Saturday, June 24, 2017

Just another Saturday

Nothing special went on around here today, just housework, yard work, and a little relaxation.

Of course relaxation means time for a little tatting!

I also finished off the band I was weaving. I'm not real happy with this one. It just wasn't what I wanted. Still, I'm sure I'll find a use for it.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Takin' it easy

Yesterday was a pretty full day, so I decided to take it easy today. By that I mean that I did a lot of reading!

After a morning of reading and doing laundry, I decided it was time to tat an Ice Drop. I can't believe I'm still on the same ball of Rainbow Splash!

Part of my morning reading was to try and understand Inkle weaving patterns. I do have an Inkle loom, but I am determined to figure out how to make Inkle patterns work on a rigid heddle loom. I warped my Hard Maple card loom following the pattern, or so I thought. It didn't take me long to figure out that the pattern just wasn't going to work, so I took out what I had done and started weaving my own adaptation. It's not quite what I envisioned, but I figure this is all a learning process!

It was fun opening my mail today!

When Veronica posted these beauties in her Etsy shop, I just couldn't resist!

I love the artistry!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Garden walk

Today was my friend Denise's birthday, and to celebrate she invited me and two other friends to attend the Kankakee Kultivators Club garden walk. It was a wonderful day!

We met at Denise's house at 8:30 and headed out.

We saw so many beautiful gardens!

It was pretty warm today, but luckily there was a brisk breeze.

We picked up lots of gardening ideas.

I don't enjoy gardening myself, but I do enjoy the gardens that Dave creates in our yard.

And now I have ideas for him! ;-)

Before leaving this morning, I finished Sophia's pink, purple, and yellow band. Sophia wove the first 6" and did a beautiful job. I just have to mail it to her now. I know she'll be thrilled to have it.

My day wouldn't be complete without an Ice Drop!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer fun

One of the joys of summer is spending time outside. Another joy is spending time with friends and family with little or no notice. Today was one of those days!

Daughter Carol and I went and looked at cars, enjoyed lunch at one of our favorite little restaurants, and then went looking for bathroom fixtures and towels. We didn't buy much, but we had fun looking!

Before heading out, I finished a pink Ice Drop. Sophia would be pleased with this one!

I also worked on Sophia's band. Sophia actually wove the first six inches of this band all by herself... not bad for a four-year-old! We didn't finish it while she was here, but I did promise to mail it to her when it's done.

I was inspired to lay all of my bands out on the ironing board and take a picture. It looks like they need a good pressing. Each band is laid out to show both the front and back side. I'm amazed at how much my technique has improved in a fairly short time.

One final Ice Drop of the day... I do like the contrast between the pastel glass gem and ribbon and the bold colors of Rainbow Splash. I wonder if Sophia will approve of this one? 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Oops... I did it again!

I forgot to blog last night. No, it's not necessary for me to blog every day, but I do find that blogging helps keep me inspired to learn new things!

I spent a lot of time reading about card weaving yesterday. It's a fascinating subject!

I also spent several hours cleaning and organizing, looking for my stash of Yarnplayer threads. Mistene is looking for size 20 Sugar Maple to finish a doily she's working on. I'm sure I have some, but I haven't yet found the really safe place I stored it! If you have some, Mistene would love to either purchase it from you or make a trade. Do you know where your stash is?

When doing chores, I always give myself little craft breaks. Doesn't everyone? It doesn't look it on my monitor, but this Baltic band is a very pretty green and purple. The pattern is from The Weaver's Inkle Pattern Directory by Anne Dixon. I used perle cotton, which makes a beautiful band!

With all the cleaning and reading yesterday, I only managed to finish one Ice Drop. One is better than none!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

And the winner is...

Margie Crewse! Congratulations, Margie! You are the winner of my blogiversary give-away. Please pm your mailing info to me and I will get your surprise off to you this week.

I finished weaving another Baltic band pattern from The Weaver's Inkle Pattern Directory by Anne Dixon. Sophia loved the colors of this one!

Dave wanted to spend the day working on things he was interested in at his own pace. He spent quite a bit of time working in the yard, and while he worked outside, I sat on the front porch tatting. Dave likes having me sit on the porch while he's working in the yard, and I like sitting there!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

What happened?

Sue Anna and I talked yesterday and decided to cancel our Tollway Tatters meeting. The weather forecast did not look good for the Illinois/Wisconsin border where Sue Anna lives. I haven't had the chance to check what it was like up by the border, but the weather was okay throughout the day where I live (50 miles south of Chicago). It was hot and humid throughout the day, and we are under a severe thunderstorm watch until 1 a.m. While I would have loved to get together with my tatting friends, I am not willing to take chances with nasty weather, and we all travel at least an hour to meet.

With our meeting canceled, I really thought I'd accomplish a great deal today. I was so wrong!

Joanne and family left at 6:30 this morning. I talked to Mom for about an hour. Eva, Aidan, Dave, and I had breakfast, and then we cleaned up and finished morning chores.

Dave headed out to get some work done. Eva, Aidan, and I went to the post office and the hardware store, and a few minutes after we returned home, Alison arrived. We chatted a little, had lunch, cleaned up, and then Alison and the kids headed home.

Dave arrived back home with his tuned up lawn mower, then loaded another mower into the van for repairs. We headed off to his friend Cal's for a quick fix on that lawn mower. It turned out not to be a quick fix, so we'll have to pick it up next week.

We headed home, and Dave took me out to dinner. We could not believe that it was 6:30 when we arrived home! What happened to our day?

As you may have guessed, there was no tatting today!

Friday, June 16, 2017

10 years!

That's right... 10 years ago today I started blogging! I think it's time to celebrate!

Leave a comment on this post, and I will use a random number generator to choose a winner for some tatting goodies.

Do you blog? How long have you been blogging? Do you have a favorite designer? Mine's Mary Konior. Do you have a favorite pattern? Mine's Mary Konior's Spinning Wheel glass mat from Tatting with Visual Patterns (my favorite book). Do you have a favorite tatting book? What's your favorite color?

I haven't done this in a long time, so I think it will be extra fun!

Today is my last full day of visiting with family. Joanne and the kids are heading home tomorrow, as are Eva and Aidan. I won't be lonely, though. Tollway Tatters will be meeting! Are you in the Chicago area this weekend? We meet at 10 a.m. at the Hinsdale Oasis on 294. We try to sit near Starbucks. We're easily identifiable. Just look for mounds of tatting supplies and tie-dyed t-shirts. We usually stay until 2 or 3 p.m., and we would love to have you join us!

It's hard to believe that Eva and Aidan are both teenagers now. Aidan turned 13 last Saturday, and Eva turned 15 on Tuesday. The have been a great help with the little ones. Yesterday they even watched Dora the Explorer with Sophia!

I made a big mistake yesterday. I finished an Ice Drop while Sophia was sleeping. She did not approve the glass gem or the ribbon, and she let me know that she did not really like this one. Kids can be so funny! I will try to do better today! 😇

I had a lovely birthday surprise in the mail yesterday. I had ordered one of Rita Richmond's red paisley shuttles. Red is my mom's favorite color and I adore paisley designs, so ordering this one was a no brainer! I was thrilled to see this beautiful card from Rita. Does she know that Mom loves cardinals? The best part was that Rita sent me a birthday present...

I love blue. I love peacocks. I love Rita's wooden shuttles... now I have everything I love in one beautiful piece of artwork!

It even has my name and the date on the back! Thank you for the wonderful birthday surprise, Rita! You've helped make my 65th birthday extra special!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Another hot day!

The air conditioning kicked in extra early this morning... 7:30! Luckily, thunderstorms rolled in late afternoon and it cooled of significantly.

I finished another Baltic band pattern last night. Part of the fun in weaving these bands is seeing what pattern emerges on the reverse side. I do love the red, white, and blue... perfect for Flag Day!

Sophia was very excited about this Ice Drop! She really liked the way the sparkly edge of the thread picked up the blue in the glass gem.

While the twins were napping this morning, Sophia helped me warp my loom. She loves drawing the thread down to the peg and slipping it in to place, and I love having her help!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Cousin time

We had a full day yesterday!

Eva is saving up for a ukulele case.

Aidan is saving up for a new graphics card for his computer.

So, Grandpa gave them opportunities to earn a little cash this week!

Grandma rewarded their hard work with a popsicle!

When Joanne returned from Aunt Karen's, she and Eva headed off to the grocery store. Aidan entertained his cousins.

Dinner time was quite interesting. Kara loved her ravioli!

Eva and Aidan helped make chili for dinner.

Despite the heat of the day (we almost hit 100), the pot of chili disappeared!

Alas, no Ice Drops were completed today. 😔

Monday, June 12, 2017

S-l-o-w day

The heat started kicking in about 10 a.m. yesterday, and once it's hot, I'm pretty much done! Right now the air is refreshing, but as soon as the air conditioner kicks in, the windows will be closed and I will become a slug. I don't think I would survive in the deep south or in the desert states. Yes, I am a wimp!

Once I adjust to the heat, I will accomplish more. In the meantime, I'm just enjoying life!

I only tatted one Ice Drop yesterday, but I have a good excuse. Grandchildren Eva and Aidan arrived yesterday for a week long visit. Aidan's 13th birthday was Saturday, and Eva's 15th birthday is tomorrow. Both of their parents had heavy work schedules this week, so I get the benefit of their company!

If Lily and Ella could come down from Minnesota, my house would be overflowing... and I would be ecstatic! However, they are both into sports and are on softball teams. In order for me to spend time with them, I need to head north!

This may end up being my busiest summer so far! 😁

Sunday, June 11, 2017


I started the day off yesterday by installing updates on my computer. What a long process! I started around 5 a.m. when I got up, and the updates were not finished installing until almost 11. Granted, we don't have the fastest Internet access, and there were multiple users (Dave on his iPad, the kids streaming a movie while breakfast was being made, me installing updates). Still, that seemed like an awfully long time.

I did try posting yesterday morning, but since everything was so slow, I decided to put it off until later, and later just never came!

Sophia spent quite a bit of time "tatting" yesterday. She chose a dark pink shuttle and purple thread for her second project aka winding thread on the shuttle.

Every girl needs a project bag, so Sophia chose from my stash of Origami pouches. She told me she's making an Ice Drop. That's my girl! Think positively!

I finished another Sophia-approved Ice Drop before breakfast. I've noticed that some of the opaque glass gems are losing some of their paint from knocking against each other. I don't mind. I think it adds a little character!

Sophia cracks me up when she tells me she's going to just sit over here and do some tatting! I think she's toted her tatting to every chair in the house!

Janko is our little banana king! He eats several bananas every day, and he will only eat them if they're partially peeled. He does not like to share!

Kara gets all excited when Papa gets his iPad out!

I finished another Sophia-approved Ice Drop while the kids were napping. Then we all packed up and headed over to my sister-in-law's house for a cookout. Since we haven't had much rain in the past two weeks, there were not mosquitoes and the weather was perfect for sitting outside and enjoying each other's company!

Friday, June 9, 2017


Daughter Joanne and the kiddos came back from their visit to Auntie Carol's yesterday morning. As expected, Sophia spied the new set of Ice Drops as soon as she walked into the living room!

The surprise was, she allowed the babies to help her decorate the tree!

While they were napping, I finished weaving my red and white Baltic band from The Weaver's Inkle Pattern Directory by Anne Dixon. I already have a pattern and colors in mind for my next band. I just need to find time to warp my loom!

I also managed to finish another Ice Drop. Sophia said, "Grandma you forgot to let me choose the ribbon, but it's okay because it's blue." I will definitely wait for her to choose the ribbon for the next Ice Drop!

After bath time, Sophia informed me that she is now big enough to learn tatting. She is four, after all! She chose a blue shuttle and turquoise thread and started winding her shuttle. After about 12" were wound, she asked if she was done. Hahaha! She filled the shuttle about halfway and told me she would tat some more tomorrow. She went to bed a very happy little girl!