Friday, September 30, 2016

This week's focus...


I had one mermaid tail afghan left to finish, and with the cooler weather I was determined to finish it this week!

I delivered it today. The recipient's birthday is in a few weeks, and her grandma is very excited to give it to her. I am excited that I finally finished it, even though it meant spending much less time on the computer and putting my tatting shuttles to rest for the week.

Once again, I am resolving not to do custom work! Once I take an order for something, I lose all interest in it. Instead, I will make what interests me. If someone want to purchase it, and I'm willing to part with it, I will strike a deal.

As for craft shows, I'm skipping the one next week. I've decided I'm just not interesting in sitting outside and having people critique my work. I think I'll just stock my gift closet and be prepared for gift giving!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

A sad day

For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, you may remember me mentioning my friend Denise. We met when our now 33-year-old daughters were in first grade. At that time we connected through a love of thread crochet and a desire to learn to tat.

Some of you may have met Denise through Georgia's Online Tatting Class (thank you for asking muskaan).

This morning my dear friend Denise lost her husband to cancer. Warren had been battling bone and prostate cancer for nearly five years. Their love and devotion to each other was truly inspirational. My heart aches for Denise and her daughter Nicole.

Rest in peace, Warren.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

String of flowers

Our Internet was out again last night, so I didn't get a chance to post. I didn't really have much to post, because yesterday was pretty busy with chores.

When I took a break, I decided to empty one of the shuttles next to my chair. Butterflies seemed to complicated for my tired brain, so I just tatted a string of flowers. I think I might use it for some crazy quilting that I have in mind!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Total bust

I spent yesterday getting ready for the craft fair, so I didn't accomplish enough in the realm of tatting worthy of taking a picture.

As for the craft fair... well, it was really a vendor fair with only Doris and me displaying hand-crafted items. The turnout was very poor. Only five people stopped by our table. One woman tried on two of my cowls, but chose to buy jewelry and candles instead. Another woman was interested in purchasing Doris's Singer Featherweight, which was not for sale. The other three smiled and said hello. Needless to say, it was not an uplifting experience.

Two positives did come out of the afternoon. Doris was able to do some research for setting up her Etsy shop, and I was able to start another Spinning Wheel. No, I haven't finished the blue one yet. I just happened to stick the wrong project bag in my basket.

Don't tell me you're one of those people who only has one work in progress! ;-)

Friday, September 23, 2016

Subbing in the high school

I had my second sub job today! It was a pre-arranged day, so the lesson plans were well defined, making it an easy day for me. Good thing, because I was subbing for upper level math classes and I am definitely NOT a math person!

Since I was not asked to grade papers, I had time to tat during the teacher's plan time. I know it's not much, but I am pleased with any progress! 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

No tatting today

No, there was no time for tatting, but there was time for sewing!

I found a tutorial for fabric boxes and decided I needed a couple, one for notions by my sewing machine, and one to keep on my ironing board. Naturally, I needed coordinating pin cushions!

I read that the boxes could be completed in a half hour, and the pin cushion tutorial is five minutes. I must be truly slow, because I started these yesterday, and I didn't finish them until this afternoon. I don't think I'll be whipping the boxes for craft sales!

I've had comments from friends who are interested in how my sewing students are doing. They're doing great! Bella comes to my house after school every day, so she has had plenty of opportunity to work on her sewing skills. The large polka dot pillow was Bella's project for today. She did a wonderful job and has decided she wants to make pillows for her family!

The little pillow is Bella's own design. She was playing with scraps I had on hand and decided to make a doll pillow.

Bella has now made three pin cushions and two thread catchers. I think she's having fun!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Starting another Spinning Wheel

I spent some time sewing today, and I ran errands. I really wonder how I accomplished anything when I was working full time!

Of course I took time to sit down and start another Spinning Wheel glass mat. I'm using size 80 Lizbeth #711, Bright Blue Dk. I thought it only appropriate that I use a blue shuttle!