Thursday, February 16, 2017

What do you do when the ideas come fast and furious?

Brain dump!
(Which doesn't take long for me snigger, snigger)

I found some adorable buttons yesterday in a thrift store. They are now in process of becoming a jewelry set for a fundraiser. That’s all I’ll be able to share about that.

I recently attended a mini-workshop on Blackwork. http://www.nordicneedle.net/guides/stitching-techniques-guides/blackwork-embroidery/  I have several great ideas of how to combine that with tatting. I should have pictures next week.

In the meantime, I invite all to attend an upcoming organ concert:

“Bach By Popular Demand” 
featuring James Welch
Carmel Presbyterian Church, Carmel, CA 
Saturday, February 18 at 3 PM

Organ and Sackbut Recital 
featuring music of Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary music 
for organ and bass sackbut 
Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, Sunnyvale, CA
Friday, February 24, at 7:30 PM


I'll be the one tatting in the corner!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

I enjoy truly international Holidays a great deal. It’s fun to celebrate something that crosses borders and is significant in more than one culture. Especially if it involves gift giving, spreading joy and love, and general wonderful time with family and friends.

This year, it’s my pleasure to share with all a wonderful new pattern by Muskaan:
Block Heart Bracelet designed by Muskaan
I tried this out using both needle and shuttle with Lizbeth size 20. I think it will work with either tool just fine! I prefer shuttle, mostly because I felt clumsy using the needle, dropping it to pick up the other needle, and finding out where the first needle landed when I crossed my legs. No blood, but it interrupted my concentration, which of course opened the gates for an error. Just me trying to keep sane.


I so enjoy all my International tatting friends! Please take a moment to visit their blogs and leave them a comment. I’m going right now to thank both Georgia for sharing the pattern and Muskaan for creating the pattern!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Another milestone

Halfway through another 100 posts. Who’dathunk……


Not much to show as I’ve been cleaning up, organizing, and dreaming up another design. Soon, I promise! In the meantime, here’s my version of Jane’s TIAS 2017: 
Jane E TIAS 2017
She is worked in color Carousel. I thought these colors would be "Jane" and I think they fit nicely!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Crosby weather continues

Life has settled into a routine lately: A day or so of storm, a day or so of cleanup, a day or so of Spring Cleaning (yard and house). What I need right now is a day or so of tatting to finish off these designs! Soon….I hope.
Jane's TIAS 2017 Day 10
I have been tatting 


Oh, almost forgot to explain the title of this post! For many years, Bing Crosby hosted a golf event he called a Clambake. It still brings wonderful fun to our area. The best in Pro golfers come and play spectacular courses. Part of the event is a Pro-Am tournament that raises money for charities. Lately, Bill Murray has been entertaining all while making his way around the holes. Various sports celebrities also join in. The weather usually throws a bit in for the fun. The long-time residents call it Crosby weather. They will say with a wry grin that if it is going to rain and storm in February, it’ll be Clambake time.


This year is no exception. Rain, wind, and general chilliness are forecast. As I write this, the wind is howling, the rain is coming in sheets, and it’s just dank and cold. A good day to rest, tat, and sop up the water seeping into the basement.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Rest and filing

I have my design trials in mind. Whew! I think I’ll let them percolate for a day. Today will be a good day to practice at the organ. I took a moment the other day to organize my photos from Jan 2017. I hadn’t shared this one of the flag


Coming together!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Needing a walk on the beach

TIAS 2017 Day 8
Well, the design thoughts are coming fast and furious! 
I’ve not got much to show, just sketches on scraps of paper and several trials in thread that got binned fast. I’m hoping a walk on the beach will help focus me.


In the meantime, here’s my version of Day 8 TIAS 2017: 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Sunshine can be ……distracting

The sun has been coming out more often the last few days. It’s hard to stay indoors and not get out in it. Thank goodness one can tat sitting on your porch! If you’re passing and see me, honk or shout out. I tend to get absorbed by the thread….and beads…and music….

The sunrise this morning was fabulous. I was reminded of a cool window I saw in an older home here. I managed to snap pictures of it and then forgot I had them! So, here they are:



And the nametag is ready for a chain…or something….



Now to settle the design for the Art Raffle…..