Ravelry FOs Sept. Giveaway

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Wednesday 2 September 2015 at 3:07 pm

The Sept. 2015 Finished Objects thread is now open on my Ravelry group. All types of crafts are cool to share. You can find out the details on how you can enter to win a copy of Coloring Dream Mandalas: 30 Hand-drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation by heading over to this link and reading the 411 on it.

Crafting Memories!

Blogged under Good Books, My Crafty News, writing by Tammy on Monday 3 August 2015 at 8:16 am

Woot! I have been mentioning this through all my social media outlets and through my video podcast, but just in case you missed it, my new novel is out and available through Kindle download on Amazon. It is called Crafting Memories, and below is a brief description:

Tess Dudley Forrester finds herself forty, unemployed, and wondering: Had it been a mistake for her to leave her secure job as a craft book editor so many years ago to pursue a career as a teacher? How long will her husband’s good nature last as she navigates depression and tries to reconfigure her career goals? While Tess tries to understand the fickle nature of fate, along the way she discovers a distant family relative’s journal and letters that open up a tragic chapter from her ancestors’ lives, a mother/daughter suicide. At first, this discovery is just a distraction from her own troubles, but eventually, as she digs into her family’s past, she also takes a journey of self-discovery. Along the way, she reconnects with her knitting and crochet friends, is tempted by a man who may be the answer to her future in more ways than one, and remembers how much she enjoys the art of crafting, both with her hands and her words.

You can read the preface and first chapter for free if you go over to the listing (here) on Amazon and click on the “Look Inside” option.

Video: Amazing Blythe Exhibit

Blogged under My Crafty News, art dolls by Tammy on Saturday 25 July 2015 at 9:02 am

If you caught Episode 24 of my Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast, then you know I’ve been falling down the art doll world. The more I learn, the more fascinated I’m becoming. So when I found this video that shows off amazing Blythe dolls that have been re-imagined into little miniature works of art, I had to share. Get a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy!

Video: BIG News! Craft Novel Published - Podcast No. 23

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast, My Crafty News, Publications from Moi by Tammy on Wednesday 1 July 2015 at 10:26 am

This 23rd episode of the Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast is a little different than usual. In the first eight or so minutes, I cover administrative stuff like the July FOs giveaway and show off recent finished objects and works in progress, and then at about 8 minutes into the podcast (for those what to know the BIG news NOW and skip ahead), I reveal some big news about my newest publication. Squee!

Book Review: Felt, Fiber, and Stone

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Friday 8 May 2015 at 12:01 pm

Felt, Fiber, and Stone Creative Jewelry Designs & Techniques by Suzanne O’Brien is published by Schiffer Publishing and retails in the US for $16.99. I’m going to admit that I hesitated to write this review because the aesthetics of the finished projects are not my personal taste. However, after thinking it over for awhile, I realized that I actually know a few fellow jewelry makers who would probably have a different opinion. The style of the jewelry is very unique. I would describe it as organic and even a little primitive. The publisher has a few pages available for review here, so I think that is really helpful to get an overall feel for the visual approach of this book.

As far as techniques go, there are a few I did find interesting, and they could be applied to all types of jewelry constructions. For example, I like how chunky stone beads are stitched onto some of the crocheted areas of the jewelry pieces. Another method I liked was the use of felt flowers that you can make yourself and then stitch together with beads.

One other issue I had with this book has to do with the general layout. There is just a lot going on here to the point that I felt it could have been easier to follow if less was pictured on each page. I understand that this is artistic type jewelry so the format of the book follows that idea, but when layout overtakes visual clearness, that is a problem. Some of the photos of the finished jewelry pieces, for example, actually have text placed over the top of it so you can’t really get a good look at the jewelry.

If you are looking for ways to integrate fiber into your beaded jewelry, then this book is definitely worth looking at. If you are the type that likes artistic jewelry with a rustic flair, then this also might appeal to you.

(A review copy of this text was provided by the publisher.)

Visit + Revisit Craft-Along

Blogged under Crafts from the Past, Design Ideas, Fiber Fun, Jewelry Designing, My Crafty News, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Friday 16 January 2015 at 12:35 pm

I am very excited to announce our first craft-along for the Crafty Princess Diaries Blog/Podcast group on Ravelry. It starton on 1/15/15 and end on 2/28/15.

Ravelry group members are invited to “revisit” a previous craft they have tried before and stopped doing for whatever reason and/or “visit” a new craft or project they have never tried before. For example, if you used to spin but haven’t for years, “revisit” it by picking up the roving again and give it a go. If you have been thinking of trying a new craft, like cross stitch, “visit” it by trying it for the first time.

The official thread for the craft-along is linked here, and we have a chatter thread as well.  Participants will start their own post in the official thread and share what they are planning, working on, and how their “revisit” or “visit” is generally going.

Post pictures! Tell us what inspired you. Journal your experiences with us. Keep adding to your own post in the thread as we craft-along together throughout the rest of this month and February 2015 as well.
Finished objects are not required. In this craft-along it’s the process, not the product, that we will be sharing!

I will randomly pick someone at the end of the craft-along who will win a $5 Ravelry giftable pattern.

Book Giveaway, Victorian Ornaments, and Bezel Hearts

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Wednesday 17 December 2014 at 9:59 am

Need a Hand!
Someone is going to get the cutest monster for Christmas!

Beading Arts
Cyndi has been making more pieces using ribbon…it’s amazing what all you can do with it. AND, she has a fabulous new book to give away!

Victorian Candy Cone Christmas Tree Ornaments
Make lovely Victorian cone ornaments for the Christmas tree. These close at the top so you can hide little trinkets and candies inside. Free template for download!

Carmi’s Art/Life World
Would you like to participate in a heartfelt resin exchange? I will ship you two bezel hearts if you do.

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:

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