Friday, April 28, 2017

Week Recap

I've been spending an inordinate amount of time playing the newest Zelda game, Breath of the Wild. That is my excuse for my current lack of focus. I haven't been playing all day long of course but so much of it that I've done little else worth documenting. It has been quite fun having the entire family playing the same game even if it has taken the place of any other activities.

During my downtime I've been baking more bread, working on the yard, and catching up on television shows. If it wasn't for that last thing I would have nothing to show you at all, but whenever my hands are free, I'm still knotting away on this enormous piece. It's still growing rather slowly since each round is just so long, but it's giving me something at least slightly interesting to do.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Weekend Recap

We had a busy weekend around here. The lovely weather inspired much cleaning and yard work. Flowers were planted and shelves assembled. Cleaning then led to pulling out, cleaning, and hooking up vintage video game systems. We baked more bread and spent some time cleaning up the kitchen a bit as well. I don't think I had time to tie a single knot.

This week will likely see more cleaning and more yard work as the weather after today looks like it will be lovely as well. Other than that there are no real plans for the week. I think I should be able to work on patterns soon, but I've got no timeline on them. Right now I'm thinking the next couple of weeks...only time will tell.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


So guess what I completely forgot about yesterday? It was my 11th anniversary selling on Etsy. So to recap, this year I have already forgotten about International Tatting Day and now my Etsyversary. I had my vacation to blame for the first one, but I've got no reason to have forgotten the second. The only reason I even know that I forgot it was in my Facebook memory feed.

I'm not sure what my issue is here, but clearly I'm off kilter somehow. I'm sure I can find several things to blame, but right now I'm just hoping that this isn't the start of a downward memory spiral. So here's to paying a little more attention to the date.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Writing Less

So I think that I might start just writing if I actually did anything worth noting the day before. I've been getting up later in the morning and using the time I have to workout which is getting more necessary as I get older I think. You don't really want to hear about the days where I did nothing but schooling the kids and reading the afternoon away anyway.

Over the weekend I pulled my bread machine out of retirement, so I've been making bread. Nothing too interesting, just sourdough because it's my favorite. I also got some knotting time in yesterday. I think that I'm going to do several rounds of these points. I hadn't worked any of them in this piece and I'm not bored of them yet.

I'm also contemplating writing up more of my patterns to list in my etsy shop soon. Sales have been glacial and my creativity has been seriously lacking lately. I am always hesitant to list patterns as it can cannibalize my own work, but I've got to do something to make a little money. So if there are any designs that you've been hankering for, please do let me know.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Weekend Recap

I started out the weekend with a bracelet sale, so I had this piece to remake and get in the mail. The rest of the weekend was cleaning, binge watching some television, and a last minute holiday dinner. We don't generally bother with Easter dinner, but this year we used it as an excuse to get together with family. Yesterday was packed with cooking, eating and game playing.

There are no plans for the week ahead. I'd love to get some yard work in, but I don't think that the weather is going to cooperate with that. Instead I will likely fall back on reading and knotting. I know, exciting as always.

Friday, April 14, 2017


I know this is shocking, but I again spent the day after schooling engaged in reading, knotting, and other less than exciting activities. So here's a picture of an upside down sleeping cat to make up for yet another pointless blog post. maybe something interesting will happen over the weekend. Hey, weirder things have happened, right?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

An Order

I actually got an order yesterday, so there was tatting during the day. That was, of course, alongside my now usual reading and knotting. I managed to finish remaking the necklace that sold. I guess I was excited to be working so I sped through it. I still need to add the hardware so I can pop it in the mail this morning. I probably should have slowed down a bit so I could savor the moment, but alas I start today with nothing but books to read and knots to make.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Day To Day

Yesterday after schooling was more reading, more knotting, and a little video game playing. Not much else occurred, I'm afraid. Oh wait, there was exciting loads of laundry as well. I think I've reached that waiting for inspiration to hit point. So I'm just waiting for a lightning bolt while I read and knot and take care of the day to day.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Well, I'm writing though I have little to share. Yesterday had the last in that series of routine distributive appointments I mentioned in my last post. So today it should be back to what I call normal. Not that that means I'll get anything worth sharing done. I did get a little work done on the knotted lace, but no new pictures since the progress is pretty hard to detect day to day. I think I'll just make this a short post and end with fingers crossed that something happens in my etsy shop to keep me busy soon.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Hello Monday

Wow, I just cannot get back into a proper routine over here. There have been teacher meetings, vet appointments, and birthday parties conspiring to keep me off kilter. I should be getting back to even soon though. It's another month before the next family birthday and school testing when I should be thrown yet again. Until then though I will try to get my act together and at least blog like I'm suppose to.

As you might have guessed the weekend was busy and not really with any sort of creative endeavors. I have made a little more progress on the large Armenian lace piece. It's now officially 3 feet across. Of course that last inch took what, a week, longer. I don't even know. Here's hoping I can keep focused and get some work done this week or at least remember to write about the work I didn't get done.

Thursday, April 6, 2017


I've been changing up my routine since getting back from our vacation and clearly I've hit a few bumps. The cats were forced to take their morning meal later and the result was that they let me sleep in quite a lot the first mornings we were back. I decided to roll back my wake-up time a bit and see if it would work. The plan was to work out early, but blog during or just before I started schooling for the day and guess what, yeah I forgot to do it yesterday.

So, I'm going to wrap the last two days worth into one here. I remade these tatted and knotted earrings on Tuesday. I also spent some time with the doily turned table cloth. Yesterday was a laundry and yard work kind of day. The yard work is why I'm writing early again. I pulled something in the my legs, as usual, so I'm not working out this morning. I'm letting my body heal a bit I think. I didn't even do all that much yard work, but apparently it was just enough to cause pain. I also spent quite a lot of time on the Armenian lace. Of course progress is stupid slow at this size, but I'm not quite sick of it yet. Someone asked how long I had worked on this so I went back to figure it out. It was about four months of work before I put it away from fatigue, but that was about a year ago. I'm still convinced that it will never be finished.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Back To It

We had one last day of Spring Break with the kids yesterday and it was my youngest daughter's birthday. We spent the day adventuring on her direction and mostly ate too much. We're back to schooling today and back to work as well. I got an earring order yesterday, so I have at least those to make today. Not much else so I'll leave you with a photo of me and the birthday girl during our recent trip to Red Rock.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Week Recap

Happy Monday back all! I clearly lost track of time on my trip and blogging fell away quickly. We had a wonderful time with wonderful friends. We got to experience a sand storm worthy of an emergency alert at the same time as a chocolate tasting. We visited a butterfly habitat and a pinball museum. There was hiking, sort of, and shopping, just a bit. It was a busy week of adventuring.

That brings me to an apology and a confession. I'm sorry I completely forgot about International Tatting Day this year. Yep clean forgot it even existed until yesterday when someone asked if they missed my pattern this year...oops. I was so focused on prepping for this trip and the youngest daughter's birthday, that I just let it slip my mind completely. Of course I must also confess that it's been increasingly less popular every year for me. Both the patterns and the sale pendant barely sold last year, so I fear it was only a very few that missed it this time around. Yeah, I'm not sure right now whether I'll try again next year or not. Maybe I'll get to work on something soon and just release it at a randomly selected time. I guess only time will tell.

Now before I go, here's the progress I made on the Armenian lace doily while I was away. I might have been vacationing, but I still love keeping my hand busy while I relax. It's at about 35 inches across now which I prefer to think of as almost 3 feet because it sounds bigger somehow. No, there is no end in sight.