Monday, July 10, 2017

Not as enthusiastic crocheting... - nuntium duocentesimum sexagesimum septimum

I can crochet. Really, I can.  Though I don't like it much and with size 80, I'm a disaster.  Fortunately the recipient isn't a crocheter (I hope).
Another side and some to go... ugh.

Then I can tat again!  And I saw a video from Tatman about how to do Maltese rings which I have never understood but now am dying to do.  Patterns anyone?

The lion continues his adventures...
We went to the Barber Institute for the induction of the loan of Monet's Water Lily Pond from the Chicago's Art Institute (Saw it there too.)  We went to the Barber last year too and I fell in love with it.

We made a beautiful headboard for our third friend who arrived today:
The lion was no help.
This was my first job with upholstery and we had to figure out the new sewing machine which wasn't complicated but the manual truly is.  Youtube to the rescue!

We had champagne on the terrace:
Oh my!
And this little treasure for dinner:
New to me- wow!

I am so completely spoiled!!!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Overenthusiastic tatting - nuntium duocentesimum sexagesimum sextum

I tatted on the airplane.  Tricky though as there's no real place to lay things out.  And certainly no iron.

Too much by one.  I shall have to cut and splice.  sigh.  And now the crocheting on.  Double sigh.

England is lovely and cool, back home they are roasting, poor things.  In sympathy, the Italians have arranged really hot weather for our visit next week.  : )

Here's a funny picture I sent my daughters today:
What's this all about, you ask?  I don't know how it started but this silly little plastic lion has been handed off between us for about a year.  He's been in the bathroom cupboard, slipped under doors, hidden in my tatting bag, tucked in among croissants and then the recipient must "pass him along".  Since my daughter tucked him in purse as I was leaving, I can't give him back so I've been tormenting them with pictures.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Edging - - nuntium duocentesimum sexagesimum quintum

Here's the edging so far:
I don't think the blue is quite that vibrant but maybe.  I don't know if I'll finish before Wednesday.

My daughter and I are making a Steampunk outfit for her to wear when she goes to art/craft fairs for her lovely steampunk wearable art.  She has a show on July 15 (I usually join her and my sister but I'll be in Italy there- poor me) which means we have to finish before Wednesday too.  We started Saturday, finally got everything cut out yesterday, there are over 25 pieces plus some are repeated for interfacing and lining.  Today we start sewing.  We're planning to stay at it until dark- the fabric is a deep brown and unfortunately at night, there just isn't enough light for me to do it.  Hopefully tomorrow we will have the outfit to show off.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

DAISY round seven - - nuntium duocentesimum sexagesimum quartum

Somehow I was able to whip right through round seven of DAISY.
And the thread didn't break for me at all.  I did have one ring that was a bit tough to close but I undid the ring until I found the issue and then didn't tat that stitch as tightly.  No problem closing then.  My daughter has a pretty elaborate round again so it could be a while...

I'm working on the hanky, I'm hopeful that I will get it done before I leave.  I'll take a picture tomorrow (just to have something to post.)

My goal of completing one (or more) school item per day has been working.  We'll see if I can keep it up in England too.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

DAISY round six - nuntium duocentesimum sexagesimum tertium

Here we are with round six of DAISY.  It is such a pleasure to tat.  I'm loving the colors but I'm not sure where we will put it.  Most of the wood in the house is dark which does not show off herbal garden well and the ecru is the problem for the other surfaces.  And poor daughter really had difficulty with the herbal garden breaking.  I'm still not sure about round three but I guess we're stuck.

My dear friend's son is getting married in mid-July and I found out there is no "something blue" yet so I'm going to make a hanky.  I saw somewhere  (maybe Frivole?) how to make a corner with a mirror so I tried it.  It just so happens that there was an overhead projector in the "to be thrown" pile when I was at school so I found a mirror there!
4 hours at school yesterday myself, 2 more from my daughter who joined me and my colleague also worked for 2.5.  Daughter packed all the books neatly in boxes and even sorted them to some degree. We got the room completely packed in boxes or moved (some things just don't fit in boxes!) so now the repairs can begin without me panicking.  I might even get new carpet!

Next week England and Italy and after that the TwinCities Tatters retreat!  I am a lucky girl!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

DAISY round five

Here's round five- seems to be going well.
I've been trying to keep up with snowflakes.  (This is in case my sister is reading this- whenever she sees me, she insists that I keep going on them!  )

And in other news...
I spent the day at school yesterday planning out 7th grade advisory time for the year.  We do this every year.  Because we had some problems with leaking (big problems).   I went up to check on my room and  was pretty bummed about my classroom as there was a lot of water damage.  They cut the bottom portion of the sheetrock out 4 of the walls and will patch and then rerepaint.  The school had professionals come in and box stuff up so it could be moved (from cabinets).  Then someone else emptied my bookshelves into this empty and moved cabinet.  Somehow my column (which was in the cabinet for safety during the summer) got broken.  I'm so bummed, it will take me hours to sort everything again.  That's not counting getting another column and repainting it.  And no one called me to ask if I wanted to empty things out (I would have happily since I'm very organized and have things in certain places.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

DAISY round four - - nuntium duocentesimum sexagesimum primum

Here's round four of Renulek's DAISY.
She did a great job but we're starting to wonder if she tats more tightly than I do.  (Is that possible?)

Here are more graduation crosses.  Almost done with grad parties for this season....

And lastly, two efforts from the photography course.

Now it's my turn for round five- I confess it's considerably easier that hers was.  Shhhh.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

DAISY- round three - - nuntium duocentesimum sexagesimum

I forgot to take a picture of round two.
She's working on round three.  I got the easy one!  It's fun talking about our color choices together.

We're also doing an online photography class together.  It's not free but we have learned so much- plus it's fun to do it with her.
Here's my effort from yesterday.  I'm pleased with how you can see the stitches and the shadows below.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

A new adventure DAISY - nuntium duocentesimum undesexagesimum

My elder daughter who has been tatting for several years now proposed that we have tatting dates this summer and somehow that morphed into...

We are going to tat Renulek's DAISY together!  We're going to take turns on the rounds, doesn't that sound fun?
Four hands, four Frivole shuttles, two balls of thread (better get more) and one doily.

Here's round 1- anyone want to join us in the adventure?

We met up with another tatter (my colleague from school whom I taught to tat 4-5 years ago) on Friday.  Since we're both kind of hopeless with color ideas, we stole her color scheme for the doily she's been making  :)  Gracious as ever, she just smiled and encouraged us on.

I want to do a second doily so we both have something to do while the other is working but I'm sure we'll find something to do... ICE DROPS!
I still don't know what to do with these.  

Adventure awaits....

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

School is done! -nuntium duocentesimum duodesexagesimum

School is over for the year!  It's been a busy and hard year so coming to a stop is abrupt and moderately confusing.  Whatever will I do today?

-Celebrate my daughter's 21st birthday - really?  How did that happen? (But she's sick with a fever in the other room)
-Write a post for my blog- wahoo!
-Bake the nearly famous and much loved Banana cake with chocolate frosting birthday cake
-Walk the dog for a long way.

What a great list!

Here's what happened three weeks ago.  Prom.  The younger daughter just finished her junior year and she is "into" high school.  She enjoys it all and is an amazing student too.  She bought her prom dress in February because she found it when we were looking for a Sno-daze dress.  My budget wasn't going to do two dresses.  Back to Prom.  She decided that I would be doing her hair.  Oh my.  I can braid but really that's the limit.  "Maman, we'll just watch videos".  (Oh boy, such confidence)  The theme for the prom was "masquerade" so I was all set to make a mask.  She didn't want one- "No one will be wearing a mask, Maman- that's just the name."  Do you hear the 17-year old scorn in that?  But she was open to flowers for her hair so I made them.
in process
Then my dear husband accidentally threw them away!  We often have a chocolate bar together and half goes in the glass dish and half stays in the wrapper.  I usually put my thread "crumbs" in the dish and he sweetly picks it up and throws it away.  He didn't see the flowers and pins.  Two days later I was working on the mask (because I'm stubborn that way) and wen looking for the pearls.  No dish.  No where.  We all looked- everywhere.  Even the poor dog looked.  Finally daughter 2 realized and we dove into the trash which only had 3 days of coffee grounds, egg shells and arugula in it.  EW.  Fortunately tatting is very durable and we washed them off and were back to the races.

Then came Prom, now I had to do something with those flowers.  Yikes!  2 hours, four hands and four attempts later, here's what we got.

It turned out all right.  She was pleased.  ; )

The mask never did get done but here was the start.

It matched the dress perfectly.  Well, it would have.  Turns out she was right though- only two worn masks and they were fun.

Off to my fun, fun day!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

a post about gratitude - -nuntium duocentesimum quinquagesimum septimum

Today I wanted to take the time to say thank you to those tatters who post so often.  I want to name you all but I hesitate because I don't want to leave anyone out!

Some of you post about your tatting every day.  I enjoy seeing your little motifs or the challenges you set yourself (How many can I make from one ball of thread, etc).  Others are working on big projects and watching your progress is almost as fun as making my own progress on something large.  So many of you are able to work on multiple projects at once!  Others have so many interests from spinning to crocheting to weaving to enameling to things I haven't even thought of.  I love to learn about the new things.  Some of you are so generous with your creations and patterns and you share them with others.  Some inspire many of us to try your idea too.  Wow!

When I first started tatting, there was no internet and only my Great Aunt who taught me to tat.  And that was nice but she was isolated too.  It was tricky to grow for either of us.  Now I feel I have so many tatting friends and love to learn from others.

All this to say that this past year has been one of the very hardest emotionally in my life, both in school and at home.  I want to tat and some weeks (really) there hasn't even been one double stitch.   But I've been able to enjoy in brief snatches, your works, ideas, humor and more.  So thank you, thank you, thank you!!

with great affection,
Made this one for St. Patrick's day.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Not a lot of tatting around here - -nuntium duocentesimum quinquagesimum sextum

Tim of Timtatstoo kindly shared his pattern for shuttles for a 3D printer.  Thanks to him and my very patient and kind Science teacher colleague, we have:

The kids will be so excited to learn (or at least have) a shuttle from our very own printer!

Why no tatting?  Well, it's Latin Week this week and there's been a lot of preparation.  Monday was Roman-themed hat day.  Here's mine.

It's only Tuesday... this is going to be a no tat week, I think.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Wanda's Branson bookmark -nuntium duocentesimum quinquagesimum quintum

I saw this on Wanda's blog.  The picture isn't very good but it's a cute bookmark.
I like this color, Lizbeth Grape Splash.

Yesterday was French day in school.  Wednesday after school, elder daughter and I plastered the school with postcards, posters and pictures about  all things French. It took us about three hours.  I have my own hallway into my classroom and we hung red, white and blue streamers there.  We had croissants with Nutella or Bonne Maman preserves.  The kids (and I) wore our berets all day, spoke French all day, played French Twister with the 6th graders, made and ate crêpes during class and in general had a great time.  After school I took everything down, another three hours...  But the smiles were well worth it!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Pendants? - nuntium duocentesimum quinquagesimum quartum

My sister said to make more pendants- she thinks we'll be able to sell them.  "We" because she sells my tatting to unsuspecting co-workers.  : )  I saw something similar on Pinterest so gave it a go.

I bet you've seen that combination before....  These are really little, just larger than a quarter.  I don't mind.  If I can sell them for a few dollars, that's more than was in my pocket this morning!

Today was an "exciting" day at school.  My computer crashed about 5 minutes after school started.  I mean really crashed.  Like the Tech guy (Jon- a superhero) had to reinstall the operating system.  Thankfully I had taught many years without a computer so I was able to punt.  Tech class was a bit challenging but the kids really rallied around and were very helpful as I was trying to present from memory on a different computer.  Seriously, anyone who tells you that middle schoolers are tough just simply doesn't spend time with them.  End of story- my computer is working again, just like before.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Blue ice drop - nuntium duocentesimum quinquagesimum tertium

I thought of Diane the Lace Lovin' Librarian the whole time I made this one!

What do we think of the graduated picots with beads?  I can't decide.  I love graduated picots but it seems like it should be an either/or but not both.

Thanks again for checking out my daughter's shop.  VERY, very kind of you all, I'm not surprised though.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Red and White or Angel's fire. - nuntium duocentesimum quinquagesimum secundum

I've been working on crosses for graduation and retirement.  Our school colors are red and white so Lizbeth Angel Fire is a good one.  I do find the change abrupt and sometimes it really puts me off.

I don't know if the variegation adds or detracts.  These are all from Lene Bjørn's Tatted Bookmarks- cross-shaped.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

New ice drop - - nuntium duocentesimum quinquagesimum primum

Here's what I made yesterday with my fellow tatters and while sitting with the family as they watched basketball.

I've been thinking about this one for a long time- the color combo and beads.  Yesterday I finally had the time to do something about those thoughts!  I don't know what to do with it though.  Should I make a pin out of it?  A pendant?  One of my daughters suggested a suncatcher.  I just don't know.  This is the deadly part.  When I don't know, it languishes in my box of finished-but-what-will-I-do-with-it stuff.

And thank you for the lovely suggestions about the pin.  I'm going to try them all!!

And thank you to those who looked at my girl's shop.  She was so excited last night to tell me about all the views!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

ITD - nuntium duocentesimum quinquagesimum

In honor of International Tatting Day, Twin Cities Tatters got together for a bonus meeting- yay!  We had brand new tatters and others who are "more experienced" and someone who knits and weaves the most beautiful things.  And thanks to Marlene, we even had chocolate!
Cindy put together this picture for us so if you see it on her blog, know that I'm the copycat!
We had a lot of fun, somehow those two hours go by so quickly.  It's such a treat to get together with others who love the same thing.
Here's another pin I've made.  Somehow I'm not sure of it-why?  I don't know.  Something just isn't quite there for me.
This one was actually the first one.  
I don't know, should I keep going with them? Do you have suggestions for improvements?

My elder daughter has sold her first piece on Etsy!  She is over the moon.  I won't mention any names for fear of invasion of privacy but you wouldn't be surprised by this generous tatter's heart.  Anyway, each night she reports to me the number of views so if you have nothing else to do, would you go click on her shop? (This is a gorgeous piece that has non-functioning scissors in it.) Thank you!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring break over - nuntium duocentesimum undequinquagesimum

Well, Spring Break is over and I find myself chained to the dining room table working, working, working.  I've been doing school stuff for the last three days straight only taking a break to clean the oven and the bathrooms (how pathetic does that sound?).  It was a nice spring break though and I got to spend a little more time than usual with both daughters- a real treat!

Younger daughter and I went to Peoria, IL one day and came back the next.  We were doing a college visit, her first.  It was a good experience and while we're not sure it's the college for her, they were great!  900+ miles in two days was a lot though.  We managed to squeeze in some shopping which was her favorite.

Elder daughter and I went to our wonderful Institute of Arts which is a beautiful treasure in the area and free unless you want to go to the special exhibits.  We also went to a new-to-us restaurant in that neighborhood- the Copper Hen, very yummy and fun.  We also spent an afternoon in a different neighborhood poking around some local shops for repurposed things, also fun.  She has finally been able to set up her Etsy shop which if you have a moment, I encourage you to look at (or Pin her stuff if you like it).  It's called BigSisterSteampunk and features her wearable art.  I love it and people always comment on the pieces when I wear them.

Lest you think I haven't been tatting, I have!  (Just not blogging- have I said how crazy this school year has been?).  Here's something I made while younger daughter was driving.  (Now that's also a treat- I have my own chauffeur!)

I'm going to put a pin back on it and wear it when I don't wear Steampunk.  : )  Victorian Red, size 20

Speaking of the Steampunk, here's a pair of elder daughter's earrings- check them out!

Ta for now!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

This one! - nuntium duocentesimum duodequinquagesimum

I should have just gone straight to Joëlle.  This one's available through her Etsy shop, La Cossette.

This is vintage size "tatting thread" which is 70 or maybe 80.  It's a dear little thing.  I had two but on the second one I miscounted the beads.  No problem, I thought, I'll just crush the extra one with my pliers and close the ring.  Can you imagine that crushing the bead was sharp enough that it CUT the core thread.  Into the bin with that one.

Saturday I have 108 very enthusiastic Latin students coming to my school for a day-long Latin event.  That's been keeping me busy.  More on Sunday- I hope.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Not this one either- nuntium duocentesimum quadrigesimum septimum

I like this one but it's way too big for an earring.
On to the next one.  I know what to try- my tried and true favorite designer....Joëlle!