Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Louise Colgan's Milanese Butterfly...
I just finished this butterfly in Milanese Lace. The pattern is from Louise Colgan's Milanese Book that I have. I changed the way the inner parts of the wings were done. Yup folks...I can't even leave bobbinlace alone but like to do my own thing...so...anyhow...the picture on the left is Louise Colgan's Butterfly...the one on the right is mine. Not sure if I like it or not...what I did...but it is now done and off my pillow...I am thinking of doing her heart pattern next.















Here is one more picture of my butterfly. I know in the picture that the one thread color looks kinda reddish pink...but the thread color is actually a plum purple color with pale lilac and a true blue. Looks different in the pictures...

Monday, April 10, 2006

I thought I would share a couple pictures I took of my other loves in my life...my two grandsons. In the one picture is Peyton Lee....take a look at his sweater outfit. Erin Hollaway made this for Peyton and brought it to me when she came to stay with me just a bit over a week ago....and look at Peyton's smile....he is such a happy baby. In the other picture is his brother Timmy Guy. Timmy loves getting his picture taken...does this mean he is a ham....LOL

Saturday, April 08, 2006

During the Hector weekend event....Mark, Erin and I were a tatting but when we got to my house....it was time to get the bobbins and pillows out for bobbinlace. We decided to make a hummingbird in Milanese Lace from a DVD that I had gotten and was finding it hard to find the time to make the bird...though...I love Milanese and the way it looks with all those scrolls, and flowing braids, besides that...I love hummingbirds...enjoy watching them at the feeders every year. But lo...and behold...I made a mistake right in the begining...so I took my bobbins off and decided I would start it over after my company left...and I did and finished it today. Here is a picture of it.

Now I will add more Hector pictures for all of you to look at....

I believe this is Tanya Welsh's display. Tatting friends just having plain fun!!!! :))

I hope you all enjoy looking that hats that people made for the hat contest. Till....keep tatting and keep smiling.....

Friday, April 07, 2006

Do you hear that??
Those are sleighbells,
that means the holidays are here.
I love this time of year because....

I am Mark the moose
I am on the loose spreading Christmas cheer.
I wish you peace and happiness throughout the coming year.
I love to skate and decorate,
with Christmas lights a glow.

I am Mark the moose.
the very merriest moose you will
EVER know!!!!!
Repeat.....

I am now even entertaining Peyton with this stuffed animal...he looks at it and thinks I have lost my very mind......but it is fun!!!

Now for some pictures. The first pictures I will share are the tatting bag that Mark made and was a sample for his hairpin lace class that he taught.





















In the next pictures I will show you the thistle flower that I made from Rita Cochrane's class and the flower from Mark's class. In the one picture I made the flower using King Tut's quilting thread. In the other picture of the flower in off white I used Gutterman's cotton thread. The Gutterman thread is a stiffer thread and though I followed Mark's pattern...it looks different.
















Now for some other pictures that I took at the event.














Ginny Weathers from Auburn,NY and Rita Some of the students I had in my dragon class.
Cochrane from Canada



























Georgia Seitz
And what is Mr. Tatman doing in a tatting
event...bobbinlace....Shame on you Tatman.
LOL!!

















Both sides of a tatting FANNY bag that Mark made and wore with suspenders out of a pair of jeans...Too FUNNY MARK!!!

This is it for today. On another day I will share more pictures of some of the hats were made and entered in a hat competition which I didn't enter...no time to work on a hat.

I hope you have enjoyed the pictures that I took and shared with you all. I had such a blast over the weekend...it was like my last horrah....sorry to say.

My how time flies...it has already been a week since my fun began. A week ago today I was a butterfly at this time. I sat and read my grusome book by Patricia Cornwell and then I would put the book down and go and do something...then I sat back down...read a couple more paragraphs and then I was back up again. I was nervous and excited at the same time...now can you be nervous and excited at the same time...well...the butterflies in my stomach thought so.
The excitement was...I knew Mark Myers and Erin Hollaway was coming to stay with me for the weekend. I was also excited for the Hector Tatting event was on the immediate horizon...the nervousness...driving to the airport to get my two guests. I hate driving in Rochester which is a big city. It intimadates me...and I was nervous for I knew I was teaching this year in Hector.
But eventually the time came to get in my daughter's car...which also made me nervous for I borrowed her car for the weekend since my son had responsiblities and needed my car. Anyhow...off to the airport I went early...I wanted to make sure I had plenty of time incase I missed an exit or something...plus I just couldn't sit here and figet anymore.
Got to the airport fine...and tried to read that same grusome book. Patricia Cornwell books remind me alot of CSI and I really like that show...anyhow...I couldn't really concentrate I was so excited. The first guest that was suppose to fly in was Mark...but his flight came in and there was NO Mark....hmmm...He has done it to me again...same thing happened to me last time he came....not on the flight he was suppose to be on. But in all fairness...it wasn't Mark's fault....It is O'Hara Airport's fault and the weather in the windy city. Anyhow....I didn't have time to keep wondering where Mark was for I had to get to the otherside of the airport to get my other guest which was Erin...God LOVE her soul...for she was where she was suppose to be. I think my first words to Erin was....I don't know where Mark is...he didn't get off his flight....and anxiety was by now already set in...Where is the man....
Anyhow...I had my husband cell phone with me....did I think to turn the phone on...no...so here I was...with a phone that I had no clue how to really use since it is my husband's phone I never use it...except for maybe three times the whole time he has had the phone. Erin helped me in figuring out how to get the voice messages since there were two on the phone...but guess what...I didn't have the password to retrieve the messages....so...Erin and I went out to my car to take care of her luggage and I called Kim. Come to find out because of the bad weather in Chicago...the planes were delayed and Mark would be coming in on a later plane. Mark was suppose to be at the airport just after 4pm...but when I asked what flight he was to be on from the United desk I was informed he would be coming in after 7pm. So Erin and I had some time to kill. We sat and had coffee. It was so great to see Erin. I love that girl. She is so funny!!
Anyhow....Mark did come in...I think his first words were something like..."It wasn't my fault".
So finally we got in the car and drove to my house and the party began. My husband I shipped off to Canada with my son to the gambling cacino. So the house was in party mode. I had a good time. Mark was winding bobbins to start the hummingbird Milanese lace and Erin was trying to figure out a braid in her heart Milanese. I was also winding bobbins...which I should have had already wound....could have done that instead of figeting in the morning.
We were up late into the night...who needs sleep when you are having fun I ask you.
But it was a party all weekend until Sunday....my husband surprised me by coming home early...and I was coming down with a wicked cold that I caught from my son Ryan...I am still sick with that cold and makes me feel like doing nothing.
It was great to see the other tatters in Hector. I taught my class which I know was alot of information for people to take in...and I didn't have any real good diagrams...hey....we all can't be Mark.....The Rock Star...which is a name that Erin and I started calling him. LOL!
There was plenty of food...and the stuff to buy....I was a pretty good girl and didn't go overboard with the buying. I really don't need alot of stuff.
But one thing I have to tell you about was the "Mark the Moose" which is a stuffed moose on ice skates that sings...I am Mark the Moose I have come to bring Christmas cheer...I don't know all the words right now. My daughter Michelle gave it to me for Christmas one year....but instead of just sharing the fun stuff toy...I decided to share it with the other tatters in Hector...so he was smuggled out of the house and went to Hector with us on Sunday....He was played for the benefit of the other tatters....I just thought he had to be shared.
I also made an announcement on Sunday. The spring issue of the IOLI Bullentin which is a lace bullentin futured my Celtic Fan on the cover. I just happened to have a cover copy that Debra Jenny was so nice to send to me since I probably wouldn't have the bullentin in the mail in time for the event. Funny but my Bullentin was in my mailbox on Monday. So I am happy that I have now put tatting twice on the Lace Bulletin. The first tatting that I put on the cover of the Bulletin was Kelly my Celtic Dragon.
I am now going to end this post and start another one to share some pictures with you all.