It's my Sister in Law Judy's birthday today - wishing you a special day and a joy filled year. Click the preview to view this pretty animated birthday card.
SIL and Smiles!
I am having such a wonderful time basking in the presence of my Mother and Father in law who are enjoying their third of three weeks of a visit here. How wonderful to be the one to lick the beaters of whip cream just like when I was a kid, and to watch Mom in the kitchen. She’s an accomplished cook of all things “comfort” and I’m lapping it all up. Unfortunately its work to keep a balance because I have an issue with a sore heel which inhibits me from working out as much as I would like. I do have an appointment with a podiatrist who specializes in sports injuries so that soon I will be able to know what I can and cannot do. Anyways…
I’m taking advantage of some “sit-around” time to tackle some tatting projects. This is the most challenging so far – a choker and earrings set I designed (in my head) and then carried out. I used a very simple repeat of split rings (3 ds, bead, sm P, bead 3 ds – both sides, close. Add another bead in between each picot. decrease each row by 2 rings, making sure you start with an odd number so it will come to a point) and added beads in, two things I needed practice on. The beads are all a tear down from a piece of costume jewellery I bought at a yard sale recently. Somehow it all just came together and I still have extra “gems” for another project. I know that I will learn how to finish projects off a little nicer in the future and I have more ideas for the future.
I’m happy my daughter was here to model it for me for its really hard to judge how it looked on myself. I’ve already been dreaming of my next project!
Ahh – I almost forgot, I took a macro of this tatted butterfly I made (its about as big as a quarter in real life) and turned it into an element for my digital scrapbooking visitors. I created the elements to be about 3 inches in size. Feel free to re-use it as you like, though it would be nice for you to credit me!
Just click on the preview to download. I’d just LOVE to see how you use this if you could send me a link to your projects.
I heard this very interesting news article this morning on NPR - about how hairdressers all across the country are saving castawat hair to help with the oil spill in the gulf. its coordinated by a group called "Matter of Trust" You can read the article (or click on the audio button and HEAR it) by clicking on this hair photo and it will take you to NPR. Who knew?