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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Two more leaves

The leaves are falling much faster now! The orange, green and yellow one is in #10 crochet cotton. I'm not particularly happy with it.
The other one is DMC Pearle Cotton size 5. I had forgotten I had this thread! It is part of my big bargain I purchased when our Hancock Fabrics went out of business. I think it made a beautiful leaf.

Thanks again Sherry Pence for the pattern.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Our Isaac is 20 months old today!

I can't believe how much he has grown, right before my very eyes! I think the "Isaac and cat" pictures are about over. I had a heck of a time getting these. I made 51 to get about 8 good ones! He was just too busy. I think the one where he is biting the cat is a message that he's had enough!

He is so tall, Krista is having to by 3T clothes!

Autumn Leaf #2 with center added

I went back to leaf #2 and added a center. I like it! That double strand thread left such a big hole in the middle that I felt it needed to be filled.

Thanks to Sherry for giving me "artistic license"!!!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Autumn Leaf #4

Here's the latest. Fun, fun, fun!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Autumn Leaf #3

With Sherry's permission, I added a middle to her leaf pattern. Using the small thread, the hole is fine, but on the big thread I have been using, it just needed some help. I'm still not finished refining. I should have had one ring at the top and two at the bottom, instead of the other way around. I guess that means another one tomorrow!

This one is size 10 crochet cotton by J.P. Coats. The green is SOOO old! I'm surprised it held together. (It did break once.)

Autumn Leaf #2

This is Sherry's Autumn Leaf #2 Sherry Pence I promised I would correct my mistake on the first one! This is the same thread that I used for
Jane Eborall giraffe pattern for Isaac. It is big, almost 4" square, but I really like it. Maybe I will make several and use them for a Fall mobile!

Thanks again Sherry!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Sherry Pence's Autumn Leaf Pattern

First, a disclaimer for Sherry's sake! I made a mistake at the top which made me run out of room at the bottom. I knew I had made one, but didn't find it until I pressed the leaf. I'm going to do more and promise to do better next time!

This is a very simple, easy to follow pattern. You can find it here:
Sherry Pence

The pattern calls for four colors. I used four - it's just that one of the greens is a very light variegated and didn't show up. For a lady who loves Fall, I am very short on Fall colors!

Thanks again Sherry!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

I have been tagged by Lady Shuttle Maker to share seven facts about myself.

Here are the rules which you must abide by if you are tagged.
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird.
3. Tag 3 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.

1. I have always been the nurse for the whole family. I cared for my maternal grandparents, my aunt, and my parents. Now I am having to learn to defer to my newly graduated R.N. daughter.
2. I am the daughter of a cabinet maker/master craftsman. I often say that I was born with a hammer in one hand and a screw driver in the other, much to my mother's dismay! I still have all of his tools, power tools and workshop. I don't use them as often as I once did due to my headaches.
3. I have never been a girly girl. I have no patience with the games women play and little interest in their conversation. I much prefer the company of men.
4. I am a bundle of contradiction. I love all needlework, cooking and babies, in spite of not being a girly girl. I HATE SHOPPING!
5. I had polio as a child and have always had some mild physical limitations that have grown worse with age. Still, I was never in an iron lung, had no retardation, (I don't think), and feel blessed to still be here.
6. I have been almost dead four times and had one "out of body experience" with the first near death. This has given me a great appreciation for life and a sense of urgency in most things.
7. I hate cleaning and laundry. I love my family with a vengence. I adore my grandson. I collect strays.

I am tagging:

Jane Eborall

I hope this works as I am new to inserting html into a post.


Let's see if this works, Diane.
Lace Lovin Librarian

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Flower Bouquet Heart from "Tat's Amore'"

Here is my rendition of Martha's Flower Bouquet Heart tatted in Flora size 20 and DMC Cebelia size 20. It isn't exactly like Martha's, of course, but I am proud of it. I learned three new techniques on this one! I will confess to pulling out and redoing the blue flower as my picots were too big and thus the flower was too big. I also had trouble sizing and attaching the stems. I made my first ever SCMR! Yippee! I never thought I would do it. I had always stayed away from patterns that used them, and now I wonder why.

I think when I get through making hearts from this book, they may all go in a frame for my Victorian bedroom.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Freeform Heart #2 from "Tat's Amore'"

I just had to tat this one again. Both the white and blue are Flora size 20. While Flora is just about my favorite thread, the #20 white was difficult with this pattern. There are so many chains that need uniform stitches. I found myself struggling and pulling out some trying to make it look nice. I also put one extra petal on the bottom flower, but I won't tell if you don't! By the time I saw it, I was disinclined to fix it!

Off to choose my next victim!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Freeform Heart from "Tat's Amore'"

This is the first heart I have tatted from Tat's Amore' by Marth Ess. I love my new book and am very pleased with this heart. I can just see it on one of those Victorian Valentine Cards! Something tells me I may be tatting this pattern again. However, there are so many pretty ones in the book, I might not get around to it.

(My usual DMC Cebelia size 20)

Thank you, Martha, for designing so many beautiful hearts!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Tatted Jacket with snake & lobster

I finally got the lobster feelers repaired and attached him to the jacket. You can also see that I put the snake on the sleeve. I was taking the picture myself in the mirror. I'll try to get DH to take more tomorrow that might be better. I have really enjoyed this adventure and look forward to adding more animals in the future. I hope Isaac will like it tomorrow morning. It is supposed to be cool enough to wear it!

On another topic, has anyone else been "banned" from being included in google alerts? I used to show up every time I posted, but never now. I have looked on the forums and can't get any help. Someone suggested that at one time they might have banned me by mistake. How do I fix this? Help!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Blue Snowflake (that's cold!)

This is "Star #1" on page 39 of Gun and Elwy's book. I tatted it with Altin Balsak and it's a little too soft and will need to be starched. I really like it, but for me it was confusing. I don't know why. The pattern was straight-forward enough, I just had trouble keeping up with it for some reason. If I had access to a copy machine, I would copy each pattern as I tatted it where I could mark on it. That's what I used to do, but can't now.

So many of you are doing things that I want to do. There's just not enough hours in the day, especially tatting hours!

Friday, October 05, 2007

Sale in my Etsy Shop!

In anticipation of my first sale, I have lowered most of my prices in my shop. I have also lowered shipping on all but the piano bench cover as it is really heavy. I hope some of you will have another look! I will be putting in more tatting items soon.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Motif #5 from Needledream's Tat-Along Project

This is my first time to do the Tat-Along project. I really like this pattern. It's like a snowflake with a negative space snowflake in the center. It was fun and quick. I tatted with size 30 DMC Cebelia in pink and white. I wanted to do it red and white because the inner clovers look like hearts to me but I didn't have any the same size.

Animal Jacket 2

I put the snake on the sleeve of the jacket last night. It looks so cute! I'll wait and post pictures when I get the lobster sewed on. I've got to make more animals! I'm adicted to tatting animals!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Animal Jacket

I finally got all of the tatted animals sewn on my shirt/jacket. Whew! That invisible thread looks great, but what a bother!

I think I will put the lobster on one sleeve and the snake on the other sleeve. We'll see. I had to have a break!

Thanks very much to Jane Eborall for her patterns and help. Isaac loves his animals!
There is a link to Jane's page on this blog and then to her pattern pages. I'm not so good with remembering to copy the link before I start my post.

Isaac update! 19 months old!

It doesn't seem possible, but our baby is 19 months old. I have been trying to get pictures for the last five days. I decided I'd try early this morning, and it worked. He is getting so big and active, it is difficult to tie him down!

What a blessing he is to all of us.