One of my granddaughters had a program this week, which meant I traveled up to Nebraska to see it. Instead of taking the time to cook supper, we went out to eat at Ruby Tuesday in Bellevue. As we walked in I was pleasantly surprised to see a tatted star ornament hanging from the hostess desk.
Of course, I brought it to my daughter’s attention. The manager over-heard my remark and commented how surprised he was that someone recognized what it was.
While we were waiting for our order the manager came over to talk about tatting. His mother tats items like this then gives him a stack to pass out at work during the Christmas season. I learned that his mother is 88 years old and has been tatting for about 10 years. She has tried teaching people to tat – to share the fun – but most have decided it was too tedious (?!) for them.
I had brought my collection of Ice Drops with me to visit the family so the children could choose which one they wanted for their tree, but did I have them in my purse? Surprisingly, no, I had left them at the house. I showed him a picture of the Cosmic Ice Drop I’d made, which he thought his mother would like. It was an amicable conversation.
I wished it would have worked out that I could meet his mother. As that wasn’t possible during my short trip I decided to give her the Cosmic Ice Drop. After the program, we went back to the restaurant so I could deliver it to him to give to his mother. He was amazed that I would do this. But it is the season of giving, isn’t it?
“Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.” Boris Pasternak picturequotes.com
It’s that time of year when I start getting worried I won’t have my Christmas tatting done in time. It would help if I started earlier, but every year there is some reason or reasons it doesn’t happen. My main seasonal tatting is making a tatted ornament of some type to give to family and special friends. I’m just now getting started on them, and there is definitely not enough time to get them done!
I think I’m making Ice Drops again this year. I made simple, basic ones last year.
This year I’m getting a little more adventurous! Of course, they’ll take longer…
I started out with a Cosmic Ice Drop, pattern by Nicola Bowersox.
It’s not very cosmic without the beads her pattern calls for. I used white thread and a clear center. It came out well and I remembered how to do it – yay!
The Cosmic Ice Drop pattern is beautiful, but I don’t have time to locate and use beads in my tatting this year as I’ll be doing a lot of it in the car. So I came up with a different outside. I also had to modify the back, as the gem is cut like a diamond and sticks out the back.
I’m going to try some with darker thread, maybe blue. The white shows every bit of dirt that might be on your fingers. If I’m going to get many done I might not have pristine hands to tat with all the time.
I haven’t figured out how to tat in my sleep yet. I’ve dreamed about it but there is no solid evidence that tatting was done when I wake up. I guess I’ll have to stay up later instead.
“Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.” Sara Raasch
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!”