Friday, August 5, 2016

August 12th Deadline...Halloween Altered Matchbox Swap

Feeling about joining an Altered Matchbox Swap?

It was a tough decision for me not to choose a theme that was soft tones, flowery,
blingy and totally froufrou. 

But, with the suggestion of others, time to change it up and go with a holiday theme...Halloween!

Here are the Swap details and guidelines if you are interested in joining this swap:

Vintage Connections 2016 Halloween Altered Matchbox Swap

Sign Up Date:  
  • Email me directly at by August 12, 2016.
  • In your email subject line please include 2016 Halloween Altered Matchbox Swap.
  • In your email please include your full name, your mailing address and if you have a blog address or website address.
 Theme: Halloween
  • Please NO designs that are gorey or bloody. 
  • Suggested Design styles: Nostalgic, Traditional, Steampunk, Whimsical, Elegant.
  • I will notify your assigned partner of your email address for correspondence. You may want to converse with your partner on design style and color preferences.
  • Use a large matchbox (250 match count size)
  • Your choice of papers, fabrics, decorations, etc. to create your theme as long as all items are secured safely to the matchbox.
  • Please enclosed goodies (examples: trinkets, lace, trim, buttons, flowers, artsy craft items, jewelry, etc.) in your matchbox drawer to share with your swap partner. 
  • Your goodies can be Halloween-themed, other or a combination of both.
I apologize if these rules seem strict & stuffy, but want to be fair to everyone involved.
Thanks for your understanding.
  • This swap is only available to residents of the contiguous USA states.  
  • This is a one-on-one swap.  You will be creating one altered matchbox.
  • Please sign your artwork.
  • Please only sign up if you can commit to mailing your completed altered matchbox by the mail date of Saturday September 24, 2016 (that's a six week window) to your assigned swap partner!
  • Every swap participant is responsible for the purchase of their own materials to create their altered matchbox swap and their shared goodies.
  • Every participant is responsible for all shipping, packaging and handling charges to mail your altered matchbox to your assigned swap partner. 
  • Please carefully wrap your package for mailing.  It is your decision to mail it insured or not.
  • Following the Sign Up due date of August 12, 2016, I will randomly draw entry names and pair swap partners. 
  • Saturday August 13, 2016, I will send you a private email sharing your swap partner's name, mailing information and email address.
Thanks so much for joining this swap...enjoy and have fun creating!

Examples of Halloween altered matchboxes:
My 2014 Halloween Altered Matchbox (front)
 (inside box filled with goodies)
(side view)

Lorraine's 2014 Halloween Altered Matchbox

If you need inspiration, check out Halloween Altered Matchbox images
on Pinterest or other search sites.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Lynn & Tami's Altered Matchboxes

Recently Lynn and I shared an altered matchbox exchange.
Our chosen theme...Shabby Chic & Bling.

Here is Lynn's precious altered matchbox to me
She made her flowers...sweet!

Soft muted tones, lace, trim, buttons...pure sweetness!  
Lynn, you know how to spoil me...Thank you!

Here's my altered matchbox to Lynn
Using a plastic doily as a template and tinted modeling paste,
I added texture on the topside. Then highlighted the texture with pearlized paint
and some vintage rhinestones.

Of course we both stuffed our altered matchboxes full of artsy-crafting goodies.  

 If I host an altered matchbox swap, are you interested?
Please email me or leave me a comment and let me know
if you are interested in joining the swap (sorry USA addresses only).

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Today I Woke Up Retired

(the photo from my work badge)

Today I woke up retired...
semi-retired that is... 
 Yesterday was the final day of my 27 years in the healthcare industry. 

I started in 1979 working in Accounting and Patient Services at the wonderful downtown St. Mary’s Hospital of Kansas City.  Followed by several years as a health insurance educator to hospitals, employers and labor unions as well as being part of the work force that brought the first Preferred Provider Organization to Kansas City.  After becoming a mother, I stayed home for several years to raise our two sons.  I returned to healthcare in 2001, spending the last 14 years with HCA.

It was a bittersweet decision for me to leave corporate healthcare after so many years, but felt it was time to move on to new beginnings.

I am blessed to have this choice!
I want to continue working, but working in positions that are creative and filled with joy.  

Soon I will start two new positions...working at a local consignment home decor store merchandising home furnishings vignettes (and Sales) as well as working more with someone that his very special to me that has Down's Syndrome.

I do believe both cover being creative and filled with joy! 

Thank you to my family & friends, each of you, for your kind words, thoughts, prayers and gifts you have shared with me for my retirement!

I am blessed!   


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Mermaid Canvas Art

Ribbon trims of blue flow like waves of water
Pearls adorn her with a crown
Glass beads like sea glass are her wardrobe
Starfish and seashells decor her home

Canvas Art by Tami Hacker 

Click on By the Sea challenge hosted by the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog to see my mermaid canvas art along with other fun & creative By the Sea creations.  Summertime Fun!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Friends, Crafting...Blessed

When FRIENDS gather to spend hours of crafting, good food, stories and is a good day!

We each worked on our own projects...Altered Matchboxes, bracelet making, Canvas art, Christmas tree skirt, crocheting, repurposing Victorian Trading Company 'backroom' items and 
shaving cream-painted art paper.

As I often do, I forgot to snap photos.  Here are the few available photos 

 Lee's repurposed Victorian Trading Company's 'backroom' (damaged) item - is now renewed in chalk paint highlights, pearl & metal trims, buttons, a sweet bird's nest where the broken clock once sat and the broken bird's tail now filled with pretty flowers.

 My shaving cream-painted art paper

My young friend Corrine's shaving cream-painted art paper used on her Canvas art

Just a sneak peep of my Altered Matchbox.  I'll show more once it arrives to its new home.

Thank you my SWEET FRIENDS for your lovely hostess gifts

(What should I create?)


Inspiring arts & crafts, beautiful gifts and dear friendships...I am BLESSED!