Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Introducing....

The 3 stages of the Chameleon Gecko!!!

You met her a while ago, Remember.... Sundora??  Well, I thought I'd better show you her daily cycle from early in the morning to late in the evening....

Here you go, a potted history....



Early in the morning it can be quite cool, and the Gecko is blue.  This means that he can swim in the ocean and so hide from other creatures.

Around noon when the sun is hot the Gecko stretches out on the hot sand, he blends in because he turns orange.

In the evening, the Gecko can be found hiding in the rocks and sand on the beaches he’s now brown to give him camouflage in his hiding place to spend the night and start the cycle all over again!

If you believe that you’ll believe anything!  LOL

Chat soon

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Sunny

Well, it was Monday and yesterday! It's back to cloudy today!!

Now I have to introduce you to an amazing group!



These ladies are VERY craft minded and also bloggers! I got to teach them the noble art of shuttle tatting last Saturday! There was even a lad there (supposedly helping the lady in the wheelchair) and I got him doing it too!! 

Anyway, I need to introduce you to someone else... her name is Sunny (short for Sundora) or so she says... she also tells me that that's how you can tell she's a girl... no self respecting male would have a name like Sundora!! Rofl



Sunny is a sand and rock gecko. They sometimes swim in the warm Mediterranean! You can see that they are not easily spotted on rocks, because of the rock colour with patches of damp and dry sand!!

For those of you interested, the thread is lizbeth 40 in fudge and honey!! Oh and here's the pattern!!

Chat soon

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Happy...

... Birthday to Me, Happy Birthday to Me, Happy B.....

Ok, 'nuff of my singing, or should I say Cat's chorus!! LOL

I took it into my head last night that what I really, really need to do today is... tat a gecko!  So, two shuttles is wound in chocolate and honey (one of each), and a 2 tone gecko will emerge outta the twists and turns of the thread.  Promise to show you her when she's hatched, and I'll reveal how I KNOW she's a she rather than a he!! VBG  Or are you going to insist I show you her tail??

Been treat to brunch today by Sir.  Sitting in the sunshine with lots of coffee... later we'll be traipsing up to the pub for a quick bevvie (it's a micropub in the village (town), and it's only been open a few weeks).  Then maybe Sir or Young Sir will volunteer to drive to a Greek Taverna we've spotted in town!  Leastways that's what I'se hoping!  I give up any alcohol most times when we're in the car, and I'm the one drives home afterwards!  Anyway, Sir gave me a card that says... Being a good wife requires... a good sense of humour (you're not joking there Sir!!) and the odd glass of wine doesn't hurt either!  Well, as he's finally realised I must have a GSOH to have put up with his jokes for so long (and Young Sir is taking after his Dad!!), and the wine'd better be.... tonight!! Rofl

Ooh, nearly forgotted to say.... I got Dora's book (well Heidi's reprint, as shared by 'Er down south... you know the tatty OG (her words not mine) down in Shakespeare country) Thanks for sending it to Sir Heidi!! Here's the link if you're looking for one...




Right, coffee methinks....

Chat soon

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

'Ello

Betcha all thought I'd dropped off the face of the earth! Well I hasn't!!

Been working on a bit (lot) of challenges... 1. MIL (she's now nearly 96) is giving us nightmares - she stopped taking her medication, and sir has finally got her docs to register him as a contact! Many conversations later and we're now having to take her for hearing tests, making her have baths (bully that I am...) she falls asleep in her chair and refuses to move and even make a drink for herself! All the docs want to do is put her in a home... no thought of owt else!  (Carers maybe?  it's not as if she's likely to live for another 10 or 20 years!!)

Mummy burned her leg with a freezer pack a few weeks ago... early morning trip to 2 different hospitals ensued! Complete with baby in tow! Big Li'l Miss stayed at home with daddy!!  She's not doin' too bad now, but can't have any sun on her leg for 2 years at least!

Tatting?? What's tatting?? Vbg 

Truth be known not had much time between the above, making jam, picking fruit, etc... but I had a lightbulb moment when I got an email from a wool manufacturer... teaching some bloggers tatting at the weekend... and wondered if it was feasible to tat with Double Knitting cotton!!

Look:



Not finished only done a bit... but we'll see what transpires... Ain't sure what it'll be... yet!!

Chat soon

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Well, well!

Missed me?

Been a busy b over the last few weeks! Think I told you that I had entered a bookmark exchange... these are the 3 I completed in the coach between the U K and Italy: 

 

They're on their way to their final destinations now!

Italy... visited Florence, Sienna, Lucca and Pisa. Beautiful, as you can see in the pics below:
 

I've also been at a Hobbycrafts show in Harrogate, demonstrating the ancient art of tatting!
Now for the motif exchange... off to do a little tatting!!

Chat soon
  

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Playing...

With shuttles. It has something to do with the fact that this tatty OG entered a bookmark exchange!!

Recognise this pattern?

 
Yep, you're right, it's Jane's Fandango pattern! 

Got another on the go, but the reason I include a pic is because I want to show you the shuttle...

 
It's hand painted by Amanda D (of Roseground fame) and is celebrating Hull being the City of Culture this year!
Left to right: The Deep, the Diver at Horsewash, mouth of the River Hull and opposite side to the Deep, and last but by no means least... Dead Bod!  Well known in this area!! Lol

 
I also got a shuttle to commemorate granddaughter no 2, and one for liccle ole me!! (It was a gift!!  Init Gorgeous???? I loves gifts!)

 

Monday, 24 April 2017

Where??

Did the last 6 weeks go?

Been rather busy over the last couple of months! Helping out in different places and a week away teaching tatting!!

As some of you will know, I was teaching tatting at the Lace Guild Spring School in North Yorkshire at the end of March.

 

3 lovely ladies all busy tatting! We had a motto for the week as well... Annette coined it one evening (after a couple of glasses of vino over dinner)... "I've lost the flipping flip!" Didn't believe her!! and you can see from the pic below that nobody had really!

 

From not knowing or remembering how to tat (yes some had tatted before, but eons ago), they learned the double stitch, chains, rings, how to join to a picot, beaded ring n chain pendant with the beads on the thread before starting, beads added to picots whilst tatting, adding findings...

During the week they had an impromptu lesson in hanging clunies and split rings! (Thanks Babette!!)


She let me borrow and photograph this!! 

My delight of the week?

 


Thanks Lace Guild and Margaret Wall!!