Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Too Little Time!

Wow I keep looking for my bag of extra time! I know I've put it somewhere but can't seem to find extra time! I've been super busy lately! As a friend of mine would say busier than a one armed paper hanger. Did you know that Christmas is only three months away! Yikes!

I've been trying to get my fair entries ready to enter for next week. Well my gloves I worked on last year are ready but I still have to block my doily. I don't think I have posted a picture of my tatted gloves on my blog before so here they are.

Not to toot my own horn but I'm proud of these as I did them from a pattern from an Italian magazine, Il Lavoro chiacchierino #9. I found some translations for Italian tatting terms and followed the picture and was able to do them. I almost didn't purchase this magazine but I'm glad I did the patterns are beautiful and luckily most are diagrammed. The gloves, however, were not but with the translated terms and being able to look at the picture it wasn't too hard to figure out. Although in some areas I used my best guess, it was, in my humble a opinion, a very worth while project.

The doily I did is from the same magazine but like I said I have to block it so I'll take a picture of that before I enter it. I'm excited about entering my tatting into the fair this year and can't wait to see how it does. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Motif 20

Hungry? How about some more ice cream? Yummy!

I've been playing with bead placement on this design. Oh I absolutely love it! It's a fun, summery design from Eliza. Just lovely! Although I liked the beads placed in the middle of the ring on the last one. I wanted to try to do it again without adding beads to the middle of the ring. I asked my husband what flavor he thought this was he said Butter Pecan but I was thinking more along the lines of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. On the last one I showed him the ball of thread and asked if this was an ice cream flavor what would it be. He immediately said strawberry and this one I showed him after it was done. He's getting used to odd ball questions like this and answers them where he used to look at me as if I'd temporarily lost my mind. LOL

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Blog Award

I have been given my very first Blog Award. Wooo Hooo! Thank you Tattingchic! That is awesome!

Now for rules:
1. The winner can put the logo on his/her blog;
2. Link the person you received your award from;
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs;
4. Put links of those blogs on yours; and
5. Leave a message on the blogs that you’ve nominated

I would like to nominate:

Laura Blanton Laura's Tatting Muse

Rebecca Ramsey Wonders Never Cease

Melissa Honey Bee Bliss

Sherry Pence Tatting Tales

Umi & Tsuru

These are a few of the blogs I read and enjoy! I do mean few because I have many that I like to read. Reading blogs can be quite addicting. I apologize to my nominees if they've been awarded this before. I didn't see any mention of it on your blogs but I truly love reading your blogs.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Motifs 19, Non-Hurricane and Fire Ants!

Thanks to all the well wishers concerning the Hurricane. Yep our NC Officials were suffering from chicken little syndrome. The sky is falling! It wasn't that bad. We did loose power for about an hour so that was good. We had lots and lots of rain and thunderstorms. So this, thankfully, for us was sort of a bad thunderstorm and a Non-Hurricane.

On to tatting I've been playing with Eliza's ice cream cone. Playing around with bead placement. So here is my strawberry ice cream cone. Yummy! Also Motif 19.

I would have posted before now but my son was on the playground at school and sat in the grass on some fire ants. Oh Boy! So I had to pick him up and rush him to the pediatrician and we've been dealing with that. Luckily he didn't have a bad reaction so the bites are healing slowly. Poor little guy!

I'm still tatting on my snowflakes too! I've gotten 6 done! Woo hoo! And that is without being able to tat everyday.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Hurricane Hannah

Hi Everyone! Well no tatting today I was going to post something but it'll have to wait. The powers that be in my neck of woods, North Carolina, are freaking out because of the approaching Hurricane. So it is likely that we'll lose power at some point. So if you can't in touch with someone down NC way that's probably why. I have to run today is my son's therapy day so I have to get into Mom's Taxi Service Mode. I'll write more later weather and power permitting. It always makes me laugh when we're without power listening to our battery powered radio and the announcer comes on and says "For further updates on the storm log on to www. blah blah" knowing that most of the state is without power. When Fran came through we were without power for 7 days. I'm hoping our powers that be are suffering from the chicken little syndrome. You know telling us the sky is falling when it really is not that bad. Well we'll see. At least I can always tat when the power goes off. Until next time, keep tatting!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

My Wonder is Autism

In Celebrating Wonder Wednesday, my Wonder is Autism. Autism you say! How can this be? Why did you choose that? Well the reason I chose it is because my son has autism. I agree with you Autism is a bad thing but it can also be a Wonder.

Now don't sign me up for sainthood. When my son was first diagnosed, me and my husband were devastated. We did have our pity party, "why us" kind of thing. I used to get really depressed and want to give up and think why did God punish me in this fashion. Then I realized something! God did not punish us. It was like God held this special soul in his hands and said to himself, this one, this one is special. This precious little one is going to need extra care who can I give this one too that can do this special job. So you see he didn't punish me he just trusted me a little bit more. Although at times I wish he didn't trust me quite so much. Ha ha!

Anyway back to the Wonder part. Autism is a great teacher. It has taught me patience, lots and lots of patience. One of my friends remarked on my patience to which I replied it was trial by fire. I sort of developed it through a series of trial and errors. Autism teaches you how to be an advocate, educator and a negotiator. I have had to negotiate my way through many a school meeting. I also had to educate many a medical professional about autism and what it is. And finally it has taught me how to advocate for my son in other words be his voice because he is non-verbal. I'm grateful for all these lessons.

Most of all Autism has challenged my pre-conceived notions of how to view people that are not typical. In other words we are all not typical and are all different from each other and that is what makes our world different and new every day. Just because someone can't talk doesn't mean they can't think or feel the same way we do. Autism has shown me the wonder in my child. The wonder of ordinary objects likes rocks and sticks and even water running over your hands can be wondrous. I have learned to look through my son's eyes and see everyday wonders in the world around us. I must tell you spinning around, and around, around, around in circles is great fun! This is his style of dancing. Thinking outside the box and using everyday situations and things as teaching tools is a wonderful feeling. Almost as great but not quite as close as all the hugs and kisses my son gives me.