Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Here is a shamrock magnet (2" in diameter, smaller than a paperweight, but could be used as one), which I put together awhile ago, using a glass disc that I think is supposed to be used in a large vase, along with several discs that came in a pouch. It was the perfect size to fit in a clear lid I had on hand, and I decorated it around the edge with metallic gold tape, plus scrapbook embellishments inside. I then stuck a magnet on the back. It looks nice on the fridge and I enjoy looking at it every day!
The pattern, of course, is Sharren's famous SCMR Shamrock, which is a nice size.
And here is a grouping of some 'green' items, just for fun. I haven't shown my 'other' Aran sweater before . It's made with dark green yarn, and I knit it way back in the '90s. I've always enjoyed doing cable patterns. (Can't believe this sweater is 20+ years old already!)
Also in the photo is my 'shamrock' plant (actually Oxalis, not native to Ireland, but should be, as it's so perfectly Irish-looking), which continues to survive in its planter and comes inside in winter, I love seeing the white flowers year round.
'Paddy Bear' is sporting his green bowler hat and green tie and is showing off the shamrock magnet.
The Celtic pendant is several years old now, and, of course, was designed by Rosemarie Peel. The big pin shows my name in English and Gaelic Irish ("Catroine"). As I've often mentioned, I always salute my Irish ancestors on St. Patrick's Day, and I was named for my maternal Grandmothe, Katherine Flanagan.
This is a miracle post for me, because for the past several months I haven't been able to get into my Dashboard using my 15" laptop. (It's seven years old, has Vista (!) and IE9. I know it's a 'dinosaur' but it's been a loyal friend and it's still plugging along!
Therefore, I used my trusty little netbook for my prior post, and never investigated why the Dashboard wouldn't appear in the laptop. But my sweet little netbook crashed last week, and it came as quite a shock (only 2 years old). So when I went to use the laptop to post on Monday, I forgot I couldn't get into the Dashboard!. I had to search all over the forums to find out if there was an answer.
I was surprised (after spending a lot of time) that it apparently has something to do with the browser IE9, which is not being supported anymore, not even by Microsoft! (Apparrently IE11 is causing problems in blogger, too.) However, a simple solution suggested by several helpful folks was to uncheck the 'Compatibility View' in IE9. Of course, it took me awhile to learn how to do that (I'm not tuned into all these tricks of the trade), and I finally figured it out. I was amazed and delighted when my Dashboard came back to life! So it looks like I can do posts again (not that I post that often - something I hope to remedy in the future). But I now have to look for another computer to replace my netbook, and I will be looking for one with strong graphics capabilities! And I have to continue hold my breath using this laptop, purchased in 2006!
Looking forward to Spring! And the Maple Syrup Festival is coming up soon!
Thursday, January 9, 2014
This bell is my personal tribute to Mary and is displayed here, along with Mary’s classic and very popular ‘Queen of Hearts’ motif, which I finally got around to tatting recently, using Lizbeth Vintage Harvest, size 20. ( I had some problems figuring out where to connect the picots on the heart pattern and had to really concentrate on where I was going, but I love the pattern.)
The bell, however, is 15 years old!
I always put clappers in my bells, usually a large acrylic bead . I sometimes put a filigree cap on the bead, but I didn’t do that here. I probably couldn’t find a silver one ( in keeping with the Silver Anniversary theme). I attached the bead to a silver chain (cut to the proper length with a wire cutter. You could also use a ‘real’ jingle bell, which would ring!
Thursday, July 4, 2013
New Scarf for the 4th – with Tatted Pendant!
This is a pendant I recently made, just rings and chains with Lizbeth 20 Christmas Red, and a very nice ‘star’ scrapbook embellishment. Perfect for the 4th of July! But what I really want to share is the scarf/pendant idea.
Metal Scarf Slider with loop for attaching a pendant.
Here is a close-up of the slider and my own bail (found at craft stores) - a little difficult to see - which clips on to the slider and to the tatted pendant (the velvet disc is attached to a metal pendant which has a convenient hole at the top).
Here is another pendant you’ve seen before, and this is another ‘set’ of jewelry.
The idea is to be able to use just one set of jewelry (and the closure hardware) and put them on another scarf. But I bought two sets so I could have at least two scarves ‘ready to go’.
Here is the blue scarf.
UPDATE: You're not seeing double. I was not happy with the last two photos (blue pendant and scarf) and I wanted to correct that. But I'm hesitant to remove the 'originals' because I'm concerned that something weird will happen. So for my own benefit I'm putting the same two photos in, and one has been cropped. I have been experimenting with a new camera and with moving photos around in my tablets and was trying to post in a different way than usual. So here are (I hope) better photos.
Some History Facts for this date, for those interested
This is also an update: I want to add that there is a little known Pittsburgh connection to the Lewis and Clark saga, also in July. On July 15, 1803, Meriwether Lewis arrived in Pittsburgh (by horseback, from Washington DC) to pick up the large keelboat he had contracted to have built for the famous trip up the Missouri River. But the keelboat was not ready as promised, and he had to stay a month and a half in Pittsburgh, waiting for the boat to be completed. It was finally ready by Sept. 1. While in Pittsburgh Lewis wrote important letters to Thomas Jefferson and also received the confirmation letter from William Clark, who agreed to go on the mission. Clark was living in Kentucky on his family's plantation, and Lewis (and some other boatmen) joined up with Clark in October in Kentucky, then they continued on to St. Louis, where they had to recruit more men and obtain supplies before starting the official exploration to tne Northwest in May of 1804.
I hope you have a pleasant Holiday and weekend!
Monday, April 1, 2013
It dawned on me yesterday (Easter Sunday) that Monday, April 1, would be INTERNATIONAL TATTING DAY. So I pushed a little harder to get this TUTORIAL done today!
As you can see in Photo 12, I have completed five rings and am preparing to tat the last ring.
Keep pulling the unwound thread up through Ring #1 all the way through. (Obviously, it’s coming from the base of Ring #5.) I like to pull the thread through all the way through before I start rewinding my bobbin.
You’re not worrying about the hand-wrap yet. Just concentrate on rewinding the shuttle
You are ready to tat the final ring!
You can still tug it a bit (but not too tight) and pop the ring up over the top.
Our group is getting ready for the Maple Syrup Festival this weekend, and it looks like we’ll have some decent weather for it, which always helps with getting ready. Thousands of visitors attend this event!
Friday, March 29, 2013
I explain my interest in and obsession with these rings at the end of this post and also in my own post of Aug. 6, 2012: http://kathysvictoriantattedlace.blogspot.com/2012/08/success-at-last.html