Monday, January 16, 2017

Just one

The day got away from me. I don't know how!

At least I finished one Ice Drop!

Getting better

Day 3 of Jane's TIAS is up, and I did pretty well today.

I did not lock up one split ring! I credit that to the fact that there were no picots on the second side of the split ring. :-)

I will have to alter my original guess of this being a cheerleader. The appendage is simply in the wrong place. Now I'm guessing it's a jelly fish!

While Dave worked industriously on the new kitchen countertop yesterday, I finished up laundry, snoozed in my chair, and tatted... yes, in that order!

I know that 6/0 beads are too large for size 20 thread, yet I stubbornly keep trying. I do like the look of this Ice Drop, but the beads make the chain flop. I'll come up with a way to use this one, because it's one of my favorites. Where there's a will, there's a way!

Next, I tried with just two beads. I really like the stacked look, and this one does not flop!

Sunday, January 15, 2017


I fell asleep with my shuttle in my hand last night. There must have been too much activity during the day. ;-)

Yesterday was costume measurement day for the high school play, Big Fish, which will take place in March. Over half the cast was missing, so I was only there for about an hour. Then I headed out to JoAnn Fabrics to look for yellow material for Mom.

I succeeded in my mission, and then some! Fabric was 50% off, so I was not shy!

I found some pretty pink glass gems at JoAnn's, so I decided to use one right away!

This is the Ice Drop that helped me fall asleep in my chair last night. You'd think those vibrant colors would keep me awake!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Practicing split rings

Jane has me practicing split rings... grumble, grumble, gripe. ;-)

Day 2 of her 2017 TIAS is available here.

I still think this is a cheerleader's skirt. Jane has been cheering me on to master split rings for years. I'd be fine if I could skip picots on the second side of the split ring. They lock up on me nearly every time. I'm pretty sure it should not take 25 minutes to tat 4 split rings!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Three's the charm!

Despite subbing today, I've managed to tat three more Ice Drops!

I started one before I went to bed last night. Somehow, it seems easier for me to accomplish something during the day if I start it the night before!

This one was started before school and finished after school. I like the look of stacked beads, and I love the crackled look of the glass gem.

While Dave started installing our new kitchen counter top,

I started another Ice Drop. I just finished it a few minutes ago.

And just like that, I have three more Ice Drops in my collection!

Denise sent me a picture of one of her Ice Drops turned into a lapel pin. Isn't that a great idea?

Thursday, January 12, 2017


I'm so glad Denise had the idea to add little charms to Ice Drops!

I love that little added touch!

Crackled Ice Drop

One of the ladies on the Ice Drop Addicts page posted a link for fried marble... what a blast from the past!

I haven't fried marbles since the 1980s when daughter Alison came from school and wanted to try them. The method shown in the link works much better than what I tried back then!

Preheat your oven to 500°. Put your glass gems or marbles in a pie plate and heat in the oven for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, fill a metal bowl or pot with ice and water and pour the heated gems in the water.

They will crackle beautifully! I only had one that wasn't usable. A large piece cracked off, so I just threw that gem away.

I don't know how well the crackling shows up on your monitor, but in person it looks really cool!

Denise and I found these cute charms when we were out shopping yesterday. I think they're a perfect addition!