Monday, August 11, 2008

Trio of Hand Crocheted Sponges

So I have been having so much fun making these hand-crocheted sponges, now that I have tried them once.

I love the look of them, and this is a neat little set of three that coordinate with each other. In this trio, two are made of a blue cotton crochet thread and trimmed out in a verigated cotton thread, The thrid member of the trio is in the vergiated thread, which happens to be white, blue and tan, then it is trimmed out in the solid blue thread. Would be a great set in the kitchen.

The Trio is selling for $10.00, shipping included on my etsy site.

I also have the reverse trio, with two verigated sponges and one solid sponge. I love these sponges for a number of reasons, and eco-friendly is only one of them. They are made of natural cotton thread, they are reusable, just toss them in the washing machine occasionaly and clean away. They are thick and durable and work for any mess. They make a great housewarming gift.

Anyway, check them out and let me know what you think!!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Police Officer in the Family

By now, you are all pretty aware of how proud of my baby brother I am, you know the one I have mentioned in numerous posts, the one who is a police officer?! Yeah, that one, the one I am so proud of!

So this weekend, my brother and his family came back to the old hometown and my folks place for a nice visit. They currently live a nine-hour drive away in Kansas, so this was a big deal. The funny thing, my brother , his wife and the youngest all walk in wearing police t-shirts!! Yeah, they are proud of him too!! So that got me to thinking about that police gear website I found awhile back and so here I am surfing this morning and I had to pull it up and see what I could find.

Tactical pants, shorts, hats, holsters and an awesome closeout section! I am all about the sales, and there is a pair of pants on closeout for $9.99, I'm all there!! I am telling you, they have got it all, and at great prices. The economy is not all that great right now, and you know that budget cuts are looming all over the place, so why not help out your favorite officer by giving them the gift of supplies at a great price. Be proud of those in your life that serve others, I am!!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Etsy Treasury

Last week, or was it the week before, I just happened to be on Etsy at the right time and got my very first treasury. Well, I was surfing through there on my lunch hour today and you know what, I scored another treasury!!

IN Crowd Team Flood Relief Treasury

I am excited, as you problably can tell, and I think it's great. I think the treasuries are neat ways to find things, but also to get to know other artisians better, because once you put someone in your treasury, they tend to thank you and it strikes up a conversation. Part of my favorite thing about Etsy, getting to know the other people!!

So visit and let me know what you think!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Affordable Mineral Makeup

So I was looking for makeup the other day, something better than what I was getting from AVON, yeah, that was a holdover way back from the days when I was selling AVON, and so I had met and talked to the lady that started Affordable Mineral Makeup and I liked her so I thought I would try some!

Affordable Mineral Makeup Green Horizontal Tag

Well, I loved it, and the products are so good for you, there are no preservatiives in the makeup and it is all natural and what could be better, even eco-friendly and now that I have kids, I am more concerned about what kind of world we are leaving for them.
So I signed up to be an afflilate with them, hence the banner in this post and on the side bar, but for me, it is all about getting a discount on the products that I am buying all the time!

Anyway, click on the link, check them out and let me know what you think!!

ORGANIC Hand-crocheted Headband

So this addition is more than just a new color, it's a new item altogether! First time I tried this, and I think it turned out nice, but I have more ideas in store for it!!

This is a lovely little headband, hand-crocheted in the wonderful Lime Green Organic Cotton Thread. It is about 1 1/2 inches wide and measures about 20 inches around. Both my girls can wear this one, and they are 4 and 7, so this size is great for young girls.

I was just playing around and came up with this one, but have a new idea, to add some beading to the crocheted headband, so that is the next project in the works, hopefully to be finished soon and pictures up on the web for you all.

Price on this little beauty is only $4.00 and that includes shipping in the US. For Canada, please add 50 cents to cover those extra fees they charge me, and for worldwide shipping please ask, I will only charge my exact cost to ship, never an added fee.

Check this and the reast of the line out at: a TAMM creation

ORGANIC Hand-crocheted Sponge

Another addition to the "a TAMM creation" line....

Well, actually you have already seen the Hand-crocheted Sponges, but this is a new color....

Lime Green ORGANIC cotton thread was used to make this lovely little addition to your life. Measures about 5 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches high. Perfect for scrubbing!!

We all know how much better for the enviornment reusable products are, and this is made from ORGANIC yarn, then you can throw it in the wash machine whenever you need and reuse it for a very long time!!

Price is just $3.00 and shipping to the US is included. Shipping to Canada, please add 50 cents to cover the extra costs, and for worldwide shipping just ask me for the actual cost (nothing added) to ship to you!

Can be seen, which all kinds of other items, at my store site: a TAMM creation

**On Sunday, three of these sold, so I am shipping those out tomorrow and then will be working on more for the store!! Get'em while they last!!***

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Take Control Stem Cell Innovation for Women

Okay, so I know that Stem Cell research is controversial, but this is something that I just heard about, and so I wanted to share. Personally, if we can get stem cells this way, it takes ALOT of the controversy out of the picture, at least that is my thinking, what is your opinion?

Taking Control: Future Therapies for a Host of Serious Diseases May Be Found in Women's Menstrual Blood

July 07, 2008: 01:28 PM EST CNNMoney

OLDSMAR, Fla., July 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With today’s hectic lifestyle, where most women are juggling careers, family, relationships, and a host of activities, the idea of possibly facing a serious illness in the future is not something that readily comes to mind -- especially when a woman is in the prime of her life. But what most women don’t know, is that the key to treating a number of possibly life-threatening diseases that she, a parent, a sibling or even her children may face in later years, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, may be found within her own body -- in vital stem cells, which can now be harvested from her own menstrual blood.

Now, thanks to the revolutionary research and technology of C’elle, a service dedicated to providing women with a safe and easy method of collecting and preserving stem cells found in her menstrual fluid each month, even the busiest woman can take control of her future, right in the privacy of her own home. With C’elle’s non-invasive collection process, menstrual cells are processed and cryo-preserved (stored at a very low temperature) for potential cellular therapies that may be used in the future. These self-renewing cells one day may even be used for sports medicine or cosmeceutical treatments, such as anti-aging therapies.

"C’elle enables and empowers a woman to take control of her future health, and possibly of those genetically closest to her, in a fast, painless and stress free way," said Michelle Kay, Marketing and Sales Manager for C’elle. "We live in exciting times, as science and technology are discovering how extremely valuable menstrual blood stem cells really are, and the enormous treatment potential they represent for future therapies. C’elle’s ongoing research is supporting these promising findings."

For more information about C’elle, please call 1-877-892-3553 or visit

So this press release says that by collection the menstrual blood they can do all the same things, it has stem cells in it that they previously had to have embroyic stem cells for.

You know, I love that there is so much that can be done with stem cells, and I think there are alot of different ways to get the stem cells, and not just the embroyic way that has everyone up in arms. We promote saving cord blood when a baby is born as a way to bank against future problems, why not collect the cord blood of willing parents for research, I mean I know that if that had been offered to me when I was pregnant, I would have gladly donated the cord blood for research. We even thought about banking it, but the costs were just too much. A number of parents might be interested, espically if they didn't have to pay the costs to bank the blood, and that would be a great way to get stem cells without the controversey.

Now, they are offering another option, and I really think we need to keep an open mind and think about these therapies, this might be a good option. Parkinson's is one diease that stem research has been focusing on, and I know people with that and it would be wonderful if we could find a treatment or cure for it, but I understand the problems with the stem cell research, so I guess I am intriged and excited about this development.
Now how viable it will be as an option I am not sure, I need to do more research on the costs and the collection process, but I think we should all be thinking about it and looking closely at it, as well as other options, here, we as women have a great opportunity to help the world in a completely different way than before and I think we should be at least willing to look into it. I wonder if they just allow you to bank this for your own use or if it can be donated to research for anyone to use? That would be my idea, to donate it for research and other use.

So what do you think?

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Etsy Treasury

For all of you who have ever been on, you understand.....

I got a Treasury!!!

What is a treasury you ask, well, a treasury is your picks of different peoples items on etsy that you like, you can pick anything, but they can't all be your own stuff.
Why is it such a big deal to have one? Well they only allow so many at a time, and I just happened to be on this morning when the window opened and I was able to create a Treasury.

Indiana Artisans at work is my treasury. I featured Indiana crafters, and in particular people who are on the IN Flood Relief Fundraiser list, so every item you see is in a shop that is donating proceeds from this months sales to IN Flood Relief. The other thing I did was pick purple items, to make it even more of a pretty treasury to look at.

So check it out, see something you like, visit the shop and buy this month!! Remember, you can get something great and handmade and at the same time know that proceeds from that purchase are going to IN Flood Relief, what a great feeling, so shop away people!!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Hand Crocheted Sponge and Soapy

I have no idea if what I made is even done with a "legal" crochet stitch, but I did use a crochet hook and crochet cotton thread, and so I am calling it crocheted. I have no idea of the stitches and can't read a pattern to save my life, but I hope this looks good to everyone else.

First is a hand-crocheted sponge. This is a double thickness rectangle that has been crocheted, then later crocheted together. The sponge measures 5 1/4 inches across and 3 3/4 inches high.

This one is done in the yellow-orange-pink verigated cotton crochet thread. This is a bright fun color, great for everyone. Want it in a different color, check out my earlier posts for yasrns in my stash for a custom order.

Next we have what I am calling a Soapy. It is two rectangles of cotton yarn crocheted together, almost like the sponge above, but one end is left open to allow for a bar of soap to be slipped in between the two layers of crochet cotton.

This is perfect for washing younger kids, as the bar of soap can be slipped into the soapy, wet and then rubbed over the child. This keeps the bar of soap together, no matter how small it gets, and the soapy can be thrown in the washing machine anytime needed.

The soapy measures 5 1/2 inches across and 3 3/4 inches high, which fits a standard bar of soap. This particular one is again made with the pink-yellow-orange verigated cotton thread. Want another color, check previouis posts for yarn stash for a custom order.

Both the Sponge and the Soapy are priced at $3.00 each, with shipping to the US included. Shipping to canada, please add 50 cents. Want it shipped worldwide, ask me for exact costs.

Handknitted Kitchen Set

Been working hard lately, and I am adding some more things to the "a TAMM creation" line. Some of this is in prep for the Fall Festivals that will be coming up and I am thinking of doing the one in Ellettsville again this year, and possibly the one in Stinesville too.

This is a kitchen set. It is a hand-knitted dishcolth and a hand-knitted sponge.
The dishcloth measures 8 inches by 7 inches. The sponges is a double thickness and measures 6 inches across by 3 3/4 inches high.

Both are hand-knitted with a cotton crochet thread, so they are completely machine washable, you can even bleach them, but the colors will fade with bleaching. They will last longer than the store bought sponges, and are more enviormentaly friendly. This one in particular is made with the blue to yellow to purple verigated cotton thread.

Priced at $4.00 for the set, and that includes shipping in the US, for shipping to Canada, please add 50 cents. I am willing to ship worldwide, but the cost for that would be the exact cost of shipping, nothing more, just ask.

Can be custom made in other colors, see other posts about the colors of yarns in my stash for custom orders.

Can be found at my store site:

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

INCrowdTeam - Fund Raiser

I am part of a "street Team" on etsy, the handmade site that hosts my store front, and as a street team, we have partnered with the church of one of the street team members to do a fund raiser for the recent IN flooding.

Here is the press release and a list of the shops that are participating, hope all the links work.

The INCrowd is partnering with Grace Lutheran Church in Columbus, IN to assist those affected by flooding in Indiana.
Each participating shop will generously donate a minimum of 10% of their sales for the month of July.

Grace Lutheran Church is assisting flood victims by setting up temporary shelters and donating food and clothing items to those in need. "At the moment everyone has been helped and are in temporary housing - they closed the shelter over the weekend. We will continue to take donations for quite awhile; the next phase is to help people rebuild and many did not have insurance and FEMA is not covering everything" states Carrie, Etsy shop owner of TimeandSand, who is also the director of the Care and Outreach Program at the church."Our membership is spread across the state of Indiana. Any part of our state that is affected by disasters - natural or otherwise - needs our support. These are our neighbors, our friends, and our families." says Kim, Etsy shop owner of ThePeachMartini.

Here are the participating shops:

Please check out these awesome shops and help support Hoosier communities affected by the flooding!

INCrowdTeam - Fund Raiser

The INCrowd is partnering with Grace Lutheran Church in Columbus, IN to assist those affected by flooding in Indiana.
Each participating shop will generously donate a minimum of 10% of their sales for the month of July.

Grace Lutheran Church is assisting flood victims by setting up temporary shelters and donating food and clothing items to those in need. "At the moment everyone has been helped and are in temporary housing - they closed the shelter over the weekend. We will continue to take donations for quite awhile; the next phase is to help people rebuild and many did not have insurance and FEMA is not covering everything" states Carrie, Etsy shop owner of TimeandSand, who is also the director of the Care and Outreach Program at the church."Our membership is spread across the state of Indiana. Any part of our state that is affected by disasters - natural or otherwise - needs our support. These are our neighbors, our friends, and our families." says Kim, Etsy shop owner of ThePeachMartini.

Here are the participating shops:

Please check out these awesome shops and help support Hoosier communities affected by the flooding!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Handknitted Cell Phone Cases

Just finished two more Cell Phone cases to be added to the "a TAMM creation" line.

This one was a special request for a friend and is already sold, but it doesn't take too long to make up another if you are interested.
The yarn is a yellow to hot pink to orange verigated cotton crochet thread. I think I have pictures of this yarn in my stash photos.
This case measures 2 inches across and 4 1/2 inches high. Custom made cases to fit your particular model of cell phone are avaible.
Price $3.50 with FREE shipping.

This case is a shades of green vergiated pattern. The yarn has a light green, kind of a sage green and a darker green. And this is one of the new ORganic yarns that I jsut got in stock, it is just a soft as the other yarns, but it feels kind nice inside with the organic label.

This case measure 2 1/2 inches across and 4 inches high, but I can custom make a case in the size to fit your particular cell phone, jsut give me the measurements.

Price again on the cell phone cases is $3.50 and that includes shipping.

Check out all the cases on my store site a TAMM creation

Thursday, June 19, 2008

New Banner Deisgn for the business

So I just got this new banner designed for the business. What do you all think? Does it fit with the business? I really liked it, loved the picket fence, in fact, looking at this post, I like it even better when it is really little and you only notice the blue of the background and not the yellow in the stripes.

So let me know your thoughts, please!!

By the way, I got this banner custom designed by a wonderful lady who I found through Etsy! Yep, you know it, I sell on etsy and I buy even more on Etsy!!

Check this out: Personalized Stickers, Tags & Lip Balm by Herjodren

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

More Yarn Stash

So I got a chance to take some more pictures of some of my cotton yarn stash.

This is a wonderfully soft blue, almost like a washed denim color cotton yarn.
This is a yarn I have had on hand for awhile, so it is not one of the newer organic yarns, but I actually bought it to do as edging on a dishcloth made out of the next yarn.

This is a really neat white to brown to blue verigated yarn. Again, this is one that I have had on=hand for awhile, so it is not one of the newer organic yarns, but I loved the colors.

I was thinking I would make a dishcloth with this and then edge it with the blue pictured above. I tried to match the blue in this yarn to that blue so that it would look neat. I still may make those, have only gotten the one dishcloth done at the moment, but I am hoping to add more later.

Another one of my older yarns, so no it is not an organic, but it is the greatest colors. It is a hot pink to yellow to orange verigated yarn that is just fun.

I just started work on another cell phone case in this yarn, a special request from a friend to carry her pink pearl blackberry in when she has it in her purse. I think it is going to look great.

Remember, any of the yarns in my stash, this post of the previous can be made into a cell phone case, sized to match your phone for only $3.50 and that includes shipping. See previous posts for pictures of cell phone cases already made.
Also, any of these yarns can be used to make dishcloths. Each cloth is a 7 1/2 inch by 7/12 inch square. It can be edged in the same yarn or a coordinating yarn for only $2.00 each, and that includes shipping. Pictures of the dishcloth will be posted soon.

Check out other items at

Handknitted Cell Phone Case

So I just finished a special request by a friend, a cell phone case made to fit hr new digital camera in my new Lime Green Organic Yarn.

The case measures 2 1/2 inches across and 4 inches high. It actually fits my older model LG flip phone perfectly.

You can find it for sale on my etsy site at for $3.50 with FREE shipping to the US and Canada.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Yarn Stash

I mentioned in my last post, when I talked about the new Cell Phone case, that I had a hugh stash of yarns to use to make this case, well I got a couple, and I mean only a couple of photos done this weekend, what with is being Father's day and all, but at least I got a couple done.

So this is the purple-blue-yellow verigated crochet cotton thread that I used to do the original phone case that I personally carry, and that my good friend Angie now carries.

I love it. I also finished a dishcloth in this color, this yarn that I will be getting photos of and posted soon.

Lime green, how can you not like it?! I have this thing for lime green, I would buy anything in lime green, well almost. This is more of a subtle lime green in that it is not that neon lime green, but more of a soft lime green.

This is another Organic Yarn that I got. I found a place that had some Organic Cotton Yarns, and I placed a big order, think I got five colors altogether in that order, but I want to try organic.

This is a tri-color verigated blend of greens. It starts with a white, then up to a light, not quite lime green, then a medium green and then a darker green. I really love the colors and can't wait to start working with this one.

This is also an Organic Cotton Crochet Thread. My first purchase of Organic Cotton, but I loved the colors and I think it will make a great addition to the line.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Handknitted Cell Phone Case

So the "a TAMM creation" line is growing again!

This time a wonderful little handknitted cell phone case is the latest addition. I have one that I knitted for myself, and a friedn loved it so much that I made her one for her phone and she has gotten so many compliments on it in the few weeks that she has had it that it had to go into the line.

This is a great picture of the colors that are in the ones I have made so far. They are made from a cotton crochet thread, and this is a yellow-purple-blue-white verigated thread. It is soft, yet not too bulky and it protects the phone in your purse or gymbag wonderfully.

I have just gotten a new stash of Organic Cotton Yarns that I am dying to try out, one is a line green, another is verigated using the same lime green with some other colors, so I am looking forward to making more of these cases with the new Organic Yarns.

This is the case that I made my friend, and it measures 2 inches across and 4 1/2 inches high. It fits the phone in the picture like a glove. Sorry that the picture got a little blurry, don't think my camera liked the dark background on that phone too much.

I will custom make one for you in your choice of colors from my stash and to fit the measurements of your particular phone.

Price is $3.50 each, with FREE Shipping in the US and Canada. Ask me about worldwide shipping.

Store Link:


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Police Gear Website review

How many of you know that my baby brother is a Police Officer? Yep. He went to college, got his degree and got on the police force in Kansas, and has been there ever since, moving up all along the way, can you tell I'm a little proud!

So being the ever loving sister that I am, when someone sent me a link to a Police Gear website, I had to check it out. Right now, when you buy a tactical holster you get a tactical hat free. Aside from that, everything is listed below retail pricing, so that makes you feel good about buying from them.

I'm going to finish surfing around the website, because it looks really good, and I may have to put in a call to my sister-in-law and see if she knows about the site, and if there is anything that my brother needs, espically since he recently had a birthday, I can always justify spending money if it was from someone elses birthday!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Handknitted Fancy Fur Scarf

As you can see, I have been working hard and have a new item to add to the "a TAMM creation" line.

This is a wonderfully soft, Fancy Fur scarf. The yarn I used was made by lion Brand, and was called Fancy Fur. This particular one is black, with kernels of purple, blue, navy and turquiose throughout.

The scarf is 42 inches in length and 4 inches in width, which makes it a nice length that both adults and children can wear. Both my daughter and I tried it on last night and like the length on me, wouldn't get into anything, hit about mid-chest, and on my daughter it hung longer and just looked so nice.

As you can see, although this is not the greatest model picture, we had someone else that just had to get into the picture too, but it looks great.

I have limited amounts of this yarn right now, unless I can find more somewhere, but it seems this confettie type of Fancy Fur is not being carried where I shop, so unless I find it online and at a good price, I am limited to the TWO scarves i have listed on

The scarf is listed at $14.00 with FREE SHIPPING in the US, only $1.00 ships it to Canada. Time involved in making this, just over three hours.

I have some more of the yarn, but it is in the process of becoming a matching purse! I have had this idea for a knitted purse for a long time now, and I loved this yarn, so I decided to go for it and make the matching purse. Not sure how long it will be before it comes out, as there is no pattern for this purse, it is all in my head, but I am looking forward to it coming out!

Thanks for checking out what I have to offer!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Just Expressing Myself

Okay, so you know that sometimes I visit the Smorty site, if you are wondering there is a link to them in the sidebar, but they advertise to have opportunities for you to review a website or product, write a review and get paid for it, but they almost never have any paid posts available. Not long ago they started this non-paid thing called blog exchange, you write a review of someones blog on your blog and they are in turn suppose to write one on you. So far I have written four on other people and only gotten two written on me.

Well, I decided to visit again today and got a good one. The site is subtitled Just Expressing Myself Opinions, Thoughts, and Creative Writing. You know, something I can get into.

So I go, and I am not expecting much, because you know past experience hasn't lead me to find anything really good up until now, but I really liked this blog. The first post I read was their experience with Smorty on doing this blog exchange, and then they proceeded to talk about a variety of things, not all one topic, so it wasn't boring, in fact it was pretty fun to read. I think I might just have to add them to my list of blogs to read!

Thanks and check them out!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Newest additions to the TAMM line

We have offically entered the "Barbie" Phase of life here in our house, and in honor of that, and more importantly by request of my daughter (and model), Maeve, I have added to the TAMM line.

This is a hand-knitted bedroom set for a Barbie house.
It consists of a hand-knitted double Barbie blanket. What is a double blanket, well, it is a blanket that will cover two Barbies nicely. As my daughter got FIVE Barbies for her birthday and only one bed, she requested that they get to sleep together, so a Double Barbie Blanket. Also in the set is a double barbie pillow, hand-knitted and stuffed for maxium comfort.
This set it done is a very pretty light blue, white and lavender verigated yarn.

As a bonus for my daughter, and since there wasn't much yarn left, I made this cute little hand-knitted halter dress for the Barbie. It is done in the same verigated yarn.
I am going to be adding these to the "a TAMM creation" line for sale, and I have a number of yarns to do these with at home, so if you have a Barbie girl in your house that needs dressing, let me know and I can make up your favorite colors.

The other idea that has come to my head involves this cute little halter dress, it was really easy to make, and I didn't have a pattern, but I am thinking with a really soft, lightweight cotton, I could make this into a top for my daughters! Now it would take little time to make it, but I think I am going to try it!

So tell me what you think? Do you like them? Oh....all Barbie accessories will be on sale with FREE shipping.
Would you buy a hand-knitted halter top for your daughter?

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Top Chef Chicago - April 30

Top Chef Chicago
April 30th Episode

Find my blog post about this episode on my new blog....

All of the regular posts will be on that blog, this blog will become my business and creation focused blog.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Time for Change

So, when I started this particular blog is was named for the business, and was intended to be about the business, but over time, it just became the place for me to vent, to write and to work out everything in my life.

After some thought and encouragment, I have decided to "split" this blog. This blog will remain, and the name will remain the same and I will continue to blog here, but it will be business focused, and creations focused, meaning that it will be more about "a TAMM creation", and what I am creating and designing and having fun with.

All the fun stuff, my practice writings, the posts about tv shows and my soapbox rants, all of that will be moving over to a new blog at wordpress. Yep, I decided to give them a try since I hadn't used them before and a number of people have been telling me about them and saying I should use them instead, so I am giving them a try. The new blog is
Yep, I tried to keep the name in the same vein so that you would all know that it was me, but that blog will be all about me. I love the writing and I am thinking about working on some practice fiction stories on the blog, so that is the main thing that really prompted me to go ahead and do the slipt.

Please bear with me as I work on the slipt. It is going to take me alot of time to get things moved and then cleaned up once I move them. Thanks for your support!!