Sunday, December 05, 2010

Sore, Hungry & Tired

I finally got the hallway shampooed. I also wiped the walls down and took down the cold-air return grate and washed it. I cleaned out a much used bookshelf. Now that the carpet is drying, I washed the blades on the ceiling fan in the living room and heated a frozen broccoli/carrot/cauliflower/cheese one-person serving. It's too late to nap but I will probably shower before I go to bed. I worked up a sweat!

I still didn't get all I wanted to get done on my week off. I hoped to have the entire living room shampooed so that I could put the tree up but I'll do it in halves through the week. This is where the furniture is too much for me to move myself. In fact, I had my son move the display cabinet with dolls in it. I'm out of boxes to empty things into so couldn't empty it except for a few teacups.

I hate the idea of putting things back in the hallway - it looks so open and clean now, but I have nowhere to put some of this stuff. I felt a bit guilty for not getting to any of this yesterday afternoon but I was tired and recouping then! So while I was recouping last night, I decided to tat the other two bookmarks in the December 1986 issue of Anna that I mentioned before.

You might remember this one? I sent it to my aunt and it turns out now that it's my favorite pattern of the three.

Here's the second pattern tatted in Lizbeth size 20 Christmas thread. I might like this pattern better in a solid and thought I might tat one later. We'll see.

This is the third pattern and I used Lizbeth size 20 Victorian Red along with a strand of Sulky shiny gold. I don't know the exact color/size of the Sulky but I thought it would add a bit of gold to the overall look. I used the handle of a crochet hook as a picot gauge which makes the picots nice and loopy as well as uniform size. I almost ran out of thread on this one!

It's not like I need one more piece of furniture, but as I was thumbing through a craft magazine on the aforementioned bookshelf, I found the "Perfect Caddy". I think that would be a perfect companion to my chair - right next to it, holding the threads and books I use the most. Several hundred dollars is the cost, but I do know a few carpenters so someday.......who knows?


  1. very nice bookmarks Gina, and congrats on getting all that cleaning done, even if you didn't get finished.
    that cabinet looks very handy.

  2. I wish I had half your energy!!

    Like the bookmarks, but my favorite is the victorian red... I love, no wait... LOVE! the picots!

    Hey, maybe you could get your carpenter friends to build me one of those too, while you're at it! I'm running out of space!

  3. I got exhausted just reading the first paragraph! I couldn't do that kind of cleaning these days - have to hire someone!

    Then you still find time to tat (and blog)! I couldn't even tat anything 'meaningful' at the Christmas event our group attended yesterday. I just rested up between demonstrating (with yarn and a Tatsy shuttle) and chatting with visitors, although the other two gals manage to actually make things!

    I'm amused at your 'lack of space' issues - same here! The 'container/drawer system' manufacturers love us, as we keep them in business. I have so MANY storage systems around here - not only for tatting but for the printers and computers and photo albums, and scrapbooking supplies, stamps, punches, paper. Plus furniture with storage capability.
    There's a price to pay for being creative!

    However, that IS an awesome caddy! :)

  4. Oh I just love that caddy!


  6. Your bookmarks look lovely, Beautiful colors, well done.

  7. Always so beautiful your works of frivolity and this cupboard Is attractive bye gina

  8. I like the caddy


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