Last year was fantastic for me, but I had one big secret I had to keep for several months - and the cat is finally out of the bag! I am now a Craftsy Instructor! I've filmed one fantastic class, and I get to give away the class to one very lucky Moogly reader!
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When Craftsy invited to me to come teach this class - later named "Quick and Easy Crochet Cowls" - of course I jumped at the chance! I love Craftsy classes and take them every chance I get! But I have to admit, there was a little bit of trepidation. As much as I love making tutorial videos, my hands are usually the only thing on camera. Could I really get in front of the camera... all the way in front?
Scary, but I had to say yes - I wasn't going to miss such an amazing opportunity (deep breaths! deep breaths!)! So back in October I flew out to Craftsy headquarters in Denver, Colorado for a few days. And what an amazing few days it was! Filming from morning to evening, bright lights and tons of fun. They made it feel like the most natural thing in the world.
There were so many highlights of my time at the Craftsy studios. Hanging out with an amazing crew, getting my hair and makeup professionally done (thank goodness! for all of us!), and meeting other Craftsy instructors. The funniest part was when we figured out every one of the instructors there that week originally hailed from the same state, Illinois!
And while my time in Colorado was a crazy whirlwind, it had taken several months of hard work to get to that point. I was humbled by how much goes into each and every Craftsy class! Outlines, deadlines, step outs, demo pieces, lots and lots of phone calls and Google Hangouts, and even wardrobe shopping (turns out my blogger uniform of pajamas isn't really camera ready). The staff at Craftsy walked me through everything and were always super super fun and easy to work with.
Even though I felt a sense of accomplishment when the class wrapped up filming, I kind of didn't want it to be over. Sure, part of it was the mini-vacation of nights in a hotel room all to myself. But I loved my time at the Craftsy studios and hope I get to go back someday soon!
Of course, when I was done filming, the crew wasn't done - they had to edit out (most of) my flubs and blunders... and hopefully some of the robot dancing. But at last the class is nearly ready to debut - and will do so later this month!
So I am just thrilled to finally be able to spill all the beans, and share what I've been up to! The class is called "Quick and Easy Crochet Cowls," and is sponsored by the fabulous Lion Brand Yarn company. In the class I walk you through some fantastic patterns - all of which teach a variety of different techniques! If you've learned the very basics of crochet and are ready to really get into this hobby, it's the perfect class to take.
My job for this class isn't done either. As soon as the class debuts, I'll be answering any questions and chatting it up right on the class platform on Craftsy - like all Craftsy classes, it's all online, ready to be watched at your own pace. I can't wait to see what you all think!
And while the class isn't out just yet... I still get to give away one class enrollment to one lucky reader! So if you'd like to spend some time making cowls with yours truly, then...
Yep, just click the words up there. If you don't have a Craftsy account (which is free!) or aren't logged in, then you'll have to create an account or log in... and then you'll be entered! If you're already logged in, then clicking is all you need to do. And because this class is all online, you can enroll from anywhere in the world - and the giveaway is open worldwide as well! So get back up there and click! The giveaway will end on January 11th at 11:59pm MST, and I'll announce the winner on the 12th!
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Oh, this is awesome, Tamara! I have often thought that you and Craftsy would be a heaven made match. How exciting!
😀 Thank you Sarah!!
Congratulations! Your skills and generosity have opened fantastic opportunities for you. God Bless!
♥ Thank you so much Deborah!
Jessie At Home
Happy (robot) Dance!!!
You look great
Thank you so much Alishia! That was a big step for me!
Jann from Newton Custom Interiors
I can't wait to watch your class Tamera! Very exciting!
Thank you so much Jann! It was such a pleasure meeting you!
Congratulations. I hope I win.
😀 Thank you BJ!
i learned to crochet with Craftsy! I've also learned a lot from your tutorials! I'm excited!
😀 Thank you!
Congratulations on your new adventure. You are a wonderful teacher. Love the items that you made. Are the patterns that you used also on Craftsy?
Am I really entered for the class if I just click above? It took me to Craftsy, but didn't ask for any info or anything and I wasn't currently logged in to their site. ??
Thanks and I look forward to seeing your classes. Congrats!
I've been told that that's all it takes! If you want to be sure, you could always log in, then come back to Moogly and click the link again. 🙂 Thank you!
I am very excited! I love Craftsy and I love your projects, so this seems like a match made in heaven! Congratulations on being an Etsy instructor; I can't wait to take your class!
Oh my goodness--I said Etsy instructor. I meant Craftsy of course! Sorry! 🙂
Thank you so very much Jennifer!
I LOVE the beige one!! Congratulations and Best Wishes!!!
Thank you so much Tina!
Congratulations Tamara! I've learned so much from your tutorials, and I love your blog! So you deserve this excitement 🙂
Thank you so much Petra!
Tracy G in SLP
Congratulations! I'm feeling lucky today since I'm wearing my Artfully Simple scarf made in Lion Brand Amazing 😉
😀 Awesome! Thank you Tracy!
I'm so proud of you for filming your first Craftsy class! Thank you for the opportunity to win a spot in the class. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
Thank you so much Erica!! Good luck!
That is so exciting!! Congrats to you and I will make sure to check out the class! Here's to you teaching more classes in the future 🙂
😀 Thank you so much Qiana!!
Congratulations Tamara! I love all your tutorials and this is one more step on the ladder of your success. So excited to see you having so much fun, and I look forward to your class 🙂 ~Shawne
😀 Thank you so much Shawne!
OMG I am So excited for you!! Your video tutorials have ALWAYS been so helpful and awesome! I cannot wait to take this class... win or not..it's still a win!
😀 Thank you so much!!
Eeeek!!!! Craftsy & Tamara? Together? Oh my gosh so much win!!! What an amazing end to 2014/start to 2015. Get it girl!!!
😀 Thank you so much Amanda!!
Oh man! I hope they didn't edit out the robot dancing! Congrats!
Haha, we'll see! 😀 Thank you!
Congrats! I love crafty classes and would love to win yours! I'm a newbie crocheter and have found your sight to be so helpful as I'm learning. Thank you!!
Thank you Carrie!
Wow! What a fantastic opportunity! Go Girl!!!! 🙂
😀 Thank you!!
Very exiting post and great opportunity! Just found your blog and can't stop reading 🙂
😀 Thank you so much Tatsiana!
It says Web page not found. .. eekkkkk! Help I don't want to miss this
It seems to be working now, hopefully it was just a temporary glich!
Congratulations! You've helped me so often and I'm excited to see that you've become affiliated with Craftsy classes!!
😀 Thank you so much Janis!
CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so happy for you! I've been following your blog for over a year now and I love it! You really do deserve it. Congrats again! I hope they didn't edit out that dance XD
😀 Thank you so much Tia!
Congratulations! I hope I win! Love your patterns, thanks for all that you do for us "hookers" LOL.
Thank you Linda!!
How exciting! The projects look beautiful and so do you!
Thank you so much Phillys! 😀
How awesome! I really hope I win, but if I don't, this might just be a class I will have to pay for! I absolutely love your patterns and have made quite a few of them.
I love craftsy classes, I bought several. I also love moogly. What a great combination. I hope I win.
Thank you Lisa, good luck!!
You were in Colorado and didn't come over...I would of baked a cake....How awesome so happy for you your cute thang you!!!
😀 Thank you DeAnna! They did keep me pretty busy, lol.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to win access to your Craftsy class. I am so excited to enroll once it is available (whether I win or not). 😀
This is sooooooo exciting Tamara!!!!!!! Sooooooo stinking happy for you!!!!!!
Yeah for Illinois 🙂
There's something about our state - over half of Hollywood is from Illinois too - very very weird 🙂
ps. I love the scarf you are wearing for the video - it's a GREAT visual - makes me want to learn more about what you're teaching!
Thank you so much Ericka! 😀 It was hard to keep it a secret for so long lol!