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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

11 month old Isaac's first dental exam!

I had to put the tatting away for a trip to the dentist. It was supposed to be for me to have my teeth cleaned, but as you can see, my grandbaby stole the show. I took him with me so he can get used to being at the dentist and maybe he won't be afraid when it is time for him to go. This is his second trip. Not only was he not afraid, he embraced the whole experience! The whole office was in an uproar, including the dentist. They could not believe he would open his mouth for them to check his teeth, which by the way, are nonexistent at the moment. I wanted her to check his mouth to be sure nothing was wrong. She assured us he is fine and they will be in soon. He sat in my lap and watched the entire cleaning like he was studying to be a dentist. Then, it was his turn. If I didn't have these pictures to prove it, nobody would believe a word of it! Thank God for my Treo phone with a camera.

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Grandbabies are better than tatting!

My grandbaby is 11 months old! I thought I loved him as much as possible the day I saw him born, but it has grown to unmeasureable heights. The older he gets, the more I love him. In the last couple of days he has started giving real hugs and kisses. When he wraps his little arms around my neck, squeezes and makes that hugging sound, I just melt to my very core. Today he combined it with a kiss. For those of you who have given birth and have grandchildren of your own, this might seem every day. However, he is the child of my oldest stepdaughter and our first. I have loved and helped to raise many children in my life, but this is sooo very different. I know I will never really know what it is to be a biological parent, but it takes a lot more than giving birth or fathering a child to make a good parent. I am so blessed. By the way, he really is as sweet as he looks!
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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Tatted Motif #10 of 25

This is Diana Stevens' snake copyright 2004 from her website Domestic Arts. It can be found here:

I really enjoyed tatting this little fellow! I used size 10 crochet cotton because it was the only thread I had that would do for a snake. I know the colors will not be found on any snake ever known to man, but I think he is cute. I made him for my little grandson's nursery. I think I will put him in a frame with an "S" for snake. I'll probably be tatting little creatures for a long time to come. I think they will be so cute on the walls in his room.

I looked for some variagated green thread on Friday, but didn't find any in the store. I guess I'll have to order some if I want my tatted snakes to look more realistic, but I really think reality is overrated!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Tatting while doing anything else!

Help! I would like to know how all of you watch t.v. and tat. Or, talk to people and tat. I have the hardest time with this. I try to remind myself to check the ring before I close it, but I always seem to mess up. I was with my nephew at the hospital yesterday. I always try to tat in public when appropriate so I can introduce it to people who might be interested. I had only done one ring on my snowflake when I realized I did not do the back half of the split ring. Argh! I tried for quite a while to untat it and finally gave up and cut it out. Now, I have to tie the thread back in. I just put it away and picked up another project I had taken with me. I love my tatting and want to do it whenever possible, but it seems I must concentrate while tatting. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Next round of tatted friendship doily

Here is the next round on my friendship doily that my two tatting buddies from Mobile are helping me with. Isn't it beautiful? I am so pleased with the colors she picked and her tatting. She was kind enough to send me this picture before she passed it on to the next tatting friend. I hope I can do as well tatting all the rounds on theirs. Tragically, the post office seems to have lost one of the doilys. We are still waiting to see if they can track it down or if she is going to have to start over. I might have to start driving to Mobile from Birmingham every time we need to exchange tatting! I just can't bear for beautiful work to be lost. Tatting may not be a lost art form, but at least one piece of tatting seems to be lost!
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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Different View of Motif #9

I wanted to try one more time to show how lacey and pretty this cross of Jane's is. I've got to get some construction paper for background in the future, but I like this back light showing through this one.
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Mystery Lace

My friend Madeline brought this lace to me this morning in hopes that we can identify it. She knows it is at least 55 years old as her mother gave it to her when she got married. It was on a napkin. It looks machine made to me, but I hope not. Can anyone help?
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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Tatted Motif #9 of 25 (2nd set)

I did another of Jane's Celtic Crosses in Sulky #12 this time. It's about 4" long and 3" wide. I wish the picture did it justice. I really do need to acquire a scanner! Thanks again Jane!
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Monday, January 15, 2007

Tatted Motif #8 of 25

This is Ruth's snowflake from the tatted calendar. The calendar and pattern can be found here: I made it with my usual #20 DMC Cebelia. I can see room for improvement in several places and also want to add beads to the next one. The pattern was easy to follow and the tatting very enjoyable. Thanks Ruth!
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Monday, January 08, 2007

Tatted Motif #7 of 25

This is Jane's Celtic cross tatted in DMC #20 Cebelia with my mother-in-law's pearls in the center and on the tips. I think both sides are so pretty that I had to post two pictures. The pattern is on her pattern page that can be found here:
Thank you Jane for creating and sharing this pattern and so many others!
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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Tatted Motif #6 of 25

Well, our friend Jane almost got me with this one! Tatting it was extremely challenging, but very rewarding. It is one of the patterns she shared with us a couple of days ago on her blog. The pattern can be found here:

I used some old J.P. Coats Knit-Cro-Sheen in aqua so it would be large enough to support the pearls. These are some of my mother-in-law's old pearls that she gave me to use on Mark's angels from his book that I got for Christmas. I wanted to make her some earrings to match the poncho and hat I knitted her for Christmas. I'll try to get the other one done tomorrow if I have time. I know it is a little big, but she likes big earrings and I think it will please her that they are her pearls.

I just love the way the rings look like little hearts. You did a great job Jane! Thanks bunches!

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