, I like that you can put other tools in here and have them handy but not cluttering your work area. The top flap sticks to any surface, and then the two pockets provide space to store tools. Plus, the flap has centimeter and inch markings on it, so you can use it as a quick ruler.




The Hobby Holster is available in turquoise, pink, gray, and green. Normally, it retails for $19.99, but starting now through the end of the month (July 2014), you can go to the Hobby Holster web site and purchase at a 25% discount by using the discount code Princess25. If you know of a few craters you plan to buy holiday gifts for, this is a perfect time to shop and get this product at a good price and tuck away for a present later.

Another Myster Yarn Sale from Crochet Dude

Blogged under Around the Web, Crafty Products by Tammy on Sunday 20 April 2014 at 9:04 am



A while back, the Crochet Dude had his first of what he calls a Mystery Yarn sale. It was on his Decades line of yarn in the Iconic, aka worsted weight. I scored 3 wonderful skeins in the “Fer Sure” colorway. He has another mystery sale going on now. This time it is for his Inappropriate, aka sport weight, yarn, $8 a skein, which normally retail for $18 a skein.

What’s the mystery? You won’t know what colorway you receive until you open your package. You can specify if you want all your hanks the same color if you order more than one (which is what I did) or you want to be super daring and just see what happens if you don’t get them all the same color. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of his colorways, and this can be a good way to add some quality yarn to your stash at a great price.

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.

Space to Create! An End (for Now) to the Messy Madness!

Blogged under Crafty Products, Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Thursday 23 January 2014 at 4:55 am

Recently, I confessed to the fact that my jewelry work area did not have a square to spare as far as work surface. While the room this space is in still needs to tweaking, I can now see the surface and actually make something!




Weee! See how you can now see the top of the desk? Actually, this desk is a sewing cabinet, but it works great for all kinds of crafting, including jewelry making. Now the boxes to the left, they are what I mean by tweaking. The clear shoe box size ones in the back, well, they are full of a lot of stuff that I still need to go through. However, the other boxes on the left have been sorted out with supplies I’ve received from various vendors that I plan to use for future jewelry projects.



On the left side hanging on the wall is a product I purchased during an outlet sale through Thirty-One, which I’m an independent consultant for. It is called the Hang-Up Home Organizer, and my original idea was to use this in my home office, but by the time I got it, I had already gotten that place whipped into shape. Instead, I have zip lock bags with various items like findings, chain, charms, etc. and I put those in the large pockets, which have labels you can use. Now these are not all the findings, chain, charms, etc. that I have, but they were the odds and ends spread all over creation at one time. Now they are at least organized again and handy for me to use. I have other items in the small clear pockets, and of course, you can see a bead board in there too.



Now the next cool thing, I can’t take credit for. If you look to the right on the first photo at the top of this post, you will see a few little caddies there. They are called the Littles Carry-All Caddy, and again, I got a few during the outlet sale. I first thought I would just toss my hand tools in there, but then some brilliant person on Facebook showed how you can fit up to 6 Crystal Light containers in one of these. This way I can keep my tools separate and organized. The other caddy has a box of tissue (for my ever running nose) as well as a pad of paper and post-its and pen for me to take notes as I make jewelry, necessary for later writing it up as a project.



Finally, I guess I should have taken a photo of the inside of this. It is also a Thirty-One product, which I got from the new spring catalog. It’s called the Flip-Top Organizing Bin, and I’m using it for seed bead supplies. I can fit a ceramic bead tray as well as one of those felted top boards in there and other beading supplies, and this way, it makes it a little bit portable. And, of course, my growing amigurumi menagerie can use it to hang out on too.

I am looking forward to getting some jewelry made this weekend. I have a resin kit that I’ve been really wanting to dig into, but resin takes space, and now I have it! Hopefully, it will stay like this for a little while.

Naw, I Don’t Need No Swift N Ball Winder

Blogged under Crafty Products, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Saturday 11 January 2014 at 5:19 pm



I keep telling myself that I do not need to spend the money on a swift and ball winder. Then every once in a awhile I have an unruly skein like I did today. I don’t even know how long it took me to finally wind this ball after I got it tangled at one point and had a pile of yarn barf to deal with. At least, I caught up on some podcasts.

The colorway is called “Metamorphosis,” and it’s the “Show Stopper” base, 80% superwash merino/10% nylon/10% cashmere from Leading Men Fibers. It is destined for fingerless gloves.

Project Bag/Book Bag/Purse/Kitchen Sink

Blogged under 31 Gifts Indep. Consultant, Crafty Products by Tammy on Wednesday 24 April 2013 at 3:51 pm



Like any dedicated crafter, I try to make sure I have a small project with me pretty much all the time, just in case I have any downtime or, in my case lately, I’m stuck in a meeting and need something to keep myself busy. I am not the type that can just sit and listen without doing something or my mind wanders. In the past, I have either taken notes that I never actually go back and reference or I would doodle. Now that I have come out of the crochet closet and crochet during meetings (at least many of them), crocheting a wash cloth is my form of doodling.

Luckily, one of my favorite 31 bags is perfect for keeping my yarn, books, ipad, phone, wallet, keys… umm……yeah..everything but the kitchen sink handy.

Recently, I posted some tips about getting good deals on 31 Gifts bags, and I briefly mentioned one of my favorite bags and showed a picture of it along with a smaller bag, but I did not give details about these two bags, so here goes:

  • The larger bag is called the Cindy tote, and retails for $70 (unless you use my tips for getting deals of course…I paid $35 for mine). It has a zipper on the top to close it up, and it has two outside pockets on each end that are large enough to hold a water bottle, a large zippered inside pocket, and three other inside pockets. There is also a hook inside for attaching your keys. It has a flat base with little metal feet, so it stands up (when you put stuff in it), and it comes in 4 different patterns. Mine is in Railroad Denim.
  • The smaller bag is part of a set of make-up bags that come together. The set retails for $35, and they come in 5 different pattern groupings. For mine, the larger makeup bag is in Woodblock Floral, and the smaller one (that goes in my Cindy tote) is in Grey Pin Dots.

I have been trying to figure out a good bag solution like this for awhile and before discovering 31 bags I was looking a lot at Namaste’s products, but the large bags are all are made of vinyl, which I’m so-so on. The Cindy tote has plenty of room for a skein of yarn plus all my school stuff, and I keep a little pair of scissors and a crochet hook (along with makeup, pens, and other odds and ends) in the smaller makeup bag. They work perfectly together, and I now always have a project handy just in case I’m stuck somewhere.


Zipper Pouch Project Bag & Crochet Experiment

Blogged under 31 Gifts Indep. Consultant, Crafty Products, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Tuesday 2 April 2013 at 5:10 am



I decided to make something for myself for a change and dipped into my treasured stash of Cascade Baby Alpaca yarn (colorway no. 3030). At first, I was going to make a shawlette, but I was having trouble understanding the pattern. After frogging it about six times, I figured life is too short and decided to make a cowl or infinity scarf. I’m going to make this long enough to double around my neck, attach the ends, and then single crochet around the edges. Of course, this yarn is so soft and buttery. I love working with it.

I’m housing it in a new project bag I purchased when I hosted an on-line Thirty-One catalog party. It’s called simply the Zipper Pouch, and the pattern is Woodblock Floral.




As you can see, it’s got plenty of room. This is just about a full ball of yarn (about 200 yards), and I could easily fit more in there. The bag is 9 inches high by 12.25 inches wide, and 2.5 inches deep.



It has a little ribbon tag connected to the zipper, and the inside is lined with vinyl, making it easy to wipe clean if you used this for something other than yarn.



The bottom flattens, and the material is stiff enough so that it stands up. The Zipper Pouch also comes in other colors and patterns and retails for $15. You can find it in my Thirty-One Gift shop, item number 3045.

The infinity scarf is working up quickly. Fingers crossed, I’ll have it done in a few days and can put another new project in my new project bag.

Crochet Dude Decades Yarn

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Tuesday 29 January 2013 at 6:50 am



I am waiting on some freelance money, which means my play money is on the low side right now, but luckily, I had a few funds left so that I could indulge recently in some new yarn from a line designed by The Crochet Dude. He sent out a newsletter with a promo code that you could use to discount anything in his on-line shop. I ended up getting these two skeins from the 1960s Decades collection in the Blacklight colorway. They are made with 100% extra fine super wash merino, and each skein has 2 ounces/125 yards. I’m not exactly sure what I will make with these. I think there’s enough here for a hat and maybe some fingerless gloves or maybe a shawlette would be nice. I’m curious to see how this knits or crochets up. It is very soft, and the colors mingle from a dark, tonal pink to a pastel pink. Now I will be on the lookout for the perfect pattern for this yarn.

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