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And everything went White

Had many days of beautiful weather and not much breeze. So I thought I’d try to make some white shuttles. It’s still difficult to keep them white, but I had great success with these. Have 3 pair up at the shop and another white pair needs sanding. But it will be up there too in a day or so. All roses.

There’s just something special to me about a white shuttle. Maybe because I get giddy when I can keep them white! lol I wash my hands and scrub them with a brush a few times, before I even start working with the clay. They seem to pick up dust in the air too, but I had no breeze and things just worked out. 🙂

This was a nice change, since the music finally quit playing in my head. I think that’s the longest I’ve ever had a song replay go on. lol Very distracting. I really need concentration and total focus when I make shuttles.

Green Bean update! Some of the vines are almost at the top of the trellis, and other’s are about half way. Already putting out flowers. I think the end of this week would be a good time to take another picture. I don’t know if you’re all burned out hearing about the green beans or not, but, I’m still fascinated by them. lol

That’s my rock thyme the shuttles are on. And they are blooming. I couldn’t resist taking a picture with it. It’s so pretty.

And around the spot where it grows, I decided the other morning to make a little teeny pond. So I took an old water basin, dug a hole, put in the basin, leveled it, put black plastic inside it and put in rocks. Then I filled it up with water. And after that, I put big rocks around the rim so you can’t see that part. I had gotten a very gentle water fountain that’s kind of different and placed it right near the teeny pond, just for sound affect I guess. Getting more pipe and water pump and more digging, yeah, no I wasn’t up for a big job. Just a little one. And it satisfied me. So that’s the newest addition to the garden. I like sitting there and meditate in the evening when the neighborhood quiets down. I need to plant something green around the big rocks and haven’t figured out that part yet. It will come to me later I guess.

I am so enjoying all my hollyhocks that are blooming now. Everywhere! Color color is all over the place!!!!  I love my garden the mostest right now. Wish it could stay this way for a few more months. So I’ll be taking more pictures later, just so I have them for memories to look at when next winter comes. 🙂 It’s beautiful here. I’m soaking in every bit of it too.

Love finishing things!

 

I got some thumb shuttles boxes made. I really liked this one the best, even if it is christmasy. 🙂

I finished the green bean trellis!!!  Yes I did! And in the nick of time too! The green beans are all up about 3 inches now. The trellis, this go round, came out absolutely perfect . The measurements were exact across and all the way down to barely the ground. I was so surprised!  I just guessed at it again, with the prior learning from the one that’s now on the porch. Thing is, it’s hard to get a picture of it because the yarn is thin. When I tried to take a picture, it just disappeared. lol  So I’ll wait till the beans start climbing on it and then take a picture. I just can’t tell you how relieved I am!  It looks good too. Just as I imagined it from the beginning in my mind’s eye. 🙂

When I was younger, I rarely finished a project. It was a big personality issue. But I do remember one day, being upset at all these beginning projects and I made a vow to myself. Don’t start something if you really don’t have your heart into it. What I learned from that time was I needed to really have a passion for something I started, then it was motivation to continue till it’s done. So the trellis is done. And I finished two more pairs of dragon scales thumb shuttles. I have to buffed them and get them photographed. But I’m so happy to finish all these things I started. It’s a weight lifted.

We are all still missing Jake. This is going to take time.

I had to cover the tomato’s, it’s been raining and cold every day for over a week. No sign yet of that changing. Just lucky we didn’t get snow!  That’s happened before in June here.

And I just added these to the Etsy Store this morning.

Yesterday afternoon, it dried out and I mowed grass. It started raining again just the second I was done and put the mower away! lol But that’s out of the way.

Sometimes, I have a long range project going in the background. I have one right now that is knit cord, and I’m making enough of it to actually weave a basket. I love basket weaving and especially love these knit one’s I’ve done. They are thick and bulky and soft. I’ll have to take a picture of the last one I made. The new one is forest colors. 🙂 I haven’t finished weaving the bottom part yet. It takes more time than anyone really wants to spend on a basket. Just knitting the cord takes months. That’s why it’s a long range project. I just work on it, when I get other things done first. And it’s mindless. I love having a mindless project to work on while I watch tv. Making knitted cord does that for me.

I don’t know if I mentioned this before or not, but several months ago, I was meditating and had an experience I really don’t have words for.  Since that day, the creativity and ideas for making things, hasn’t quit. They keep coming in fast and furious. I’ve never experienced such a wild time of ideas! But it’s been wonderful. And much of it has to do with things I haven’t done before. So there’s adventure! lol

I’ve been keeping a notebook just for the idea’s I can’t get to yet. But I’m having such a wonderful time creating.

Well, I’ve blathered on as many topics as I can do for the moment. I had a new idea for a design I need to try out on more shuttles. I best get to it.

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend, doing something they love to do. Finish a project!!!!! (snickers):)

One of my newest designs

This past week I spent hours and hours designing new rose designed Thumb Shuttles. The two I loved best were the Gothic Roses on a Black, and the white pair with black roses.

The Gothic Roses are at the Etsy shop, but the Black Rose one’s, I wanted to have more fun with, like a trade for some original designed tatted earrings. Now the idea is growing into a Contest. So here are my original designed Black Rose Thumb Shuttles for the trade :).

This is a picture of the Tops.(again)

The above is a picture of the middles.

This is a picture of the backs of them. The black roses on the backs are not centered. That way I could tell which was the top and which was the bottom. lol

At the moment, these are one of a kind. I don’t know if I want to do another pair for the Etsy Store or not. Working in white is a bit more difficult than most, because keeping it white is an issue. These came out perfect however. Which made them special to me.

So there you have it. The Trading Stock!

Tatted Lace Green Bean Trellis

Last year, my green beans over grew their wire trellis and grew all along the back side of it and then started up onto the wall of the house. What did I learn?  That these were the best green beans I ever grew before and that little trellis wasn’t going to work for this year. So I decided to “net” one. Like a salty old sailor, sitting around netting. Then I thought I could tat one just as easily since I couldn’t find my netting shuttle. I began yesterday. Of course I don’t know what I’m doing. lol Does that stop me though? No.

I know other tatter’s who garden have had the same idea. So it’s not a new one. I’ve netted a hammock before and thought it would be similar.

Okay, so I got a ladder, climbed up and measured how long I’d need. 8 feet, by 8 feet, maybe by 10, we’ll see. I’m going to hang it from the roof beams and I thought,….I’ll crochet more than 8 feet of just chain,….get those metal hook eyes and attach those to the exposed beam ends and run the chain through that. Then I’ll tie on the trellis. Hey, when you don’t know what your doing, you just make it up as you go along. I might get this right first try. We’ll see. 🙂

One thing I learned already is that it’s too big for me to work in the house. Now what do I do? I think I’ll have to go hang this, (by tying it to) my clothes line and finish it from there. I couldn’t think of another place to hang it to work on it! lol  Oh mercy, this could be a mistake! haha

And in other news, here,….in my tiny world,….I spent the last 4 days making rose decorated shuttles and one of them screamed at me that I shouldn’t sell it, cause I wanted to have some fun with it.

Now I don’t, god I get tired of saying this, but it’s just true, I don’t know about a Trading Contest. Don’t know how to set one up, sighs,…..my idea is that, I want to trade these Thumb Shuttles for a pair of Tatted Original Design Earrings. Now how to get the word out? How do I set up such a thing? Should I even bother? And if I did figure it out, how to post all those entries for a trade? So many unknowns as of yet. But I’ll post this picture of the shuttles I have in mind to trade and I’ll ask around for some advise and help from online 🙂

Trading Stock

Now if you mosey on by this blog, and you have suggestions for me, please leave a comment 🙂 Thanks!  And now I’ll trundle along my merry way to shuttling a foot more of trellis 🙂

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