Sunday, September 21, 2008

#14 and #15 of 25 Motif Challenge

Okay here we go it's 6:25 AM the day I leave for Washington, DC my bags are packed (although still open if I decide to throw something in last minute) and basically I am ready to go. So before my ride comes to get me I'll spend a few minutes blogging about the items I am sending to GUF as a thank you for the lovely handmade shuttles he sent me.

I am sending the 2 Aladdin snowflakes I talked about here, and 2 more again using patterns from Jon's Snowflake Collection.

First for your viewing pleasure allow me to present Sweet Rose. It was made using Marilee, AKA Yarnplayer's, size 50 Snowflake HDT.

Next is Spring Blossom, also made using Marilee's HDT. The thread is size 30 and is made using 2 different threads, both from the same dye batch. The middle section and the outside section are Peace and the one in between is Peach.

Although I enjoy working with all of my HDT-s Peace was one of my favorite color combinations.

Another thing while I'm on a roll. Before I found the world of HDT-s I had purchased a few large spools of tatting thread size 30. Awhile ago my husband and I were making the same road trip every weekend for I think it was 5 weeks. So I started a fairly easy, but big for me, project using some of the original thread. Nightmare. About 3/4 of the way thru I found out that there was no opening those rings! I finally cut away the error and tried to connect new thread to it, but it was very frustrating. So it's gone into the UFO pile and I'm going to try to make using a HDT.

I have about a half hour until my ride arrives to take me to the airport and I just realized that I forgot to water plants yesterday so I guess my time is up.

Oh and before I forget it looks like you are all enjoying Sherry's TIAS. I don't have time to do it right now, but have had fun watching you work on it (and make guesses, because I'm sure I know what it is .... :-)

Happy Tatting,


Saturday, September 20, 2008


Where does my time go? I've found that over the last few weeks I've been so busy that I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. It is the time of year when my volunteer work really heats up and I get so worried about it that it consumes my every thought. One night last week I woke up at 2 AM and worked on it until I had to prepare for work. Sad.

Before I talk about my surprise I want to take just a minute to talk about my sister's 2 foster children, BigE and BabE. They are brothers aged 2 and 6 months. I'm drawn to BigE and can't get enough of him. He and I have a great time. We pray constantly for their birth family but after just 6 weeks I can't help but pray they become ours permantly. BigE loves me, it's the best.

Okay back to the business at hand. A month or so ago I recieved a package from my Great Uncle Francis and Aunt Myrtle. When I opened it I cried, this is what was inside.......

I've also included a portion of GUF's handwritten note talking about making the shuttles. I hope it works and you can read it. He talks about making them some 8 years ago out of Mesquite Wood. I feel so honored that he would share them with me! (I hope you can click on it to enlarge it to read what he wrote.)

I must leave to get ready for work now. If I get a chance I'll try to blog later tonight to show you a couple of tatting pieces I've made to send GUF as a thank you for his lovely shuttle gifts. I leave for Washington, DC for a business trip tomorrow morning and will be gone for a week. I'm so sick right now that the thought of leaving home to work today is almost more than I can bear, so the idea of being gone from home for a week is overwhelming. It's just a cold but it's sure got me down. Enough of my woe is me........

Happy Tatting All.

Bonnie BTW don't hold your breath for another post today, but I'll try my best.

Blog Award

Marilee awarded me the "I love your blog" award.

I am acknowledging the award but I am not going to participate in the nominating of other blogs. It is to stressful for me to pick as there are so many I enjoy reading. Secretly I think she nominated me as it's been so long since I blogged she was hoping it would entice me to get motivated again :-) Whatever the reason, Thank you, Marilee.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Another Motif Revisited

I revisited #12 of my 25 Motif Challenge, so this doesn't count, but I'll show it to you anyway.

My Dear Friend, Nicole, is having a surgery done on Friday, which will put her out of commission for a few weeks. I loaded her up with books by one of my favorite authors, Judy Picoult. I haven't read all of her books yet, but the ones I have I've really enjoyed, especially My Sister's Keeper, which was the first one I read, and I would recommend to everyone. Anyway, I wanted to make Nicole a bookmark, but didn't have much time. Between work, the gym and all of my other commitments my time was limited, so I decided to revisit Julie Patterson's Hearts and Flower Cross Bookmark pattern.

I did put a tassel on this one. It is made using Marilee aka Yarnplayer's size 30 Lavender, from her "Lola" batch.

I so wanted to get this completed tonight but in doing so I am now almost 2 hours past my bedtime, I'll pay for this at work tomorrow and struggle to make myself go to the gym tomorrow evening (a promise to myself). Why oh why does work (and the stupid gym) have to interfere with the fun parts of my life LOL.

Happy Tatting,