Friday, January 28, 2011

House guest - might be scary for some!

This little lady has moved in right outside my front door!
I know she will scare any visitors away, and I will have to move her soon, but right now I don't have the heart :(
- after all, how long would it take me to make this amazing web?
I have no idea what kind of spider she is, and I have not encountered her kind before. She is rather large - at least an inch and a half long - and the web spans almost 3 feet!
This pic is taken from the top, but it shows her underneath.
As I am no photographer, I am rather impressed by how clear her web has shown up.

I cannot share my bobbin lace project at the moment - suffice it to say, it is rather like my house guest - huge!!

I do have some more tatted motifs, but will have to leave them til next time - LOML is using the printer/scanner and work really must come first.

I also spent 8 hours today at the torch, and will have some gorgeous "experiments" to show you next post!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Ladybug collection

Here are my collection of completed ladybug beads - stick pin, bobbin spangles, divider pin and necklace.
Will post some lace over the weekend.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011!?!

Not a bone in my body!!!!
I used all the beads I have made for spangles on Sunday by removing the old spangles off some of my own bobbins and replacing them with my handmade beads. So much for waiting to make new bobbins!!
Then I could not wait to see them in action, so I changed the bobbins on my current project!
Next, I just *had* to change the rest of the bobbins for more of my own.
So here they are...the longer threaded bobbins have my own beads.

And close up of some of the bobbins...

Do you want to see the whole picture??

I thought so :)

My daughter made the pin cushion about 10 years ago and it is still one of my most favorites.

Last time I showed this lace, it was just around the corner. It is growing, but I really need to put it away and work on some other projects!!

Oh well, the motivation may come tomorrow

I admit I did another repeat today after taking the pic:)

I was celebrating - today I purchased a skirt - size 14!!

No big deal, you think? This time last year, size 22 was too small!!

Hugs :)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Just tatting about

This batch of tatting designs cannot even claim to be in my head...more in my hands.
What I mean is I had no clear thought of what I wanted to do.
I just tat!
25 motif challenge piece number 5 - kinda cute, but I think I was aiming for square.

Here is number 6 - I LOVE this one!! I can see it joined to create a solid area or just by the corners to create a checker board effect, fine thread for a shawl or heavy thread for a bed cover...A very pleasing morning's work!!
This is piece number 7 - it has taken 3 days, and like the others it has "just happened".

I did sit the middle on a serviette and doodle, but discarded the numerous designs that emerged from that exercise.

It needs blocking, and I think it is sweet, but I really don't want to make a whole tablecloth from this design.

Please enjoy...and let me know what you think.

Warmest of regards,

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year... all my bloggy friends :)
On Christmas Eve, I managed a few pins in my Bucks Point edging for my new Grandbaby, due at the end of February. Here is a picture of the general pillow, with 5 of my handmade bobbins adorned with some of my first beads on the longer threads.

Here is a close up of the lace, emerging from the forest of pins.

After seeing the new year in while researching more new ideas to try in my glass making, I am having a relaxing day at my pillow.
This is my second ever Bucks corner! I know that technically it is not correct, but I am looking for a pretty piece of lace for our new baby - no awards needed :)

Here is my day's work. I started at the corner this morning.
My wish for 2011 is friendship, good health, security, productivity and fun for all.
May your dreams come true, your lace grow and your daily challenges be surmountable!
Hugs to all,