Tuesday, September 21, 2010

You have got to see these very yummy and pretty shuttles. Coming our way soon. They are Clover shuttles in new colors.

Will be available I think on Wednesday or soon after from Handy Hands. Here is the url for the colors that Handy Hands will have. http://kkommy.blogspot.com/2010/08/flora-tatting-shuttle.html I do know from Barbara that they are going to be getting awhole lot of these in but there will be some. I think the package of five will be selling for between 13.00 to 14.00 so if you want them...you have better keep checking on their website. Here is the url for Handy Hands.http://www.handyhandstatting.com/index.html I do know they should be in really soon. I would look for where it says new items. I am just tell you all of this since I know there are many that love the color shuttles...and these shuttle colors are to die for. Take a look at the soft pink one and the beautiful purple one. Signing. It is about time Clover came up with some new colors. Take a look at the colors. I also think there will be more size 80 thread too that will be available to order.

I think right now I will continue on with my story of my vacation...so here are a few more words and pictures for you all to look at.

Oh ,first I think I will share this picture of a Monarch Butterfly that landed on one of my Butterfly Bushes. I have more than one of these bushes and actually this bush is a deeper and dark pink than it looks in this picture...but I so love the picture just the same.

Okay now on to my story ...ON my flight down to Tennesee I didn't have too much time between my connecting flight at Dulles Airport in Washington, DC. I remember getting off my flight and looking at the time..and thinking my GOSH....I don't hardly have any time...and I really needed to take care of nature too...But I was running to get to where the bus connected to go from one part of the airport to the other part. I looked at the time that the bus was leaving. and nearly had a heart attack. My connecting flight was to leave I think it was 12:15 in the afternoon or something like that. The time before the bus left to go to the other part of the airport was in seven minutes and something. The time was already 11:50. I was so panicking. But I got on the bus and once I got to the other side of the airport ,the gate I had to be at was right there. So I asked...do I have enough time to using the Ladies' Room. I was told ...the flight was leaving in three minues...so I told her....forget the bathroom and proceeded to go down the gate to board the plane. I was running just about and I vaguely remember someone taking my carry on lugguge from behind me. I was panicking ....I got on the plane and said to the Stewardess...I need to use the bath room now. ...so I went running down to the other end of the plane to take care of things...and I am sitting there...taking care of business ( I so hate using the bathroom on a plane) and I am looking at my purse sitting on the floor in front of me...and I panicked. Where is my carry on??? I thought oh my gosh...did I leave it at the gate when I asked about the bathroom. I couldn't remember taking it with me and bringing it on the plane...So I hurried and finished and ran out from the bathroom...to the stewardess...and said...I think I forgot my carry on and left it at the gate...but then I started thinking...do I remember someone taking my carry on...I wasn't sure...and it was too late for by the time I got out of the bathroom the plane was starting to back out of the gate and I had to take my seat. So there I was...on my way to Knoxville, Tn...to see my friend Erin Holloway and Susie Q. I couldn't do anything about my luggage...
Anyhow...after I landed in Tennessee I was so relieved to see my carryon. Whew...I really cut myself short and almost missed my plane. Next time I will allow myself more time between flights.
Anyhow...After I got my luggage I didn't see Erin anywhere so I called her. Another lesson I have learned over the flying years is to carry phone numbers in my purse and not in my luggage. Anyhow I was told they were just pulling in...and sure enough...there was Erin, Raymond and Susie Q all decked out in her purple attire and her very Brit looking hat.
Off we went to Erin's house for the fun to begin. Our stuff got dumped off and I think we went out to eat. We went to IHOP. It is kinda funny but here at home we see the commercial all the time for IHOP and I drool over all the food they show...but I really think we don't have an IHOP near us. I will have to do a search one of these days and find out. I ordered the Yankee Pot Roast with onions. Susie Q got this big omlet and Erin being the good girl I believe got a salad. I of coarse because of my diabetes problem did not eat all my dinner but had some of it boxed up. It became my dinner on another night ...actually I think I divided it up for two more nights. It was so very good. But for me potatoes are a killer. All that starch that turns into sugar .Waaaa....
The next day I think it was we all went out shopping...did I say shopping...you remember my pictures with the beads don't you...my aquamarine ones...that is when I spent alot of money and bought those. I don't regret that still for I know sometime this year I will make something out of them. I can't buy beads around here...so those will become something special that I will design. Aquarmarine is my birthstone. Susie Q bought some beautiful Amethyst beads.Very pretty!!! I can't wait to see what Sue makes with the beads. Hmm... I thought I had pictures of us in the Bead Store but I guess I don't. I thought I had pictures in IHOP too...but I don't see any...Maybe Sue got some.
After shopping at the bead store we went off to eat at one of my favorite places to eat....Macaroni Grill. I had spaghetti and meatballs. I will be honest and admit that I ate the whole thing in one sitting. IT was so very good. I love that place. I will tell you all here too that my sugar readings were pretty much normal the whole time I was away on my trip. Since being home sometimes it is up ...I think it is because I am not very active at home watching the children. I need to do something about that and find away to get some exercise. I have even been thinking I need a jump rope so I can jump rope. Do they still have the cloth and wooden handle jump ropes I wonder or are they a thing of the past?

Here is a picture of us at Macaroni Grill eating.

After this outing we went back to Erin's house. Here is another picture of Erin and Sue...do we all look relaxed? This was in the evening

The next day we went out shopping. Sue and I found this lusious Lemon cake...oh ...it was so very good...and we also found some Rosemary Bread which I love. Erin also got the fixing for a yummy and very good salad. I love salad...and it is a good thing since I am a rabbit these days.
I have to explain what you are seeing in this next picture which was taken for Raymond's benefit. The night before Raymond showed us this very funny UTube clip of a father and son dancing on British You got Tallent show or something like that. Both were over weight and they both had wigs on and the were both great dancers. They were announced something...Flatley. Since I am a big fan of Micheal Flately with River Dance, Lord of the Dance, Feet of Flames and Tiger of the Dance and I think that Mieheal is a very talented dancer and I just don't think anybody can dance like he can...my ears perked right up when I heard the name of Flately. And sure enough that is who they were immitating. It was so funny...but here is the funny part to me. Raymond didn't realize they were immitating Micheal Flately. He just thought it was funny. To me it made the clip all the more funny. We were dying of laughter.

Here is the url for the clip if you want to get a laugh too.
It was funny.
So we were in the grocery store ....since seeing this clip Raymond was going all over the house doing this stance....so Erin and Sue did it in the store...Funny huh??

Okay this will be it for this post...but the story will continue on another post. Stay tuned.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Hiya Everybody
It is blog time. First of all...Erin...here is my "Noel" doily designed by Ben Fikkert and is on pages 20 and 21 in his "Floriade" book. I am doing it in size 80 Lisbeth thread in Summer fun and in solid colors that I am pulling from the variegate. This doily has plans which I will tell about later on.

You will also see some other things in the picture. Showing are some shuttles. One is the commerative shuttle from the Hintons. The other orange with the leaves on it is the commerative shuttle from AK Georgia Seitz. You will also note the flat really nice deer bone shuttle. This shuttle was handmade by Richard Seitz just for me which he gave to me. I have a staged picture of Richard giving me the shuttle. He promised to give it back to me. It is really nice and quite the treasure.
I came home from Palmetto Tat DAys with some treasures. First of all is this neato purple purse from Suzie Q or Purple Sue or Sue Hanson. Inside the purse was some fine bobbinlace thread ( Which NO MARK...I am not going to try and tat with it) and some other thread that I can use as a gimp thread in my bobbinlace or....tat.

I also came home with some other treasures made by some special people. In this picture you can see a beautiful necklace that my friend Erin Holloway made for me. Erin actually made two different necklaces. I let Suzie Q pick first and I got this one which I would have picked myself.

Also you can see in the picture a butterfly that I got from Riet, a bird of paradise I got from Martha , a angel from Marie Smith, and a beautiful Pumpkin TeaPot I got from Martha from our exchange that we did. I also got a cute and pretty tatted hat from Stephanie Wilson which I am letting my stuff Scooby Doo model from me.

Here are two tatted items I made during vacation. One is the butterfly from Riet's class that I took and managed to finish. I love this butterfly pattern! It was a very well thought out pattern. Also in the picture is my "Doodle the Poodle" from Erin Holloway's class. I didn't actually take the class. I did this at Erin's table before we went to Palmettos. I also love this pattern. The poodle is so cute and I did mine in black since years ago I had a poodle and her name was Chippie which was short for Chocolate Chip which was her real name. She was actually a cross between a standard poodle and a minature. She dies of Parvoe Disease. It is kinda funny...I guess I don't have the type of voice that people or dogs command to...She was kept in the house as a house doggie...but every once in awhile she would get loose and I would end up chasing her all over the place including trying to get her to come to me with brides of real meat...but she didn't have any of that...but my husband would call her and she would come...go figure.

I also got this beautiful bag from Erin...which fits in perfectly with next year's theme from Palmetto Tat Day which is..."Tatting in a Winter Wonderland". I think this is a cool theme for next year.I also came home with some beads from out jaunt to Lily's Bead Store in West Knoxville. The dragon on the bag was also given to me from Arlene Medder. I do think that sometime I will make a tatted necklace for it that was taught by Karey Solomon one year at Palmettos. I don't recall the name of the pattern but it was for the early bird class. I didn't attend it...probably too early for me.There is a strand of expensive Aquamarie Faceted Gem stones that I plan on making a necklace out of. Aquamarine is my birthstone and it was such a good buy I couldn't refuse. Since there isn't a bead store near me...I just had to get them. The beads were the most expensive thing I got.

I flew to Knoxville, Tn. and stayed with Erin on Sunday August 22nd and flew back home on August 30th. Sue Hanson (Purple Sue, Suzie Q) was already at Erin's house. She flew in on Friday. Anyhoo...I got to see what Suzie Q bought for the silent auction before it was put in the auction...and I said ...I am going to try and get that. It was this piece of linen (real Linen) with the flowers of the UK stamped on it. Since I have such fond memories of my trip to the UK and Ireland...I just had to have it...and I did get it along with the pretty necklace that was made by Vicki Clarke of Canada and was donated for the silent auction. I happen to also like Amber so that is why I tried to also in the necklace in the silent auction which I did win. I really like the simplicity of the design.

And here is a picture of some of the things I got in my Palmetto Goody Bag. It isn't everything I got. Some of the things I gave to my roommate since I was flying home.

And I will leave you this evening with one more picture. I've got more to share with you all...but blogging is time consuming...for it takes a bit to upload pictures and then you have to mess around because your text and pictures end up getting separated by big gaps of nothiningness. So I will post again really soon and continue on with the sharing. But here is Erin, Suzie Q and me at Erin's table of creativity.Don't the three of us look like we were having a grand time?? What fun!!!

Friday, September 03, 2010

Hiya in Around the World and to whomever is reading this post.
I had a great time on my vacation going to Tennesee to Erin Holloway's house and spending time with Suzie Q...oh I guess she likes to be called "Purple" these days and Raymond. I had such a good time and I thank Erin my friend so much.
You know, Erin really is a friend of mine even though we live so far away. She is just a phone call away and we so enjoy talking to each other about this and that. I thank the Lord for putting Erin on this planet.
Anyhow, as I said, I had lots of fun last week. I can't believe how time flys....I have lots to share of my trip to Tennesee and also the fun I had at Palmetto's Tatting Event...but first I have just one tale to tell you all. MY VERY HAPPY NEWS!! I found this out while I was at Erin's house...away from home.

Here is the tale. My oldest daughter Chrystal has been saying over the years since having Peyton her last child four years ago that she doesn't want any more children. She kinda had a tough time with Peyton and gained alot of weight. She did go into labor on the day of her schedule C section. Peyton, the medical team knew was going to be a big baby. He weighed almost eleven pounds. Anyhow...

Sunday evening or should I say at 1A.M. on Monday morning I was in the computer room at Erin's checking my email about my flight and paying for my one checked suitcase. While I was there in my email box there was an email from my daughter Chrystal. In the subject line was..."Hello Grandma" and I did notice the attachment. I opened up the email and this is what it said.

"Hi grandma, we are not sure if it is a boy or a girl yet. I am at 13 week. my due date is march 3. It was the march 11 but when i went for my ultra sound said I was 13 weeks not 11 weeks. we think it is going to be another big baby. "
I just about fell off the computer chair I was so surprised. I thought the email was about my two grandsons with a picture of them since I was away for a week and maybe Chrystal thought I was missing the boys ( I babysit the boys while they work everyday).

So...I went running down the stairs...saying....Erin...ERin...you will not believe what I just found out....I said...Chrystal is having another baby. ...that means I am going to be a Grandma again. I am really happy for them. The funny thing is...she is three months already. Some things were going on and Chrystal had test that came back saying she was pregnant and that could explain some of the problems she was having. She wasn't expecting at all to be pregnant...but you know pictures don't lie and now she is beaming with that pregnancy glow. She has to be careful and because of her diabetes which puts her at risk...she had to see the OB doctor every week.
Here is a couple pictures that were in my email box of the next little one to be.Chrystal says she wants another boy but I think the little one is going to be a girl. She was sick with the boys but not with this one...just a bit of nausea is all.

It was pretty cool having Erin share this special moment with me. This news was really the icing on the cake for a great week.
More about the trip in another post. CYA