Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Been one of those days ...

Started out just trying to upgrade my computer to the latest operating system. That was yesterday! So this evening my computer teaching husband is trying to find a work-around so that it works. Bless him as he is trying to resurrect my poor computer. Nothing ever goes as planned when it comes to things like this. I am reduced to updating my blog with my iPod and a tiny keyboard. No photos or tatting today.

Hope your tatting is happier than mine.
Arial - Tatting Faerie

Monday, July 23, 2012

A bit disappointed.....

As you may remember a few posts ago, I gave away 4 books for an exchange of tatting supplies or what not. Here is the post where I mentioned the winners. I received wonderful gifts from two of the recipients but have yet to receive anything from the other two. I am hoping that it is just a matter of being delayed in either mailing the package or just a delay along its journey to my home. I will not name the ones responsible as that would be too much of an embarrassment for them and I am NOT into embarrassing anyone. The ones who sent items in response and have already privately received grateful reply from me know just how happy I am with what they sent. I am already planning a couple of projects with what was sent but will be posting it much later when the process is done.

Now for tatting items, I don't have it finished yet. But in going through my books recently getting ready for the annual vacation next week I came across an inspirational pattern that I felt I could use to decorate my candles that I was talking about in another post HERE. I am happy with the way it is turning out so far but I have already come up with a couple of ideas for improvements to further stabilize the pattern when I put it around the candle. When I finally get around to finishing the project and posting a picture, I wonder if you would be so kind as to tell me if you think that someone might actually purchase the lace for the article intended or would I need to sell the complete candle and project. There would be the additional cost of the candle itself and I am not sure someone would pay additionally for something they should be able to get locally themselves.

So this Friday begins our annual fall vacation. We will be journeying to central Florida for the whole week. I have a lot of my tatting books now in electronic format so that I can take my library with me and read on my tablet. Nice thing about having this tablet is that I can also take regular books with me as well. Over the last year I have been very slowly scanning my books so that I can put them into PDF format for easy reading. Having things in this format will also allow me to print off the specific diagram for a pattern so that I can use it over and over again. These printouts I put into a regular 3x5 photo album which can be purchased at Walmart. This allows me to keep at hand projects that I find quick and easy as well as adaptable to other purposes such as hatbands, book marks or simple doilies. 

Well, guess you have heard enough from me for now. I do appreciate everyone of you who take the time to come and visit my blog. Let us see what the rest of the day will send my way. I do hope to post some while I am away. I am told that our vacation condo has access to wifi.

Happy Tatting
Arial - Tatting Faerie

Thursday, July 19, 2012

On a pattern search.....

I have begun a pattern search for something unique to wrap around my very plain pillar candles. They are not the kind you light that have flame but the LED flameless pillars pictured below. These candles range from $10 to $20 depending upon the size that is purchased. I have bought several and received several more as gifts.

I don't need a specific pattern, just an example of the pattern. I am looking for something ruffled. The main band I will design to fit around the candle but the ruffle will come off of that. I have ideas for the flat design to use around the candle. There are rounds and squares and diamonds enough to use for dressing up the candle but I though that a ruffle would be good for those who really like to use lace. 

I am currently in between patterns for the test tatting that I have been doing and also continuing to work on the tea rose project that will be done by the end of September. I have several ideas for necklaces floating around in my head as well. I  will work on how to tat with beads and such. I admit that is one thing that I have avoided in the 20 plus years that I have been tatting. But that will end soon because of this items that I want to design. I just don't want to lose the tatting to all the beading.

Enough rambling for now. Today is ahead, and I want to try to stay cool today since we will be working on our 33rd day of temperatures over 100 this summer.

Happy tatting
Arial - Tatting Faerie

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tatting going on....

But nothing I can really talk about "yet". Once I am free to post again about the tatting I am doing right now I will. This will also include the pictures that go along with each piece. All I can say is that I am having fun putting these patterns together. You will enjoy the book once it comes out. 

Vacation time is just around the corner and I hope to get something of my own done while I am gone. I will be doing most of the driving just because I enjoy it. But when I take a break from driving and let someone else drive, I will be pulling out the shuttles to do some work. 

Oh, as a result of working on test tatting, I came up with a use for a cheap photo album. I can't post yet (again) but I have printed out the diagram in a size that fits perfectly into one sleeve of the album. I may yet do this with several other favorite patterns so I have a portable pattern book. I am always on the lookout for some nifty idea that will let me take my "portable" craft with me without taking up so much room. I have begun scanning some of my favorite patterns to get ready for the upcoming vacation so I have a good selection with me. I have also been looking at the electronic books that I have with diagrams and selecting from them as well for this new book. :D

I am jealous of those of you who are going to the various tatter days around the country. Maybe someday I can get enough income together that I can attend at least one. Being stuck in the middle of the country, there is nothing close enough for me to attend on a regular basis. Have fun, and I am anxious to hear from everyone how it all goes.

I want to thank all who jumped to my rescue in my last post with regard to my mother. Her care is stepped up to level three, which means she is confined to the facility but is still able to care for herself with encouragement. She is able to simple needle work without much guidance. That was the reason for looking for simple patterns that she can do. I hit on the idea of building pictures from simple elements being added as she completes the previous one. I have not yet started this but I have plenty of  line art now to get the job done. Thank you so much for helping out.

That is all for now. I need to finish this current project today and wait for the next. 

Happy tatting!

Arial - Tatting Faerie

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Looking for something simple....

I am appealing to my fellow crafters for a few ideas. I am trying to find very simple projects that will help make my mother feel useful without being overwhelmed. She enjoys candlewicking but only as long as there are few "French knots" in the pattern. So I am looking for some simple and inexpensive patterns that I can keep her busy with. Please limit it to nothing too complex. I may just have to figure out a way to get the patterns without the knots. Anyone who can help please leave a comment.

I know that this is not tatting related but I am hoping that there is someone out there that can help.

Happy Tatting
Arial - Tatting Faerie

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

My Brain is on Overdrive....

Have you ever had ideas that you just can't get down on paper fast enough? I don't have all of the supplies for them either. This is one reason why I just have to get my Etsy shop up and going soon. I really need the funding for putting my ideas into practice. I often get these strokes of something sometimes called "genius" and other times called "crazy". What I have in mind I really don't want to give away yet because I have not seen anyone else do much of this. The hat bands were a good idea and I will continue to work on them and expand the ideas by incorporating beads and things into them for future sales. 

I am still playing around with dyeing threads and have done just that when doing some test tatting for someone else. The piece turned out really well but I really can't show it off until the book is out. Not sure just how long it will be before the book gets published but I hope it is soon. I actually was amazed that I managed to get just enough thread wound on the thread winder to complete the project as planned. (Too bad I will have to leave you hanging on this, but you will understand once I get to post the pictures.)

I have begun chatting with some of the ladies from the Needle_tat list on Yahoo messenger. If you would like to chat sometime you may contact me using the id of "cyberspirit-2". Or if you are a Goggle talk fan use my email arialgr at gmail dot com. I am always happy to have another tatter to talk with and exchange ideas with. 

As far as the funding goes, I am trying to fund my own play because we only have one income in the house and I really don't want to dip into the household income for just my things. Well, that is all from me for now. I will try to have some other pictures for you soon. 

Oh, I have already received items from two of the ladies who received the books but am waiting on the others before I post the pictures for you.

So much for the scheduling of posts. I wrote this last night expecting it to post this morning at 7:00 AM and guess what? It didn't. So it is posting by hand for a while.

Happy Tatting
Arial - Tatting Faerie