Thursday, April 19, 2012

Trying to get to back in the swing of things

The last week of March we closed the clinic and went to the Dominican Republic.  The trip was lovely and yes the picture in the last post is from the trip.   The bad part was once I got home I was sick for Easter and really haven't been feeling great since.  It probably wasn't noticeable last weekend at the Finger Lakes seminar since I was bouncing around like a madwoman.   The excitement of the seminar temporarily overcame my fatigue but believe me when I say that I did not do nearly as much shopping as I normally manage.  I simply didn't have the energy to shop.  (still managed to buy a pair of shoes, lipstick and sunglasses)  Shopping doesn't include what I bought at the seminar.  I'll have pictures of that later.  I just unpacked the books and left the rest.

This week I'm a lumpy potato despite having Monday off to recuperate.  I even got a speeding ticket to prove how spacey I've been.  (almost ran over the police officer, thank God for the fluorescent jackets)  Next week I'll be all action! yep.
 This was the gift I gave out to people that mentioned my blog last weekend.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Off to the Finger Lakes

I'm taking off to the seminar tomorrow.  Along the way I'll be doing a little bit of shopping so it will take me a little longer than really necessary to drive to the Lodi Firehouse.  If you're coming to the seminar I'll be there with my copy of Sherry's new book Branching Encapsulation and I'm picking up a copy of Flare magazine so everyone can see Totusmel's lace in the magazine. I'm hoping that the issue with her pictures is out.   Please come and say Hi, tell me you read my blog and I'll have a treat for you! Remind me if I forget.  While your talking to me anyways please remind me to buy another needle for tatting.  I dropped mine under the deck last summer. 

In case you're wondering my project this weekend is the bracelet in the header.  For my class you need a shuttle, size 10 beads and size 20 thread.  I have clasps if you need one and I'll be giving you a mini lecture on clasps as part of the class.  For the raffle table last year I brought kits for a bunny bookmark.  It was the only draw where everyone won.  This year I'm bringing kits to make this Screen Door Heart.  I'm sure you've this kind of thing on a screen door before.  Basically you use to magnets to hang something decorative so no one walks through the screen door.  Sorry the picture is blurry in left corner because my camera is still traumatized by the beach.  I wasn't able to get a picture of the heart on the screen but here's the heart on the fridge, it makes a good refrigerator magnet too.  The kit includes a pattern, thread, 2 buttons, 2 magnets and beads.  

On another note I just realised that the wrong picture came up in one of my previous posts. Despite the right picture showing up on the draft I got a picture of another character instead of Professor Farnsworth from
Futurama. Professor Farnsworth was funnier.

ps in case you're wondering this is me

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I forgot

I forgot what I was going to talk about in this post.  I'm sad to say I'm prematurely having a senior moment.  Couldn't have been that important!
My copy of Sherry Pence's Branching Encapsulation arrived in the mail today.  I'm taking it home to read tonight.  I'll bring it this weekend to the Finger Lakes Tatting Seminar so anyone thinking of purchasing it can take a look.  Sometimes it helps to see a pattern book before you decide to purchase it.   Sherry included lots of pictures and that always makes me happy!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

I'm back!

I came back early Sunday morning and was exhausted after a very long day.   The trip was great but I'm glad to be home.  There's only so much time you can spend at a beach.  I took some thread with me to work on but after the first day I didn't get much done. 

Victorian sets
Heather of tatted treasures left a comment in March asking about Victorian sets.  I didn't get a chance to respond before I left.  Victorian sets are when you do 4 first half stitches followed by 4 2nd half stitches.  It creates a chain that can be either straight or curved.  I use them a lot for tails on a bookmark.   Georgia Seitz has a better explanation with pictures and all the different names people use for this stitch.

In other news I'm very excited about the Finger Lakes Tatting Seminar next week.  I'm planning to buy books and replace my tatting needle that fell between the slats of my deck.   So far the books on my list are:

Iris Neibach's tatting fantasia
Karey Solomon's Wandering Wheels
Martha Ess's Playing with Picots
Ginny's New book (tittle not known)
Maybe:  the book with the Peacock that Frivole is tatting

I need to make sure to take the list of Lizbeth colors and mark the ones I need to replenish.  There's not alot of time between now and next Friday.  I'll be at my Mom's house most of this weekend so I won't have time this weekend to get things ready.