Monday, December 30, 2013

It's Ending

It's all coming to an end for another year.

Isn't it funny how so many memories surface when pulling out the decorations or baking the favorites? Many conversations begin with "We always used to . . . " or "Grandma always made . . . " or "Remember that time . . . "

And once again, too many goodies have been consumed! (Is there really such a thing as too many?)

Unfortunately, the weather will be sticking around for awhile!  Nothing like going from a record high temperature to dangerously cold stuff, but that's how we roll here.  One must either get out and enjoy winter sports like skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling or ice fishing - OR - curl up and read a good book or take up some crafty needlework or tatting.  (I much prefer the latter at this point in my life, but I have many memories of beautiful snow-covered woods on cross-country skis or snowmobiles!)

Tatted snowflakes are appropriate in this weather - and the only tatting I've accomplished in December.  I made these for Mom using size 70 thread and beads that were a little too big, but I think they turned out pretty anyway.  I love this pattern by Elizabeth Zipay.

I'm still trying to master using Blogger on an iPad, so I'm never quite sure how my posts will look when I hit that button.  And posts are a bit scarce too, since exasperation occurs before I can finish most of the time!

In any case, it's time to pack up the new memories, put Christmas away for another year, and get on with a refreshed outlook for the next chapter of life's book!

Peace and Joy (and warmth!) to you, wherever you are.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Did You Vote?

Even though I haven't gotten much blogging OR tatting done lately, I DID get a couple of things entered in the Tatting Corner Show and Tell Contest.  I could really use more thread, patterns and shuttles, couldn't you?  Hope you entered something, and If you haven't voted, go vote!  There are many beautiful entries.    Vote here:

I was also saddened to see the loss of Jan Stawasz.  His patterns are such a wonderful contribution to the tatting world.  I'm glad I have his latest book!

Just spent a fun week with Mom while the men were deer hunting - we did our usual shopping, eating out and shopping some more.  By the time we sat down long enough to do any handwork, we were too tired to do it!  A fun week in any case, but now it's back to work, Christmas decorating, and lefse making!  I can't believe it's December already

And, it snowed today.  Slippery-heavy-awful-to-drive-in stuff. Slid right past my street on the way home from work and had to go around the block, all while hearing sirens on their way to an accident nearby.  No shopping or trip to the gym tonite, no sir.  Not leaving the house again.  

I should probably tat or something  ;)