Jewelry Sales, Stitching, Wreath Making, and Crafting School

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Sunday 4 October 2015 at 4:15 pm

Art Bead Scene

Check out part 2 of Heather ‘Humblebeads’ Powers’ new series – How to Sell More Jewelry! Lots of fab tips and tricks for you!

Diamond Five has Arrived

Connie’s posted the fifth installment of her free SAL (stitch-along). Be sure to join the Connie Gee’s Designs group on Facebook to follow along with other stitcher’s progress and to show off your own.


Make cute pom-pom pets with this new kit.

Make a Burlap Bow for a Fall Wreath

It’s easy to make a simple, big burlap bow to put on a grapevine wreath as a decoration for fall.

Snap out of it, Jean! There’s beading to be done!

Jean presents some thoughts on the great beadist Kim Miles and what she is up to these days.Come see the gorgeous necklace displaying one of Kim’s amazing focals!

Artificial Plants Made from Craft Foam or Paper

How to make artificial plants from craft foam or construction paper. Both materials make lovely succulent plants. Use what you have. Template included.

Beading Arts

Feeling stale? Want to try something new? How about taking a class to jump start you?

Video: Blythe Fake Factory Doll Unboxing – The Red Head!

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Tuesday 29 September 2015 at 12:19 pm

I have mixed feelings about my latest doll, who arrived recently from China. She may turn into a crafting project I was not planning on!

Free Mandala Pattern to Color

Blogged under My Crafty News by Tammy on Monday 7 September 2015 at 3:08 pm

Woot! Time to get colorful with this super cool image compliments of the publisher of Coloring Dream Mandalas: 30 Hand-drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation . Just click on the image above for a larger version, and print it up through your Web browser. I have two more coming this way, so look for them to be posted over here soon.

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 dolls art/collecting,My Crafty News 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,crochet and knitting,Design Ideas,Fiber Fun,Jewelry Designing,My Crafty News 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.

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