Tatting Tea Tuesday with Tea and Tatting!

Greetings and Salutations! This has been a good week! A girl's day out on Thursday with my sister was a load of fun. We got our nails done, went to a wonderful scrapbook store in Derby called 'Scrappin' Time' (you may recall I just got back from vacation), had a relaxed lunch, visited with my daughter and her family, then went to JoAnne's and spent lots of money! What could be more fun than that?

Then Saturday I had the evening to myself so I spent it going shopping again! Okay, didn't spend nearly as much, and it wasn't quite as much fun because I was by myself, but still! Went into a quilt store to drool over the material and found out they are going to be having a beginners quilt class at times I can even attend - amazing! A friend of mine had mentioned she was going to be going to this, but I hadn't realized what the times. So we're both signed up for it now.

Then it was on to the Salvation Army store to see if there were any good bargains to be had. And look what I found!

I'm almost positive I've already got a copy of this, but at $0.49 I couldn't leave it there. It had a doily pattern and a motif pattern in it. I went home and made one of the motifs. Then I made another one. A simple pattern but nice look. These haven't been blocked yet, but except for the clovers at the ends of the arms it lays pretty nice. I say that though the centers bowed up a little, then found out if you make the picots of the little rings longer that problem goes away.

I know this because I tried it on the third motif. When I was almost done with this one I thought "just extend one leg a little bit and it will be a cross" and it was.

The two-toned blue cross is made out of Manuela size 20 in color 019 (dark blue) and a DMC blue that I don't have labeled. The variegated, unfinished cross is made from an unknown brand, size 30 thread that my mother gave me. I just added four more of the small rings to each side of the forth leg of the motif, and wa -la! a beautiful cross.

The second cross is for my mother as well as being made from thread she gave me. That was another thing that made it a good week: she picked up a bag of crochet thread from the senior center to give to me. I didn't take it all because most if it was white and ecru! There were several new balls of thread, but I can't see me ever using that much of regular crochet thread. I've gotten spoiled with Lizbeth and and few other types of thread that are much smoother and easier to tat with. But it was so nice of her I thought I'd make her a little something in the thread she liked the most.

I had more trouble with that thread than I've had in a long time! It was fuzzier than what I'm used to as well as being somewhat old - it kept breaking on me. Well, at least three times, and that's only because I started being v-e-r-y careful when I closed rings. And then at the end I got in a hurry and cut off the threads a chain and ring early :( Adding thread again for the last ring was a pain, but I was able to squeeze in the last chain with the little tail of the chain thread. Then I ran out of time. If I wanted a picture of it for this post I didn't have time to sew in the ends. You can see what I chose to do about it.

I'm calling the original motif as #8 in my second 25 Motif Challenge, and the cross as #9.

The title says there will be tea and there was. My daughter gave me a box of Tazo vanilla tea, which I can't remember the actual name of it. It has vanilla, of course, and a little peach and is very good. I had it on ice today. Though I was inside I saw that the outside temp was already 102 degrees (F). It made me hot just thinking about it.

Until next week, may you all have a little time for yourselves with a little tea and tatting.

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