Saturday, July 19, 2008

Cacti and snowflakes in July

I love cacti and succulents. So many different varieties and all are beautiful, even the ugly ones. There are approximately 15 pots of them on my balcony. I look forward to July, not just for the hot steamy weather but because my cacti begin to bloom. For the life of me, I can't remember the name of this particular plant that is showing off its bright pink flowers (haworthia, maybe?). I'm really proud that it did bloom, because during the winter it was infested with such a severe case of mealybugs that all I could do was take some cuttings that were untouched. The mother plant was very large and about ten years old, so it was quite sad to lose it. It was also my first succulent. In the second picture, is a blooming living rock, also known as lithops. They are so cute!

The long blades of what looks like grass is really the leaves of a ponytail palm(beaucarnea recurvata).

And now for the snowflakes...

I began working out of Jon's wonderful book this morning. I just can't gush enough about it. The patterns are so cleverly written yet simple. Beautiful!! I'm going to end up with a blizzard soon, I just know it.

Here is Aladdin with and without beads. Tatted in Olympus No.40, variegated blues...

With 11/0 silver lined seed beads...

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Just a bit of blabber....

Haven't been doing too much of anything lately. I realized I needed to take a break for a bit because I have been overdoing it. The few projects I did attempt ended up irretrievably tangled, destined for the trash bin.

Part of my problem has been worrying too much about the things I can't control, like gas prices or GM teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. Being that I work in the automotive industry and live in a State with an 8.5% unemployment rate (which I may soon be a part of) makes it hard to ignore what is happening. Thus, my anxiety ends up being taken out on defenseless tatting shuttles, crochet hooks and thread.

But, I can't sit for too long without having something for my hands to do, so I started a new project yesterday. It was back to another of Iris' doilies, 'Milena'.
Here is my progress so far, worked in LadyShuttleMaker's 'Marina', size 80:

The colors are not really that harsh, it's my scanner that makes them look that way. I really love this colorway. Once I get my tatting allowance built back up, I will be buying more from her and a few other colors, too.

I also got Jon's book of snowflakes on Tuesday. Oooh, I love them! I even went out and bought a few different types of beads to work them with. The patterns will lend themselves well to the beads, as I've seen from Tattycat's posts lately. Well, enough for now. I am going to sit on the balcony and enjoy the evening breeze now that the temperatures are down to a tolerable degree. It's been in the 90's the past few days. Even though I'm complaining, I wouldn't have it any other way! :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Orange Creamsicle

I'm still into tatting doilies lately, even though I go really s-l-o-w. I came across this one in an old Workbasket, August '63. What really caught my eye about this one is the medallions that make up the outermost round. It went fairly quickly, even though there are a few quirky joins in the final round. All went well until I ran out of thread with two medallions to go. Arrgh! But, I am posting a pic anyway. Time for a Handy Hands shopping spree...

I used an Olympus thread in size 40 that reminds me of orange creamsicles, one of my favorite frozen treats.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Public domain question

Hello everyone. Hope the holiday was a good one. I have a question about public domain. How do you know if something is in the public domain and if it's okay to post or publish the item in question?

I came across a huge stack of Workbasket magazines this past weekend and would like to share some of the patterns with everyone in Tat Land. It would be a shame for them to collect dust for another forty years. But I haven't done anything with them because I don't know the rules or regulations regarding this subject. I've asked around, but have gotten conflicting answers. That's why I'm asking you all. Hopefully, someone in the tatting community can clear the air for me. Thanks!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Birthday America!

From the Workbasket, June-July '94. Done with Finca No.16 and 11/0 seed beads.