Monday, January 18, 2016

Tatting cabinet

Just working away tidying up my craft closet.  It's funny that we end up with so much stuff. Some things just sit there and are rarely used but we keep them "just in case".  I found that one of the best ways to tame my mess of thread was to put the balls in scrapbook cases. They are just the right height and I can see the thread through the case.  Unfortunately that doesn't work out nearly as well for my hand dyed threads.  They are separated by size into bags but I can't see every colour.  Most doilies fit nicely into the scrapbook cases for storage too.

Monday, November 30, 2015

My favourite chocolate bar

This is my favourite kind of chocolate bar...except for the Cadbury fruit and nut bars.  Laura Secord makes the best mint chocolate bars.  I'm a Girl Guides leader and it's always a struggle to find nut free chocolate for s'mores.  So I was really happy yesterday to find out they carry nut free chocolate all year round.
Speaking of Girl Guides I went to Toronto last weekend for Super Spark!  It's a training weekend for leaders. I made a bunch of swaps out of lace to give away (no tatting since I didn't have enough time).  Below is a picture of the swaps I received and the book that came in our kit.  Mark Collard was our key note speaker and he's an awesome resource if you do anything with groups of all ages.  It was a great weekend and I met a great bunch of leaders from Ottawa!

Monday, November 16, 2015

A magnifying find....

Yesterday I went to the St Marks high School craft show.  They do it as a fundraiser every year for the school.  and There's over 100 vendors that actually make there own stuff!  I get irritated when I go to a craft show and it's all stuff from China but this one never has that problem.
The problem is that it takes all my money!  Lol!  I purchased this neat magnifying glass for $20.  It had a chain but I left the chain behind because I'm going to make a beaded or tatted chain.  The vendor also had ones with horn handles but those didn't have a necklace option.  As you can see the magnifying glass is small and I thought it would be handy when tatting.  I can check to see what I've done! 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Remembrance Day

I'm watching the Legion next door preparing for the Remembrance Day Ceremony.  The are many service people in Ottawa and many uniforms walking around this morning.  We don't open until 1 pm on Remembrance Day but I'm here early anyways.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Some of the shuttles I collected in September

During September I went to the palmetto Tatdays and the fringe element Tatdays.  I also went to a national chiropractic conference in Niagara Falls.  It seems I hardly worked!
Part of the fun of the Tatdays is learning new stuff and buying stuff from friends.   I will show you the huge stash of books I purchased later but today is about shuttles.  Below is a picture of some of the shuttles I acquired through lawful means.  The bird is made by Norm Reid from the Fringe Element organizing committee.  He does a lovely job with these whimsical birds.  The one below it is a custom order by Monica at NAG studio.  The one diagonal to it is by her as well.  It's one of their newer designs, it looks like a pair of lips to me so I call it my kiss shuttle but they have a different name for it.  Finally the white shuttle is a commemorative 10th anniversary Fringe shuttle.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

An interesting post...

I just read an interesting post about Pinterest and copyright at White Threads, the blog of Yvette Stanton.  Yvette is the author, designer, publisher behind Vetty Creations' quality needlework books and embroidery products. Yvette points out that if a designer has to spend all their time chasing down infringements they won't have time for designing.
  I think there's a more important consideration- the designer may just decide to pack their bags and go home.  They'll continue to design but they won't share, leaving the rest of us to miss out.   As someone who struggled to find tatting patterns I find this a daunting prospect.  

you can read the post at

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Finally in print!!!!!

I finally got my collection of bracelet patterns in print!  The actual writing was finished in March but the last few months I've been dealing with create-space to format the darn thing...So there are no random words in weird places.  I spent lots of time fiddling with pictures and photoshopping.  Made some changes after reviews by my proof reader Joanie Culverhouse.  
Overall I'm happy with the results...although I'm not sure the increased distribution is worth the irritation of formatting. However it looks awesome! Here it is on Amazon and the kindle version will be available soon.  
I've ordered a few copies to bring with me to Palmetto tat days and the Fringe tat days in September.