Saturday, 26 January 2008

Harriett the Hippo!

Here is my finished Tat it and See, It has to be a she one using that colour doesn't it? I used Altin Basak 50 cotton. I was pleased it was a Hippo because that was my guess when all I had was legs, couldn't think of anything else with such stumpy legs. Think I had better do a darker one now and call him Henry maybe.

Thursday, 24 January 2008

I have been tagged !

I have been tagged by Mrs John,
After asking what to goes
Here's the rules:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird.
3. Tag 3 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.

Seven facts about me....
1. I love making anything rather than buying it, it starts out as I can do that a lot cheaper, but often isn't but so much more satisifying.
2. I have a husband, three daughters, five grand daughters and two grandsons, unfortunately lost the dog just after Christmas 2007.
3. We once walked to the top of Mount Snowden, tallest mountain in Wales, walking back down was a lot harder! took us almost all day to do the round trip, Just crashed out in the tent and moaned the next day!
4. Just had my 65th birthday, but I am only 65 from my neck down, still about 25 from neck up.
5.I already have crocuses and primroses in flower in my pots, and it is only January 24th!! My irisis are about ten inches tall, the magnolia is in heavy bud, soon I will be having flowers for Christmas.
6. I used to be a Tupperware lady, and once came home from a party with a guinea pig in the colander, it needed a home, so it went in with the rabbit that I had aquired while out for a walk one day, (She came home in an electric iron box!!) untill my husband could make another cage. During the day the rabbit and the dog shared the dogs bed in the kitchen and eventually ate the rush mat.Through the years I have had a white mouse called Snowdrop, a great Gerbil called Potter also more gerbils, A stray cat called Moggie and one called Tiger that only I was allowed to handle, and any animal that no-one else wanted.
7. I am a collector par excellent! I collect china dolls, tortoises,Lilliput Lane cottages, but only if I have physically visited the place depicted. Thimbles, Plates, and books, a whole wall full of shelves full of a collection started when I was seven years old.
I am going to tag:-
Jane Eborall...she is fantastic
Sherry because she is so much fun
and Jon because I love her tatting, and keep going back to look!

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

motif No 6

Abby from the US ofA sent me some of my very favourite Altin Basak thread, both in a lovely shell pink and blue through white to pink mix. She also sent me a pattern. Called Small Tatted Heart, designed by Betsy Evans back in 1998. I love it!!
(It would have looked better if I had put the picture the other way up though)

motif no 5

Back to my thread exchange motifs, this little flower is made from an Ecru Hakelgarn no. 20 crochet thread sent to me by Jon in Malasia. It tats beautifully, smooth and firm. Does wonders for my tension!! Thank-you Jon.

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

cotton as opposed to paper tissues.

I hope I have squashed this picture enough for Sharon to deal with, I have been having lessons in using "paint" from my daughter on the other side of England (I live on the bottom side of Wales).
The Sylvia hankie is one that the girls clubbed together for one Mothering Sunday, many years ago and is just simple rings and chains in Size 70 Star cotton.
the next one is Mary Koniers "Honesty" worked in variagated mauves Altin Basik, one of my favorite threads.
The next I can't remember what the pattern is, it is in size 100 Coats cotton, if anyone recognises them please let me know, it took a long time but is lovely and I would like another.
The bottom one is again Altin Basik, same mauves, Just split rings with a trefoil corner, it was just to show my class that you didn't have to be clever to edge a hankie!
There has been a thread on Here Be Tatters about using cotton hankies to save all the landfill problem and to stop us being such a throw away society. Not only that but I have just added 3 tatter-learners to my classes just by having a tatted hankie peeping out of my sleeve!!

birthday gift to me!

I am so pleased, look at what I bought for me!
They are sterling silver and just over half an inch shuttle length, perfectly formed with excellent wires, had to share.