Friday, November 24, 2017

As it should be

Thanks to grandchildren Eva and Aidan and daughter Carol, my sewing room now looks as it should.

The glider used to be my mom's. I've had it for years, and it is a great place to sit and do handwork. However, I've had stuff piled on it for so long that it just looked like an object took up space. The afghan on the glider was crocheted by daughter Andrea. I love it! Dave built the sewing cabinet for me years ago after visiting Nancy Zieman's showroom in Beaver Dam, WI. The little sewing table is a reproduction piece for my Singer Featherweight. Now that the room is cleared, I can start using it!

Dave created this sewing area/bookcase years ago. Yes, I have way too many books, and I really need to go through them.

My weaving corner is waiting for me! The rug was made by daughter Carol, who refuses to be drawn to the dark side (crafting). I believe she made three rugs, one for daughter Andrea, one for a friend's wedding, and one for me. I don't believe she's touched anything craft since! The loom was a gift from my mom. Weaving has become a very relaxing activity for me!

Since my sewing space was ready, I decided to get started on Christmas stockings for daughter Joanne's three little ones. Yes, even my kitchen is clean and organized!

The Christmas decorating has begun! I love my arrangement of chests. Yes, they are filled with shuttles! Easy access is important, you know!

The angels on my hutch are all gifts, one from daughter Andrea, the others from my Soup Club friends. The little Christmas trees are my newest craft project. They're not finished. They still need to be embellished with cinnamon sticks and stars. I'll be taking these to Christmas in the Village. I've been teaching Eva and Aidan pin loom weaving, so that they can earn money to attend their youth group retreat in January. I promised them that they could have all the money from the Christmas trees to help fund their trip. They seemed very excited to learn something new and have the opportunity to earn some cash!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

The house is clean. The food is ready. The guests will arrive soon. From our house to yours...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Work before pleasure

My grandchildren and I have been working diligently to get the house ready for Thanksgiving. I wish they could be here more often. I really do enjoy having them around!

Because we've all been working so hard, there's been very little time for tatting. The kids have helped me get rid of a lot of clutter. Some things have been safely packed away for future use, while others have been donated to charity.

We may or may not attack my sewing room tomorrow. We'll have to see if any of us have the energy for that gigantic task!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Time flies!

I can't believe I haven't posted since Thursday! What have I been doing?

Well, on Friday Denise and I went shopping at Hobby Lobby. We bought Christmas decor and glass gems... because we both "needed" Christmas decor and glass gems! Of course when I arrived home, I had to find a place for everything. Luckily, I was able to finish my laundry before we went shopping.

Saturday kind of got away from me. I did my grocery shopping for Thanksgiving, and I think I actually remembered everything I needed (I left my list at home). Dave was busy all day long repairing a leaky toilet. I'm still cleaning and packing away seldom used items in preparation for decorating for the holidays. If I were a wealthy woman, I would hire someone to organize and clean my house so that I could keep on tatting!

So, with all that going on, tatting took a back seat. I started this Minty Fudge pattern Thursday night and finished it Friday night.

I started this Minty Fudge pattern Saturday morning and finished it early this morning. My goal is to have everything organized and cleaned by Tuesday evening so that I can justify spending all my free time enjoying my shuttles and thread!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Shades of blue

I do love all shades of blue! I know the beads and ribbon don't exactly match, but I do think they go well together.

With the completion of this Ice Drop, I have another treeful ready for Christmas in the Village! My grandson asked me how many I have. We didn't count, but I did show him the tins filled with Ice Drops all ready for the sale. Maybe we'll count them next week when he's visiting.

My newest shuttle arrived in the mail today! I do love the Pop-A-Bobbin shuttles, and this tulipwood is gorgeous! 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

I love pearls!

Real pearls, fake pears, pearlescent buttons and beads... if it has anything to do with pearls, I love it!

They don't show up well in the picture, but these little pearlescent beads look perfect to me! My grandson chose the ribbon. Doesn't he have good taste? 😄

Monday, November 13, 2017

No tatting

I have no tatting to show today. I did some cleaning and reorganizing this morning, and then I drove up to pick up my grandchildren, Eva and Aidan, so that they can spend a couple of days with me. They're homeschooled, and I will have the chance to be a teacher again for a couple of days!

When I arrived home, I found that my newest shuttles from Emiko Suenaga arrived!

The backs are just as beautiful as the fronts!

Although, Emiko has an Etsy shop, these beauties are available exclusively from Tatting Corner.

There aren't many, so if you're interested, you'd better be pretty quick!

So, Michelle and Maureen wanted to see my new rugs. This is the living room rug, and yes, Maureen, it is blue! No other color would do!

Dave chose the sun room rug. The style doesn't really appeal to me, but it has blue in it, so I approved the purchase. 😉 I get my way in so many things, I figured Dave should get something he likes!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Busy weekend

Boy, has it been busy!

My friend Denise will be a grandma soon. Her daughter's due date is December 2. Nicole lives in the Pacific Northwest. Denise held a baby shower anyway, and we all got to visit with Nicole via FaceTime. It was a great time with fabulous food and wonderful conversation!

After the baby shower, Dave and I went shopping for a new living room rug. The one we had was too small, and I wanted something brighter. It took us a long time to choose the right rug, and we also found one for the sun room. The rugs are now in place, and I've been busy getting the two rooms back together.

Despite all the activity, I managed to finish another Minty Fudge Ice Drop. Tomorrow looks like it will be another busy one, so it may again take me two days to finish an Ice Drop. I guess that's the way it goes!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Playing with Minty Fudge

Today I played with my Minty Fudge pattern.

I chose a green ribbon to go with the gold beads, because our school colors are green and gold.

I'm not sure I chose the right ribbon for this one. The beads are a peacock blend of blues and greens. I may change the ribbon to blue.

This one was a no brainer. I love the bright yellow ribbon with the yellow beads!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Today I finished tatting my Basic Ice Drop pattern with every color bead in my little bead box!

Turquoise is quickly becoming a favorite shade of blue.

I also love this shade of green. It reminds me of a sweater my mom knit for me when I was in high school. Our school colors were green and white, and I wore that sweater to many basketball games!

I almost didn't use the black beads, but I decided that I might as well since they were in the box.

I think I'm going to do a series of Minty Fudge Ice Drops using this same bead collection. They will take a little longer to tat, but I think they'll be pretty!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

One is the loneliest number

I really meant to tat more than one Ice Drop today, but I let myself get distracted by unimportant things like cleaning, shopping, and playing Candy Crush. Oh, well... maybe I'll get more done tomorrow!

Monday, November 6, 2017

I kind of surprised myself!

When I transferred today's pictures from my phone to my computer, I realized that I finished five Ice Drops today!

I guess there's not much more to say!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Another rainy day

We had early morning fog, thunder rumbling, and rain this morning. It was another gloomy day, but it was made brighter with Ice Drops!

I just can't feel gloomy when tatting these.

I've been making these for over a year now, and I would have thought I'd tire of them by now.

I haven't! I still find myself imaging the next color combination while in the middle of tatting. I'm sure I'll get tired of them some day, but for now I'll just enjoy the experience!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Not so dreary after all

Although the day was overcast, we had a great time today at Tollway Tatters!

I finished five Ice Drops today, still using beads from my assortment box. I have twelve colors to go!

I only needed one Ice Drop to finish filling the tree. I've put this treeful away, and now have a start on the next group. I truly am an Ice Drop Addict!

Having fun on the tollway

Denise and I were afraid we would have to sit in the car because of the torrential downpour, but the rain let up as we arrived. Now we are having fun tatting and chatting!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Getting ready!

Today I focused on getting ready for Christmas in the Village, which will be the second weekend in December. One of the prizes I won at Palmetto Tat Days was an assortment of beads, and I'm focused on tatting my basic Ice Drop pattern with each color bead in the box.

As you may have figured out, Friday is laundry day for me.

I didn't waste any time between laundry loads!

I also did some cleaning in the kitchen.

I even managed to make a meat pie for dinner!

It's amazing what can be accomplished with a little bit of focus.

I'm not sure if you can tell in the pictures, but I used crackled glass gems in each of these.

I think it gives them a nice frosty look!

Tomorrow is Tollway Tatters. I'm not sure if I'll work on Ice Drops or my sister-in-law's runner. Either way, I feel like I'm on a roll!

Thursday, November 2, 2017


I ordered some Finca metallic thread from Rita at Shuttle by Design. It arrived today, and I couldn't wait to get started!

I love the look of the metallic thread, but it is very hard on my fingers. I have to take lots of breaks, so this one took me almost six hours to complete. I think I'll save it for someone special!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Tollway Tatters this Saturday

I keep forgetting to post that we will be having a Tollway Tatters meeting this Saturday. If you're in the Chicago area, we would love to have you join us! We meet at 10 a.m. at the Hinsdale Oasis on 294. We try to sit near Starbucks. It's pretty easy to spot us in our tie-dye t-shirts. We're the group tatting and chatting! 😊

I did spend quite a bit of time tatting today. I finished another row on my sister-in-law's runner. It is now 22" long, so I'm almost half way done. I waited until after dinner to tat an Ice Drop. I wanted to make sure I finished one, so I chose the simplest pattern. Simple works for me!