Friday, July 31, 2020

No tatting today

Nope, not one bit of tatting got done today. However, Mom and I did go and get our hair cut!

I also managed to sew eight face masks, all out of this material. Other than that, it was a lazy day!

Connection trouble

I was having trouble connecting to Blogger last night and this morning. I switched to a different browser and now I can post, but everything looks different! Were changes made yesterday? I guess I have something to research today!

I love zipper pouches and I tend to collect ones I really like. You just never know when you'll find a use for them! I had bought these last year when I was teaching high schoolers how to crochet. Even though I only worked with a small group, I was prepared for more to join in!

It turns out that these zipper pouches are perfect for holding face masks! I started making some for my four daughters, Mom, and myself yesterday. I'm also going to make some for my son-in-law. I have ten masks for each of the three little grandchildren. My plan is to finish three masks each for my three older grandaughters, and for the adults.

I found some really nice elastic on Amazon ( It's a soft braided elastic, easy to sew, and quite stretchy. I've added pony beads to make the elastic straps adjustable, an idea I read on Sweet Red Poppy. 

I made a little more progress on my Harmony Tat-along from Tat-a-Renda. Daughter Carol came over for a short visit yesterday, and when she left I didn't feel motivated to anything. So, I just was lazy!

Mom has been busy weaving placemats and table runners. We found some packages of fabric strips that I had purchased on clearance at Hobby Lobby years ago. Mom was pretty happy to get three 12" x 15" placemats out of each package. It's fun to watch her weave. She has a technique down for weaving these beauties, and I have the benefit of learning by watching!

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Almost done

I was on a roll with face masks today. I sewed seven in the morning.

Then I sewed six more in the afternoon. I want to make one more child sized mask, and then I need to make a few for Joanne and Jan. When those are completed, I will have finished masks for one of my four daughters and her family.

I did spend a little time tatting today, but I didn't get very far. I'm determined to finish the face masks for Joanne's family tomorrow, so I'm guessing I will not catch up on the doily until the weekend. I'm okay with that!

Tuesday, July 28, 2020


I spent way too much time playing today! I hadn't played Magic Puzzles in a long time, but Mom's been doing the daily puzzle and I decided to join her. When the puzzles have a lot of dark pieces, I give up pretty quickly. However, there have been some good ones in the past week, and I have spent a lot of time working puzzles!

Mom and daughter Carol have also been playing Happy Color. I made the mistake of trying it yesterday. I've had the app for a long time, but hadn't tried it out. I spent hours coloring mandala designs today!

I did spend a little time tatting today, but I didn't get very far with Harmony. Maybe I'll do better tomorrow!

I did finish face masks from grandson Janko. We're still not sure if the twins will be in preschool this year, but they will have the required face masks if they're able to attend!

Monday, July 27, 2020

Face masks

I did spend a little time tatting today. I'm now working on round 4 of Harmony tat-along from Tat-a-Renda. Even though this round is fairly simply, I messed up several times. Therefore, very little tatting was accomplished!

Instead of fretting over tatting, I switched to sewing face masks for my grandchildren. I'm really enjoying working with Sophia's fabric choices!

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Hot, hot, hot!

It was really hot and humid here today, perfect weather to stay inside!

I've given away several of my lavender pillows, and a friend asked if I could make some for his wife's yoga studio. They needed to be much smaller than what I've been making, just large enough to cover the eyes. They also need to have removable cases so that they can be washed. Today I played around with ideas, and I came up with a plan that works for me. Now I just need to see if my friend and his wife like it.

I also worked on round three of the Harmony Tat-along from Tat-a-Renda. I like the two shades of green together.

I'm getting ready to test tat an Ice Drop pattern for Lynne Urwin. I hope it's cooler tomorrow so that I can concentrate!

Joanne received notification that children will have to wear face masks to school, and she asked me if I would make some for Sophia. Sophia chose the fabrics, and now that I have a design that I like working, I'm ready to get going with them. I only managed to make two today, but I have all the fabric cut, so it should be a pretty smooth process.

Mom has been busy warping her Saori loom for a new project. She took a break from warping and wound her shuttle with cotton fabric. It looks like she'll be ready to start weaving tomorrow!

Saturday, July 25, 2020


I know it's a little crazy to blog twice in one day after blogging about once a week for months, but I'm trying to decide on the best time to blog. I think the evening may be best. We'll see what happens!

Today was laundry day, and when I was finished I didn't feel like doing much of anything. Mom was busy knitting, so I decided to finish round 2 of Harmony from Tat-a-Renda. This really is a pretty pattern, and I love the green! I'm eager to start the next round!

Back to blogging

I'm really trying to get back into blogging on a regular basis. However, I'm not doing a very good job. Mom and I are enjoying our new routine, which includes a lot of time sitting and doing puzzles on our iPads. Magic Puzzles is highly addictive!

I did get back in to tatting this week. Jon Yusoff is doing a tat-along on Facebook, and I couldn't resist joining in the fun! The pattern is called Harmony, and if I recall correctly, it will have eight rounds. I had three false starts, and each time I couldn't believe the silly mistakes I made! I'm almost finished with round two, and I'm eager for the next round to be released!

Joanne and family arrived at daughter Carol's last Friday, and we were able to spend some time with the kids. Kara loves Grandma Green's weaving, and she was very pleased to receive an itsy bitty, teeny tiny blanket!

Sophia is getting to be a big girl! She starts second grade in the fall.

The girls asked for dolls. Doll making is not my thing, but I did my best. The girls chose the fabric and buttons. I think I'll stick to tatting!

Janko made himself at home on Grandma Green's lap. Who can resist a snuggle little boy?

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Still sewing

Mom and I have been enjoying the sunroom. Mom has been busy weaving and knitting, and I've been sewing! This morning I made six more lavender packs and two pocket tissue holders. Believe it or not, these are all spoken for! Luckily, I have supplies to make more!

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Apron day

I finished the aprons for daughter Joanne and family today!

Janko loves dinosaurs, so he and his daddy are getting dinosaur aprons.

Joanne, Sophia, and Kara are getting cupcake aprons. I'm eager for them to get here and try them on!

Monday, July 13, 2020

Where do I begin?

I really need to get back into blogging on a more regular basis. I simply can't remember what I've done! Luckily, I usually remember to take pictures.

There's been a lot of sewing going on. I like making tissue packet covers out of leftover material. I don't know of any craft shows coming up, but that's no reason to stop creating!

Daughter Joanne and family will be arriving at the end of the week. The kids like to help Joanne and Jan cook, so I decided to make some tea towel aprons for them. I love the tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company.

I'm making pretty good progress with my Granny Stripe afghan. It's nearly halfway done.

As Mom and I have been sorting and organizing, I'm realizing that I have a ridiculous number of tatting shuttles. That doesn't keep me from collecting new ones, though! These beauties are from Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design.

My oldest granddaughter, Eva, starts college this fall. The school colors are navy blue and gold. She requested a new lanyard in the school colors, and Mom was eager to get back to band weaving!.

Janko, my youngest grandchild, loves dinosaurs. I found a free pattern online and made a set of them. The idea is that he will choose one and share the other two. We'll see if that happens!

I haven't accomplished much in the way of tatting lately, but I did manage to tat an Ice Drop over the weekend. This is a variation of my Doodle Ice Drop pattern.

Last week I spent one day in bed with a sinus headache. When I get a headache, I like to have a lavender pack to put on my head. It feels so good and eases the pain. I hadn't made any in quite a while, and Mom and I found the supplies for making them while sorting. I managed to make nine over the past week. These are 6" x 11" finished (I cut the fabric 7" x 12"), and they're filled with 4 cups of whole flax seed and 2 tablespoons of lavender. I store them in a ZipLock freezer bag in the freezer. They really are very soothing!

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer

It's pretty warm here in Illinois. I don't know why, but I feel like trying new recipes when it's warm. Today I made a crustless quiche, my second one. This one tasted even better than the first one!

Mom and I are slowly getting things organized. We don't overdo it, but we do get a bit tired. It took me nearly three weeks to tat one Ice Drop! This is a new design from Lynne Urwin called Nancy's Surprise. It's named for Mom!

Mom loves Ice Drops, especially this one!