Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Tuesday was pretty close to normal. We're nearly at that last lap of schooling, so I'm really buckling down to get everything done in time. While it's nice that both kids have managed to do nearly two years worth of schooling in one, I'm really looking forward to next year, when we can take everything at its proper pace.

It was well after lunch before I had any time that needed filling and as luck would have it, I managed to get one whole order. Even though it turned out that I had both pieces included already made, I went to work remaking one of the bracelet lest I forget how I made it once it's out of the house. I do that a lot. I design things, never write a single detail down and then I have to rush to remake it from the existing one before it needs to ship out.

Remember this bracelet? It occurs to me just now that I also made a necklace in this design, so I needn't have rushed so, but I can't go back. First it took me forever to locate my bag of black seed beads. I use them so rarely that they managed to thoroughly hide themselves. Then I had to remember how I managed the woven chain without frustrating myself and how long I made the cut thread before I began it. In the end I recalled that it was a fairly simple conceit. The only issue is how long it takes to make the lock chains with a needle. A really long time.

So I start today feeling a touch better having sold something, but since I rushed to finished remaking the pieces, I have no projects lined up for today either. This puts me at the mercy of the Universe once again. Either I sell something, am requested to make something, or my imagination is sparked and I create freely. More likely though, I'll mope about much of the day or get distracted with something completely irrelevant. Here's to me being wrong.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Well it definitely wasn't much of a Monday. Normally that may be assumed to be a good thing, but not this time. Along with some extra adventuring, the husband was determined to clean our computer room. Some people have a study, we have a room of computers and I have one quarter of it...maybe. So, since he wanted to clean, I got to clean too. That was most of the day. did sneak off after I had finished most of my side to finally get the new bracelet listed. I was quite flattered that it was favorited by several people quite quickly. It's been a long time since a piece got that reaction. Of course, I'm getting desperate for sales again, so I was hoping for more. I will, of course, take what I can get.

Aside from the cleaning and the listing, I did very little yesterday. My excuse is that all that cleaning caused massive dust allergies and that sapped my will to accomplish anything larger than getting a snack or swiping a screen on my phone.

So that brings us to today. Schooling is back in session and I'm hoping the return to routine has me spending some time with a needle and thread in my hand. I need a little creative meditation and a day without dust.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Weekends Off

I've really been taking weekends off pretty seriously lately. I mean, it's not really on purpose. If, for example, I actually had orders in queue, I'd be tatting all weekend if needed. It has, however, been pretty quiet in the shop. That means, I've been hanging out with the family or cleaning. There has been an awful lot of laundry and cleaning on weekends, but I digress.

On Friday I did finish up the new cuff design. I decided to leave the stitch counts alone for the most part. There were some changes, but as for fitting, I opted to add an element to each side to get it to the right side to fit most people. I also changed up the top row again adding another ring to join between the larger ones.

What I didn't do was get the piece listed. It's not like I didn't have time, but I just chose to ignore it and take the weekend off. So today, some time, I will try to get this properly photographed and in the shop. I'm still thinking about maybe making it into a choker as well, but it is pretty wide, so maybe not. Wide chokers like to fold up a bit when worn too long.

The husband and kids have today off, but plans seem to be in flux, so as it has been a lot lately, I have no idea what I'll actually get up to. Here's hoping I get something to do, that I want to do and the shop gets busy again soon.

Friday, April 18, 2014


I spent a long day in the car with the family. This should be the last trip out of town for a while though. Not that I don't enjoy time with the family, but Silicon valley traffic is most assuredly not on my list of fun things to do with my time.

On a positive note, I did manage to get to some tatting in the car on the way home. I worked out a top edge for the piece that I think feels about right. I am going to go back and rework the whole things with some stitch changes though. I want it to be a bracelet and right now it is not quite long enough. Another repeat would make it too long and I like the odd number from a design standpoint. So I'll likely increase the stitch counts and if that doesn't work right I'll add some additional elements to the sides. I really do dislike making more than one prototype, but I really like the denseness of the design and I want it to work perfectly.

Aside from that and schooling, I've no other plans today. Hopefully by Monday I'll have something finished to show you and hopefully, it will be impressive.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


While the day was pretty routine, I was without focus for some time. After schooling I kept trying to get inspired by something, anything, but nothing was flipping on that mystery switch that makes me creative.

I finally resorted to public complaint about my lack of inspiration, but even that only returned suggestions that I wasn't really interested in. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love it when people toss ideas at me, I really do and I need them, but there is no way I'm making a baby hat...ever. I'm also never going to make booties. I couldn't have gotten either item on my kids if I tried, so I guess I find them the height of uselessness. Strangely, I still likely doilies occasionally, just not in white.

So I took a quick look through some bits I've passed on Pinterest and I ran across an antique or vintage edging that I thought I could twist to my will. It was just a picture so I  guessed the stitch counts and made a whole lot of changes along the way as well. It had a lot of long, loose chains and I don't like those at all, so I made them shorter and more stable. I also added several joins where none previously existed, again for stability and shape. I'm pretty sure I'm going to work out another row at the top. Since the original was attached to a linen of some sort, it's a little looser than I like and feels unfinished. Not sure how I'm going about it yet, but I feel inspired again, so it really doesn't matter. In this mood I can make dozens of mistakes and just keep going. Creativity is a wonderful thing.

We're off out of town for a bit today, so I'm not sure what, if anything, I'll manage to accomplish. I feel pretty good just having made something, even if it is heavily borrowed from days gone by. Hopefully by the time I'm finished it will look nothing like its' inspiration and I'll be in the right state of mind to start something from scratch.