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.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Yesterday was suppose to be completely normal, but then I was tasked with watching one of my nieces who had to stay home from school. She's a good kid, but it certainly changed the dynamic of the day. Schooling was harder since the kids were distracted. Once our babysitting charge was off for the day, I actually got some tatting done.
I worked on the necklace I've been working on at a snail's pace for the last week or so and got it finished. I was rewarded with the sale of a nice complex bracelet. So I spent the rest of the afternoon working on remaking that. I should have worked slower though, so I would have something to finished today. Instead I start today just as clueless on the day's tasks as yesterday.

We all stayed up late last night to watch the one prime time show we always watch even though they were doing a 'two hour event'.  As a result, I am just wiped out this morning. So here's to a nice, quiet, predictable day...well maybe with just a little unpredictable goodness. I could use some of that since you know I won't get a nap.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Busy, busy, busy, but not on anything of relevance. The oldest daughter went to testing for the morning, so I used the time for things like laundry. When she was back we still had some schooling to get done. Normally she doesn't have to do anymore classes on a testing day, but since we're on an accelerated schedule to finish an extra year of schooling, we can't afford the day off. After that we went on a walk.

Now this next part you may find a bit odd...well, not if you know me well, but still. We live next to a creek with some undeveloped land surrounding it. When we go on walks we pick up things like owl and hawk pellets to dissect. Some time ago a cat had died in one of the fields and because of where it was lying, it was undisturbed for the most part. Sad as it is, it was also fascinating to observe. Well yesterday we checked on it during our walk and the bones were mostly clean, so we collected them. No we didn't touch them.

So the rest of the afternoon was spent on the first phase of cleaning them. There's no way I'll be able to re-articulate them, but we'll fine some way to to display them. See, I know...odd right? No tatting and instead I share bone stories. I'd show a picture of the skull, but I don't want to overwhelm with macabre. Instead, how about a newly bloomed Iris from our yard. If you really want to see it though, I shared a photo on twitter.

There are no extra tasks today, except that I've been commissioned by my mother's co-worker to make a unicorn horn for her horse. Yes, that was as weird a request to get as it is to hear about. Of course my mother wants one for herself too. This is what happens when you make something for a child and share it on the Internet. Hopefully I'll spend some time tatting today though. I'm starting to miss it a bit.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Nothing Much

Oh, Monday, I can't believe we're already meeting again. I have so little to share. Sure, there was a little adventuring and I did start to remake one of the pieces I had been ignoring in queue, but that really doesn't amount to much.

We had more baby mantids hatch out from yet another egg case onto our grape vine. The little things are now all over our backyard  and we have to tread carefully, but they are a delight.

I did get excited for a minute when I sold something on Friday because I thought that meant I had something fresh to remake, but alas, I actually had two of them already made. There was nothing remotely new needed and I had no inspiration whatsoever. Weekend tatting was a bust.

I guess that brings us to this week, that promises to be a bit of an annoyance as well. Today we start with testing for the oldest child. This year, they are testing the new test and from the practice tests online, it's going to be a right disaster. Nothing for it, but to go ahead though. There are other tasks for the week that will keep us from getting into our normal routine as well and you know how that gets me all flummoxed. Well, here's to something, anything, breaking through to make the week better. I'm crossing my fingers.