Crafty Princess on Sabbatical?

Blogged under writing,Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Sunday 18 September 2016 at 9:39 am

Hi Blog Readers! I though I’d pop over here as I try to get through today’s very long “to do” list and check in and tell you that all is good with me, and I apologize for not coming by and blogging like I usually do. I haven’t even had time to do any videos for my Youtube channel lately either. My only excuse is that I’ve been very, very busy with work, writing, and life. It has been busy in a good sense, but that still means it limits my time.

As far as work goes, my real job is teaching college English, mostly writing classes, and that started up late last month and continues to increase as far as my workload. Of course, I love my job, but it can be “all consuming” sometimes and , obviously, has to be a priority. Anyone who knows a smidgen of what a teacher does knows that it is not a nine to five job, so often we teachers work nights and weekends.

For the writing, I am coordinating a number of projects right now. I’m working a few hours a week writing blog posts (about one or two a week) as well as managing the Facebook page for I’m very excited about joining up with Janice Parsons and beadshop since I have known her from my very early days online when I worked for About dot com. In addition to this little writing gig, I’ve been focused on a personal writing project that I have mentioned briefly in some of my Blythe doll and other doll collecting videos. It is another novel and the protagonist is involved in the dolly world. I’ve made a lot of progress on it over the past few months, so I am starting to see the end in sight. Once it’s done, I will go back for a massive rewrite, but I’m just trying to get that first draft out, and this is a book-length fictional piece, so yup, that means lots of words.

Life is good otherwise. My husband is supportive of all my craziness. I guess after almost thirty years you could say we are each others’ BFFs still. And the pets are happy and healthy and demanding and spoiled.

I’m not sure when I will get caught up on blogging here and other activities that are normally part of my life, but I will try  to squeeze out a post now and then. I hope I don’t lose anyone along the way. I’m still a little addicted to Facebook, so if you don’t follow me and want to, you’ll find me over there.

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.

My Book of Essays Published!

Blogged under writing by Tammy on Wednesday 3 December 2014 at 6:19 pm

Look what showed up at my front door (in a box with other copies)!

I have had kind of an off day, working on some not-so-fun school stuff and feeling generally icky, may be fighting off a cold. When I heard the door bell ring, I had just managed to take a short nap with the hope I would gain some energy, so I was a little irritated that I had to get up and lug a box inside. I had completely forgotten about this. I expected it to be published after the first of the year. So, yeah, me! It’s done! Two years of my life wrapped up between a softback cover….

It is also listed on already: Women of Florida Fiction: Essays on 12 Sunshine State Writers

Index, Joy, Joy

Blogged under writing by Tammy on Sunday 2 November 2014 at 12:49 pm

This is why you have not seen much crafting on my weblog lately…..My latest book is “this close” to publication. While I have had a number of academic articles published, this is my first venture into publishing an academic book. My co-author and I have had this in the works for about two plus years, and we are now at the fun part of doing tasks like proofing and compiling an index. Maybe you have been under the impression that creating book parts like an index is not that fun to do. Well, you are totally right! It is like watching paint dry, but it is one of the non-glamorous parts of writing, one of the “you go to do what you got to do” chores that is an important part of the finished project. I’m going to allow myself a little yarn time today, and then I’m back at indexing…search, type a number, comma, search, type a number, comma….Joy Joy!

Ola! My 1st Dummies Book in Spanish!

Blogged under My Crafty News,writing by Tammy on Saturday 18 October 2014 at 1:01 pm

I received a nice little surprise in the mail the other day, three copies of Beading for Dummies in Spanish! You won’t see my name on the cover because I worked as the “creative consultant” on it. This was the first Dummies book I worked on, and later came Jewelry Making & Beading For Dummies, which I did co-author.

Free Wire Wrap Tutorial from My Book

Blogged under Free Craft Projects,My Crafty News,writing by Tammy on Thursday 3 July 2014 at 1:03 pm

The second edition of my book The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making is hitting the shelves (virtual and otherwise) this month. To get a look at some of the new additions to this book as well as a free wire wrapping tutorial, head over the the Craftside blog.

Jewelry Book on the Horizon!

Blogged under Publications from Moi,writing by Tammy on Sunday 16 February 2014 at 6:10 pm

I got the laser copy (aka galleys) of the new edition of The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making. This was sort of my weekend project in between feeling sick and also getting other crafting done as well as a little housework.

This is a step in the publishing process that is kind of interesting but also very tedious too. The interesting part is that you get to finally see it all put together after sending parts and pieces of documents, images, and finished jewelry to the publisher for months. The tedious part is that you have to go through and review/edit/proof everything! This is my one chance before it hits the printer to make sure everything is right, and of course, that is not really possible. I try. I am actually known as being very detail oriented. (Any place I ever have worked I used to drive people crazy with this in fact. Don’t ask me to read over something unless you really want to know what I think, LOL!) But, of course, I’m not perfect.

That said, it looks pretty dang good! There are a ton of new projects and a whole new gallery section. This is the largest book I’ve ever worked on. It’ us HUGE! It is packed with loads of techniques and projects. If I’m counting correctly, this has 49 projects.

I’m not 100% sure when this will be out. Possibly we will see it on bookstores this April, but as soon as I do know, I will be telling everyone. I actually have not worked on any jewelry books in awhile and thought I needed a break from them, but I am now thinking otherwise. Wheels are turning.

Journal Giveaway from Pretty Things

Blogged under CFEs/Contests,writing by Tammy on Friday 3 January 2014 at 9:41 am

Lori Anderson from the Pretty Things blog has “the” perfect giveaway for the new year: journals. Now before you say that you do not have time to journal…wait…These are five year journals with just a few lines for each day, so you end up just having to write a few sentences. You are not committing to writing pages and pages of text, just a note every day about your life. I think that is pretty cool and doable for most people. Plus, it would be neat to sit back five years from now and read it.

Entering is pretty easy, but you can head over to her blog and get the details. As usual, Lori has another very cool idea to share with the creative community. Good luck!

My Jewelry Book & Others for $2.99 1/1/14 Only!

Blogged under Good Books,Jewelry Designing,My Crafty News,writing by Tammy on Wednesday 1 January 2014 at 9:56 am

Quayside Publishing has a sale going on today only on a number of craft books, including one of mine, Making Designer Bead and Wire Jewelry: Techniques for Unique Designs and Handmade Findings. This book is out of print, so it is kind of nice to see it is still kicking around, at least digitally now. They are all Kindle versions and are just $2.99 today. Here are the other books available during this sale:

Sweater Surgery: How to Make New Things with Old Sweaters (Domestic Arts for Crafty Girls) 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts and Tips: Top-Rated Favorites from Sewing Fans and Master Teachers

Water Paper Paint: Exploring Creativity with Watercolor and Mixed Media

Scarves and Shawls for Yarn Lovers

Creating Glamorous Jewelry with Swarovski Elements: Classic Hollywood Designs with Crystal Beads and Stones

Jewelry Lab : 52 Experiments, Investigations, and Explorations in Metal (Lab Series)

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!

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