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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

June Featured EtsyBlogger: Tammy

The EtsyBlogger featured for June is Tammy. Her Etsy shop is http://www.tamdoll.etsy.com/ - Tamdoll SILVER Mountain Originals. She sells wearable art and unique accessories. Here are a couple of my favorites from her shop.

Being into recycling/upcycling as I am, I love Tammy’s “Don’t Be Blue Trendy Plaid Handbag.” It’s an upcycled wool scarf! What a great idea!
Don't Be Blue Trendy Plaid Handbag
And look at this cute mermaid pattern! What fun it would be to make a bunch of these! I think they’re adorable.
Mermaid pattern
Tammy’s blog is tamdoll.blogspot.com. I love it! It’s full of all kinds of crafty info. Lots of tutorials and other instructions and just some great ideas. I had a hard time getting back to writing this blog post because I got all caught up in some of Tammy’s blog posts. Here are a couple that caught my attention.
Look at these great papier-mache’ hearts for Valentine’s Day! (It’s never too early to start planning.)
Papier-mache' hearts
And these cute ideas for decorated match boxes. I love them! They’re so clever!
Decorated match box
I’m sure you’ll find tons of other ideas that will grab your interest on her blog since Tammy enjoys sewing, knitting, crocheting and many other types of crafting.

And one other thing…you can follow Tammy on Twitter here: www.twitter.com/tamdoll

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Finished Baby Afghan

Before I went out of town, I finished my crocheted baby afghan and got it sent off to the the new parents. I had some yarn left over and this was a fun and easy pattern to crochet so I bought the additional yarn I needed and decided to make a second one in the same colors. I could work on it while on my trip and have a baby gift on hand for the next time I need one.

My earlier post showed some beginning photos of the afghan, along with a link to the free pattern online. Here are photos of my finished afghan.

When I first finished the crocheting, I liked the way it looked and wondered if I really wanted or needed to weave in the additional yarn and make the tassels. But what I had was pretty stretchy and didn't hold its shape at all.Finished afghan before weaving in yarn
And here's what it looked like up close. Closeup of afghan before weaving
So I decided to go ahead with the weaving and do it like the pattern. Besides, I had plenty of yarn left anyway so I figured I might as well use it. You weave three strands of yard in and out between the rows. The ends of the yarn become part of the tassels. The instructions were rather unclear but I finally figured out what they wanted me to do. Here's what it looked like after I began the weaving. I used a big eye needle and did my weaving using that. Start of weaving in yarn
I was glad I went ahead and did the weaving. I did like the way the finished afghan looked much better after the strands of yarn were woven in. Closeup of afchan after weaving in yarn
And here is the finished afghan. Finished baby afghan
I got quite a bit finished on afghan number 2 while away. I finished four of the solid color stripes (10 rows each) and just started on my fifth solid color wide stripe. And I haven't crocheted a stitch since I've been home. So much to do, so little time...But I will get it done eventually!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Crystal Elements Class

Time to show you what I made in my other class I took at the Bead & Button Show. I took a class called Crystal Elements taught by Leslee Frumin. We learned how to make beaded beads, squares and trianges made of Swarovski crystals and seed beads using beaded netting. I loved this class! I could make these various elements forever! They are fun to make, relatively easy and beautiful when they are completed. Take a look at Leslee's web site here. If you go to the bead work gallery link, the class I took was the first Crystal Elements. She had samples from all three Crystal Elements classes, as well as the Crystal Lace class. I wish I could have taken all of the classes. The finished items were all beautiful!

Leslee was very well organized. It was fun to take her class. I got to pick the color of my kit in advance by email and I chose Ocean Wave, an assortment of beautiful blue shades with silver seed beads. Here is what I made in my 3-hour class.

First I made this beaded bead made of 6mm, 4mm and 3mm bicone crystals with size 11 and 15 seed beads. It's a little more elongated. We were also provided instructions for a similar bead that is a little more round. I have not made one of those yet.
Beaded bead

The other item I made during class was this open triangle which is composed of 4mm and 3mm bicone crystals along with size 15 seed beads. Crystal triangle

Our class materials included a very nice instruction book that included items other than what we actually completed in class. There were instructions for a square which was very similar to the triangle. We also got instructions for incuding an 18mm crystal rivoli in either the square or the triangle. I bought a couple of kits and rivolis and made this square with rivoli outside of class but before I came home from my trip. Here are photos of both the front and the back of the square. Front of the square
Back of the square
I made one more triangle since I got home which I haven't photographed yet. My friend Carolyn and I went to three different bead stores while we were out of town since we didn't actually attend the Bead & Button sale itelf. I was always looking for various size crystals and bought quite a few, so I will be making more of these crystal items soon!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Back from My Trip

I got home from my trip to Chicago and Milwaukee on Saturday. A little late - you know how they always find some airplane part that needs to be repaired. After two baseball games on Saturday and two on Sunday, I'm ready to get back to blogging.

My first report is of the Wire Forms and Resin class that I took on Tuesday evening. It was taught by Tracy Stanley. I had never worked with resin before and thought doing so in a class would be a good way to get started. Here are the two pendants that I made in class.
One of my class pendants
My other class pendant
I enjoyed the class and resin is definitely something I'd like to do again. I'll have to start looking for little elements to use in future projects. Tracy provided mostly these cute little shells, which I like. The lady sitting next to me brought her own watch parts and made a nice pendant with a steampunk look. I'll add resin projects to my list of all the things I want to do and hopefully someday I'll do more!

If you'd like to take a look at Tracy's web site, take a look here at www.WiredArts.net.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Update

Well, I have been quite remiss in my blog posts lately. I did finish my baby afghan. I will be posting finished pictures of that eventually. And I finally worked on the Shutterfly photo book for my mom of my son's senior year and graduation pictures (from a year ago) that I have been wanting to do forever. It's looking pretty good but needs a little fine tuning and rearranging and some additional captions added. I was hoping to have that done by tonight, but that didn't quite work out.

Tomorrow afternoon I am leaving town for a girls' week away. I am meeting a wonderful friend who lives in California in Chicago. First we will have a sorority reunion weekend in Evanston (Delta Zetas at Northwestern University). Then we will go to Milwaukee to take a couple classes at the Bead & Button Show, but unfortunately we will be leaving before the actual bead show begins. Then I will be returning to Chicago to spend a couple nights with another dear friend that I have known since first grade. (I won't say how many years that is!) The guys in my house will be on their own for a while. But I know they will do fine.

So that means no blog posts for the next week. At least I have a good excuse this time. But when I return, I should have some photos of what I made in my classes in Milwaukee.

I hope everyone reading this is well and has a great week while I am away! And I really will post another update when I get home a little over a week from now!