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Sunday, July 26, 2009

A little piece of my space!

I am back!!! I didn't pick up a tatting shuttle for almost two weeks...which is soooh unusual.

I have so many things to blog about that I don't know where to start. Things which get to the top of the list get superseded.....which has just happened.

Krystledawn has asked us to show our tatting space. Well normally my space/s are so cluttered that I wouldn't show them to anybody.


This week I have been seriously trying to declutter...not very successfully I might add!!

When we were coming home on the ferry hubby was reading bits out of the sunday paper. One article said that we should try to get our personal possessions down to 100.....150 if we really must....and that includes a special consideration women could count shoes as one item!!!!

So that means I can count my tatting stash as one item too!!!! Don't these people have a life!! Doubt if I could get it down to 1,000 items.....could you???

I spent the entire day yesterday cleaning and tidying my study.....for a purpose I must add. Weeks ago I bought new curtains and it was going to be all of a job putting them up.

Why is that so hard you ask...well my desk was covered in so much clutter, and all around it too. Because my new curtains are eyelet curtains we had to move my desk a few inches away from the window to let them hang nicely. My cupboard and worktop are commercial quality and weigh a ton so I had to empty them first. We even had to move the curtain rail along a couple of inches. I ma just having a love affair with eyelet curtains. These are a lovely shiny material with flocked squares added. The walls are white even tho they look grey.

The result is me anyway. The room faces north west and the old curtains made it very's like being in a new space. I can even cover up part of the huge window and still have plenty of light.

This is my in where my computer is and all my books except my tatting books.
It used to be the integral garage of the house. When the house was built, if the living space was over a certain size it attracted some sort of tax (I think), and so integral garages were common ready to convert to living space if needed. You can almost see through the net curtain to the driveway coming straight towards the window...which used to be the garage door.

Lets move a bit closer..

Closer still..

This is just one of the spaces that tatting spreads out into. I don't tat here, but I
do keep my Hand Dyed Threads and gear here and catalogue and keep the recipes. I also block my tatting here and have lots of current tatting and patterns at the ready for scanning and all looks way too wont last!

It's really the space that I use to make cards and do scrapbooking. See the big cupboard....that's entirely filled with card making gear. It's so tidy that it's hard to remember what I have got and to find what I want...I am much happier with horizontal filing...that is all over the floor!!

There is no longer enough space for scrapbooking supplies so they have spread to piles on the floor.

To the right of the desk is another desk, lots of shelves all full of previous craft stuff....and then on to my computer and desk...then more craft storage shelves...all too untidy to show yet.

To the left is my piano and more shelves, this time book shelves....

If I tidy the rest of the room I might just show you more. I spent most of my time in you will be able to imagine me at my computer.....must get back to decluttering............

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Another Wedding!

Been thinking about another wedding that is coming up.

Isn't it funny how you can go years and years with no weddings then all of a sudden there are 8 weddings all within a few years.
This one is our nephew in Essex, one will be our son's....and that will be the end of the fun for a bit.

I must admit that I am a sucker for a wedding, I love 'em!

Oh and I did buy another outfit for my son's wedding in a totally different colour...this one is in very pale mint green shantung, jacket and twirly skirt and a top patterned with black flowers...calls for an eccentric black fascinator.

Remember my post about trimming my jacket to match the dragonfly T-Shirt here and here

....well I took off the pink and blue trim and made a new one.... this time to match the patterned top and skirt in grey and pink. The grey I dyed a pale silvery grey, the pink is my Raspberry and Chocolate Mousse and I was thrilled to bits with the colour combo'. the beads I used are silver lined of my favourite sparklies to match my silver shoes....

....the raspberry thread looks so rich in colour and has just enough subtle can't really see how nice it looks......

....and I actually treated myself to a bought fascinator...just didn't have the inspiration to make another one and this caught my eye, in a sparkly silver.

Here is a close up of the trim on the bag..... looks really classy but what a pain it was to sew on using invisible thread and a beading needle....I said that I hated sewing!, but it was worth it.

Here is the fascinator close up....

It's hard to resist the temptation to put something raspberry coloured into it. Oh my! what it's like to be totally co-ordinated, there never were such times.

Did I ever give you a tip on how to keep a fascinator on a comb in short hair? A friend once told me to spray the comb with hair spray which makes it sticky and then put it into my hair. It works a treat and stays in all day. I love wearing them so much that I never take them out until I absolutely have to!