Monday, July 25, 2016

Weekend Recap

Alright, weekend recap, I spent Friday mostly tatting the second barefoot sandal and dealing with some family issues. I think as far as the issues are concerned, we've reached a bit of a stable point. It's far from over, but the stress level has gone down significantly and I can mostly put it aside for the time being. That said, I still didn't get much more tatting done over the weekend.

We ran errands and started binge watching Stranger Things on Netflix. We also had a nice dinner out of town with the other side of the family. There was a healthy dose of cleaning around the house as well. We tackled some projects and I manage to wound myself repairing cabinets. The bruises are spectacular. I did also manage some knotting on the purple piece, mostly which watching television.I'm about done with the small loops and then it's back to pineapples. So today's plan is this, maybe tatting up a pair of ankle corsets, and probably more house projects that will likely further injure me.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Tatting

I really got to work yesterday. Well first we went on what we're now referring to as a Pokéwalk. I'd complain, but not only do I like playing too, it really does as advertised and gets the kids out of the house and moving around. We even interacted with other people, albeit in a somewhat minor fashion. Once back home it was reading and tatting.

The order I got was for a pair of ankle corsets and a pair of barefoot sandals. The ankle corsets I have no issue remaking as I've done it dozens of times, but these particular barefoot sandals sell far less often, so it was in my best interest to remake them while I still had the existing pair right in front of me. This is just the center and the first arm of the piece. I actually finished one of them and then started on the second before the day was out. I knew this was going to happily give me tatting to do for a few days at least.

That family stress event I mentioned a couple of days ago is, I fear, just beginning and may possibly cause quite an upheaval. It's still quite fresh so I feel the need to vent strongly, though I'll try not to and I'll keep what I do say purposefully vague. Suffice it to say, a sizable amount of money falling into my lap from a secret millionaire reader or fan to fix it is my primary daydream at this time. I'm not fool enough to think it would actually happen, but one can dream. I'll just keep making lace hope for the best and try to prepare for the worst.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Joy

Well I woke up to a nice sized sale in my shop, so I'm starting the day with tatting tasks and the pieces are big enough that it should keep me away from the purple thread for a couple of days at the very least, so yay! Not that there is anything wrong with the purple thread. It's great for keeping my hands busy and my mind at least a little distracted, but nothing beats having lace to make for other people.

Yesterday was another story of course. There was no walk out and I spent much of the day engrossed in a book and tying knots. As I neared the end of this row of pineapple motifs, which I love, I was afraid that I had given the piece too much ruffle. A quick press and the piece flattened right out without any real distortion of the design. In fact it occurred to me that had I just tugged outward on the piece while working the same thing would have been achieved. If I can manage it, the plan is to keep going just repeating these two sections. One of pineapple motifs followed by a section of  small loops. I think the pineapples will have to get bigger as I go, but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. For now, I'll get on to my tatting tasks and bask in the feeling of joy I get from actually selling my work.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

More Purple

Another day with not much to share. There was an early morning Pokémon walk that put the children in a good mood. I even remembered sunscreen so there were no ill effects. Then it was home to read and tie some knots in string for much of the afternoon.

I think I'm just going to keep making this one up as I go and then stop when it stops growing at a steady rate. The table cloth is tucked away for the time being as it stopped growing and started bumming me out. I'm sure I'll pull I back out to work on some day, but I need some easy wins. There's some new family stress going on that's giving me a new case of anxiety. Nothing near what the person whose stress it actually is, is dealing with of course, but it's spilling over and may continue to do so for quite some time. Just one of those things that only an exorbitant amount of money can fix and since that's not likely to happen, just don't mind me and my stressed self for awhile. I'll try not to get too whiny about it all.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Purple

There were a lot of weird little house projects yesterday. I fixed some holes in the walls and painted over some scuffs since we have flat wall paint that will not be cleaned. There was also one long Pokémon walk with the kids over to the community college near us that gave me a nice mild sunburn. My own fault for not putting on sunscreen.

When we got back I pulled out some purple thread and started working some Armenian knotted lace. I'm not certain what my plan is here, but I wanted to be knotting and not not wasting what little black thread I have left. I did sell another piece yesterday, but it was a cat ear headband and I already have a few of those made up. So at least today I have some purple lace to play with. I won't be photographing those necklaces to list anytime soon now, because that afore mentioned sunburn makes me less photogenic than usual. Oh well, not that I had all that much motivation in the first place.