Another Baby Ghan Off the Hook!

Blogged under Finished Projects, Social Networking, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Wednesday 11 June 2014 at 5:22 pm



Along with full skeins of baby yarn, I had an assortment of large yarn scraps, so I decided to put them all together and make this 30×30 inch granny square style baby afghan. It’s always nice to work on a simple project like this during the evenings while watching TV, and they work up so fast. Plus, since I plan to do some baby yarn destashing and my niece is pregnant and will be getting lots of baby knits from me, I decided to participate in The Knit Grillls‘ Stash Dash 2014, a yearly event hosted by these podcasters as a way for yarn crafters to clear out their yarn stash, so of course, they can acquire more yarn!

So far, I’m up to 1512 yards, which means I have 3956 yards to go before I reach the 5k requirement or 5468 yards of yarn. Once I get my Fan Afghan done, I will have a lot more yardage to add to my total and a lot less yarn in the stash. I am past the half way point on it. While I am concentrating on my Knit Lab class too, I’m still crocheting when I need some yarn fun where I don’t have to think so much, and the fan stitch is super fast and easy to do.

“Like” Me on Facebook & Get Notifications Too

Blogged under Social Networking by Tammy on Monday 19 May 2014 at 9:39 am


When I left About.com, I was lucky enough to have someone suggest that I take my Facebook page with me, which About.com did let me do. Right now, I have 4,100 “likes” on there. This blog feeds updates directly into that page (as well as Twitter), and I also post now and then anything of craft related interest on there too.

However…………………………….

I recently found out that by “liking” a Facebook page, you simply do that: show that you like it. You do not get any kind of notification of updates to that page. Crazy, right? Even I was not getting update notifications, and I’m the administrator!

InĀ  order to both like and actually receive notifications for any Facebook page, after liking it, you have to click on the Like button again for the drop down menu that you then have to select “Get Notifications” from.

So I’m asking my blog readers to please go to Facebook page, called Jewelry Making and Crafting with the Crafty Princess, and click on the Like button and then click on it again to select Get Notifications. This way, you will receive notifications of updates to this blog in your Facebook feed. In fact, you may want to check other pages you’ve “liked” over there to see if they also need the notifications turned on.

Newsletter Sign-Up

Blogged under Social Networking, writing by Tammy on Friday 27 December 2013 at 4:51 pm

I have been banging my head against a technology wall for awhile trying to figure out a way to publish a newsletter for this blog. I tried plug-ins that didn’t work. I checked into various free services and paid services. Finally, I found one that I hope will be a good fit for this blog and for me. I have a link to it on the side bar (top right), but for those who have not seen that yet, please pop over using this link and sign up for the Crafty Princess Diaries Newsletter. Woot!

Join Crafty Princess Diaries on Ravelry

Blogged under Around the Web, Social Networking by Tammy on Sunday 22 December 2013 at 10:15 am


I have started a Crafty Princess Diaries group on Ravelry and would love some company over there. Here is the link: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/crafty-princess-diaries

The group is for crafty princesses and princess who make any type of crafts, not just fiber related, so stop by and introduce yourself.

Merry Christmas & Enjoy Some Crafting!

Blogged under Social Networking, Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Monday 24 December 2012 at 10:31 am

Coco and I are patiently waiting for Santa to come tomorrow, and my furry and human family would like to wish all my readers a Merry Christmas. This holiday really came out of nowhere for me this year. We managed to finally get the tree decorated after it sat with lights only for weeks, and well, the Christmas cards that I planned to mail out are still sitting on my desk, but hey, you can only do what you can do.

I have caught up on school work and freelance work so for at least the next few days I plan to chill and enjoy myself with some crafting and family fun. I am hoping to finish up one of the amigurumi Craftsy classes I started awhile back (Woodland Animals), catch up on yarn podcasts, and make a necklace using a very cool vintage piece gifted to me by a friend.

What are your plans for the next few days?

Podcast Contests & the Knittynatter

Blogged under CFEs/Contests, Shows, Social Networking by Tammy on Monday 6 August 2012 at 9:26 am

I have to confess that other than all the great information I get from watching and listening to craft podcasts another reason I’ve gotten a little…shall we say…er…addicted to them is that many of them run contests, and ever since I won one over at the Stockinette Zombie podcasts, I have started to pay more attention to them. I am not the type of person who wins stuff, but as of yesterday, I have won two different podcast contests!

The latest one is from a fairly new show called Knittynatter. Zena is the host. She is from the UK and has a wonderful, easy-going personality. I just feel relaxed when I watch her. What I also like about her show is that it is usually under 30 minutes, and generally, she has pretty good show notes. So if she talks about something you can follow links to various patterns. She has been running a monthly contest where members of her Ravelry group can post about their finished objects (or LOLs). You can double dip (meaning you can post to other groups like Dramatic Knits who also has a similar contest), and you can make a post for each item you finish during the month. So the more you make, the more you can enter, and the more chances you get to win.

Podcasts contest can vary. Some are super simple like the Knittynatter, and other are a little more involved. For example, here are a few other contests going on right now (all require that you are a member of their Ravelry group by the way):

Knit Me Happy has a sock KAL for August/September that will include prizes.

Knitabulls is always having lots of contests. Right now there is one to win a knitting bag, but watch her podcast for other contests she has in the works.

Knitting Samurai Plus 1 has an unusual contest now where you post about someone else’s works in progress that you love.

Retro Lemon Studio is having a KAL/contest using toy patterns from the host, Jenna. Some of her patterns are free, and some are paid for patterns, but you can use either.

Almost all the podcasts seem to run a contest now and then. Find the podcasts you enjoy listening/watching, join their Ravelry groups, and enter their contests!

1st Foot of Ravellenics Scarf

Blogged under Around the Web, Projects in Progress, Social Networking by Tammy on Wednesday 1 August 2012 at 6:42 pm


Yeah for me! I’ve made it past the first foot on my scarf for Ravellenics! I have about three more feet to go!

Craft Wars, Tweeting, & a TLC CW Giveaway!

Blogged under Shows, Social Networking by Tammy on Tuesday 31 July 2012 at 5:34 am

Craft Wars will be airing again Tuesday (7/31) night at 8pm eastern time on TLC. This episode is called Bedknobs and and Gluesticks. If you haven’t guessed, it is a bedroom themed challenge, and here is a sneak peek for you.

Along with the usual fast paced fun of the show, those of you who like to participate virtually through Twitter can do so as host Tori Spelling tweets during the show.

To add some more tweeting goodness, each Wednesday following a premiere of Craft Wars there will be a Twitter trivia contest beginning at 12PM ET. Be the fifth person to answer a trivia question about the latest episode correctly and you could win a pop craft from the show AND a personal tweet from Tori Spelling! Click here for all the rules and details.

Joining Ravellenics

Blogged under Around the Web, Social Networking, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Monday 30 July 2012 at 8:27 am

Ravelery.com’s Ravellenics officially started at the same time as the Olympic’s opening ceremony, but for me it really started yesterday when I cast on another attempt at a knit ribbed scarf. This time, I’m hoping no matter how crappy it turns out, I’m going to just push through and not frog it until I at least get 4 feet of scarf finished, dropped stitches and all.

The way Ravellenics works (which was originally called Ravelympics…you can read the back story about the name change if you don’t know already here) is that members of the Ravelry community celebrate the Olympics and take this time to also take on a challenge. Though instead of an athletic challenge, we take on a personal fiber challenge. For me, knitting is still very challenging, so that’s why I decided to focus on it.

Participants pick teams to be part of, and I picked the Minknits team. There are all kinds of other teams, and I did look around and thought about joining more, but I wanted to keep it simple and doable for me since this is the first time I’ve participated in this annual event. For the Minknits team, the basic goal is just to knit…period.

The summer Olympics lasts for 17 days, but since I started on Sunday, I’m a little behind. Instead of 17 I have 15 days, and now I’m down to 14 days. 14 days and four feet of ribbing!

More, More, More Craft Podcasts!

Blogged under Around the Web, Shows, Social Networking by Tammy on Wednesday 25 July 2012 at 8:30 am

It seems like a new craft podcast is popping up just about every day, and I am completely addicted to watching and listening to them. In fact, I have asked my hubby to see about getting me a new car stereo (as a future birthday gift) so that I can download them and listen in the car. I do listen to a few via my ipad when driving, but not all of them are loud enough to do that.

Recently, I updated my blog roll, especially the list of craft podcasts, and I added a bunch of new ones (or at least new to me). Some of these I have had time to watch already, and some I haven’t yet. Hopefully, I will in the next day or so. Now, of course, again many of these are knitting and/or spinning related, but a few cover a few other crafts and topics as well. Still, I’d like to see more diversity in the crafting podcast world, but for now, here’s a list of some of the latest links I’ve added:


3 Stitches

Delusional Knitter

Dramatic Knits

High Fiber Diet

Knit Me Happy

Knit Nerd

Knit Psychos

Knit 1 Heart Too

Knitting on the Fly

Knitting Blooms

Knittynatter

My Ordinary Journey

Noteable Needlework

Purple Photo Kitty

Rain Lover Knits

Single Handed Knits

The Fiberista Files

Willow Fairy Knits

Wolfe Farms


I told you there were a bunch of them! And these are just some new ones I’ve added to the blog roll the other day. Feel free to continue my addiction by suggesting a crafting podcast to add to my list.

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