Thursday, January 14, 2010

Teapots, T.I.A.S. and another UFO

Why do I blog surf when my to-do list is as long as my arm? It's a mystery. Am I alone in this?

But if not for procrastination, I would not have discovered that it is National Hot Tea month. (Did you know?) This tea news comes as a revelation. Plus, I found these pretty teapots at Julena's Place.

Tat It And See
Did you go to gander at teapot grandeur? Thanks for coming back! Now I can share my T.I.A.S. Days 3 and 4.

T.I.A.S. Day 3

This is my first tat-a-long and I'm having an absolute blast! Still don't have a clue what the end result could be, but getting there sure is fun.

Time to confess: I wound 5 yards on each of the first two shuttles and had way too much variegated thread left over, so I tatted up a second set of Days 1 and 2. Can you believe I still have a lot of leftover thread?

T.I.A.S. Day 4

Day 4 was an intriguing tat. It really set my imagination going. Looking at it turned this way, it resembles a guitar or maybe a mandolin.

Image Source: Mandolin

October Blog Giveaway
The second quilted ball ornament still isn't quite finished.

Ciarrán reprimands me daily for not showing you my progress. See how smug he looks?

This ornament is actually the second go at Tatskool's giveaway prize. The Sprout decided to dunk the first one in a tall glass of iced tea that I had sitting out.

Here's how it happened.

The phone rang. Sprout was across the room playing with trains. I put the ornament down to answer the phone and not two minutes later I hear, "Mommy, I didit!" Cringing, I went to see what he had gotten into...

He was standing on the dining room table, looking at me with a beaming face only a triumphant child can muster.

"It floats, Mama! It FLOATS!" he said. And sure enough, the first fabric-covered ball was floating like a bobber in my glass. It was slightly soggy.

So I started over from scratch. This time keeping the project under lock and key. I've got to tat an edging to decorate the quilt binding trim, add blue ribbons, a bit of bling and a hanging cord. Then I am done.

Don't the fabric colors and tatting play off each other beautifully? Lovely, lovely Bracken Crunch! And the edging trim will add texture and dimension that will set the whole thing off perfectly.

Tatskool, you have the patience of Job.


Unknown said...

Oh, Awesome mandolin! Very cute! Mark Myers made up two guitar patterns! THey are really pretty! You should ask him about them sometime! :)
Have a super day!

Anonymous said...

Oh my! Love your leprechaun. very cute.

Fox said...


Love your TIAS tatting whatever it is!

You are not alone. I am still here, reading blogs and doing an edit on mine..... I have WAY TOO MUCH today to do to be doing this! It is a mystery!
Fox : )

Krystle said...

Sounds like my house.

My drivers license is still AWOL.....

LollyChops said...

I love your tatting projects! So lovely!!!!

Tatskool said...

Take as long as you need, I know it will be a humdinger!
Ciarrán you are a treasure...your job is to watch the Sprout!