Decals, Stitching, and Metal Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 8 August 2016 at 11:41 am

Melt Inkjet Decal Images onto Wood

How to melt inkjet decal images onto wood without visible decal edges. Turpentine dissolves Lazertran inkjet carrier film leaving only the decal image.

An Enchanting Pattern

Connie’s latest addition to her Etsy shop is a sampler fit for a queen, or a princess, or maybe even a prince or two.

Sewing Blythe Doll Clothes?

Tammy is blowing the dust off her sewing machine in hopes of attempting to sew doll clothes for her Blythe dolls.

Beading Arts

Cyndi mixes leather cords and metal links for a cute and easy bracelet tutorial!

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

Jean reviews Cynthia Newcomer Daniel’s fascinating new book, Modern Beaded Lace Beadweaving Techniques for Stunning Jewelry Designs.

Making Cards, Copper Jewelry, Free Pattern, & Beaded Jewelry

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Tuesday 2 August 2016 at 8:57 am

Folding Screen Card Two Ways

A folding screen card is a cute variation on an accordion fold card. It’s made to resemble an oriental room divider screen. Here are two ways to make one.

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

Jean reviews a fab new jewelry design book: Cool Copper Cuffs 25 Metal and Wire Projects by Eva M. Sherman !

Organizing,Before and After

Beads, sewing supplies, yarn,and more! How do you get your craft space organized so you can actually craft?

Beading Arts

Cyndi has collected some more fast and easy projects that won’t make you sweat in the summer heat!

Free Rainbow Circles Pattern

The latest free pattern at Connie Gee’s Designs is the Rainbow Circles chart. It is whole cross-stitch only and could be adapted for any color scheme.

Blythe Doll Dress Sewing Attempt, Almost!

Blogged under Sew Simple by Tammy on Monday 1 August 2016 at 8:42 am

After finally getting organized, I managed to get my sewing machine out and on my sewing cabinet. I think it has been about two years or so since I even turned on my sewing machine, so that was the first thing I needed to check. Does it work?

I already had a doll dress cut and ready for sewing. This is from a free pattern on the Waffle Patterns web site. I am not going to do the applique part, but I do plan to line it with the blue fabric shown. It is so freakin’ tiny, yikes!

I turned on the machine, and yeah, we have power! But, before I risked messing up my first little Blythe doll dress, I decided to test it out. And, boy, I’m glad I did. Everything turns on, and I can get it to stitch, but the stitches are uneven, and my reverse button doesn’t work. Something is wrong with the tension. Ugh!

So, the Blythe doll dress is still on hold for a little while. I need to pull out the manual and check to see if this is something I can fix. I can tell that the machine is very stiff feeling, too. When I work the hand wheel, it’s very tight, and I don’t remember it feeling like that in the past. I’m really hoping it’s something I can do myself since, I’m pretty sure, there are no sewing machine repair places close to me. I don’t want to ship off my machine now that I finally have space to sew. I will keep you posted.

Beads, Sewing, and Crafting Organizing!

Blogged under Crafty Videos,Jewelry Designing,Sew Simple by Tammy on Monday 25 July 2016 at 8:42 am

After chatting some about how I was getting my jewelry making supplies, sewing, and other crafting supplies in order so that I could actually make something, I finally got it together. In this video, I show a before and then an after, from crazy mess to neat as a pin (or almost).

Crafting Around the Web

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 25 July 2016 at 8:39 am

Why Buy When You Can Watch Free?

Eileen explains when to watch free and when you would want to buy a class. Hint: Creative Live classes are up to 50% off until 7/25!

50 Shades Blue Shawl

Another super easy garter stitch knit shawl is done! And the yarn was wonderful to work with.

Beading Arts

Just a few of Cyndi’s favorite makers are featured in a set of new tutorials!

Recycled Guitar String Bracelets

Recycled guitar strings into bracelets! Most of us are into recycling these days and what better way to keep stuff out of the land fill than to make some beautiful things to wear!

Diamond Twenty-Four

We only have one more section left to go in the Connie Gee’s Designs free SAL. But don’t fret, the new Tiny SAL will be coming soon!

Blythes, Beads, and Bobbins

Blogged under beading,Crafty Videos,dolls art/collecting by Tammy on Saturday 23 July 2016 at 10:57 am

I have been participating in the Wine and Dollies videos with other doll collectors and crafters. In this episode, I talk about my bead organization because I’m trying to find room for my sewing machine, and of course, I have a Cherry Beach Sunset Blythe hanging out with me too. I’m a bit of a chatty Cathy in this video, so get a cup of tea or coffee or wine, and come chill with me.

50 Shades Blue Shawl Done!

Blogged under crochet and knitting,learning2knit by Tammy on Thursday 21 July 2016 at 8:58 am

My sister, the Tappingflamingo, bought a gorgeous skein of 50 Shades of Gradient yarn when we were on one of our trips to downtown Cocoa Village, Florida. We chatted about it in one of our podcast episodes. She bought the yarn and then asked me to turn it into a garter stitch knit shawl for her. So it was a win-win. She got the finished product, and I got to knit with yummy and pretty yarn.

This is a very simple design where you start with three cast-ons, and then you knit and increase on each end so that it grows. I just keep going until I use up almost all of the yarn. Unfortunately, I’m paranoid about not having enough to cast off at the end, so I usually end up with an extra bit more than anticipated.

I think this is about the fourth one of these I have made, and I keep telling myself that I need to make something more difficult and stretch my knitting muscles. However, at the same time, I just want to knit and enjoy the process. Oh, and enjoy the yarn. I did like working with this yarn. It feels soft but isn’t so soft that’s slippery and hard to work with. When I made a mistake and had to rip back or tink, it didn’t tangle. I think I only had one knot issue (of my own making), but otherwise, I never had to break the yarn and weave it in the middle of a row. I was hoping the gradient would look less subtle, but I think my sister will like this. Plus, it’s a good color on her.

Heart Locket Necklace & More New Jewelry

Blogged under beading by Tammy on Sunday 17 July 2016 at 3:13 pm

Decoupage, Bead Looms, & Quilt Patterns

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 17 July 2016 at 3:11 pm

Decoupage a Glass Plate with Napkins

How to decoupage delicate napkin or tissue paper without wrinkling or tearing. Eileen’s example also covers how to center a decoupage image on a round plate.

Beading Arts

Summertime is the right time to try a new technique! Cyndi has plenty to choose from…

Free Pom Pom Quilt Cross Stitch Pattern

The free Pom Pom Quilt pattern lends itself to creativity. I chose “spicy” colors for mine, but you can easily adapt it to a color set of your choice. Or, you could even add beads and metallic thread to give it a little bling and sparkle.

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

Jean reviews the super new technique and project book, Guide to Beading with a Loom, by Jamie Cloud Eakin!

Dawn Doll: Blast from the Past Doll Collecting!

Blogged under dolls art/collecting by Tammy on Tuesday 12 July 2016 at 8:46 am

Amazing what you can find when you start organizing your craft clutter! Look who it is! I found this cute little doll. She was a special favorite of mine from childhood. These “Dawn” dolls are tiny fashion dolls that came out during the mid-1970s.

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