Monday, August 29, 2016

Just another manic Monday

I really don't know how the day got away from me so quickly, but I did manage to pack a lot into it.

I did manage to work a little on my Spinning Wheel glass mat in this gorgeous Japanese thread. Taking time to tat between laundry loads makes laundry day a lot more fun!

I also spent time on the mermaid tail afghan that I should have finished a month ago. Luckily, it's been too hot and humid for anyone to want to use an afghan!

The best part of my day was giving Bella a sewing lesson. Bella comes to my house every day after school, so we have plenty of time for lessons. Today she made her own little thread catcher. She did a great job, and she was very pleased with her finished project!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

All quiet on the tatting front

Boy is it quiet! Why? Because I've been working industriously on my sewing room. The level of disorganization is beyond belief, but it is coming together. I will post pictures when it starts to look like a sewing room again.

In the meantime, there has been no tatting, sewing, knitting, weaving, or crocheting to speak of since Thursday. However, once the reorganization is done... look out!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Another slow tatting day

I spent most of the day working on my sewing room, and I'm happy to have about half of it exactly the way I want it. However, I have a major problem. What do I do with all of the stuff I've cleared out of the room? I think I need to start some serious de-stashing!

Of course I took a couple of breaks, and during that time I did a little tatting. This butterfly is out of the organic cotton I used for my last Spinning Wheel. It's no bigger than my thumb nail!

My next Spinning Wheel is out of this wonderful Japanese thread in size 80. Thank you to Wendy for purchasing it for me and shipping it. I don't normally make requests for overseas friends to make purchases for me, but I just had to try this thread it. I don't remember the name of it, but I am happy that I have some to play with!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Teeny tiny

I finished my Sinning Wheel glass mat today! It's tatted with Scandal organic cotton sewing thread.

It's a mere 2 3/4" across.

Here it is next to the size 80 Lizbeth in blue.

And here it is next to the yellow size 20 Lizbeth.

It's only about the size of a small Clover tatting shuttle. Now that's teeny tiny!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sewing lessons

I gave sewing lessons to three little girls today... what fun! They brought their own sewing machines with them, which was a challenge for me. Each brand has its little quirks, and it took me a while to figure out how to wind the bobbins and thread the machines. Still, we had a lot of fun!

I did spend some time tatting today, but a good deal of my day was taken up with getting prepared for my lesson with the girls. It looks like I'll be able to finish this Spinning Wheel tomorrow!

Monday, August 22, 2016

I waved!

Today was the first day of school for the kids, so I made sure I was outside when the school bus passed by both morning and afternoon. It was fun to see the kids waving to me enthusiastically! And guess what? I was not at all sad that I wouldn't be joining them at school today!

I had a very busy day, so I didn't get much tatting done. I did manage to walk my 10,000 steps. In addition, I finished all the laundry, did the grocery shopping, took a nap, and I even baked cookies. I think I'm going to enjoy retirement!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Still emptying shuttles

I can't believe how much thread is left on some of my shuttles! I've managed to empty three, but I have 13 shuttles on my table waiting to be relieved of their burden so that they can be part of a new project.

No, I did not spend the day tatting butterflies, although it does look like it. I also spent time with my latest Spinning Wheel glass mat.

I'm not an orange person, but this orange is very pretty! This is organic cotton sewing thread that I found here on Etsy. I didn't think I was going to like tatting with it since it is so fine, but I like it a lot!