Monday, February 08, 2010

Snow, Snow and More Snow.....Keyed up Earrings

We Are SNOWED in!

Our area of Western Pennsylvania got 2 foot of snow Saturday. Many of the roads are still covered with snow. Many of the back roads are impassible. School was cancelled today, Monday and we just got word that school is cancelled for tomorrow. And we are to get 8-10 more inches of snow Tuesday into Wednesday. Wow, we haven't had a snow storm this bad in a very long time. Here is a picture looking off my front porch:

Here you can see the snow is up to our mailbox. Needless to say we had no mail on Saturday.

Then we had to rescue one of our chickens. Her name is Free Bird. Why is she named Free Bird you ask? Well as soon as she realized she could escape the coop and fly out, she did. At about 6 months old, she flew out of the run at the coop that has a 6 ft high fence. We kept trying to put her back in and she kept flying out. She did not want to be cooped up with all the other chickens, so she has lived free range in the elements for 3 years. We make sure she has food and water everyday and even built her a shelter where she sleeps in the grapevines. So this is why our son, Cameron, named her Free Bird. Here is Free Bird, stuck in the snow. Luckily she didn't sink all the way to the ground and must be on some hard snow, but it almost swallowed her up. We looked out the window and just saw her neck sticking out of the snow.

Cameron to the rescue!!
Look at how much snow is on the roof of Free Birds nest in the grapevines.
Then Katrina wanted to go out in the snow and take pictures, so I had to get one of her. It was very hard to walk in the snow as it was up to her mid thigh.

I don't know if we will have school the rest of the week if we get the 8 inches on top of this.
So today we had the day off from school, I thought maybe I would get to do some tatting, but no such luck. I woke up and was so dizzy all day, I couldn't do anything but sit. Every time I moved I got sick in my stomach and my head was spinning. I couldn't even lay down or close my eyes. I am feeling a bit better this evening, and hope that by tomorrow I am completely better. Oh and I did spend about two hours on the phone with Norton Antivirus. A backdoor virus got on my computer, it represented it self as a reputable site and fooled Norton. What havoc it played on my computer. But $100 dollars later and I'm virus free. What a pain in the neck!!
Now onto the tatting part of the post. Over Christmas, I tatted Yarnplayer's Keyed Up Earrings in Lizbeth thread, I think it was the Sherbet color. I love this color thread.
One last picture for you, it is my Leprechaun William at Christmas time. I found him making new friends with some of Santa's Elf's.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Tatting Tea Tuesday - Norman the Rooster & his family plus a Tatted Scarecrow

It was so much fun to tat Jane Eborall's newest TAIS. I was pleasantly surprised that the mystery item we were tatting turned out to be a rooster. Norman and his mate Aileen worked out great with another pattern I was tatting of Jane's. My first attempt at Norman was done in a light lavender and light pumpkin color.

So after Norman was complete, I tatted him in another color to go with some other tatting I was doing for a fall display on my dining room table.

Seems like everyone was tatting leaves, which I thought was a great idea. I thought it would be neat to add a Scarecrow to the display, but where to find a tatted Scarecrow. I am not a designer, but I knew of a fantastic pattern that could be altered to be a Scarecrow. I have used Jane Eborall's Bridegroom pattern before, so this would work. The first time I tatted her Bridegroom pattern, I altered it slightly and tatted Harry Potter. I was pleased with how he turned out. Click
HERE to see Harry Potter. Then in my previous post I used the same Bridegroom pattern to tat Frankenstein. I have so many different ideas in my head that the Bridegroom and Bride could be. So in the future I will have more to show.

But for now, here is my Tatted Scarecrow. I have a little stuffed animal Scarecrow that I used as my model for the color of clothes and hat he wore.

Here is my Scarecrow model and the Tatted Scarecrow:

Here is a close up of the head. I put felt behind the hat so that I could glue the hay/hair behind the hat and not be seen.

So what do you think?

I don't know now if I will just lay Norman and family along with the scarecrow on my table runner as seen in a few posts back, or frame him in the picture I drew to showcase him. Hmm, I'll have to think on that one.

Happy Tatting!