Sunday, June 29, 2008

Just a quick post tonight. I've been busy looking for photos for my son and scanning them for his reception slideshow.

Mrs. Parker responded to my request for more information and sent me these two photos. Turns out she really doesn't live too far away and I was invited to come see the gown in person. Whoo-hoo! I'll have to wait until things slow down a bit though.

She taught herself to tat in 1980, like so many of us have, from a book. I still can't get these to enlarge without it pixelating but you can see the front now and if you look closely at the train, you can see there is all kinds of tatting there too. When I have more information and a chance to see it, I might be able to get some close ups.

I also mentioned the other day that I'd received my Summer ReGift Swap package from Kelly in NJ. The seasonal swap is hosted by Melba on Just Be Connected. The idea is to send your partner something you don't want or need instead of throwing it away. It's recycling more or less. You can also make something and we usually do a combination of regifting and making something. You CANNOT buy your partner anything.

I had this HUGE box when I got home that night, sitting outside and rained upon, but it was nice and dry inside. I especially like the aromatherapy cubes. On the opposite side are the same size cubes for photographs. The black bag will probably hold just enough tatting for the cruise. A couple of books to read ( I sent her books too!) and some raspberry tea bags in a tin, Anne Geddess cards, and stickers and odds and ends. I don't remember what all I sent her but she makes cards, like the one on the black bag and I remember finding things that would work for the collages she says she makes. I also tatted her a bookmark, which I think I already posted. If not, too late now. LOL!

Anyway, I do enjoy these swaps and I get to know someone new.

So...on to finish up Jeff's anniversary prize and hopefully get it in the mail in the next few days!


  1. This dress has got to be one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I hope you will get to see it in person. The box looked like great fun to open.

  2. I'm with Tatty cat on that...the dress is one of the most beautiful things I've seen. That lady is one talented designer! I love the heart on the front, the sleeves, bodice. I noticed that the back makes a beautiful heart with the negative space. So pretty! Thanks for sharing.

  3. That dress is really inspiring, I've been toying with creating a tatted overlay for a bridesmaid dress hanging in my closet to give it new life and now I know it can be done!

  4. You know, I've been thinking about how much tatting and retro-tatting must have gone into this to get it just right - the arm circumference and the length to the fingertips...and it took her 12 years - she started when her daughter was 11. This must have been her own wedding dress. Her daughter looks much like she did at that age.

    :-) Gina

  5. I am lacking words to express how exquisite this is! What an inspiration! Many thanks for sharing this.


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