Sunday, June 17, 2018

Another fun day!

Before visiting my sister-in-law today, we washed cars. The little ones wanted to help, but they kept dropping their sponges in the gravel. Believe it or not, we did not want gravel scratches on the cars! So, we sent them over to wash the lawn mower. They loved it!

On the tatting front, I worked on "Peony" from Teeny Tatted Snowflakes by Samantha Melnychuk. I would love to say that I'm going to tat all the snowflakes from this wonderful book, but I'm not sure that will happen. The rest of the patterns have split rings in them, and split rings are not my friends! I did try, unsuccessfully, to tat two of the other snowflakes. I just could not make my fingers work properly. I won't give up, though!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Forget Raiders of the Lost Ark

How about Raiders of the Hidden Ice Drops?

Joanne and Sophia went through my Ice Drop stash, choosing the ones they just had to have!

See Joanne concentrating on the stash, while Sophia shows off some of her selections?

Sophia chose more than three, but these are the ones she smiled about!

Kara got in to the excitement as well.

All together, the girls chose 80 Ice Drops to take home. I guess it's time to tat some more!

Karen Parent started a Summer Snowflake page on Facebook. The challenge is to tat snowflakes in bright summer colors. While Joanne and I were reorganizing the other day, I found my copy of Teeny Tatted Snowflakes by Samantha Melnychuk. I'm not sure if I've ever actually tatted any of these designs before. I figured they'd be great for adapting to Ice Drops, because each snowflake starts with six ring, just as my Ice Drop patterns do.

The first one turned out great! This one is "Fan." I've been asked why I go to the trouble of adding glass gems, since the snowflakes are pretty on their own. The answer is simple. First, I like the added dimension. Second, the little bit of weight makes them hang nicely. Besides, they're fun to make!

In other news, today is my 66th birthday! What better way to celebrate than with a new blue shuttle from Tatting by Design? Thank you for this gorgeous shuttle, Rita! I will be putting it to use today!

Today is also my blogiversary! I started blogging eleven years ago on my 55th birthday. If you've been a follower of my blog, you know that I was motivated to start blogging by Sherry Pence aka LadyShuttleMaker. Without her persistent, enthusiastic encouragement, I'd probably still be lurking in Tat-land. I tend to stay in my own little world, and through blogging I have made friends who appreciate what I do and keep me interested in all types of fiber arts. I mainly blog as a way of keeping track of my accomplishments. I'm amazed at how much I finish, and I attribute that to wanting to finish pieces to present on my blog.

I don't blog for recognition, but I do appreciate the encouragement I receive from my followers. Thank you all for your kind words!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Skipping Wednesday's post

We had so much fun yesterday! Denise came over to visit in the morning and brought along birthday presents for me. My birthday is on Saturday, but Denise's volunteer schedule is super busy and she knew she wouldn't get to come over on Saturday.

Denise loves to give themed gifts, and this year she chose lavender... lavender sachets, lavender soap, a lavender candle... I love lavender! While attending a farmers' market, she found bits of antique lace presented in different ways. The one she chose for me is rolled on to a clothes pin and tied with a bit of ribbon. It's beautiful! She also gave me a skein of hand-dyed yarn that she purchased when she was visiting family in Oregon in January. She chose this color for me because of an eclipse t-shirt I purchased for last year's solar eclipse. The total eclipse was most dramatic in southern Illinois, but I still celebrated! Did you notice the pink tissue paper? Denise is my pink friend. We don't always exchange gifts, but when we do, the gifts are always something special. Denise spoils me!

The kids were very excited to show Denise the chickens. Luckily, Denise is really in to chickens! After a nice visit, Joanne and the kids took a nap and I took the opportunity to read. What a lovely way to relax! When the kids woke up, we decided to be totally decadent and have an ice cream lunch. We went to Buddy's drive-in in Beecher. It was sunny, warm, and breezy... the perfect day to be outside. The kids loved playing on the slide and swings.

I'm way behind in my Ice Drop count. It looks like June is going to be a bust for tatting Ice Drops!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Tollway Tatters

It's been a long dry spell, but the Tollway Tatters will be meeting again on Saturday, June 23, at the Hinsdale Oasis on 294. We meet at 10 a.m. and usually stay until somewhere between 2 and 3. We've even been known to stay as late as 4! We are a wild group! ;-)

If you're in the Chicago area and would like to join us, we'd sure love to have you! We usually try to sit near Starbucks and Panera Bread. Just look for us in our tie-dyed t-shirts and our tables filled with tatting supplies.

Joanne and I did some cleaning and organizing yesterday. If we had started two weeks ago as planned, my whole house would be in order!

My main goal yesterday was to organize my glass gems so that I could easily find the colors I wanted to use.

Most of them are on the benches in the sun room.

I think I have more than I can ever use, so I'll take some with me to share when I attend Tatting Corner's Tat Days at the beginning of July and the Twin Cities Tatters retreat at the end of July.

My newest shuttle from Grizzly Mountain Arts arrived yesterday. I LOVE this shuttle! Doesn't it look like a juicy slice of watermelon?

I was kind of tired from all the organizing, but I still managed to tat one Ice Drop before heading off to bed. Maybe I'll scrap the one-a-day goal for June. After all, once everything is organized, I'll be able to find my goodies more quickly and spend even more time tatting!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Rainy Sunday

We had showers on and off all day today. The kids didn't seem to mind. They played with their toys and watched Moana, their current favorite movie.

I'm in the mood to sew, so while Joanne and the kids napped, I prepared fabric for some lined drawstring bags.

I also started a new Granny Square afghan. This one is in Lion Brand Mandala, Serpent.

I'm going to have to do some serious tatting if I'm going to tat 30 Ice Drops in June. I only have four done, and it's already the 10th!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Catching up

Yesterday I did a little bit of catch up with my tatting.

It took a while to get back in the groove. I missed a picot on the chain... snip!

Then I forgot to tat a ring... snip!

I decided to leave off the picots, and then I achieved success!

Not wanting to take any chances, I decided to repeat the same pattern in Orange Crush. Time will tell if today gets better!

The little ones have been getting up between 5 and 5:30 every morning, which doesn't bother me. I'm usually up by that time. This morning they found the drawer filled with fidget spinners. What a great way to start the day!

Friday, June 8, 2018


I admit it. I've been a slacker for the past week. My last day of subbing was last Thursday, and starting Friday I just stopped doing things. It's been wonderful! I've spent time with the grandchildren, read books, and putzed around the house, but otherwise I've been a slug.

It's back to tatting, sewing, crocheting, knitting, and weaving starting today!

In the meantime, here's a video of Papa, the grandchildren, and the chickens. They have been a great source of entertainment. The funniest thing we've seen is the chickens eating bugs off the front grill of Joanne's car. To each his own!