My mother celebrated her birthday recently. This happens every year, of course, but sometimes it coincides with Mother’s Day. This year it didn’t, which made it much easier on the family. We always try to do something special for her birthday and something else for Mother’s Day. Everyone deserves to celebrate their birthday separate to a holiday, don’t they?
My sister and I found this beautiful metal leaf decoration in the gift shop of the Durham Museum in Omaha, Nebraska. When we saw it we immediately knew our mother would love it. It also isn’t something you can buy at any Wal-mart. How perfect as a birthday gift.
We also gave her a birthday card from both of us that I decorated with a few tatted flowers. I frequently add simple tatted flowers to cards, usually just single rings of picots. This time I layered them. The thread was almost an exact match to the flowers on the front of the card.
Mother was very happy with both the gift and the card.
“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” William Barclay
I have so many things I would like to be making at the moment that I don’t get any of them started. To keep from not accomplishing anything I’ve kept on making bookmarks.
I had a few false starts when making “Milan” cross bookmark. The first time the long, bottom leg came out great but I hadn’t thought through how to make the ‘arms’. The second time I finished it but the bottom leg was way too wide. I’ll keep it for myself – I did put a lot of work into it – but it looks rather odd. (I did not take a picture of it.) I learned a lot from both trials and this is the result.
When making “Milan” center it doesn’t lay flat but once the arms are made it lays flat with minimal blocking. Just putting this in a book or putting something heavy on it would straighten it out well. My problem with it was my chains – I couldn’t keep the tension right. I am pleased with how this one in Ocean Turquoise Light turned out.
Now if I can only get organized to work on the other things I want to!
“To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.” Eva Young
I had the occasion to use one of the cross bookmarks I tatted recently. Sadly it was put in a sympathy card to a friend on the loss of their mother. This is one reason I keep these bookmarks on hand, to send as a small token of my sympathy to let them know I am thinking of them during their time of grief.
“The people you have in your life grow and occupy space in the tapestry that makes up your life. When they are gone, it makes a hole where they used to be. The memories and love are still there and may always be there. So don’t look at your tapestry as filled with holes- look at it as your own unique lace pattern. The pattern isn’t over, but it is constantly changing. The pain of loss doesn’t ever really go away, but it does lessen over time.” Unknown
I didn’t get as many bunnies tatted as I hoped I would, but I finished enough to make bookmarks for a few special people.
A little green thread worked well as grass to support the tatted bunnies and a few flowers. They look very bright and spring-y, don’t they?
I made these for my mother and her sisters. They are the same but different 🙂 They were well received when I delivered them Easter afternoon.
My husband and I were fortunate to have several days of holiday from work Easter weekend. We did a little yard work, had some family time, and still had time to just relax and enjoy our time off.
I’m still working on the UFOs (Un-Finished Objects) that I’ve located. Okay, maybe just thinking about working on them. I keep coming up with new things I want to make. How do I decide what to work on first?
Spring is here and Easter is in a few days. This year, to get into the spirit of the season, I’ve made a few bunnies.
I had brown Lizbeth #698 size 10 on shuttles already, so I used that and white Lizbeth #601 size 10. The bunny head is a ring, the body are chains, and the tail is a Single Shuttle Split Ring.
The brown bunny without a tail is the first one I made. Those are feet instead of a tail, so he’s facing front instead of back. The hardest part of the ones with tails is not seeing the white at the top of the body when finishing off the bunny. I plan on using these on bookmarks or cards so used a bit of glue on the back after tying a knot at the back. That way I didn’t have to hide the ends of the white thread.
These were fun and easy to make, though I haven’t done as many as I’d like. I had a few days off from work last week but I hardly tatted at all. My sister and I took a little trip for a little sister time. I did a lot of driving and a lot of talking.
Our little trip included a visit to one set of grandchildren this last weekend. We decorated Easter eggs together. It was a lot of fun, though they had to finish all the eggs we started with their mother.
I plan on seeing the other set of grandchildren this next weekend. Not sure if we’ll color eggs or not. If we can’t all get together at the same time for Easter, this will have to be the next best thing.
“May your Easter be filled with lots of Easter eggs, presents from the Easter bunny, blessings from Jesus Christ and most of all happiness that lasts for a life time. I’m sending lots of love on your way. Happy Easter to you.”
I finally found the thread I started this bookmark with. Unfortunately, the label came out. I know this is Lizbeth size 20, and I think it’s color #646 Purple Iris Lt.
This piece works up with a bit of a wave to it. After spraying with water, a few pins in certain areas tame it. A ribbon down the center, over and under the rings in the middle, would look nice in it. I even have the correct number of holes to keep the ribbon on the backside at both ends. Will wonders never cease?
I have two more UFOs handy that I plan to work on, but I also have a couple of things I want to make before Easter. I’ll have to keep my eye on the calendar so I don’t procrastinate too long on those.
It’s only one week until International Tatting Day, April 1st. Right now I do not have any plans to TIP (tat in public) that day. But it is a week away and a lot can change by then. Do you have any plans for ITD?
“Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.” Christina Rossetti
I spent most of Tuesday in a waiting room while my mother underwent a medical procedure. It was supposed to be at 9:30 A.M. but of course they want the patient there early. I arrived at 8:30 A.M, a little late to see her as they took her to the back at 8:00 A.M.
And then we waited. And waited. And waited. They finally started the procedure at 12:10 P.M.
Then we waited some more while the procedure was done. Which took two hours.
Then we waited some more while she was in recovery.
I have been making a few bookmarks to refill my gift supply. Most recently it has been the Graduation bookmark in Lizbeth Grape Pizzaz size 20. I’d finished one in it and begun another. This thread is what I had in my purse Tuesday morning. The only thread I had in my purse.
Finishing the cross was the first thing I tatted in the waiting room. I could have done another one – or two, or three – during the wait but I chose to do other things.
Tatting around the button was because, um, I had the button. The butterflies and flowers as small things I make when there isn’t much thread left on the shuttles. I use these on letters and notes to brighten them up 🙂 A clear glass gem from the bottom of my tatting bag became an Ice Drop. Thanks to Diane for having the information on her blog to refresh my memory on how to make them!
I took quite a few breaks from tatting during the waiting for lack of a strategy for the day. If I’d had a large project with me a lot could have been accomplished. Alas, I didn’t have much of a plan for tatting, so was unprepared. How odd of me. This was not a surprise procedure, I should have had a better plan.
The good news is my mother is doing well. She’ll have to take things easy for a while, but she is at home where she can be comfortable.
I have found several UFOs I should work on. I’ve also started a list of things I want to tat. Hmm, which will it be?
“Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect!”
I usually keep several tatted bookmarks on hand for small gifts to go inside cards. These are for condolences, just-because, (forgotten) birthdays, or other special occasions. Recently I’ve found I don’t have any bookmarks made. Oops, I need to get busy!
I made my ‘Branson’ bookmark in Lizbeth Caribbean size 20. This one is easy to do while a passenger in the car on the way to work. I already had one shuttle which needed to be emptied so I can count it as finishing up a project, right?
I found a partially done bookmark to work on next. The pattern is from one of my Alaska bookmarks. The picture makes it look like a variegated thread though it is not. Unfortunately, I lost the ball of the thread for this. I’m almost done but both shuttles are too low on thread to finish. Back in the UFO (Un-Finished Object) drawer.
I told myself I would work on UFOs before starting new projects. But I really need to stock up on bookmarks. Maybe I have another unfinished bookmark somewhere. I’ll have to look. If not, I’ll just have to start another project and finish it so as not to add to the UFOs.
The ‘Branson’ bookmark pattern can be found on my Pattern Page. I have not written out the Alaska bookmark.
“I just got out of the hospital. I was in a speed-reading accident. I hit a bookmark.” Steve Write