Friday, October 9, 2009

Tatting in Hobby & Craft Center

Does your local library have a Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center? This library in Round Rock, TX, does and they include materials on tatting.

If yours doesn't, why not suggest it? This PDF file of the press release provides more information from the Round Rock database.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

"It's Dead, Jim"

Silly Hat Central's lone PC died.

After a weird Verizon FiOs glitch (related, no doubt to a FiOs system update that included but may not be limited to the video console) the PC is not reading the hard drive as a boot-able device.

I will be offline until it gets fixed. Until further notice, this is IsDihara, signing off!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Fractured Quotes:

Pumpkin Vine Edging by Heidi Sunday

Maybe it's the Autumn chill in the air. Or all the giveaway energy buzzing around Tat Land lately.

Maybe it's just a wild hair.

Whatever it is, today I feel a bit knot-TEA.

So I'm having a Knot-Tea Parody contest and GIVEAWAY!

Here are the rules:

1. Open your favorite web browser and search for tea quotes. (You could also enjoy a leisurely browse through the library or your personal stash of tea books if you prefer. I'm not picky.)

Lewis Carroll took a children's rhyme and bent it to his silly whim:

“Twinkle, twinkle little bat. How I wonder what you're at! Up above the world you fly, Like a tea-tray in the sky” ~ Lewis Carroll

2. Alter it so that it reflects tea and tatting. The word tatting (or one of its common variants) must appear in the altered quote. Something like this:

“Twinkle, twinkle little tat. Worked into a table mat. Lacy knots line up so fine, Making tea-time small talk shine.” ~ IsDihara (based upon a quote by Lewis Carroll)

3. Change author's name to your screen name & post your fractured quote in the comments below. (You may list the source quote and author as a clickable link.)

4. The cut-off date for submitting your entry is midnight on Monday, October 12, 2009, Eastern Standard Time. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 13th.

5. That's it!

Yes, you have to work a tiny bit harder than just writing a comment. Follow Mary ("practically perfect in every way") Poppins' advice:

Want another chance to win?
If you post about this giveaway on your blog you qualify for a second entry.

Be sure to add a (2) to your comment below, just like in TattingChic's Mondo Monday Giveaway. Kindly include a clickable link or with the name of your blog so I may verify your entry. Once verified, you will be added to my giveaway spreadsheet a second time.

Winner will be chosen via random number generator.

Winner will receive a quilted ball ornament decorated with tatting. Here is a link to a page with several colorful examples of quilted ball ornaments (none with tatting on them).

Here are the fat quarters I picked out for the ball ornament. The Pumpkin Vine Edging will be used to trim the ball. Only three fabrics will be used for the ornament, but I left the color field open wide. The only color I forgot was Frankenstein monster green. Hee, hee!

So have all the fun you want. (Especially you punsters!) Good luck.

Thanks for being knot-tea with me and fracturing a quote along the way!

See you next Tuesday for more communi-tea. Mwah-hah-hah-hah!

Monday, October 5, 2009

I won! Mondo Monday Giveaway

Can you believe I was one of the lucky extra winners in week three (3) of Lady Shuttle Maker's Mondo Monday Giveaway? Squeeeee!

A skein of her lovely hand-dyed thread and some beads are whisking their way through parcel post right now. Ooh, I'm practically vibrating with excitement to see what beauty awaits!

Thank you to Lady Shuttle Maker (a.k.a. The Mad, Mad Potter -- awesome names, both!) for putting on this fun, fun contest and giveaway.

And congratulations to Viv from Viv's Tatting Quest who also was a lucky extra winner, and Heather Johnston from The Tarnished Tatter who won the big prize - a tatted leaf necklace!