Sunday, January 8, 2017

Joined the Addicts

Diane did it.  She got me hooked with her Ice Drop Tutorial.  

These are so cute, quick to make, and pretty both front and back. My favorite part is choosing the thread and the matching beads - always the most difficult, but so fun when the result is at least close to what you envisioned!

Size 20 Lizbeth #132, Tropical Punch
I just happened to have some Thanksgiving gems stored away for decor.  Never used them, because I don't really entertain. Or decorate for Thanksgiving.  Not sure why I thought I needed them, but they were probably clearanced?! Ha.  I love [potential] craft supplies a little too much.  Good I had them though, because I may not have made a special trip to get some!

My first attempt was at a gathering with a couple other tatters.  Of course we were talking, and I usually make mistakes while chatting.  No wonder my first try was a little loose - I realized after making a few more I had some extra stitches.  Several.  Oops.

Size 20 Lizbeth #154, Wildflower Garden

I also decided I liked the twisted thread loop hanger over a ribbon.  I have plenty of ribbon, but I think I need smaller so it doesn't overtake the Ice Drop.  I DO NOT need to go buy more ribbon, LOL.

Size 20 Ecru, Size 20 Lizbeth #147, Red Burst

When I decided to try adding some beads, I had to laugh.  A 1-hour project turned into about a 2-hour comedy.  It went something like this:
  • Sit down with the perfect thread at the OTHER loveseat in the living room, as I needed my OTT lite.
  • Ruby rings the bells to go outside.
  • Back to my spot, I remembered I needed a bead threader - which are downstairs in my craft room.
  • Looking through the basket of jewelry making stuff:  "Oh, I forgot I had all these charms.  These pearls would work on something.  Where are those bead threaders?  Holy cow, I have a lot of beads.  Forgot I had this wire.  I remember this!  Aha!  Here are the bead threaders!"
  • Back to my spot upstairs.  Phone rings.
  • Now I need my magnifier glasses.  They are by the OTHER loveseat.  
  • Finally have everything.  45 minutes or so of actual tatting, and it was time to leave for another appointment.
Yes, I am usually much more organized than that!  Good thing I was on vacation last week- it's obvious I was pretty relaxed. And, I probably wouldn't have made any of these cute Ice Drops.  Or become addicted?  Ha!

I'm a better pattern-follower than designer, but I did manage to fit one smaller gem just be decreasing by one ring on both front and back - creating more of a star.

Size 20 Lizbeth, #164, Blue River Glades
Now that I've made a few from the original pattern with only a couple of minor tweaks, I'm ready to branch out and try some of the other beautiful modifications I've seen.  (Though I kinda like this simple little version without getting too crazy fancy anyway.)  And tomorrow it's back to work, so I won't be on a fast-track.  Besides, I'm not too sure what I'll do with these cuties?  I can hang one from every bag I own!  Maybe zipper pulls.  Keychains.  I dunno!  But they are cute.  And addicting!  

Thanks, Diane.  Thanks a lot.  :)

Friday, December 30, 2016

Thinking Summer?!

Twin Cities Tatters Retreat Summer 2017 is in the planning stages!

Tela Magistrae Michelle and I thought it was time for the Twin Cities Tatters to have a little summer retreat in July, so we are interested in finding out if anyone else might want to join us!  This would be a 2-night stay at a retreat center somewhere near the Twin Cities, Minnesota area, and just time set aside to tat and enjoy the company of other tatters.  No classes would be offered for this first retreat, but who knows what fun could evolve?!

If you are seriously interested, we would love to hear from you ASAP.  The link below will take you to a simple form to help us determine interest and decide what might work the best.  Space will be limited, and a deposit will be required - so the sooner we get planning, the better!

Click here to submit interest (no obligation at this time) >

Once the dates are set, the Retreat will be open for registration on a first-come / first-served basis, so watch for that information!

In the meantime, from the snowy, cold climate of Minnesota . . .

Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthy New Year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Gingerbread Wonderland

I'm SOOOO loving some vacation during the holidays to enjoy some local events. I had seen something about this Gingerbread Wonderland contest late in 2015 and put it on my calendar to check into this year.  I asked my 2 aunts that live nearby if they'd be interested, and off we went. It was worth the trip to the Norway House in downtown Minneapolis, and fun to see the families with children exploring and discussing the city in gingerbread!

The gingerbread buildings were fabulous - and represented many landmarks in what is called the "Twin Cities" of Minnesota - Minneapolis and St. Paul.  There must be HOURS of work in these creations - much more time (and patience!) than I could ever come up with.

Minnesota State Capitol Building in St. Paul

St. Paul Cathedral

St. Paul Cathedral CLOSE UP - stunning!

[The late] Prince's Paisley Park - Chanhassen, Minnesota

Minneapolis City Hall

The Old Grain Belt Brewery sign and the Stone Arch Bridge - Icons of Minneapolis

First Avenue & 7th Street Entry (Current Live Bands play here)
First Avenue is a main band/dance area upstairs, and the 7th Street Entry is a smaller side bar.  Both host multiple concerts each year, from local to big name musicians.  Prince's "Purple Rain" was filmed here!  First Avenue used to be a disco called "Uncle Sam's" when I was in college, an 18+ venue that also had music and dancing for under 18 on Sunday nights.  I actually saw Tina Turner here in about 1981 or so - when she was making a sort of "comeback".

I'm getting pretty relaxed this week - a little Christmas clearance shopping, some car maintenance, cleaning out cupboards, etc. - feels great to be getting a start on organizing for the New Year!  I've decided that 2017 is going to be the year of getting rid of "stuff".  Donations and a garage sale are looming!  It's a great feeling to clean out closets, but man, have we accumulated a lot of "stuff"!!

Aside from all of that, I've been fighting with my iPad and my laptop.  Blogger doesn't want to work for me - it shuts down on the iPad, and does a crazy magnification on my laptop - both without warning.  Frustrating!  So, I've spent some time on trying to figure out those little annoyances.

Aaaaagh!  So many things to do - I DO NOT want to fight with technology this week! :)