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.

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)

PatternReview.com 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.”

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