Wednesday, June 5, 2013

I DO love tatting!

For a while, I had thought that maybe tatting wasn't my thing. Recently, however, I've felt a new enthusiasm. I even completed a doily!!!

I am very happy with this doily, despite my messy joins. This is the first doily I've done with alternating colors. The threads are Lizbeth. The pattern is from Tatting Patterns and Designs. While the book has a ton of great designs, the doilies usually don't lay right. You have to give them some serious manipulation.

Tatting something so time consuming wasn't as terrible as I remember. There was no point at which I was miserable. Maybe I'm growing up?

I've also been playing with my tatting needles.

I love how needle tatting looks thick and plush, but it can never be as neat as shuttle tatting. This is from that snowflake book. The name escapes me at the moment.

Another from the aforementioned tatting book. A pretty mint bookmark for my grandma.

There is a missing picot on the tail because I couldn't force anymore stitches out of the tiny bit of thread left. Oops! I love this pattern so much.

Last tatting:

My 13 year old cousin requested some earrings. Unfortunately for me, her school only allows earrings smaller than a quarter, so I couldn't do anything too fancy. I looove the way beads over picots look. Thank you for all your bead-adding suggestions! I found myself a microscopic crochet hook. It doesn't even have a size on it, it's so small. 

Other things I've been up to:

My little sister is turning 5. So I painted a box and made a whole bunch of chocolate covered oreos. This gift made me extremely happy because it's not clutter. I hate giving clutter. She can actually use it after the goodies are gone. I also loved the little wrappers. I used washi tape to seal them. Though my cookies didn't turn out perfect, they look like a marbled them on purpose, which I did after a few failed batches. 

I painted a silly little portait. Her birthday was princess themed, so I wanted to reflect that. 

My grandma has an ancient crochet doily that I have started replicating. Crochet is not quite as easy to pick out as tatting, even though crochet is worlds easier. The doily is a bunch of motifs. I don't feel very enthusiastic about it. Probably won't finish for a long time.

Painted my other grandma a little card. 

Killed my stapler trying to attack the 30 pages documents I had to turn in for the end of my Spring Semester. 

Oh. For all wondering, I ended up pulling off a B in History! Woohoo! That means it counts as Honors and doesn't wreck my GPA, which is a climbing 3.75. So happy!!! 

For the first half of my summer, I'm taking an easy online course, so every in the house is GAME. I've been tackling everything, including some strange things. This is an old house. The flooring was poorly installed and ruined throughout the years. I decided to tackle the tile in the guest bathroom, singlehandedly. Don't judge, please! I try to keep everything immaculate, but there is just no way to pretty up an ugly floor. This is the "before", after removing the toilet, of course (again, by myself). 

See? Ewwww. How could they let that be the subfloor? 

With much effort and patience, I managed to install everything pretty well. 

I am clearly not an expert tile cutter, but the toilet hole will be covered. Tub still needs some scrubbing, but, man, am I proud! Also, the seams are icky too. They'll be covered by the new baseboard. 

This project left me so confident that I've started on the living room too. Now knowing what I'm doing, it's going so well. It looks beautiful! There will definitely be pictures very soon. Just call me "Anika: Jack of all Trades." 


  1. I think you were brave to tackle the bathroom, and it looks great! Good job! Love the box you decorated for your sister, and your cousin is going to love those earrings!

  2. You are amazing! That bathroom looks fantastic! Nice tatting too, wow!

  3. Very good tatting and crochet. Yeah! on the GPA!!
    The tile loos very good.
    those cookies are cute, almost too cute to eat.

  4. Well done on your doily, great mix of colours, the snowflake is lovely not tried needle but it looks good, the earrings are brilliant as is the bookmark.
    Your tatting is coming along nicely well done