This month's giveway from Umi and Tsuru is a pair of earrings which I made. The flowers (27mm across) are tatted in dusty pink Flora 20 cotton thread (#237) with metallic pink Delica beads from Japan. A pink glass bead with gold flakes (12mm) with bronze bicones Swarovski crystals (3mm) hang from the tatted flower. Ear hooks and findings are bronze-toned. Length approx. 7.8cm / 3.1inch including ear hook. Leave a comment before 30th Sep 2009 and your name will be put into a draw.
Saturday 26 September 2009
Friday 25 September 2009
Threads are Tuscany (cotton size 20) from LadyShuttleMaker. Beautiful Curly Maple shuttle is from David Reed Smith. I love this shuttle. It just fits my fingers and tats very well. The wood is so beautiful and I find the pointed tip very useful for unpicking. I highly recommend David's shuttles.
What am I tatting, well . . I am following a pattern from this book on pg 72. What is it? You will have to wait and see.
Monday 21 September 2009
I took my 20 year old sewing machine to the shop to fix and they advised me to get a new machine trading in my old one. I guess economically it's right when you can get a similar brand new one for about the same price that I paid for it 20 years back. Repairing it may costs just a little less and it may not last another 20 years. Sigh. What about just because it was a gift and it was my first very own sewing machine? If I trade it in, what will happen to it? Would they repair it, strip it into parts or just throw it away? Should I get a second opinion?
Saturday 19 September 2009
They may scream and shout during the bath but I think both feel more comfortable after. Umi will have soft silky fur for at least a day or two and Tsuru looks extra fluffy and smells delicious. The only down side for Tsuru is that Umi would hiss at her for a week after the bath. Tsuru does not seem to smell herself.
Friday 18 September 2009
Tuesday 15 September 2009
Been busy baking. It is baking season! More cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter cookies. All three recipes are off the web. I love making them but I need to feed them to someone as I should not eat them all by myself. AAA is more a savoury kind of guy and these sweets are just not his thing. I wonder if I could use my new found piping skills with mashed potatoes. Potato roses anyone?
I received this from Pat sometime late last month. I thought I would share this with you. It's in pastel pink and blue. Isn't that pretty? Lovely stitching and creative use of beads, don't you think? I was happy to receive 2 puzzle pieces from Pat. I wonder which puzzle piece I made, ended up with her.
Saturday 12 September 2009
Tuesday 8 September 2009
Sunday 6 September 2009
I made this one with old photos of mom. Photos range from the 1960s to 2009. As I started this quilt late, I did not have enough time to do the quilting myself and I was having problems with my sewing machine. I had a lesson each week for 3 weeks and had to leave the quilting to the experts, Brigitte and Selina.