Friday, April 20, 2012

It`s good to be busy.....

Hello All

Yes it is good to be busy!! And I really need to keep busy the next few days!!! Why? Well my son is on a school trip to New York city and this is the longest he has been away from me for all of his whole 17 years. And mommie is not doing to well!! Now don`t tell me not to worry, I know he will be OK but I just cann`t help myself. I will be better on Sunday night when he is home.

So to say the least I have been tatting, cleaning my house and doing some running around today!!

One of my stops today was to a house of someone I cleaned for about a month ago. He is selling his house and offered all of his baskets to me to use in the raffle the Fringe does in September. I really love using baskets around the house so not all of these will make to Cambridge!!!

In the tatting department I did Nancy Tracy`s owl pattern from her newsletter of October 2011!! They are made in size 20 Lizbeth.

Next we have a bookmark for my Aunt Wendy who will be retiring later this April. The pattern is one of my favorites. It is by LaRae Mikulecky and made in size 20 HDT by LadyShuttleMaker.

Now this last project has been a real peach to work on. I have been asked to teach this year at the Fringe tatting weekend in September. And being a needle tatter I wanted to come up with something different to teach. This motif is simple rings and chains but has 4 different ways to add beads to it. The designing was fun. The writing of the patten was another story.

My thanks go to both TotusMel of Needle Tatting and Other Nonsense and Rachel of Piney Woods Tatter (needle tatters) for testing my pattern and finding my typos.

Well I must be going. I am planning to wash some windows today and if I have time maybe I will re shingle the house!! (Just kidding!!!)
Have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Must stop in more often!!!

Hello my friends in Tat Land

Where must I stop in more often? you ask. Well today I was out doing some Easter dinner shopping and had to go to two different stores to look for a smaller turkey and right across the road was a thrift store I had not been into since last summer. So I started in the craft part and found these......

The books were priced the same as they were in the 1940`s and 1950`s. Only .10¢ each and the two doilies were .50¢ for the pair!!!

When ever I go into thrift stores I always look for hankies. They are getting harder and harder to find.

But lucky for me at the cash they had a little basket with hankie in it. I picked up 6 and as you can see 3 of them have tatting on them!!! Just beautiful!! Each hankie cost .75¢ each.

But this was the best purchase and find!!! This lovely round doily in very fine thread. I was both happy and sad to get this piece. Happy because I found it but sad because it only cost me .50¢. All that hard work!!! My treasures cost me a total of $5.70. Not to bad.

Well, must be off. House work waits for no one but me!!

Tatfully Yours

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The prefect International Tat Day (almost!!!)

Why is it ``The prefect International Tat Day (almost)``? Well as you can see I have my hot chocolate ready and my tatting but the problem is we are having some rain today. I know`` why is this a problem?`` you say.....well it means that hubby is not on the golf course but home doing some ``projects`` around the house!!! He is great at starting them but leaves the clean up for me to do!! All I want to do is sit in my cozy chair and tat the day away!!

Well I guess things are not all that bad!!! (what you cann`t see that I added some Bailey`s Irish Cream to my hot chocolate!! (hee hee don`t tell!!!!)
The tatting I am working on is a little bit of a challenge for me!! Not the tatting it`s self because it is only rings and chains. The challenge is that the pattern is written in Italian and for shuttle. It is from a il lavoro chiacchierino magazine and I am really enjoying it. The thread is a HDT from Karey in size 20 but I have a problem there too. I am running out!!! Some girlfriends with the Fringe are going to Karey`s tatting weekend this month and I hoping they can find more for me!! The doily has 9 rows to it and I have finished 6 of them and it already measures over 8``.

Well I should go before my hot chocolate gets cold!! I hope you are having a great International Tat Day where you are!!!

Tat to you later,