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


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


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!