Sunday, January 30, 2011

Thinking ahead...

The next few weeks will be very busy and exciting around here! Daughter Carol closes on her new home tomorrow. She'll be living about a half hour away, and we will miss having her around, but it's time for her to move on to a new phase in her life. Carol's busy directing the high school drama students in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, one of my favorites! I first saw it in Ireland in 1974. The second time was in Chicago with Donny Osmond. The third time was the Kankakee Valley Theater production.

I digress... the move will be gradual because of Carol's many commitments. The plan for next weekend is to remove wall paper and paint in the master bedroom, the only thing Carol really wants/needs to do before moving in. I believe her plan is to move non-essential-for-living-with-mom-and-dad items next, such as pots and pans, dishes, summer clothing, etc. The final phase will be everything else. Of course all this planning could go up in smoke once she has the house keys in her hand!

In anticipation of all this activity, I decided to complete my February challenges for The Tatting Forums this weekend. This is "Easy Bookmark" from Learn to Tat by Janette Baker. The shuttle is from Cindy at A Happy Bluebird. Thanks to Cindy, I have blinged several shuttles with decorative napkins!

My snowflake for February is "Star" from Tatting Patterns by Mary Konior. I love this pattern, and I think I'll make a few more of these beauties! The shuttles are from Chris Hinton at The Shuttle Shop. You can find Chris's shuttles for sale at The Tatting Forums.

Although I don't expect to have much time to tat, I'm still getting ready to load my shuttles. Stay tuned!


  1. A 'Star" is definitely stellar! Love it! I have not noticed this pattern before. Gotta go have a peek...
    Fox : )

  2. Beautiful tatting, Diane! I really like the thread you are using. It seems to work well with so many patterns.

    Good luck with the moving. I would be sure to take it with me as you shuttle back and forth with your daughter - you're sure to get hung up waiting somewhere - or you could just sneak off to "organize" or "arrange" something...

    :) Ann

  3. Love the way that snowflake turned out. My middle son was in the same play in high school and it was so fun watching it. I've seen other performances too, such fun!

  4. The bookmark is great! And I LOVE that Star snowflake!!! :)

  5. Son preciosos tus trabajos, y los hilos que usas son preciosos.Las navetas o lanzaderas tienen una belleza especial.Besos desde España.

  6. YAY - I'm caught up on the bookmark challenge for January! We'll see how February goes :/

    I hope the move goes well for your daughter. I remember when Donny Osmond was here in that play - I had a friend that ended up behind him in a line at McDonald's or something, and said he was very kind and down-to-earth . . . so nice to hear.

    LOVE the snowflake :)

  7. Your snowflake and bookmark are beautiful! I love the colors.

  8. 'Star' is shining bright. What a lovely pattern, and I like your thread choice, too.

  9. I’ve just finished my January bookmark; but need to redo one end as I don’t like how it looks...haven’t decided what to do for Feb. Has to be a fairly simple pattern because I’m determined to finish the rosary this month (February) and send it to my friend.
    Really like your bookmark! xxxx BJ

  10. Your work is beautiful, Diane, and I love the variagated colours.
    I too am going to see Joseph this summer! Yippeee!!!

  11. I have just followed your lovely blog Your tatting is beautiful Gill


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