Saturday, December 30, 2017

Diane's Pink Fudge Ice Drop

It's very white around here(close to over a foot of snow 
already and it's still snowing and supposed to over the 
next 8 days at least) so, I tatted a flower Ice Drop.
It's Diane's Pink Fudge Ice Drop pattern in size 40 
Lizbeth Wildflower Garden thread.  The center gem
looks very blue, but it's closer to the color of the beads
and the purple in the thread.
Happy New Year to you all!!!!!!!
Happy Tatting too!!! :)

Friday, December 29, 2017

I shopped for tatting supplies today

Christmas stuff at 80% off.
 Beads for more Birthday Ice Drops at 50% off.
 Keychains and letter beads which I have 
wanted for awhile.
Since we made it home safely after seeing 4 
vehicles in the ditch due to the snow, I am 
going to get busy with Bible study and then 
housework.  Any time left will be for tatting.
Happy tatting everyone!!! :)

Thursday, December 28, 2017


I had an idea and wanted to have it for a Christmas 
greeting here, but as you can tell it didn't happen.
I wanted to tat my own idea of a wreath.
Here is what I have-I quit and will try to improve 
it later!!!  It looks ok, but doesn't lay as I want it to. 
It's size 40 Lizbeth Christmas Green with 3 different 
sized picots randomly tatted along.  I wanted the it 
to look like pine needles of various sizes.  I like the 
look but my chains aren't correct, and I should have 
had lots more seed beads and in more colors.
 The decorations on the wreath came from the package 
pictured below.  I got it to make earrings out of those 
tiny cookie cutters, and I thought those tiny buttons 
would be great decorations for the wreath idea-which 
as you see I added a bead to the top of for a little sparkle.
 I found a small motif I tatted(not sure what it was for) 
and thought it would make a great back for an Ice 
Drop-yep it does.  This is the front using my regular 
size 40 stitch count from Diane's basic Ice Drop.
 And this is the motif.  Pretty huh?  I love it!!
I think I might try to figure out the stitch count 
and see if I can make others in better colors!!!
Hope you are having a wonderful tatting filled day!!  :)

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


Just a little lake-effect snow.

 This picture below is our front steps.  I shoveled the 
top step from inside since the snow was up to the 
doorway(approx. 6 inches), and in less than 5 minutes 
you can see it's almost covered again already.
 Below is our driveway-nope, I am not going out 
today!  Our daughter and my hubby had to for work.
 Look at all the snow on such a thin railing.
 Snow on the garbage can, grill, and picnic table.
 And...over-hang snow on the back thin railing.
Temps this morning when hubby left were 6 degrees F, 
and the wind chill was -5 degrees F.
I will probably work on the drive tomorrow(yah, just 
before the next snow storm which is supposed to be 
followed by more lake-effect snow.  ;)
My neighbors and family members are all willing to 
share with anyone who wants to come get some- I will 
keep my share!!!!!!!  ;)
Happy tatting and I hope you are all staying warm!!!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas Everyone!!! :)

We didn't have Christmas last year with my mom 
sick and dying, but we are blessed with a peaceful 
Christmas day today!! :)
I was blessed with some wonderful gift from my 
hubby and daughter.
(the big bundle on the right is a set of fleece sheets-
only for my side of the bed since I am the icicle!).
 A close-up of the shirt for tatters!  I saw a shirt 
with this wording on the internet and wanted it, 
but they couldn't get that one, so....we have a 
wonderful shirt shop about an hour away which 
will make custom shirts and they made this for 
me(less expensive than the one I saw), oh, and 
it's a sweatshirt so I can stay nice and warm!!!
Merry Christmas!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Rainbow Splash Ice Drop

This is Diane's Pink Fudge Ice Drop pattern 
tatted in size 20 Lizbeth Rainbow Splash with 
a yellow gem center.
I was just wanting to empty shuttles when I tatted 
this, but since almost all our snow has melted I guess 
this is fitting, but not really wanted since we NEED 
snow for Christmas!!!!!!!!!!
Have a wonderful day and hopefully get some tatting in!!  :)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

2 More pair of my original Ice Drop earrings

Finished these yesterday in size 40 Lizbeth 
Purple Splendor.
 Finished these today in size 40 Lizbeth 
Snow White.
And now I am out of those beads.
 And, for those who don't know, I don't use the 
regular Ice Drop gems in these because they are too 
heavy.  I have used these small glass beads I bought 
at Jo Ann's.  They are the 2nd & 3rd strings from the 
right.  I have also tatted 2 pair using those purple 
beads which are very light weight plastic.  And as 
you can see, I have plenty of other beads to tat into 
earrings or something!!  ;)
Now, these are not to be confused with the "Real" 
Ice Drop earrings I tatted using small regular Ice Drop 
gems-picture below side by side with a regular sized 
Birthday Ice Drop with the regular sized gem:

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Ice Drops......the addiction continues(dramatic music in my head)!

Still love these Birthday Ice Drops in colors for 
Christmas!!! :)
I finished tatting this one yesterday.  I wanted to 
reverse the red and gold beads to see the difference
it makes.
It's tatted in size 20 Lizbeth Snow White with 
gold and red beads.
 Here it is side by side with the red with gold beads.
I have to note that I made a mistake in tatting the
gold with red beads-I was watching Christmas
movies and added an extra 6ds to each center top
ring.  I am sure it's a little loose, but it's on my
tree and no one will bother it so I am not worried!  :)
 And today I tatted these Ice Drop earrings in 
size 40 Lizbeth Purple Splendor.  I believe I only 
have 3 more pairs of center gems left to tat into 
earrings(not sure they will be done this year)!
I have already started another Birthday Ice Drop. 
Resting today!
Have a wonderful weekend and happy tatting!!! :)

Friday, December 15, 2017

2017 25 Motif Challenge # 13 Marie's pattern sorted out

I saw this beautiful pattern and had thread left from 
my Ice Drop earrings so I decided to try it.  A ton 
of beads and lots of thought, plus trial and error 
has produced this beautiful Snowflake-link here:
I knew how to get the "diamond" of beads on the 
tops of the rings and chains, but the tricky part was 
trying to figure out how to get the "diamonds" at 
the base of the rings.  I took photos of what I did.
On the first chain(not pictured) I slid 2 beads from 
the ball thread and one from the shuttle.
From then on it was like this....Before starting a 
ring, slide a bead from the shuttle up to the end of 
the chain.
 And....slide 4 beads into ring, 3 for the top diamond 
and one for the bottom of the ring, while holding the 
other bead at the end of the chain(between my finger 
and thumb).
 Tat your first stitch of the ring close to the bead at 
the end of the chain(which holds it in place), then 
continue tatting your ring.
 For those who don't know how to do the diamond 
at the top of the ring, slide 3 of the beads(from around 
the ring) to the top near the finger and thumb, and 
one bead from the shuttle.
 Tat your next ds to draw the beads into the diamond 
shape, and continue with your ring.
 When closing the ring, it was best for me to hold the 
bottom bead to the left and pull closed slowly.
 Now, as you see in the above picture you have 2 
beads of the bottom of the ring diamond in place, 
so next slide one bead from the ball, and one from 
the shuttle into place, and tat the first part of your 
 Next, make another diamond(this time on the top 
of the chain-which is like the top of the ring) slide 
3 beads from the ball and one from the shuttle into 
 Then tat the next half of the chain
 Now, we slide a bead from the shuttle up to the 
chain again and continue working the snowflake.
 And, It's beautiful!!  :)
**Oh, I tatted the last chain and cut and tied it 
between the bottom and side beads of the final 
And for size, it's smaller than a bangle bracelet,
was hoping to make it a suncatcher.
Tatted in size 40 Lizbeth Honey Drizzle with 
golden beads.
Happy tatting everyone!!! :)

Thursday, December 14, 2017

More Ice Drop earrings

Yesterday I finished tatting the first pair in size 40 
Lizbeth Raspberry Frappe.
 And, today's is size 40 Lizbeth Honey Drizzle.
Tons of ends to sew in after Christmas(or after 
New Year's).  :)
Happy Tatting everyone!!! :)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Ice Drops: the addiction continues!!

Today I completed this Birthday Ice Drop with 
size 20 Lizbeth Snow White and red and gold beads.
I love how regal it looks!! :)
The lighting isn't great cuz' we are in a snow 
storm today(third in 3 days).
 I completed this on the weekend.
 And a pair of my original Ice Drop earrings.
Hope you are all having a wonderful day!
Happy Tatting!! :)

Monday, December 4, 2017

"Real" Ice Drop earrings

A friend had seen my Ice Drop ornaments and 
asked if they could be earrings.  I told her that 
they were quite heavy, but I would see if I could 
make some another way.  She already has  several 
pair of the Ice Drop earrings I have made with the 
glass beads, but after finding these smaller Ice Drop
gems and smaller bugle beads I tried them, and she 
fell in love with them the moment she saw them-and 
they left my presence!
These are tatted in size 40 Lizbeth Blue Ice with size 2
iridescent bugle beads, tiny blue beads, and a clear 
small Ice Drop gem.
 Here's another view.
 Here is to show the size next to the Ice Drop ornament.
This pattern again is the Birthday Ice Drop.
Oh, these earrings went this weekend, but also 5 Ice 
Drop ornaments, a bracelet, a bookmark, a baby headband 
and a dangle.  Several of the Ice Drop ornaments are 
going to be for first Christmas ornaments.  :)
Hope you had a fabulous weekend!
May your week be blessed with tatting!!! :)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Another Birthday Ice Drop today

Sorry about the lousy uninspiring picture.  I just 
got done with this and it's night so there was no 
sunlight and I didn't want to wait.
Tatted in size 40 Lizbeth Christmas Green with red 
bugle beads and white beads.
Looks far better in person!!!
Hope you are having a wonderful night with 
some tatting!!! :)

White and red Birthday Ice Drop

Tatted in size 20 Lizbeth Snow White with red 
twisted bugle beads and tiny red beads.
 It glows in the morning sunlight!! :)
Stayed up way late and tatted this.  
Happy Tatting!!! :)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Ice Drops with long bugle beads

I wanted silver bugle beads for Ice Drops, but Hobby 
Lobby didn't have them so I went to Michael's and 
found some, but.....even though they were marked 
#3 like the ones I have from Hobby Lobby there were 
not the same size.
This is tatted in size 40 Lizbeth Christmas Green with 
long size 3 silver bugle beads and silver beads.
 Here is a picture to show the drastic difference. 
I have used the gold ones, the tiny one is to try and 
make the same Ice Drops as earrings for a friend, 
and the silver next to the gold is the new one, used 
in both of today's Ice Drops.
 This one is tatted in size 20 Lizbeth Snow White 
with long silver bugle beads and tiny read beads.
Hope your day is blessed with tatting!!! :)