Friday, February 8, 2013

Monday, December 31, 2012

Sharing

Right next to me sits my computer tower, with this card on top, from Pam of Gingerbreadsnowflakes.com. She’s so sweet, has an awesome website, is super-talented & I really appreciate how she shared her generous spirit with me throughout the year. Yes, that’s a woven heart peaking out from the inside – tutorial at her webpage & as soon as I figure out exactly where, I’m going to hang mine on the wall above.

see gingerbreadsnowflakes.com



“This is a beautiful pattern .. I think possible one of my favourites.”

“These are beautiful! I loved your tutorial,I tried it with some blue sparkle yarn … I picture it for new years eve. I have gotten it down to about 1/2 an hour. So much fun!”

Dragon Scales Crochet Necklace Pattern by tamdoll

In 2012, I made my Dragon Scales Crochet Necklace pattern available for purchase on Ravelry. I’ve been teaching the project in local workshops and receiving lots of great feedback from students (who made and re-made the necklaces for gifts & some for sale!).

Been wanting to post projects, quotes and “thanks for sharing” here for a while… Thanks to Mullub (picture above) & Euchronia & us4n2 on Ravelry.

 

That’s really it for now. Saying goodbye to 2012 & looking forward to the coming year. Wishing for peace everywhere.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Past, Present, Future

Been blogging here since June, 2006. Since then, I’ve met my goal to meet lots of crafty folk and share some of my creativity on the internet. It amazes me how often viewers check out my older tutorials and to see the comments and emails that still arrive about projects from the past. Thanks everyone for your messages & feedback during all this time!

This past year has been a bit chaotic to say the least. Personal changes, job changes and creative changes have abounded. Three part-time jobs have now turned into a (new!) permanent part-time assistant/technical job at the library, along with continuing to teach knit & crochet at my LYS. This coming week sees the end of Glitch, which makes me pretty sad – joined over a year ago but didn’t start spending time there till this past fall & I wish I had participated much, much sooner (closing announcement, news, memories being created… yeah, I know that’s a lot of links for a game – but I didn’t realize how great it was ‘til it was going away & there’s a whole community of people online who feel the same way.)

serene

 

So, what’s next? I’ll continue my online presence, but it won’t be in this blog format. I’m planning some bigger projects & will have photos & who knows what else over at tamdoll.com with these pages “archived”. (Will announce & post here once that reformatting is complete – a month, maybe two from now?) This site will still be accessible & searchable, but blogging on a regular basis won’t be my primary focus anymore. When I began selling on etsy.com in ‘06, I became seller #29,378; couldn’t find any concrete answers about the latest number of sellers they have now, but last I heard, it was over 290,000 (lots of recent stats at Etsy site -  there’s millions of members, but not sure  how many have stores.) For a very short while I tried to make selling items in my etsy shop my focus, but mass producing, or worrying about having items in stock for promotions was stressful, so I’m not going to try to do that anymore.

Creating will never end, but whether the items I make will be sold online or not isn’t certain at this time. Will wait and see what the coming year brings. I mentioned Glitch above because I’ve found it very inspiring & I don’t want to lose it. Trying to take concepts from the spirit of the game – the beauty, gentleness, humor, preposterousness & random kindness throughout that experience are going to be missed – and those are things I can take into the future and make real, too. I hope.

Be sure to stay tuned – If you haven’t subscribed to updates in the upper-left side of this blog page (you already have if you’re reading this in email) – please stop by & do so.

Thanks for sticking around.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

No Child Goes Unbundled

NECTAR Etsy team

One of the more recent groups I’ve become a member of, as an Etsy seller, is NECTAR Etsy - New England Crafters joined together sharing their craft designs. Coordinated by Alura, one of our team captains, one of the first big events of the team is – “No child goes unbundled this winter in New England”.

This team effort has recruited about 25 members to create all sorts of hats, scarves and mittens (even some lap quilts) to warm underprivileged children!  Items are being collected through the end of October and the goods delivered to a local United Way.

Participating members are below – be sure visit the shops of these generous folks!

 

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Luck and Determination

magazine prize

I was lucky enough to win a copy of the latest Somerset Workshop this past week. I’m looking forward to getting some down-time when I can relax and read through it. Is it really luck when I enter a lot of contests online? Not sure, but entering sure increases my odds. You can visit the Stampington & Company blog here –> Somerset Place.

 

tamdoll socks

I am determined to finish this 2nd sock. It’s been laying around since the summertime, and all I need to do is a few more inches of the cuff. So, I’ve decided that 10 rows a day should get me done pretty quickly. Sitting down last night to get my 10 done & I managed to do about 30… so now I’m even more motivated to keep at it. It wasn’t enough for me to want to get it done, or to give myself a deadline – but a very specific daily to-do is what did the trick. Ten rows a day isn’t much but it will get me where I want to be! What am I doing while knitting – listening to these fun and motivating podcasts: Skein after Skein, and CraftyPod.

Any thoughts on luck? Getting things done?

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Pumpkin Patch Hat

Tamdoll's Pumpkin Patch Hat

Inspiration: A “Pumpkin Hat” contest.

Creation: I didn’t want to make a typical orange hat with a green stem on top so I started brainstorming… and thought of my garden & growing pumpkins…. The first step was creating the base of “soil”, filled with holes for the 12 feet of i-cord vines. (Inspired by the Bowl of Spaghetti hat by John Brinegar.)

Tamdoll's Pumpkin Patch Hat

 

Then I made up about 8 little pumpkins to be growing from the vines:

Tamdoll's Pumpkin Patch Hat

 

Once they were sewn on, it was complete! It is an adorable hat & Mr. Tamdoll is such a good sport, he wore it around town already.

I’m looking at these pictures & noticing that the colors look different in each – 3 photos in 3 different settings… worked on it in too many places to be consistent – sorry!

How do you get inspired or think out of the box?

Monday, October 8, 2012

Going for a Revival

It’s been a while, but I’m going to work on reviving my neglected Etsy shop & online presence. It's time I got back into the swing of things, so am going to start off this week with a thanks to a member seller for featuring me in one of his Treasuries.

Mark Kaplan is a super-talented jeweler and as soon as I saw this ring (and read his description), I had to pick it as my current favorite piece:

multiple O    ring sterling silver

Mark Kaplan has featured one of my wall-art pieces & a recycled wool handbag - it’s always an honor to be included in a Treasury! This collection is full of items from the EtsyChai group:

Seasons Come & Seasons Go Treasury

Lately, I’ve thought a lot about giving up my Etsy shop & quitting the teams that I’m on, but I know if I do, I’ll regret it. The year 2012 hasn’t been very productive for me and I’ve had some health set-backs that I’m determined to rise above. So, I’m back. Thinking positive thoughts, and as long as I want to keep making things I’ll stick around. Do you ever want to give up? What do you do to overcome doubts & frustrations?