The cute little scissors are a gift from my honey – and they’re razor sharp, too! They fit in almost any of my tins that I use for purse-size tatting kits, and that’s a huge plus. I have a couple of those tiny nippers and they’re handy, but they don’t hold an edge like regular scissors, IMHO. We did have a local scissors grinder who would set up shop at our local Hancock Fabrics several times a year and do a “scissors sharpening event” which was always well attended. People brought in all kinds of blades to be sharpened – scissors, knives, cleavers – over the years, he’s sharpened all of my older scissors and even my pocket knife (it has a pair of scissors on it). Sadly, he has retired now; I don’t think he does any sharpening anymore.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
|Maybe we could just set the |
tree on top of the gifts!
- Gifts for DH on order…may not be here until after Christmas, but they are going to get here…at some point.
- Money to DD to order DVD she’s wanted.
- Money to DSIL to get whatever he wants (same amount as DD…got to stay fair, after all!).
- Helmet, knee pads, and fingerless gloves to DGD (Santa Claus is bringing her a bicycle).
|Shuttles, bobbins, doodads - just add thread!|
|Oh, the possibilities!|
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012
|It took some squeezing, but this is a lot of it!|
|Merry Wreath in progress. How do you like|
my new Sequoia Pop-A-Bobbin shuttle?
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Today I've straightened out my thread box after an >ahem< unfortunate (but funny) accident wherein my better half picked up the thread box, not noticing that one end was not securely fastened, and when he turned it on end to stand up against the shelf, the thread cascaded out. He was upset, I was trying not to laugh (too loudly), and he gathered it all up and stuffed it back in the box. A lot of the balls unwound varying yardage, and it all tangled together. It's been waiting patiently for my attention for several weeks; today I was in the mood to tackle it, and it really wasn't nearly as bad as it had looked.
I had a nearly-finished ball of Wildflower Garden, and thought I could wind it all off onto a Starlit - save space and easily tat with it, besides - but after the first 10-or so yards, I encountered a knot. Drat! I snipped out the knot and set aside the shorter yardage, and started winding thread onto the Starlit again. Filled that one, and plenty left on the cardboard core - no way I could squeeze that onto the Starlit!
I filled a Viking bobbin (the kind used in Gr8 shuttles) and dropped it into the smaller box I carry with me. I managed to find a larger EZ Bob (I think it's actually a size medium), and it took care of the rest of the Wildflower Garden. Now I have a full large shuttle and the rest on an EZ Bob! The few yards that had the knot fit nicely on my new fish shuttle, and everything is tidy again.
Why can't the HOUSE be as easy to tidy up??
Note: I had two pictures to pop in here, but Google rather nastily informed me that I was out of picture space unless I BUY some more. My first post was just over 2 years ago - Sept. 2, 2010. I have 406 pictures for the blog which are stored in Picasa. Does this make any sense to anybody???
Saturday, November 17, 2012
I've slept most of today - and didn't attend the Palmetto Tatters Guild meeting, at which I was supposed to teach. Joanie said she'd send pictures, though, so I could see the wreaths they made!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
When I went to work today, I had already logged over 60 hours for this work week, which started Monday. By the end of the workday tomorrow, I'll have at least 80. The pay will be most welcome - property taxes are coming up, on both houses - and our savings won't have to take a big hit.
BUT - I don't even have time to tat at lunchtime these days, so I have nothing to show you. I haven't even had time to finish the lovely maple leaf I started back in October! I will get it done, though - I haven't misplaced either of the shuttles or the book (or the leaf in progress!), so there is hope.
Things should start slowing back down this week, and I should have some tatting time again, as well as weekends off from work. Next Saturday is the Palmetto Tatters Guild meeting in Lexington (SC), and I should have some pictures to show next Sunday. Stay tuned...
Sunday, November 4, 2012
|And this isn't even the bulk of it!!|
I love storage boxes - and I'm always on the lookout for ones that might work for tatting supplies and materials. I think I've written about these before, but so far, I've not found any that are better - - so these are still da bomb.
I'm also finding treasures! I have tried to get a pair of each of the commemorative Palmetto Tat Days shuttles each year; here are the 2010 "Fall Into Tatting" pair.
These are the 2011 shuttles; curiously, the one without the point is the same on both sides, whereas the one with the point has "Tatting in a Winter Wonderland" on one side and the large snowflake on the other. I don't know if anyone else's are like this or not, but I wonder!
I do use my commemoratives, but I haven't yet used these - I'm not sure why, at least with the latest ones. The first two pairs were tucked into a plastic box that used to house a backup tape (I rescued it from a trip to the trash, and recycled it into a handy box for shuttles and whatnot!),
These are from this year; even though it was the first weekend in September, it feels like ages ago! This lovely design commemorated our 10th Annual Tat Days, and, sadly, we were told that these are the last laser-cut commemoratives we'll have from The Shuttle Shop as they won't be making them anymore. I hate that - I love their shuttles, and there are still so many designs I wanted to buy!
Work is still overtime, overtime, overtime. We've already been told we'll be working next weekend, but that by the end of this month, things will have settled down. I hope so! I need some time to tat, to think about tatting, and to design. I hope to apply to teach at Palmetto Tat Days again this year, and I'll need something to teach if I'm selected!
Oh, and last week's title - about the light at the end of the tunnel? False alarm; maybe next month!
Sunday, October 28, 2012
The mushrooms (toadstools?) are from earlier in the Fall - I kept forgetting I had them to show you. David took the pictures for me one day while I was at work. None of them really captures the color - fluorescent orange! Screaming fluorescent orange! They were in a neighbor's yard, and I swear, you could find them in the dark. Although they lasted a good long while (for mushrooms/toadstools), they have now been reduced to sodden lumps of decay - just right for Hallowe'en, which is right around the corner!
Got to go - need to lay out clothes for tomorrow and go over my planner. If you are (or if you know who) the blogger who posted the lovely maple leaf from Karey's pattern, please let me know so I can update this post. Thanks muchly and have a wonderful week!
UPDATE: Thanks to Jeanne Lugert, who remembered that it's Tatting Fool who posted the lovely maple leaf pendant! Thanks, Jeanne!
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Saturday, September 29, 2012
I also had a brainstorm when I dropped it and it started unwinding. I have a lot of binder clips in various sizes, and actually had this 15mm silver one on a chatelaine. I clipped it on the thread, and how about that - it works like a charm!
It doesn't matter whether you clip it ON the thread or AROUND the thread - it's just too wide to go between the arms of the flat shuttle, so it stops it completely.
I'm happy with today's purchases! I can tat with this, or use it as a thread winder, or I can always return it to its original purpose, and wind up some of the electronics cords that always seem to multiply around here!
Sunday, September 23, 2012
|There's still enough room to slip in my camera case!|
|The two balls of thread at the back are from Gina's thread|
stash; I'm grateful to her family for sharing with us!
|Clusters of these tiny mushroom have sprouted in our|
backyard - there's a fallen pecan for size comparison!
|Autumn spiders have become bolder - this gigantic web|
completely covers what used to be the entrance to the
garage! It's amazing what beautiful webs they make!
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
- The Southern Belles Tatting Society of Columbia, TN
- The Belles spent countless hours this past year collecting all sorts of items for the welcome bags, and what they couldn't find, they made. We found drawstring bags, needle books, tatting tools - treasures abounded!
- Barbara Foster, owner/operator of Handy Hands
- Miss Barbara is a long-time supporter of the art of tatting, as evidenced by her never-ending quest for newer and better tools and threads for tatters. She has also been a long-time supporter of Palmetto Tat Days, donating threads and shuttles each year. This year she really went the distance - each attendee found in her (or his) Welcome bag a ball of one of the new Lizbeth colorways, a Starlit shuttle, and - *gasp* - a sample of the new Aerlit shuttles to be available for retail this coming Fall!!
|Goodies from Barbara Foster - check out the NEW Aerlit|
shuttle, front and center, along with a Starlit shuttle and thread!
- Kathy Hodge
- A long-time attendee and very giving person, Kathy also went "all-out" for the 10th anniversary of Palmetto Tat Days. She compiled a commemorative booklet highlighting the first nine Tat Days! She also included a wee little shuttle - and it does work! We tatted with one in the Try-It session!
|Below the Clover shuttle is the fairy shuttle|
given by Kathy Hodge. It really works!
Teacher gifts were also numerous and mind-boggling - we received, courtesy of Miss Barbara, a Lizbeth ball holder with a ball of thread included; a skein of lovely HDT from Marilee Rockley; tatting tools; a hand-made tatting bag; hand cream; artisan soap; hand-made earrings; and so many other goodies, that my brain is hurting from trying to name them all after the marathon that is Tat Days!
|Shuttles I purchased from the Vending Room - three Gr8|
bobbin shuttles from Randy Houtz, and two post shuttles
from the one and only Georgia Seitz!
|I only won one of the Silent Auctions this|
time - but it's a dandy! Here are four packs
of HDT by Tat-ilicious in a lovely tin!
I was up at 5.30 as usual this morning, but I actually got drowsy while I was online, and had to shut down and go back to sleep! I may also have to have a nap this afternoon so I'll be ready for work tomorrow morning!
Monday, September 3, 2012
What to take to Toccoa…what to take…don’t want to over-pack, but what if I really need _______________ (fill in the blank) and discover I’ve left it at home?
|But I really need all this stuff!!!|
|Plastic pencil boxes from Big Lots|
hold so many items for safe travel!
|Believe me, this is as tidy as it gets!|
|Tatted models for classes, plus my|
blue goat from Jane's TIAS game!
Saturday, August 25, 2012
They are going to Tat Days with us in less than two weeks.
In other news, I recently celebrated another year and my sweet David gave me something I've wanted for a long time - an end-of-day shuttle! Ain't it purty!!