Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Big Reveal

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

Personal Post - Not Tatting Related

If you have read my blog for very long you know that my work life has not always been easy. (I talked about it some here.) But I enjoyed what I did, so I trugged threw it.

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.

However after some movement within the Dept and a promtional job opened in a different unit that I qualified for and was interested in. After weeks of waiting, going threw the interview process, then more waiting ......  I was offered and accepted the position. 
I still work within DSS, so I feel like ultimately I still help the community I live in.  And the new position is in the same building as my previous one so I know alot of the people who work in this unit and know it to be a good work environment.  I am thrilled with this new challenge. 
There is one draw back though.  I am paidly hourly and I went from 40 hours a week job to 35 hours, so even though it was a promotional position, I bring home less money because I work less hours. When I first expressed an interest in the job, I spoke to my husband about this and he was all for it. He said "How can you not, it's a promotion".  I am very grateful for his positive outlook on this. ...........  So we'll change our way of life, no more buying frivilous things, such as tatting shuttles that are just to gaze at not to use, or HDT until the skeins I have are exhausted (which I'm not sure can possibly happen in this life time) *sigh*, you get the idea.

Of all of the postions I qualify for, if I could pick one of them to do daily, it would be this one! God watched out for me once again.
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.  :-)
Have a great day, Everyone!! 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Let Us Remember

My Fellow Americans,
Please join me in remembering
those who served our country
and gave the ultimate sacrifice.
God Bless Their Families

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Note Card's Embellishment

Recently I sent some tatting to an online friend, and I wanted to include a note card.  You know me, it couldn't be just any note card,  I had to embellish one.  Here's how it turned out.  (this is separate from the tatting I sent her, but more on that later...........)

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


When I was at Finger Lakes Tatting Conference I met some really great people, most of them are tatters but some were there to help with food and things of that nature.  Thank goodness to everyone because I had a great time.

One of the tatters I met was Ruth M., who is a member of  the Fringe Element Tatters.  When we got home she emailed me information about the group. 

Since I wanted to join, I had to pay the membership fee of one tatted heart. The website says "Because these membership hearts are handed out at local events to promote tatting, we suggest that you keep them small and simple." I used Ruth Perry's Fringe Heart,which I found on the Fringe Element Tatter's website.  Since I'd filled my shuttle I made as many as I had thread for.  Here they are.

They were made with size 20 Lizabeth thread. 

I also signed up for their most recent exchange entitled 'Knot Tonight Josephine', which you may have already guessed is to tat something that incorporates Josephine Knots.  (seriously what was I thinking!!)  Any tips or good patterns would be appreciated :-)

If you are interested in being a part of the Fringe Tatter's group, check it out and be sure to tell Ruth, Bonnie sent you.