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.... 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.
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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.