Monday, July 20, 2015

The cat’s in the bag–really!


If you look closely you can see a tail (white-tipped) and a paw
He really is in the bag!
I was working in my studio the other day and I was taking something out of a box. Pip (the cat) saw the box and was trying to get into it. I didn’t want this to happen so, I distracted him by putting a paper bag down and open onto the floor. Pip was immediately drawn to it, and crawled inside–a relatively tight fit, and started to purr loudly. I got a camera and took these photos. He was a happy cat.  Enjoy!

Don’t you just love the color of my carpeting?!?!? I pulled it out of a dumpster at work about 20 years ago! It works!!!

Friday, July 17, 2015

17 July 15 Update

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Now that I have my 3 new ‘Fun with Split Ring Tatting’ books done I feel like I am on an downhill course. I am actively getting ready to go to IOLI Convention in Iowa City, Iowa in a couple of weeks (first week in August). My studio is a total mess, though I will have to say that it is a relatively ‘organized’ mess. I have piles of stuff that I am amassing to go to Convention. I’m teaching so I have had to get handouts and supplies for each different class. I am also vending, debutting my 3 new books and my two old books as well as my copper-enameled and leather tatting shuttles.

The two photos above are the Leather Tatting Shuttles that I am making for sale in the vending room. 

The top photo shows shuttles ‘almost’ done. The bottom photo show shuttles ‘on the way’ to done.

When I get back from Convention, I will put them for sale on my Etsy store along with some enameled tatting shuttles and my 3 new books. For a while, my 3 new books will only be available from me:
  • Block Alphabets in Split Ring Tatting
  • Quilt-Inspired Designs in Split Ring Tatting
  • Patchwork Quilt Blocks in Split Ring Tatting
I really have only this weekend to get things done, because next Thursday I get on an AmTrak train here in Omaha, Nebraska to go to Grand Junction, Colorado for a vacation for a few days. I’m looking forward to tatting (& talking to people about tatting) on the train. Hopefully I’ll have pictures to share.

Tonight, friends are coming over to help my husband learn to brew beer with the kit I bought him for Christmas. I have a bit of a secret: I love a good (dark, flavorful) beer! In fact, one of my favorite things is to sit on my porch, with my cats, tatting and a good beer. I don’t drink usually more than one….too many calories and alcohol. I’m really a cheap drunk!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

New Split Ring Tatting Book #4

Book 4 Cover
Book 4 Back

I’m debutting 3 new books in my ‘Fun with Split Ring Tatting’ series at the IOLI Convention in Iowa City, Iowa the first week in August.

I have books being printed (as I type) and am hoping that barring any complications, I hope to have my books in hand by the time I leave to drive to Convention.

After convention, I will make all my 3 new books available for purchase through my website (PayPal processing & free shipping to US addresses) or through my Etsy shop (which I am still setting up) before releasing through wholesale outlets.

What you see above is the front and back covers.