Monday, October 15, 2018

All ready!

I took my Ice Drop tree to Flowers and Stones today, and Karen (the owner) made my tree extra pretty and ready for the raffle on Friday! I'm so pleased with the way this turned out.

As predicted, I had time to tat today. This may be my favorite bottle cap Ice Drop so far!

Tollway Tatters

Tollway Tatters will meet this Saturday, October 20, at 10 a.m. We meet at the Hinsdale Oasis on 294, and we usually stay until around 3 p.m. We're easy to spot... look for tie-dye t-shirts and lots of tatting supplies! If you're in the Chicago area, we would love to have you join us!

The weekend turned out to be very busy for us. Early Saturday morning, Dave and I headed to my sister's house to pick up a sectional sofa for Alison. Alison met us there. It's a good thing. My sister's husband was sick in bed, and Dave had hurt his back a few days before, so it was up to us girls to move the furniture. We did a pretty good job!

Luckily, Dave's back doesn't bother him when he's standing or walking. So, he worked on smoothing out spots on Eva's bedroom wall, and then did some painting. Alison and I did some organization in the basement, living room, and garage. We were able to accomplish quite a bit, and Dave and I were home by 7 p.m.

With helping Alison move and visiting Mom in Alabama, I hadn't done any shopping in weeks. So, yesterday ended up being a shopping day. Our coffee maker and toaster both decided to stop working. I love my morning coffee (as does Dave), and Dave always has toast on the weekends. We were also seriously low on food staples. Shopping really wears me out, so by the time I finished all the shopping chores, I was done.

I did crochet a little yesterday, but I didn't make enough progress to show pictures. I'll be subbing today and tomorrow. Today I'm subbing in language arts, and I know the teacher has work all laid out for the students. That means I should be able to get a little tatting time in. However, tomorrow I'm subbing in p.e. I will be spending my time avoiding flying tennis balls, so I'm pretty sure I won't be tatting!

Friday, October 12, 2018

More bottle caps

I didn't take time for tatting today, but I did take time to decorate bottle caps! The blue cabochons are my favorites, of course! I also love Russian nesting dolls, so I think I will enjoy turning these in to Christmas decorations. The ones with the light blue and green backgrounds are cutouts from maps. I used a 1" hole punch and looked for cities that are meaningful to me... places relatives or I have lived and/or visited. I had great fun looking over the maps.

When I arrived home from school today, there were seven chickens standing on the tree stumps Dave set up for the grandchildren. Four of them jumped down when I rolled down to take the picture... silly chickens!

Thursday, October 11, 2018


I needed one more pink... done!

I needed one more gold... done!

The tree is decorated with 12 Ice Drops... four green, four gold, four pink. Does it look full enough? Do I need to tat more?

Mean Green Goes Pink night is the 19th, so I do have time to tat more. What do you think?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Green and gold

After getting some housework done this morning, I worked on Ice Drops for our school's Mean Green Goes Pink night, which is in a week and a half. I need one more in this color combination and one more in pink, then I'll be all ready for wrapping!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Yarn day

I got the house organized before Janet and I flew down to Alabama, so it was easier to become motivated to clean!

Today I tackled bathroom cabinets. How does everything get disorganized so quickly? I'm sure I just went through all this in the spring. It's nice to know the bathroom is now in good order, and I'm ready to move on to another room.

Today I focused on yarn. I signed up for Suzanne Bryan's knit-along, It Takes a Guild Cardigan. I've never been successful in trying to knit a sweater for myself, and I'm sure a big part of that is that I never knit a gauge swatch. This time I'm following the rules, and I've finished my gauge swatch! Now I need to get some help with my measurements. I'm hoping daughter Carol will be able to come over after school tomorrow and help me out. I'm eager to get started.

I'm still working on my granddaughter's afghan. It's coming along slowly. I'm enjoying the pattern and the yarn, so I don't mind that it's taking a while!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Weekend with Mom

Mom hasn't been feeling up to snuff for the past few weeks, so my sister Janet and I flew down to spend the weekend with her. We did a little shopping, a little dining out, and a little bit of helping out around Mom's apartment. We had a lovely time!

One of Mom's favorite places to go is Ed's. It's under new ownership, so some of the menu items have changed. What hasn't changed is the lovely view of Mobile Bay. There was a beautiful breeze, and we had a very nice meal.

Our waitress was very sweet and friendly, and she was kind enough to take a picture of us.

Mom's friend Sezer gave me a beautiful abalone tatting shuttle and a ball of size 70 thread. I look forward to making something special for her. Sezer is the lady who showed me her gorgeous Oye pieces at Christmas.

While I was gone, my newest shuttle from Middy Clark of The Knotted Vine arrived. I couldn't resist the blue butterfly! Although I've never met Middy Clark, I feel a special bond with her. I learned to tat from her grandmother Mildred Clark's video long ago.

I managed to tat more than I thought I would over the weekend.

I tatted on the plane, and I tatted while Mom napped, and while we watched movies.

Our high school volleyball team hosts Mean Green Goes Pink night every year to raise money for the Beverly K. Roberts Cancer Foundation. Bev worked at our local bank, taught Sunday School, and was a wonderful person. When she passed away, some of her co-workers started a foundation in her name. The money raised goes to helping out local families who have a loved one undergoing cancer treatment.

Our school colors are green and gold. I decided to tat green and gold Ice Drops as well as pink ones. They'll go on a tree. I'll have to figure out a way to wrap and display them so that the Ice Drops don't fall off. I hope they raise some money!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Denise noticed, too!

My friend Denise called yesterday to check up on me. She was concerned because I hadn't posted since last Thursday. Denise and my mom are the only people I know for sure check my blog every day. I guess I'd better keep posting so the two of them don't worry about me! 

I really felt the need to tat with cotton today. Working with metallic threads really slows me down, and I wanted to complete something today.

It felt so good to tat with cotton, I actually tatted two Ice Drops today! I had the urge to tat with school colors. I think they turned out nice.

Well, I've done my due diligence and blogged for the day, but you won't be seeing a post from me until Monday. My sister and I are flying down to visit Mom and celebrate Janet's 65th birthday, which is coming up soon. It will be the first time for just the three of us to spend a weekend together. Happy birthday, Janet!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Mom noticed

When I was talking with Mom this morning, she told me that she noticed I hadn't blogged since last Thursday. My goal was to blog this morning by 9. Oops! I'm about an hour late!

Daughter Alison started moving in to her new home this past weekend, so Friday after school Dave and I loaded up the van with things that have been stored at our house the past couple of years.

Saturday, we left bright and early to help with cleaning, painting, and setting up the kitchen. It was a long, tiring day, but we all felt a feeling of accomplishment by the time we finished. This weekend will be the big move... great excitement for Alison and the kids!

One of the hens laid an enormous egg on Friday!

I fried it up for Dave's breakfast on Sunday. The two yolks at the bottom came from that extra large egg. Dave and I were very impressed!

Dave's been busy harvesting butternut squash. Right after I took this picture, he pulled up with another wagon full of squash.

He said there was more in the field. It looks like we have enough to feed the whole village! I made butternut squash soup for dinner last night. One medium squash makes enough soup for two meals for us. I guess we could live on squash, potatoes, and onions this winter. It sounds a bit boring, but maybe I'll find some more tempting recipes.

I did some more experimenting with bottle caps. The bottle cap on the left is a used one, and the one on the right is a purchased, unused, unlined bottle cap. I wanted to see what would happen if I did not use pliers to pull out the sides as recommended in the YouTube video I watched. As you can see, the sides folded under and the top became a huge dimple.

Here's a view of the back side. I'm sure this could be used for something, but this is not the look I'm going for, so it will be trashed. As you can see, it ends up being much smaller than the other bottle cap, even though they started out as the same size.

I'll also have to remove the seal from the used bottle caps if I want to decorate them. I think it's much simpler to purchase unused bottle caps without the seals!

Since this bottle cap is decorated on both sides, there was no need to add a cabochon or any other decoration. It's very light weight, and I do like the look!

The pattern is my Silver Crowns, designed for Liz Metallic. I used size 20 Liz Metallic #324, Christmas Red. When working with metallic threads, I prefer using a bobbin shuttle. I do love my pretty shuttles from La Cossette!

Thursday, September 27, 2018


I can't believe it's been so long since I've posted, but I've been concentrating on a couple of projects and I've been at school quite a bit this week.

My concentration paid off! I finished this scarf this evening. I'd piddled around with it, because I knew it wasn't going to be as long as I'd hoped. It will be nice for tucking in to the neckline of a coat, but it won't wrap around and around the way I like. I do like the colors, so I know I will use it.

I also made good progress on my granddaughter's afghan. I finished the second ball and started the third. I don't think there's any way I'll finish this by the end of September, but I'll try!

My craft supplies are taking over the house. I'm going to have to tame them soon. Luckily, Dave's projects are spread all over the outside, so he doesn't say much about my stuff taking over the inside of the house!

I've also been busy flattening bottle caps. A Facebook friend sent me a link to a video of a woman flattening bottle caps with a tortilla press. It works like a charm! I wouldn't recommend using your tortilla press for bottle caps if you like to make tortillas. They do mark up the press. Since I don't make tortillas, I'm happy to use my press strictly for bottle caps!

On the chicken front, one of the hens has decided that she likes to lay her eggs on the work table Dave has set up on the porch. Now that's what I call service!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Tatting with circles

One of the things we like to do at Tollway Tatters is share. We share ideas, and we share goodies!

Yesterday, Sue brought large sequins to share with us, as well as patterns for the two sizes.

We had a low key day as Dave was recovering from a stomach bug that laid him low for two days. So, what do you do when you have a low key day? I tat! Let's be honest, I tat almost every day, but I enjoy having an excuse.

Thanks for the beautiful circles and the patterns, Sue! These will hang on my tree this year, and I will think of my friend Sue whenever I decorate!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Tollway Tatters

We had a beautiful day for our Tollway Tatters meeting! It was sunny, and the air was crisp and cool! Not everyone was able to attend, but we had a nice sized group. I believe everyone had a wonderful time!

Carrie worked on Mary Konior flower fragments for decorating cards. She makes beautiful cards!

Carrie's daughter, Elizabeth, worked on quilling. She's quite good!

Glenda joined us from Iowa! She was working on making an Ice Drop in one pass. We managed to get through the whole process!

Elaine hadn't shuttle tatted in years. She's been needle tatting, but once she saw our Tollway Tatters shuttle, she was determined to take up shuttle tatting again. After mastering the flip, she practiced chains for a while and then attacked rings. She did a great job!

I met Kathy through a Facebook group. It turns out she only lives about ten miles from me! Kathy was excited to join a group of tatters for the day. If I remember correctly, she's working with size 70 thread.

Denise and I met Gail at Tatting Corner Tat Days this past July. When we found out she lived close by, we encouraged her to join us. We were so glad she was able to join us today! Gail was working from one of her new Japanese books, and she showed me how to use the iPad and Google translate to read the Japanese text. I'm going to have to give it a try!

Sue was working on a beautiful beaded piece. This is going to be for a raffle. The colors are gorgeous, and Sue's tatting is perfect!

Denise really wanted to tat today, but she has a deadline to meet for a church raffle. So, she spent the day crocheting a gorgeous single crochet ripple afghan.

So, what are Denise and Gail looking at? We had several ladies stop by to see what we were doing. They were so friendly and truly interested in what we were doing. They each left with an Ice Drop!

I worked on a one pass Ice Drop for a flattened bottle cap. This is what I planned on tatting today, so it worked out great that I was able to show Glenda exactly what to do!

When I got home, I hid my ends and added the ribbon. All in all, it was a wonderful tatting day!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Bottle cap fever

I can't seem to stop tatting around flattened bottle caps. Yes, it takes a bit longer than an Ice Drop made with 3/4" glass gems, but I love the results. I finished this one before heading off to school this morning. The thread is Liz Metallic Turquoise Blue.

Today was a sub day, so I had a little bit of time to tat. This Disney Princess Ice Drop is in Liz Metallic Gem Stone. The color choice might not look terrific in the picture, but there is a bit of orange in the thread, and I think it looks great in person!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

AWOT - Absent without tatting

Well, to be precise, very little tatting!

My friend Amy's dad is the local veterinarian. Amy's mom asked if I would make new curtains for the clinic, and I was happy to help out. As all of you know, any task we undertake requires time. So, I set aside the past few days for making curtains. Isn't the fabric adorable?

The Tollway Tatters now have an official shuttle, thanks to our dear friend Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design! Rita designed a logo for us about a year ago.

For those of you who have never been to Illinois, there were seven oases spanning the toll roads. The one near O'Hare Airport was scheduled for demolition, but since I haven't headed north in a while, I'm not sure of that has happened yet. The Illinois state flower is the violet, and the state bird is the cardinal. I love the way tatting has "crowned" the TWT logo! When I asked Rita if she'd be able to design a shuttle for us, I never dreamed she'd come up with something so wonderful!

Knowing that we wear tie-dyed t-shirts so that we can be easily identified, Rita painted a tie-dye design on the back of the shuttles. Her attention to detail is amazing!

Rita does not have these shuttles posted on her site, but you can order them from her ( In fact, we would feel honored if you chose to order a shuttle that commemorates our little group! The Moonlit shuttles have a hook and are $22. The shuttles without hooks are ones that Rita makes herself, and they are $27. I love both styles!

By the way, Tollway Tatters will be meeting this Saturday, September 22, at the Hinsdale Oasis on 294. We meet at 10 a.m. and stay until somewhere between 2 and 3. If you're in the Chicago area, we would love to have you join us!

I thought I had missed out on these adorable little Tatting Fairy shuttles. I was caught up in tatting, decorating bottle caps, and other miscellaneous tasks. Luckily, I went to Rita's site anyway and I found there were still some available! I think we can all use a little fairy dust in our lives!

You know that I couldn't go completely tat free. I finished another Disney princess this morning. This one is with size 20 Liz Metallic Turquoise Blue. I think I'm going to have some very happy granddaughters!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Capstar in Frappe

I had a little time to play this afternoon, so I tatted another Capstar Ice Drop. This one is in size 20 Liz Metallic Frappe. I made a slight change in this one by using only 5 picots instead of 7 on the outside rings. I think it looks fine, but I prefer the look of the 7 picots. You never know if you don't try!