samsstuff

tacoma, WA, US
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I started out making things as a child & learned a lot from my grandmother, my father (he learned to sew in the Air Force as a parachute rigger), mother & of course, school (my favorite thing was making collages). In addition to the other interests listed, I love photography & art.
I have two shops on Etsy, "True stories & tall tales": samsstuff- upcycled, one of a kind handmade & vintage accessories, jewelry & clothing & shellseye- photography, funny little embroideries,handmade & vintage household items.
I have written articles for Handmadeology & Handmade Spark. I am the Tacoma, Washington regional craftologist on Unanimous Craft.
My blog, where I discuss crafts, photography, write little stories & discuss random things I find interesting is Random Stuff by SAM on blogspot. Find me on Pinterest & Facebook as samsstuff, on Flickr as shellseye. I hope you'll stop by!

craft interests: crochet, embroidery, fashion, gifts, home decorating, jewelry making, restyle, sewing, multi media

my etsy page:
http://www.samsstuff.etsy.com

Member Since: 02/10/2009

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Easy Fix For That Tight, Uncomfortable Sleeve.

Have you ever purchased a seemingly perfect, adorable short sleeve top, only to find that the sleeves are tight & uncomfortable? This has happened to me, on more than one occasion. The tops end...

Hand Embroidery!

One of the biggest "craft" trends that I've noticed recently is that of embroidery, hand & machine. We've gotten into embroidering just about anything. I've even seen an article recently on a...

Vintage Handmade, Part 2, the 70's & 80's

A look at some of the craft & sewing trends of the 70's & 80's, that mirrored the trends found on the street & in the stores of the day. The 70's was the "me generation" & the...

Vintage Handmade!

Today, I wanted to highlight a great new fashion trend that goes beyond handmade, vintage handmade! Many of these items have an amazing attention to every detail! The items pictured here where all...

A variety of hand crocheted headbands

A variety of new hand crocheted headbands from my shop (samsstuff.etsy.com). All where hand crocheted with a half double crochet stitch, hand embroidered & the hand stamping was done on vintage...

Sam's Things

These are all items from my shop. I do a variety of crafts, each with a story to tell. Some are retro or made with vintage/antique items. Virtually all have a bit of an edge. I am new to this forum ...


recent comments

Re: Enter for a Chance to Win Four Craft Project Booklets

Great giveaway! I'd love to win :)

Re: Origami Book Giveaway

So fun! I'd love to win a copy of either one of these :)

Re: Origami Book Giveaway

So fun! I'd love to win a copy :)

Re: Book Giveaway: A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book

I'd love to win, you can never have too many photography books :)

Re: Book Giveaway: Scary Sock Creatures and Other Halloween Crafts!

What a fun giveaway! I love the titles :-)

Re: How to Make a Fabric Postcard Party Invitation

Very cute! Thank you for the tutorial. Maybe we can bring back snail mail, with fun cards like these :)

Re: Project Runway All Stars: "The Business of Fashion"

I'm not sure that I like any of these or think that they would be particularly flattering on most women, so maybe it really was the attitude that sent Kenley home. I actually like the fabric she's used, but not what she did with it. As CAS48 wrote, Mondo's dress would look cute on someone who was stick thin, but the horizontal striping & the hip details would be unflattering for most. My least favorite design, though is Austin's dress, which does not flatter even the model. The kind of sagging look of the detail on Michael's dress is also unflattering. With all that, Mondo really was the winner of this challenge.

Re: Book Giveaway: "The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook"

This would be a great reference & addition to my library! I would love to win :)

Re: Project Runway All Stars: "O! Say, Can You Sew?"

I do agree with the choice of Mila to be out. Even though it took more chances than some of the designs, it seems unbalanced & unwearable. I didn't like Kenley's dress or Michael's. Michael's does kind of look like a flag & Kenley's is, as Grammy7 said, strange, just not quite as strange as Mila's dress. I actually like Jerrell's dress & it's combination of the traditional & the new (could have done without the headband & other accessories, though, simple & classic would have worked better). I usually like Mondo's designs, but this one is a bit bland & that's not typical Mondo. I'm not sure what to think of Austin's design...So, for the most part, I am a bit at odds with the judges choices this time.

Re: Project Runway All Stars: "A Night at the Opera"

There are several 'misses' this time (a little too prom or wedding, mother of the bride, even), but I do agree with the judges on this one. Sweet P should be out for this round. My favorite for this round is Jerell, unusual & not at all frumpy or prom. I don't know if it's quite right for a night at the opera, but I like it.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Sew What You Love"

I hope I win! I love new projects & new ideas!

Re: Project Runway 9: "Finale - Part 2"

This time, I really did like many of Anya's looks (though not all), but my favorite was still Viktor. My least favorite is still Josh. Josh's looks are again unflattering, even on the models. Yes, they are different & I love different, but many of them are just not flattering, particularly that bright green/print retro eighties look with the extremely high waist. Viktor's looks are innovative & interesting & I don't think the collection looked as disjointed as the judges thought. I don't think anyone here stood out as an obvious choice, but Viktor has been more consistent throughout the competition.

Re: Book Giveaway: "Embroider Everything Workshop"

I love embroidering, on everything! This would be a great book to have :)

Re: Project Runway 9: "Off the Track"

I agree with Heidi on this one, but I have to say many of these garments are unflattering, even on the models & some could be straight out of virtually any department store you can name. I do like Victor's design, with the mix of feminine & tough. There are a few designs here that are deceptively simple & even elegant, many though, are unflattering & rehashes of designs that can be seen anywhere. Judging by these designs, I have to agree that Anthony should have been out.

Re: Project Runway 9: "Go Big or Go Home"

I really liked Becky/Kimberly's look best out of all of these. It could easily translate to a real person, as could several of the others. I am not a fan, at all of the winner. The challenge is odd, though. These aren't costumes for performers & you wouldn't see anyone on stilts unless they were performing.

Re: How to Make Dorset Buttons

I remember making something like this, as a child. Thanks for the reminder about these fun buttons!

Re: Book Giveaway: Craft Hope: Handmade Crafts for a Cure

Sounds like a great book filled with great projects & ideas for helping others (& my image is already my own). Thank you for the opportunity!

Re: Project Runway: Hat's Off to You

I have to agree with RainMomma about Christopher, the whole outfit was great together & combined beautifully with the hat. I really did not like April's design, it's horribly unflattering even on the model. Kristin's model looks horribly uncomfortable & I am not really a fan of Mondo's design, but I can see how it goes with the hat (which is gorgeous). Several of the designs are 'safe' & a little dull, but maybe the judges were right in choosing Kristin to go home, though I might have chosen April. I do like both Michael C. & Michael D's designs, both are lovely & look great on the models. I love the details on Michael D.'s design!

Re: How to Make a Candy-Tin Sewing Kit

Cute idea & a great way to re-use those candy tins! Thanks for posting this cute tutorial.

Re: Make a Shrink-Plastic Ring

Cute! Thanks for posting this fun tutorial!

Re: Choose the Winner in the Amp Up Your Accessories Contest

The rings are awfully cute (& made with fabric). Somehow I missed the other entries, so I don't know how they looked.

Re: How to Weave on a Cardboard Loom

Great tutorial! I remember doing this, as a child, but had forgotten some of the details. As an alternative to cutting the cardboard, you can use strait pins (in a thick piece of cardboard). When you are done, just remove the pins, to remove the piece, from the cardboard. Thanks for posting this.

Re: Hand Embroidery!

The peace symbol was originally made both with & without the line going all the way down the center. Some did the center line all the way down, as it was simpler to draw that way. I always liked it best without, so this is the type that I use. I'm not sure why Mercedes Benz chose their symbol or what meaning they attach to it. It would be interesting to find out. Thanks for stopping by & commenting!

Re: BOOK GIVEAWAY: The Felted Bag Book

I haven't really tried a lot of felting before, but I love the look of felted things! I'd love to add this technique & try some felted projects!

Re: How to Crochet a Button Charm Necklace

Cute idea! Thank you for posting this.

Re: How to Make Pretty Pincushions

Adorable & so simple! This is a must try. Thanks for posting!

Re: How to Make a Belted Skirt from a Men's Dress Shirt

So cute! Thanks for posting.

Re: How to Make Hand-Warming Gloves

Great idea! Thanks for posting.

Re: Paper Cutout Animation

Wonderful animation & paper cut outs! Very well done. Thanks for posting this.

Re: Cropped! - How To Take Better Photographs

Good tips! Thanks for posting

Re: How to make Paper Portraits

Fun! Thanks for posting here.

Re: Project Runway: Season 6 Finale

I do agree with the judges that Irina had the most consistent, cohesive collection & that's what these are, collections. There should be a unifying theme & design aesthetic. The beauty is in the details, however & it is virtually impossible to see the details in Irina's collection. Maybe up close, but not here, on TV or even, I'm afraid, on the runway. The details in Carol Hannah's collection are gorgeous, if not completely wearable. The gold gown, 13th look, is stunning in it's details. I'm not sure about Althea's collection. I don't think the khaki pants are flattering for anyone. Does anyone remember the jodhpur fad? Many of the items did look like they could be from a store, but again, maybe the details are more obvious up close? At any rate, I don't think personality is really a factor, except where it relates to a design aesthetic. I hope they all do well & I am so eagerly awaiting a new, fresh season.

Re: Project Runway Week 12 Recap

Gordana's gown is absolutely gorgeous, but it seems as though there is more going on than judging the items made for the challenge, at this point. Irina's dress does not seem very flattering & Carol Hannah's dress, while lovely in the drawing, does not seem to move well with the model. All in all, though I have to agree that, as much as I love LA, it was not a very interesting season.

Re: Project Runway, Episode 1 Recap

I love Project Runway! I missed the first episode, so sad. Judging from the photos, I have to agree with the judges, though as far as who got sent home, there are some close seconds. Some of the designs are a bit bland & others are just not right for the red carpet. Some great looks, some near misses & others that don't quite work, typical for any group of designers. Can't wait to see what in store for the rest of the season! There's something interesting in every episode.

Re: Choose the Winner of the SewStylish Spring Fashion Contest

Maybe it's the pretty butterflies (I'm a sucker for shiny, pretty things), but I think that I like Little Rachel's dress the best. I like the retro feel of Gertie's dress & admire the construction work of AthenaWaves dress, but my vote goes to Little Rachel. All of the entries are lovely.

Re: How to Make a Bangle from a Vintage Map

Cute idea! I love old maps (& bangles). Thanks for the article!

Re: Book Giveaway: Chic & Simple Sewing by Christine Haynes

I'm always looking for new, stylish things to make, so this would be perfect!

Re: Crafting with VHS Tapes

Amazing things that I would have never thought of making with video tape! Great article! Thank you, Diane! I might have to try the bracelet! (I'll have to start with a less enjoyable film than "The Princess Bride" though, even if it is a VHS)

Re: Book Giveaway: Betz White's "Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials"

Most of the things that I make have been re purposed from more than one source, so this would be a perfect book for me. I love the cover photo, by the way!

Re: Crafts I Want to Punch in the Face

Yes, for me it's the people who say "Oh, I can do that" or...well I won't go there. The lack of space thing too & yeah, pretty much everything else on the list!Yikes...

Re: How to Turn Blah Buttons into Bodacious Buttons

Too cute & so simple, what a great idea! Thanks for trying out the different methods for us! Thanks for the article.

Re: How to Embroider Your Own Buttons

Very cute buttons! I recently started making embroidered buttons too! So much fun! I like the idea of using thrift store fabrics, giving them new life. Thanks for sharing your project!

Re: Book Giveaway: Crafty Chica's Guide to Artful Sewing!

Sounds awesome! Not your average sewing book! I'd love a copy of my own!

Re: Fiber Care Tags for Handspun

Cute tags!

Re: A variety of hand crocheted headbands

Thank you so much TaDaBoutique! I love making things & rarely revisit a design (I think some call this ADD!)

Re: Book Giveaway: The Bold and the Beautiful: Button It Up

So many buttons, so little time! I love buttons & have a huge # of them that I use & re-use in a variety of projects! I always save the buttons, when nothing else is worth saving on old clothes! This book sounds great, I'm always looking for more ideas! Thank you Susan Beal! (love the red button necklace, by the way)

Re: kokoleo creations by KB VanHorn

Very cool!

Re: How to Restyle a T-Shirt With Pin Tucks

Cute idea!

Re: How to Use Scraps of Knit Fabric to Make Origami Squares, Part II

I love this idea! It's very current, in terms of style & the directions are easy to follow (unlike many other origami directions). Thanks for sharing!

Re: Crocheted Brown Scarfett

Very cute!

Re: The Artist's Shui

Lovely! I need to do this with my whole house (& then prevent my husband & son from dumping more stuff on the arrangements). The book does sound helpful. Nice article!

Re: Ceramist Combines Crochet with Clay

These are very pretty! I'll have to check out her shop. I wonder how they're made?

Re: How to Make Bottle-Cap Buttons for Knit Slippers

Cute idea for buttons & simple to make!

Re: How to Make Snuggly Slippers from Old Sweaters

Even if I didn't have old sweaters lying about, I might just have to go to a local thrift store & pick some up for this! Thanks for sharing!

Re: Hip Hoodie Free Download

So cute that I had to immediately go to the site for a look! There are some nice, simple & very cute ideas there. Thanks for letting us know about it!

Re: How to Make a Machine-Embroidered Felted Wool Tote

Cute bag & it looks fairly simple to make! I'll have to try it out.

Re: Etsy Hearts Erika Kern: We Know the Feeling

I love the little stuffie/doll!

Re: Tweed Jacket Restyle

This is very cute! Sort of retro & lady like, but new at the same time.