Friday, November 25, 2011

Well. I finally got around to checking my mail. To my surprise, I had a package. A Card, 2 flat wooden shuttles wound with lizbeth thread (2 colors i didn't have), A silver snowflake and floss threaders. In case you are a new tatter and don't really understand the threaders...I'll explain. They are great for adding beads to tatting and also a great tool for hiding ends (magic thread trick). I am also going to post this over on intatters (cause that's where the exchange went down :)) But I thought that I could brag over here. About...the shuttles. I am not really a flat shuttle kind of gal....but man are these nice! they are sooooo smooth and soft, I have never felt anything like it. So what i am thinking i am going to do, is to make a necklace out of one. So I can have a shuttle ANY where i go. Also so i have something to pet...I am not joking when I say they are smooth, my favorite is the one with green. Its like satin. The snowflake is already on my tree. It came in perfect time! We decorate the Christmas tree the day after thanksgiving...which would be today...So its on my tree and matches perfectly. My ornaments are silver, frosted silver, bronze-ish gold, with a peppermint silver, gold, and red. the colors of that snowflake...tell me thats not meant to be. 
close up of the shuttles

the snowflake

a horrible picture of the tree half done.
Have i mentioned that i don't like the blogger layout...its hard to put the pictures where i want...oh well . Ok, well I think that I should take the kids outside for a to y'all later!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

My thanks.

Boy oh boy. I start a lot of post like that don't I? So. Been reading blogs, Entered a couple giveaways, didn't win....but that doesn't stop me from trying :)! Its thanksgiving today. Growing up as a kid, thanksgiving was a lot to our family. My most memorable thanksgiving was when i was like 10. I was sitting in our dining room, when all hell broke loose. My brother or sister opened the front door and our dog Jane ran out. This was bad because she was in heat. So we all ran after her...By the time we got to her she was already stuck to him. Possibly the funniest, most sad thing... they were basically butt to butt, facing away from each other...stuck. My mom was yelling for us to get some cold water to separate them. Thats the funny. The sad, is that they were stuck...every time the moved she would cry out in pain...We finally got them apart, and got her back to the house....Just in time for Santa. I believe that was also the year that my grandma had thanksgiving with us...that was not fun, but to this day i really appreciate what she was trying to do.

2005...i was pregnant. Turkey was very bad for me. too juicy.  I love dry turkey. Weird I know but thats me. 2006...bad memories. anthony and i was separated, and everyone around me was crazy. the whole day was a mess.
2007...I was just pregnant. I really don't remember a whole bunch about that year, except that i was really pregnant. that following monday, I would have anavay. 
2008...We had thanksgiving at Anthony dad's house...not fun with 2 boys who were 2 and a 1 year old.
2009...I think we just had a little thanksgiving...Oh not to mention Anavays birthday was on thanksgiving!
2010...Krystal came over and it was hectic!!! and anavays birthday the day right after thanksgiving. far today, Anthony has work, and my sister is having dinner with my mom...needless to say I am pretty sad.
Sad, but so thankful. I have had a wonderful year. Blessed beyond belief. I have a car (van) now. Anthony has a job! My kids are great (even though they get on my nerves), my kids are cuddle bugs. I have advanced in my tatting. a lot less fights between Anthony and I. I have learned A LOT this year about random things. I really am happy with where we are right now. 

TATTING COMMUNITY... I would not be this happy if not for you. There is a lot of life lessons in tatting. Courtesy...patience...sharing...kindness...friendship...all great things to have. So keep doing what you're doing.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Welcome my tiny tatted turkey...

 This is my very first actual designed piece....well what i consider. I looked on the internet and couldn't find a turkey. So i made one. I was thinking of naming it something wacky like...i don't know. Then I thought of something tommy turkey....but then I thought that i am also really bad at naming...just look at my fish names...lollipop. cookie. azriel. atreyu. anavay. spunky. pearl. and grays anatomy...anyway the top picture here is my turkey not pinned out...the bottom one is moistened and pinned...for some reason, it still doesn't look just like a turkey... any suggestions???

a bit of warning if you attempt this... there is a lot of "shuttle play" you have to switch shuttles very often. Also there is use of a wide picot, and a folded ring.

my tatted turkey

2 shuttles (loads of turning work and switching shuttles, so no way around it)

chain area is just going to be indicated with the number of ds.
vsp - very small picot
+ - regular join
lj - lock join
- is a regular picot
-- is a medium
--- is  a long picot

R 12 (3ds wide picot) 2 - -- --- 3 close

CH 3 (vsp) TW SS 20 TW SS * - 7- 5 TW SS 5 lj TW SS - 4 TW SS 4 lj TW SS - 5 TW SS 5 lj TW SS 7 + (regular join) TW SS* 6 TW SS,  repeat from * to * 1 more time, 10 TW SS


1 picot TW SS (YOU WILL HAVE 1 DS BECAUSE OF THE PICOT) TW SS 15 TW SS 14 + TW SS 15 + (to tip) 2 TW SS 11 + (TO BASE) TW SS 11 + (TO TIP) 3 TW SS 14 + (TO BASE) TW SS 15 + (TO CH P) 3 + (TO BASE OF RING)

So That is it. hope y'all like it.