Saturday, January 21, 2017

Back to basics

I wasn't really happy with the last couple of Ice Drops I tatted, so I decided to get back to the basics.

The only change I made ti the basic pattern was to put a bead in place of the picot on the outer chain, and I added a bead to the center of the front rings. I let the crackled glass gem be the focus, and I am pleased with the way it turned out!

Next I pulled out one of my favorite blue threads, Lizbeth #149. This time I stacked the 6/0 beads. I do like the look of the stacked beads!

I think I prefer the Ice Drops without the charms, but I know that many people like them. This time I decided to have the charm on the back of the Ice Drop. Unfortunately, it hides the pretty flower pattern. I guess I'll have to do some more playing to decide what look I like the best!

Friday, January 20, 2017

I skipped a day

It's true. I skipped a day of tatting and blogging. I think we'll all survive! 😀

I received my newest shuttles from Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design. These are Moonlit Shuttles that Rita has decorated. Tatters had been asking Rita for shuttles with embedded crochet hooks, and since this is something she is not able to accomplish with her handmade shuttles, she chose to offer decorated Moonlits. I think they turned out great! These aren't all mine. The purple one on the bottom is my friend Denise's, but the other four are all mine!

Today I decided to try beach themed pony beads to decorate my newest Ice Drop. It looks okay, but I'm not thrilled with it.

I joined the beads with a long picot, not thinking about the fact that there would be two threads across the back instead of one. I probably will abandon the idea of using these beads in tatting unless I can figure out a way to make them work. If you know of anything that would work, please let me know!

My other experiment was with three seed beads instead of a picot at the center of each of the rings on the front. I was hoping the beads would enhance the crackled glass gem. I don't think it worked. I guess I'll just have to do some more experimenting!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Deja vu

I subbed in the library today! It was like old home week. I greeted the kids as I always did, took attendance, monitored keyboarding skills, read, checked books in and out, shelved... I felt totally at home!

While I thoroughly enjoyed myself today, I know that I made the right decision to retire at the end of last school year. I am TIRED!

Before heading in to school this morning, I finished a Spinning Wheel glass mat.

It's funny, now that I don't have a goal of finishing one each week, I find it easier to take on other projects, such as Ice Drops! ;-)

I have chosen the next project for my sewing students. We're going to make these cute little pocket tissue holders. They work up so quickly and easily! The directions are on YouTube. All you need is two pieces of fabric, one 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" and the other 5 1/2" x 6 1/2". The whole project can be done in less than 15 minutes... easy peasy!

I only finished one Ice Drop today. Maybe I'll have time to make more tomorrow!

Dave's getting close to finishing my kitchen countertop. All that's left to do is put the turntable back in place and seal the seams. I'd like a new dishwasher, but I think that will have to wait for a while. Tomorrow I start cleaning cabinets and putting things away. I think I may do a little rearranging while I"m at it!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Another one got away!

Yup! Another day got away from me, but at least I know why today.

I spent quite a bit of time looking through tatting books for Ice Drop ideas. I also spent a lot of time looking up ideas for my sewing students. I do love research!

So, I only finished one Ice Drop today. I'm okay with that, because today was a thoroughly enjoyable day!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Just one

The day got away from me. I don't know how!

At least I finished one Ice Drop!

Getting better

Day 3 of Jane's TIAS is up, and I did pretty well today.

I did not lock up one split ring! I credit that to the fact that there were no picots on the second side of the split ring. :-)

I will have to alter my original guess of this being a cheerleader. The appendage is simply in the wrong place. Now I'm guessing it's a jelly fish!

While Dave worked industriously on the new kitchen countertop yesterday, I finished up laundry, snoozed in my chair, and tatted... yes, in that order!

I know that 6/0 beads are too large for size 20 thread, yet I stubbornly keep trying. I do like the look of this Ice Drop, but the beads make the chain flop. I'll come up with a way to use this one, because it's one of my favorites. Where there's a will, there's a way!

Next, I tried with just two beads. I really like the stacked look, and this one does not flop!

Sunday, January 15, 2017


I fell asleep with my shuttle in my hand last night. There must have been too much activity during the day. ;-)

Yesterday was costume measurement day for the high school play, Big Fish, which will take place in March. Over half the cast was missing, so I was only there for about an hour. Then I headed out to JoAnn Fabrics to look for yellow material for Mom.

I succeeded in my mission, and then some! Fabric was 50% off, so I was not shy!

I found some pretty pink glass gems at JoAnn's, so I decided to use one right away!

This is the Ice Drop that helped me fall asleep in my chair last night. You'd think those vibrant colors would keep me awake!