Wednesday, October 26, 2016


This is another of Wanda Salmans patterns. It's a Leaf with Dragonfly earring minus the dragonfly charm. I tatted them onto an eyepin, thinking I'd add them to the Topiary that still has a long way to go. I think they'd make a good under base for the magnolias from Be-Stitched. They tat up really fast, about 15 minutes and I like that. I don't think it will take very long to unload this shuttle at least. I think this is size 40 Lizabeth. I know it's Lizabeth Riverglades or something like that.

I just wanted to empty shuttles because I wanted to work on another wall display case. I acquired a pair of them from Hobby Lobby and while the cases are unfinished, I'm going to Modge Podge some tatting elements to it before adding the shuttles. I was trying to decide which color to paint them, black or white. Not knowing what tatting to use has kept me from painting them so far.

My vacation from work is almost at a end, so I wanted to do as much crafting as I can before that. The end of the year crazies begin for me when I go back on Nov.1. My MomCave is a neglected disaster area that my youngest has had a blast playing with the clay. I spent too much time picking the scrap clay out of the carpet. I've come to realize that I need to invest in a clear vinyl mat for my floor. Otherwise the carpet will soon need to be replaced. I'm going to need to measure the room soon. At least she uses her own "craft table" so the damage is in a limited area of the MomCave.

Monday, October 24, 2016

A little bit of this and that

This cute little snowflake is called Crowned Wheel from Wanda Salmans. I made it in size 50 DMC thread. I actually have about 7 balls of this size. I don't know how that happened. I began with one and whenever I "earned" enough points through one of the reward programs I belong to, I use it to buy crafting supplies from Well, next thing I know, the UPS driver is coming every other day and delivering a small package with another ball of thread! Since this pattern is so cute, I thought to join a few together and make a mat out of it. I'm currently making a second and I thought to do about 4 of them so see if it's possible to join them together by themselves or if they'll need another element to hold them together.
This lovely creature is my birthday shuttle this year. It's an acrylic shuttle that is made by Shuttles by design. She has some lovely wood ones too. When I have some extra money, I plan on getting a few sets of both. I've also added a few more Clovers to the shuttle family. I want to get back to working with resin and making my own, however my asthma is making it impossible at this point. I'm going to look into a better respirator so maybe I can go back to that before the resin's a gallon, that's a lot of shuttles!

Now that my crochet project is finally finished I can go back to working with my shuttles. I have a lot of snowflakes to make for my coworkers. One has asked me a few times if I'm going to make them. His wife really like the one I gave him last

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A little something

I have been sadly neglecting my shuttles for the past few months. I have been working with yarn though, crocheting, that is a WIP in itself. I was bored and picked up the brown (chocolate) Clover shuttle and after loading it up, went on Facebook for inspiration. I found it when a fellow tatter posted a picture of a tatted spoon. A Spoon! The pattern is Roger Freedman and was posted on a needle tatting group from MSN. The way back machine was the way to find the pattern once more. I made this first one with some DMC metallic thread.

Then I thought to also make the cup and saucer that was also on that site. However, using the same thread resulted in a spoon too large to complete the set. I received some size 50 DMC thread so I made the cup and saucer first. I was then planning on making the spoon out of size 80 or even 100 thread. I picked up a few balls of both sizes a couple of weeks ago.

Her ends need to be sewed in and tucked away but she still poses for a lovely picture.