Saturday, April 1, 2017

No fooling, it International Tatting Day

Of course I will be tatting....
I started a blue Easter egg using size 20 thread in a light variegated blue, Lizbeth 163. I love my Origami Bag, a gift from wonderfully talented Lelia of Stitches of Life It is my take with me bag and surprising you can stash lots of necessities in there. Amazing that I have recently started to collect shuttles and still go to the Clover brand!
These are all Sterling Silver and if you look carefully down at the very bottom is a tiny shuttle that actually can be used! zone of these days I will pick one up and tat with it---- not the tiny one!
then I have a wooden one, a shell and bone shuttle. The framed motif is from my original learning pieces. I started to shuttle tat in 2013 and when I look back I see just how far I have come. I really enjoy tatting so much. I am proud to celebrate International Tatting Day. Tatting gained popularity during the 1860s / 1880s with intricate lace embellishment for clothing. Today it can be found on greeting cards and ornaments as well as doilies and such. Shuttles range from inexpensive to pricy and are made from all sorts of materials. I am happy to have joined a local ( quite small) tatting community group that meets once a week and to be part of 2 on line groups,; Ice Drop Addicts and Tatters of Lace. Both of these groups are made up of novice tatters to designers and many share their designs and tips. So, off I go to tat for a bit. By the way, I did go for my knee injections....no discomfort but I am "aware" of the knee so I will be careful in what I do today. The next 2 Wednesdays I will have the injections for a total of 3. I am trying to avoid surgery!
I leave you with another bloom form the garden...
a flower from a beautiful geranium simply named Regal. Each flower is tri-colored and so delicate. Oh I almost forget to tell you...Around 8/8:30 last evening I heard the call of one lone coyote....haunting  but at the same time you just wanted to listen....
Thank you for visiting with me and for your kind words. Most of all thank you for your friendship.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Angels...an egg and shopping

I started out to get my eye glass prescription filled  (wish they were not as pricy as they are). Between the new frames for regular and sunglasses and the lenses, well I may have to return to work soon. Of course going to Dillard's did not help the checkbook.
When We entered Dillard's from the mall entrance, we travelled through the jewelry department and these silver and turquoise earrings just caught me eye. Long and dangly  and now mine. Then we walked to the handbag department. After all they did send me an email with lovely bags.... I love leather bags with a nice design element. This has nice pockets in and out and a touch of turquoise on the end. Then Mr H found some great shoes and once I tried them on, well they had to come home with me. Of course we did stop by See's candy to get a pound of assorted chocolates.....all in all it was a lovely shopping day and we will not discuss the total $$$$$ spent. Today is only a doctor appointment for me to get the first injection for my knee. No shopping today for me, it will be back home to rest the knee and stitch. I finished the Easter egg...
this is what it looked like before adding the plastic egg....like a giant star fish! I lightly starched it and then ...
Voila! I can not wait to make a few more....I may tat in a different thread color. Remember the angel from last week...I decided to tat it in a larger thread....
I think I should have made her dress smaller, but it did turn out nice. So I will make another to see....the larger size makes a nice size as an ornament. Maybe even add beads along the bottom. If my week long headache goes away, I will work on these projects. Not sure what has caused this but I have taken everything I can and the headache subsides just for a while. This has not happened to me in some time. It may actually be allergies with all the wind we have been having and me sitting outside is probably not the smartest thing. Speaking of outside....
I was taking pictures of some of the flowers and found myself standing just a foot away from the nest and was able to capture this...look at that staring eye. She never even flinched. I think the eggs will hatch next week.  Dennis is hoping that they will not make another nest once these babies arrive. I think they are going to become life long residents.  They are really no problem; they do not bother me at all. As for the flowers, I love my pansy's...

this is a small clay rectangular pot that is loving sitting in the shade under the gazeebo where I sit. When I was a little girl a neighbor used to call them the painted ladies of the garden so that is still how I think of them. My chair is right next to them so I can keep my eye on them. Guess you have had enough pictures for one visit....and I am glad you did stop by. Thank you for the kind words and for your friendship. Have a wonderful day.
This is on the opposite side of the planter....

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Change in holiday

What was I thinking?! Starting Christmas and skipping Easter!
.....so I started an Easter egg, sort of. This is the first of 5 strips to decorate an egg with...the plastic kind. The original pattern used size 80 thread....not for me. This is size 20 and it will fir onto a plastic egg. I have to admit I had a bit of trouble with this simple pattern at first, but once my mind settled down it worked just fine. The angel is still in the plans as I want to make several as I mentioned for gifts. Yesterday morning we had a community meet and greet coffee and donuts. The weather was perfect and we had a nice turn out to meet some of the new residents. AI behaved myself and did not have any coffee. As a matter of fact, later yesterday when I checked my blood pressure it was down a little....very pleased. Hopefully this progress will continue. Here it is not even 9 AM and I am craving shrimp....I love shrimp. Except raw. My mind is in one of those modes...wandering aimlessly. Better get back to the stitching chair and tat the other legs of the egg piece. Anyway, there is a Sherlock Holmes movie on and I so enjoy them. Thank you for the kind words which really help when feeling off kilter and worried. Thank yo for the friendship and caring souls that you are. Hope you have a great day.