Tammy's Creative Connection Blog

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Put The CELL Down!!

Chris and I are at MiMi's having lunch and as soon as we sit down I notice a couple of ladies in the booth across from us.  They look to be about my age, no I am not telling you my age....you can guess.  Anyhow, we order our drinks and we are talking back and forth and I look over and the one lady is leaning in talking quite intently to her other friend and the other friend is on her cell phone.  At first I was thinking "oh, isn't that how our world is now these days."  Chris and I talking amongst ourselves again I look over, which I should know just to mind my own business, but if you are a people watcher like me this is what we do.  I take everything in.  I look over and the women is still pouring her heart out and that other women is still on her cell phone, so now this really has me intrigued and frustrated.  I tell Chris look at that women over there, she probably invited her friend to come to lunch with her because she had something really important to talk to her about and her friend is more engrossed in her cell phone than her friend that is sitting right in front of her!!!!  Chris and I watch this go on for another 20 mins, the women with the phone never set her phone down; looked up at her friend or even bothered nodding her head the whole time her friend was talking, when the food came she layed her phone down and proceeded to talk.  Chris had to almost physically hold me in the seat!!!!

What is wrong with people?  What is wrong with a society that thinks this is ok?  Can you imagine how that women felt when she went home that night?  Like her feelings, words, thoughts did not matter to a friend she went to lunch with.  Why go to lunch with someone like that?  There is nothing worse than to go with your friends, spouse, or children out to dinner or lunch and everyone be on their cell phone.  Really why go?  Does anyone know how rude this is?  Have you sat across someone that has been on their phone while you were trying to talk to them?  Why can't we give the people right in front of us the undivided attention they deserve?  Before you know it that friend may decide she is sick of looking at the back of your cell phone.  Your spouse may not be here for you to say those words too.  Your children will be up and gone away to college and only visiting once a month.

Believe I am just as guilty of any of these things as anyone it was as if God blared it to me in that restraunt that day.  Brian will be the first to tell you my cell phone can block his vision to me a ton.  So I am preaching to me just as much as anyone else who reads this.

Why not make meal times cell free zones?  How about treating the people you are with respectfully be in the moment with them?   Put The CELL Down....it will not KILL YOU!!!!

Phillipians 2:4 "Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the intrests of others."

Friday, January 25, 2013


I know it has been forever since I posted so I figured it was about time for a ramble.

Last week I was in Starbucks with some of my girlfriends and one of my friends was relating a story how she was out to lunch with some of her friends and one of her other friends walked in and she exclaimed "oh there is my friend pretty so and so".  I don't tell you this to because my friend did anything wrong I tell you this because of my reaction.  I immediately turned to my friend to the side of me and said "nobody will ever describle me as there is my pretty friend Tammy" and she laughed and said " I would defiinitely would say that about you.'  Later that night, I lay there thinking about the conversation because that is what I do....not because I am a weirdo, well maybe just a little.  No, I do a moral inventory each night so I know if I need to go an offer amends to someone I harmed during that day or if I need to repent to God, and I make a gratitude list so I can remain gratiful for all God has done for me, God brought me back to the 7th grade as I pondered that conversation.

You see I was not the always the social butterfly I am today, to say I was shy was a complete understatement.  I was extremely thin, tall and had no grace at all.  But I wanted to be a cheerleader so bad I could taste it.  Now, my best friend Dawn and I decided to try out together and she on the other hand was the typical blonde haired, blue-eyed, tanned, great body, extremely outgoing, charismatic and very popular.  We practiced together everyday together for weeks and weeks, I think today I can still do a hurkey (sp?).  I had those moves down to a "T" and I even managed to do the splits and with these long legs that is an accomplishment all in itself...lol.  It came to tryouts and I did the cheers to perfection and so did my friend Dawn.  I waited 2 grueling days for them to post the results to see if I was "chosen" and to my crushed spirit I was not, but of course my "pretty" friend Dawn was "chosen".  I was devastated!!!  I remember crying for it seemed liked hours that I would never be "pretty" enough, because I knew I did that cheer perfectly.  How crazy is that?  That a conversation in a Starbucks can bring you right back to a thing in your past?    Have you ever not been "choosen"?  Do you ever feel that your not pretty enough?  Not good enough? 

But God brought me to this verse 1 Peter 2:4  "As you come to Him, the Stone-rejected by men but Chosen by God and precious to Him."  and 1Peter 2;9  "But you are a Chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to god, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light." 

Then today as I opened my devotion God again talked to me about my negative self talk.  That I can continually assult myself with negative thoughts about myself because I can be my own worse enemy.  We have to choose not to let the enemy lie to us about Who we are in Christ!!!  I may not have been "chosen" for the cheer squad but I have been "chosen' by a Holy God that loves me right where I am at that I don't have to be perfect for, that I don't have to be pretty, or have all the right moves. 

So do you want to take the my action step with me today and write your mirror "I am Chosen by God"  with dry erase marker....and really believe it.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

My First Finished Quilt

Okay, well I finally finished the quilt for my sister in law Rose. It was supposed to be for her birthday last July....I guess I am early for this birthday right...LOL. I hope she likes it.
Hey, for my first quilt I guess it didn't take me that long. :-)
I have been following Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project so she showed us how to do a stipple stitch in free motion quilting so that is what I did all over this quilt. The quilt pattern is Over and Under.
I wanted to show the back of the quilt. No it is not perfect...but my first time free motion quilting.
This is upclose of the front of quilt.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Quilting Stitches Help!!

I wanted to post some pictures of my quilting stitches on the back of my quilt in hopes that Leah Day can give me some tips on what I am doing wrong. I don't know if my hands are going to fast, my feet or if the tension is off. Please help Leah!!! This is the whole reason I haven't started free motion on my sister in-laws quilt that was supposed to be a birthday gift for last July. I am so afraid to ruin it with these stitches.
By the way if you haven't visited her blog she is a great teacher of free motion quilting. http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
Leah-Any idea on what is going on with me?

Monday, January 16, 2012

New Camera

So my dear sweet hubby gave me an early 13th anniversary present this week. A new Canon EOS Rebel T3 camera with a telephoto lens and bag to go with it. I am so excited!!! I love taking photos, and I believe this will take my photography to the next level. So, here are some photo's from my new camera.
This one hubby took of me and Mel.
This little guy posed perfectly for me. Title-Feeling Squirrely
These fish were such bright colors I had to photo them. Title-Say Awe
This is Mel trying to kiss this fish. I wanted to catch her reflection too. Title-Just Give Me a Kiss
This is another that Brian shot. Title-America's Next Top Model...LOL
We shall see how it goes with this new camera. Be looking for tons of photos now friends.

Monday, January 2, 2012

3in30 January Goals

Well, here is another start to a new year and my mind is full of the possibilities to this year. One of the site I love is called 3in30 challenge http://3in30.ashleypichea.com/ it shows you how to make your goals more attainable. Check it out!!

One of the questions on the forums was "if you could chose one word to focus on in 2012 what would it be?" I chose PRODUCTIVE. I need to be more productive, I feel as though I have become so unproductive over the last year. I need to be productive in my health, my housework, my relationships, my hobbies and my spiritual walk with the Lord. Will this be easy...no....but I also know that anything of worth to us you have to work for, so productive is my word.

In the spirit of being productive here are my goals for the month of January:

  1. Set a timer for 20 minutes 3 times a day to clean the house. That may not be a ton of time for most people but this will be a stretch for me. If you know how badly I hate housework. But I chose to be productive.
  2. Take the 31 days to pray for your spouse challenge at http://3in30.ashleypichea.com/31-days-to-pray-for-your-spouse/
  3. Go to bed by 10 pm each night....I am a night owl, but if I do this it will help me get the sleep I need for my health.

These should help me in 3 areas of my life that I need to be productive in. So here I go for 2012.