Ola! My 1st Dummies Book in Spanish!

Blogged under My Crafty News, writing by Tammy on Saturday 18 October 2014 at 1:01 pm

I received a nice little surprise in the mail the other day, three copies of Beading for Dummies in Spanish! You won’t see my name on the cover because I worked as the “creative consultant” on it. This was the first Dummies book I worked on, and later came Jewelry Making & Beading For Dummies, which I did co-author.

I’m in Beads and Beyond!

Blogged under Jewelry Designing, My Crafty News by Tammy on Saturday 11 October 2014 at 8:58 am

Check out pages 38 to 39 in the November 2014 issue of Beads & Beyond for an with me!

Episode 5 Coming Soon!

Blogged under My Crafty News, Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Sunday 14 September 2014 at 9:44 am

I am preparing to record the fifth episode of my Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast. With each episode, I learn a little bit more about this whole process, and I continue to get encouraging feedback from my audience, small as it may be.

If you have missed any or all of the previous four episodes and want to catch up, there are two ways to watch. First, you can stay here on my weblog. Just select the category (listed on the right) for the Crafty Princess Podcast. I have embedded the videos there along with show notes and links related to each episode.

Another option to is to watch directly through my YouTube channel; you just miss out on show notes. However, the cool thing about YouTube is that you can subscribe to my channel and get notifications sent to you when I have uploaded a new video.

Finally, here are links to each show, which I try to keep under 20 minutes each:

Thank You Knitting Podcast Blog!

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Thursday 21 August 2014 at 11:08 am

I just want to give a quick shout out “thank you” to the Knitting Podcast blog for including Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast in the “feature” section of their weblog! For those who may not be familiar with this blog, it has a huge feed of knitting, fiber, and related crafting podcasts, both audio and video, so you can check on it daily to see if any new podcasts have been published. I know there are a lot of apps that you can do this with, but I find it just easier to bookmark this blog list and check when I have time to watch.

Decoupage, Keepsakes, Bracelets!

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Sunday 10 August 2014 at 12:41 pm

A Bead A Day
Lisa shares her love for tiny little jewelry making elements. It doesn’t take much for her inner child to make an appearance!

How to Add an Antique Finish to Decoupage
Antiquing a decoupage project is very simple, but it’s important to do steps in the proper order.

Resin Crafts Blog
Learn to make the Charming Charlie Keepsake Bracelet - Created for Scrapbooking.Com Magazine

Carmi’s Art
A closer look at my resin projects published in Tammy Powley’s “The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making.”

Podcast Pilot
The princess puts herself out there in her pilot podcast!

Beading Arts
Buttons make a wonderful accent on a bead embroidered bracelet!

New Floors & Reorganizing Craft Supplies

Blogged under My Crafty News, Projects in Progress, Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Friday 18 July 2014 at 12:04 pm



My craft-room slash home-office is also the main room my cats like to hang out in, probably because I’m usually in there writing, grading papers, and making stuff. We have been planning to put in new flooring (as our 15 year old carpet was beyond…well…beyond!), and we finally got some major work completed this past weekend (forgive the spots on my dirty camera lens). It meant taking tons of furniture, books, craft supplies, and more out, and then my contractor (aka husband) painted the walls (a putty color) and installed engineered hardwood flooring.

What a long weekend, especially for him. To say he had zero energy left after all of this is putting it mildly! So, of course, we did not get everything done in one weekend. We did, however, get the cats settled in there while we wait until this weekend to finish the details like the trim. They have all given it the kitty paws up!




After the trim is finished and a few spots of missed paint added, we can put the furniture back in there. This gives me a chance to do some rearranging and reorganizing. I plan to move all my jewelry supplies that were on one desk into a different room (which I will then have to reorganize as well). Since adopting the cat crew a few years ago, it has become just about impossible for me to bead in this room because they all like to help me.

I had just about figured out how I wanted to arrange the furniture back in the room, removing some and adding an old Popasan chair that my cats love, when we came into a snag. This is the snag:




Doesn’t Chanel and Herbie look ubber comfortable? This is in the living room now. We crammed most of the furniture in there, and set up a desk with my computer so I could still do some work. One of the tables, we - for no reason other than it fit - set next to my desk, and I threw an old dog bed on top of it and a small afghan on top of that. Well, the LOVE IT! This spot is right next to me now as I type, and there is almost always someone there, near me, hanging out, enjoying the comfortable spot where they can sprawl and lounge together while still being near me.

This set up with the table and cushion on it next to me was not part of my plan! Ack! But, even my husband has realized we are going to have to figure out a way to get this set up configured in my room when we move all the furniture back.

I know it is crazy to arrange furniture to accommodate cats, but seriously, how cute are these two? How can I say now them?


Free Wire Wrap Tutorial from My Book

Blogged under Free Craft Projects, My Crafty News, writing by Tammy on Thursday 3 July 2014 at 1:03 pm



The second edition of my book The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making is hitting the shelves (virtual and otherwise) this month. To get a look at some of the new additions to this book as well as a free wire wrapping tutorial, head over the the Craftside blog.

Mystery Yarn

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Friday 30 May 2014 at 11:31 am



So I have one cake of this yarn. What to do? What to do? I’m getting some good advice over at this Ravelry thread. It seems to be some kind of mystery yarn because no one over there so far has heard of this type of Noro before.

Books and Cards and Jewelry

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Monday 12 May 2014 at 8:57 am

Resin Crafts Blog
What else can you do with resin filled bezels? Why make art cards!

What will a group of jewelry designers make working from the same materials?
Check out what the participants of the Deep Waters Challenge made! Each of the pieces is inventively unique!

A Bead A Day
Are you taking time to yourself to allow creativity to flow? Lisa gifted herself with a Saturday and was inspired to create!

Mixed Media Artist
Do you want to be able to add digital effects to your mixed media artwork? Here are some places to start…

Beading Arts
Cyndi has some metal goodies from Fire Mountain Gems to give away!

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!
Jean writes about a reunion which she had with her sister and her cousins last week which included great memories, delicious food, and jewelry!

Creating a Poetry Book Cover
Cherie talks about the process in designing the cover for her latest poetry book.

Jewelry, Paper Crafting, and Lights!

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Sunday 4 May 2014 at 10:42 am

Art Bead Scene
Check out our new monthly challenge artwork - 18th century oil painting ‘Capriccio Padovano’ by Bernardo Bellatto.

A Bead A Day
Do you have the urge to alter your beads and components? Lisa’s pondering the reason why she sees smiley faces on yellow charms.

Finding Inspiration in Reading
Check out what the participants of the Inspired by Reading Book Club made for the April selection, “Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri.

Egg Earrings Complement Eggs in Nest Charm Bracelet
Make these quick, easy, eminently wearable earrings to go with the Eggs in Nest Charm bracelet Eileen shared last month or to wear on their own.

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!
Jean has a review and a giveaway of a fantastic new book by Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson, WIRE + METAL, 30 Easy Metalsmiting Designs, at her blog! Hooray!

Mixed Media Artist
Is it possible to know too many techniques for creating background papers for your mixed media projects? Cyndi thinks not!

Beading Arts
Cyndi has written a second chapter to her book “Bored By Back Stitch”, in which she shows you how to combine bead embroidery stitches for more complex motifs and designs.

Resin Crafts Blog
Jewelry Clay and Jewelry Resin can be combined to create new dimensional objects and jewels.

Golden Glass Sculpture With Solar Lights
Cherie makes a couple solar lights for the yard using plates and ashtrays.

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