Wednesday, October 24, 2018

St Patricks catch up

I had every intention of posting three days right in a row , I was just missing one little hit the publish button two days ago...LOL. I am still playing the catch up game so up next we have St. Patricks day. Due to the short amount of time between Valentines Day and Saint Patricks day I ended up making and sending out only 10 of these. 

  I found a super simple shamrock called Irish for a day by Sharren Sarver Morgan that worked up pretty quickly. You can find the pattern here. The shamrock on the left is made with size 10 artiste thread called snow pea and the one on the right is made with size 20 Lizbeth thread called leafy green. It was quite interesting dong the same pattern with  2 different brands of thread.  I don’t often get to use the Lizbeth thread, for one it is much more expensive and for two it is hard to find around here. If I want to use it I have to plan ahead and order it well ahead of time which rarely happens.  Each thread had its own strengths and weaknesses so I am not sure I could pick my favorite. 
The beaded little leprechaun is a pattern that I bought on the site threadabead, you can find it here

This card idea was mine. .I am not sure if you can read the tiny print at the bottom of the card it says “Just in case that’s not what you wished for we have included another clover for an extra wish. I know, it is a lot on the corny side..maybe my husband is rubbing off on me.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Cards inside and out

So since I started looking back I realized that I could be sharing the inside of my holiday cards. My hubby has actually helped me out when I have a mental block and cant come up with a saying. He has got a quirky sense of humor that I absolutely adore so his cards really do deserve to be seen.

This Christmas card is one of his quirkier ones! He always cracks me up, some people may not get his silliness but I thought this one was super silly.

This valentines card was my idea but I made him fill out the personal sentiments on the inside. This one was actually intended for my stepson but it never ended up in his hand...I know I suck! Each card actually got a different sentiment but it was a variation on the Bon Jovi theme.

Moving forward I will try to remember to post both the inside and outside of the cards.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Valentines Day catch up

I am not having such good luck playing the catch up game, it is taking much longer than I anticipated but next up we have Valentines Day. I didn’t have much time to work on my Valentines  and St Patricks motifs because they are both so close to Christmas and Thanksgiving so I had to pick something fairly smallish. I ended up finding  a pattern by Anne Bruvold called Christmas Hearts and I used an artiste thread called dawn rose.  I found the idea for the beaded do-dad  from a picture I found on pintrest and I just changed it to fit the heart. I remember the heart taking a bit longer to tat than I anticipated but they were so cute I just kept doing them. Thankfully I only had to iron these to make them lay flat.   I ended up making 19 of these but only 13 of them made it to the intended recipients.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Catch up Christmas!

I must say I am blown away! I seriously didn’t think anybody would ever read my blog without  the 25 motif challenge so a massive thank you goes out to YOU!!!

So let’s get on with trying to play the catch up game and start with the next project in the timeline which would make it Christmas! I remember this past Christmas being a super busy time and it completely crept up and was over before I even realized it. We actually ended up having a surprise visit from family which was awesome but since it was a surprise, the time I had planned to finish Christmas shopping and crafting got taken away. I actually had started on my holiday ornaments fairly early but they weren’t  all completely finished when family arrived. Needless to say a lot of them were shipped late and quite a few of them were shipped super late because some of them got put in an obscure place when we cleaned for company and didn’t get found until well after the holiday. In fact it was so late that I felt silly sending some of them out so I just didn’t send them out.

I ended up making 19 of these snowflakes but only 9 of them actually got sent out. The pattern for the tatting is one by Renulek unfortunately I cant remember where I got the pattern for the beaded thing. The thread is just a white skein that I picked up from goodwill but I stiffened them with a glitter glue mixture I know that the 25 motif challenge doesn’t exist anymore but I am still going to count so this is my #16 motif

Monday, September 24, 2018

I realized a couple of months ago that it had been a really long time since I had posted anything  at that time I also discovered that the 25 motif challenge was no longer going to be continued. I was super disappointed that I had let my blog laps and that I didn’t even realize that the 25 motif challenge had decided that not enough people were interested in having it continue. Believe it or not it was the 25 motif challenge that inspired me to start a blog in the first place and it has been one of the big motivators to continue. When I found out that I totally missed the opportunity to tell Sharon the blogger who runs the challenge how very much her blog meant to me I was super bummed. Then I realized the reason why I missed it was because I was so busy with everyday life that I let my own blog go by the way-side so I truly have no idea how she found the time to run such an amazing blog and I will always be grateful to her for her hard work and for inspiring so many tatters and bloggers in so many ways.
I kind of lost interest to keep posting anything  because I kind of felt like there wasn’t much use to keep doing it because she was really the only person who probably  read it anyway. But I have really come to realize how much I have missed not blogging and how much I actually look back to my own blog to remember what my past projects were or to come up with what pattern I used to make a doily. I recently ran across a doily I had almost completed but for some reason I was 4 motifs away from finishing it so I looked back to my blog to find exactly what doily it was and where to find the pattern.   I have decided to try to go back and post a couple of my last projects before I cant remember them at all.  I doubt very much that I will remember much about each project but I am going to do my best.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Thanksgiving on Christmas Eve?!

So I was just getting ready to post my Christmas motifs when I realized I forgot to post my Thanksgiving motifs. This having a full time, big girl job is really cutting into crafting time! I am not loving it but I guess it is paying the bills.
It might be kind of silly to be posting a Happy Thanksgiving  post  on Christmas eve but here it goes! I am going to call these #15 in the 25 motif challenge.

Happy Thanksgiving

I ended up making 14 of these cards which means 28 of the leaves. This was the first project I used a more expensive thread on.  Making half of the leaves with Lizbeth thread and half with the cheaper Artiste thread let me compare them side by side.The Lizbeth color is the variegated one and it is size 10 and its called falling leaves, the solid orange is size 10 and its called Papaya. I found good and bad in both threads. While doing this pattern, which is a pattern from J Paulson I actually tried 2 new techniques I have never tried before.  This pattern called  for Josephine knots and I struggled massively with doing them with the Lizbeth thread . The knot would twist and then I couldn't get them to close but they went just fine with the Artise thread. I also got to try doing a zig-zag stitch when making the stem. I had a bit of trouble keeping the counts on doing that stitch but its not super noticeable so I think they turned out ok.
 I liked the way the leaves done with the Lizbeth thread turned out  a bit better but I was also more concerned with wasting thread while doing them. I am not sure where my extreme frugal-ness has come from but I sure hate waste so trying to convince myself that wasting a bit of thread would not be the end of the world was a constant battle cry. I used almost a full roll of the Lizbeth thread and it doesn't even look like I made a dent in the artiste thread. I may try using Lizbeth thread again but I don't think I enjoy using it as much as my cheaper thread.
Sorry about the Thanksgiving post on christmas eve but I guess its better late than never. I guess if its too bad Santa wont stop at my house tonight. I

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween!! I seriously cant believe it has been so long since I have posted anything. I knew it had been a while but I had no idea how long till I looked back at older posts. Part of the reason is because of the lull in the months that dont have any holidays in them.  The other part of the reason is because I finally had to break down and find a big girl job! Boy having a full time job really cuts into the crafting time!

I had every intention of getting my holiday cards in the mail in plenty of time for Halloween but time absolutely just flew by while trying to get into the groove of the new job so I didn't get them in the mail as early as I had hoped. I actually had them almost completely done several weeks ago but me running true to form hesitated to put the finishing touches on them and then I blinked and it was just a few days before the holiday.

I ended up making 16 of these little ornaments. I am going to call them #14 in the 25 motif challenge I found the pattern on and had downloaded it onto my computer and I am very thankful that I did because I went back to find it on the internet again and it keeps telling me that the server can't be found. I am super bummed because he had tons of super cute patterns and now it is gone. He had a pattern that I was going to use for my thanksgiving pattern so I ended up having to find another pattern. If anyone has any info on what happened to his site I would greatly appreciate it.
Each little cat ended up having its own little personality by the time I was done starching them.  I sometime changed the counts and sometimes I tatted a bit tighter than others so each one looks a bit different. I didn't block them when I starched them so that made each one unique.

              I hope everyone stays safe on Halloween
                    but have a spooky amount of fun!

Special thanks to Tio for helping me photograph the ornaments.