I'm Back.....to Reality from now on!
The last couple of months has been a whirlwind. On August 2nd I got married (second time around). It was a simple wedding but a BIG party in my backyard. I tried to keep the stress down by having all the food catered, not doing too much in terms of decorations, etc. but the stress was still there. Even though I thought I was doing OK, my body said otherwise because I started breaking out on my face and extremities! Of course leading up the party for several months was cleaning. I cleaned my house and especially my garage. This meant 'tucking away' many day-to-day items that I had to later, after the wedding, find and bring out. After the wedding, we were in an 'adjustment' phase as Jerry moved into my house. He has a small condo that would not fit all my tatting a lace materials, so he moved into my house. The garage and basement were an enticement to him. Then came the honeymoon a month later, which we just got back from. We spent two weeks traveling to Berlin & Dresden, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic; Vienna, Austria; and Budapest, Hungary. We walked everywhere or took the metro transit system and traveled between cities via train. During the airplane and train travel, I got some tatting done....of course Split Ring designs for future books! We walked 10-12 miles a day on the days we didn't travel between cities! I will fill you in on the lace-related/textile items I found on my travels....but I will warn you, I did NOT see any tatting!!!!!
I am attempting to finish my second SRTatting book right now. Barbara Foster of Handy Hands inquired about how it was going and I made the decision that I could possibly have it done by the end of October. That is the deadline that I am shooting for. Now that it is 'in print' here, hopefully I will have the incentive to work towards that deadline.
My goal is also to be a better blogger!
I shall try to put out a new SRT pattern on my website: www.TheShuttleSmith.com every week.
I will also show you some of the new patterns I am working on.
I will also share with you my lace/textile finds in Europe.
Karen Bovard Sayre
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