Friday, December 31, 2010

A tatted gift for Lea

This is my sister, Lea. She has the most incredible gift of music. She's able to hear a melody, sit down at the piano, and come up with an arrangement or be able to play the whole melody in the correct key and everything. Her talent is amazing! She has such an ear for it! So, for Christmas I made her a framed tatting piece.  From the Treble cleft pattern can be found HERE and is by Lady Shuttle Maker. The notes and bass cleft I came up with myself using two shuttles and adding Josephine knots on a chain. 
 There were many Psalms that describe music, but I thought this one was just right for Lea.

 Merry Christmas to my sister and best friend! Love you Lea!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Merry Christmas!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!! I hope that you all had a lovely holiday! The perfect snow fell all day here on our farm on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day was a beautiful day. I'd like to encourage all of you to read the article from the link I've attached HERE. It's from a favorite speaker of ours Andy Stanley, son of Dr. Charles Stanley. I love how this article puts into perspective what our Savior gave up when He humbled Himself to be born a man. A powerful read.
So Christmas Blessings to you all! Love from the Midwest,

Thursday, December 23, 2010

...And she shall have tatting wherever she goes

I did a little shopping the other day and 'lo and behold' I come up with a tatting project. I bought a new blouse at Maurices (my most favorite store!) that is a deep magenta/burgundy. So I'm driving home it popped into my mind that I HAVE TATTING THREAD IN THE SAME COLOR AS THAT SHIRT!!!!!! I could hardly wait to make something to go with the shirt! A necklace? A flower to put in my hair? I decieded to make earrings to match. I revamped a pattern for an edging and ta-da! I like 'em and can't wait until I can wear them.

Break has be positively lovely.The landscape has been covered in snow and the sun is out most of the time. This morning we had freezing fog. Everything was covered in a half an inch of light white frost :) Sooo pretty. My sister and I have also been  enjoying the time outside with our herd of horses. But when we do come inside there are carols on the radio or my sister and I will play the piano. Maybe I'll have to post about that piano; just like everything in our house, it has a story. Life from my view is beautiful. Not to mention that Christmas is in two days and Douglas is coming for a visit!!

I also found a new bookmark pattern that I can't wait to try. It's from Be* and has flowers! Click HERE to view the pattern I'm planning on playing with color combos during the holidays. Plus, they make quick, last minute gifts!

Blessings to you all and enjoy this Wonderful Wednesday!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Hello Fellow tatters! Can you hear that?..............Listen's the content sigh of a college student released from the confines of semester projects and finals, liberated and free to enjoy her WINTER BREAK!!!! Hooray! :) Needless to say, I am ever so happy to be on break. Now I am free to tat, read, and play outside with my sister, ride horses, and just be a kid again! Well, as much of a 'kid' as a twenty-something can be.

I'm working on a bookmark for my dad at the moment that has a really sweet purpose. As I previously shared with ya'll, it was my parents 25th wedding anniversary this year and they will be going away on a weekend retreat. My mom found a website that listed all the old fashioned anniversary gifts that couples give every year. The biggest ones everybody knows are silver for 25 years and gold for 50 years. Well, for the first 15 the gifts range from wood, to clay, to linen, and lace. Can you guess which one I'm helping mom with? Yup, it's lace. She chose a bookmark pattern in 'man-ly' colors and I should have it done by tonight! Pictures to come!
What else is new??? I've started the second round on that 'never-to-be-finished' hankie edging. I am totally in love with it; it's worth all the time.
Other then that, life goes on here on our Illinois farm. We had a wicked winter storm last weekend and are excepted to get a more, umm friendly snow tonight. I can easily handle 3-5 inches, but sustained 35 MPH winds and below zero temps are very tiring.
So now that I am on break be sure to check in often because I'm going to be posting all the Christmas happenings!! Love from the Midwest!
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