Monday, May 29, 2017

Invasion of the littles... and not so littles

It's been a busy weekend around here...


With three daughters and five grandchildren visiting, the days have gone by quickly.


It's a good thing I'm an early riser, because the kids have been getting up early as well.


Meal time has been busy. Luckily, everyone pitches in.


The smoke alarm only went off at one meal... dinner last night... however, it did go off several times. I'm not very good with broiling.


I can't believe that it took me three days to tat one Ice Drop! Still, I wouldn't trade my time with family for all the Ice Drops in the world. 😍

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The calm before the storm

I'm sitting here enjoying my morning cup of coffee, listening the the rustlings of little children. They'll be up soon, and then the storm of activity will begin!

Joanne and family arrived Thursday afternoon. I knew they were coming. I could have paced myself, but I didn't. I left everything until the last minute... laundry, grocery shopping, dusting, cleaning bathrooms, sweeping floors. Somehow, I finished everything about a half hour before they arrived.

Then the first storm hit... a storm of hugs and kisses, giggles, running around to see what had changed and what had remained the same. In seconds all of the toys were out and spread around the living room.

Friday morning started out much the same as every day... peace, quiet, checking out blogs, a morning cup of coffee. I knew I'd be gone for a short time in the morning for my annual thyroid check. I was going to a new office and wasn't sure how to get there, so I left myself plenty of time. I arrived 20 minutes early, but I didn't get taken in for my appointment until an hour after my designated time... very frustrating!

By the time I arrived home, it was time to start lunch. I had been called in to sub for the afternoon at the last minute. One of the teachers had thrown out her back and needed to go to the doctor. Since Joanne and the kids planned on a long afternoon nap, I headed in to school. Soon after I arrived home, the rain started pouring down, so we couldn't take the kids outside to run around. That's the way it goes!

So now I'm sitting and enjoying my morning cup of coffee. The storm will begin soon, and I'm looking forward to it, even though it means I won't have much time for my tatting or weaving.


I finished this band before starting my chores on Thursday.


I finished this Ice Drop after the kids went to bed last night.

I hear little voices! Time to get ready for the next round!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Splish splash

It rained on and off today, but I didn't mind.


I just played with Rainbow Splash!


I also finished weaving my Sami band. This one is in 5/2 perle cotton. I enjoyed weaving with the perle cotton. It makes a nice, substantial band.

Daughter Joanne and family are arriving tomorrow, so I spent time cleaning. I had to shoo some of my dust bunnies out the door to make room for the grandchildren! 😉

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tuesday tatting


I subbed in 5th grade today, so I only had time to tat one Ice Drop in Rainbow Splash. One is better than none, right?


I did warp my Hard Maple loom this morning. This is another Sami band pattern in red, blue, and green. I have two bands in progress right now, and I'm planning on warping another loom tomorrow. A girl can never have too many shuttles or too many looms!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Plenty to post

I have plenty to show, but I just wasn't in the mood to blog yesterday. I was having too much fun!


I finished my pretty yellow band early Sunday morning. When I finished it, I found that the finished end was about 1/4" wider than the beginning end. I guess I'm just not good at eyeing something for size, which is why I use picot gauges when tatting!


I had watched a Sami band weaving video by Durham Weaver. She used a piece of plastic marked with the proper width of the band. I didn't have any plastic that would work, but I did have some card stock. It came in very handy!


My friend Carol took this picture of me at Tollway Tatters. I don't like many pictures of me, but I think this one really looks like me. It must be that I wasn't paying attention to the person taking the picture! I kind of like my new glasses. What do you think?


Early this morning, I finished my band. Using the card stock measuring piece really helped. This is my best band so far!


Today I subbed for high school math. The kids were busy studying for their ETAs (end of term assessments), so my role was strictly supervisory, which gave me plenty of time to tat!


When I got home, I decided to set up my Shining Glen loom with another Inkle pattern. Tomorrow I plan to set up my Hard Maple loom with a Sami pattern. I do love variety!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Great friends, great time!

We had a wonderful Tollway Tatters meeting today!


Ana, Denise, and Barbara were among the first to arrive.


Sue Anna brings the group from Wisconsin down once they have crossed the Illinois border.


The two who travel the farthest are Sue from Michigan and Marilee from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area.


Carol drives in from Indiana. Here she's showing off her embellished Tollway Tatters Origami pouch.


Caving to our requests, Marilee brought along her new carbon fiber cello and played a piece for us.


Carol spent her time working on a heart pattern from a Japanese book. She was trying to give it a longer point than shown in the pattern.


Sue was working on an idea for a sun catcher. I love the blues!


Sue Anna was working on one of Marilee's earring designs.


I forgot to ask Barbara what she was working on, but we were having so much fun tatting and talking that I really only remember her showing me the snowflake she finished recently.


Denise is working on a series of Ice Drops based on things she likes in nature. Yesterday she tatted with a red gem for a ladybug. If I recall correctly, this one was for a yellow gem for a bee.


Elaine is needle tatting a doily. Marilee was able to give her some tips to help her chains lie flat. Elaine also had on a beautiful tie-dyed t-shirt with tatting designs that she created herself. How did I miss getting a picture of her smiling face?


Ana joined us for the first time today. She was also working on an earring design by Marilee.

What did I do?


I tatted Ice Drops!


True to form, I finished two!

Ready to tat!

All my bags are packed. I'm ready to go. I'm standing here outside the door. I hate to wake you up to say good-bye.

Oh, wait... Dave was up before me this morning! I am ready to go, though. Today, Tollway Tatters are meeting at the Hinsdale Oasis at 10 a.m. If you're in the Chicago area, we'd sure love to have you join us! Look for a bunch of crazy tatters in tie-dye t-shirts, and a table loaded with tatting supplies. We try to sit near Starbucks and the new Panera Bread. I can hardly wait for lunch! 😋

Denise and I braved the rain together to run some errands in Kankakee. We always enjoy ourselves when we're together. We tried out a little restaurant, Carlo's, that Denise had discovered and had a wonderful lunch. We looked at and talked about old sewing machines, family memories that inspired us to become fiber addicts, and... Ice Drops!


Denise has been taking some nature classes, learning about bugs, plants, watersheds... all things I listen to with great interest, although I have no interest in taking the classes myself. Anyway, Denise has been dreaming of tatting Ladybug Ice Drops, and this is her first interpretation. I like it!


I'm continuing to work with Rainbow Splash. I have a little window tin that I'm using to keep them clean.


I also want to see how many I get out of this ball! I'm not sure I'll tat with this color exclusively. Daughter Joanne is coming to visit next week, and she wants to organize my craft supplies for me. I'm pretty sure I'll find some colors I just have to use!