Kitties and dragonflies

Pretty Kitty pattern by Nancy Tracy © 2006

I'm still tatting for my granddaughter.  I thought this cute little kitty from Be-stitched by Nancy Tracy would look nice on a dress I bought for her. These are made in Lizbeth #641 Lilac Dark, size 20.

Here is one of them on the dress. The dress originally came with a crocheted purple flower on it but I took it off and put on the kitty.   I have nothing against crochet, I just wanted some tatting on it instead. 

The other kitty was supposed to go on a cup for my grandson, this little girl's big brother, but somehow or other it disappeared.  Maybe it had other places it wanted to be.  That's okay, the kitty is quick and easy to make so it won't take long to make another one.  This kitty actually gave me a reason to try out my Handy Hands thread holder I got from Tabatha. I do so many patterns that take two shuttles I haven't had need of the holder yet.  It is pretty cool to use, by the way.  I still need to add a wrist ribbon - or something - but it worked great in the car.

Dragonfly pattern by Jon 2010

I made these dragonsflies from a pattern by Jon.  Aren't they cute? (Have you seen the butterflies at the top of her blog - those are next!) The  purple one is made with the Lizbeth #641 size 20 - hey, I still had thread on my shuttle from the kitties:-) - with bronze-colored beads of unknown origin and size.  The other is made from Lizbeth #144 Leaf Swirl, size 20 with green beads, again of unknown origin and size.  This green and white one is for my mother for her birthday.  I'm planning on adding it to a pin to add to one of her hats.  I bought some hat pins a while back just for this purpose and now I want to use them I can't find them anywhere!  I still have a couple of days to look, but I do have a backup plan if I can't find them. 

I had hoped that I could show the pin completed and the cup for my grandson today but I guess they'll be for another day.  I still have another outfit to decorate for my granddaughter as well that isn't quite done.   Thank goodness none of these projects are all that big.  There is hope that all of them will be done by next Tatting Tea Tuesday.

Today I actually drank some tea before I started on the coffee. It was just Country Peach from Celestial Seasonings, a nice start for a cool morning. 

May is Celiac Awareness Month.  I mention this because, though I have not been officially diagnosed with this by a doctor, I definitely have either this or a severe gluten intolerance. My daughter is the one who actually diagnosed this when I had a lot of issues a couple of years ago. My doctor had no clue what caused all my problems but when I followed my daughter's advice it was like flipping a switch on how much better I felt. This is a disease described at as:

"Celiac Disease (CD) is a lifelong inherited autoimmune condition that affects both children and
adults.  When people who have CD eat foods that contain gluten, it causes an immune reaction that
results in damage to the small intestine and does not allow nutrients to be properly absorbed. Damage can be present in the small intestine even when there are no symptoms. Currently, the only treatment is strict adherence to the gluten-free diet.

Gluten  is the common name for the proteins in specific grains that are harmful to persons with celiac disease.  These proteins are found in ALL forms of wheat (including durum, semolina, spelt, kamut, einkorn and faro) and related grains rye, barley and triticale and MUST be eliminated."

(Yes, I'm on a strict gluten free diet.  I even have to watch the ingredients of some Teas!)

"Old age is not a disease - it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trial and illnesses." 
Maggie Kuhn

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