Video: Knit Notes Book Review

Blogged under Crafty Products, Good Books by Tammy on Friday 10 July 2015 at 8:29 am

In this brief video (a little over 8 minutes), I show and tell you about an interesting book called Knit Notes that is more than just a book. It’s a crafting design tool.

Video Yarn Review: Cascade Heritage Silk Paints

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Thursday 18 June 2015 at 12:12 pm

Video: Yarn Review of Cascade Souk

Blogged under Crafty Products, Crafty Videos, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Friday 29 May 2015 at 2:02 pm

I love Cascade’s Souk yarn, but it might not be for everybody. In this little video, I give you the rundown on the good and not so good points of this beautiful silk and wool blend yarn.

Yarn Love by Mail

Blogged under Crafty Products, Fiber Fun by Tammy on Wednesday 20 May 2015 at 1:03 pm

I fell off my yarn diet wagon just a little with the recent Expression Fiber Art free skein sale. The skein on the far right is 100% silk shimer fingering in the French Macron colorway (and yes it feels like butter); in the middle is her “resilient” super wash merino sock yarn in the Kismet colorway; and then my free skein is “refined” 50/50 merino/silk fingering in the Row of Tulips colorway.

Now to spend countless hours deciding what to make with them!

Disney Cruise Day 2 & 3 Video Review (Part 2 of 2)

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast, Crafty Products by Tammy on Tuesday 19 May 2015 at 4:34 pm

Here is the second part of the review I promised. Like part 1, I cover the pros and cons of my 3 day Disney cruise from Cape Canaveral, Florida to the Bahamas and Castaway Cay.

Video Review: Knit Picks’ Interchangeable Needles

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Saturday 4 April 2015 at 10:59 am

Now that I have had a chance to use my new Knit Pick Options Interchangeable Nickel Plated Needle Set, I put together this video review. I show you what you actually get in this particular set, and I discuss the pros and cons of the set.

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.

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