Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Today at the beach

I saw...
 These little ladies kept waddling past my blanket looking for something to eat.   Then, as I was walking the shoreline.  Look waaaay out there...
  It's the resident swan couple.  How many cygnets are there this year?

 Four!  Last year, there was only one baby. 

 Here they come!

On the left is Big Daddy.  He is nearly four feet tall.  I wouldn't want to make him mad.  Last year, he went after someone who got too close to his baby.  This year's cygnets have feathers of pale gray.  They stayed on the beach preening and relaxing for nearly fifteen minutes before swimming off.  Usually they don't come ashore at all.  My guess is because there were no kids they felt it was safe. 

They were definitely the highlight of the day.  I took some tatting with me, but it never did make it out of the bag.  Too many other interesting things, I suppose.  Well, there is tomorrow. 

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A thank you!

 This is just to say thanks to everyone who commented on yesterday's blog post.  Blogger has seem to have lost it's mind and is eating any and all comments.  It's the heat, the heat,  I tell ya.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Wow, is it hot enough for ya?

Yet another 90+ degree day here in the metro Detroit area and I see a good portion of the eastern US is a bit toasty, too.  At the last minute, I chose to go on vacation this week.  Good thing.  Who wants to be in a plant in crap like this?

Anyway, today's vacation plans were nothing fancy.  Used book stores and thrift shops were the order of the day.  That is, until my truck's radiator decided to split in three places.  Luckily, a friend's repair shop was right down the street.   Two hours and a new radiator later, I was back on the road.  I wasn't really too much in the mood to shop after that, but I did stop at a couple places.  The best find of the day?  This:
 Other than yardage of edging or hankies, I rarely find tatted anything.  Look at this, isn't it gorgeous?  It's combined with crochet between the rounds.  Here's a close up of the detail. 

The crochet chain stitches are so nice and neat.  I love it.  I suppose I should give it a wash, but I don't know how old/new it is or what I should use.  Anyone suggestions will be greatly appreciated.  The owner of the shop I bought it in said she may be getting more tatted items this week from the same estate, so I am going to make another trip in a couple days. 

And with this bit of show-and-tell, I am off for the day.  A bowl of Edy's Rocky Road ice cream is calling my name...  Stay cool people!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Birthday, America!

"Betsy" designed by Kate Splawn

Friday, July 2, 2010

Foxy lady!

Now that the recipient has received the original, here is what I believe to be the final test tatting for Martha's new critter book.  I give you The Fox...
 I'm kind of sad to see the test tatting end.  It's been such a nice surprise to find a new goodie in my inbox every few days.  Congrats on the new book Martha, and can't wait to get my hands on a copy!