Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Internet down

We lost our Internet connection mid-afternoon yesterday, which proved to be very inconvenient for Dave. He had a lot of work to do last night, and he could only get access on his phone. It's still slow this morning, but at least there's a connection. Sometimes technology baffles me!

I only managed to tat one Ice Drop yesterday.

I spent the day washing, drying, ironing, and folding fabric... after making a new tablecloth for our dining room table.

I had planned on finishing the curtains for the treehouse yesterday, but as soon as I started pressing the fabric for the tablecloth, I started getting a gummy buildup on my iron again. I talked it over with Mom, and we decided that there must be something in the sizing that's put on the fabric that gets gunky with heat.

Mom had always taught me to pre-wash my fabric, but I had bought into what I was told... the newer fabrics don't need pre-washing. Hmmm. I still have quite a bit of fabric to iron and fold, and I have no buildup on my iron. I think I'll be taking the extra time to pre-wash my fabric from now on!

Monday, April 23, 2018


I decided I needed to get on board with Dave's new found interest in chickens. I like eggs and I like to eat chicken, I'm just not thrilled with the idea of taking care of the little critters. However, I know my help will be needed, so I bought a pair of Sloggers decorated with chickens. I figure I need something that can be washed off on a regular basis. I think they're pretty cute!

I've been leaving thread on my shuttles so that I know which ones I've actually used. Since I had lots of thread left on these two shuttles, I decided to make a two-tone Ice Drop. It doesn't show in the picture, but the glass gem has a bit of iridescence that picks up the pinks in the thread.

I worked on the curtains for the treehouse today. The valance is finished and I have the sides finished for each of the five panels. My iron started sticking to the fabric, so I decided it was time for a good cleaning. It was gunkier than I thought, so it took a while to get it nice and clean. Now I'm ready to work on the curtains again tomorrow!

It's going to take a while to tat round 11 of Renulek's Wiosna 2018. I don't have the pattern repeat memorized yet, but I'm sure I'll have it soon. I think it will be really pretty when it's done!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Spring at last!

It finally is starting to feel like Spring around here. We still needed to wear light jackets, but there was a pleasant warm breeze and the sun was shining. It was a beautiful day!

Dave decided he wanted to have chickens this year. While he was outside building a home for them, I accomplished a lot indoors.

In anticipation of a beautiful day, I started out by tatting an Ice Drop in Spring colors!

It's been a long time since I've done any spool knitting. I actually started this yesterday, and then I doubled the length today. Spool knitting is very relaxing, and yes, I do have an idea for using my new found fiber fun. I'll let you know if my idea works!

I finished my Granny Square afghan today. This is child sized for one of my grandchildren.

I enjoyed working on the Granny Square afghan so much, I started another right away!

Dave has been asking me to make curtains for the treehouse for a couple of years. I finally gave in and cut out the fabric today. I think curtains are out of place in a treehouse, but Dave is busy making the inside nice for the grandkids, so I guess it won't hurt to do my part. I wonder what the grandkids will ask him to put in this year? They already have a chalkboard and chalk, a captain's wheel, and a slide. I'm guessing they'll want a table and benches or chairs of some sort so that they can sit out there and pretend. They'll be visiting before we know it, so I'm sure we'll have fun fixing the place up!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Round 10

Today I concentrated on round 10 of Renulek's Wiosna 2018. There was only one little snag. When I was close to finishing the round, I found a ring with one too many picots. Luckily, it was in a spot where I was able to snip out the ring and replace it with the correct ring. Whew!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Cascade Collection

I am in love with the new Cascade Collection from Grizzly Mountain Arts! I have a beautiful box and three tatting shuttles, and now I've added a spool knitter with matching hook and a pin cushion. Dave's woodworking skills are amazing, and I love these new airbrushed designs. The pin cushion is Dave's latest addition to the collection, and I am thrilled to have the first one!

This has been a busy week subbing at the high school. Unfortunately, one of the teachers has been down with tonsilitis. I'm glad I was able to help out. Much of what I was doing was supervising for the week, and during that time I worked on Renulek's Wiosna 2018. I've been double checking each motif as I finished it. This far along, I didn't want to make any major mistakes!

Luckily, I've been able to find time to tat an Ice Drop each day!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Cocobolo Rosewood

I love exotic woods! This Cocobolo Rosewood just might be my favorite Pop-A-Bobbin shuttle. The Liz Metallic Raspberry Pink was close at hand today, and the color just kept calling to me. It does make a lovely Ice Drop.

Most of my time today was spent finishing round 9 of Renulek's Wiosna 2018. My shuttles are wound and I'm ready for round 10!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Orange Crush

I only had time to tat one Ice Drop today, and Lizbeth Orange Crush seemed to be the perfect color to brighten up a dreary day!

I love my new Eiffel Tower shuttle from Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design. 😍