Beads, Furniture, and Yarn

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 10 October 2015 at 2:09 pm

Art Bead Scene

Julie shares a beautiful and contemplative post with us - and asks you to give yourself permission to create.

Etsy Shop Updates

Charlene shares a new feature under prototype at Etsy.

Floating Diamond Pattern

Connie’s added a new free pattern that will be suitable for any season just by changing up the colors. Make a Halloween or Christmas ornament, or use the design for a special card. Since it is whole cross-stitch only, it will be a quick stitch.

How to Crackle Finish Furniture and Other Large Projects

Do you enjoy adding crackle finishes to crafts? Before you try to crackle finish furniture & large items, there are some important things you should know.

Beading Arts

Whatever happened to the seed bead amulet bag craze?

No Knitting Book!

Want to play with yarn but don’t want to learn to knit or crochet? Then this book review is for you.

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

Jean reviews a stunner of a jewelry design book which you will love: Handcraft Wire Jewelry: Chains Clasps Pendants, by Kimberly Sciaraffa Berlin. Check this one out–it is unique and fantastic!

Craft Book Reviews, Clay Fun, and More

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Tuesday 29 September 2015 at 12:17 pm

Amigurumi Book Review

A new video-based book review is up on the Crafty Princess’ YouTube channel.

DIY Tassel Necklace

This simple necklace can be made in about five minutes from a tassel keychain. Easy and on trend for fall!

Halloween Square Pattern

Connie’s added a free Halloween-themed chart that will be a treat to trick out with buttons, beads, or charms.

Beading Arts

The perfect time of year for copper and turquoise together! Cyndi shares a tutorial for a necklace you will want to make…yesterday.

My Grandmother’s Fruit Salad

Here’s a recipe that has been popular in our family. Over the years, friends and in laws have enjoyed it and continue to make it for their family.

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

Looking for easy crafts to make for the upcoming holiday season? Jean reviews the fun-filled felt crafting book, ‘Tis the Season to Be Felt-y ! Don’t miss this one!

Repair Clay Sculpture DIY

Is this clay sculpture beyond repair? Eileen’s puppy smashed it; then ate some of the pieces!

Jewelry Inspiration and Free Downloads

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 20 September 2015 at 12:39 pm

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

Labradorite was the inspiration for the Warrior Stone Challenge. See what the participants made with this lovely kit!

Art Bead Scene

Do you like a beady challenge, asks Michelle!

Bead Crochet

The Crafty Princess reviews a new book about bead crochet.

Beading Arts

What do you do when you’re no longer thrilled with a pendant you’ve made? Remake it, of course!

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

Jean continues to be interested in making 5 wrap bracelets and shares some thoughts and tips!

Silhouette Word Art Stencil

Design a Silhouette word art stencil on cheap self-adhesive shelf liner. Links to free font downloads used and how to ungroup, weld and slice letters in Silhouette Studio.

Colors, Threads, and More Crafting

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 13 September 2015 at 1:55 pm

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

This just in! Pantone has announced the Fashion Color Report for Spring 2016! What’s your favorite choice for Color of the Year?

Chalk Paint Plaque — Something Wonderful

Recipes for chalk paint and how to use it to create an inspirational wall plaque.

Art Bead Scene

Check out Claire’s inspiring take on this month’s challenge painting - and her art bead selections to whet your appetite!

Get Colorful

Coloring intricate designs is a new trend for adults and a great way to relieve stress. The Crafty Princess has a free downloadable image from a new coloring book available on her weblog.

Blue Mood

Connie’s added a new chart to her Etsy shop that will be easily adapted to any holiday or season. Find links to all her pattern sources in the blog as well.

Beading Arts

Cyndi shares some strategies for combining bead embroidery with free form beadweaving.

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

Jean reviews a fab book by Keiko Sakamoto on wrap bracelets: DIY Wrap Bracelets, 25 Designs using beads,thread, ribbon,cord and more. So fun!

Crafting from Around the Web

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 7 September 2015 at 1:14 pm

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

Soldering is fun and Andrew has been obsessed with making rings. But… he took a short break to whip up a pair of earrings!

SAL Diamond Three

Connie’s posted the latest Diamond section for the free SAL (stitch-along) and she shows two different examples of how it could be stitched.

Necklace Tutorial

Crystals, Pearl beads, and chain make up with colorful necklace that has an antique feel to it.

Art Bead Scene

Check out September’s gorgeous new challenge piece from artist Vanessa Bell!

Decoupage Outdoor Furniture

Products and techniques to decoupage outdoor furniture including step-by-step picnic table directions.

Beading Arts

One of Cyndi’s favorite pieces won a Silver medal in Fire Mountain Gems’s seed bead contest!

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

Jean discusses the beauty of wrap bracelets and shows her most recent creation!

10 Finalists Recognized in 10th Annual Halstead Grant Competition

Blogged under Around the Web, Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Tuesday 1 September 2015 at 5:20 am

Here’s a press release from Halstead about its grant competition!

PRESCOTT, AZ (August 18, 2015): The 10th annual Halstead Grant recognizes jewelry design excellence and business strategy acumen with a $6000 award in addition to industry recognition for 10 Halstead Grant Finalists. Finalists receive recognition on in addition to feedback from the judging committee to help build their businesses.

Hilary Halstead Scott, President of Halstead and founder of the Halstead Grant says, “After 10 years of judging grant competitions, we can say without a doubt that most of our past finalists have gone on to successful, long-term careers. This year’s applicants are a select group of amazing emerging artists.” Each group is listed in alphabetical order.


Samantha Skelton Jewelry Design based in Fairview, Pennsylvania.

Top 5

Bonde: Jewelry that graces the skin and honors the body

ENJI Jewelry Studio: A public statement on an intimate, ornamental scale

Letters to Sarah Metalsmithing: Adornments that celebrate passion and place

Seth Papac: Jewelry to make you feel gorgeous, confident, special, and FIERCE

Tenzabelle: Magical, hand-crafted amulets that tell your story

Top 10

Alexandra Lozier: Natural elements in dramatic jewelry settings

Lucia Pearl Jewelry: Smart, clean, wearable designs inspired by city life

Nicolette Absil: Delicately illustrated jewelry in enamel and metal

Olivia Shih: Gemstone and metal jewelry inspired by bold, organic elements

VIELA, Ltd: Cast metal jewelry imprinted by the forest and the sea

About the Halstead Grant

The Halstead Grant competition began in 2006 to inspire the pursuit of excellence in design and business practices in the jewelry arts community. Applicants must submit a design portfolio in addition to elements of a successful business plan including marketing strategy, production capacity and financial analysis.

Halstead’s mission is to support jewelry entrepreneurs with quality jewelry supplies and great service. The company was founded 40 years ago and is now managed by the second generation of the Halstead family.

Crafting Freebies & How-To’s

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 29 August 2015 at 1:41 pm

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

For August, the Inspired by Reading Book Club read, “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern. See what the participants were inspired to create with this fantastical book in mind!

Christian Art Greeting Cards

Cherie introduces some new greeting cards she’s made with her artwork.s/

How to Sew a Pillow

This easy pillow tutorial uses scrap fabric (from an old receiving blanket) to make a perfect pillow for a little kid’s rest time.

Video Book Review

The Crafty Princess takes a look at a new book called “Super Cute Crochet for Little Feet.”

Lost Earring Cleverly Replaced

Eileen lost one of the earrings the very first time she wore this pretty set. Don’t you just hate when that happens?

Snap Out of It, Jean! There’s Beading to Be Done!

Jean reviews the spectacular new book, Fine Art Wire Weaving by Sarah Thompson — what a great design book!

Beading Arts

Cyndi has rounded up some of her favorite tutorials from the blogosphere this summer, and most are pretty easy and quick!

Connie Gee’s Designs

Connie has added a new free pattern to her site. It is the first in a series of vase-themed patterns inspired by motifs from vintage samplers.

Art Bead Scene

Check out Mary’s review of the new book ‘Handcrafted Metal Findings’ - it looks awesome!

New Craft Projects from Around the Web

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 23 August 2015 at 11:21 am

Doll Experiment Wrap Up

Malibu Barbie is back to give a wrap up of the doll crafting experimentation, good and bad.

Whiten Yellowed Plastic

Do you know how easy it is to whiten plastic yellowed by age? Eileen demonstrates on her Ott task lamp and also whitened a Braun juicer with awesome results! Everything old is new again.

DIY Chalkboard Sign

Getting ready for back to school? This easy chalkboard sign is made out of a canvas and is a great prop for first day of school photos.

Beading Arts

Cyndi has posted a new tutorial for an older piece she just rediscovered, “Portal to Dreams.”

Treasure Hunt

Connie’s added a new pattern to her Etsy shop called Treasure Hunt. It would be great for an ornament or card.

Crafting Goodness Freebies, Tips, and Tutorials

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 16 August 2015 at 9:14 am

Diamond Two is Posted

Connie has posted the second section of her free SAL - there’s still plenty of time to join in on it. She also added a new free pattern this week, so be sure to check that out as well.

Art Bead Scene

Check out this sweet summer necklace tutorial from Mary!

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

Dreaming Tree is the latest challenge hosted by Andrew. See what the participants made from the fluorite-inspired design kit!

Amigurumi Tip #2

This video tips helps you pick out the perfect amigurumi pattern for success.

Good Morning Starshine Card Designed in Silhouette Studio

How to make and design one-of-a-kind greeting cards in Silhouette Studio.

Beading Arts

Just when you think there are no interesting materials left to try out in your jewelry making…

Crafting Around the Web

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Saturday 8 August 2015 at 10:05 am

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

The July selection for the Inspired by Reading Book Club was, “Swamplandia!” by Karen Russell. See what the participants were moved to create after reading the book!

Do You Suffer from Craft Room Envy? Embrace Your Space!

Don’t suffer from craft room envy. It’s satisfying to work with what you have and make it better. See two working craft rooms and their happy owners.

Connie Gee’s SAL Works in Progress

Several stitchers from the Connie Gee’s Stitchers group shared photos of their stitch-along works in progress. It is interesting to see how each stitcher is putting her own spin on the project.

Wire Jewelry Video

Learn a little about metal wire used for jewelry making in this new video.

Beading Arts

Cyndi found a bracelet that she forgot to share in a tutorial! It’s the bracelet that started her on the path to writing her e-book “Arm Candy”.

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