Thursday, October 27, 2016

Debbie made me do it!

My friend Debbie saw my post on Facebook about my Sky Blue Dark Spinning Wheel, and she told me it needed a red C in the center. I think she was right. Now I think I will need to figure out a Cubs doily... just in case they win the World Series!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


It was a cold and dreary day here. Rainy days just seem to set a chill in my bones that won't go away. I can hardly wait to go to bed and snuggle under my wool blanket!

I finished off a mini-ball of brown wool today, and started on some multi-colored yarn from Hobby Lobby. I'm amazed at the number of squares I'm getting from left-over yarns. I'm still trying to decide what to do with them, but for now, I'm just weaving away when the mood strikes!

I finished up my Sky Blue Dark Spinning Wheel while watching the World Series tonight. The game's been going on for three hours now, and they're only in the 7th inning. I guess I'll have time to wind my shuttle for another Spinning Wheel!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I did it again!

I forgot to take pictures, and my sewing students made the cutest pillows today. Bella made a pillow for her grandmother with blue roses on the front and a black print with pink roses on the back. Nadia made a pillow for her bedroom, green with colorful circle designs on the front and solid purple on the back. Riley had a zebra print for the front of her pillow and a raspberry leopard print for the back. They all turned out so cute, and the girls' smiles were from ear to ear!

A few weeks ago, Dave and I visited our friends Gus and Irene. Irene's mother, Maria, was visiting as well. While Dave and Gus worked on digging a sandpoint well, Maria and I sat and talked about crocheting, tatting, yarns, and threads. I put together some samples of Lizbeth thread and yarn from Hobby Lobby and passed them on to Maria. As a thank you, Maria sent some of her beautiful work home with Dave today.

Maria is one of those very talented people who can look at a crocheted piece and recreate it. I admired Irene's table runner, and Maria crocheted one for me!

Maria also knit this beautiful hat for me. I'm all set for winter!

I've been tatting while watching the Cubs play in the World Series. I'm not a big sports fan, but I've always enjoyed watching the Cubs. I can't remember players' names. I don't understand stats. I just like watching baseball. I think that's because I used to watch the Philadelphia Phillies with my Great-grandma Morris when I was a little girl. I think it's kind of cool that the color I chose is Cubby blue! It was purely accidental. I just grabbed a ball of thread from my apothecary jar, and this is the color that came out. I wonder if that's a sign? ;-)

Monday, October 24, 2016

Fabulous mail!

I took on a last minute sub job today, so I didn't accomplish everything I thought I would. That's okay. I had a great time with the kids, and everyone at school makes me feel like a rock star!

After school, daughter Carol needed help finishing up two more costumes. I was glad to help, but by the time I got home and fixed dinner, I was ready to sit down and do nothing!

However, I first needed to open my mail.

The first package I opened was from Marie McCurry of West Pine Creations. Look at all the goodies... a shuttle case, a black walnut tatting shuttle, and a gorgeous pendant. I am one happy girl!

I also received this fabulous art work from Sherry Pence, who is trying to raise money for hearing aids. The last I checked, she was more than halfway to her goal. I'm glad that I was able to help in a small way.

I arrived at school early this morning (old habits die hard), so I had time to get some tatting in while waiting for students. I also had some time to tat at lunch, so I was able to get pretty far today!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Inside drawer #2

I almost didn't post a picture today, because this drawer contains shuttles that have not been assigned a place in my collection yet. It's not that I don't love these shuttles, I do! In fact, over half of them have thread still on them from projects I finished long ago. It's just that I find myself arranging and rearranging shuttles as I go. In fact, I'm already considering shuffling where everything goes, but I'm going to try and force myself to wait until I've found all my shuttles. ;-)

I really need to start taking pictures during the daytime. There are too many shadows at night. Are there any here that you recognize?

We went up to help daughter Alison with her house again today... cleaning leaves out of gutters, patching holes in walls, moving furniture around. My tatting time today took place in the car. We have an hour and a half drive each way. I managed to tat quite a bit, but I did not tat the whole time. Believe it or not, I have a difficult time moving my mouth and my shuttle at the same time. So, every time Dave said something that required a response from me, my hands stopped working. Do any of you have the same problem?

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Top drawer

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you may remember that Dave bought this cabinet for me as a Christmas present. We had been window shopping at Hobby Lobby, and I said it would be great for shuttle storage, never dreaming that the dear man would buy it for me!

As you can see, there are quite a few drawers, and I'm still organizing them. To add to the fun, I've decided I will only show one drawer at a time. So, the shuttle count continues!

Here are some of my Aerlit shuttles. As you can see, I have one in a package and one out of a package except for the Mint Chocolate. That one is attached to a project somewhere really safe!

Today was the first dress rehearsal for Into the Woods. I took my sewing machine along, and it's a good thing I did. There were some more costumes to be hemmed, and two needed repairs. It was a long day, so I'm ready to kick up my feet and tat.

I loaded my beautiful butterfly shuttle from Shuttle by Design before leaving for play practice this morning. The thread is size 80 Lizbeth #707, Sky Blue Dark. This combo makes me smile!

Friday, October 21, 2016


I took on the job of hemming seven pair of pants for the son of a friend of mine. It took much longer than I expected, but the job is done and I have a great feeling of accomplishment!

Daughter Carol came over after parent/teacher conferences today, and I helped her create a wolf costume for the play. Time was short, so I didn't get to take a picture. I'll try to remember to take one at the play next weekend.

After all that activity, I sat down to relax with my tatting. I love this Ocean Teal Med!