Thursday, July 24, 2014

Payment received

In the mail today was the payment for my slave bracelet, err, pay off I should say. Ruth's book arrived! Inside is another lily pattern style that I can add to the topiary. Also and open petal flower that I can use to 'fill up' spaces on the other tiers. The print on it is on the larger side. Then again, everything looks large when you've been looking at small screens all day.

The rest of this particular order is still on it's way, but should be here by Saturday.

I've made some progress on the topiary covering. I'm carrying around a shuttle with that color thread. It's such an easy pattern that no thought is really needed, I can just 'wing it' on what size rings to make. Alternating how many picots are on each ring do make for a more interesting covering. I just have to train my hand to keep those picots long. Since I've got today off, surprisingly and unexpectedly, the plans are to finish the first bottom tier with the 'moss' and get half of the second one finished.

I still have two whole months before my entry is due. I don't want to wait on it, because I don't to lose time to complete it. I will still have to wash all the flowers before I place them in their final position. I'm aiming to get a blue ribbon for this, no matter what particular category it finally gets placed in.

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*