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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ugly Betty Stencil Help on: January 28, 2011 07:09:00 AM
I'm not a 'kid' but I'lll act like one... LOL

Here you go.. the picture wasn't very high quality - but this is what I converted for you, quick, down and dirty...

Hope that helps!

2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Sewing machine works fine for a few stitches, then makes a huge knot! on: January 22, 2011 06:51:23 PM
My machine was doing this do a while back.. and duh.. (to me) the simplest fix ever was... I was using the wrong size bobbin for my machine. As soon as I got the right size this stopped. So, as silly as it sounds, are you using the right size bobbin (there are different sizes).

Good Luck! I too have felt this pain!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Hand-made does not mean it's worth less! (Mini-rant...) on: January 10, 2011 06:55:11 PM
I totally feel all you pain! I've had just about all these experiences at one time or another.. ranging from LOVE to HATE of an item I crafted.

Personally, I think there's a couple of things about people that can be 'generalized'. Some people who look at the gifts as worthless are  

1. Not crafty or skilled themselves and hence, cannot appreciate the time and effort, let alone the thoughtfulness and heart that went into the item
2. Some are jealous that they cannot do such things, and it comes off as snobbish
3. Others may feel 'cheated' since they didn't get an 'expensive' gift, and these people are very shallow and materalistic
4. Those that feel somethings are cheap don't know the value of time and effort. They're the ones that will buy everything at tremendous prices and put forth very little effort in many things of their own (including their self)

Those that do appreciate crafts/crafting/hand-made items are probably just about the opposite!

The thing is, I put more thought and effort into many of the things I craft. I've always told my children that I love anything that they made, even if it isn't the best of the best, because it's from their heart. My children are now 19 and 21. The 19 yo loves nothing more than to pipe up on a weekend and say 'lets make something, mom!" The 21 yo is a major in graphic illustration at a private art college, and he says it's because he was always inspired by our crafting when he was a child that he loves to draw and wants to do it for a living. So for those that never see the value in crafting or homemade items, just look into the eyes of my son and see the gleam that comes from them when he is drawing. Eat his dust because he's a junior in college and just had his first art show and a job offer for storyboarding for the largest advertisement agency in the state. Who says crafting isn't valuable?? I say, life is TOO short - CRAFT until the end! No apologies necessary for gifting of yourself and from your heart, and too bad for those that don't see/appreciate the value of such!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Artistic Journal? Teesha Moore Style on: January 10, 2011 05:45:43 PM
I've been long lusting and wisting over the Teesha Moore type journals and pages that you all have been creating. You're all so talented and crafty. I thought I'd give this a try. I've been crafting/styling pages and have journaled in some, and one of my 'resolutions' this year was to share more of my crafting... so this is my first post of this type.. and I present you with my pages... comments, criticisms, or questions always welcome!  ~ Tammy

Hopefully, I have more time to create some more!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Swirls and Flowers Checkbook Cover on: January 10, 2011 05:31:50 PM
I've had the same checkbook cover for about 10 years now. It finally imploded and completely fell apart the other day. So what's a girl to do? Well, Craft her own of course. It's not much, but I had fun making it, figuring it out and then with the sunny and flowery checkbook cover - maybe I'll smile instead of scowl every time I have to pay a bill??

It's worth a shot.. 

Front (and back looks the same)

Inside pockets

I took my old checkbook cover and made a pattern. Cut the cloth, did iron on interfacing and sewed her up.. No fuss, no muss about 1 hr of time.

Enjoy - Questions, comments or criticism always welcome  ~ Tammy
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Root of All Evil Shrine on: January 10, 2011 05:25:42 PM
This is a strange and sorted story...

It all started with the Rutabaga of Death  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=332531.0

My business associate on the west coast is a computer programmer, and from time to time, I ask for upgrades to the system or special programming. And, so it started.. He would start saying "if I'm lying, then I'm a rutabaga." (hence the above post). Once he received the rutabaga, this has become a running joke for us. He would also send me items from vending machines. When he walked past a vending machine that had the 'items in a plastic bubble' for 25 cents, he would always look to see if there is something interesting. One time, he found the pope and all the saints in a bubble and as luck would have it, the pope appeared. Hence, now on my computer, I have the pope set up to 'bless' the computers, as it were.. (geek humor)

Well, last week, I asked for some special programming to be done, and he said that the only way that would get done is if there was another root vegetable sacrifice to the programming gods. So, being the stubborn and crafty person I am, I really want this feature in the program, so I crochet a new root vegetable - a carrot.

The carrot then needed a suitable altar to be sacrificed upon. So, I present the Adam (programmer's name) Altar Root of all Evil.

I bought a small box at Joannes, and stained it with some inks. Then began the crafting process. The front is paper and paper border in Teesha Moore fashion, I drew the "A" and added the root of all Evil.

Then on the inside, it was only fitting that the pope make an appearance. I made some hanging beads. Placed a picture of the pope and a border, again  in Teesha Moore fashion. Added a funny button and printed the word "Root" on it with paint.

On the opposite side, I placed a 'fence' to hold the crochet carrot. The background paper is a picture of all root vegetables. Then added some stickers of a radish and carrot with silly faces.

The back is a paper that has 'hopes - wishes - promises' etc watermarked on the paper. Then I added some beer glasses and bottles (he loves micro or home brew), and again a Teesha Moore style and border.

I hope he doesn't read or belong to craftster, since I just mailed it off to the west coast this morning. It just makes me giggle to send this to him and hopefully I'll get my programming done! LOL.

Questions, comments always welcome! ~ Tammy

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ideas please - too many doors, too little space on: November 29, 2010 08:18:01 PM
I concur ... Looks like from your drawing that the bedroom door could become a pocket door that slides into the long wall. Leave the Hall door as is. I would then consider a bi-fold door for the closet. it would stay stationary, and only open a few inches into the room when open. - Tammy
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Skirt advice on: August 02, 2010 01:38:18 AM
I have to agree... the High waisted one really does great things for your figure!
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Lets See Pics of Tattoos You Designed! on: July 20, 2010 09:12:19 PM

This is my newest tattoo designed by me.

It is a tree of life... but it is me.
If you look at it - the trunk of the tree is in the shape of a woman's body.
Below that in the white, is my husband's name AL (alan)
The roots actually form the letters of my children's names - Kelsey and Jordan.

In the tree, there are flowers, cat, bat (because I love halloween) a spoon (because I cook like crazy), a cross (like a 'red cross' cross - because I'm a nurse), a keith urban monkey (Nabru - because my daughter and i go on Keith Urban Road trips) - a Kokopelli (because he is my 'protector' and i have 4 other tattoos of him), an anatomical heart (my daughter has had 4 open heart surgeries) ummm.. what am i missing??  Sort of like the old "search and finds' from the Highlights magazines?

Nonetheless, this is a tattoo of my life or who I am, my strength and roots come from my family and the leaves are supported by them..

I hope that makes sense.. and I love it. It's only a week old and looks a little 'dry' but it will heal up just fine.

10  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Epic Cake for 21st B-Day (image heavy) on: July 13, 2010 07:59:20 PM
Thank you everyone for the very kind words and encouragement!

For all that need a mom... I'm available! LOL. I only have 2 children of my own... but have about 5 that are here always. My daughter always says she has 4 brothers.. Although, only one is biologically mine! So what's a few more?? Come on over for some cake!

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