Saturday, March 27, 2010

Finished...finally!

Here it is!  I had hoped to have this done to unveil for this past Tatting Tea Tuesday.  Alas, it wasn't meant to be.  Then I said I'd wait until this coming week to show it, but I have no patience for that kind of stuff.  So, here she is.  Meet Kirsten:

This is one of Adelheid Dangela's beautiful butterflies.  Kirsten measures 7-3/4 inches tall and 8-1/2 inches wide.  I used size 80 threads in DMC black and yellow, a vintage J&P Coats in red for the three-ring clovers and Tatskool's 'Flame Lantana' for the four-ring clovers.  And about 462 ends to hide(not really, but it felt like it!), the reason it took so long to get it done.

If the colors look a bit odd, it's because the window is to the left and it's a bright sunshiney day here is SE Michigan.  Well, it was when I took the picture fifteen minutes ago. Come on, Spring!  Get here already, will you?

Oh, one more thing. For all the effort that went into this, I'm counting it as Motif 14 for my VERY overdue 2009 Challenge.

Monday, March 22, 2010

It's been a month?!

     Wow.  Time flies when you're doing.........nothing.  Nope, not a thing.  Other than a few purchases, I haven't done much of anything tatting related.  A mix of the winter blues and school made me lazy, I suppose.  The winter semester is always the heaviest, not necessarily the hardest.  I just completed Cost Accounting, which made me want to rip my hair out, and Intermediate Accounting, which emphasizes the theory behind the U.S. generally accepted accounting principles and IFRS, the international financial reporting standards.  I am happy to say I passed both classes with high marks, thus preserving my 3.8 GPA.
     My work schedule has changed, too.  I am not a morning person, so I choose to work the afternoon shift. It's been my favorite shift for many years, but I was made an offer I couldn't refuse to work the newly added midnight shift.  Four days, ten hours.  That means my workweek  begins at 8:00 p.m. on Monday and ends Friday morning at 6 a.m.  I am LOVIN' it.  I didn't think I would, but I do. It's peaceful and I can play with my new addiction, er...iPhone all night long.  Damn AT&T for giving me a free one.
     Because of my new schedule, I got my tatting mojo back in a big way.  Here's a little sneaky peek of what I'm working on:
     If all goes well and I don't have to cut out a mistake(again), I should have something to show in a day or two. I've always wanted to have something special to post for Tatting Tea Tuesday, but never do.  Hopefully that will all change this week!

     Now for the product endorsement segment of the show. Being crafters, we all get aches and pains, and we all get dry skin from time to time.  Well, I have the cures!
      On the left is Tiger Balm ointment.  I don't care how bad you hurt, just rub some on and you'll start to feel better within a few minutes.  It's very aromatic(clove oil), but the heat it gives is long lasting and penetrates right to the bone.  Much better than Icy Hot or Ben-Gay.  One of my Laotian coworkers had me rub some on my thumb once and I've been hooked ever since. That thumb had been giving me problems for a couple years.  Ever since I started using Tiger Balm, I've never had so much as a twinge of pain in that thumb.  It helps immensely when my elbow acts up, too.  You can find it at your local Walgreen's for about $7.00 a jar.
     The hand lotion on the left is Olivella.  As you can see, it's base is olive oil.  The best stuff I have ever used. It heals dry cracked skin and torn cuticles quickly with NO greasy feeling.  It smells great, too.  You can definitely smell the olive oil, but there's also a hint of orange  and lavender.  A bit on the pricy side, $8.49 for a 2.5 ounce(75 ml) tube, but a little goes a long way.  The only brick-and-mortar store I've ever found it at is Bed Bath & Beyond, although I have seen it available on Amazon for decent prices.  Try it, you'll like it.

Well, here's hoping for a nice uneventful finish for my sneaky peek.  See you all soon!