Thursday, December 31, 2015

Oh my...the end of another year of tatting???

This thing may be the size of a quarter, but it captures my attention!!!  :)
It is the Beaded Flower pattern from Corina Meyfeldt at CM-Handmade:
***Now let me inform you that it is actually not correct, but it's still beautiful to me.  
I was finishing off a shuttle and thought I could tat this.  I didn't read the pattern through and wasn't sure how the beads should go to get them in the correct places, so after 3 starts I finally got going, but realized that I missed a bead on the bottom of the 3 near the outer section...oh well, it looks good.  And I didn't have enough thread to get 6 petals done, so I ended up with 5.  Either way, I love it!!! And, I will try and tat it again.....CORRECTLY(later).  :)
It's tatted in size 40 Kaleidoscope HDT from Tat-i-licious.
May your New Year be blessed with lots of beautiful tatting, and blessings!!!  :)

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Tatting goodies for Christmas!!!!!

This is looking down at just the tatting items I received for Christmas this year. 
17 assorted balls of Lizbeth thread, 2 packs of Clover shuttles, 
and at the back of the box, 
the Santa holder has a Hobby Lobby gift card to get more supplies,
the blue envelope has cash in it for more thread, 
and I also received a pre-paid credit card for even more!!!
And that is just the tatting gifts!  :)
Hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and received some tatting goodies too!!!!!  :)

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A little test tatting today.....

Elaine P. Gan asked if someone would just look over her pattern, but after the holiday and the granddaughters(who just went home today), I wanted to tat something so I test tatted this bracelet pattern.  Just to let you know I believe that the "waviness" is due to my personal errors-the pattern was fine!.  Either way, I love it!!!  I may use it as a bookmark instead of a bracelet, but that is in debate right now.  It's tatted in size 40 Kaleidoscope HDT from Tat-i-licious.  I love this colorway and wish she was still dying threads!!!!!
With all the peace and quiet I will probably fall apart after having our granddaughters since Christmas day(and having an all-nighter with them Sunday night after church.....oh, just so you know, they fell asleep at 3am).
I am praying, hoping, and planning on trying to finish up anything I started last year(or whenever) before the end of 2016.
I hope you had a wonderful and blessed Christmas, and are having some good tatting time!!!  :)

Ooops, I guess I should tell you that the doily was loved!!!  Although, there was a total surprise twist in who received it.  Since my in-laws knew nothing about it, and my hubby was pouting the other day saying he wished he could keep it and just give them a gift card.....I decided to wrap it and give it to him as a gift-which totally surprised him!!!!  And the in-laws loved their gift card to their favorite steak restaurant.  This next year may have 2 surprised doilies(we'll see).  :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A Quick "Pic"!

Finished and blocking now!!!
 I measured it, 24 inches(for those as bad at math as me, that's 2 feet across).  It's tatted in size 10 Lizbeth Snow White and Navy Blue it's from the Basic Book of Macrame and Tatting. 
In the picture below you can see it in front of my Christmas tree and see it's size in comparison to my tree skirt. WOW!!!  Can't wait to see faces when it's opened Christmas day!!  :)
Our daughter is gaining more strength each day and was able to be out yesterday and is running a few small errands today, thanks for all the thoughts and prayers!!!  :)
Merry Christmas to each and every wonderful person who visits this blog, 
and to all who encourage me!!!  :)  
Have a wonderful tatting New Year!!!!  :)

Monday, December 21, 2015

Newest Elaine P. Gan Tatting Book available

It's finally here!!!  I put the link on top for anyone interested in purchasing Elaine's newest book.
I am sewing in ends on the doily and hoping to block it tonight yet, or tomorrow morning and to get pictures and get it wrapped.
And for those wondering, it looks like our daughter's infection is healing!!!  I will keep you posted.
Hope you have had a great day!!! And some tatting too!!!  :)

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Groceries, housework, daughter, hubby, movies & test tatting.....sorry doily maybe tomorrow

Another Elaine P. Gan design done.  
It's tatted in size 40 Lizbeth Blue Ice with little clear beads.
Other than that my day has been crazy and a bit busy, so the doily didn't get any attention while I tried hard to help Elaine out getting this snowflake test tatted.  It was a fun and pretty snowflake, but I messed up in 3 spots(not the fault of the pattern or diagram-it was me).
Well, I hope you had a great day and hopefully some tatting too!!  :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Test Tatted Bracelet

This is another Elaine P. Gan design.  
It's tatted in size 40 Lizbeth Boysenberry Dk. with silver beads.
Thank you to everyone thinking and praying for our daughter.  Today she woke up feeling better and the redness is starting to shrink a little.  She has been resting and watching movies, and I have been doing housework and tatting.  I will keep you posted on her progress.
Now back to housework, and the doily.
I hope you have a wonderful day and get some tatting in. 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A test tat

Just a quick test tat today, again for Elaine P. Gan.
I have made good progress on the Navy and White doily and would have a picture to show if I didn't have to take our daughter to the ER today.  She has an apparently serious infection called cellulitis(and infection in the cells).  She is home and resting, but if it doesn't subside with the antibiotics they gave her then we have to go back for IV antibiotics.  So...I tatted on the doily while we waited, but I didn't get much done because then knew just by looking what she had(and their expressions and the pharmacist's reaction are a bit concerning!), we were out of there in around a 1/2 hour.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Christmas bracelet is finished and wearable!!! :)

I used a toggle and ring to finish this bracelet.
   I love the ring because it looks similar to a wreath!  
Still working on the doily. 
Hope you are having a wonderful day and getting some tatting done!  :)

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Test tatting while working on the doily

This is another design from Elaine P. Gan.  She actually designed it before:
  and it has been test tatted, but she has since made minor changes and I was able to test tat it again.  
This is actually a bracelet size because I love it as a Christmas bracelet!!!  
It's size 20 Lizbeth Christmas Delight with tiny red glass beads.  I love it!!!  :)
All I have to do is sew in the ends and add findings and I can wear it for Christmas, can't wait!!!  :)
Still working on doily.  I am now a day behind on my goal for each day, but I am sure I will be able to make it up, prayerfully anyway.
Hope you have had a great day and even gotten some tatting in!!!  :)

Monday, December 7, 2015

New Tatting Thread Organization

I found these ornament storage units online.  Yes, they are just cardboard and a bit pricey(in my opinion), but they are what I have been looking for....lightweight, and versatile!
The first 4 pictures are what I have accomplished this morning.
This is the unit filled and each drawer labeled.
 This next is of all the drawers and how much is already in them(I am sure I haven't found all my thread yet!).
 These are the bottom drawers.  They are larger than the top drawers and have 16 spaces(if all the dividers are in place-which these are). There are size 10 through size 40 threads in these.
 These are the top drawers which have 25 spaces in each(when all the dividers are in-and you can see I have some out to fit different sizes....bottom left 2 coordinated packs from Handy Hands, top right lots of HDT still not wound).
 This next picture gives you and idea of it's size.
 This next picture shows how much more I still have to organize, and where I have to figure out how to put this unit(and the other which isn't assembled or in use yet, but I have it and figure I will need it!), and I am already sure I will be getting at least 2 more units).
***the cardboard "drawers" in the right bottom corner are where most of all the threads were first-now I am deciding what to use those for.....maybe ornaments which is what they were designed for??, maybe not.  :)
Well...I hope your day is productive and that some tatting gets in there too!!!  :)

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Another round done....

And a start on the final round!!
I have been enjoying sunshine, Christmas movies, the company of my husband, and tatting.  
I finished the last white round and am on the final round.  I just may have this done in time!  I figure if I get 3 repeats done a day(Mon. - Fri. for the next 2 weeks it will be done-but I have a head-start so I might be done sooner).
Have an awesome day and hopefully some tatting too!!!  :)

Thursday, December 3, 2015

A Bracelet Gift

This is Jane's Bookmark made into a bracelet.  
I definitely need more practice on this one!  I had troubles keeping the split rings close to the other rings, and I ended without making sure I didn't have picots on the large rings(which came in handy to cover up the final ring which didn't work well).
It's tatted in size 40 Lizbeth Black with tiny gold beads.  The "chain" of jump rings is my way of making it adjustable.
Hope you had a wonderful day and got some tatting in!!!  :)

More accomplished on the doily

Yesterday I got just over half of this round done, and this morning I finished it.  
Now, on to lunch, housework, Bible study, and then maybe start the next round.  
Oh....if you look too close you will see 2 white bows on the blue round....
I missed 2 joins and have to fix them yet.  
Hope you have a wonderful and tatfully productive day!!!  :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Update on the doily I started as a secret gift....and another cross

Ok, here is the doily so far that was a secret tatting gift, and is now prayerfully going to get done in time to give to my mother-in-law and her hubby for Christmas.  I believe there are 3 more rounds-2 more easier white ones, and one more of the flower shaped navy blue round(which takes TIME).  There are mistakes throughout this, but I am praying they are not visible.  This first picture was taken with the flash.
 This second without the flash.
 And tonight I tatted another of Elaine P. Gan's Victory Cross.
This one is in size 40 Lizbeth Wildflower Garden(and just as small as the last-quarter sized).  
It's for another senior lady.
I am hoping to keep myself in as much tatting motion as possible to finish that doily on time!
Hope you have a wonderful tatting time!!!  :)