Tuesday, December 27, 2011

a late Merry Christmas and winners

Merry late Christmas to all you in Tat-Land!!

I've finally gotten around to finding the winners of the baby contest. Red, you were the closest on the time. Only off by a few hours..impressive. Teresa, you win the name contest. My new daughter will be known as the mouse! Fox, I love your name as well--but I'm going to stick with the cat theme and I'm not sure that I could remember how to spell Picoette :) No promises on the speed of receiving the prizes---late seems to be our theme these days.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

It's a.........

GIRL! My daughter finally decided to arrive on Dec 11!! She weighed 9 lbs and 15 oz. We are all doing very well, but wishing for a bit more sleep. I'll figure out the winners of the giveaway after live settles a bit. I just wanted to let everyone know.

Sally, thanks so much for the shuttle--I would send you an e-mail but I can't seem to locate your e-mail address. It arrived the day after my daughter! I've only looked at it briefly, but can't wait to try it out!!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Still here

I'm still here with no baby. So, there is still time to enter the giveaway in the previous post. I have even started working on the giveaway prizes!!

I've been keeping busy getting some Christmas tatting finished. Here are some of the ornaments that I have ready to give. Nothing exciting or new, but at least they are ready to give.

I also pulled the sewing machine out and almost finished up a project that had been cut out for a while. It is a bag made out of men's cargo pants and a man's shirt. There are lots of compartments to place items. It even worked out for a cell phone holder in the strap using the shirt pocket. I still need to do a bit of hand sewing and some top stitching.

We have received several boxes in the mail recently. It is amazing that children and cats both love the simple pleasures in life. This piece of packing paper and the box that it came in has been the source of amusement for cat and kitten for hours.

Hopefully the next post will be after baby has arrived!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Still waiting and tatting

Update: As of Dec 8, we are still waiting on baby. So there is still time to enter the giveaway!

Still waiting for baby to makes his/her arrival in the world. In the meantime, I've gotten some Christmas and other tatting accomplished! This is a horrid scan, but the scanner is on the floor and trying to get it all lined up is a bit beyond my capabilities at this point :) On a similar note, I'm wishing that I had one of the new Lizbeth thread holders right now. I've been chasing so many balls of thread on the floor--my husband finds it so amusing! On the right is a needle tatted cross for a lady from our church who is having surgery soon---it is desperately in need of some pressing. On the left is my shuttle tatting of the same cross. It is taking me a long time, but I have noticed my shuttle tatting is quite a bit smaller than my needle tatting. I still have a long long way to go with tension and even-ness, but at least I'm getting the flip almost all of the time. I'm practicing my shuttle tatting so that I can enjoy my Pop-a-Bobbin shuttle when it arrives. Sally, I'm wondering if the shuttle will arrive before baby!

We had a bit of snow yesterday. Thankfully Snowflake enjoys snowflakes!! The kitten certainly enjoyed it as well. She was disappointed when it melted.

Last, but not least--I want to thank Tat-land for all of your answers to questions, generosity, and encouragement. So I'm going to do a giveaway! Just a warning though, I need to make what will be given so it might take a while before you get your winnings! I do promise gifts to the winners though. There will be 2 winners of the giveaway. Leave a comment with the following to enter the giveaway:

1. A blogging nickname for the new baby. My daughter's blogging name is the kitten. Baby's gender is unknown, so you can leave a boy and a girl name if necessary.

2. A guess of the date and time of when baby will arrive. The date and time will be Central Standard Time in the US. Just to help you out--baby was due to arrive on Dec 1.

One winner will be the one with the nickname that I choose for baby. The other winner will be the one with the closest date and time of the arrival of baby. Ties will be chosen randomly.

The cut-off time for entries is whenever baby decides to arrive!! Hopefully that isn't too long away. I'll post the winners whenever I get a chance. Best of luck to all and a very Merry Christmas to all of you wonderful tatters as well.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Grace Snowflake (25/25)

I tatted the Grace Snowflake for the Christmas exchange at InTatters. I can share it here now that my partner has receive her package! I was concerned that baby would arrive before I finished this, but baby still hasn't arrived.

This is the 25th motif of the challenge. I'm ready to start fresh after baby arrives......although it might take me quite a while to get to 25 this time around!