Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sewing lessons

I gave sewing lessons to three little girls today... what fun! They brought their own sewing machines with them, which was a challenge for me. Each brand has its little quirks, and it took me a while to figure out how to wind the bobbins and thread the machines. Still, we had a lot of fun!

I did spend some time tatting today, but a good deal of my day was taken up with getting prepared for my lesson with the girls. It looks like I'll be able to finish this Spinning Wheel tomorrow!

Monday, August 22, 2016

I waved!

Today was the first day of school for the kids, so I made sure I was outside when the school bus passed by both morning and afternoon. It was fun to see the kids waving to me enthusiastically! And guess what? I was not at all sad that I wouldn't be joining them at school today!

I had a very busy day, so I didn't get much tatting done. I did manage to walk my 10,000 steps. In addition, I finished all the laundry, did the grocery shopping, took a nap, and I even baked cookies. I think I'm going to enjoy retirement!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Still emptying shuttles

I can't believe how much thread is left on some of my shuttles! I've managed to empty three, but I have 13 shuttles on my table waiting to be relieved of their burden so that they can be part of a new project.

No, I did not spend the day tatting butterflies, although it does look like it. I also spent time with my latest Spinning Wheel glass mat.

I'm not an orange person, but this orange is very pretty! This is organic cotton sewing thread that I found here on Etsy. I didn't think I was going to like tatting with it since it is so fine, but I like it a lot!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Funky butterfly

We had another rainy day, so I spent lots of time tatting and walking. Luckily, we have a wrap-around porch, so I'm able to walk rain or shine.

I had fun trying to use up thread on shuttles today.

It's amazing how much can be accomplished with little bits of time.

Despite my best efforts, I only managed to empty one shuttle.

I guess I'm going to have lots of butterflies to share!

And here's the funky butterfly. I was trying to use the thread close at hand rather than winding new shuttles. As you can see, I ran out of the blue thread, so I finished off with red. I think he's kind of cute! The pattern is by Kendra Goodnow and can be found in the Fall 2016  Handy Hands newsletter.

When the rain let up late this afternoon, Dave went out and got the mail... one package... for me! I love my new Celtic shuttle from Grizzly Mountain Arts! I love Celtic designs...

...and I love anything nautical! You'd think this shuttle was made just for me! ;-)

I do feel a little guilty about being the proud owner of this beautiful copper shuttle, also by Dave Stanbrough. I knew that another tatter was interested in this shuttle, so I waited almost a half hour after the designated listing time. When I checked the Etsy shop, the shuttle was still there. I took it as a sign that it was meant to be mine.

I really am out of control when it comes to shuttles. Luckily, Dave just smiles when he sees me open a new package!

Friday, August 19, 2016


Well, I adjusted my morning routine this morning. I still started walking at 6 a.m., but this time I changed my goal. I set my timer for 15 minutes, but I didn't stop there.

We live on a state highway and we see a lot of semi traffic. Years ago, a friend of mine who lived about 4 miles south of us told me that he and his wife found that 100 semis per hour travel our road. That's a lot of semi traffic for a rural area!

So this morning I adjusted my goal... walk for 15 minutes or until 25 semis passed our house, whichever took longer. For my 6 o'clock walk, it took 23 minutes for 25 semis to pass. My 7 o'clock walk took 18 minutes. Traffic really picked up for my 8 o'clock walk... 43 semis passed our house in 15 minutes! My 9 o'clock walk lasted 15 minutes, with only 900 steps left for my goal of 10,000 steps, so I kept on walking. I was very pleased to have my 10,000 steps finished by 9:30!

Is this what my future holds, mornings of walking and counting semis? I think I'll need some more adjustments! ;-)

I finished my dishcloth early this morning. I love knit dishcloths!

The rest of the day, I spent every free minute tatting, because I wanted to finish this Spinning Wheel glass mat. I'm not sure this would really work as a glass mat since it's only 3 1/2" in diameter. The pattern is from Tatting with Visual Patterns by Mary Konior. The thread is Perfect Quilter #070, Denim. It's too bad this thread has been discontinued, because it is wonderful for tatting! There's one color left at Superior Threads, Cotton Candy. It was originally $8.99 per spool, but it's on sale for $2.00. What a steal!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

First day of retirement

Yes, you read it correctly! Since today was the day teachers in our district headed back to school, I feel like today is the first day of my retirement. I had a big smile on my face this morning!

Monday is the first day for the kids, so my plan is to take my morning walk so that I can wave to the kids on the school bus as it passes by. :-)

On Tuesday, I went for my physical and finger printing so that I can sign up for substitute teaching. I'll be babysitting the daughter of some friends after school. Most exciting of all, I'm going to be giving sewing lessons to two third grade girls after school, starting next week!

I tried breaking my day into segments to see what could be accomplished. Every hour at the top of the hour I went outside and walked our porch for 15 minutes. I managed to get in my 10,000 steps before lunch!

I set little goals for myself for the remaining 45 minutes of each hour: household chores, fixing and eating breakfast, tatting, knitting, crocheting, reading. I didn't accomplish a lot of anything before lunch, but at least I accomplished something.

After lunch I treated myself to a 45 minute nap, then I watched a movie on Netflix. Of course I tatted while watching the movie!

I'm not sure if I'll continue this routine, but I did find that switching activities frequently helped with my wrists. Tomorrow I may try something different, but I had fun trying this routine today!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Internet down... again

I don't know if it was because of the heavy rains on Monday, or if it was just a fluke, but our Internet was down for about 17 hours. It's funny how much the Internet has become a part of our lives!

I needed to exercise my wrist in a different way. Maybe I've been putting in too much time tatting at one sitting. So between yesterday and today, I only tatted one more butterfly.

This morning I went to school to help Kristine set up the computers for the coming school year. I hope she enjoys being the school librarian as much as I did!

In order to exercise my wrists differently, I started a new dishcloth. Mine are getting kind of old and grungy looking, except for one that daughter Alison made for me. I managed to hit a sale at Hobby Lobby, and I chose some fresh new colors for my kitchen!

Suz, is this the display case you had in mind?  ;-)