I finally did it! One of my birthday presents was Diana Stevens' book "It's In The Bag." I have been wanting to make one of her designs almost since the advent of my tatting adventure. I tatted it in size 20 Flora thread with size 11 seed beads from Michael's. I haven't lined it yet, as you can see. I will have to find a scrap of the right material and sew it by hand. I've no machine, and don't want one. (They don't like me.)
I know I haven't finished the doily. That I will do before I start anything else. I just had to take a couple of days and work on this bag. It has been an incredibly difficult week in my house. Maybe that's why the bag isn't lined - so I can drop my problems in and they will fly away. That's an idea.
I'll spare you the details of each problem, but the biggest of them was two sick dogs. One is still not well. The other has gone to a better place as of yesterday afternoon at 3:00. She was 17 years old, as is the one remaining, and had a very good life. She was my mother's dog and I promised to take care of her. I have done that to the best of my ability and now maybe she and mother are together eating pizza or chicken.
Some of you love animals as I do and will understand my grief for her yet joy in her freedom from suffering. Enough of that before I start crying again! My little dog Boudreaux is taking some medicine that I hope will have him better soon.
We also have an official addition to our little family. The little kitty we have been feeding outside for about five years, has moved in as of last week. I took her to the vet on Wednesday and had her checked and vaccinated. She had already been spayed. She is a tiny little thing weighing in at just over six pounds. (My other two weigh 10 and 18 pounds.) She holds her own with them, so don't worry. She is street smart and has long, scary claws!
I have been reading blogs and commenting as I can. There is lots of beautiful tatting going on and I think many of you are making great contributions to the advancement of tatting as a recognized art form. Good work! You know who you are!