Odds and ends

It has been a busy week, both at home and at work. At home there are several things coming up that I have to get ready for - including a craft show - and I've been putting in a lot of overtime at work.  Evidence of this can be seen at my house (it's a mess!).  After a while a person gets tired, body and mind, and it's hard to keep track of what needs to be done.  Or have the energy to do those things you know needs to be done!

In spite of being tired I've actually gotten a lot of tatting in - as the passenger in the car, sitting in waiting rooms - but none of my projects are at a place I want to take pictures and share.  But I like posts with pictures in them so I'm sharing a doily I made a long time ago.  I can't honestly say who's pattern this is, whether it's from some book or other or one of mine. Anyone recognize it??  (Please let me know!)  I think the thread is size 30 but what color or brand I couldn't tell you. The cup and shuttle were found in antique stores, the cup just recently, the shuttle several years ago.  I don't try to tat with the shuttle as the points have something to be desired.  Let's just say it looks very well used (but I couldn't resist buying it anyway).

In the midst of all my busy-ness, several things happened this week that I am pretty excited about.  One of them is the prospect of giving tatting lessons in a month or so.  There is a quilting guild (club?) that meets in the fellowship hall of our church once a month.  I needed to pick up some things from the hall this week while they were there and one of them asked if I would be interested in giving lessons. (!!☺!!) Several of the ladies showed interest.  Now we just need to agree to a date and time.

The other thing I got excited about this week was tatting I saw on a shirt.  There was a lady in the waiting room at the doctor's office wearing a shirt that was covered in tatting.  It was all the way around the collar, all the way down the front with the buttons, it was across the top of a pocket.  And then there were four (?) large butterflies in various places. I asked the wearer if she had tatted it all but, no, she had picked it up at a garage sale. (!!)  I wanted to take a picture of it but the lady was filling out paperwork and I didn't want her to think I was trying to steal her information, so the opportunity for a picture was lost.  But it was an impressive display of tatting. 

These bookmarks are not the impressive display of tatting as I wanted them to be. I had this idea to decorate these cards with scrapbook paper roses but also with some tatting.  Nothing I tried seemed to work, nothing looked right.  So I added the thread at the top and gave them to my mom and her sisters for Mother's day anyway.  There are only so many hours in a day and I ran out of time (and imagination).  But I do have more of the rose paper and plan on trying again another day.

Now back to being busy.

"I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process."
Vincent Van Gogh

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