My Jewelry Book & Others for $2.99 1/1/14 Only!

Blogged under Good Books, Jewelry Designing, My Crafty News, writing by Tammy on Wednesday 1 January 2014 at 9:56 am

Quayside Publishing has a sale going on today only on a number of craft books, including one of mine, Making Designer Bead and Wire Jewelry: Techniques for Unique Designs and Handmade Findings. This book is out of print, so it is kind of nice to see it is still kicking around, at least digitally now. They are all Kindle versions and are just $2.99 today. Here are the other books available during this sale:

Sweater Surgery: How to Make New Things with Old Sweaters (Domestic Arts for Crafty Girls) 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts and Tips: Top-Rated Favorites from Sewing Fans and Master Teachers

Water Paper Paint: Exploring Creativity with Watercolor and Mixed Media

Scarves and Shawls for Yarn Lovers

Creating Glamorous Jewelry with Swarovski Elements: Classic Hollywood Designs with Crystal Beads and Stones

Jewelry Lab : 52 Experiments, Investigations, and Explorations in Metal (Lab Series)

Working, Working, Working on the Book

Blogged under My Crafty News, writing by Tammy on Sunday 14 July 2013 at 9:17 am

This blog has not had as much attention as it should recently. As usual, I have been juggling many task on  my ever-lengthening to-do list, but one main tasks has been the update of my last jewelry making book The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making (which by the way has a call for entries out). This is an “update” as apposed to an entirely new book, but it is a pretty substantial one. I’m adding fifteen new projects. Three of the fifteen I have contracted out, but even those require my time when it comes to writing up the how-to steps and organizing and labeling all the art work.

This post is not meant to be a complaint. As usual, I enjoy this type of process, but I just has reminded me how much work there is to putting together a book like this. I have to design the projects. This means maybe making multiple versions until I get the “one” that is just right for the book. Then I have to take photographs of how to make each project, and then write copy to go with the photos. After that, I have to label and log each photo, which includes labels added in the manuscript plus a separate art log plus a visual photo list of images that include number, pixel size, and MB size. Plus sending these all away. Oh, and of course, making the finished jewelry pieces that needs to also be logged and then mailed to the publisher for beauty shots.

There are just so many little steps involved. And the, of course, I have to stress a little about what my editors think of the finished pieces. Do they like them? Are they going to come back and tell me something like “we don’t like this color” or “this technique seems dated.” Argh!

So if you wonder where I’m at and why Crafty Princess Diaries is not seeing a lot of love lately, I’m working, working, working on the book!

Templates, Beads, Quilts, Fonts, & Father’s Day

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Sunday 16 June 2013 at 9:14 am

Bead embroidered quilt
Cyndi has put together a tiny little art quilt which uses her new favorite forms of bead embroidery!

Celebrate Independence Day with Free Templates
The Artful Crafter has free party favor templates: one for Canada Day (July 1) and one for U.S. Independence Day (July 4).

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to make a heart doodled Father’s Day card, 20 ways to draw a hedgehog, rubber stamp on a tortilla with food coloring and some fun kangaroo art.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
How to make a recycled magazine font Father’s Day card.

Poetic Art, Quilts, Crochet, Graduation, & Father’s Day Ideas

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Saturday 18 May 2013 at 11:09 am

Art and Poetry
Cherie makes new pictures using her poetry.

Art quilt batting experiments
Have you ever mixed waxed paper with your quilt batting…?

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to fold a Pegasus out of a dollar bill, crochet a magic wand, and recipes for cocoa and green tea rubs.

Father’s Day Craft Tutorials
It’s not too early to think about what you’ll create for Dad or Grandpa. Father’s Day is June 16th!

Money Gifts
With Graduation coming up, one or more of these creative money projects would make a perfect gift for a special graduate.

Sew Pretty T-Shirt Dresses

Blogged under Good Books, My Crafty News, Sew Simple by Tammy on Sunday 5 May 2013 at 5:22 am

Sew Pretty T-Shirt Dresses is a new title from Sixth and Spring Books. It retails for $14.95 and has 25 patterns.

Here is a description from the press release I was sent: “Learn how to make a basic beautiful girl’s dress—without straining your schedule or your budget. Employing a little know-how and a lot of imagination, the designers at Sweet Seams Studio offer easy instructions for transforming a simple T-shirt into a stylish dress for a special little girl. Perfect for tomboys, fashionistas or anyone in-between—the 25 projects use playful quilting fabrics and clever embellishments to create outfits that are anything but ordinary.”

Fabric Fun, Mail Art, Jewelry, and Power

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Sunday 31 March 2013 at 8:57 am

One thing leads to another… how creating an art doll led June to creating a necklace.

Bag Lady in Training
Tammy documents her training as a new recruit for Thirty-One Gifts, a company who sells bags and organizational products.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to measure a book for a slipcover, make a raw edge applique, draw a dramatic portrait and form a caramelle (candy) shaped pasta.

Fabric Photo Magnets
Discover how easy it is to make personalized magnets using a photo and some fabric.

Mail Art Inspires One’s Art
Have you tried mail art? Mail art inspires creativity in both sender and recipient.

Mixed Media Artist
Finding the right background fabric for an art quilt can sometimes be a challenge!

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
How to make a pom pom Easter bunny

Cherie talks about strength and art.

I’m on Fresh Stitches!

Blogged under Around the Web, My College Craft Club, My Crafty News by Tammy on Saturday 23 February 2013 at 11:02 am

I have been making amigurumi from Stacey Torck’s patterns for awhile now. I have taken one of her classes from, signed up for her Design a Monsters class over there, and have been following her blog Fresh Stitches as well. So when she sent out a call for guest bloggers, I knew right away that I wanted to participate. I had a few different topics in mind, but I ended up pitching a topic for how to start a craft club, which she agreed to (yeah!). You can find it published today: Tips for Starting a Craft Club. Thank you, Stacey, for giving me this opportunity!

Weekly Crafting Links

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Sunday 7 October 2012 at 4:11 pm

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a tutorial on how to create your signature initials for your Zentangles, a fun portrait made from confetti, some zombie fun and a yummy recipe for tomato pie.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Eileen shares the how-to for a Sand and Sea themed Glass-Beaded Bracelet.

Mixed Media Artist
Have you tried Derwent’s Inktense pencils? They’re like nothing you’ve ever used before!

Painted Glass Garden Mushrooms
Cherie makes some glass mushrooms for the garden using recycled materials.

Tapping Flamingo
Terry’s Friday photography experimentation takes a look at water.

Fresh Stitches
Stacey explains how her adorable crochet amigurumi owls came into existence.

Free Downloadable Zombie Project

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Saturday 15 September 2012 at 8:49 am

I recently wrote a review about the new book Zombigami: Paper Folding for the Living Dead by Duy Nguyen, and now I have a little something for you to download and enjoy from the book, a free downloadable project. Click on this link pages-from-9781402786464_int_008-049-2 for instructions on how to make Suzie Gravemaker.

Reprinted with permission from Zombigami © 2012 by Duy Nguyen, Sterling Children’s Books, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.

A Few Yarn Related Acquisitions

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Monday 20 August 2012 at 6:30 am

It is pretty rare that I buy yarn without a project in mind, but I have been drooling over this skein from Desert Vista Dyeworks called Happy Birthday Cupcake. It is self-striping fingering weight, and I love the color combination of pinks, browns, blues, and greens. I finally caved and bought a skein because Knitabulls Podcast viewers were offered a 20% code (obviously go to her podcast to get it) for the month of August, which meant I saved a few dollars. All of these yarns are hand-dyed to order, so it took a little while for it arrive in the mail, but finally, I got it the other day. Yeah! I am not really sure what I’ll do with it, maybe fingerless gloves or a little shawlette or scarf?

Here is another new skein in my stash, also fingering weight. This one, again, I have no clue what I will make with it, and in fact, normally the colors are not really my first choice. However, in person I love the softness and the colors are growing on me. I purchased it after watching an episode of the Knit Me Happy Podcast. She was selling this specific colorway, called Munchkin, in her Etsy shop as a way to help pay for the medical care of one of her cats, Munchkin, who was very ill. She was even offering a discount, so how could I not buy this yarn, seriously?

Finally, I saw that Knit Picks is now caring Harmony crochet hooks. I have been curious about these, and as it happens, I had a $5 credit owed to me by Knit Picks because of screwing up my last yarn order. I didn’t have anything but an email from them about the $5 credit, nothing listed in my account. I was told to just remind them on my next order, but I ordered more than enough yarn last time that I didn’t see my buying anything from them in awhile and was concerned that I’d forget about the credit. The size G hook (a size I use a fair amount) was only $5.79, so I figured I’d use up my credit and get a deal on one of these hooks. It is definitely pretty. I need some time to give it a good test run before I decide what I think about Harmony hooks in general.

That’s it, just a few items. I see so many amazing craft products on-line every day that I could really get into trouble if I didn’t have some self-restraint.

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