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 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

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...