Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Multiple crafts

I'm sure there are many tatters who indulge in multiple crafts. After all, variety is the spice of life!

I forgot to take pictures, but I finished my last set of curtains for the elementary school cafeteria this morning, and then I delivered them. It feels good to have another item checked off my list!

I'm enjoying tatting Ice Drops with Orange Crush. Today I used my newest Pop-A-Bobbin shuttle. I like the yellow organza ribbon with the orange. I ran out of cream, which is my usual choice with orange, unless I have orange!

My Virus Shawl is growing! This is a super simple pattern to follow, and it's a great way to show off pretty yarn. This is Lion Brand Mandala, and the color is Pegasus. I do like this 3 ply yarn. I bought my first cake on Amazon for about $10. I knew I could find it at Walmart for just under $5, but at the time I was eager to try the yarn and I knew it would be at least a week before I could get to Walmart. When I did get to Walmart, Denise and I were surprised, because it rang up at just under $4! I love surprises like that!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

More shuttles?


A little while back, Sally Kerson posted that she had a couple of shuttles available, made by 'im in the garage. I don't use them often, but I do like my Pop-A-Bobbin shuttles! This little beauty arrived today, and I will put it to good use!

There's a remodeling project going on at the high school/middle school library. My friend Kristine took over as librarian when I retired, and I offered to help with anything I could to make the project go more easily. A few weeks ago, I worked removing books from the computer system for Kris. It's a time consuming job, but one that I really don't mind doing. I'm familiar with the system, and I can zip through it pretty quickly.

Kris wanted to thank me for my help, so she ordered a shuttle from Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design. Isn't it beautiful? Our school colors are green and gold, so green was the perfect background color for this wonderful shuttle.

Of course I had to give it a test drive as soon as I returned home from school today! Thank you, Kris!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Starting the day off right

I started the day by working on Renulek's Wiosna 2018. No, I didn't get far, but I'm happy with the way this round is going. I'm pleased that I made the decision to snip the tight round.

I started another shawl, because I have a ton of yarn to use up! This is The Virus Shawl, which I learned about from my friend Denise. There are several YouTube videos showing how to work this pattern. I just happened to choose this one by Fiber Spider. The tutorial is excellent, and I found that I was able to keep just ahead of the video by the second pattern repeat.

A new little flat shuttle arrived in the mail today. This adorable little hedgehog is by Ayumi Horiai and is available at Tatting Corner. I haven't tatted with it yet, because I'm working with size 20 thread. This little cutie will probably work best with size 80 thread. I have such a weakness for hedgehogs!

Today's Ice Drop is one that I just might keep for myself! The bead is a coin pearl. It's so much prettier in person! The shuttle is one of my favorites from Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design. The pearl background is perfect for this beautiful lighthouse scene. I have a fascination with lighthouses, and since high school I've had the romantic notion of living in one. I think the stairs would be too much for me these days, but it's fun to dream!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Crochet Sunday

It looked like I was pretty close to the end of my ball of Mandala yarn, so I decided to concentrate on finishing my Middle of the Road Scarf. Mine isn't quite like Susan Pinner's. The yarn she used changes color more frequently and has little flecks of white in it. I may break down and try to get some of that yarn (James C Brett, Northern Lights), but since I have to send to England for it, I was happy to use what was readily available.

I cut off the crocheted button that was at the tip of the triangle. Mine wasn't very clean looking, and because the colors of the Mandala yarn are not flecked like the yarn used in the original pattern, it didn't have the same interest. I will practice making those crocheted buttons, because I think they look really cool.

It's been a while since I've crocheted with yarn, and I wasn't happy with the way my edges looked. So, I single crocheted around the scarf and then finished off with slip stitching through the back loop. I'm not sure that blocking will do much good since this is an acrylic yarn, but I may give it a try anyway.

Of course, I had to tat an Ice Drop today! This one is in size 20 Lizbeth Orange Crush, #183. I love my new Russian doll shuttle!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Easy decision

I woke up this morning and went right in to my sewing room to unpin my doily (Renulek's Wiosna 2018). I knew right away what I was going to do.

Snip! I have absolutely no regrets. The rings were stretched and ugly. Snipping never felt so good!

Tatting an Ice Drop seemed to be the way to get back in to a good tatting space.

Then, I was ready to start back with the doily. I can tell already that the slightly larger picots are going to work much better!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Round 8

I finished round 8 of Renulek's Wiosna 2018. It's pinned out because I needed to steam it to get it to lie flat. I think I need to snip this round off and re-tat it with larger picots for joining the rings. See how they're stretched out? I don't think I like that look. Seeing Jane's with slightly larger picots, I realize that the rounded look is so much better. What do you think? Should I snip or move on?

Since I didn't tat an Ice Drop yesterday, I decided to tat two today. I do love blue!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Movin' along

Today was a sub day, and while students were working diligently, I tatted and kept an eye on them. It's much easier to monitor students while doing handwork than while reading a book or surfing the Internet. It looks like I'll be able to finish this round this week.

I didn't get an Ice Drop tatted today. Maybe I'll have time before I head off to bed!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Fast service

I took one of my sewing machines in to be cleaned yesterday, and I was able to pick it up today. That's what I call fast service!

Quilt shops are dangerous places for me. This wall hanging caught my eye.

This table runner also appealed to me. Of course I bought the fabric to make both!

I had quite an adventure when I got home. I found no house keys in my purse! I called Dave, but he was out making deliveries and was too far away to help me get in. Luckily, daughter Carol had her house key with her, so I headed in to school to get it. Rather than drive all the way home, I went to the hardware store to have a spare key made. After the key was made, I was chatting with Scott (the owner), and when I was ready to leave I reached in to my pocket for my car keys. I felt keys in my pocket, and then realized I had keys on my other hand. I went through all that hoopla, and my house keys were in my pocket all the time! Scott and I got a good laugh out of that!

I still had some tablecloths to finish up left from dinner theater the other night, so I worked on household chores in the afternoon. I'm sure you can guess by now that I worked on an Ice Drop here and there throughout the afternoon... another frilly one for Joanne!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Shopping spree!

Although my friend Denise and I live only about three miles from each other, we really don't get together very often. Denise is busy with multiple volunteer activities, and I stay pretty busy subbing. However, we both had today free, so we went shopping!

First, we went to lunch at a little diner that Denise had not been to before. She had blue gill bites and I had a BLT wrap... yum! Next, we dropped off one of my sewing machines for cleaning. We then headed to JoAnn Fabrics... a very dangerous place! Fat quarters were on sale for 99 cents, so I loaded up with pieces for my sewing students. I also found some cute sewing themed fabric that I plan to use for dust covers for the machines I have sitting out. Yes, I said machines!

When we finished up at JoAnn's, we headed to Walmart. Denise told me about Mandala yarn a few weeks ago, and I started a shawl.

I haven't worked on it in over a week, but I was inspired by all the pretty colors I saw at Walmart. There was a bonus... the yarn was on sale for less than $4 per ball!

After I dropped Denise off, I headed to the grocery store for some much needed basics. It was very strange that I was driving through a heavy snow squall. Now we have some snow on the ground, but it will all melt tomorrow.

Despite the busy-ness of the day, I did manage to tat an Ice Drop. Yes, it has lots of frills, just as daughter Joanne likes!

Monday, March 12, 2018

I love mail!

I especially love receiving mail when I know that I have purchased something special, such as this beautiful box from Grizzly Mountain Arts!

Inside the box are two beautiful new shuttles from Dave's Cascade Collection. These shuttles and the box are airbrushed. I have no idea what that means, but they sure are beautiful!

Of course I had to use one of my new shuttles right away!

You can also find beautiful pendants at GMA's Etsy shop. I have the perfect chain for this pendant, and I can't wait for the opportunity to show it off!

Sunday, March 11, 2018


As daughter Joanne and her kids were picking out Ice Drops to take home, I noted that Joanne loves the ones with loads of picots. So I decided to work on some frilly Ice Drops for her next visit.

Sophia modeled for me on last time before heading home. I sure am going to miss her help!

Today was the last performance of Curtains. I'm sure daughter Carol is exhausted. I know I am.

Still, I managed to tat another frilly Ice Drop this evening. I think I'm going to head to bed early tonight and try and catch up on some of the sleep I've been missing!

Saturday, March 10, 2018


This weekend the Grant Park High School Drama Club is presenting Curtains, the musical comedy whodunit. My friend Denise met Joanne, Sophia, and me at the school for last night's performance. The kids did a great job!

I was so wound up when I got home. I stayed up until 11:30, which is really late for me, and I had a very hard time falling asleep. I kept thinking over parts of the play so that I know what to watch for tonight!

Once again, Sophia chose colors and a shuttle for an Ice Drop. Her favorite color yesterday was pink, and she chose the blue ribbon because she knows that it's my favorite color. I'm going to miss my little helper/model when she heads home tomorrow!

Yes, I am showing off another pretty shuttle from Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design. I love the pretty flowers, and of course I love to tat!

Joanne and the kids had great fun looking for Ice drops and Spinning Wheel glass mats to take home with them to Minnesota. Joanne is guessing that my supply of Ice Drops has been depleted by about 75. I am so glad to have homes for my pretty tatted items!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Busy Thursday

Joanne and the kids headed to Indiana to visit friends and relatives today, so I accepted a sub job. I had planned on staying home and relaxing, but as usual, I had loads of fun with the kids.

Sophia has been asking for me to use this tatting shuttle for several days. She has good taste!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Where does the time go?

The day just flew by! Joanne, the kids, and I made a quick trip to Menards this morning, and then the day just disappeared.

I did manage to tat one Ice Drop. This color combination is dangerous for me. Just looking at it makes me crave a Werther's!

I started round 8 of Renulek's Wiosna 2018. I feel like I should have accomplished so much more today. At least I can say I had fun with my grandchildren!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

FIMO shuttles

Lisa Adams of Tatting Corner contacted me recently and asked if I'd be willing to test some new FIMO shuttles that Ayumi Horiai was sending her as samples. Of course I said yes!

You knew that I'd tat Ice Drops, didn't you?

The smaller of the two shuttles is about an inch and a half long.

The shuttles are rather thick, but that didn't seem to make much difference. I was easily able to wind 5 yards of size 20 thread on this shuttle.

Sophia fell in love with this shuttle. I have to admit, it caught my eye also!

This one is slightly longer.

It's about the same thickness as the smaller shuttle. I wound a good six yards of size 20 thread on this shuttle, and I could have easily added more, but I didn't need any more. In fact, I only needed about half of what I wound on to the shuttle.

So, here are my thoughts on these shuttles. I had seen information on them before Lisa contacted me, and I really didn't think I'd be interested in them. However, once I saw them in person, I fell in love! They are so colorful!

The smaller shuttle was a little too small for me, so I kept dropping it. My hands aren't tiny, but they aren't large either. They're about 6 1/2" from the heel of my hand to the tip of my middle finger. So, when purchasing, I know to order the larger shuttle for myself.

The shuttles have a nice weight to them, and I was really surprised at how much thread they each held. I thought the small one would only hold about three yards, and it held a generous five yards.

The surface of the shuttles is not super smooth, which was good for gripping. The texture of the shuttles did slow me down a little, but not to the point where it was irritating. From what Lisa has told me, Ayumi is still working on refining these shuttles, and there is a possibility that there will be some kind of coating to make the surface smoother.

It will be fun to keep an eye on Lisa's shop and see what goodies come from Japan!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Round 7, butterflies

Joanne and the kids took a long nap yesterday, so I had plenty of time to devote to tatting. When the kids are awake, someone always wants snuggles!

I finished round 7 of Renulek's Wiosna 2018. I really enjoyed tatting all those cute little butterflies!

Sophia kept asking for an Ice Drop in Lizbeth #130, Island Breeze. Pink was her favorite color of the day, so she chose a bright pink ribbon.

Pure joy!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Skip, skip, skip to my Lou!

I didn't meant to skip two days of blogging. In fact, I had the pictures on my computer, posted to Facebook, replied to emails and comments. I just forgot to blog!

There hasn't been much time for tatting with the little ones here, but I have managed to tat a couple of Ice Drops. Sophia chose the pink acrylic heart gem, thread, and ribbon for her Ice Drop.

She then had Mommy fix her hair for her photo shoot!

Sophia chose a red acrylic heart for sister Kara's. At first she wanted purple ribbon, but then changed her mind when she saw the red ribbon.

Kara refused to pose with her Ice Drop, so Sophia modeled her sister's Ice Drop for her. Sophia was also very excited to find a peacock bead, which she hopes I will use for another Ice Drop. I think she stands a good chance of that happening!

Aunt Carol popped her head up in the background. The twins and Sophia love Aunt Carol!

Thursday, March 1, 2018


I am so disappointed in myself.

I only tatted 24 Ice Drops in February. I didn't reach my goal of on each day. I guess I'll have to try harder in March!

I only tatted one today, but at least I finished one on the first day of March!