Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Shuttles!

 ^This shuttle is going to be up high for some reason.

 So, I've been working on the shuttles and REALLY enjoying them. They are so nice. More techniques have been added. I'm awfully proud of the flower one. They're nail flowers and I'm pretty sure they're real. The leopard print is also a favorite. I'll be doing some more of that in different colors. Lime green should be arriving any day now! The finishes are very smooth. Something that is a little disappointing is that I can't specifically order shuttles without the "Prym" logo. It's tricky to conceal. Strangely enough, there are shuttles, by Prym, that have "Germany" on them instead that look exactly the same. The company sent me some of those with the Prym ones and I was ecstatic. The "Germany" is so easy to file off. I wrote a nice note with my next order and they sent me all "Germany" ones, save one Prym. So I've decided to just keep the Prym ones for myself, since the smooth shuttles are a lot more attractive and I don't have to feel SO bad letting go.

The links are through the pictures:





And this ^ is one that says Prym. So I'm keeping it. Luckily, it's the only shuttle I messed up on, as well.

Just cute stuff:

I took my Bunny poodle dog to get her picture taken. She was absolutely terrified, being that she had gotten groomed there a week before, so she thought I was going to leave her. To protect herself, she forced me to carry her, which posed a problem when portrait time came around. The photographer was viciously squeaking a toy and I was barking and pointing at the camera, none of which worked. A combination of counting and dog-throwing produced the following pictures.



I think they turned out soooo cute! And now I'm looking into getting a gigantic one on my wall.... Hehehehehe. I'm way too obsessed.

Finally, I've been informed that I am now a personal makeup artist for a certain 6 year old cousin. Yay! That means my brother will be spared, as I now have a willing model. She insisted that I take this picture while I was taking some of the shuttles.


The end.

Hope everyone is having a nice holiday. :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Shuttles!

This first thing isn't tatting, but I'm pretty proud of it! A couple of posts ago I said I was making a vest for my cousin. Well, it turned into a shrug, but its all good! This is a landmark for me because I have very little patience for most things. I finished it in two days because I was determined not to get distracted.




It could have been better. I kinda just winged it since I don't actually know how to read crochet patterns. I taught myself to crochet at around 5 but was never able to understand the lingo, maybe someday!

Since it's cruel to give a child clothing for their birthday, I also made her a pin that shes especially happy about.

Simple flower in her favorite color!


Also, a few days she lost her first tooth, so I covered a little jewelry box in pretty paper and glued a modernish rose to the top. On the inside it says the normal stuff "First tooth lost bla bla bla"


My (first) Joann package came. The second is getting here next week or something. The sales get me! I can't resist. But it's all stuff that I either need or will use for Christmas orrrr were too good to resist.

My knee is in this picture for some reason.

1. A tonnn of cross stitch patterns. They were only a couple dollars each.

2. Booklets of embroidery and crochet patterns. I'm gonna make an effort to learn.

3. Stickers for cards. The violin one in particular is a catch as my violin teacher will appreciate it.

4. Little baggies. I accidentally ordered two packs. -_____-. So now I have about 7 million.

5. Macrame rings! YAYYYY!! This one especially thrilled me as I've seen tatted ornaments in rings and reallyyyy want to try that. My mom is in love with ornaments so she'll like that. Although, they forgot to include the 3" ones...

6. Little knick knacks, blending tortillons, labels, feathers for jewelry, and a stylus for nailpolish. Oh and a tote that was like $3 and is PERFECT for yarn projects.

I know, I know. But it was all sooooo inexpensive and looking at it now, everything is actually going to get good use.

I don't usually get this much stuff. Its just right now as there are all the sales, free shipping, etc. I don't want to seem like a spoiled brat. I don't spend money on clothes or makeup or nailpolish or that, I just spend money on crafts!

Once again, you can totally tell me if my "hauls" are annoying. They bug some people, whereas I LOVEEE them.

Oh yeah, and I put some shuttles up on Etsy. I practiced a bit, and I feel confident with these!

Click on the pictures to go to the listings. :)





That's ittt! I hope you enjoyed this post at least a little.

Thank you for reading :)

~Anika

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cyber Monday at Joann.com!

I know, I know. Second post only about Joann Fabrics. They've been having a massive Black Friday event lasting absolutely days. I actually went on Friday and the cut counter wait was around 2 hours, Aghhhh! I didn't mind it one bit because, since they gave out numbers, I was able to walk around, look at pattern books, and visit areas of the store that I usually find no interest in. My grandma, on the other hand, wasn't as thrilled with the wait as I was.


Anyway, tomorrow is Cyber Monday. Free shipping with no minimum purchase and awesome sales. The free shipping code is:

CYBER332

Why be interested?

PSHHH!!!

1. All Martha Stewart craft supplies 50% off. They are NEVER on sale. So 50% is pretty amazing.

2. 40% off entire Wilton food crafting supplies. This is an opportunity to get a few nifty tools!

3. 30% off entire yarn stock.

That's as much as I'm interested in. Have fun!

Once again, not affiliated. I'm just a very keen crafter!

~Anika

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Joann Free Shipping Code

Just wanted to let you know that on Joann.com you can get free shipping with no minimum order through November 28 with the code:

RES331

Not affiliated or anything, it's just a REALLY good opportunity if you only want a couple things.

Happy shopping!

~Anika

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Too Obsessed

Lately, I've been trying this thing where I'm really productive and so far it's been going well. Getting up early, doing what I'm supposed to do, ya know. It's a lot more rewarding to wake up at sun up than at sundown.

Tatting is on my list because I don't actually have anything to do...

Today, actually, I'm going to a new church, since I just moved here, (Don't worry, I don't talk about that stuff) and decided to give the bishop a bookmark. It turned out messy, because I didn't have my iron. Grrr.... So I had to work with starch and pins.


I forgot where the pattern is from, but I just Googled "tatted bookmark pattern" and it was like the third one. Very pretty and full.

Got some more stuff at Joann. I know, I knowwwww. But the sales are too good and the coupons. OH the coupons. Two 60% off coupons cannot simply be wasted.

 14 gauge wire that I already used. It's aluminum which is safe for piercings apparently, but can cause allergic reactions in some people. I would rather a safe metal, but I'll try this out..


 PINS! Perfect for Christmas. People are gonna be disappointed! All they're getting is thought and something pretty.
 I don't like standard 18/19 gauge earring wires, as it's prone to migrate and VERY easily can rip through your flesh, so a teeny bit bigger is more of my preference, but these will work for gifts.

 My cousins birthday is coming up, so I'm attempting a vest... HMM. Wish me luck.
 The sale gave me the push to purchase this. So tempting, and now it's mine.
More patterns that I might never use. In my defense, they are all practical and only use a couple yards of fabric!

That's pretty much it. Sorry if posting what I get is obnoxious. I only do it because I personally really like hauls and seeing what people buy. It gives me ideas.

And, Joann is having ANOTHER sale. But, this time, it's going to be better and most likely make me broke.



Rules for myself:
Only 5 patterns.
NO STATIONARY.
NO YARN.
NO PENS.
Only fabric that I will actually use.
No pleather or vinyl, even if it's pink.
Only neutral colors of thread. Let's face it, lime green will never be used again.

*sigh*

We'll see....

~Anika

Friday, November 18, 2011

Coupon Crazy

I was surprised by the number of comments on the giveaway post. More people read my blog than I thought.... Hmmm. I'd better start posting as such.

The Random Number Generator chose Jess as the recipient of the sparkly shuttle.

Within the next few weeks, I'll be doing a few more giveaways. Yep, a few. It may seem a little excessive, but it's a holiday thing, so its justified! And it's also thread, so, that's like extra justified.

Joann was having a pretty good sale yesterday, so I got a few things.

Random patterns that I may never use. $2 each versus the normal $17. Soooo worth it.

A bead thing that I need to work on.

And hair clips for tatted things.

Also, I thought I would share just how obsessive I am when it comes to shopping.

On a note card, I write the name of the store, the things I'm interested in, the budget, things I definitely have to get, clip the coupons on the back, and glue little pictures of things that are worth looking at. If I don't do this, I end up panicking when I forget what I'm looking for.... Yeahhh, pathetic, I know. It works though! Except for the fact that when I went yesterday, I realized I estimated wrong and panicked a little anyway! Then came home with way less than I intended to.



It's okay though, because, today only, they have free shipping no matter what your order amount. That's reallyyyy awesome. So I was able to get what I had originally intended on. AND, you should definitely check that out. There are some crazy good deals online that they never have in stock because of the price. The shipping is usually the dealbreaker for me.

Just thought I would share. In case you are as obsessive compulsive as I am! Ha..

Thank you for reading!

~Anika

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Giveaway!

This dashboard layout might have been around for a few weeks, but it's totally new to me. Not sure how I feel about it, but it's nice and fresh! My stats surprised me, as did the key words that brought people to my blog. Apparently "macrame bracelet from the last song" brought four people here. If you don't know what The Last Song is, it's a Miley Cyrus (a.k.a. Hannah Montana) movie. And if you don't know what macrame is, it's not exactly close to tatting. Anyway, that was cool to read.

I meant to do a giveaway at 50 followers, but, instead, I'm doing it at 63, so I'll make it extra good.

The only thing I'll show you is the main thing:




It's a bedazzled Prym shuttle. If you followed me quite a few months ago, you'd know that I once attempted making my own shuttle. It turned out that I am no Lady Shuttlemaker. I spent weeks working with vinyl and plastic and irons and epoxy and clay to no avail. My end shuttles turned out alright, I gave them all away, so that I need not be reminded of my utter failure!

Now, I am content to just decorate my own shuttles. I want to do some cool stuff with glitters and colors and everything to put on Etsy, BUT Emsy Jane uses the same shuttles I think and I don't want to get on anyone's bad side or seem rude. When I purchased this shuttle (actually I got two), I had to order from the UK because, as far as I know, you can't get them here. With them, I had gotten a couple other shuttles that I REALLY didn't like, yet I still neglected these as I thought they looked kind of cheap and the middle part scared me. Turns out I was wrong.

Yesterday, I was bored and decided to play around with it, since I was in a creative mood. The finish turned out perfect. It's a lot prettier in person, and nice and smooth. Today, still doubting its tatting capabilities, I tried it out. What made me skeptical was the fact that you can take it apart. Turns out, that makes winding SO easy!! YAY! My most dreaded thing now easy! Also, it's stress-free to wind and unwind before and after a ring, so that's nice. There's no point, but I think a lot of people prefer that. I'm confident that the quality is nice enough that they will be excellent shuttles, yet they'll still be very, very inexpensive. (Like, less than a skein of thread)

Anyway, tell me what you think about the Etsy thing (The inside looks a little messy, but I'll do it a lot neater of course. This was a test run.). Emsy Jane shuttles are very romantic and gift-worthy, respectfully, whereas mine will be colorful, to throw around and maybe give to a child.


ON TO THE GIVEAWAY:

Oh how I do go on....

Along with the shuttle there will be a few gifts of thread, maybe another shuttle, you never know, ay?

International is fine, no discrimination, shipping is cheap, haha. You don't need to follow my blog, or even be a tatter, just comment and make sure to either post your email or have it on your profile.

I'll give it a week.

Comment away! And thank you for enduring my post.

~Anika

Alive and Well! *apologies*

I would say "I'm so so so so so so sorry I've disappeared without a trace", but I don't believe anyone will accept my apology. It's been a month and a day since I last posted. Reading through my last post, it seemed as though I was headed downhill, so I hope no one thought me dead!

In retrospect, I should have posted, but I didn't think it worth it, as there was nothing to say. After being ill for an endless number of days, I lost the urge to tat/dye thread at all. Just within the past couple days I've started to tat again. So, remorsefully, I come bearing patterns, as, when I got the urge, I had no books!

A few updates:

1. Spent a week suffering strep for no apparent reason. I leave the house once a week and that's what I get! *sigh* For anyone who's never had it, imagine the worst sore throat of your life. You can only drink hot things with a little comfort, as the cool things, that normally soothe a sore throat once in a while, KILL. As for eating, after it went away, I would still cringe before swallowing a bite of food in anticipation of the pain to follow out of habit. Just thought I would share...

2. Put a streak of green in my hair for no apparent reason.



3. Moved in with my aunt as there is a lot more for me to do here and my lessons are here. Didn't bring any tatting books on purpose, as when the urge struck me, I wanted to be really creative about it, which worked! Of course, I will be bringing the books over this week, now I miss them greatly!

4. Went pink. That didn't look so good.

Not very good quality picture or dye job! I did it myself (BAD idea).

5. Cut my hair. Decided I DIDN'T want it pink and suffered through 4 1/2 hours of going blonde.


I think I look a lot better as a blonde, although, I do look deathly in that picture. No makeup/eyebrows. Don't ask. This color will stay. Maybe a better picture posted soon... Hmm... Nah, no one cares.

That's pretty much all that's happened, I'm still getting things in order.

Now for the patterns!

This is a bracelet, choker, or bookmark, generally. But I think it can be anything, really.


Really cute and simple! My first crack at tatting after a month, also. So I'm proud!

R5--5 C10 R5+5 C10 R5--5 Repeat until desired length. To turn, just do 4 rings joined as in the picture. The cute part is that, when you go around the second time, you join the one ring where two rings from the last row are joined and two rings where there was only one ring. Make sense?

I hope it does. ^_^ I was able to finish this bracelet pretty quickly. But I made it too big! GRRR..

This is SOOO fast and looks really nice and neat. It helps to be able to estimate how much thread you'll need, as its obnoxious to run out or have wayyy too much left over.

The first motif is R5--5 C15 R5+5 C15 R5+5 C10-5 R5+5 C5-10. It's written like that so there will be no extra picots at the end. You can do all the motifs as written below, but the way above makes it nice and neat. Do the last motif accordingly.

The next motif and those following will be:
R5--5 C10-5 R5+5 C5-10 R5+5 C10+(join to last motif)5 R5+5 C5+10

This ring is dumbish, but again, fast.

Row 1 R10-10-10-10 C5-5 *R5-5-5-5 C5-5** Repeat from *to** until desired size. Tie and cut.
Row 2 *C+5-5** Repeat until at end. Tie and cut.

The way it's written is a little large, but the lovely thing is that you can replace the 5's with 2's or 3's or anything. In place of the 10 will be whatever is double your replacement of the 5. Get it?

The colors are supposed to be vintage-y.

Teeny tiny itty bitty eensy weensy motif. For earrings or charms or anything! Nice for testing out lovely new thread.



R2-4-2 C4-1-4 R2+4-2 C4-4 Repeat until there are 8 rings. I LOVE how this came out. The beads are so cute and the thread is so pretty! If I may say so, as it is my own. (as is the thread used in the patterns above).

Speaking of thread, that's what gave me the push. All this lovely thread that I had just dyed and I wasn't even using it! Wah! But now I will.



The colors are so wonderful, very mellow and homey. Now everyone is cramped in my little thread case!




On a thread dying note, I forgot to mention that I tried dyeing some Lizbeth. People love Lizbeth, it's a fact, but its usually tricky. The thread that I dyed above was using the microwave method. (Mix up an itty bitty dye bath in a cup, put the thread in, swirl it around to the water is covering it and microwave for a minute.) The results have turned out wonderfully! So I thought I would give Lizbeth another go.


Just look at it!!! That black! Rich and deep. Absolutely perfect. So if you only want a few yards each of a lot of colors, Lizbeth is a go! BUT, I'm saying this for the millionth time, Red Heart size 30=super awesome and cheap for home dyeing. 30 really is perfect. But yeah, the Lizbeth turned out pretty great. The only thing is that it's still tricky to dye different colors unless you have some SUPER strong dyes.

That's it.

Once more, sorry if I had anyone worrying about me. Here's my dog and her stuffed animal. They're synchronized-sleeping. (Note the little bit of fluff and fur she just violently ripped out of him).



<333
Anika