Dazzle-It Blog Hoppers!

Blogged under Around the Web, Jewelry Designers/Artists, Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Wednesday 19 March 2014 at 11:48 am

Woot! Look at this long list of bloggers who participated in The Newfangled Neo Chain Blog Hop! We made some amazing jewelry, so get a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy!


Tammy Powley - The Crafty Princess Diaries

Lisa M Pace – It’s In The Details

Ann Butler Designs - Creativity Stirs the Soul

Suze Weinberg - Leap…..and the net will appear!

Lisa Fulmer - Lisa Liza Lou

Roberta Birnbaum – DecorablesArt

Vicki O’Dell – The Creative Goddess

Charlotte Gordon – Atmosphere and Symphony

Amy Bowerman Stucki – Plucking Daisies

Suzann Sladcik Wilson - Beadphoria

Kristi Parker Van Doren - Kristi’s Creative Cafe’

June Beach – Beach Haus Designs

Jewelry Book Give-a-Way

Blogged under Jewelry Designers/Artists, Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Tuesday 26 July 2011 at 7:00 am


Margot Potter, famed jewelry designer, weblogger, TV personality, etc., has another new book out. This one takes a unique and contemporary approach to making bead and wire jewelry. It’s called New Dimensions in Bead and Wire Jewelry: Unexpected Combinations and Unique Designs, and you can read the full book review that I wrote about it over at my About.com Jewelry Making site.

After you read the review, come back and leave a comment answering the following questions: Have you mainly used beading wire just for stringing up beaded jewelry, or have you ever used it in a more 3-D kind of way or any other unique method? If you haven’t, is there a reason you haven’t? If you have, then what did you do that is different than the usual straight bead stringing?

I will have a random drawing for a copy of Margot’s newest book after the deadline for this give-a-way, August 26, 2011. So basically, you have a month to enter. You can post as many times as you like, but I will just put in one entry per name. Make sure you include your email address so that you can be contacted in case you win. Winners will have 72 hours after they are contacted by me via email to reply. After that, I will draw another name if I don’t receive a reply back. This offer is good only in the US or Canada. The winner will receive the book through USPS media postage. Good luck!

My Island Craft Purchases

Blogged under Jewelry Designers/Artists by Tammy on Thursday 20 May 2010 at 9:33 am

While my cruise experience was not that pleasant, walking around the streets of Nassau next to the port was at least something to do. I was surprised at how many designer shops (Carter for example) were scattered among the little mom and pop stores. I didn’t even think about going into the fancy shops. Other than the fact that my purse wouldn’t allow me to buy anything in there, I wanted to buy items that were more suggestive of the Bahamas, not stuff I could buy at a department store in the states.

Of course, I bought the usual t-shirts, tropical shirts for my hubby, and other items that I know are imported. However, as we walked along the streets we managed to discover a few home-grown crafters selling their work.

The wood fish above was hand-carved and painted by Celestine Albury. She had a spot under an awing, a simple table full of her beautiful carvings. With the leftover wood pieces, she made jewelry, lots of earrings which I totally regret now not buying a pair of.

Speaking of jewelry, another vendor I purchased from was a young woman selling jewelry. I didn’t catch her name, but she so reminded me of myself when I first started out. She had all kinds of gemstone jewelry along with some made of wood and shell. Granted, some of the parts and pieces she might have imported, but she assembled the final pieces for the most part. I purchased some shell earrings, wood earrings, and a tiny conch pendant.

I only saw a tiny portion of Nassau, but I was disappointed that I saw so many imports and so few crafters. I was really lucky to find these two artists among all the imported merchandise.

Encouragement from the Jewelry Trenches

Blogged under Crafting a Career, Jewelry Designers/Artists by Tammy on Wednesday 24 February 2010 at 5:30 pm

Included on my “after the book is done to-do list” is to resuscitate my poor little (sad) Etsy shop. I think I’ve got something like 3 things in it right now! But, it takes time if you want to make a go of anything, especially a business. Sometimes I wonder why I even bother when I have so little time to devote to it and there are so, so, so many jewelry people over there.

Then I read one of the latest “Quit Your Day Job” articles, and I realize that yes, it does take time to develop a successful shop over there (as in it’s not going to happen over night, folks) and yes, it can actually be worth it if I ever do find the time. This series is always enjoyable and informative, but one of the more recent additions is even more so because it features a jewelry designer, yeah!

K. Gardner Designs talks about how she started with just a small investment and eventually turned her jewelry business into a full-time gig. As of this post, she boasts an impressive 1,838 sales, and her membership dates back to January 2008 (which may or may not be the date she started her shop since many members, like myself, open accounts but not necessary shops right after joining).

One detail that I noticed after taking a look at her shop is that like many of the more successful Etsy shops, K. Gardner’s shop is very focused on a specific style. She has a niche, a look, a signature if you will: “Chic Jewelry for Bridal and Everyday” is how she puts it. She isn’t all over the road trying to sell 10 different styles of jewelry or even a mix of crafts for that matter. In fact, I know some Etsy members will open more than one shop just so that they can create a niche feel to each one.

This idea of “niche” is something I’m still trying to figure out myself over there, so perhaps that is why it was so noticeable to me. I like to make so many different types of jewelry as well as other crafts that finding one focus has been difficult. For writing, being all over the road trying all types of techniques has worked for me because it means I have more to write about. However, a clear focus is really something I think is important if you are trying to stand out in a sea of other crafts in a network as large as Etsy.

Jewelry Packaging Counts!

Blogged under Crafting a Career, Crafty Biz, Jewelry Designers/Artists by Tammy on Wednesday 23 December 2009 at 8:23 am

Kenneth Fron, known for his beautiful beaded necklace designs, sent me a jewelry piece to include in the gallery section of my new book. Of course, I can’t show you the necklace (you have to wait for the book to come out), but I can show you this beautiful box it came in. And, when you open it, he has the necklace secured in a wonderful necklace box as well.

Packaging for jewelry (and really any retail item) is so important, and I often think designers are so focused on the item they are making that they don’t consider the final step in the process when selling it. This is really critical when you consider that fact that most of what we sell these days is through the Internet. If you sell in a store, then there isn’t that “ah” factor you get when you receive an item in the mail and unwrap it. This is another chance to “sell yourself” to the customer, to show that your work is quality and that you are there to pamper him/her. Take some notes on on Kenneth has done it!

Amazing Chic Metal Jewerly

Blogged under Good Books, Jewelry Designers/Artists, Publications from Moi by Tammy on Wednesday 9 December 2009 at 7:18 am


I have been on the look-out for select jewelry designers to participate in the gallery section of the new book I’m working on. In particular, I need pieces to reflex the various techniques in the book, one of which is metal work, fabrication and also soldering. Of course, the first person I thought of for fabulous metal jewelry is Victoria Tillotson. Her work has been sold in HSN, through various boutiques, and her web site as well; Plus she has an excellent book out, which I reviewed a while ago.

Anyway, I received her jewelry submissions for the book the other day, and I was totally wow-ed by them. I mean…they look great in her on-line shop, but when you see them in person, there’s just no comparison. They are hefty pieces, well-constructed, and finished to perfection. Even my husband, the extra meticulous engineer, was very impressed. I’m so honored to be able to include some of her jewelry in my book’s gallery!

Flower Designing CFE from CraftSytlish

Blogged under Crafty Biz, Crafty Products, Jewelry Designers/Artists, Jewelry Designing, My Crafty News by Tammy on Saturday 6 September 2008 at 9:27 am

Pictured left is a crochet flower project from Craftstylish contributor Linda Permann. It is one of a number of flower related projects posted at Craftstylish to help promote a new call for entries they have posted:

Make summer last all year long with the second CraftStylish Challenge: Flower Power. Create a pretty flower in your own crafty style, post a picture to the challenge gallery (below) and you could bloom as one of four lucky winners. How lucky? Four-leaf clover lucky—four winners will receive the ultimate embellishment package: an assortment from the new Crafty Chica Craft product line, the fab Crafty Chica book, The Crafty Chica Collection: Beautiful Ideas for Crafts, Home Decorations and Shrines from the Queen of Latina Style, and a copy of the smokin’ hot premiere issue of CraftStylish Quick Gifts to Make.

As with any CFE, make sure you read and understand all the fine print before entering. Even if you aren’t interested in participating in the CFE, definitely check out the free flower projects they have available.

Birthday Jewelry Sale

Blogged under Jewelry Designers/Artists by Tammy on Thursday 17 July 2008 at 6:50 am

Kenneth Fron NecklaceNecklace Guy, Kenneth Fron, is celebrating his birthday during the month of July by having a sale on his web site. During the month, if you buy any of his one-of-a-kind necklaces, you will automatically receive $25 off the price when you check out. He’s got it set up automatically so you don’t have to mess with coupons or codes or anything like that.

Pictured is his piece called Oceanique, made with quarter size round, double-sided “coin” powder blue color Tahitian mother-of-pearls, (15) 8mm round turquoise Swarovski crystal beads, (1) Sterling Silver gemstone slide clasp.

Have a craft sale of your own going on or a special announcement you’d like to make? Let me know (tammypowley [at] yahoo.com), and maybe I’ll blog about it here on the Crafty Princess Diaries.

New Margot Potter Bead Book!

Blogged under Jewelry Designers/Artists by Tammy on Saturday 28 June 2008 at 7:33 am

She’s cranking out another crafty bead book, folks! Yes, it’s hard to believe, but Margot Potter, aka The Impatient Crafter, has yet another book out called Beyond the Bead. However, you will have to be patient rather than impatient because its publication date is February 2009. But…..on the flip side, it’s up and ready for early ordering over at Amazon.com, so that means, you would be some of the first jewelry crafters to get it.

You can find out more about her new book, which as per the title obviously is way more than just about bead jewelry, and hey, we don’t expect anything less from Margot, and you can read a wonderfully inspiring interview of her as well over at the Art Bead Scene Blog. Jean Yates asks Margot about her current career transition and her philosophy concerning empowering ourselves through crafting!

Crochet is Cool!Double Take on Doubestitch?

Blogged under Around the Web, Crafty Videos, Jewelry Designers/Artists by Tammy on Wednesday 18 June 2008 at 7:56 am

Has anyone seen all the talk on the crafty web about the new book out by a couple of talented crocheting sisters, Erika and Monia Simmons called, Double Stitch: Designs for the Crochet Fashionista ?

For the longest time, knitting has been hogging all the crafty glory, but thanks to these sisters, finally, crochet chicks are coming out of the closet and showing how cool it is to crochet. Yeah! According to the interview, their designs are fairly simple, hmmm…definitely sounds like a Crafty Princess kind of book.

Take note here crafties - These gals have been crocheting since they were kids; this is something they love to do, have done for a long time, have a knack for it, and voila, it became their niche. If you are still trying to find your craft niche, then this is something to think about - seriously, ya know?

You can see a brief interview along with the authors at NBC5.com and I found a Double Stitch fashion video for you too.

Their book is published by Interweave Press, who has a few pages of it you can get peeks at on its web site (though they are pretty tiny as far as reading the print). And, of course, Amazon.com has it for sale too.

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