Monday, July 21, 2014

Topiary tumbling

The day was a nice lazy one spent out with the kids. After a four hour play day at our pizza/arcade/buffet play place, we have come home. I am in desperate need of a nap myself, but my body won't cooperate. After finishing the slave bracelet, I made a pair of butterfly earrings in record time. The butterfly is from Ruth Perry.

Then I realized that I had to begin my entries for this year's county fair. I am definitely entering my topiary. First plan of business, to redesign how the different levels will look. I was going about it all backwards. When arranging flowers, you begin with a base, then add into it to make it look fuller. Or at least I do. Since my intentions for this piece is for it to be all tatted, I began looking for leaf patterns to 'fill' it up with. I found a large range of free patterns I can use. Then the idea came to make a mossy type of stitch to cover the white Styrofoam with. After a few failed attempts, I settled on a one shuttle large multi-picot rings. IF you leave a long enough tail between rings, you can shape it into giving the appearance of moss or grass, depending on the shade of green being used. For such a simple pattern, it is definitely time consuming. Four and a half hours later and I have 1/6 of the bottom base covered. I'm putting off actual flower placement until I have tatted all the flowers I plan on using. It's less distracting that way.

Friday, July 11, 2014

No excuses now

This morning started out lovely...I got to sleep in. Honey's gone out of town with the 'boys' to blow off some steam. The kids and I were planning an all day Pokemon cartoon marathon with me participating in the Evee-lution Competition on my 3ds. For those non-gamers, it's an electronic video game. The catch is that we could only use the Pokemon Evee and it's 7 evolution characters to battle with.

I got to participate in two battles before getting the call from my mother, she needed a ride home. She had gone 'tool shopping', unfortunately, it was actual tools, not slang for the craft store. Now here is where I must have picked that gene. You know the one, you go to a store with one or two specific items to purchase. However when you leave the store, you have another armful of things you didn't realize you needed until you saw it. In this case I kept it minimal. I just got another neat small item storage caddy and a magnifier that straps to your head.
The cool thing about the storage caddy is that it has multiple sizes in the compartments. Now I can take the shuttles in the round bead caddy and move them here. That way I can make space in the top drawer of the Craftman chest for my cross stitching paraphernalia. One day I might feel the urge to pick up the needle again. The only thing missing was the pegboard backing for the storage rack. With that I will done modifing the MomCave and can concentrate on getting my projects finished.

Speaking of finished, since I did just finish that Slave Bracelet, I think that deserves a shuttle reward. Afterall, I did have to create it from scratch. I'm leaning towards a pair of Moonlit shuttles from HandyHands. I also saw that Ruth has her celtic flowers in a remastered book. Long, long ago, I purchased her rose bud and Stargazer Lily pattern.
 Cover Photo That Stargazer has always won me a ribbon in my county fair. Even though I have those two patterns, I may just indulge in the book. That dragonfly has always drawn my eye, and it's available in this book. I do have some left over credit on my Kindle..

Justifications has just become a dirty word in my craft dictionary. *laughing*

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Slave bracelet completed!

The bracelet was finished and delivered to its new home, yesterday. I posted it on Facebook and then attempted to use the mobile blogger app to update here. The mobile app did not work. I could type my post but could not add any photos. One positive that came out about the chains around the wrist. I measured her wrist several times and in the end still made it too big. We realized that you could just use the hook into one of the chains and adjust it to fit her wrist better. Also the rings around the center finger was a tiny bit too big. It was only literally one extra ring kind of big. That also worked itself out. It gave the bracelet the 'stretch' it needed so when she moves her hand the lace moves with her. She really liked that. All in all it was a happy adventure. She even got compliments from customers! I have to say, it was quite the ego booster for me.

I've already received request for the pattern. I'm having to decide if I want to share it. I did keep track of my WIP, so writing it up isn't the issue. This was made specifically for my friend. Although highly unlikely, what if someone else was to come into contact with her and have a similar bracelet on? Would she be hurt that it isn't as One of a Kind as she thought it was? Or would she even care? Looks like something I'm going to have to sleep on before I make any decisions. The pattern itself, is pretty straight foward. I'm sure the veteran tatters could 'map it out'. So even if I didn't write it as I tatted it, I could just the photo to recreate it. One thing I did do, prior to sharing it on Facebook, is to adjust the photo size. You can zoom in on it, but it blurs out, so you can't just count the stitches. I did this just in case it stays as an OOAK piece.

Now on to the next tatting project. The butterflies. For these I'm going to shift through the many patterns already out there. I don't think my mind has it in it to be creative again just yet. Not to mention the 13 UFO's laying around my MomCave.