Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tatting and Cross Stitch

Today I received the charts I won from Riona. I think that eventually I will stitch all three of them. First I will do the Think Spring chart because that one is my favorite! Thank you so much for sending them to me =)

Here are two more crosses that I have tatted. I find that I am learning something new each time that I tat it so I plan to tat at least one more. I put the first yellow one into my samples book and am keeping it. These two will be flying off into the mail tomorrow along the the one I tat today. These will count as motifs 7 & 8 for my 25 motif challenge. I think that most of my motifs will be bookmarks.

Have a great day!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

No Foolin'

Thursday, April First is International Tatting Day. To honor this day, I would like to offer tatting supplies. The drawing will be held on April 1st and anyone who tats is welcome to enter! The threads are Lizbeth size 20 in Springtime and Spring Green. This will come with some hand cream that is safe to use for needle-workers, a set of clover shuttles in Spring colors, and of course, some delicious dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has anti-oxidants which is good for you. Not to mention that dark chocolate is delicious =) I will have my husband pick a winner when he gets home from class on Thursday evening and I will post the name along with whatever I tat that day. When you leave your comment to enter, please tell me what you plan to tat that day. Do you have a special project planned yet? This is my first time to celebrate this holiday so I am curious to know how you plan to celebrate it. Good luck to all who enter, and feel free to share the info for the give-away with other tatters if you like =)

Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

This & Tat

**Edited to add that these will count as my first six motifs of the 25 motif challenge**

Here is a photo of what I have been up to lately. I finally picked up my shuttles again. I really needed to get some practice in and learn a few more techniques before Shuttlebirds Tatting Days Workshop next month. I am as excited as a five-year-old waiting for Christmas since it will be my very first tatting workshop!

The celtic snails were taught at the January guild meeting. The tatting was the easy part. Weaving the celtic pattern took longer than the tatting but is worth the effort! My first one was tatted in Lizbeth size 20 in Springtime. The second one is Lizbeth size 20 Light Lemon.

The Sweetheart bookmark is tatted in Yarnplayers size 30 Purple Pansy. I lve her threads and have ordered lots and lots of them. Finally I decided to break down and use some!

The purple Octamotif is a Shuttle Brothers pattern and is how I learned SCMR's. I used size 10 cebelia in lavender color 210. I even remembered that I could use the slt to switch shuttles so I could finish it without having to add new thread.

The Ecru Double O Cross is one I started last summer and put away because I "didn't get it". I picked it back up and finished it! The pattern came from the book Tatted Bookmarks - Needle and Shuttle, which I had checked out from the guild library. I just ordered a copy of the book for myself and can't wait for it to arrive! I used Flora HH size 20 color 242.

The medallion is a pattern challenge from the Dec guild newsletter. I used Cebelia size 20 in color 842 mocha. I think that is one of my favorite colors so I must find it in other brands of thread. Yes, I need to weave the ends in, I know.

Last but not least, we have Julie Patterson's Hearts and Flowers Cross Bookmark. I LOVED tatting this pattern and plan to do it again and again. I used Flora HH size 20, color 205 Buttercup - Med. At tatting class last night Patti taught me how to do the spiral chain I added to the bookmark. I really like how it looks!

On a side note, the winner of this month's give-away decided not to accept so I chose another winner. The goodies are on their way to Blu and should arrive very soon.

I have been busy gathering some really cool stuff to give away next month for my blogiversary so keep checking back. I hope to post the first one soon ;)

Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Give-Away Winner!

Today must be my lucky day because just look at this wonderful gift I received in the mail! It's a tiny Altoid tin filled with pins, and stitched for me by Corinna as a thank you present for the goodies she won in last months blog drawing! I absolutely love it! Thank you so very much =)

Here are two more pairs of slippers I made to send to my sons friends.

I've got my corned beef in the crock pot and am ready to sit down and stitch the day away. I asked dear hubby to choose a number between 1 and 18 and he said, "How about #1 this time. Why not give it to the very first person who left a comment." So, the winner is: Stephanie! Congratulations! I just sent you an email so please answer soon so I can get your package into the mail!

Thanks to all who entered my give-away! I am adding your blogs to my google reader if they weren't already there. Please keep checking back as next month is my blogiversary and I plan to have several give-aways!

Have a great day =)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Yesterday I received this lovely package from Marie P. !!! We had planned to have a private Easter exchange but I noticed that she had several things going and offered to relieve her of some pressure and she said that would be fine to exchange later. Of course, I hadn't been stitching much because I was waiting for my glasses to come so I was thinking it would help both of us to put off our exchange. Then I received this lovely package from her as a gift! I just can't say thank you enough Marie!!! Your finishing is beautiful! I really love what you stitched for me and the goodies too. I bet you can't even tell that I had already eaten half of that chocolate bar! Dark chocolate is my absolute favorite and I was very much in need of a chocolate binge yesterday =) Thank you so much!!!

Here is my awesome pin keep stitched for me by Staci! I was thrilled to see that she had my name for the pin pillow exchange that BeckySC is hosting. Staci dyed her own fabric and my husband even commented on how nice it looks. I think I may have to give this a try! My pin pillow is filled with crushed walnut shells, which I love! Thank you Staci =)

Have a great day!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Do You Feel Lucky?

Here is my give-away for March. A pair of the red scissors, a fat quarter of green material, some green beads, WDW Lucky thread, and a silver clover charm. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post only and if your email is not in your profile, then leave that too so I can contact you. I will have hubby pick a number or draw a name on St. Patrick's Day. Just for kicks, could you please also tell me what your favorite fabric/fabrics are to stitch on? Colors, counts, even weave, linen, brand - Silkweaver, Lakeside Linen, PTP..... Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

Have a great day!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

This & That

These are the two scarves that I made for the Idaho Special Olympics. The one on the left is knit with Red Heart Gray Heather. The one on the right is crocheted with Red Heart Cherry Red. I really like to make scarves so I pulled out a few more patterns that I had printed out so I can eventually make them.

Above is the Monthly Dishcloth KAL from February 15th. It's called Lacy Vines and I really enjoyed knitting it.

This cloth is the KAL from the Rachels_Knitting_Room yahoo group. It was a cryptic message cloth which is why it looks like it doesn't make any sense. I am usually very good at puzzles but this one I just couldn't get. Turns out it is "Betty Davis Eyes". Well, I think it's just the right size to set our coffee cups on by the coffee pot. I guess Betty will have coffee cup goggles.

I am getting my March give-away together and hope to post it tomorrow so check back. I just need to pick up one or two more things and take a pic so I can post it. It will be a small one because next month is my blogiversary and I plan to have more than one give-away. I almost have everything together for those.

Have a great day!