Thursday, February 23, 2017

Minty Fudge improved!

Thanks to suggestions from tatting friends, I no have a Minty Fudge Ice Drop that I love! Several people suggested beads at the top of the frilly rings, which I totally agreed with. The suggestion that had the biggest impact was from muskaan, who suggested longer chains.

Although I was not careful in snugging up my chains, I think all will agree that there is a vast improvement over my first version. Thank you all, dear tatting friends, and a special thanks to muskaan!

Minty Fudge

Hmmm... it seems like something is missing with this design. Anyone have any ideas?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Purple Fudge

It took me most of today to design this Purple Fudge Ice Drop. Working with dark brown can be really difficult, especially when trying to retro-tat!

Although it took me much longer than I would have liked, I am really pleased with the way this one turned out. The pattern is a bit fiddly because of using the shoelace trick and lock joins, but I will most likely tat it again.

I have my Ice Drop patterns saved as PDFs on my computer, but I haven't figured out how to make them available on my blog. I'm just not that interested in learning something new on the computer, I guess. If you are interested in any of my patterns (Blue Fudge, Pink Fudge, Purple Fudge), just send me an email and I will send the file to you. The patterns are also available in the Files section of the Ice Drop Addicts page on Facebook.

On another note, today is daughter Andrea's birthday. Happy birthday, my dear, sweet, lovable daughter!

Caught snoozin'

I guess that flu bug hit me a little harder than I had thought. After a day of subbing, sewing class, and a quick supper, I fell fast asleep in my chair.

While I was relaxing and recuperating on Monday, I focused on St. Patrick's Day themed Ice Drops.

One of my tatting friends had suggested dangling the charm from the bottom of the tatting. Well, I tried it. I think it looks okay, but it just doesn't appeal to me.

I do enjoy playing with different colored glass gems and ribbons.

When I use a charm that I think is too big for the front, I add it to the back. I really can leave the charms off, but many of my friends and relatives like the charms, and I'm happy to add them for their pleasure!

My dining room table has turned in to Sewing Central! The three girls I teach have their permanent work stations. One of the moms has joined the group, and she brings her own machine.

We're currently working on Origami Pouches using my favorite tutorial. The tutorial calls for two layers of fabric, but we're making our first bags using cloth napkins that Mom found and sent my way. Using the napkins eliminates part of the process and gives a nice sturdy fabric for my students to practice their sewing skills.

Monday, February 20, 2017

The good, the bad, and the ugly

The good... Joanne and family came to visit for the weekend!

The bad... Our visit was cut short.

The ugly... I came down with stomach flu on Saturday, and it hit Dave on Sunday.

Joanne and family drove down on Thursday. I subbed, so they actually arrived at the house about an hour before I did. That was probably good, as it gave Joanne, Jan, and the kids a little time to unwind from their long drive.

On Friday, Joanne and I took the kids on a short shopping trip. Mom is going to weave some placemats for Joanne, and we went to choose fabric.

Mom takes the fabric and cuts it into bias strips, which she then weaves. The final product looks nothing like the original. It's always a surprise!

It was a beautiful day, so after lunch we went outside to play with the kids.

They love playing tag with Mommy!

It's a good thing we had lots of fun on Friday, because the flu bug hit me early Saturday morning. I slept the day away while Dave and Jan worked on drywalling and tiling the bathroom.

The plan was to start the flooring on Sunday, but Dave woke up feeling sick. So, instead of having a work day, Joanne and family packed up and drove home. It's a good thing they didn't wait around for us, because Dave and I slept the day away.

I'm amazed at how much Dave and Jan were able to accomplish in the short time they had available. The bathroom project may take a bit long than we hoped, but it will get done.

I'm starting to feel normal again. My friend Denise called to check on me this morning, and I had to cut our conversation short. Now that I've been up for a while and had a little to eat, I'm feeling much better!

While Joanne was here, she and Sophia chose Ice Drops to take home with them. They want to have their own Ice Drop tree! Sophia liked my Blue Fudge Ice Drop and asked if I would make a pink one. I started it Friday afternoon while the kids were napping, but didn't finish it in time for her to take home. I guess I'll have to come up with Ice Drops for each of the twins so that they all have something in the mail. Oh, darn! 😍

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

One more

I subbed again today, so there wasn't much time for tatting.

I did manage to finish one Ice Drop, but I'm too tired to tat any more tonight. Maybe I'll have more energy tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Fudge Dk to be exact!

It was right next to my favorite chair, and I could see lovely blue glass gems over on the coffee table. I thought they'd make a beautiful combination, and I think I was right! The pattern is a variation on the Ice Drop.

Mary Donohue had shown something similar on the Ice Drop Addicts page on Facebook. I wanted to try her pattern, but my Internet connection was so slow this morning, I decided to try and do it from memory. Mine isn't exactly like Mary's, but it's close enough! Thank you for the inspiration, Mary!

I added another motif to my runner project today. I wonder how many motifs I'll get out of one ball of thread? I guess I'll find out!

This silver glass gem just called out for the silver and white ribbon.

I'm surprised at how much I like the white gem with this thread. So far, I have 16 Ice Drops out of my ball of Lizbeth #153, Rainbow Taffy. It's kind of fun to try and make each one different while determining how many can be made from one ball of thread!