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Bad Experiences With Side Effects Of An Allergy


Simply walking into a room and taking a few pretzels from a bowl to eat.  
Adding mascara to my eyes.
That is all that it took.  

Inhaler, allergy meds, they did not help.  A small amount of relief but not totally.  I did not want to do the epi pen.

When do you decide enough is enough and give in and see a doctor?

Left eye swollen to the point where it was almost shut.
Itching across the abdomen.  
This all started on Saturday.

By Monday, with no signs of improvement, the doctor was called.

Feeling like I was being dragged behind the truck, I went in to the doctor’s office to get a shot.  Now I had pain in two places.  His suggestion was to place a hot pack on my eye to reduce the swelling so I could at least see out of it.  I had been doing ice packs prior as a home remedy.

I came home, took a new Dish towel that I had just washed and dried and attempted to sew up all the sides, leaving a small opening on one end.  I turned it right side out and proceeded to fill it with long grain rice.  I then sewed up the opening and placed it in the microwave for four minutes.  

From there I headed to bed.  My hubby was amazed that this little project worked.  

It is wonderful.  It was something that I had at home.  I did not have to stop anywhere to make a purchase.  It was quick and easy to make on my sewing machine and I had instant relief.  

The trick is to not over fill the bag or it will burst.  Do not heat over four minutes in the microwave or you will burn yourself.  

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For more information about corn allergies here is some insight:  http://tammyeandhubby.wordpress.com/about-corn-allergies/ and also at http://tammyeandhubby.wordpress.com/about-corn-allergies/how-to-rule-out-an-allergy-to-a-food/

If this information can help even one other person from having to go through the week I have had, it is well worth sharing.

Benadryl has Corn Syrup in the liquid or Corn Starch in the capsules so before you reach for that for relief…read the information.

My best to all.

Tammye Honey


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Daily Prompt: Teachable Moment Is All About Hands On


Daily Prompt: Teachable Moment

by michelle w. on February 10, 2013

You have to learn a new skill. Do you prefer to read about it, watch someone else do it, hear someone describe it, or try it yourself?

Not only am I a “Hands on Learner”, I also teach the same way.  This post is just above two about my newest student.  It fits in so nicely.

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There was a time back in the stone ages when I was just going through a divorce and could not afford to have plumbers, carpenters or electricians coming to the house to fix things.  So, I went to the local B.O.C.E.S. and took a Basic Electronics I & II Course.  If some basic wiring went wrong in the house or I had to change an outlet, a switch or  wanted to upgrade a lamp I could.

The local hardware store was wonderful.  They were only a phone call away.  My plumbing woes were solved.  I would walk in with a diagram of what was wrong and what I needed with the measurements and they would talk me through it with all the supplies.  If I hit a glitch when I got home, the speaker phone was on speed dial.

Since I did not own a car and had a really long driveway and an empty garage, a friend of mine asked if I would like to make some extra cash.  Hmm. Single mom, two teenage daughters and lots of formal dances to go to… First question, what am I doing? Second Question, Is it totally legal?

He changed out engines and his hands were so big that it was difficult to get into different areas.  I was his extra pair of hands.  With a set of overhauls and hair in a hat, I climbed into the truck.  With a can of WD40, I could loosen anything and get into the areas that were tiny with my long fingers.

When my daughters were older, I found myself going back to college as I needed some type of degree to get a decent job.  To work while I was going to school was difficult.  I decided to tutor while going to school.  I was supposed to tutor Anatomy and Physiology however, I found myself tutoring Computer 101 and English as well as Spanish.

Now I am taking my domestic skills and teaching others with a hands on approach.

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Let me know what you think about how you learn and what style works for you.  Please take the time to answer the poll so that the readers can see the results.

Don’t forget to check out the other Word Press Daily Prompt Writers:

How do YOU learn? « Being Special

Daily Post: Teachable Moment | tel-uh-vizh-uh-ner-ee

Studying New Skills In Sign Language « DiaryCube

Daily Prompt: Teachable Moment | The Gozum Show

If You Can Read About It – You Can Read | The Jittery Goat

Learning time ! « Spunky Wayfarer

DP: Teachable Moment « Life of Me and Mine

Getting your hands dirty « Master Of Disaster

Prestidigitation | One for the Big Guy.. sometimes.

Teachable Moments « Q the Adult

Learning to Learn. « ayimas

Teachable Moment « Now Writing Every Day

Teachable Moment | Liquid Matthew’s Development Blog

Daily Prompt: Teachable Moment | Rolbos ©

Teachable Moment « The Tarot Alchemist

Thank you for reading and Thank You so much for the wonderful words of support.

Tammye Honey


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New Student, Part Two: Baby Blanket


For a student who has never sewn before to finish three projects that she can show her hubby proudly and state “I made these myself” is an accomplishment.

Perhaps it is the way that I teach, perhaps it is my patience, or just the fact that I listen to each student and their needs.

This particular student has jumped in the water instead of taking baby steps.  She is all about the learning and takes every open slot that I have.

Her next project is the baby blanket.  That type of project under other circumstances, I would discourage a new student that is fresh in the water from learning.  She is beginning to do an Olympic course of learning so that she can complete it before this baby is born.

blanket1 blanket 2 blanket 3 blanket4 blanket5 blanket6This plus the curtains is what we achieved in six hours.

Her next session will be to apply the seam binding and then get to the new project that she has already selected which is Nursing Coverings.   Stay tuned for updates on our projects.

Thank you for reading

Tammye Honey

 


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New Sewing Student


Having a new student of any age can be a challenge.  Not only for the student but also for the teacher.  Not knowing the level of what they can achieve you take it slow till you see their work.

Being creative and thinking out of the box has helped in these ventures with my students that average in age from 16 to 60.

My new student is in her twenties.  She is due in 8 weeks to have her first baby and has never sewn.

Our first project?  I taught her what a seam was by having her recover a lamp shade with her favorite material for the baby’s curtains and matching blanket.

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By teaching her to use the lampshade as a pattern and using the glue gun instead of the machine, she learned to seam the pieces together to make a finished product.

securedownload2A product that she will be proud of for years to come.  As the baby grows, the shade covering can be changed to meet the needs of the room.

Today is curtain day…

curtains1Finding a technique to have her sew straight and with confidence, we are trying a zig-zag across the edging to make a guide to follow when she is ready to sew.

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Since I polish my table I was afraid that the material would be too slippery with the student first learning so I had set the machine on a table cloth.

ironing boardBy simply ironing the edges and smoothing out the material it made it easier for her to work.

getting in the flow ironing made it easier slowly coming along

 

By removing the table cloth after she became familiar with the machine she was able to not only guide the material but finish a complete curtain on her own.

without a table coth finished productShe then felt secure enough to start the other curtain. Yeah!

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Now she can go home and hang her curtains… stay tuned for part 2, the baby blanket.

Tammye Honey

 

 


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Come and Join Our Group


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You can now check out my latest projects and join a crafting group if you are on Facebook.  The Link is http://www.facebook.com/Tammyeatetsy

This link includes the shopping cart for the Etsy Store so that you can go right there and make a purchase or you can add your pictures of your latest creations.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/37193898/hand-made-scarf

CIMG0027So all of you crafters who do not have a group or fan page on Facebook this is an invite to join ours.  The more there are the happier the reader.

Thank You for Viewing and we hope to see you there.

TammyeHoney and Eman


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OH Brother Gazebo Here we come


My hubby was rattling my case about buying toys and not using them regularly.  To me this is the pot that called the kettle black.  I have not seen him in his work shop building in almost a year. Our Gazebo was destroyed during a storm that partially destroyed it last month then last night was wipe out.  The only thing that we salvaged was the net zip up screens and the very tip top, as well as a few tiny shelves that were inside of the gazebo.  The remainder was bent and twisted beyond recognition.

My Idea:  Build a new one out of wood that is treated lumber.  That is stronger and will withstand the storms.

Home Depot and Lowe’s  DYI Projects to the rescue:

Home Depot DIY Weekend Project

The detail lacked a bit here and I really did think that it did not have everything included compared to the other one that I have enclosed….

Lowe’s DIY Weekend Project


Construction Note

These instructions are for a basic pergola with square rafter ends. You may alter the design and cut shapes in the rafter ends for a more decorative effect.

Example Dimensions:

  • The deck has 2 x 8 joists 16 in. on center (OC).
  • The pergola will be 8 ft. square with 4 x 4 posts, doubled 2 x 8 beams, 2 x 6 rafters 24 in. OC and 2 x 6 bracing blocks 24 in. OC.
Check with your local building authorities before beginning to find out if any permits are required. Whether joists are set 12″, 16″ or 24″ OC there will always be joists at multiples of 48″OC.

Laying Out the Site

Laying Out the Site

Follow the steps below to lay out the site for your pergola.
Step 1Determine the approximate area where you want the pergola. Locate a deck joist at one of the corners and mark the decking flush with the inside edge of the joist (mark 1). Measure 8 ft. along the joist and make another mark (mark 2). Snap a chalk line between the two marks flush with the inside edge of the joist.
Step 2Partially drive a 6d nail into the decking at mark 1. Tie mason’s cord to the nail and pull it perpendicular to the chalk line. Use the following method to square the cord with the chalk line.

3, 4, 5 Method: Measure 3 ft. along the chalk line and mark, measure 4 ft. along the cord and mark it, then adjust the cord until the distance between the two marks is 5 ft. (see Figure A above).

Measure 94 1/2 in. along the mason’s cord and make a mark (mark 3). Snap a chalk line between mark 3 and mark 1.
Step 3Repeat step 2 from mark 2 to locate mark 4.
Step 4Marks 3 and 4 should be flush with the inside edge of a deck joist. Snap a chalk line between marks 3 and 4, flush with the inside edge of the deck joist (see top view of Image B above).
Step 5Stand a small piece of 4 x 4 on the decking at mark 1. Align the outside edges of the 4 x 4 with the chalk lines. Trace the other two sides of the 4 x 4 onto the decking. Use a jig saw or a reciprocating saw to cut out the hole for the 4 x 4. (see Image C) Perform the same steps at marks 2, 3 and 4.


Setting the Posts and Beams

Setting the Posts and Beams

The steps below will help you set the posts and beams for your pergola.
Step 1Have a helper slide a 10 ft. 4 x 4 post into the hole at mark 1. Align the bottom of the post flush with the bottom of the deck joist, while the helper holds it plumb. Drill two offset 1/2 in. holes through the post and the joist. (Offsetting the holes helps maintain the strength of your framing members.) Secure the post to the joist with 6 in. x 1/2 in. carriage bolts (see image). Set the posts at marks 2, 3 and 4 the same way.
Step 2Measure up 8 ft. 6 in. from the top of the decking on post 1 and mark it. Use a water level to transfer the mark on post 1 to the other posts. Cut each post off at the marks.
Step 3Square two 10 ft. 2 x 8s and cut them to 10 ft. exactly. Screw the 10 ft. 2 x 8s together flush. The fasteners should be in rows of three, spaced approximately 24 in. apart and driven in from alternate sides to ensure the boards don’t separate.
Step 4Measure the distance from the outside of post 1 to the outside of post 3 and subtract that number from 120 in. (The length of the doubled 2 x 8 beam).
Step 5Divide the difference from above by 2, to determine the overhang of the beam at each post.
Step 6Measure in from each end of the beam and mark for the overhang.

Example:

Outside of post 1 to the outside of post 3 = 94 1/2 in.

120 in. – 94 1/2 in. = 25 1/2 in.

25 1/2 in. divided by 2 = 12 3/4 in.

The beam overhang on each side of the posts is 12 3/4 in.

Set the beam with the top of the beam flush with the tops of posts 1 and 3. Also align the overhang marks flush with the outsides of the posts. At each post, drill two 1/2 in. offset holes through the beam and post. Secure the beam to the posts with 7 in. x 1/2 in. carriage bolts (see image above). Set a second beam on posts 2 and 4.


Setting the Rafters

Setting the Rafters

These steps will allow you to set the rafters properly on your pergola.
Step 1Set the rafters 24 in. OC. Find and mark the center of each beam. Measure from the center of the beam and mark it every 24 in. You should have five marks on each beam, one in the center and two on each side. The marks represent the centers of the rafters (see top view of image).
Step 2Measure the distance between the beams from outside face to outside face and add 12 in. The extra 12 in. allows the rafters a 6 in. overhang at each beam. Cut five 2 x 6s to length.

Example:

The distance from outside face to outside face of the beams is 102 in.

102 in. + 12 in. = 114 in.

The rafters should be cut to 114 in.
Step 3Center the rafters on the marks and screw them to the beams. The rafters should overhang each beam by 6 in.


Installing Brace Blocks

Installing Brace Blocks

Use the following steps to add the brace blocks to your pergola and complete the finishing touches.
Step 1Measure between the rafters and cut brace blocks from 2 x 6 boards (for rafters 24 in. OC the braces should measure approximately 22 1/2 in.).
Number the rafters from left to right (see Image A above).
Step 2Measure 10 in. back from the inside face of the beam along rafters 1 and 2 and mark them. Continue measuring and marking the left side rafters 24 in. OC. You should have four sets of marks.

Secure the bracing blocks between the rafters.
Step 3Go to the next set of rafters (Rafters 2 and 3) and measure from the inside face of the beam 13 in. and mark each rafter. Then make marks 24 in. OC and install brace blocks. Between rafters 3 and 4 mark and install brace blocks as you did between rafters 1 and 2. Between rafters 4 and 5 mark and install brace blocks as you did between rafters 2 and 3. Offsetting the brace blocks allows you screw through the rafter into the end of the brace block instead of toenailing (see Image B above).
Step 4Stain and seal the pergola to match the deck.

Tomorrow is Our Three Year Wedding Anniversary.  What a great gift for hubby to make me… that or a new phone system…hint hint hint….

I had made and sent around 11 personalized pillows to each of our grand children for the Holiday season last December.  I have also been able to do a few local personalized jobs for area residents on items that are unique and local seamstresses will not do.

Now I have ordered more feet from Amazonthat are to arrive any day… so look out world I am about to expand.

Brother Sewing & Embroidery Machine

Viking Husqvarna Sewing Machine

This relic is over 30 yrs old and still going… will sew tent material so jeans are a breeze.  Between the two I am in heaven.  The only problem is with all of my moving I have lost a lot of my attachments for this machine.

Have a great day and keep all your thoughts happy


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Hey Mr UPS Man


You stop here at least once a week and this week I have not seen you… Now I know your truck by now and so does my dog…she barks and brings you a bone…

It does seem like a long day for you as some days we get packages as early as 6 AM and other days we get packages as late as 10 PM and I realize that you have started your day from Nashville, Tennessee which is quite a distance from me at least two hours away in traffic…and I do appreciate the travel to me…I really do…

I also realize that I do have different drivers due to vacation schedules and that perhaps my little package went to the wrong place…however to insist that you did give it to me and I signed for it…yesterday when I never saw you?

Please recheck your scanner and your truck as you are looking for a tiny package that is white…

It only holds a gathering foot for a sewing machine…does not sound like much unless you sew a lot of ruffles…or make a lot of pillows like I do…eleven at Christmas…thank goodness all of them were not for girls…saved on a few ruffles there….

This little bad boy from Amazon.com could save me hours of work…

So please, Mr. Please… Can you check just one more time and humor a lady who sits by her window watching for you…

Sincerely,

A sewing fanatic with a project to do…

Thank You…

Tammye Honey


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After losing so much weight I can now take this inspiration and revamp my summer skirts Thank you…

Diary of a Mad Crafter

So I know I said yesterday that I probably wouldn’t be posting anything today after my long day yesterday, but you know me, I just can’t stop!!! Anyway, a few days ago I went garage sale hopping with my friend Tracy (totally addicted btw), and I got this amazing skirt. I would never wear it as a skirt, but it’s amazing nonetheless. It also appeared to be handmade, which in my book, is awesomeee. I knew immediately that I was going to cut it all up and make it into a dress.

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