Upcycled Crafs and Freebies

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 24 April 2016 at 11:34 am

Upcycled Recycling Box

Do you recycle in the bathroom? Many people don’t, and it’s often because there’s no go place to put recyclables there. Here’s an easy upcycled box to hold items for recycling in the bathroom or anywhere else.

Crochet Designing

If you have the right tools and a little crochet knowledge, you can design your own crocheted afghan pretty easily.

Jewelry Creations Using Bead Box Bargain April 2016

I had a viewer ask me, “What do I make with the Bead Box Bargain shipment…well, here is what I made with the April 2016 goodies.

‘Ya Can’t Please Everyone, So Ya Got to Please Yourself’

Don’t compare your efforts with those of accomplished crafters and think you’re not good enough. If you give up, you’ll never get better. This is the voice of experience speaking.

Free Cat Trio Pattern

Like cats? Connie’s got a free pattern that will be perfect for you!

Beading Arts

Upcycling old plastic bracelet bangles into something fun and wearable has become Cyndi’s mission!

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

Jean reviews Jeweler’s Enameling Workshop Techniques and Projects for Making Enameled Jewelry by Pauline Warg. Get the full basics on this wonderful technique and make something pretty!

Flowers, Beads, and Stitching Fun

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 17 April 2016 at 2:36 pm

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

Take a look at what arrived in Andrew’s mailbox! An advance copy of Series 2400 of Beads, Baubles and Jewels! So exciting!

April’s Bargain Beads!

Tammy un-bags her April shipment of bargain beads.

Embellish a Tote Bag with Circles

Cover up the logo on a cloth bag (or a crafty mistake) by cutting out fabric shapes and applying them to the bag. Easy!

Watercolor Passion Flower Cards

Painting something several times teaches you a lot about the subject. How to make it a bit quicker with templates.

Comfy Quilt Pattern

The free Comfy Quilt pattern was one of the first freebies Connie added to the site. Check it out and be sure to look for all the other free patterns she offers.

Beading Arts

Do you have any old plastic bangle bracelets hanging around? Don’t throw them out! Let Cyndi show you how to quickly and easily upcycle them into something you’ll love to wear!

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

Jean reviews the book More Lovely Knitted Lace Contemporary Patterns in Geometric Shapes by Brooke Nico. So pretty!

Crafts Around the Web

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 11 April 2016 at 11:09 am

Draw a Map of Your Daily Route

Look at your routine in a new way by drawing a map of your route to work or school.

Embossed Aluminum Postcard Art

Embossed aluminum postcard art is made with inexpensive aluminum foil tape stuck onto scraps of card stock. Four examples using different techniques.

Interested in a great creative learning opportunity this summer?

Allegory Gallery is pleased to present: Creative Camp! This weekend intensive features workshops taught by Eva Sherman, Heather Powers, and Cynthia Thornton!

What Inspires Me When Making Jewelry

Having a hard time coming up with beading ideas? Terry Jeanette of the Tappingflamingo gives you some ideas…


Charms make for a great way to start jewelry designing just for the fun of it.

Beading Arts

Cyndi shows you how to finish up and “frame” a single block quilt.

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

Jean reviews Play with Chain Mail: 4 Weaves = 20+ Jewelry Designs by Theresa D. Abelew. Lots of fun!

Free Journey Proverb Free Pattern

Graduation season will be here before we know it. Connie’s added a super simple free chart that will be great for making up in to graduation cards. It is also suitable for a friend who is moving or making a job change.

Craft Links!

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 3 April 2016 at 12:27 pm

Local Landmark Cutouts

Celebrate a favorite local landmark in your crafting by making a cutout of the shape of the building or a skyline.

Bead Unboxing

March means lots of green beads, which is the case with this unboxing video showing the March shipment of bargain beads.

Online Learning at CreativeLive

Eileen is a big fan of CreativeLive, especially since she received a free class: Watercolor 101 with Molly Murrah. Read how you could too. Choose classes in photography, crafts, art, design, business & more.

Diamond Seventeen

Connie’s added the next section of her free SAL. There’s still time to get in on it if you haven’t started yet!

Beading Arts

Cyndi is starting the painful process of de-stashing!

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

Jean reviews the delicious, versatile recipe book, Change Your Sauce, Change Your Life ~Easy Plant Based Sauces to Blend, Whisk, and Shake~ from Positively Vegan by Kim Miles–it’s marvelous!

From My Crafting Peeps

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Wednesday 23 March 2016 at 4:36 pm

How to NOT Gain Weight On A Cruise

Today’s video is a tip…Did you know the average person gains 5 to 10 pounds on a 7 day cruise? Not me….Here is how I do it…

Tape Resist Painting

Tape resist painting is a classic project done with kids, but it’s fun for adults to try, too. Sarah made hers with painter’s tape and watercolors.

Teddy Bear Love

This video reviews both a cute crochet teddy bear pattern and the Craftsy class that comes with this pattern.

This T-Shirt Bag is No Slouch

How to sew a reversible t-shirt bag. This t-shirt bag is sturdier than the average t-shirt tote bag because it’s double-thick and has a reinforced bottom.

Beading Arts

Cyndi’s newest beading project looks like an alien spaceship!

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

Jean reviews a fascinating book which delightfully combines two crafts into one beautiful craft to greet spring: Origami Jewelry!

Flashback to the Past

One of Connie’s favorite stitchers shares a project she created from a free pattern that is a blast from the past. And still available too.

Crafting Tutorials & Reviews

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 13 March 2016 at 12:57 pm

Clasps, Part 1

An easy tutorial on how to make a shepherd’s hook clasp for you jewelry.

Make a Washi Tape Rainbow

To celebrate National Craft Month and St. Patrick’s Day, Sarah experimented with making rainbows out of colored tape.

Some Bunny Time

The Crafty Princess reviews an amigurumi crochet bunny pattern.

Spring Cards: One Layout — 3 Variations

Copy a layout you like. Then make some variations. Eileen used a birthday card layout for a 25th anniversary card and a St. Patrick’s Day card. Think spring!

Beading Arts

Are you a fan of beaded beads?

Stacked Squares

Chanda stitched this model of the Stacked Squares pattern from the Connie Gee’s Designs Etsy shop - and she even dares to show off the back of the project. (It’s very neat.)

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

Jean reviews the very thorough and extremely helpful book, Crafter’s Market 2016:How to Sell Your Crafts and Make a Living, edited by Kerry Bogert. It might change your life in a positive way!

Beads, Stitches, and Crafting Fun

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 6 March 2016 at 4:44 pm

Paper Bead Review

Terry Jeanette, Tappingflamingo, experiments with her paper beads. How do they hold up if they get wet?

Sisters Craft and Podcast

Do some virtual crafting as you watch this fun podcast from the Crafty Princess and Tappingflamingo.

Crocheted Edging on a Tea Towel

Make your kitchen a little cuter by adding simple, colorful crochet borders to tea towels.

Art Therapy with The Artful Crafter

Art therapy ideas to help you weather the flu: craft videos & online classes, sketching, mixed media art that’s not too taxing and lots of rest.

Beading Arts

Cyndi shares a fun and easy method for binding and finishing a small quilt!

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

Jean reviews Rebecca Ann Combs super new book, Kumihimo Jewelry Simplified: Learn to Braid with a Kumihimo Disk–so pretty and fun!

Diamond Fifteen

Connie’s added the next section of her free SAL. There are only 10 more sections to go, but there’s still time to get in on this project!

Craft Link Goodies

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 28 February 2016 at 5:22 pm

Crochet for Knitters: Chain and Single Crochet

Sarah is trying to improve her crochet skills this year, and she’s sharing tips and tutorials for knitters and others who haven’t yet mastered this fun craft.

Everything’s Coming Up Rosy

The latest free chart at Connie Gee’s Designs is Rosy Square and it has blossoms to brighten your day.

My Twinn Doll Art

The My Twinn line of dolls, at one time, were truly works of art no longer available these days.

Book Review: Art & Faith by Cherie Burbach

Cherie’s Burbach’s new book, Art and Faith: Mixed Media Art with a Faith-Filled Message, is a beautifully produced compendium of art narrated by the artist.

Beading Arts

Cyndi shares her tutorial for a small quilt that “celebrates” a life experience :-)

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

Jean goes off the grid and onto the griddle as she explores a different form of creativity: she reviews a fun new cookbook! It’s The Clever Cookbook,Get-Ahead-Strategies and Tips for Stress-Free Home Cooking !

Beads, Knitting, and Crafty Legal Info Too

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 21 February 2016 at 9:36 am

Make a Creativity Station

Do you store project supplies near where you would actually use them? Here’s how Sarah made space for frequently used items where she needs them.

De-Stash for Charity Alert

The Crafty Princess is clearing out the old to make way for the new and donate part of the proceeds of craft her de-stash to charity.

Patent and Copyright Basics for Art You Intend to Sell

If you plan to decoupage paper napkin images onto something to sell, check these patent and copyright basics. Paper napkins contain someone’s art.

Necklace Redo Video

Don’t like a piece of jewelry? Well, redo it. In this video, Terry shows you a piece that she made and was not happy with. Then re does the piece and shows it off.

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

Jean reviews the delightful, fun and informative book, Knitting Ephemera!

Beading Arts

Cyndi shares a tutorial that will help you to feature a few special beads in a great wire bracelet!

Diamond 14

The next section of Connie Gee’s free SAL is available. It is the third of four florals. Get it on the SAL today

Art Bead Scene

Check out Claire’s inspiring art bead selection to match this month’s challenge!

Beading, Stitching, and More Crafting

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 14 February 2016 at 1:26 pm

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton

Andrew kicks off his month-long Creative heART Challenge with a collection of necklaces! Check out what he made!

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

Jean reviews Jewel Loom Inspirations, a marvelous and fun book for beaders by Julianna C. Avelar!

Valentine Heart Shaker Card

Eileen made a Valentine heart shaker card filled with red confetti hearts using her Silhouette. See how and download your choice of PDF template or SVG file.

Have Fun with Found Object Drawings

Try to look at common things in a different way by making drawings starting with found objects.

Stitch an Encouraging Saying

Connie’s added a new free pattern with a meaningful saying that will be perfect for a card or a framed design. Be sure to save it now!

Bead Vlog

Tammy’s creating sparkly jewelry with her bead bargain box goodies.

Rich Mom Videos

If you have been thinking of dusting off your Etsy shop or starting one, then you may want to watch what Rich Mom has to say.

Beading Arts

Cyndi shares an easy wire bracelet that only LOOKS complicated!

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