Bead Vlog: Bead Bargain Box & Jewelry I’ve Made

Blogged under Crafty Videos, Jewelry Designing, beading by Tammy on Sunday 10 April 2016 at 9:45 am

I show off some of the jewelry I’ve made since receiving a few Bead Bargain Box shipments.



Charms and Charming Jewelry Designing

Blogged under Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Wednesday 6 April 2016 at 12:26 pm

I have been going in about 20 different directions lately when it comes to making jewelry. One minute, I think that I need to update my Etsy shop and focus on that. Then a book idea pops into my head. Then I think I should focus on my Jewelry Making Studio web site.

Recently, I kind of threw all that out the window for at least a little while and just sat down and designed. And it felt so good! I focused on some cute charms I’ve acquired, and that is where my design inspirations started.

Some of the jewelry supplies I used came from one of my Bead Bargain Boxes, and some came from stash. One piece I made for a gift. It uses a cute “luck” charm and green beads.



I also made this necklace using faceted blue beads and a cute French charm.



My summer break is on the horizon. Hopefully, I will have a better jewelry focus when it comes!

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!

Knit Shawl Vlog

Blogged under Crafty Videos, crochet and knitting, learning2knit by Tammy on Thursday 31 March 2016 at 6:24 am

As I continue to learn how to knit, I’m finding I really enjoy simple garter stitch designs. Here’s an update on my latest knitting progress.

Bead Bargain Box March 2016

Blogged under Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Thursday 31 March 2016 at 6:22 am

Here’s another unboxing video of some amazing beads and other jewelry making supplies I received in my March 2016 shipment from Bargain Beads.


Happy Easter, 2016, Look Back to 1972, Maybe

Blogged under Sew Simple, Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Sunday 27 March 2016 at 4:55 pm


I’m guessing this was taken around 1972. My sisters and I always got “dolled” up for Easter every year. We would get new white sandals, and my mother would make our Easter dresses. Normally, she would buy one pattern that could be adjusted to various sizes so she was able to use the pattern for all three of us, or at least two of us. We are four years apart, so that wasn’t always possible. However, my youngest sister was tall for her age, and I was kind of shrimpy back then (I’m in the center), so sometimes she could make it work.

This photo is a reminder of my DIY roots. Mom sewed back then not just because she enjoyed it but because it was a lot less expensive than buying off the rack. She was a SAHM, and every penny counted. My parents often DIY-ed out of necessity. She made our clothing, from special dresses like these to Halloween costumes to prom dresses to everyday wear. My father fixed our cars himself and made most of our furniture.

Because of their craftiness and frugality, I am able to DIY because I like it, not because I have to.

Knit Sweet Pea Hat Pattern Review

Blogged under Crafty Videos, crochet and knitting, learning2knit by Tammy on Sunday 27 March 2016 at 8:50 am

During one of the Craftsy classes I took, I learned to make the Sweet Pea hat, which was one of the patterns included with the class.



Blythe Doll Review: Spright Beauty

Blogged under dolls art/collecting by Tammy on Wednesday 23 March 2016 at 4:43 pm

Some time has passed since I filmed the unboxing of one of my latest Blythe dolls, Spright Beauty. Now that I have had her in my collection for awhile, I have some additional thoughts on this unique doll.


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.

Blythe Doll Fakie Unboxing - Poseable Body

Blogged under dolls art/collecting by Tammy on Friday 18 March 2016 at 5:46 am

I show off my latest doll acquisition, and wow, I can’t believe how cool this doll body is. I’m so impressed that I’m thinking of doing some DIY doll work and switching out bodies on some of my other Blythe dolls.


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