Wednesday, December 30, 2009

#8, ,#9, #10, #11, #12, and #13

So I was too lazy to complete the 25 Motif Challenge.  What can I say? I'm a procrastinator.  Actually, I got interested in other things this past year and the time flew by.  And after the first three or four, I don't think I was too thrilled with my choice for the challenge so it just kept getting pushed back.  A few more animals have come off the shuttles since Christmas, though.  I definitely won't be finished by the time the ball drops tomorrow night, but I will have all my critters completed within the next couple weeks.  In the meantime, here are the fruits of my labor...


(Going clockwise) The flamingo is from Martha Ess' Critters On The Block,  the gecko is Pamela's gecko from Jane's pattern pages, the lovely swan is Mark Myers', the cocoa bunny is also from Mark, the kitty I do believe is from an old, old Workbasket, and the pig bookmark is from Dianna Stevens' Animal Bookmarks: A Tatted Zoo.

The gecko was definitely my favorite to do, but the beads that should have gone along the spine weren't cooperating so I omitted them after cutting the mistakes out FIVE times! 

I also received a belated Christmas present today.  After months of whining and moaning about what a piece of crap my camera is, Santa swung back by and left me THIS under the tree. It may not be the fanciest, most expensive camera, but I love it and it's the thought that counts.   And I've been playing, oh yes, I have been playing all day!  Thanks, Santa!

edited to add:  I overlooked a package!  Said package contained a 4GB memory card and a carrying case.  The card was promptly inserted into the camera and has room for nearly 1,500 pictures and the new camera is now safe and snug in its new case.  A good day it was, a good day.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

A doily...

Christmas is over, the snowflake fever has abated, so it's time to move on.  I am woefully behind on my 25 Motif Challenge, which I will start catching up on TODAY.  I promise.  In the meantime, here is a little doily from Blomqvist and Persson's Tatting Patterns and Designs.  It worked up fairly quickly.  In between visiting and  running errands on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, I had it tatted and loosely blocked. It's called Sunflower and it's tatted in not very sunflower colors, but it is oh so pretty!  I'm already yearning for spring.



Tatted using Lizbeth 20 in Golden Yellow Medium, Antique Violet Medium, and Leaf Green Medium.  The doily measures about 7" across. For both the violet and green, two completely filled SewMate shuttles completed the rounds with approximately a foot of thread left on the shuttles, in case anyone wonders.

Have a great Saturday and relax!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

To all my bloggy friends!


I just want to wish you all a very Merry (or Happy) Christmas!  Much love to you all!



Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Bella Nina

Here is another Terry McGuffin bell.  It's a shame that the bell ornaments have been discontinued.

For the twentieth time, I really need a new camera!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells...


Jingle all the waaaaayy!!!

 Bella Mia




Liberty Bell




Somewhere in all the clutter, there are two bells from Terry McGuffin's Thirteen Bells book.  Both bell covers are tatted using Altin Basak size 50 threads with 15/0 or 11/0 beads.

Thanks to Karen for pointing me in the right direction for the glass bells!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Yet another snowflake and a wee tree

Tatskool's challenge to work through Lene Bjørn's 24 Snowflakes in Tatting has been fun to watch.  I love that book, but my attention span isn't long enough to attempt such a challenge.  After seeing her interpretation of the Ninth Day of December, I decided to do one too! 

Not too shabby.  I was going to do the other block tatted flake, Eighth Day of December, but I couldn't figure it out.  Maybe some other time.  If you look closely, you'll see one of the points are discolored.  The condensation from the bottom of my drinking glass dripped on the thread causing it to run. It's size 40 Lizbeth, color 631.  Isn't that the strangest thing?  Has that happened to you?

I haven't tatted any trees this year, so it was high time I did one!  This is Monica Hahn's Oriental Christmas tree.  I used a dark green Flora 20 that was hidden in my stash. To liven it up a bit, I added a bunch of seed beads to mimic tree lights.  It's a cutie, I must say.  Too bad I forgot to give it a trunk....



Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Coming to you live from....



...my new laptop!  No matter what I did, the old one just kept bogging down, freezing up, and all the other crap that goes along with a dying PC.  So I said, "To hell with this thing!  I'm buyin' a new one!"  So I did.  And a new router.  And a new wi-fi printer.  Any other time I would be feeling buyer's remorse, but not this time!  Set up was a breeze, too.  I had the laptop and printer on a secure wireless network in fifteen minutes.  Quite pleased with myself, I am.  This is the first time I've done this.

Ok, now for something tatting related.  This is Half Ring Snowflake #2 from Mark Myers' book, Tatting Pattern For One Shuttle, Book One. I love this book!!  My fingers are crossed that Book Two will be on its way soon.  I used size 80 HDT, color Plum Tickled(I think) from Lady ShuttleMaker.  Approximately 1-1/2 inches across. 





Edited to add: Wow, the scan quality of this new printer is fabulous!






Saturday, December 12, 2009

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

And the tree is up!

My little white tree that was supposed to be a tatted rainbow tree.  Why do I say supposed?  Because I seriously miscalculated just how many of the little suckers I'm going to need to fill this little bitty tree, that's why.
Click for larger view

Once I got the tree up and looked at the paltry pile of tatted ornies, it was down to the basement to get some more so it didn't look like a Charlie Brown Christmas tree.  Most of the glass ornaments are older than me, but I love them.  The topper is blown glass that I found in an antique shop for $6.    It  has a sticker on it that says Made in Germany.  

If you grab a magnifier, you can spot a few of the tatted ones in there.  I may have to rethink this 'size 80 only' policy so they can be seen without squinting!  See the old pink plastic ornament that looks  kind of like a Big Top tent?  There is a metal spinner in the center that turns at the slightest breeze.  When the tree lights reflect off it, it gives the impression of twinkling lights.  There are about ten different ones all over the tree.  Some of you may remember them in your childhood. 


 This next picture is of my favorite glass bulb.  Painted in the traditional Polish style, I bought this at Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan.  If you've never been there, go!  There's lots to do and at least half of the visitors are from out-of-state or another country.

Well, that's it for now. I have to get back to tatting so my poor little tree can be called a TATTED rainbow tree.


Sunday, November 29, 2009

More snowflakes!

First up, the one no one wants to do because of all the bare thread spaces!  The First Day of  December  from Lene Bjorn's 24 Snowflakes in Tatting. I don't think I did too badly.  I used DMC size 80 in color 3756, a very, very pale blue.  Looking at it again, I see I split the threads on some of the picots when I was blocking it.  Oops!
 Click pic for larger view



Next is Snowflake 17 from Joann Stearns'  Christmas Ornament Collection.  I used a vintage J&P Coats, size 70 thread.  Can't ever get enough of pansy colored thread.

The big one in the center is another from the Stearns book, number 19.  Size 20 Lizbeth in Sherbet Delight.  I don't really like how this one came out.  The color is pretty, but size 20 thread looks too heavy for a dainty snowflake, so I am going to be sticking to the finer sizes from here on out.

Fourth is Teri Dusenbury's Loop-de-Loop Snowflake.  This one was tatted using Lady Shuttlemaker's Seaweed HDT in size 80.  You can find the pattern in Teri's e-Snips account.  Looking at the scan, I see a bunch of mistakes with this one, but it was a lot of fun to tat so I'll do it again and make sure it's perfect.

And last, but certainly not least, is 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' from Karey Solomon's Tatting For The Tree.  This was a tricky one.  I had to open rings and retrotat this one three times, but it was worth it.  I tatted this one with Yarnplayer's 'Brilliant Sunset' in size 80.  What a rich colorway.  It was the perfect choice for this one, I do believe. 

Earlier today I made a trip to Michaels to see what was left on the shelves.  Big mistake!  Everyone was still acting like a bunch of maniacs snatching and pushing merchandise, just generally being rude and classless.  So I cut the trip short and left with a couple packages of glass ornaments.  I found some iridescent onion shaped ones instead of  the usual round ones.  If anyone has any bell shaped ones they'd like to get rid of, I'll gladly take them off your hands.  Looks like I'm going to try to tat some ornament covers next weekend.  Wish me luck.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Snowflakes!

Happy Day-After-Thanksgiving!  Hope everyone had a great holiday.  Yesterday was a nice dinner and afterward, to fight off the turkey coma trying to overtake me, I pulled out the shuttles and started tatting some ornaments.  My rainbow tree will be very skimpy if I don't make some headway quickly.  I think tomorrow I will dig it out of the basement and see what I can do with it.  Good thing it 's a small tree. 


Ornament One is from Susanne Schwenke's  Spitzen-Kreationen.  Originally, it was 5-pointed, but a snowflake has six!  I used some vintage Lily size 70 thread.
Ornament Two is from Kaye B. Judt's Oh My Stars!.  The technique used on the rings is what she calls TAK (tatting alternate knots). It's similar to a Maltese Ring, except instead of having the stitches in opposite directions they all stay on top.  This was my first experiment, so it's not the greatest piece, but I like it.  There's sure to be more.  I used Altin Basak 50 threads.
Ornament Three is from Lene Bjorn's Snowflakes in Tatting.  I love this little flake.  More vintage thread for this one, Star 70.  The thread in candy colors like this are my favorites.
Ornament Four is from Festive Tatting by DMC using Tatskool's world reknowned Rainbow Bright thread in size 80.

Right now the living room floor is covered in thread, tatting books, and print outs from the 'Net.  Snowflake fever has me in its grip! So I am off to create a blizzard....

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Tat Day at Zig-Zag

Since you're reading this, that must mean I made it back from Tat Day in one piece.  It was a lot of fun and I am now on the lookout for other Tat Days within are within a five- or six- hour drive.  The drive down was nice and really showcased just how crappy the roads in Michigan are and how slow people drive in Ohio and Indiana (ha!).  At one point, we stopped off for a bite to eat at a McDonalds near enemy territory...err, I mean Lima, Ohio.  A quick glance around the restaurant made so, so happy that I forgot my University of Michigan sweatshirt.  The place was awash in red and gray and chances were better than even that we wouldn't have made it out alive for all the Buckeyes shirts, hats, tattoos, etc., that were in there!  We got our asses out of there before someone caught wind of the Michigan license plate in the parking lot.

That was the excitement for the day. From there it was an uneventful two or three hours to Greenfield, Indiana.  We got a room, had supper at Cracker Barrel and spent the rest of the evening talking and tatting. 

Up and early Saturday morning, breakfast, and off for a day of tatting.  Of course, I forgot my camera so I have no pictures to show.  Zig-Zag is a cute little store that was once a house.  As soon as I stepped through the door, I felt like I was at home or in heaven. Tatting supplies galore!  I could feel the cash I brought just burning a hole in my pocket.  But no time to shop, it was time to tat!  At each seat was a gift bag of stuff for the tatters.  It says Zig-Zag Quilts and Baskets on the bag, but the flash is hiding it.



Georgia Seitz was the guest teacher for the day.  She is such a funny lady and she had lots of stuff in store for us.  Our first project of the day was a candy cane reindeer.




 The only tatting we did for Rudolph here was the eyelashes around his googly eyes.  Not quite as easy as it seemed, but after three or four or five tries, I got it!

Ok, so you can't see them very well, but it was fun.  The other project was to decorate a 3-D Christmas tree, which was a four-sided tree cut from green construction paper.  Pearl tatting and some variations was to be the technique used to make the garland, but I didn't get it done because I kept screwing up and it was fun just to be talking to everyone so I have nothing to show for that one!  The it was time for lunch and to shop a bit.  Lunch was fantastic!  Sandwiches, a veggie tray, a cheese tray, two different kinds of soup (the potato soup was heavenly!) and cookies and brownies for desert.

This is the part I really wish I had brought a camera for --  the tatted pieces brought by the other ladies there.  One lady brought some beautiful baby bonnets and booties, a 3-d angel with pineapple motif wings (that I want, want, WANT!) and some other really pretty pieces.  Someone had brought a very old sample book that was absolutely fascinating.  Ornaments, doilies, a beautiful hat, and a shawl tatted by the Great Lakes Lace Group VP, Merie, were also highlights of the day.  There was a little wrought iron tree for everyone to hang ornaments on for an ornament contest that day.  I entered a beaded poinsettia and Ruth Perry's Celtic snowflake.   Now it was off to shop...

 


I wasn't done yet, but there was so much stuff that I didn't get to the books yet and it was time to go back to class.  First I want to say that Georgia had everyone laughing all day.  The next thing she had in store for us was a pop-up card.  We used Josephine knots to decorate some elements of a Christmas card she passed out for all of us and showed us how to make a pop-out in the center of the card using a motif.  For practice we used motifs that are oopsies or 'pattern adaptations', if you prefer. That project was a lot of fun, but I have no idea what I did with mine so you'll just have to use your imaginations.  Our last project of the day was to decorate a small organza bag with split rings and beads.  Basically, we used very long beaded picots and joined them in a swag fashion.
Example:  Beaded picot on Ring One joins to Ring Four, BP on Ring Two joins to Ring Five, etc.  I forgot all about this one until I started writing this post.  I will find mine later and show what I mean.  By now it was getting towards the end of the day.  Jennifer and Kaye of Zig-Zag had gifts for everyone.  I got a neon green Sew-Mate shuttle ( Love it!).  Before wrapping it up and calling it a day, there was still the ornament contest winner to announce.  Jennifer said, "Who had the poinsettia?".  I said to myself, " I know she just didn't say the poinsettia. Oh my God, my poinsettia was voted the best?!"  You could have knocked me over with a feather I was so surprised.
 

My prize was a gift certificate to spend in the store,which I promptly did.
 

I am still smiling as I write this.  At the end of the day, as we were all packing up and chit-chatting, a lady who I knew I knew from somewhere (but couldn't figure it out for the life of me) said she had trouble deciding which to vote for -- my poinsettia or the Celtic snowflake.  It was Ruth Perry herself!  She was sitting at the end of my table knitting a sock all day.  Ha Ha!

So that was the Tat Day at ZigZag. A great time was had by all and I am looking forward to next year.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

It's been a while!

Hi everyone! I know it's been a while.  Computer problems had me disconnected from the world.  I'm surprised by how isolated I felt.  I truly felt like I was lost in a cave for these past weeks.

Anyhow, enough of that!  What I really came to tell you all is that I'll be going to my first Tat Day this weekend.  If anyone is in the Greenfield, Indiana area this Saturday, meet me at ZigZag Quilts and Baskets for their annual tatting day.  Georgia Seitz will be teaching. Ooooh, I am so excited!  I've been tatting, but I ain't showing until after tat day.  It's nothing spectactular, but I am going to make y'all wait.

Well, it's time to get to work so I'll begin catching up and commenting on everyone's blogs tonight when I get home.  Missed you all!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Plastic Rings and Christmas

Happy Sunday, all!  I hope everyone is enjoying the lovely autumn weather we're having.  Here in southeastern Michigan, we've been having unseasonably cool temps and dreary days.  This weekend turned out to be a gem, though.  Clear skies and a bit milder.  Temps in the mid-50s, instead of low 40s.  Brrrr....


I have been tatting some lately.  I wanted to show battatter's bat, Batflight, but he's gone, gone, gone. He's obviously lived up to his name and flew out the window or something.  Instead, I'll show a couple pieces from Jon Yusoff's Tatting With Plastic Rings.  So far, I've done Melati ( top) and Kincir (bottom).  The only size rings I had in my stash were 18 mm, so I decided to try size 80 thread .  Not too shabby considering I don't really have too much experience working with ring, which is also why I omitted beads. Please excuse the camera flash... 




I've been a good girl and stayed away from eBay lately. That is, until last week. The little voices in my head were telling me to get over there or else miss out on something big. And wouldn't you know it, they were right! The Number One book on my 'Must Have' list was just waiting for me to come and get it. None other than Pam Palmer's The Twelve Days of Christmas.  After seeing the gorgeous Partridge In A Pear on Carol's blog  a year or so ago, I was on the hunt ever since.

I am pretty good at guessing just how high an auction will go and was pretty sure there would be a lot of action on this one, but I was wrong. Only a couple low bids and it was mine. I am currently deciding on what threads to use for each day. This is going to be fun and they'll look great on the tree. A few more views:


 

I'm thinking about mounting each motif on a scrap of fabric inside small decorative cross stitch frames.  Another thing I have no experience with, so if anyone has any ideas on how to make this easier, let me know.  And for the record, no I am not going to make six, seven, eight, etc., of each Day.  Otherwise, they wouldn't be done until Christmas 2017!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Once upon a midnight dreary, .....

...while I pondered, weak and weary.


From Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven -- perfect midnight Halloween season reading.  That's not really a raven, it's a Creepy Crow (but it damn sure looks like a raven!) designed by the one and only Battatter, Carol Amich.  If you're a Halloween lover like me, this book is a must have.  I'm currently working on a few more of the patterns from her book.


SHRIEK!!
 

"Scared Silly" by Birds of a Feather
Stitched on 32 ct. Sparrow
Weeks  Dye Works  flosses

Ol' Jack O'Lantern flipped his lid and scared the kitty!  Scared him silly, even.  My latest stitchy project that was actually a WIP from last year.  I lost it last year and gave it up for gone, but it was actually hiding in the Halloween decorations.  I think the orange fill-in around the inner edge of the frame is perfect!  Jo-Ann's did a great frame job once again. In this pic, you can see the mounting board behind the camera.  That's just because of the camera flash.  It's not really visible at all.   If you look closely, you can see Heidi Sunday's 'Pumpkins On A Vine' trailing over the edge of the frame. (click pics for a larger view) A fun little thing to tat!

Hope everyone is doing well!  Work and school are killing me at the moment.  Well, not really killing me, just my tatting/crochet/stitch time!  Oh, the agony....



Friday, September 18, 2009

Yet another Gerbera daisy post

I've getting tons of emails today about this one.  Come to find out, Kersti at InTatters started a thread looking for the pattern to this doily also, originally named Arlene's First Place Win.  Here it is in picture format.  To save it, click on the picture, right click, save.  That's it!  Now it'll never be lost again.

 

If there is anyone out there in Blogland who knows the lady or is the lady who designed this, I'd like to thank you for such a fantastic piece of tatting!

Edited to add:  it's a good idea to add the picture I'm talkin' about, wouldn't it?  Let's try this again, shall we?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I've been framed!

First a thank you everyone who heard my plea and sent a copy of the doily pattern I was looking for.  It's flattering to find out just how many people actually stop by for a visit!  I humbly thank you all.

I just got back one of my cross stitch pieces from the framer.  Before I unveil, let me say that I have come to appreciate the 50% coupons Joann, Etc. and Michaels put in the paper week after week.  Cuz I'll tell ya, if I keep this up I will be one broke chick. 

 
"Remember Me"  by Birds of a Feather
The picture is not a very good one so you can't really see the detail well.  The frame actually looks like old distressed barnwood.  I thought it worked well because the threads used to stitch are overdyed which have that nice blotchy old look.  The now familiar background which shows up in a lot of my pictures is my tat/crochet/cross stitch chair.  The best thing about it (besides being comfortable) is that it's made for vertically challenged folk 5'4" and under!  What?  A chair I can actually sit in and not have my feet hang in midair?  Sold!!  One of these days, I'll make a post about my stitchin' corner.  That is, if I can remember....

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Mmmm.....thread

Keeping going with the autumn theme, some luscious goodies courtesy of LadyShuttleMaker herself!  The paler skein is 'Autumn Medley' and the bottom is 'Cornucopia'.   Good leaf and gourd tatting colors, that is, if I can find a tatted gourd somewhere.  Designing is not my forte.

Krystle had the most excellent idea for what to do with my punkin jar.  Fill it with thread! Perfect answer if I do say so myself.I only have 451,004 balls of it.   It never occurred to me because, well, I can't exactly see the forest for the trees. Now I need to find more jars...

Tattycat asked me to post another picture of the Gerbera doily, so here it is!  You can also see it peeking out from under the pumpkin jar in the last photo:

Friday, September 11, 2009

Gerbera doily revisited

A few of you may remember what I called the Gerbera Daisy doily?  Well, Jane from South Africa did one, too, and was kind enough to email me to show me her version.  I really like the colors she used.  On the center, she ran out of light green thread so she dyed some light blue thread green to finish the project.  I think it turned out fabulous!  The blue-green on the final round really works well with the flowers.  Thanks for thinking of me, Jane!

 
I'm thinking I may want to do this one again, but I can't seem to find my copy of the pattern.  If anyone out saved it, can you send it to me?  I would be eternally grateful.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Fall!

Even though the calendar says it's still summer, fall has arrived. Autumn has never been my favorite season because it means winter is on its way. This year instead of mourning the cold dreary weather to come, I've decided to embrace autumn for all it's worth! The colors, the scents, the fantastic crafts ideas.... all of it! I follow approximately eleventy-thousand blogs and the love you all have for the season has forced me to FINALLY open my eyes and see the season for all its beauty. Thank you!

So, some fall tatting...

The pumpkin (Lizbeth 20, Harvest Orange) is Mary Maynard's pattern, possibly the best tatted pumpkin pattern in Tatland. I love it. The two leaves on top of the pumpkin are Karey Solomon's from her book Tatting Turns Over A New Leaf. I used DMC Perle cotton and Sherry Pence's Granny Delicious' HDT, and the bottom leaf is a Ruth Perry Celtic style maple leaf tatted in, what else?, Marilee's 'Sugar Maple' HDT. I see she has a new batch in her Etsy shop, too.

My favorite holiday is Halloween, so I had to do another cross stitch project. 'Remember Me' from my previous post still isn't back from the framer yet. JoAnn's has a three week back up due to a 60% off framing special they have going on right now. I better get my butt up there quickly with this one or else Halloween will be over before I get it back. The text doesn't show up well in the picture because of the camera flash. If you are so inclined, click on the picture for a bigger, better view.

Bold"By the pricking of my thumbs... something wicked this way comes"


"Something Wicked" by La-D-Da
35ct. 'Havana' by Weeks Dye Works
DMC flosses


And lastly, a nice little dollar store find keeping with the autumn theme -- a cute pumpkin canister for only $2! It's made of nice thick glass and holds about two quarts. I don't know what I'll do with it yet, but I'm sure to think of something.




And with that, I'll wish you all a happy Sunday! For those of you who have tomorrow off (me!), enjoy your Labor Day festivities!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Deal of the day

Impulse shopping. I know I shouldn't, but I do it -- all the time. Driving down the road determined to get from Point A to Point B without any distractions when BAM! out of nowhere I'm pulling over because a shop window has attracted my attention. Kind of like birds and their love of shiny things.

So anyway....today it was the antique shop near my favorite Michaels. They always have very unique furniture and whatnot out in front, but until today I have managed to resist the urge. Good thing, too. Most of their items are ridiculously overpriced even by antique shop standards. Back in a dark, dusty corner an old armoire caught my eye. When I opened the door, lo and behold, look what was sitting on the shelf:



Five dollars for the four of them! It goes without saying I snatched them up and home with me they went. The armoire itself turned out to be a piece of mass produced crap constructed in the 70s at the earliest. That's okay, though. The thrill of discovering the Pricillas properly sated me. Could you just imagine the buyer's remorse the next day if I'd have bought that thing?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know Halloween is two months away, but...


I don't claim to be good at cross stitch, but that doesn't stop me from going on a binge a couple times a year. Primitive and Quaker styles are the ones that give me the irresistible urge to grab a Q Snap frame, fabric, needle, and flosses. After two years in the stash box, I finally got around to this one and there are two more ready to go -- one from La-D-Da and the other from The Primitive Needle. It's off to the frame shop in the morning!


"When I am dead and buried and all my bones are rotten
when this you see remember me lest I should be forgotten."



"Remember Me" by Birds Of A Feather
32 ct. Meadowlark linen
Weeks Dye Works flosses

Notice the red lettering in the rhyme spells out B-O-O. I think that is so cute and yes, I am easily amused.



Grr....this is what I get for not being careful. Condensation from the bottom of my glass dripped and caused the red to run into the fabric. I'm just going to tell everyone it's supposed to look that way. Yeah, that's the ticket...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

What does your rainbow look like?

Your rainbow is strongly shaded violet.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What is says about you: You are a creative person. You appreciate beauty and craftsmanship. You are patient and will keep trying to understand something until you've mastered it.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.

And it's only 11:30 a.m.

First the toaster blew up in a pretty blue shower of sparks, then the microwave fritzed out. In order to save the other kitchen appliances from an untimely death, it was to the basement to do some laundry. Nope, that didn't work out either. The washer is stuck in the wash cycle. It keeps agitating, but won't drain or go to the rinse cycle. It's currently unplugged from the wall and half full of water. Hmmm...gremlins, perhaps? Now it's off to the local laundromat with a soaking wet load of sheets in a thunderstorm, no less. Maybe I'll just wait.

The Halloween bug bit me yesterday, so I went through the black hole known as the crafts closet to see what I could find to work on. I settled on a cross stitch sampler from Birds Of A Feather. Digging around some more, I even came across a piece of linen and the exact flosses to work it with. There should be something photoworthy in a day or so.

On the tatting front, I did a few more snowflakes for my rainbow tree. They haven't been blocked yet. All patterns come from Tatting by Myra Piper. The flake done in white/Coral Reef is size 40 while the rest are size 80. The color choices were simple blind grabs from the thread basket.

Friday, August 14, 2009

I'm still here and....40?!! Oh no!

Hey everyone! Here I am. Took some time off because I had to heal. Wrist and elbow troubles laid me low so I needed to recover. A knot had developed in my left wrist right at the base of my palm. At first I thought it was a cyst of some sort, but it turned out it was the tendon bulging. I had to wear a brace to limit movement and couldn't do anything thread related for a few weeks. The days of sitting and tatting for hours on end are over! *sob* While recuperating, I used the time to catch up on some reading...


Tattycat being my inspiration, I am attempting to create a rainbow Christmas tree this year. Joann Fabrics had white pre-lit trees on clearance for $15, so I bought one.My first three flakes of the '09 season are from Jon Yusoff's snowflake collection. Next I'll be starting to work out of Myra Piper's tatting book. These took five days to make, now that I'm all worn out!



And lastly, to toot my own horn, it's my birthday today! 40th to be exact. Yay me! I made it. Here's to another 40...



Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A tatted....

clock? They're not really, but they're obviously tatting inspired. I want one! Oh, how I do love ETSY.