Randagray, I was reading your story about your very young daughter and the shuttle...this reminded me of something I read in one of Teiko Fujito's books..when her children were young..she would tat standing up..her workspace was a drawer at the proper height...when she had to attend her kids..she would just close the drawer..and everything would be undisturbed...Robin N ME
:) Thank you Lynn! If you can I would suggest Tae Bo... the cheesy looking DVDs... I like doing things at home so people can't see me lol It's fun, believe it or not. And it works every muscle in your entire body I promise. I have to do something, I'm 60+ pounds over what I should be & when you're 4ft10in tall that's ALOT!
Good for you on the working out. I need to follow your example.
Thank you Anke.... it's quite possible there was some "operator error" in the typing of the address when I was searching it.... ;)
Thank you Anke for sharing the link, I have printed out the pattern. I thought I'd posted this earlier but probably forgot to hit post now.
I found the pattern HERE. And for me the link is working. Only the closeup will not show.
Josie I couldn't find them again online.... I suppose the link on the page has expired.... :( Soon as I get a scanner I'm going to add it to the knots page though, it's a really pretty doily.
Josie, I've had the pattern for a long time - the printer put 10/2007 on the bottom of the page, so it's quite possible the pattern is older than that. If I had a scanner, I'd be glad to send it to you; but that's on the list of "I want its" right now...*sigh* But so far (2 rounds in!) Antiquarian's suggestion to make my picots bigger has fixed the problem!!! *happy dance* I'm so excited I"m going to order another ball of thread & finish this thing if it kills me lol i just have ti learn which ones need to be bg & which ones should be smaller :) I'll search it again & if I come up with the same pattern, I"ll send you the link!
Dear Randa, I have been unable to locate Eileen or her patterns on line. I found when I tatted some older patterns my tension was much tighter than the original and I had to compensate with more stitches in the chains or adapt in another way for the tatting to lie flat.
P. S. I love a challenge.
Josie, I'm not sure where she's from... I've found several of her patterns online to print for free. Not sure if she has any books out or not though :)
Antiquarian, you could be right! I hadn't thought of that... Seems like I would have by now *duh moment* but tonight when Untatter hits the sack, we'll be trying again with some longer picots!!!
Patrice, Not to be rude, but I don't believe in giving up on things just because they don't turn out right the first few times. A friend picked out this pattern from my binder & she wants it for her daughter's bedroom. I feel like I at least owe her a good try. I don't believe Ms. Stafford has done anything wrong in the way she tats or the way she wrote her pattern; I honestly believe there was something I hadn't thought of as a solution to my problem. Such as the picot length Antiquarian suggested. After all - if we all just give up because things aren't easy, the world will become a very sad place.
Honestly-if you can not find a pattern that works for you...stop trying-you are just wasting thread.I have never worked a pattern that didn't work at all.Maybe Eileen can do things we cannot.In any case-you are not getting anywhere,so my advise is to get your patterns from somewhere else.Try something else.You know how you tat-so adjust yourself.Make up your own patterns-show Eileen how it's done...enjoy yourself and don't worry about how any one else does things.
A doily that I've made several times cups a bit, but I found that just stretching it when done and then starching it made it lay flat. I don't know if something similar would help you, but that's my idea. I found a picture that is labeled the same as what you've said and could it be your picot length? Hope you find a solution.
I'm sorry you haven't had a reply, unfortunately I do not have any books or patterns by Eileen Stafford. Is she an american lady?
The loss of a loved one at the holidays seems to make it harder on the living. Blake is in a better place, for reasons we do not know and cannot understand. We the living suffer. He spirit or soul no does not linger in the flesh, but goes to a different plane of existence. I believe it is NOT a dark place. Rejoice in the wonderful life Blake led and to pleasure and joy he gave to those that he love and the people who loved him.
Randa--you have been in my thoughts since I read about you losing your friend. I am so sorry for you, but as big as the hole in your heart is, if he is spending eternity in heaven, then know that he is in a better place than we are. I know that's probably not what you want to hear, but if you have the assurance you will see him again, then that's what is important. That's what sustains us (as Christians)...the promise of eternal life and that we will see our loved ones again one day! Keep his memories in your heart and be there for his family when you can! Do something for someone in his memory!
Randa, grief is a twisty, confusing, blindsiding kind of thing. Sometimes, just when you think you're handling everything quite well, the blindsiding part of it kicks you in the teeth. Remember that we are all here for you, when ever you need us, for as long as it takes. In spite of the fact that grief has several different phases, it does not have a time line. We all go through the different phases at our own pace, sometimes repeatedly. We're not going anywhere, so you always have someone you can share with. May God hold you in the hollow of His hand and give you peace and comfort.
And now I think I'm going to hug my little girl.... She gives kisses & smiles that make the sun shine. Toddlers are a true gift.
See, you are already taking a step in the right direction. Just one step at a time and eventually you will get there.
Thank you Marilee ....
I want to thank you all again for all the kindness shown to me here. This is a truly wonderful group of people.
I am sorry for your loss. Yes, it doesn't make sense, and I can relate to that. But, a little thinking outside "the box" - outside the restrictions of time as we know it here. From the viewpoint of eternal happiness, this time we spend here on the planet is very small, even if we live to be 110. All the earthly joys we have here can't compare to what God has prepared in heaven. So, please don't worry that your friend missed out on anything - God made him and knows what makes him perfectly happy.
The other problem is the struggles of the family left behind. Hopefully, this will bring out the good in friends and neighbors as they offer help.
My sincere sympathy.