Monday, June 16, 2014

So, what have you been up to?

Not much, at least not much tatting!

As you can see, I've made very little progress on my doily, but at least I'm more than half way around!

Why the slow progress? Well...

Tuesday was the last day of school, and The Soup Club member celebrated Judy's and my birthdays (June 6 for Judy, June 16 for me).

Edna decorated her car, and

despite torrential rain showers, we mad it to a new Japanese steak house and had a wonderful meal. I'd never been to a Japanese steak house before. It was great fun, and I hope to go again!

Wednesday, I spent nine hours working on my sewing room. Yes, I made progress, but it's still not picture-worthy. I promise, when it's all put together, I'll show it off.

Thursday, was spent taking a friend to the doctor and shopping for blinging supplies. The kids have asked for more blinged shuttles, and I'm determined to give them what they want!

Friday was laundry and cleaning day. Does it ever stop?

Saturday, daughter Joanne and granddaughter Sophia flew in from Minnesota... no time for tatting with a 14-month-old occupying my time!

Sunday, Mom arrived... party time! My sister Janet brought Mom down, and we had a wonderful time visiting and eating pizza. Hmmm... somehow, there was no tatting time.

Monday... Mom gave me personalized instruction on my new Saori loom. It's a good thing. You wouldn't believe the number of mistakes I was making. With my new-found knowledge, I managed to weave fabric and sew a little bag for Sophia.

I love the way it turned out! Joanne chose the buttons. The warp is black cotton, and the weft is Hint of Silk from Hobby Lobby. I love the feel of the fabric, and...

I think Sophia really likes her new bag!

Did I mention that today is my 62nd birthday? Mom took us all out to dinner. It was delicious! Now I have to get back on the straight and narrow... I've gained five pounds since school got out... yikes!

Oh, and in case you didn't know, this is my seven year blogaversary! It's true... I started this blog on my 55th birthday, and it was one of the best things I've ever done! I've made new tatting friends around the world. I've been inspired to learn new tatting techniques and try new patterns. I've also been enabled by a few tatters, who shall remain nameless (you know who you are!), in my efforts to collect more shuttles, thread, and patterns than any individual could possibly use in a lifetime.

It's been a great seven years? What do you think... should I go for seven more? ;-)


  1. Dear Diane,

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! And HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! Please go on for another several years. I can't imagine not having you blog to read.

    So happy you enjoyed your special days. Have all the fun you can.

    Best Wishes,
    Aunt Bea

  2. Happy Birthday!
    My brain kind of fizzed out after that

  3. Happy Happy! You need to get some new shuttles snd thread to celebrate entering the next 7 year cycle! Yay! Go Diane! : ))

  4. Sort of belated Birthday Greetings Diane as I woke up in England to discover that your birthday was yesterday. Sounds as though you had a great day though. I so admire your enthusiasm for tatting and now another craft! Keep blogging and congratulations on your blog anniversary.

  5. Happy birthday, and happy anniversary on blogging for seven years.

    All I can say is carry on blogging, your post are so interesting and I enjoy reading them
    Have a nice day

  6. Happy Birthday, Diane. Happy tats too!!! Well done on the seven years.

  7. Happy birthday, and congratulations on your blogaversary!!! I love Sophia's bag.

  8. Oh, she's grown so much!! - but still has those wonderful brown eyes I remember from last year. Congratulations on BOTH anniversaries - and many more!

  9. Happy birthday Diane. What a happy birthday celebration with family.

    Happy Blogaversary! Yes, 7 more and more.

  10. Don't know where to begin your post covered everything :) First I real proud that your goal is to take a pic of the room your work is done in. I would never go that far!ha ha. Happy birthday girl! and your weaving and purse looks great I would use it for a cell phone purse:) the fiber Arts seem to run in the family. Congrats on the blog lucky 7 years and this one was a great one sharing your skills with the students. you gonna have great summer hugs from Carollyn!

  11. Happy Birthday! Looking forward to seeing your sewing room and the little purse is adorable along with the model

  12. Happy Anniversary and Birthday. Why put a time limit on blogging? Your blog is one of several I look forward to reading. Carry on to infinity and beyond!

  13. Happy birthday and happy anniversary! I wish you other 7 hundred blogaversary! Your granddaughter is sweet and lovely :)

  14. Happy, happy - I can't imagine opening up the Internet and not finding your blog to check out!!! It's the first one I read. I have enjoyed seeing all the many projects that you have shared with us and have learned so much. Best of all, I enjoyed meeting you, your mom, sister, daughter and granddaughter along with the Tollway tatters last summer. A day I will long remember. Sophia is such a beautiful girl and models her purse just perfectly. Looking forward to many, many more of your postings and projects. Your tatting students are blessed to have you as their teacher.

  15. Happy Birthday. Beautiful napkin. I also do it with Renulkiem

  16. Your doily is looking wonderful!! :) And that little bag is sweet!! And what a cutie holding it!! :)

  17. Diane,

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!. I forgot the part that you and I share the same birthday. You should continue your blog posts for several sets of 7 years.



  18. Dear Diane congratulations with your birthday and thank you for your magic blog!!
    May we all be able to readit for many more years!

  19. Oh, definitely at least 7 more!! Happy Birthday! and Happy Blogaversary!!
    What a cute bag for your cutie!

  20. Happy Birthday! I am catching up on my blog reading tonight...sorry to have missed commenting on your actual Birthday! Yes, please, 7 more years of blogging at least...would so miss your posts and seeing all that you do!!! (and your pretty shuttles and the books you gather as well)

  21. Lots of celebrations! It's ironic that your birthday is around the time of school vacation! And that makes it possible for you to have visitors! Plus a blog anniversary, too! I honestly don't know how you find the time to blog with all your activities. You do a lot of tatting (and are now teaching many youngsters!) yet find time for other things. And your weaving looks great! How nice that your mother is there to show you the correct way! Can't believe how big Sophia is already! I'm sure you're having a great visit!

  22. Happy birthday! It sounds like you had a wonderful celebration. Oh, yes, do keep blogging. You have barely gotten started on the chapter with your tatting students, and you've started one on your weaving. I think you have lots to write about yet!


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