1/31 Last Day to Enter Craft Giveaway

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Saturday 31 January 2015 at 10:04 am

Have you entered to win my January 2015 Craft Supply Giveaway!? No!? Yikes! Today is the last day to enter!

There are 101 members in my Ravelry group, and 129 subscribers to my YouTube channel. That means 4 prizes will be drawn at this point in time, unless more people join.

It is so, so easy! You can get all the details at this link. Click on it Now!

Scrap Cat in Progress

Blogged under Projects in Progress, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Monday 26 January 2015 at 11:25 am

I have an accumulation of yarn scraps piling up, and I need to get on making some stuffed toys for the club’s boutique that will be held in a month or so. My thoughts were, then, to figure out a way to combine the scraps into at least one or two toys.

As I was browsing through my collection of amigurmi and toy patterns, I found an adorable cat on the Little Woollie blog that I had downloaded some time ago. As the blogger admits in her description of this project, her “pattern” is sketchy, but I am figuring out, attempting to re-engineer it as necessary, starting with the square, which I could never find the size it should be. I’m going with about 6 inches, and instead of doing a granny type square (because the stuffing would come out), I’m going with a simple single crochet square using an assortment of brightly colored yarn scraps. (And, yes, that is a Younique makeup bag in the background, which I have discovered hold small balls of yarn perfectly for a project like this.)


I have one side finished and have started side number two. I’m not sure how I’m feeling about the ears at this point. Again, the original instructions were kind of…um…not easy for me to follow, so I ended up just making a row of single crochet and then stitching two stitches together on each end of a section to help create a kind of triangular shape.

I will keep you posted on my progress, and of course, I will show my work as I go and hopefully finish soon through my video podcast.

Book Review: Beading All-Stars

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Monday 26 January 2015 at 6:59 am


Beading All-Stars: 20 Jewelry Projects from Your Favorite Designers (Lark Jewelry & Beading) is published by Lark and came out in September 2014, so it’s relatively new. Retail cost in the US is $27.95 and in Canada $30.95. It is called “all-stars” because the publisher selected what they consider to be “superstar” beaders (not surprisingly who have been published by Lark as well) to design the 20 jewelry projects in the book. Experienced bead weavers will recognize names such as Sherry Serafini, Jamie Cloud Eakin, and Amy Katz for example.

The book is organized with a section for each designer, and in these sections are projects followed by a mini-gallery of her work. The instructions for the projects are very detailed and include colored illustrations, photographs of the finished jewelry pieces, and in some cases design variations. In the back of the book is a nine page techniques section that covers stitch instructions and lots of basic information.

Most of the projects are fairly complex. However, you could easily take parts of some of the projects and use them in different ways. For example, you could take a beaded focal point from a bracelet or necklace and turn it into a pendant and just add a chain or bead strung necklace strand.

For seasoned bead weavers, there is a lot to offer here, and most will be able to settle right into the projects. Adventurous intermediate beaders, I think, will also be able to work through most of the projects. Complete newbies will be inspired by the intricate and beautiful beadwork, but I would hesitate to suggest this as a first-timer’s introduction to bead weaving. It will definitely be something to aspire to though!

TinyKnit Pattern Donation Giveaway Thank You

Blogged under CFEs/Contests, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Sunday 25 January 2015 at 5:32 pm

I have mentioned this a few podcasts, but I wanted to give another shout out and thank you to Linda Browning of TinyKnit.com for offering up one of her knitting patterns as a prize in my January 2015 Giveaway.

For information on how you can enter to win this or a number of other wonderful crafting prizes, read the full details at this link. Along with this great prize for one lucky knitter, other crafters will have a change to win all types of crafting supplies.

Hurry up and enter if you haven’t already. There is only 1 week left of this month!

Bracelets, Beads, Hearts, & More

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 25 January 2015 at 11:13 am

The Plans He Has for Us
Cherie ponders a favorite Bible verse in her creation of art this week.

Beads, Knitting, and Cuteness
Lots of crafting in the latest Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast, including bead weaving, knitting, crochet, ending with a cute photo montage of finished objects.

I Love Resin!
This step by step shows you how to make big buttons new pendants with resin.

Ornaments aren’t Just for Christmas Anymore
Eileen made a bunch of decoupaged wooden hearts and hung them on a Valentine’s tree.

Beading Arts
Cyndi explores using extra wide ribbon as a canvas for simple bead embroidery…and ends up with a cute bracelet!

Book Review: Nicky Epstein Knitting Block by Block

Blogged under Good Books by Tammy on Saturday 24 January 2015 at 4:48 pm



Nicky Epstein Knitting Block by Block came out in 2010 and is published by Potter Craft. It is a chunky hardback book of 240 pages and retails for $29.99 in the US and $34.00 in Canada. The concept of the book is that you can design and create various types of finished knits by simply arranging and stitching knitted blocks.

The book includes 150 block patterns, so there is a lot of technique-type information provided, including graphs and step by step instructions for each block pattern. In the back, there is also a visual glossary of all the blocks with the idea that you could copy the page, cut out the block photos, and arrange them to help you create your own designs. At the very least, you could obviously use the blocks to create a wide assortment of afghan patterns. However, there are projects as well for those who may not be ready to design.

The first few pages of the book include a photo gallery of projects, and then the instructions for thirteen projects are in the last portion of the book. While there are some projects for blankets, the projects also include scarves, sweaters, a tote, and even a few cute toys. Most of the projects are a little on the bulky side, perfect for very cold weather, but I have to admit I was disappointed to see one project, Winter Solstice Hooded Scarf, use yarn fur, real fur, not faux. As I am anti-fur, this bothered me.

Experienced knitters and those who either design already or are thinking of trying to design will find the technical section, which makes up  the majority of the text, interesting and helpful.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Episode 13: To See, or Not to See, FOs

Blogged under Crafty Princess Podcast by Tammy on Monday 19 January 2015 at 5:07 pm

My finger is all better, so I have been very busy crocheting, knitting, and beading!


Intro and Thank Yous, and Jan 2015 Giveaway and current Craft-Along reminders end around 5:58

Crafty Princess Diaries Blog/Podcast Ravelry Group

My Youtube Channel

tinyknit.com

Crafting Tip starts at 6:00 and merges into Finished Objects

Baby hat patterns are from the Craftsy.com “Circular Knit Lab: Hats Four Ways” class.

Moon and Bead necklace is my own design.

Baby Cardigan pattern is from Craftsy.com, “Beyond the Rectangle” class.

Another craft supply storage tip starts around 15:00.

Works in Progress start at 22:00.

M. Richard the Whale

Lion Brand Baby Kimono Pattern #60086AD

Future Projects start at 27:00.

Photo montage starts around 33:00.

Craft-Along info is here, and Jan. 2015 Giveaway details are here.

Thanks for watching!

Beads, Resin, Paint, and More Beads

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 18 January 2015 at 12:38 pm

Art Bead Scene
Check out what talented reader Mihaela Georgescu of Extravaganza Beading has created in response to our January challenge - a stunning piece of wearable art!

Are You Ready for a New Year of Beading?
Eileen certainly wasn’t. In reviewing the year that was, she noticed that she hadn’t been doing much. Here’s why!

I Love Resin
This post features a step by step created after my resin clay and KLIK class at CHA over the weekend.

Craft-Along Announcement!
Catch up on the latest Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast, which includes the 411 on a Jan/Feb Craft-Along!

Alphabet Letters and Picture Wall

Cherie adds to a picture wall in her bedroom.

Beading Arts
Cyndi has a review of Lisa Kan’s beautiful brand new book, Bead Metamorphosis!

Giveaway Reminder

Blogged under CFEs/Contests by Tammy on Sunday 18 January 2015 at 9:35 am

Don’t forget! Heck, January is already well past the mid-point! Have you entered my January 2015 Giveaway? Do you even know how?

You can find all the details at this link, and then get on it folks! If you don’t enter, there is no way you will get a chance to win some wonderful crafting supplies! The deadline will be here very soon!

Visit + Revisit Craft-Along

Blogged under Crafts from the Past, Design Ideas, Fiber Fun, Jewelry Designing, My Crafty News, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Friday 16 January 2015 at 12:35 pm

I am very excited to announce our first craft-along for the Crafty Princess Diaries Blog/Podcast group on Ravelry. It starton on 1/15/15 and end on 2/28/15.

Ravelry group members are invited to “revisit” a previous craft they have tried before and stopped doing for whatever reason and/or “visit” a new craft or project they have never tried before. For example, if you used to spin but haven’t for years, “revisit” it by picking up the roving again and give it a go. If you have been thinking of trying a new craft, like cross stitch, “visit” it by trying it for the first time.

The official thread for the craft-along is linked here, and we have a chatter thread as well.  Participants will start their own post in the official thread and share what they are planning, working on, and how their “revisit” or “visit” is generally going.

Post pictures! Tell us what inspired you. Journal your experiences with us. Keep adding to your own post in the thread as we craft-along together throughout the rest of this month and February 2015 as well.
Finished objects are not required. In this craft-along it’s the process, not the product, that we will be sharing!

I will randomly pick someone at the end of the craft-along who will win a $5 Ravelry giftable pattern.

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