Thursday, April 20, 2006

On International Tatting Day we celebrated with lots of yummy treats.

And more treats...

And even MORE treats! You will note that hiding there in the back is a bowl of nutritious, delicious and untouched fruit.

And you know, we had to have ICE CREAM!!! But nobody tell Jane Eborall and Sue Hanson. Since they weren't there that meant lots more ice cream for the rest of us! We all thought of them as we ate lots and lots of yummy, rich and decadent ice cream. Here's Mark and Judith having a bowl....MMmmmmmm! Cookies and Cream!

And here Debbie and Rita toast to Jane and Sue across the pond. Wave "Hello", ladies!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Part of the fun of attending these events is getting to see how people package their necessities. Here's Debbie Arnold's bag. If I were Debbie I would have a really hard time choosing my favorite bag. She and her sister make lovely bags - can you tell I'm a fan? The thing I like best about the bags (besides the workmanship and the muy faboo fabrics they use) is that the bag has a 2-3 inch "lip" around the outside when opened that prevents your stuff from falling out onto the floor. I managed to leave with 2 bags and a shuttle pocket. And yes, both bags had some pink in the print. Oh, I'm hopeless.

Here's a cute pic of the gals! From left to right: Debbie, Rita and Gina.

A blissful Debbie strikes a flirtatious yet coy pose.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

The long-awaited Hector Tatting Convention pictures are finally here. I had such a delightful time. And there is much, much, much to tell.

I flew into Rochester on Friday, March 31. Sherry was patiently awaiting (NOT - she was in a slight panic as Mark hadn't arrived on his scheduled flight). Seems Mark was stuck in Chicago. Sherry and I had a built in opportunity to grab a cup of coffee and catch up on things. I needed some caffiene, too. The Bonine and Benadryl cocktail was getting the best of me.

Mark arrived safe and sound and we all piled into Sherry's daughter's car and off to Canandaigua we went! Our adventure had begun in earnest.

We had a lovely evening of show and tell and tell and tell. We got to bed way too late for children our age. We awoke the next morning to a wonderful breakfast and more caffiene. Yum! Off to Hector we went.

It was so wonderful going to Hector. The gals had really outdone themselves in making us all feel warm and welcome. I was thrilled to run into Georgia and Rita. See my thrilled face? I'm thrilled, I tell you, really! Just ignore those extra chins there.

Here's a cute pic of Gina and Sherry. I took both of their classes. Great classes, ladies! Sherry taught dragon making and Gina taught a great beaded hat trim technique. I actually finished that hat, too, Gina. Look! I even have a model!

Stinky loves the hat. She thinks it's hers now.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Oh, my. There's so much to tell about. It's been a while since I've posted here, mainly because I've been busy having all manner of adventures.

Here's the last from my figure painting class. This was the model's first sitting. Ever. Needless to say, I'm sure she was really thrilled to find out all I painted was her face while she sat there in her birthday suit. Raymond snapped this picture. He took it outside - he thought the shadow of the branches made it look "more artier". Heh.

Here's the next to last painting I did. I can see some improvement.

Enough of that for now.

Back at the beginning of March my adventures began with a trip to Atlanta to attend the Atlanta IOLI Lace Day. I had intended to take a Torchon class, but ended up in Louise Colgan's Milanese class instead. I think Louise should be awarded a bronze star for tolerating my newbieness and general stupidity. I'm still working on my project (the heart). I may finish before I turn 60.

Here are some of the other pillows and folk from the class.

Enough of that.

While I was in Atlanta, Amy and I shared sisterly bonding by making some things for the set of the play she was directing, "You Can't Take it With You". We did a 4 foot square stained glass window for the set out of Gallery Glass. Here's a pic of it in progress. The play didn't open until the weekend after I was down there.

Nothing would do but for me to take Mattie back down to Atlanta two weeks after the lace day. Here's the set Amy came up with.

I think it looks just like the interior of one of those browstones you see in the movies.

Here's the window. Oh, and Mattie. Doing what she does best.