Sunday, April 22, 2018

Spring at last!

It finally is starting to feel like Spring around here. We still needed to wear light jackets, but there was a pleasant warm breeze and the sun was shining. It was a beautiful day!

Dave decided he wanted to have chickens this year. While he was outside building a home for them, I accomplished a lot indoors.

In anticipation of a beautiful day, I started out by tatting an Ice Drop in Spring colors!

It's been a long time since I've done any spool knitting. I actually started this yesterday, and then I doubled the length today. Spool knitting is very relaxing, and yes, I do have an idea for using my new found fiber fun. I'll let you know if my idea works!

I finished my Granny Square afghan today. This is child sized for one of my grandchildren.

I enjoyed working on the Granny Square afghan so much, I started another right away!

Dave has been asking me to make curtains for the treehouse for a couple of years. I finally gave in and cut out the fabric today. I think curtains are out of place in a treehouse, but Dave is busy making the inside nice for the grandkids, so I guess it won't hurt to do my part. I wonder what the grandkids will ask him to put in this year? They already have a chalkboard and chalk, a captain's wheel, and a slide. I'm guessing they'll want a table and benches or chairs of some sort so that they can sit out there and pretend. They'll be visiting before we know it, so I'm sure we'll have fun fixing the place up!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Round 10

Today I concentrated on round 10 of Renulek's Wiosna 2018. There was only one little snag. When I was close to finishing the round, I found a ring with one too many picots. Luckily, it was in a spot where I was able to snip out the ring and replace it with the correct ring. Whew!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Cascade Collection

I am in love with the new Cascade Collection from Grizzly Mountain Arts! I have a beautiful box and three tatting shuttles, and now I've added a spool knitter with matching hook and a pin cushion. Dave's woodworking skills are amazing, and I love these new airbrushed designs. The pin cushion is Dave's latest addition to the collection, and I am thrilled to have the first one!

This has been a busy week subbing at the high school. Unfortunately, one of the teachers has been down with tonsilitis. I'm glad I was able to help out. Much of what I was doing was supervising for the week, and during that time I worked on Renulek's Wiosna 2018. I've been double checking each motif as I finished it. This far along, I didn't want to make any major mistakes!

Luckily, I've been able to find time to tat an Ice Drop each day!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Cocobolo Rosewood

I love exotic woods! This Cocobolo Rosewood just might be my favorite Pop-A-Bobbin shuttle. The Liz Metallic Raspberry Pink was close at hand today, and the color just kept calling to me. It does make a lovely Ice Drop.

Most of my time today was spent finishing round 9 of Renulek's Wiosna 2018. My shuttles are wound and I'm ready for round 10!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Orange Crush

I only had time to tat one Ice Drop today, and Lizbeth Orange Crush seemed to be the perfect color to brighten up a dreary day!

I love my new Eiffel Tower shuttle from Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design. 😍

Monday, April 16, 2018

Weekend adventure

On Thursday, Grandma Cindy and Grandma Diane headed to Minnesota for granddaughter Ella's Grandparents' Day. We had a wonderful time, despite the threat of a winter snowstorm. That's right, a winter snowstorm in the middle of April.

Ella loved her new sewing machine and got straight to work. She wants to make a quilt!

Lily received a Zentangle kit. She's very artistic, and this is her very first Zentangle!

Being the generous girl she is, Lily let her mom try Zentangle as well. Maybe Andrea should have her own kit. This is her third or fourth design!

Grandparents' Day was on Friday, and Cindy and I briefly considered leaving right after Ella's program or even Saturday morning. We decided to take our chances and stay. The snow hit hard on Saturday, and this was the view outside Andrea's front door at about 3:30 in the afternoon.

Our original plan was to leave Sunday morning, but road conditions were not good so we stayed until this morning. We were glad we did. As we were driving home through Wisconsin, we saw at least six semis and four cars in the ditch. Luckily, today the roads were clear and we had a fairly easy ride home.

Being snowed in has its advantages.

While Ella sewed, Lily and Andrea Zentangled, and Cindy read, I tatted!

The weekend was an adventure, and I would do it all over again!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Liz Metallic Rose and Raspberry Pink

Today was a three Ice Drop day! I was subbing, supervising standardized testing, and had plenty of time to tat.

I started with Liz Metallic Rose.

Isn't this a beautiful soft color? Another Grizzly Mountain Arts flat shuttle came in handy!

Raspberry Pink is the last of the Liz Metallic threads.

I love this deep pink! My TSA shuttle from Monica Braxton is another great one for using metallic threads. There are slits cut in to the two ends of the shuttle, perfect for sliding the thread in and out.

Last, but not least, is a plain old Ice Drop in Lizbeth Arctic Waters.

Not bad for a day of subbing!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Liz Metallic Sea Foam

Liz Metallic Sea Foam is a beautiful soft green!

I think it makes a fabulous Ice Drop. I took the opportunity to give my new Bumblebee shuttle a workout. My Bumblebee performed well! ;-)

Today was a busy sewing day. I finished a dust cover with pocket for granddaughter Ella. The matching bag holds the foot pedal. It took me three tries to get a dust cover that I liked. I hope Ella likes it too!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Liz Metallic Christmas Green

Today's thread was appropriate, Liz Metallic Christmas Green.

A crackled glass gem and white ribbon were the perfect accents for this beautiful thread. Again, I used a Grizzly Mountain Arts flat shuttle.

So, why was Christmas Green appropriate?

We woke up to snow! It really was very pretty this morning. Of course we didn't have snow at Christmas. ;-)

As pretty as it was, it all melted away by afternoon.

My newest shuttle, Bumblebee, arrived today from Meng's Crafts. Isn't it cute?

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Liz Metallic Antique Gold

Today's tatting was done with Liz Metallic Antique Gold.

The color is okay, but I think this is my least favorite of all the colors. How do I choose which color to use? It's random. The bags of thread are on the floor next to my chair, and I reach down and grab a bag without looking. I like using a scientific approach! ;-)

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Liz Metallic Turquoise Blue and Christmas Red

Subbing wore me out this week, so I didn't post yesterday. However, I did tat an Ice Drop!

This is Liz Metallic Turquoise Blue. I do love this color! I used another of my Grizzly Mountain Arts shuttles.

Today I chose to use Liz Metallic Christmas Red.

Yes, this is another Grizzly Mountain Arts shuttle. It's covered up by thread, but there is a beautiful letter "D", just for me!

Yesterday's mail brought two lovely shuttles from Veronica of Tatting Shuttles. I think it's wonderful that we have the ability to collect tatting shuttles from around the world!

Yesterday's mail also included two beautiful new shuttles and picot hooks from Grizzly Mountain Arts. I'm so glad Dave is making shuttles again!

Today I received my newest shuttle from Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design. I've never been to Paris, and I probably never will get there, but I love having a shuttle with the Eiffel Tower on it!

Dave and I had a big thrill today. We saw daughter Carol on t.v.! She's the enthusiastic brunette on the right. She was on screen just before the final pitch of the game, and the Cubs won! This is the second time we've seen Carol on t.v. when she was attending a Cubs game. The first time was two years ago at Wrigley Field. I guess being on t.v. two times makes her a star! ;-)

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Liz Metallic Steel Blue

I think I've changed my mind about my favorite color of Liz Metallic.

I love the way Steel Blue looks tatted up! Can I have two favorite colors? Sure I can!

I also have many favorite tatting shuttles, including this wonderful little shuttle from Grizzly Mountain Arts. I know I've said it before, but I really do think that flat shuttles are the way to go with metallic threads.

I mind another lined drawstring bag today. This is my third bag in this size. I'm sure I could have figured out how to make bags in a variety of sizes, but I chose to purchase the pattern from Jeni Baker instead. Her pattern includes the directions for 8 sizes of bags, and it's only $9. Yes, I could have chosen to make just the one size, but I like to support designers so that they will keep on designing. I think I may have to visit Jeni's blog more often!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Liz Metallic Gold

I only had time to tat one Ice Drop today, and it just had to be in another Liz Metallic, Gold this time.

I like the look of the gold and white together. I used another of my beautiful Grizzly Mountain Arts shuttles. Beautiful threads, glass gems, bits of ribbon, gorgeous shuttles... is it any wonder that tatting is my favorite way to pass time?

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Liz Metallic Gem Stone

Believe it or not, this is the ninth Liz Metallic thread I've tried!

There are so many colors in this pretty thread. I could have chosen gold, pink, purple, blue, green. Any of them would have looked good, but as you can see, I chose red! I used another of my flat shuttles from Grizzly Mountain Arts. I really do think flat shuttles are my best option when working with metallic threads.

I managed to sew another lined drawstring bag before heading in to school this morning. One of the teachers felt ill after arriving at school, and luckily I was available to help out.

Both bags that I've made are already spoken for. Luckily, I have lots of material for making more of them!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Liz Metallic Frappe

Are you tired of seeing my tests of the new Liz Metallic threads? I'm not! 😁

As with the other metallic threads I've tested, this one does not show up nearly as nicely on the computer monitor as it does in person. The glass gem is a perfect accent to the thread. I think a flat shuttle works best for me when working with metallic threads. It's easy to wind and unwind the thread, and I don't have to worry about rubbing the threads between the tips of a post shuttle. I do like the bobbin shuttles for metallics, but I find that I can tat more evenly with the flat shuttle. This shuttle is from Grizzly Mountain Arts.

I'm making good progress on Renulek's Wiosna 2018, but I'm falling behind all because I snipped off round 8. I'll catch up!

I dusted off my sewing machine and made this lined drawstring bag today. I love this pattern by Jeni Baker! Using four fat quarters, I was able to cut out the pieces for two bags. I finished this one and started another. I would have finished them both, but my sewing machine was acting up so I took it in for servicing. Luckily, I have another sewing machine!