Showing posts with label inspiration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label inspiration. Show all posts

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sharing Inspiration


These are just some of the quilts & details I enjoyed in this year’s World Quilt Competition. Video on Flickr & on YouTube (same video, just different sites). Quilts came from all over the world; some of the ones I photographed were from South Africa, United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand and Israel.

Last year’s slideshow - Quilts to See.

Can’t say that I’m a quilter, but I am drawn to the technique and stitches. Once in a while I’ll make something that’s pieced & quilted – just small projects or handbags. Each year, if I’m in town during this exhibit, I like to see the quilts & get inspired by the talents of others.

Is there a handcraft that you admire that you also find inspiring?


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Lawn Fungi

I have never seen so many varieties of mushrooms on my property at the same time, so I took some photos.  Clicking the collage will take you to individual pictures at Flickr.

Tamdoll mushrooms

Their textures were really fascinating, I’m sure they can be an inspiration for some future art project.  What do you make of them?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Visit to an Art Gallery

  Diablos and Detablos by Michael deMeng

By Michael deMeng, top row from left, details of: Water Lily,  Hijos, Manzana.  Second row: La Paloma, El Corazon, Hijos.

School vacation week, got a chance to visit the NEC Art Gallery today with my girls to see Diablos and Detablos by Michael deMeng.  These are the details that caught my eye on some of his assemblages.

Each piece was so full of detail and very interesting to see in person.  Until now I’ve only been able to see his work online. 

Have you ever had a chance to see art that you’ve only been able to admire from afar?  What did you think?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Getting Down to Crafty Business

Tamdoll's vday projects

My Valentine’s Day to-do list is on the calendar under September.  Since I wasn’t on schedule last year, this week and next I’ll be working on a couple of ideas I’ve had. 

Even adjusting my schedule to give me the free time to work on these, I found myself pacing in my kitchen unable to feel “inspired”.  I thought to myself ‘This is ridiculous, why can’t you just sit down and work?’  So, that’s what I did.  I sat down with my list of projects, surrounded by red, plugged my ipod into my ears and began to work.  I’m hoping to I will have something to show you next week.  I must.  If I don’t, then what’s the use of all these ideas that I’m always coming up with? 

I’m looking forward to a few days of sitting and stitching, all the while singing out loud all the wrong words to the songs that are playing -- it’s good to be home alone sometimes!

Do you have anything that motivates you to get your act in gear when you’re stuck &/or procrastinating?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

It’s the Little Things

thanks Foxy G!I got an award.

And I’ve been stalling in my acceptance of it.

Why?  Because there’s requirements.  I’m sounding a little stressed and ungrateful right now, aren’t I?  Well, that’s what I realized.  I’m so honored to have been recognized by a fellow blogger – Foxy G – I cannot let it just slip away.

Here are the rules for the award acceptance: 

  • Thank the person giving the awards, and link to their blog
  • Copy award to your blog  
  • Name 7 things people don’t know about you
  • Nominate 7 bloggers, link to them & leave a comment on their blogs letting them know of their award

Now for the 7 things you probably didn’t know about me:

1- I don’t watch tv.  Except for the once-a-month sci-fi foray, I avoid it completely. Well, there’s True Blood.  So, almost completely.
2- My grandparents had a bakery while I was growing up in NY – most of my baking now is done in bulk with pounds (not cups) of flour and sugar each time.  
3- I drive people to their appointments sometimes for The Caregivers, Inc. 
4- I love to eat spicy food.  Like, ‘makes you cry’ spicy. 
5- “Alternative” is my music genre of choice. 
6- My name really is Tammy.  Not Tamara as I’m often asked.
7- I collect postcards.  Randomly, just picking them up when I like them and stashing them in drawers all over my house.  There must be 100’s by now.

This seems like a lot of work … and I don’t want to pressure any nominees or make them feel reluctant to participate, too… but I’m going to continue so whoever’s reading here can at least enjoy the ones I point out to you.

My 7 nominees – this is really, really hard - I follow so many, so I’m going to go for the ones open in my feedreader right at this moment:

1- Springtree Road –beautiful 
2- SoCuteItHurts – yes I always nominate this wonderful blogger!
3- Mairuru – amazing skills!
4- How About Orange – always something new & beautiful
5- Velma’s World – color & yarn to wake you up 
6- Art Bead Scene – inspirational! 
7- Gingerbread Snowflakes – so much talent in one spot

Can I change the award? Can I add some Tamdoll cuteness?  Well, here it is – thanks for being so patient - tamdoll's robot award 2010

Friday, October 2, 2009

Finally Friday!

I don’t have my camera at the moment, so instead of w.i.p.’s here’s some of my Flickr favorites:  How much do you like Flickr?  Pretty addicting place for lots of eye-candy.

Flickr Favorites


Check out the latest post at EtsyChai if you’re interested in reading about the latest Jewish holiday and what Etsy sellers have in store for the coming months.


More to laugh about – over at CraftFail, 11 out of 11 folks who commented thought my bead-fail was an edible creation!  I sent them off to Care, who has an amazingly creative blog, Obsessively Stitching, you should check it out!


And here’s a piece I almost forgot about! 

Boo!Is it too late to work on Halloween projects?  I think I’ll have some free time this weekend, and expect to get started on a bunch of new things.  Whether I finish any of them is a whole different story.

What are you going to do this weekend?  I hope your days are filled with lots of fun activities!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Do Fairy Tales Inspire You?

CreatAThought – is this month’s Featured Etsy Blogger’s blogger!  I love the quote from her etsy shop banner: “Life is too short to have boring things in your life, welcome to my shop full of color and things for you to enjoy, and make your life bright!”  Well, right away I spotted this ring and thought it was so precious.  Why?  Because I love trees. (It sold before I even got this post finished!)


Here’s where we segue into the Fairy Tale part of this post.  Every two weeks the Etsy Bloggers team puts up a blog post suggestion and for the May 8th deadline the question was: “What is your favorite fairy tale? Any parallels to real life?” Now, another thing I love are fairy tales.  As I looked at the ring, I realized that if it’s not a castle, then fairy tales are usually revolving around trees, forests… there’s usually the mystery of nature.

As far as parallels to real life – I’m thinking as I write this – maybe it’s the allure of nature that a Brooklyn girl might have growing up surrounded by concrete.  Or maybe it’s the fantasy of magic and handsome princes.  I like to think there’s magic everywhere if you look close enough.  Or don’t look…. you might just see it in the corner of your eye.

I’m not 100% sure I have a favorite fairy tale.  What I do love are to read the original translated stories instead of the watered-down animated versions.  I love modern re-tellings of fairy tales, with a twist.  Yesterday I was talking about the beans in my garden and naturally, Jack & The Beanstalk came to mind.  One of the best movies I’ve seen – and enjoyed again and again is Jack and the Beanstalk - The Real Story, a 2001 movie, starring Matthew Modine as Jack’s descendant.  Over 3 hours long & worth every minute.

Here’s a fairy tale that translated into art for me – It started out when I read the book Enchantment by Orson Scott Card.  I passed it onto my mother who mentioned that she’d heard of the character Baba Yaga when she was a little girl.   That same week my kids brought home a book from the library, Vasilisa the Beautiful, where the Russian girl meets… Baba Yaga.  The icing on the cake was when I came across a pattern to make a Vasilisa/Baba Yaga topsy-turvy doll.  I bought the pattern without a second thought and it took me 6 months to complete the doll – take a look at some pictures here.

Just one more book – Sheri Tepper’s Beauty.  It was a little creepy and sad, but I love how it ties together Sleeping Beauty with other fairy tales (& I won’t say anymore about it in case you’re going to read it!)

 my read shelfI really, really love reading these books, do you have any to suggest or share? Leave a comment here or visit me at! 

Another favorite from CreatAThought’s shop – I can see a princess wearing this one:

Classy Lady Ring 

Want to read all the Etsy Blogger’s response to this week’s question? Visit the blog carnival!  I have a link in the right sidebar at the bottom, or you can click here:

 Blog Carnival archive - etsybloggers

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


My original title for this post was “Vexed” but I’m trying not to have a negative overview of things, it’s just not good for me.

The bunnies I’ve been crocheting with wool were cute pre-felting… not so cute after… (pictures coming soon).

Fleshing out ideas directly on [short supply of] nice fabric…not such a great idea. I hate the thought of making things over again though … but I keep holding onto the illusion that as I make a new project it will come out perfect the first time. Yeah, I’ll have pictures of these soon,too.

I’m happy to have read this, but upset & embarrassed that I’m a month late:Sweet Penmanship Project from Design Gallery

I received a “Spreader of Love” award from the Rings & Things blog. Dave, on Twitter was one of the first to show me how people really listen out there! When I announced a new blog post at twitter, he posted a lovely comment & I truly appreciate it. And… on twitter he connects to the most interesting links and information that are truly unique. Link to the Design Gallery for the pen project is here (not affiliated,just think it’s really great).

My five awards go to folks who’ve commented on my blog or at twitter, or both!:

Tamdoll's Spreader of Love Award

♥ Jacqueline of So Cute it Hurts

Rustic Diva Designs and RP Gardens



Odd Dotty Dollmaker, blog

A link back to “rules” are here.

And… just one more contradiction. I’ve enjoyed the “Letter of the Week” theme, especially reading what’s going on at the Craftside blog. But – I just can’t keep up with it. I need to focus on what I truly want to do (not coming up with weekly project just to participate. When the stars aligned like on “I”, it was great, but mostly I’ve been fishing for matches & that’s not real productive.)

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Beautiful Inspiration

I've been wandering around, really unable to focus, although some deadlines have passed and I know I've put lists here of things to do....

And then I noticed something in the arrangement of [super tiny] champagne grapes on my kitchen counter:

Maybe it's inspiration? Hope? (Or am I the only one that sees the heart in the center of those grapes?)

Came back to the pc and saw that one of my flickr pictures had been 'favorited' - so I went to see who that person was and found they put one of my fabric necklaces on
their blog! I was so surprised and honored to be put amongst such a beautiful collection of textile jewelry. It's really nice when someone else appreciates your work. See my fabric jewelry here.