Monday, August 24, 2009


My uncle sent me this little gem in the mail the other day. I don't know where he got it, but I'm glad he thought of me. My daughter really likes the weight of it and the way it feels when she tats, so I think I may end up losing it to her.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Elizabeth Quilt Update


I just wanted to let everyone know that this project is still moving along; I know it's been a while since I mentioned it. I'm about a half-round from finishing the large purple tatted butterfly, and then will sew it onto a block. I've also been making lots of little butterflies with leftovers from wound shuttles and am thinking about sewing them onto a piece of printed fabric as another block.

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The results are in!

We didn't get soaked at the Farm Show, but we did stand inside the antiques building and then outside under the awning for over an hour waiting it out, then got sprinkled on here and there. I got 4 blue ribbons (first place) and one white (third place). They had an error in the judging in the doilies and changed my category number on the flower garden doily, so it ended up with no ribbon. I got a bunch of apologies, but I'm still not sure that I really buy their explanation. Something was fishy. So, here are the "official" results:

baby bonnet - blue ribbon
ornament - blue ribbon
vintage case - blue ribbon
purple oval doily - blue ribbon
eagle pillow - white ribbon
flower garden doily - nothing
hanky - nothing

If it's not raining this afternoon, I'll go back out and walk around some more. We didn't get to play our ring-toss game or eat everything we wanted (can we ever eat everything we want??).

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Made it!

Here are my entries, all done and ready to go to the Farm Show tomorrow afternoon. I've posted the info. about most of them earlier. The two new ones are the hanky with pink edging and heart pattern from the Handy Hands catalog and the ornament from Be-Stitched. It was actually way above my comfort level with that many beads on the shuttle, especially the last row, but I did it! BTW, I decided I liked it on the green ornament the best. I tried it on red and blue first.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Almost there!

Can you feel the tension mounting? 2 days until the Farm Show entries are due. Here are my two last-minute projects. I have this evening and Sunday morning available to tat if the new puppy in our house cooperates (lots of treats, lots of treats).

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

While We're Waiting

As we count down to the Farm Show, I had a quick tatting fix by getting out my little Christmas tree and started setting it up with a bunch of odds and ends from my tatting box. I took a couple snowflakes and pinned them to balls, what a great effect! And no sewing!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Farm Show Countdown!

I had to create a little bit of a rush for myself; that's half the fun of the Farm Show every year. So, I started a different ornament and a hanky in the last couple days to see if I can get them done in time. I made a mistake in a previous post. Entries are due next Sunday, the 9th. If things stay quiet here at home, if my order from Handy Hands arrives soon, if my elbow and hand cooperate, and if I can stay focused on these two projects, I can get them done. :) I'll post a pic of all my entries before I head out to the show next Sunday. 7 days to go!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Tatting Spaces

Krystledawne Tats issued a challenge last week to share pictures of our tatting space. I've had such a nice time visiting everyone else's spots that I thought I should show mine. The recliner is one my husband bought for me when our daughter was born 16 years ago. The coloring picture was done by our daughter a few years back also. The ott light is leftover from my cross-stitching days, and it serves me well. I use a knitting yarn/project holder on the floor to store a few projects, and the stand is a piece that my mother used to call a "dough boy." The top opens up to allow storage inside. Of course, my thread and books stash doesn't fit there; it is piled up elsewhere in the house.