Friday, June 27, 2008

Tatting Earrings Again - Motifs 13, 14 & 15

I've been working on the 25 Motif Challenge and tatting earrings. I am up to Motif #15. I joined the challenge on March 3rd of this year, so it has only been 3-1/2 months and I've passed the halfway mark already. YEA!! This challenge has motivated me to keep tatting on a regular basis and photograph my tatting and post on my blog what I have achieved. I like that idea, as I have tatted so many things and gave them away without taking pictures of them. I'm sure there are many other tatters that do the same thing.

I have tatted Jane Eborall's Flat Snowflake Earring again. I love this earring pattern. This time I made them for my friend, Rayanna, who just had a birthday. I made them in her favorite color, purple. Earlier this year I taught Rayanna to tat. She was such a fast learner. She has even mastered split rings. Sometimes we get together in the evenings to tat, which is a lot of fun.

I tatted another earring from Jane's site, Flower Earring, these are almost like small bell shaped flowers. I like how they turned out and have the beads hanging down from the center of the flower.

The next earring that I made is a pattern by Nina Libin, Beaded Earring. I have had the pattern printed off for sometime now. I have always wanted to try this earring. There are a few variations to the pattern, just by adding more beads in a few places. I want to make a few more of these and experiment with different colors of thread and beads.

That's all for now. I have missed a few days on the computer and have to catch up on every one's blog and see what beautiful things others are tatting. Thanks for visiting my blog!! Happy Tats!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


I've been tagged by two wonderful tatters, Joy and Diane.

Here are the rules:

1. Link back to the person that tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share 6 unimportant/random things about yourself.
4. Tag 4 people at the end of your entry.

I don't know if this means I have to list 12 unimportant/random things about myself since I was tagged twice, but here it goes.

1. I met Billy Boyd from the movie Lord of the Rings, he played the hobbit, Pipin.

2. I love to eat salads for supper. We grow a very big garden to supply everything we need for a healthy salad.

3. I started raising chickens a few years ago so I wouldn't have to buy eggs from the store anymore. One of our chickens doesn't want to live in the coop and pen with all the other chickens, so she has been free range for a year. She has been following me around lately and when she can't find me, she is now coming up to the house and flying up to the window sills looking in the window for me. Today she was on the porch on my glider looking through the big picture window looking for me.

3. My left eye doesn't move past the center, it is called Duane's Syndrome. Therefore, I don't see to my left unless I turn my head completely to the left.

4. So when I was in grade school, the kids would call me crossided lion, because my eyes crossed, because of the above reason.

5. I had a pet rabbit named Sugar when I was growing up. She was an albino rabbit.

6. I wore my Mother's wedding dress when I got married. It was a beautiful hooped skirt wedding dress.

Now for 6 more unimportat/random facts about my life.

7. In my previous post, I mentioned that I just got 7 stitches in my index finger from slicing my finger while cutting celery, well, the only other time I had to get stitches was from trying to separate two slices of frozen ham with a butcher knife, the knife went into my pinky finger and I had to get 4 stitch's. Ouch!!

8. I like my new pj's, they are green polka dotted shorts with a lavender top.

9. I met Cathy Rigby in 1972 and got her autograph at the place that I took gymnastic lessons. The reason I mention this is that my daughter, Katrina and I, just went to see the musical Peter Pan and Cathy Rigby was Peter Pan. If you don't remember, Cathy Rigby, throughout her gymnastics career, she was able to win numerous international gymnastic medals (including eight gold medals) and she went to the Olympics a second time in 1972. Cathy won a silver medal on the balance beam at the 1970 World Championships, being the first American woman to medal in World Gymnastics. I found a clip of Cathy performing as Peter Pan on YouTube - (I did not film this, it looks like this clip is from 2007:

10. I am fascinated by my friends retaining wall that has moss growing on the top of it. There are these beautiful little red flowers growing out of the moss.

11. I have held a hummingbird twice in my life. First time one was caught in the net that covered my blueberries, I got her untangled and let her go. The second time, it was a baby hummingbird that fell out of the nest and I picked it up and put it in the tree so cats wouldn't get to it. I watched the Mama bird coming in to feed it and the next day it flew off. It was amazing.

12. I never dreamed that when I learned how to tat, that it would become so important to me. I love how it relaxes me. I try to tat a little every day. I never knew how much all the people I have met through the internet tatting sites and lists would mean to me. Even though I have never met these wonderful people, I think of them as my friends. Especially, Jane E., Pamela, Hope G., TattingChic, Joy, Diane, Gina, and the list goes on and on. I can be a very quiet person of very few words at times, but I try to stay active in the list because I enjoy everyones blogs and journals. I appreciate everyone of our talented designers and love tatting their patterns. Thank you!!!!

Now to choose 4 people to tag, actually 8 people, since I was tagged twice:

I tag:

1.Pamela - Tats a Kool Challenge
2.BJ - Ridgetatter
3. Jon - Jon's Thread Escapade
5. Nita's Creations
6. Connie - Tattin' N' Craftin' Rainbow Rose
7. Tayna - Wonk's Tatting
8. Carol Amich - Battatter's Belfry

Monday, June 23, 2008


Who would have thought that I would ever receive an award. I'm so surprised and honored. Thank you Verito!


There’re rules, yes, there are:
Reglas (español):1) Debes elegir a 5 blog que consideres sean merecedores de este premio por su creatividad, diseño, material interesante y aporte a la comunidad bloguera, sin importar su idioma.
2) Cada premio otorgado debe tener el nombre de su autora y el enlace a su blog para que todos lo visiten.
3) Cada premiada, debe exhibir el premio y colocar el nombre y enlace al blog de la persona que la ha premiado.
4) Premiada y premiadora deben exhibir el enlace de Arte y pico, para que todas sepan el origen de este premio.
5) Exhibir estas reglas
1) You have to choose 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award due to their creativity, design, interesting material and also contribute to the blogger community, no matter in what language they are.2) Each award must have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog in order to be visited by everyone.3) Each award-winner has to show the award and include the name and link to the blog that has given it.4) The award winner and the one who has given it have to show the link of “Arte y pico” blog, so that everyone will know the origin of this award.5) Show these rules.
I chose to give the award to
Pamela - Tats's a Kool Challenge, TattyCat - Laura's Tatting Muse, Joy - Joy in Tatting, Judy- CJStitching and Blooms, Diane - Lace-Lovin' Librarian.

I hope I did this right.


Awards and tags can be fun. But do not feel obligated to accept the award if you find it a burden or otherwise makes you uncomfortable it's okay by me if you do not accept it.

Please take it as a compliment from me and consider it OPTIONAL.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tatting Again, Motif #12

I am finally getting back into tatting. A few weeks ago I sliced my index finger while cutting celery and had to go to the emergency room and get 7 stitches. OOUCH, it sure did hurt. I got my stitches out and my finger is feeling better now, so I am finally able to tat again.

But while I was not tatting, William, my Leprechaun, (see post below for William's story) finished tatting the motif he started one day while I wasn't looking. To my delight, he tatted a flower pin. I use to make these when I learned to tat 19 years ago. The back of the pin has a tie-tack fastener. These pins are quick to make, they are just basically two rosettes put together with a porcelain flower in the center.

My husband was out of town at the end of May, he was in Guthrie, Oklahoma, on business and he had some free time and wondered into an antique shop to see if he could find me a birthday present and he found a little antique sterling silver shuttle for me. I was so surprised when he gave it to me. It is about 2-1/2" long and has the initials A.M. engraved on the top and the bottom of the shuttle is stamped with C.B.&H. Sterling. If anyone knows the company, C.B.&H. or anything about the shuttle, please let me know.