Today Is Why I Live in Florida

Blogged under Yada, Yada, Yada by Tammy on Wednesday 27 February 2013 at 12:00 pm

Today it is about 70 degrees, and I can feel a little nip in the air because a cold front is coming. While the grass does not grow as fast as it usually does (which my husband is very thankful for), the foliage is still green. It is February in Florida, and it is a beautiful day, a day that epitomizes why I have chosen to live in this state.

I was four years old when my parents relocated to Florida because my father got his dream job as a NASA engineer. That was over 40 years ago. I can’t say that I have traveled widely; I have been around a good portion of the US (especially out West), taken a dip into Canada and Mexico, briefly visited the Bahamas, and spent a week in Jamaica. Except for a Christmas spent in Colorado when I was about 12 and a November 4-H trip to Chicago when I was 14, most of my travels have been during the summer when the weather was warm. So my northern cold weather experience is limited, but the little that I did experience was enough to determine that it was not for me.

I remember one afternoon during the 4-H Chicago trip. I was in the infirmary. I don’t know exactly what was wrong with me other than I had a headache that would not go away, and when I went up to the infirmary to ask for an aspirin, the nurse insisted on taking my temperature and would not let me leave after that. I was stuck in there for a few days. This was about half way into our weak-long trip, so I had already been outside a fair amount as we were ushered from one place to the other. I was shocked at the horribly cold winds and the dead trees everywhere. It seemed the like gloomiest city in the world to me.

On this afternoon, it had started to snow, so the Florida 4-H group was out running around like crazy kids in the snow, as most had never seen it before. I watched them from an upper floor in the infirmary, and my 4-H leader, Mrs. B, had stopped by to check on me. As we both watched them, I asked her, “Why do people live here?” She was originally from the area, so it seemed like she should know. She replied, “Because they don’t know any better.”

This memory emerged today as I was walking around outside. I often post on Facebook about the great weather, and it is taken by some of my FB friends as an “in your face it’s better here than there” comment. However, it really isn’t meant that way (at least most of the time ;) In fact, one FB peep posted recently how much she loved the snow and did not want someone from the South commenting back to her about how warm it was where he/she was. She hated hot weather, so there!

It is funny how passionate we can feel about where we chose to live.

Another Amigurumi Bird

Blogged under amigurumi by Tammy on Tuesday 26 February 2013 at 3:27 pm



I have a large bag that I try to keep a good portion of my amigurumi supplies in, mainly yarn of course. I was digging around in it a few days ago and discovered one blue wing from the first blue bird I made. I have no idea why I had one wing. Maybe I was going to make another blue bird, or maybe this wing didn’t match a second wing I had made for the bird and I had to make a third wing.

Rather than frog the wing, I decided to make another bird and re-purpose the wing; however, I used pink for the body, but the wings are both blue. It was fun making another quick amigurumi project, and now I have 9 completed for donating.

Free QuiltCon 2013 Lecture Series from Craftsy

Blogged under Sew Simple by Tammy on Monday 25 February 2013 at 6:06 pm

I saw this mentioned on Facebook from Craftsy.com and had to share:

“As QuiltCon’s media sponsor, Craftsy will bring you this FREE series of lectures recorded at the show, Feb. 21-24, 2013. A Craftsy production team will be on site to capture eight different lectures plus the awards ceremony recognizing the best work in QuiltCon’s juried modern quilt show. Speakers include¬†Heather Jones, Angela Walters, David and Amy Butler, ¬†Jacquie Gering and Mary Fons.”

You can read more about the lecture series recordings and sign up for free here.

Craft Links Time

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 24 February 2013 at 8:35 pm

Rainbow Craft Challenge
Drop by the Family Crafts site and check out some fun rainbow crafts and then take a moment to share yours.

The Difference Now - Mixed Media Print
Cherie uses words from an early poem to create a new mixed media print.

Think Spring and Read How to Preserve Purple Iris
Iris are among the trickier flowers to preserve in 3D, but don’t let peoplw tell you it can’t be done. Here are the secrets for iris and many other delicate blooms.

ACreativeDream
June’s first journal page in over a year.

Art quilting design help for beginners
Cyndi has the opportunity to review a wonderful new book on art quilting design and techniques.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are two sketching-on-the-go tips, an idea for using t-shirt iron on transfer paper to create art, how to make a rolled fabric rosette, details about Susan Schwake’s teaching events in Los Vegas, and a recipe for bacon-wrapped dates with lemon aioli.

Tough Bunny Love

Blogged under amigurumi by Tammy on Sunday 24 February 2013 at 2:23 pm

Ta da! This little gal has been on my hook for awhile, and I finally finished her today! The free pattern is from the Lion Brand site and is called Best Bunny. I made it using Knit Pick’s Cotlin yarn (a DK weight) in the coffee colorway, but it reminds me more of chocolate. I made the tail in a light pink cotton yarn that I had leftover from some other project from long ago. I used a size F hook. The pattern is not too difficult, but just working with something so small was a little tough for me. The finished bunny is 6 inches tall. The original pattern calls for an H hook and Wool-Ease yarn, which I think is worsted weight.

I made her for an Easter swap, figures crossed the recipient will appreciate her. I may make it again, but the next time, I might double the CotlLin yarn or use thicker yarn.

I’m on Fresh Stitches!

Blogged under Around the Web, My College Craft Club, My Crafty News by Tammy on Saturday 23 February 2013 at 11:02 am



I have been making amigurumi from Stacey Torck’s patterns for awhile now. I have taken one of her classes from Craftys.com, signed up for her Design a Monsters class over there, and have been following her blog Fresh Stitches as well. So when she sent out a call for guest bloggers, I knew right away that I wanted to participate. I had a few different topics in mind, but I ended up pitching a topic for how to start a craft club, which she agreed to (yeah!). You can find it published today: Tips for Starting a Craft Club. Thank you, Stacey, for giving me this opportunity!

Attempting a Swap

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Tuesday 19 February 2013 at 5:55 am

Craft swaps are a fairly popular activity on the Internet. The idea is that crafters get together and make items for each other and exchange them with one another. I have done one finished object swap before. It was a jewelry making swap many years ago, and I felt it was a bust for me. I am sure my swap partner thought his/her item was wonderful, and it did have some skill involved, but it was not to my taste at all. I never wore it. I know that is kind of sad. Maybe this person spent all kinds of time planning and making the jewelry piece, and I was not able to appreciate the effort. This experience turned me off to the whole swap idea.

Not all swaps are for finished objects, and I have had better luck with those such as Lori Andersen’s Bead Soup Blog Party. Now some of this could be because Lori has very specific parameters for her soup parties. The other jewelry finished object swap I participated in only had one, color.

Given all of that, however, I have decided to give finished object swapping another try because one of the podcasters I watch is running one for Easter, and it just sounds kind of fun. The podcast is Sock Bunny Knit and Fit, and you can find out the details posted on her Ravelry group. Those who want to participate have to contact her with specific details (again see the Ravelry post) by Feb. 21, 2013. Swap packages must be received before Easter, which is March 31, 2013.

Like Lori’s Bead Soup, this has very specific questions for participants to fill out and very specific requirements as well, so I’m hopeful that it will be a fun experience. I have a few ideas to put into my package and have already started surfing around for some cute bunny amigurumi patterns.

Growing Amigurumi Collection

Blogged under Charity Crafting, amigurumi by Tammy on Monday 18 February 2013 at 5:29 am



I am still on an amigurumi kick, and my collection for charity is growing. I now have a total of 8 amigurumi for the shelter: 2 birds, 3 teddy bears, 1 dog, 1 pig, and 1 reindeer. Though I will probably make a few more teddy bears, I have Cliff the Brontosaurus on my radar. My goal is to get at least a total of 12 amigurumi finished by the end of the semester and donate these to the shelter when I also bring over the wash cloths that my craft club and Yahoo Crochet List members donate.

This Week’s Crafting Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 17 February 2013 at 9:36 am

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world
This week at Craftside there are tutorials on how to use boucle yarn to embroider loops on knitting, make Valentine heart felt button covers, use your favorite things to inspire a painting, and a recipe for a yummy vegan sandwich.

Inexpensive Original Craft Foam Art Stamps are Easy to Make
Simple kids’ craft foam and a ball point pen are all you need to create your own art stamps.

Turning Your Ear to Wisdom
Cherie is still pondering the Proverbs this week for inspiration in her art.

ACreativeDream
June’s second attempt at a folk art girl.

Bird seed cookies
Feed the birds with…homemade cookies??

Become a Pioneer
A new book about becoming a modern-day pioneer has some interesting crafting inside its pages.

Missing My Spindle & Craftsy Sale Alert

Blogged under spinning by Tammy on Wednesday 13 February 2013 at 6:47 pm

My spinning has been on hold going on about two weeks now because I’ve been sick, and I have really missed it. Before this stupid cold came on, I had been spinning in a spare bedroom because, as you can imagine, my cats and dogs would not be that helpful if I tried to do this with them around. I’ve, therefore, kept all my spinning stuff in one room that neither has access to. On top of getting sick, my husband finally insisted that I pull out the extra bed, which goes in that room, because my coughing and snorting has woken him up a few times. The room is not that large, so once the queen size bed is made up in there, I’m barely able to move around.

I am really hoping I find some time this weekend to get back to it, even if I have to find another room, haul my spindle goodies in there, and close the door on my furry helpers. Hopefully, my hands will remember what to do. Two weeks seems like forever!

And, as a side note, Craftys.com - where I originally took an on-line spindling class - has its classes 75% off again. If you have ever thought of giving this a try, for $9.99 (and of course the cost of supplies) I think it is a major deal. If you still aren’t ready to try spinning, I can also suggest the amigurumi classes. In fact, I haven’t gotten through all my Craftys classes yet (the freebie ones included), but from the ones I have completed, I feel comfortable recommending any of them, especially when you can get them for such a great price. The sale ends Sunday 2/17/13. I will probably sign up for a few more. I just have to figure out which ones!

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