'TIS THE SEASON! I need to get back on here and share some of the items I have been working on this year. These are just a few of the items that have kept me busy. It has been an eventful year. And now, it is almost over. I can't believe that last time I posted was last February! I am still teaching voice and piano, along with creating my tatting and vintage lace items. I am also singing quite a bit every month. My beautiful kitty, Sophie, left this world in August. She was 14 years old and this past year, she was not well. I really miss her.
She was so beautiful--completely white with light blue eyes. My husband does not want me to get another kitty, so I guess our days are over for having a pet as part of our family.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. My husband and my daughter are both working. So I will be home with my grandson and he and I will be enjoying each other as I prepare a nice (hopefully) Thanksgiving dinner. I will enjoy the day, I know. I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your families!
I am sorry I have not been on here for a long time. I have been so busy with life going on. Presently, I am working really hard teaching voice and piano at Music Instruction Studio (have about 35 students per week) and I am also tatting like crazy. I have found the "Groups" on Facebook and joined many of them. As a result, many people have ordered tatting bits and pieces from me and I am furiously tatting every day to keep up with the orders. Since I am semi-retired, that extra income has been wonderful! So I will try to do better and let you know what is going on more often.
Lately, I have been working on a book. It is a book of tatting. Over the years, as I would make projects, I took pictures of them. Fortunately, I have kept all my pictures all these years. I say fortunately, because I have since sold most of those Items that I made. Little did I know that one day I would use all these pictures in writing my tatting book. I have finished my tatting book, and now it is for sale on the following link. It is not a book of how to tat, but it is a book of crafts you can make using your tatting you have made. It is available as a hard copy and also in PDF format. Please look at the sample pages on the link, and let me know what you think.
Last night, I enjoyed watching the Oscars. There were so many beautiful gowns and many of them were predominately lace. When I think lace, I think tatting. Tatting is a form of lace making. I feel there is no end to the ideas that can be incorporated into today's fashions. I love making tatted jewelry! It has a very different look from the norm. You can see some of my recent pieces below. And I have seen many beautiful pieces, including earrings and necklaces, here on the Internet. Oh, by the way, my song won last night! I teach voice and have about 10 little girls who are singing "Let It Go" for their lessons. I have never seen such a love for a song. This song will be sung for many years to come. Well, back on to my tatting subject. I would like your take on incorporating tatting into jewelry making and how successful you have been with it. Please leave me comments on this subject.
It is already well into February and this is my first blog for 2014! I was very busy in 2013. I tend to take on more than I can handle and this past year is no exception. I gave up my job at Elmcroft Assisted Living to take on teaching more voice and piano students. They asked me to come back twice a month and do music with them, though, so I still get to see my favorite residents. So, my student load has increased and I also took on more tasks. I opened up a small booth in a mall to sell my handmade items and in a few weeks I will start teaching jewelry making at our new local Michael's. The class is on "Stringing" and it is a beginner class. I am looking forward to teaching--I love to teach. Hopefully, this will be a fun experience for me. I will let you know how it goes. In the meantime, I am working on designing more jewelry. I have gotten into stamping bracelets and rings with sayings and special words. It is very hard to get these words straight, so I have to practice quite a bit. I will be posting more photos of my work soon.
This summer has been really busy for me. In July, we went to Navarre Beach, Florida and had a wonderful time. We stayed in a condo right on the beach and I could sit out on the balcony and just watch and hear the ocean roll in and out. That was glorious! Then, in August, I just got back from Maine where I was born. My family still lives in Portland. My sister from Wyoming and my brother from Pennsylvania came also, so we were able to all be together. It was a great time! I came back, eager to get into my own routine again. Ever since we had our store, I have tried different ways to get rid of the excess inventory. I think I have come up with a solution. I found a big consignment store right near my home that rents out shelves and booths and I am going to rent out four big shelves to start getting rid of my "stuff." So, I have been busy pricing everything rock bottom so it will sell. I sure hope this works. I have everything from crafts to teapots to scrap booking stuff to rubber stamps. So, it should grab somebody's attention, I hope. My booth is located at the Peddler's Market in Highland Plaza. I have also been making many wedding guest books over the summer. Each one is different from the other, since all the handmade lace is different. I let them choose the lace centerpiece by sending them pictures of what I have. I also have been making some other things, like the little gift bags below. And something that has interested me lately is metal stamping on rings and bracelets. I am trying to conquer this art, but it does take a lot of practice. So, you can see that I am all over the place--plus I still teach voice and piano and have now over 30 students! And I am very thankful for that.
We have had a very rainy summer so far. That is unusual because it is usually very dry. I am not complaining, though. Our lawn is nice and green and beautiful and the temperatures are not so hot. I have been creating lately--I really never quit. I am making my tatted trees for the holidays. I'm starting early because I always seem to run out and never have enough of them for a Christmas craft show. Maybe I can do one this year. Hope you are having a great summer!