Yikes!

Thursday, September 27, 2018
I'm moving back to blogspot after a few years at wordpress. Things may be messy here for a while... but I'm working on getting things back up and running within the next 30 days.

Mixed Media Motivational Cards

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Back before my oldest started college I created a set of cards with motivational messages with the intention to send her at least one a month while she was away. At the time I had planned on blogging about them... but that was over four years ago and I can't find the original pictures now. What I do have are some pictures of the completed/sent motivational cards and a brief how-to:
motivational cards by tamdoll - It always seems impossible until it's done. - Nelson Mandela 

Make It Your Own - Wall Art Do Over

Thursday, February 23, 2017
I had some pictures on my kitchen wall that I didn't care for anymore, and frankly, they'd been there way too long.

Make It Your Own Wall Art Revamp by Tamdoll Before Pic

Taking Control

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Working my way back to creativity after a little rut and taking control of my news consumption.

TV news has become overwhelming; Twitter has been a time-suck; and Facebook is too opinionated, in my opinion. Simplifying & taking control now. Keeping informed, and staying in-touch with issues quickly each morning and afternoon via news aggregates, links below. Of course I'll still be on social media, but not letting it suck me down into hours of lost-time anymore:

Holiday Gifts 2016

Saturday, November 26, 2016
I can't make all the holiday gifts that I want to give this season. Well, maybe I could if I didn't wait until the last minute... and I can't talk about or share pictures of gifts I'm working on during this time either, so what to do? Well, at the bottom of the post I'll add some links to sites with great sales going on this week since I love to shop online. Of course I solicit local businesses, craft fairs and etsy.com - but traveling to the mall this time of year is out of the question for me.

In the meantime, I can still share my "other" projects here since I usually have a knit or crochet project that I carry around in my purse. These are always quick, repetitive patterns to keep me busy during long waits/car rides since the gift knitting that I'm working on is too complicated to carry around.

Crafting Cycles

Thursday, November 17, 2016
I'm not talking about trends, but personal crafting cycles: switching from projects and mediums as passions arise, working on some during stressful times, and working on others just for fun. Does anyone else jump from craft to craft throughout the year? For over a month now I've been working with yarn, and I have a number of knit and crochet projects going at once.

One of these projects included figuring out how to get this Pink Camo yarn to form an argyle pattern that I'd seen on Instagram. I'm used to sock yarns working into intricate patterns, but not Red Heart Super Saver multi-colored yarn, this was really surprising! I finally got it to work after many, many, evenings of crochet:

Tamdoll tries Planned Pooling with crochet and Red Heart Yarn in Pink Camo.

Teach and Learn Something New

Friday, September 9, 2016
When you teach any subject, it can open your eyes to new perspectives and experiences. For years I taught knit and crochet classes at my local yarn shop, meeting hundreds of wonderful people of all ages, teaching them the basics and exploring lots of yarn projects. Sadly, the yarn shop closed earlier this summer ... things haven't been the same since then. It's made me think a lot about the experience of teaching and what I've learned along the way.

A Good Teacher is Always Learning


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