Trial and error

I continued on with my bookmark trial from last week. I'm using it for trying a few different ideas, seeing how a few things work together. This would probably be a good exercise for using a drawing program though I didn't take the time to try it. It might lay a little a little flatter and be more aesthetically pleasing without all the thread if I had. I have learned a bit, though - like, it's easier to tat the inside first, then the outside (like I didn't know that already!). The other way 'round is a little trickier. I did the outside first, trying to find a shape I liked. I'm not exactly happy with this shape but I didn't want to cut it off and try again, so I started trying ways to stiffen the shape a bit by adding additions in the centers. I like how some of them look, just not necessarily together. There are still a couple of things I want to try as I'm this far with it. Might as well get as much out of it as I can.

A little trade
Isn't this picture pretty? I'm not sure if this is crewel or tapestry work or exactly what. I was given this in exchange for some tatting.

For my wallpaper on my computer at work I have a picture of Crosby, the Norwegian Flying Dragon. The other day a friend and co-worker was in and commented on him. The next day I came into my office shortly after the start of work and found a large frame in my chair, positioned so with the picture was facing the back. It's a beautiful piece of work in a beautiful frame. There was absolutely nothing to say who put it there or why. So I start asking around. My friend said his sister had made the picture but, for whatever reason, he didn't want it anymore but he would like a dragon. If I liked the picture he'd give it to me in exchange.

Anne B has stated that she doesn't want the dragons sold, but trade is acceptable. She had mentioned thread to make the dragon in exchange for it, but I thought this trade was in keeping with her wishes, so I agreed. Now I have to find the just the right thread - he said he likes blues and greens. Hmmm, maybe peacock colors....

Tatting Tea Tuesday
This has been a tea-less Tuesday, but for a good reason. We have been encouraged at work to stay healthy or try to get healthy and they've done some of that encouraging by offering money to have a health check done. They brought in a company this week to take our blood to check for cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose, take our blood pressure, height and weight and give us our BMI and body fat numbers, all in just a few minutes. They gave us a monetary incentive - we might as well take advantage of it, right? As both my husband and work at the same place we went in together this afternoon before work to have our fingers pricked. The down side in this is that you are not supposed to eat or drink anything but water for eight to twelve hours before the appointment - there went my tea. And no trip to IHOP, either.

We planned our day to go in about ninety minutes before work so we could get our fingers poked then go to lunch. We went to a nearby Applebee's, which worked out well except then I was ready for an after lunch nap by the time work started. What we go through for our health :-)

"In the future we'll all have 15 minutes of fame and 15 minutes of healthcare" Nicole Hollander

"A man's health can be judged by which he takes two at a time - pills or stairs" Joan Welsh

"In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties" Henri Frederic Amiel

"To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life" William Londen

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