Thursday, June 28, 2012


I finished my birthday giveaway!

I found this adorable fabric when daughter Joanne was visiting back in April. I knew what I wanted for my birthday giveaway, but somehow I didn't manage to get around to it until this week. I really need to keep some of those round tuits on hand.

Anyway, the winner is receiving the Origami pouch bag, two decorated shuttles, and a bookmark in Juicy Watermelon. I have a matching set, so the winner and I will be Twinkies... at least that's what the kids at school tell me!

I received a new shuttle and a key chain from Irene Ho yesterday. Irene's dad carved the shuttle out of bamboo, and I am lucky to be one of the people she chose to test it out. It is so smooth and warm to the touch. It did take a little bit of adjustment. For a little while I was catching the thread in the fork. I adapted quickly, though! It's the shuttle I used to tat the Juicy Watermelon bookmark.

Granddaughter Eva called me this morning to let me know that she's working on her chain. A few of her stitches didn't flip, and she can tell because she can see the green instead of the pink. Now, I call that progress! Oh, and she's teaching her mom (Alison) to tat!

It's incredibly hot here, and my sinuses are not liking the current weather pattern. I guess that's as good excuse as any to sit around and tat!

Oh... did you want to know who won my 60th birthday/5th blogaversary giveaway? Allison! Congratulations! Don't you think it's appropriate that a young lady who just graduated with a horticulture degree should win a bag and shuttles decorated with watermelon-inspired flowers?


  1. congratulations Alison. your bag is pretty Diane, I like that style of folded bag.

  2. I am enjoying hearing about Eva's progress! And she's teaching her mom! How cool is that?

    Congratulations to Allison (on both her degree and receiving your giveaway)! You did a great job on the bag. This bag fascinated me when you first wrote about it.
    Wish I could do some sewing, but my machine isn't accessible right now. It's lost in a corner of the 'file room'!

    That's an interesting carved shuttle you are testing. It would hold a lot of thread!

  3. Congrats Allison! yes, too hot + humid. What a nice bag - colorful and delightful.

    I tatted a 'fish' doodle today (don't ask) and a couple dragon fly pieces. maybe I'll photo them, maybe not -- even in the house (A/C) it feels HOT

  4. I've been out of town and I missed your birthday! Happy (very Happy) belated Birthday to one of my favorite tatting bloggers!

    As to your granddaughter - well done! My sister taught me and my two daughters and the one who really got it was my youngest who then retaught me. My sister then took it a few steps further the next time we were together. Both my sister and my daughter are excellent teachers.

    Thanks for all you do!

  5. I've been out of town for a little over a week and missed your birthday. A very happy belated birthday to you - since I missed it, you now get to go celebrate again!

    My sister taught my daughters and me to tat and it didn't stick with me. My youngest got it and retaught everyone, especially me. Eva is going to do fine - and this is something she will have all her life, long after the rest of us are gone. What a gift!

  6. Congratulations to Alison for winning your giveaway.

    Gorgeous bag and thread I hope she enjoys her prize.


  7. Congratulations Alison! What a lovely giveaway, Diane. :)...and what a lovely gift that hand carved shuttle is...I'm happy to know your granddaughter is progressing. I'm sure with your guidance, she'll be tatting just beautifully in no time...It's really hot here too. Ugh! xo Paulette

  8. Lovely giveaway, Diane. Lucky Allison!
    And now there are two more tatters! Yay!

  9. Oh my goodness!!! I am so honored and delighted to win your giveaway! Thank you so very much for thinking about me! The colors are beautiful! How exciting that you're passing on tatting to your grand-daughter!


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