Thursday, October 29, 2015

Palmetto Tat days, travel, weddings, illness....oh my!

Wow, September and October have been a whirlwind. It started with a wonderful trip to the state of Georgia for Palmetto Tat days. I finally got to meet so many people that I have been internet friends with for years but had never met in "real" life. It was so fun! I could only stay for one day of classes so I took a class from Riet and one from Georgia S.

Georgia put forth a challenge and of course I took the bait. She asked for a single long picot on a ring separated by a few knots, not a folded over double picot, and this is what I happily came up with. (Sorry, she made me promise not to tell how I did it.)

Much to my chagrin I have not yet completed Ineke's Owl project taught by Riet, or I would have posted that picture right [here]. I do so dislike having unfinished projects, but with that said, I have to remind myself that I am in the small child raising season of my life, which leaves so little room for anything else. Miss P is so stinkin full of energy! Truly, it's the first thing people comment on when they meet her. I get it people! My kid is HYPER! Lord have mercy on me! But I digress.

After Palmetto Tat Days I rushed off to Seattle to photograph my youngest Sister's wedding. Check out her tatted headdress! She really pulled it off and made such a beautiful bride!

I was able to capture the very moment that she first saw herself in the mirror. She exclaimed, "I look like a princess!"

Miss P did a terrific job of being the flower girl!
After returning from Seattle I got some kind of stupid stage 5 klinger super bug! It took me three full weeks to recover from that one. And mercy me if October hasn't been busy. In fact, it is so busy that I keep forgetting today is my birthday! Yep, I am now the ripe old age of 24...and don't any of you dare accuse me of dyslexia!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Getting ready for Palmetto Tat days!

Well, I am blowing the dust off my shuttles and threads and packing them up for my long drive to Georgia tomorrow. I am excited to meet in person the many tatters that I have been my internet friends for quite some time. I will also get to see a few familiar faces. I suppose that will give me some material for new tatting posts. ......finally.....

Saturday, August 8, 2015

8 foot Piccadilly

Another thing non tatting related...sorry.
I have been working on large scale art and this is my latest piece. This is Miss P on the farm.

Friday, August 7, 2015

A new chapter begins

You aren't going to believe it, but little miss P started Pre-K yesterday. I miss her so much already, but she really is loving school so far. This will also give me a few hours of uninterrupted time which I haven't had for the last four years. I am getting the ol tatting shuttles out as I have Tat Days to prepare for and a couple commissioned pieces to make.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

When is the tatting coming back?

Good question! Since I moved to the South my life has been "crazy y'all"!

I might have mentioned all the chickens and maybe even the total demo and construction of our farm house kitchen? With that, a four year old, a nut ball husband, and our weekly catastrophes' in one form or another, I have not had a whole lot of time to tat.

The first few months were rather depressing as I was trying to adjust to southern ways. The physical move was a nightmare, I was trying to unpack and live in a run down house with no storage and nearly everything broken; the house and our belongings.

Anyhow, there wasn't a lot of room for anything fun.

I was also suffering pretty bad with carpel tunnel.

After nearly going crazy a few months in, I just HAD to do something creative. My pottery studio isn't anywhere near set up so what could I do?

Well, with a friend's prompting I sat down and started watercoloring; the last painting frontier I had yet to explore. I took to it like a duck to water...literally!

It has been such a balm for my soul during these rougher days. It is less taxing on my wrists and I see results pretty quickly.

These are an example of some of my earlier work this year. The bulk of which is my goofy chickens.

I was having too much fun! Anyhow, what does this have to do with tatting?

Well, by signing up for Palmettos, accepting a commissioned piece of tatting, and finally getting Internet, I have been given plenty of incentive to start tatting.

This might very well be the craziest, busiest time of my life yet, so again, I humbly ask for your patience, you will soon see tatting from me again.