Friday, November 24, 2017

As it should be

Thanks to grandchildren Eva and Aidan and daughter Carol, my sewing room now looks as it should.

The glider used to be my mom's. I've had it for years, and it is a great place to sit and do handwork. However, I've had stuff piled on it for so long that it just looked like an object took up space. The afghan on the glider was crocheted by daughter Andrea. I love it! Dave built the sewing cabinet for me years ago after visiting Nancy Zieman's showroom in Beaver Dam, WI. The little sewing table is a reproduction piece for my Singer Featherweight. Now that the room is cleared, I can start using it!

Dave created this sewing area/bookcase years ago. Yes, I have way too many books, and I really need to go through them.

My weaving corner is waiting for me! The rug was made by daughter Carol, who refuses to be drawn to the dark side (crafting). I believe she made three rugs, one for daughter Andrea, one for a friend's wedding, and one for me. I don't believe she's touched anything craft since! The loom was a gift from my mom. Weaving has become a very relaxing activity for me!

Since my sewing space was ready, I decided to get started on Christmas stockings for daughter Joanne's three little ones. Yes, even my kitchen is clean and organized!

The Christmas decorating has begun! I love my arrangement of chests. Yes, they are filled with shuttles! Easy access is important, you know!

The angels on my hutch are all gifts, one from daughter Andrea, the others from my Soup Club friends. The little Christmas trees are my newest craft project. They're not finished. They still need to be embellished with cinnamon sticks and stars. I'll be taking these to Christmas in the Village. I've been teaching Eva and Aidan pin loom weaving, so that they can earn money to attend their youth group retreat in January. I promised them that they could have all the money from the Christmas trees to help fund their trip. They seemed very excited to learn something new and have the opportunity to earn some cash!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

The house is clean. The food is ready. The guests will arrive soon. From our house to yours...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Work before pleasure

My grandchildren and I have been working diligently to get the house ready for Thanksgiving. I wish they could be here more often. I really do enjoy having them around!

Because we've all been working so hard, there's been very little time for tatting. The kids have helped me get rid of a lot of clutter. Some things have been safely packed away for future use, while others have been donated to charity.

We may or may not attack my sewing room tomorrow. We'll have to see if any of us have the energy for that gigantic task!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Time flies!

I can't believe I haven't posted since Thursday! What have I been doing?

Well, on Friday Denise and I went shopping at Hobby Lobby. We bought Christmas decor and glass gems... because we both "needed" Christmas decor and glass gems! Of course when I arrived home, I had to find a place for everything. Luckily, I was able to finish my laundry before we went shopping.

Saturday kind of got away from me. I did my grocery shopping for Thanksgiving, and I think I actually remembered everything I needed (I left my list at home). Dave was busy all day long repairing a leaky toilet. I'm still cleaning and packing away seldom used items in preparation for decorating for the holidays. If I were a wealthy woman, I would hire someone to organize and clean my house so that I could keep on tatting!

So, with all that going on, tatting took a back seat. I started this Minty Fudge pattern Thursday night and finished it Friday night.

I started this Minty Fudge pattern Saturday morning and finished it early this morning. My goal is to have everything organized and cleaned by Tuesday evening so that I can justify spending all my free time enjoying my shuttles and thread!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Shades of blue

I do love all shades of blue! I know the beads and ribbon don't exactly match, but I do think they go well together.

With the completion of this Ice Drop, I have another treeful ready for Christmas in the Village! My grandson asked me how many I have. We didn't count, but I did show him the tins filled with Ice Drops all ready for the sale. Maybe we'll count them next week when he's visiting.

My newest shuttle arrived in the mail today! I do love the Pop-A-Bobbin shuttles, and this tulipwood is gorgeous! 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

I love pearls!

Real pearls, fake pears, pearlescent buttons and beads... if it has anything to do with pearls, I love it!

They don't show up well in the picture, but these little pearlescent beads look perfect to me! My grandson chose the ribbon. Doesn't he have good taste? 😄

Monday, November 13, 2017

No tatting

I have no tatting to show today. I did some cleaning and reorganizing this morning, and then I drove up to pick up my grandchildren, Eva and Aidan, so that they can spend a couple of days with me. They're homeschooled, and I will have the chance to be a teacher again for a couple of days!

When I arrived home, I found that my newest shuttles from Emiko Suenaga arrived!

The backs are just as beautiful as the fronts!

Although, Emiko has an Etsy shop, these beauties are available exclusively from Tatting Corner.

There aren't many, so if you're interested, you'd better be pretty quick!

So, Michelle and Maureen wanted to see my new rugs. This is the living room rug, and yes, Maureen, it is blue! No other color would do!

Dave chose the sun room rug. The style doesn't really appeal to me, but it has blue in it, so I approved the purchase. 😉 I get my way in so many things, I figured Dave should get something he likes!