Wednesday, March 25, 2015

16 days to Finger Lakes Tatting Seminar!!

There's only 16 days until the Finger Lakes Tatting Seminar!!!  I'm so excited but I've been too busy to pack.  The other Chiropractor in our clinic fell and is off work for the next week.  So the days have been full of clinic stuff and I'm working her practice as well as my own.  Not so much time for obsessing over what to pack.  Its a goal this weekend to get it ready.  Next weekend is Easter and so I won't have time to pack. 
My cat and one of my dogs have teamed up to eat some the Easter Eggs I added tatting to last year.  The cat was knocking them on the floor and the dog was chewing up the egg.  Fortunately the tatting is fine but its a pain to add a new egg.  I will have to cut the whip stitching, add the tatting to the new egg and make new stitching.  I was not impressed because it took me awhile to figure out how Lucky was getting the eggs so more than one was destroyed.  Last year I was in the mood and did some additional weaving around the whip stitching.  I 'm not so sure that I will have the patience to do it again.  My poor, poor eggs!
The egg is gone but the tatting remains!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The tap is running

I have water! The gentlemen from the Smiths Falls Works came on Friday of that week and spent 11 hours thawing out the pipes on the municipal side of things.  Since February was soooo cold Smiths Falls had an epidemic of frozen pipes towards the end and while I was the first on my street to have no water I was not the last.  They actually just told everyone to have a tap in the house running until spring!
Its warmed up quite a bit here in the last week but there was a few days there where I thought my pipes would freeze up again.  One of the gentlemen who worked on my pipes told me to run all the taps in the house if the water stream slowed down.  I had to do that the first morning after they restored service but since then its been consistent.
For the last week I've been getting ready for the Finger Lakes Tatting Seminar.  I booked my room at the Red House Country Inn and started to put together a few things.  I am teaching a Sea Anemone bracelet this year. 
This is the inspiration.
This is the bracelet.
Something like this for $1.
Each year I design a pattern and make kits for the group to sell as a fundraiser.  This year it is a Nautical Rose Bracelet.  It comes with thread, beads and bangle for $1.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Waterless week!

I came home on Monday afternoon to find out I have no water!  The extreme cold has finally sunk deep enough that some of the pipes in Smiths Falls, Ontario are frozen.  I'm scheduled for them to check it out tomorrow since some one needs to be home when they check it out.  I'm afraid they will need to dig up my driveway since that's where the water comes into the house.  Cross your fingers that I will have water tomorrow around this time!

In other news I borrowed my sister's camera to take pictures of bracelets I've designed.   My iPhone just isn't cutting it in the photo department.  The pictures are for a book of bracelets I'm trying to get done.  It feels like its taking forever to complete.  Its mostly my fault because instead of proofing patterns I've been coming up with new designs after I walked into Canada Bead Supply at the beginning of the summer.  I blame the rest on those ingenious bead manufacturers that are supplying such neat beads! 
iPhone not doing such a great job!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day?

It may be a little late to do a post about Valentine's Day but I'm going to do it anyways!  My niece Olivia received her heart pin in the mail on Friday so she got to wear it Valentine's day.  My other niece and nephew are still waiting. 

On the weekend I did something really romantic...I went to the Diefenbunker!  If you don't know what I'm talking about here's a quick blurb from the museum website:
"The Diefenbunker was commissioned by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker in 1959, as part of his government’s reaction to escalating tensions in the Cold War. The purpose of the bunker was to house key members of the government and military in the event of a nuclear attack on Canada. The safety of its nuclear roof would allow the Canadian government to operate safely underground for 30 days in order to assist with the governance and rebuilding of the country. A series of Emergency Government Headquarters bunkers were built across Canada and, as the largest, the federal government bunker would come to be known as the Central Emergency Government Headquarters (CEGHQ Carp)." 
...or you can go to for an original video by the Cold War Era Government.

So basically we have an underground city built on the outskirts of Ottawa in case of Nuclear strike.  Since the passing of the Cold War its been made into a museum simply because its too neat (and too much tax payer's dollar were spent) to just shut it up and forget it.  To get in you have to walk through this enormous tunnel which is pictured below (it was waaaayyyy too cold on the weekend for me to stop and take a picture so this is from the website)
For the first few minutes its a little claustrophobic but once you get inside its just like an office building with no windows.  I wasn't sure at first if I could stay.  I took a few pictures of the medical clinic which is the first stop.  We only saw the first floor but then left because an hour had already passed and I was really hungry!
The Medical Clinic was the first stop. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Bad dog!

No remorse for his chewing!
This is what happens when you combine an inquisitive dog with a low lying table!  This used to be a doily design by Karey Solomon but now it has a big bite missing.  Unfortunately Lucky managed to chew through all but the first round so I'm not sure what to do about the missing parts. While this is a small doily it too a long time to tat because it's so dense.  The pattern has a lovely swirly nature and sadly wasn't finished.  There is one more round that was waiting for me to decide on a color.  So sad for it to end up this way and such a bad dog! 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Finished and packaged

I finished the brooches and packaged them so they look pretty and they are all ready to go! This brooch and a few others are being mailed to my nieces and nephews for valentine's day.  I thought they could stick them on their backpacks.

Ready to mail!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Lost my needle...

Tonight I'm sewing brooches together using invisible thread.  There was a few moments of panic when I dropped my needle.  Usually if you can't see the needle you can at least see the thread.  Not so much with invisible thread.  Fortunately standing up caused the needle to fall for where ever it was hiding!
I'm making these brooches as a donation to Millers Oven in Manotick.  It is a not for profit restaurant that raises money for the senior center.  Except for the cooks all the staff are volunteers and the food is  made from scratch.  They make the best whole wheat scones and I pop in for a shone and a pot of tea regularly.  It's one if Manotick's little treasures.