Monday, December 11, 2017


What a day!

I picked up my mail at the post office today, and there was a packet of beautiful vintage shuttles that I had purchased from England! They're in wonderful condition, and I can hardly wait to try them out!

I was surprised that I had some time to tat today. My sub assignment was changed last minute, and it just happened to work out in my favor... I was able to tat while listening to high school students sing!

I had been carrying this Bloomin' Ice Drop with me for several days. I managed to finish it when I got home.

My pointer finger has been sore at times, and I saw a lady online with a tension ring. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm hoping this little copper ring from ItsVera will help when my finger gets sore.

Not sure which style would work better for me, I ordered two! I think I like the stability of the wider band, but I'll try them both and let you know how they work for me.

Tomorrow is another sub day, and I know that it will be jam packed. I do love working with kids!

Too busy to tat!

December is starting out way busier than I ever would have thought!

Once again, I am suffering from Ice Drop withdrawal. Although I took tatting with me to Christmas in the Village, there really wasn't any time to tat, and when I arrived home I was too tired. Yesterday, Dave decided we needed to organize and clean upstairs. Yes, it needed to be done... I had craft supplies everywhere! It truly looked like a craft store had exploded. You can ask my grandchildren. I'm sure they will confirm my description of the place.

We started at 8 and finished close to 1, with only one cookie and coffee break to show for it. Yes, ladies and gents, it was that bad. Now everything is stashed neatly away in bins and boxes, hidden in closets and under beds. My goal for the new year will be to bring down one container at a time and sort through it. There's no way everything will fit in my sewing room, but I will need to be ruthless if I don't want to crawl under a bed to find a tatting supply. I believe I do have too much stuff!

There won't be much, if any, tatting today or tomorrow. I'm subbing at the elementary school, and I already know the days will be full. So, no pictures, no tatting... but I will have a fun filled two days with kids!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

First snow

We had our first snow this morning! I know it's not much, but I love snow no matter how little there is. It was the perfect way to start Christmas in the Village!

It was not a terrific sales day.

However, I did meet some very nice people, and I had the opportunity to discuss tatting!

I even gave my contact information to another vendor who is interested in learning to tat!

No, I did not sell much, but I had a wonderful day, and...

I have five Ice Drop laden trees decorating my home! The branches aren't full, so I think I'll tat some more!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Another Minty Fudge

Yay! I managed to tat an Ice Drop today!

The morning was filled with errands, and this afternoon Denise stopped by. We had a nice visit and caught up on what each of us has been doing for the past week. We were very decadent and drank coffee topped with whipped cream!

Dave arrived home shortly after Denise left, and we did some more Christmas decorating. Our house is looking very bright and gaudy. I'm sure the grandchildren will love it!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The count

Once again, the day seemed to get away from me. I was off running errands before 8, and I managed to get home by about 10:30. I have more errands to run tomorrow. How did I manage all this when I was working full time?

After running errands, I organized all of my goodies for Christmas in the Village. After pulling out the Ice Drops I just couldn't bear to part with, I have a total of 200 to offer shoppers!

Despite my morning activities, I managed to tat two Ice Drops.

They're slightly different, just a change in the number of picots. It felt good to get my daily dose of Ice Drops!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Home again, home again, jiggity jig!

That was one fun weekend we just had! Dave and I left for Minnesota on Friday to stay with our granddaughters Lily and Ella. As you may have read in my previous post, we were able to attend a craft fair and meet up with some of my tatting friends.

On Sunday, we went to daughter Joanne's to watch the Vikings/Falcons football game. We were hoping to get a glimpse of Andrea and Jake on t.v., but that didn't happen. The cousins had great fun playing together, and we had lots of yummy food to munch on!

There was quite a bit of wriggling around from the little ones, but we finally managed to get a picture of our Minnesota grandchildren!

After getting the girls off to school this morning, Dave and I headed home. It was a long drive, and I did manage to do some tatting on my sister-in-law's runner on the way up and back. I still have a long way to go on it, so I'm not going to bother posting a picture until I've made some headway.

Christmas in the Village is this coming Saturday! I need to organize all my goodies, press my tablecloths, and make sure I have everything I need. I think this is going to be fun!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Meeting up with tatting friends

Surprise! I’m in Minnesota! I’m up to babysit granddaughters Lily and Ella while their parents attend a football game. Being able to spend more time with my grandchildren is one of the joys of retirement!

It just so happened that there was a craft show this weekend, and it was only about 40 minutes from my daughter’s house. I’m used to 40 minute drives for regular shopping trips, so this was a piece of cake! Also, GPS makes it possible for me to wander off in directions I’ve never explored!

The craft show was great fun, and Lily, Ella, and I were able to find some wonderful Christmas presents. The best part of attending the show was meeting up with tatting friends! From left to right: Theresa, me, Marlene, and Michelle. I’ve known Theresa and Michelle for several years. The first time we met was in a Chinese restaurant. Cindy (A Happy Bluebird) was there, too. I still have my Twin City Tatters card n my wallet. I love that I am an honorary member!

This past summer, I found out that Marlene follows my blog! We have connected a few times via email, and Marlene had contacted me this past week to let me know about the craft show. I’m so glad it worked out for me to meet up with everyone!

Have you seen that Edda Guastalla has a new tutorial out? It’s fabulous! In it, Edda shows how to encase stones of different shapes. I can hardly wait to get home and try it out! I’ll try and remember to share the link to Edda’s Etsy shop when I get home. I’m working on my iPad, and since I don’t normally blog from my iPad, I haven’t figured out how to do everything that comes to me so naturally when using the computer. 

The girls and I will be heading over to daughter Joanne’s to watch the football game. I wonder if we’ll catch a glimpse of Jake and Andrea in the crowd? 😉

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Not much to show

I had a very busy day, but I don't have much to show for it. Alison and the kids had to leave early today, so after breakfast I got started with my day.

I've been making curtains for the windows in the cafeteria doors. So far I've finished ones in school colors for September, pumpkins for October, and turkeys for November. I meant to finish December curtains last week, but Thanksgiving got in the way. This morning I made it my goal to finish both December and January curtains. They were delivered by 11 a.m. Mission accomplished!

After lunch, a friend came over for help with a blanket she was making for a relative. She was trying to make a no-sew polar fleece blanket, but the fabric she had chosen for one side wasn't working. Instead of knotting the two layers together, I suggested sewing them right sides together, turning it right side out and top stitching. She liked the idea, and we were able to finish the blanket in a little over an hour.

I put my feet up for a few minutes, and then the UPS man arrived with Christmas presents. I'm determined to wrap presents as I get them this year. I'm no good at spending hours wrapping. I get grouchy. My back hurts. It's just not a pretty picture! So, I wrapped the four presents that arrived in just a few minutes, and I am happy.

Right around the time I finished, daughter Carol arrived for a visit. Then it was time to start dinner. My only regret is that I haven't tatted an Ice Drop yet. I'll have to see if I can get one done before I head off to bed!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


I spent a good part of the day rewriting my Ice Drop Tutorial with the help of my granddaughter Eva. I've had several requests for more information and better pictures. Hopefully, this version does the trick. Would you do me a favor and let me know if the link takes you to the updated tutorial?

This is the Ice Drop I tatted for the tutorial. I'm so glad my friend Denise requested red and white ornaments for the library Christmas tree. Seeing all the variations in red and white made me want some of my own!

Another Christmas tree has been added to my forest! I'm up to ten!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Ready for quilting

I had a busy day today!

Dave found our very old tree skirt yesterday. I've been meaning to replace it for years. My daughters always loved it, but it is very faded, and the backing is falling apart. I haven't been able to find one I like in the right size, so I decided to make one today.

Aren't these Santas cute?

The reverse side is candy canes. I like the idea of a reversible tree skirt. I can change my mind, and that's always a plus!

It looks kind of boring to me right now, so I plan on doing some hand quilting. It will be fine for now, and when I want to do something little different, I can just pick up the tree skirt and do a little quilting!

I finished another pin loom tree today! Granddaughter Eva chose the colors for this one. I have nine finished. I planned on having twenty for Christmas in the Village, but I'm not sure I can meet that goal. Maybe I can have a dozen. I can be happy with that.

Since the first tree skirt went together so well, I decided to make another one this afternoon. I'm using up pieces of batting left over from other projects. The cotton fabric isn't as smooth on this tree skirt, but I think it will look fine once it's quilted.

The back is tiny little holly leaves. If I have time, I think I'll make another tomorrow. Dave put two Christmas trees upstairs, and I think they need tree skirts. I have plenty of Christmas fabric, so I might as well keep going!

Dave insisted on having a second little tree on top of the entertainment center. It was missing something, so I decided to crochet a star tree topper. I found a free ornament pattern online. I crocheted two, sewed them together, and had my tree topper!

 I was afraid it might be too large, but Dave liked it, so it's fine with me!

My day wouldn't be complete without an Ice Drop. I've gone back to the basic pattern, because I can finish them much more quickly. I have so many more Ice Drop combinations I want to try. I just need more time!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Monday, Monday

I did my best to get back on track with crafting today.

Today was a two Ice Drop day.

I've gone back to the basic pattern as I can complete them much more quickly.

I also finished another Christmas tree this morning. I've added a little star button to the top. Isn't it cute?

Sunday, November 26, 2017

From slow to stop

That's right... there has been no tatting in this house since Friday... no tatting, no sewing, no weaving, nothing... zip, zero, zilch! Why? We've been decorating for Christmas!

My nutcrackers are all standing at attention, guarding the Christmas tree.

I love m little tabletop tree! There's much less disruption to my living room arrangement than when we had a big tree. My little tree skirt is in terrible condition. I haven't been able to find a small one that I like, so I see a tree skirt in my sewing future! In them meantime, a cloth napkin is the only decoration under the tree.

When Eva, Aidan, and I were cleaning over the past couple of weeks, I minimized the collection of pretty pieces in and on my curio cabinet. I felt much more inspired to decorate.

Not all of my nutcrackers fit on the windowsill, so these five guard the entertainment center! The Santa was a gift from my mom. He holds a pickle. We always hide a pickle in the Christmas tree. The person who finds the pickle first gets to hand out the presents. Dave bought the tallest nutcracker and the popcorn shop (which can be turned on for lights and animation) to add to this year's decorations. When it comes to decorating for Christmas, Dave wants an overabundance of everything. I sometimes have to tell him no!

My Grandma Jones's drop leaf table now holds three chests that hold tatting shuttles. I'm getting closer to finding and organizing all of my shuttles. When that day comes, I'll do a re-count and post pictures for all those who are interested.

Can you see the tree on top of the clock? My sister-in-law gave it to me for Christmas the first year Dave and I were married. The joke is that when we take the decorations down, I frequently forget about the tree on top of the clock. I usually don't notice until way after everything is put away, so it stays up all year!

Dave thinks that Christmas trees should have ball ornaments only, so the tree in the sun room is decorated to his liking. Eva and Aidan did most of the work for him this year. It does look pretty at night!

I was so pleased to have inherited my mom's hutch. Dave and I looked for one for several years, but none were as pretty as my mom's. I don't remember when Mom got it, but I have always loved it! The plates have always held a place of honor on the hutch, and if someone else in the family ever wants this beautiful piece of furniture, the plates go with it!

I love the angels on top. Dave has put lights up there for years. This year we decided to add a touch of greenery.

Do you see the candle on the kitchen wall to the left? My Grandpa Green made that. It used to have a big red bow, but it was getting pretty sad looking, so I removed it. I suppose I should put another one on to dress it up.

So, are we done? No! We set up two trees in the dormers upstairs today. They still need to be decorated, and they need tree skirts. The Christmas villages need to be set up in the sun room, and we need to find where we stored our Santas. We haven't started on decorating the kitchen yet. I'm not sure what Dave has in mind for this year, but it's sure to be cheerful!

Everyone will be here for Christmas this year, so Dave and I have also started reorganizing and cleaning the upstairs. We finished one of the two bedrooms today. The study area is a disaster, so that will take a while. The good thing about all of this is that I've been ruthless in getting rid of things that someone might be able to use. If it's in good condition and something that someone can truly use, we're taking it to the Salvation Army. The reality is, most of what we've saved has outlived its usefulness, so it's headed for the trash bin.

I think I'm really going to enjoy this Christmas!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Slow tatting day

It was a slow tatting day with only one Ice Drop completed, but I was very productive in other ways.

I worked on little Christmas trees for Christmas in the Village, which is only two weeks away. I really shouldn't take pictures when it's dark outside. The colors just don't show up. This one is two layers of a forest green with sparkly purple in the middle. I want to do a little more embellishing, but I haven't completely figured out how to bring my ideas to life!

I worked some on Christmas stockings. I need to piece fabric for the back of the stockings, and then I'll decide if I have time to hand quilt the stockings or if I'll do a quick job with the sewing machine. Maybe I'll do a combination of both!

I really meant to sort through some of my craft stash yesterday, but I was having so much fun working in my clean space that I sort of forgot!

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!