Birthday Buttons

I have several tatting projects I want to be working on, but for some reason, I’m having a hard time spending my time on them.  That doesn’t mean I don’t want to or am not tatting, I’m just doing other things.  Easy things, like tatting around buttons.  These take little thought, mostly it’s “does the thread color compliment the button color?”  They are easy to carry and easy to make.  Add a pin on the back or maybe sew them to one end of a ribbon and, wah-lah! a fun little gift.

Working on more tatted buttons on wandasknottythoughts
Working on more tatted buttons

While at my daughter’s a few weeks ago I took thread and buttons to tat with in the evenings or quiet times.  One afternoon while working on one my grandson asked me about them; how long did it take to make one, was it hard? Can I have one?  How could I say no to that?  He admired the one with the red button.  I just had to put a safety pin on the back before giving it to him.  He proudly wore it on his T-shirt when we went out that evening and on the T-shirt he wore to school the next morning.

Granddaughter's tatted birthday button on wandasknottythoughts
Granddaughter’s tatted birthday button

I was visiting my daughter to help celebrate my granddaughter’s birthday.  She had already opened her birthday gifts when she saw that her brother had a tatted button.  Of course, she wanted one, too. She is very much into pinks and purples and I happened to have just the button and thread to make the perfect one for her.  She was quite pleased with it.

Everyone, where I work, is supposed to wear their ID badge out where it can be seen.  The office furnishes badge reels to make this easy.  I decorated mine with a tatted doodad, which has been known to draw a few eyes.  Recently, when a friend of mine at work celebrated her birthday, I mentioned I would make her a badge reel decoration if she would like one. She enthusiastically said yes.  Her color of choice was purple.

My badge reel not-quite-button on wandasknotttythoughts
My badge reel not-quite-button

I used a button for hers instead of a doodad.  I didn’t have beads that would work with the thread so I added a bigger bead to the center for a bit more bling.  I thought I had it all worked out by taking glue to work with me to attach it to her badge reel.  I was wrong.  The glue I took didn’t hold at all.  She knew of someone that had glue that might work.

Birthday badge reel tatted button on wandasknottythoughts
Birthday badge reel tatted button

The glue worked.  It also added a little extra bling to the tatting as well.  You can see the original thread color on the button while the outside is all dark and glittery.  Yes, this is what it looked like after it dried.  My friend was very happy with the result.

I wish I had remembered to take a picture of it before it was glued down.  Not that it doesn’t look okay now, but a before and after picture would have been nice.  I didn’t get pictures of the buttons with my grandchildren, either.  As many pictures as I take you’d think I’d remember to do this.  The import thing is that all the recipients are happy with their buttons.

It makes me happy when I can make others happy.  Isn’t the point of giving gifts to bring happiness to others?

“We all get so caught up in the moment of what we’re doing every day, it’s hard to hit that reset button and get pulled away from all that and see life from a different perspective.”  Tony Stewart                                                                         


Tatted flowers for her birthday

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?

Metal leaf ornament from Durham Museum, Omaha, Nebraska on wandasknottythoughts
Metal leaf ornament

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.

Tatted flowers on birthday card on wandasknottythoughts
Tatted flowers on birthday 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

The right colors

My order of Lizbeth thread from Handy Hands arrived late last week, which included the thread I needed to make my sister’s birthday present. I’ve made a start of her gift but there is a long way to go, mainly because I haven’t decided exactly how I’m going to join them together or finish it off. I have a few ideas that are bouncing around the back of my mind about it, but they haven’t come together yet. Some of you might recognize the motif I’m using is from last October, the Priscilla Tatting Book No. 1. This time I’m using Lizbeth size 20 in 686 and 688, Seagreen Lt and Dk. The inner long picots are a half inch in length, probably a little long, but I like how it gives them a swirling effect 🙂

Some of the other colors that I ordered are ‘Paint Brush’, ‘Butterfly Breeze’, ‘Root Beer’ and ‘Peacock Blues’. A few of these I have plans for, others just appealed to me. I guess that means I’ll have to find projects to make with them. Not to justify their purchase but to have the opportunity to use them and enjoy their colors.

The newest dragon
Ryan hasn’t shown herself completely yet. Okay, I got excited about getting started on my sister’s gift and did that instead. I’m using DMC Cebelia size 30 with one strand of metallic embroidery floss, which makes the finished project bigger than one made in size 20 Lizbeth. Only her wings are missing yet, and then framing and finishing. I don’t think I’ll get her done yet this week as we’re having company this weekend – our daughter and her son will be here for a few days. Somehow having a two-year-old running around doesn’t give a person much time to tat!

I had an interesting email yesterday from a woman who lives here in Kansas and also tats who would like to get together sometime. Oh, goodie, goodie! The biggest problem right now is I’m so busy with a lot of different things that our meeting might have to wait a week or two. But I’m sure eventually we’ll find a time that will work for both of us. I’m really looking forward to it.

Blogger issue
I happened to use a computer using Explorer to view my blog yesterday and I found out what Kathy and Margarette found – that the end of my 2/15 blog post was now showing in Wingdings! As I post using Firefox I hadn’t seen it before. I changed it, hopefully for all the different methods of viewing.

Japanese disaster
I’m praying for all those that have been effected by the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan. May God bless and protect them from further harm. I don’t know how many who read this blog may live in the effected areas but I hope they are all safe.

In this disaster, as well as the ones recently in Australia, I don’t always know how I can help, one person a long way away. But there are ways, including donations of money to organizations that are capable of being there to help. The company I work for has employees in Japan and has announced that all are accounted for. Now the company is donating $1 million dollars to the Japanese Red Cross and getting out information on how the rest of us can help. It’s good to work for a caring company.

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”
Helen Keller

Bookmark is done!

I’m finally done with my Trial and Error bookmark. It actually turned out better than I thought it would. Blocking helped a lot. There are a couple of things that made it into this bookmark I’ll probably try on other projects later on. It could be better proportioned for a better over-all look, but as my boss pointed out “put it in a book and I bet it will mark your place just fine.”


My sister’s birthday is coming up very soon. I have been talking about making her a runner for a side table she has for several years but have never even gotten started on it. So this year I am determined to get it done! The plan was to actually have it completed by her birthday. I thought about the colors of the living room and chose a couple of colors that I thought would work, Lizbeth 654, Navy Blue and 655, Wedgwood Lt in size 20. I got started on it and decided to get the actual dementions to finish it in a day or so.

Okay, these colors would have been great – in her other house. She recently moved and is painting her livingroom in shades of green.

She loaned me the paint chips of the colors she’s going to use so I could find out which thread colors would work. Lizbeth 686 and 688, Seagreen Lt and Dk are almost exactly the colors her livingroom is going to be. That meant I had to order thread. Of course, I had to order more than those two colors, right? I’ve ordered several more colors, including the Peacock Blue that Isdahara suggested to Handy Hands. This does mean, though, that her gift won’t be done in time for her birthday. But it will be done shortly after the thread arrives, really!
Blogger issues
It was commented on by several readers that the end of my post from February 15th was not readable – well, Kathy said it was in Wingdings! I’ve looked back in the edits of this post and can’t see any change in the font, so I don’t know how to correct it. Kathy copied it into a text program and changed the font so she was able to read it. If anyone else has that problem let me know. In future posts I guess I can delete and right it over and see if that helps.
I think I have a visitor but I haven’t gotten a good look yet. Jarek has assured me that Ryan will come out and meet me soon but wants to investigate the house first. I did get a glimpse of a glimmering tail in my philodendron this morning, but that was all. I guess I’ll have to have a little patience.

“If you can’t take the heat, don’t tickle the dragon”

“Meddle not in the affairs of the dragon; for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.”

Coasters for Tatting Tea Tuesday

The coasters are done! Okay, a day late. But I wasn’t going to be able to give them to my daughter until later in the week, so I was safe!
I think they came out pretty good. They were made with Handy Hands Lizbeth thread size 20 in varigated green #144 and dark red # 670. I’m calling this #21 of my 25 Motif Challenge.

It’s amazing how the varied color combinations make them each look so different, don’t you think?

I was going to set my cup of tea on one for a visual of their use, but it didn’t work out. I ran out of time.

For anyone that’s interested, here’s the pattern. WARNING: there may be mistakes lurking. Tat at your own risk.

Shay’s Birthday Coasters

Round 1 2 shuttles Make all picots small, for joining only

Sht1 R 6-6. R 6-6. RW Ch 9 DNRW Sht2 R 6-6 DNRW Sht1 Ch 9 RW

*Sht1 6+6 to p of prev R. R 6-6. RW Ch 9 DNRW Sht2 R 6-6. DNRW Sht1 Ch 9 RW*

Repeat between * 8 times, last time join last R to first R. Cut, finish ends as desired.

Round 2 Shuttle and ball. Joining picots indicated as j, others longer as desired.

R 6+6 to any Sht2 R of prev round. RW. Ch 10 RW. R 2-2-2-2j-8 RW

Ch 6-2–2-2+ to 4th p of prev R Ch10 RW.

Repeat from beginning of round 2 all the way around, join to base of first R. Cut, finish ends as desired.


As I mentioned earlier, I was in a butterfly exchange through InTatters. This is the beautiful butterflies I got from my exchange partner, CindyK from Minnesota.

The large one is “Green Butterfly” designed by Martha Ess, found in the Intatters patterns. She made it with Lizbeth thread size 20 in “Jewels” and DMC Cebelia size 20 white. And she sent the little one to keep it company. Aren’t they wonderful?

CindyK considers herself a beginner as she’s only been tatting a few years. She just finished Phase one of the T.A.T. program. If you get the chance stop on over to congratulate her on a job well done! I think she did a great job on these butterflies. Now I just need to decide where I’m going to display them…

This butterfly is the one I sent to CindyK. This was a lot of fun making. I tried Lizbeth thread for the first time with it. I have seen that a lot of people are trying it and liking it so I bought some. And I really really like the Caribbean!

So I just had to do this butterfly in it. This is the Southwest Butterfly by Tatting Goddess made with Lizbeth size 20 thread, Dark Purple #633, Caribbean #122 & Black #604. ( I’m calling this #20 of my 25 Motif Challenge.

I’ve been working on my daughter’s birthday coasters, which I’ll post another day. I think I’ve come up with a solution as to what color to make them.

Yesterday my husband and I went for a day trip, just the two of us. In the afternoon we stopped by a couple of antique stores and spent a few hours browsing through all of the neat – and not so neat- things in them. I have serveral things to share after I have the pictures uploaded. I’m pretty excited about all of my finds.

But that is for another day. We’ve been very busy this weekend – we had three days off from work! – with family and friends and just spending time together. I feel so much more relaxed than I have for weeks.

That’s all for today. My shuttles are calling to me. I better do something with them before they tie themselves in knots.