Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines day everyone!

I want to tat. I can't seem to make my hands cooperate. I look at various patterns, I gather the supplies, I prep my materials....then nothing. I lose the will to continue.  Sigh. It's very frustrating. I think it's because Honey has to work today, and today's the last day of my vacation. I was really hoping to spend the day "Treasure Hunting/Pokemon hunting" with him and the kids. Antiquing is something we all enjoy doing and I thought it would be a perfect way to spend the day. Unfortunately, by the time the kids get out of school, he'll be heading in to work.

I suppose I'll work on some of the pink blocks for the Brussel's Womens Project and send them off at the end of the week. I'm sorry that I can't seem to get my links to work. I'm having small issues with blogger right now.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Out of town shinanigans

Yesterday was my son's 10th birthday! He's going to a WWE wrestling event today as his birthday request. We still wanted to do something and since he said he didn't care what, we ended up joining my brother and sister-in-law. I had planned to take our youngest to a Tea Party with my sister-in-law so she wouldn't feel left out since her dad and brother were doing something together without her. I just called to get the info to the place, as it turned out they were going there as well.

We arrived in the L.A. area pretty early so we went exploring. I finally  managed to find/visit a Daiso store. I was really hoping they carried the tatting shuttles there. The lady behind the counter told me that their sister store in Anaheim gets them every now and then and I would have better luck there. I did pick up a few things like a vegetable steamer for the microwave. The kids each got to pick out 4 items they wanted, I got three.

The felting kit I got as a joke of sorts. We all love watching Threadbanger's Channel "Man Vs. Pin" on Youtube. The very first episode I watched is where he attempted to make a felt rabbit. Go watch the video, it hilarious! When I saw the kit at Daiso, I couldn't help myself.  The fan I got for it's parts. I was thinking it was a paper fan but it's actually a bamboo/polyester combo and feels like it will last quite a bit of time.

The cup...I love the cup. It comes with it's own built in spoon holder and spoon! How can I NOT get it? There were a few more odds and ends (mostly Japanese snacks) that we got, then it was time for tea!

Our son was happy when we first arrived but his mood went south the longer we were there. None of us could figure out why and later on our return trip he told us why. Turns out he didn't like the way my sister-in-law was being a bit bossy about the the trip. She can get carried away at times. As the day went on, spirits picked up with another shopping trip, this time to Olvera Street.

We did go all the way to Chinatown. Unfortunately, most of it was closed as it usually is on Monday's also it's Chinese New Year. There were a few shops open and I purchase some coins with our Zodiac's embossed in them. By this point we were all ready to head back as we had been walking the entire time. Let me just say this body of mine was not used to so much exertion, especially with my asthmatic limitations. Still, in the end we did have a good time exploring.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

They strike

I'm currently cat-sitting my oldest daughter's cat/kitten/razor fluff ball with sharp teeth. He apparently is accustomed to playing with dogs and not other cats. He and my Butters like to chase one another and wrestle a lot. Another of their favorite hobbies is wrecking havoc in my Momcave. Butters' has learned to simply lay under the desk by my feet or in a sports chair that I brought in for him. Well, the cat has apparently reached his inner kitty and is in love with the balls of yarn I stash in here. He's learned to open drawers to get to them. This is his latest work:

Thankfully he didn't get to chewing up the book. I get to spend a few hours detangling threads and maybe saving this project. A few of the size 80 balls escaped their attention and I've moved them to an empty chocolate container. Yes, chocolate. Recycling at it's
This is a daffodil from the Ice Drops group on Facebook. I made this with two strands of rayon floss. I tried to burn seal the ends and ended up burning some of the picots instead. I should have used a better controlled flame than a match. The bad thing about rayon is that it unravels and tangles itself up really bad. I tried sewing in the ends but they came loose. What a shame I liked the way this flower turned out.
I made up some little kitty heads and thought it would be nice to make a small plate with it. It has major bubble issue, the resin is getting on on it's shelf life. So I'm basically casting whatever as much as possible.
In this light you can see the bubbles better. I made a second one with some blue tint to it and it looks much better but no tatting in it. It's a good little side dish to hold some beads or cabochons as I work on the desk.
The progress on the 'El Dorado' doily. I'm using the edges I've tatted up already to get a feel on how it's to be joined. This looks a lot better then the photograph given with the pattern.

I did add 8 beads to the center and joined the picots instead of letting them just float free. Maybe I should have made the other picots a little bit larger. This shouldn't take more than a week to finish. The strips tat up in about and hour and a half. Substituting beads for the picots on those long chains helps since I don't have to focus so much on keeping them even.