Saturday, February 9, 2019

Halloween



I was going to try to take advantage of our snow day off and get another post out of the way. I started several posts but I didn't get them finished on the snow day but at least I made the attempt.   It snowed on Sunday night through till Monday morning and as I work for a service company that runs service trucks and live in an area that is not equipped for snow removal my boss made the decision to not even open the doors. We actually got about 6 inches on Monday and we stayed down in the teens all week so the snow didn’t get much of a chance to melt so when we had an anticipated storm set to hit the area again on Friday my boss decided to not open on Friday either. We did end up getting about 4 more inches which is huge when we don’t have snow plows or sand trucks so it was probably a good idea that we didn’t have the guys come in and take the chance of getting stuck and being snowed out of home.

Anyway, up next we have Halloween. Since there are several months between 4th of July and Halloween you would think that I would have plenty of time to come up with a fun motif and have plenty of time to get them done but apparently, in my world that is just not the case. I remembered seeing a spider web motif somewhere in my cyber surfing but it was a bit difficult to find it again. I remembered that it was probably “tatman” site that I saw it on but since he has taken the site down it was quite difficult to try to find. For some reason I had it in my mind that that was the next pattern I wanted so I searched for a long time trying to find the pattern. I did end up finding a picture of it and it took me several tries to figure out the pattern.



  I am terrible at figuring out what I need to change about the counts in order for my project to lay flat. It took me several motifs before I remembered that you can climb out of a row with a split ring so that the web ended correctly.  My end product doesn’t look anywhere near as good as Mark Meyers (tatman) but I think the little beaded spider kind of redeems the project. 




I made 12 complete cards (not including the mess ups in the picture above). These are probably one of my least favorite projects I have ever done but at least I got most of them sent out.  The card idea was mine, my husband didn’t get the concept but I sent them out anyway.


No Easter just 4th of July




Calendar wise up next I should have Easter to post about.  I spent several hours digging through my tatting boxes and photos trying to find my Easter project. I finally had to come to the conclusion that I didn’t make or send any out. It is quite frightening that I seriously can’t remember why or what happened but the fact remains that I was lame and missed a holiday. I did find a couple motifs that I started that may have been a start of Easter but I can’t post them because they will eventually go out to family.
So I guess up next we have Independence Day.  It looks like I made 15 of these but I only sent out 9 of them. I feel like this year has been a terrible year where I started with the best of intentions but never followed through or finished any of my projects.  It seems like I made lots of motifs but then didn’t get them sent out. 

I tried to find where I got the pattern for the tatted motif from but I can’t seem to find it.  It makes me feel real badly when I can’t give credit to the artist that created a pattern that I used. I am fairly certain that I found the pattern on pintrest and the pattern had a picture of the final project with the pattern behind it. I used artiste thread in size #10 and the color is blueberry. I remember I had a big problem with this pattern with missed joins and I ended up ripping a bunch of stitches out which was not pleasant because trying to open a closed ring that doesn’t have a picot in it is not very easy. I didn’t love the way this pattern turned out but I couldn’t find another pattern and I was in a hurry to try to get them done.  
As for the pattern for the little beaded doodad , I have had most of my patterns so long that I can’t remember where I got them from. I have been beading for over 25 years and I have a huge accumulation of holiday ornaments that I hang on a display for each holiday and more often than not that is where I get my ideas for the tatted accents. 



Now the card however is solely my husband’s idea! It is kind of an inside family joke. My family has plenty of firework stories gone wrong and this was just his little idea of a reminder of those cautionary tales.

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 thing...to 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