Tuesday, December 25, 2012
While I was looking for information to share with you about it, I found this page which shows that there are a few different versions of the Christmas Spider poem, but the idea is relatively the same.
In case you haven't heard of it (or choose not to visit the spiderwisdom.com page) here is one we like:
(A folk legend from Germany and the Ukraine)
Once upon a time, long ago, a gentle mother was busily cleaning the house for the most wonderful day of the year.... The day on which the Christ child came to bless the house. Not a speck of dust was left. Even the spiders had been banished from their cozy corner in the ceiling to avoid the housewife's busy cleaning. They finally fled to the farthest corner of the attic.
We wish you and your family A Very Merry Christmas!!
~Matilda and Bonnie
Saturday, November 10, 2012
It starts with this ....
That saying is me right now!
I'm sure I interpreted it differently than what some others will, but this is how it relates to me.
For more than a year I have been an active part of a campaign to save our county ran nursing facility (you can see me here towards the bottom of the page at one of our many rallys - as of today the photo is still there. ) That being said when I am home I am exhausted .... and for the most part worried and unhappy.
I haven't tatted more than a few minutes here or there in months. And now I find myself intimidated by it. I look at my patterns and HDTs and wonder if it is worth even starting something?
I got some new HDT from Jess at Tatilicious hoping it would jump start my creativity again. (I know I said I wouldn't get more until I'd used up some of what I had, but I was desperate - so I won't beat myself up over it *smile*) But even that didn't help.
Somehow I must lose the fear of "what if I spend my limited time tatting and it ends up being a waste".
You know .... what if it ends up being the wrong pattern and I don't enjoy it so it doesn't get completed, or I use the wrong color for the pattern, or the thread size is wrong for the pattern, or ... well you get it.
I must lose the fear of being wrong in order to become creative again.
I greatly enjoy being creative, it is part of what makes me ME :-)
Happy Creating - or whatever it is that you do that makes you YOU.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
The pattern is Romantic Heart - with Directions by Beelizabeth. I recently learned about this pattern via the InTatters website. Specifically this series of posts. If you are not a member of InTatters, I encourage you to check it out. It is an interactive website for tatters of skill levels.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Here is what I sent to my partner, Heather ... wait I can't find a picture. I know I took some, with Matilda, I know I did. Shoot. Oh well.
So I'll just go right to showing you what I received from my partner, Ruth.
|Her sun catcher is so very pretty. I did put it up in the window, |
but not sure if I will let it remain there because I don't
want the sun to bleach it out, but for now that's where it is.
|Ruth said the lilacs on the window card are made |
with two different size threads.
They are very pretty, but look way to complicated for me to tat.
Monday, June 25, 2012
When Isdihara wrote this post that in part featured Jane Eborall's Very Small Butterfly, I knew it was a pattern I could memorize and be able to use when there's just that little bit of thread left on a shuttle that I can't bear to waste. (bear - no pun intended... sorry that made me giggle)
|It's Raining Butterflies|
Matilda and I got busy emptying shuttles making Jane's butterflies. My original intention was to get pictures with Matilda and the people we give the butterflies to, but I get excited to share them and I forget to take pictures. So rather than stress about not doing it, we decided to just show you some of the ones we had before we gave these ones away too.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
While there you got to see ginger's post about Matilda, now it's my turn.
|how can a box be so exciting?|
|Out of the Box|
|Air Intake Tube|
|Matilda at home|
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Thank you to everyone who sent me encouraging words regarding my new job, both in the comment section of that post and those that emailed me. Indeed Life Is Good.
On that post entitled: "Personal Post - Not Tatting Related" I ended it by saying ........
"Thank you for listening, and I promise next time to have something exciting to share with you. Or maybe I should say ...... I promise it will be tatting related ........ but it is exciting, or at least to me it is. :-)"
Go here to see what it is all about, then check back this weekend and I'll tell you all about ...... Gadzooks I almost gave it away.......
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
For the last 11+ years I have worked for the Department of Social Services (DSS) and due to the very important work we do for our community, I wanted to remain a part of that dept.
Earlier this year, my supervisor retired, which created a promotional position to open up in my unit. It was a position that I qualified for, but sadly I didn't get.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The butterfly was made from Mary's Butterfly's pattern, using Yarnplayer's size 50 nicobar pigeon HDT. The flower was made from Lizabeth thread size 20 Latte Foam.
In reference to my 2012 UIU Project (use it up project) both threads were a part of my stash, so this will be counted as project # 8. (#7 was the Hearts I sent to the Fringe Element Tatters, but I forgot to list them as #7.)
Have a good day!!
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
It tickled my funny bone, so on the way home I had to stop and take a picture of it to share with you. I'm sure it's probably a working machine, but at this point it looks like it's a stationary sign advertising the business.
More of Finger Lakes later, don't get to excited, I didn't get many, if any, good pictures but I'll see if there's enough there to put a post together.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Tomorrow is the big day. It's about 3.5 hours away according to Mapquest, so I'll leave home about 5 AM to get there in time for some chatting before the first class.
I wish all of my blogging buddies could be there, however I'm excited to get to spend time with those of you that are lucky and get to attend with me.
I've got a bit of nerves going on, I'm always a bit nervous about anything new, but I stand up in front of people and talk often, so I know I can do this. Besides the excitement out weighs the nervousness, right?!
Sunday, April 1, 2012
In order to celebrate today I did alot of eating of chocolate, so I figured I'd spend this evening doing some tatting.
It's Jane's Flying Pig (that link will take you to her's on her blog page), but the pattern can be found here. Mine is made using size 20 Lizabeth pink and white thread. It is #6 of The 2012 UIU Project.
My friend Linda's very good friend, Jody, passed away recently. I'm not sure of the story but I know that Jody liked flying pigs, so when I saw Jane's pattern I had to make one for Linda.
Thanks for another fun pattern, Jane.
I hope everyone had a great ITD!
Saturday, March 10, 2012
I'm not sure of the pattern, but it is pink on a cream card. I couldn't get the card to scan nicely, so I cropped the heart out of the picture to show you.
A heart made in size 80 thread, are you kidding me, Peg? Size 80! That's awesome. Way to go, Girlfriend, I'm super proud of you.
Have a great day everyone.
Until next time,
P.S.I was folding laundry and thought oh I've got to go back to my poswt and add that to my it, 10 minutes later I have no idea what it was.... hummm.
P.S.S. about a hour later, I remembered. Okay so when I add tatting to the front of a card I sew it on using the same color thread and knot the ends together. Peg sewed hers on but tied it in a bow on the back for easy removal which I think is a great idea so I had to share it.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
It was made using the thread I had on my shuttles from my last post "Not a UIU Project", size 30 Peaches 'n Onions from Yarnplayer. Since I'd already confessed to purchasing this new thread and I used it once already, I figured I can now count that thread towards The 2012 Use It Up Project.
Oh I almost forgot to mention that at the bottom you can see a Josephine Ring, it was made using Jane's alternative way.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Original Valentine's post:
Okay so I broke down I bought a new HDT, even though I am trying hard to do The 2012 Use It Up Project. Really I'd be ashamed for anyone to see the stash I already have, but regardless I ordered more.
In order to entice my friend Peg to pick tatting back up, after her marathon of stained glass Christmas projects, I got us each a size 30 HDT from Yarnplayer called Peaches 'n Onions. I figured since it was close to Valentine's Day I needed something new to tat a heart with.
Here is Jon's Heart 'o Daisies. I sewed it onto a blank notepad someone made for me. I will be sending it to a friend. Sometimes I lack inspiration of things to do with my finished pieces. But this turned out pretty cute.
By the way, it worked and Peg is making the Butterfly Heart I blogged about here using her new HDT.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
When I was new to the tatting world, about 4 years ago, I couldn't understand the art of hiding ends, I just didn't get it. So Gina made me videos and posted them on youtube. They can be found here. Because of her kindness to me, her voice and her guideance will forever be there to help new tatters.
Because she was a big part of my tatting life, dare I say most if not all of our community's tatting life, I would also like to share with you part of an email she sent me on 3/28/11.
" Sometimes I think the tatting community is a great escape for one's troubles. You can immerse yourself in creativity and basically forget everything else. We all need that now and then and it's certainly better than numbing oneself with drink or drug. " .......... " :-) Gina "
We, her online tatting community, were her friends and it is obvious that we are all grieving also. This sympathy card doesn't show up well, but when I was looking for one to send to her family I realized we are all grieving the loss of our friend, so I got a card for all of you too. It says
Where memories lead our hearts will follow
Hoping that your memories will bring you to a place of peace in your heart.
Gina, Thank you for being one of my tatting mentors, but mostly thank you for being a friend. I miss you.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Sorry for the bad picture, as usual I forgot to scan it before I left home, so had to take a picture with my cellphone.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
It is made using size 20 Lizbeth thread from Handy Hands, Spring Garden and Leaf Green Med.
Recently my sister, Nancy was here visiting from Montana. A little less than 2 years ago I was able to visit her and my brother in law at their home. At some point in her past, someone had helped her learn the flip of tatting, so when I was there we spend some time refreshing her tatting skills.
When she was here this time she asked again for some tatting time to refresh her skills. Because our tatting time was limited I wanted to have some samples ready for her to see, so I sent a few evenings doing Jon's pattern in pieces. First I did a small middle section, then I did another and added the beginning of the outside section to it (which is what you see here). I think it helped her to see what it was going to suppose look like.
When she left me she was not quite half way thru the outer section. But I believe she completed the piece when she returned home.
I would recommend this pattern for someone learning to tat. The only thing I would have done differently was to start her off with a different color in each of the shuttles used to make the middle section. That would have helped her to see where the thread from each shuttle ended up when the work was reversed.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Okay so there isn't anything like waiting to the last minute on my FIRST UIU project.
It is a pattern from Kersti and is her Floral bookmark which can be found here. The thread Lizbeth from Handy Hands. The first and third ones are done using Tropical Punch size 40 and the middle one is Sea Island Citrus again in size 40.
I've done this pattern before, but I wasn't pleased with the result. I am a member of In Tatters and someone there was talking about how the pattern is actually written from the bottom up. I thought that may help me, which for the most part it did, except the first section, I just couldn't figure it out, so I kind of gerry rigged it at the bottom here, which you can see.
It did work out okay because it reinforced the beginning where I added the tails to the bookmarks. Anyone who's able to figure out the beginning please let me know what I've done wrong.
Until the next time.
Monday, January 2, 2012
This is what I wrote in her comment section. Start:
Those are great crafting goals.
I'm alot like you in the way that I save my precious stuff for just the right project. My thought is what if I use it now and the "just the right project" comes along later? But recently I've started to think what if I'm not around for that "just the right project" (or what if this is just the right time and project and I let it slip away) and my family has to deal with all of my precious stuff. I doubt they would think in it's current state it is precious, but if they had things I'd made with it, they may think "my wife made this" or "my mother made this" or they'd give my creations away to people who thought "my friend made this".
For me the year 2012 is going to be known as the year of use it up.
Lately I've been thinking of the burden my "precious stuff" would put on my family if something happened to me.
I think ....... what if I'm not around some day and my family has to deal with all of my precious stuff, it will be a burden on them for sure. I can hear my daughter say "Mom, thought all of this stuff was so great, but it's nothing if she's not here to create with it." In fact it wouldn't surprise me at all if my husband's thought was "now I have to make a couple of trips to the dump" (gasp!). But if I've created something with it that they can hold in their hands or pass on to others who cared about me, or maybe even pass onto my future grandchildren, then maybe just maybe all of my precious stuff will still be precious when I'm gone.
So my goal is to break out the special shuttles (those who once they enter my display case never get touched again) and all of my wonderful HDTs (most still setting in their original sad skein form) and start using them up.
My 2012 tatting goal is to show you something I've tatted at least every 2 weeks, using up the HDT threads I have while using the special shuttles I have accumlated. In 2011 I blogged 19 times, some of which didn't show any tatting at all, so every 2 weeks is 26 posts for 2012. That seems like a reasonable goal, right? Yeah that's what I thought too. I was going to add pressure to myself of a different HDT and different pattern each time, but that seems like setting myself up to fail, so if I do yeah, if not it's still okay.
2012 - the year of use it up - The 2012 UIU Project
Wish me luck, and to you and your family I wish a Happy, Healthy, Safe 2012.
Happy Tatting and God Bless!,
See you in no more than 2 weeks - by 1/16/2012 (in fact to stay on track I think I need to post today... I better get started)