Monday, February 22, 2010

Get out your datebooks ....

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Quilt Show 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Thurs./Fri.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Sat.

Merchants’ Mall 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Thurs./Fri.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Sat.

Workshops 9 a.m. -12 noon and 2-5 p.m.

Bloomington Convention Center
302 So. College Ave
Bloomington, IN

812 391-0009

Friday, February 19, 2010


I started with size 3 crochet cotton & large tatsy shuttle
Last night, I did ok with DMC 80 tatting thread
I tried reverse with rings & chains
(size 10 crochet cotton)
First attempt very uneven
Joining slows me down - still need to look at instructions & pictures to get it right
Improved when I tried again ... still needing practice

My desk is littered with butterflies, shuttles & books!
Colorful & delightful!

I hope to get good enough to manage
a bookmark - bought the book at
House of Stitches

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Fantastic audio book

Kathryn Stockett
The Help

I started with the book (print) and switched to
audio book from the public library.
IMO - The story came to life with the audio!

Monday, February 15, 2010

OWOH Winner

Thx to all who entered this drawing, I appreciate your visits - comments and your participation in 2010 OWOH.

The winner of my book giveaway is:

Diana blogging at:
Adventuring through Life

Diana said...
OMG! that book is actually on my reading list for the A-Z challenge for this year !! I would love to win it! Please PICK ME to win in your giveaway drawing! thank you.
I will back to visit after the event. 2/03/2010 7:13 PM

Diana - I sent you an e-mail ...
please provide your mailing address
Always, Lelia


By learning/practicing rings and picot
I've made more butterflies
with different colors & sizes of crochet cotton
They are fun - good practice.

These (above) are made with size 10 fiber
(DMC cebalia & JP Coats Royale)

The butterflies (above) are made with size 20 fiber
(DMC cebelia & Lizbeth)
- - - - - - - - - -

Today, I'm practicing the joining and reverse work.
I sorta have the hang of it ...

I may try the heart on the cover of the Janette Baker book I've been using

The heart pattern says the skill level - intermediate
The bookmark (also pictured on the cover) also says - intermediate

Wish me luck!

Monday, February 08, 2010

new books ....

It looks like I'm next on the library list for
The Help, by K. Stockett.

I've started Her Fearful Symmetry twice & just cannot get into it.
has anybody read it?
think I should give another try?

I cannot think of one reason that I need to go book shopping;
however, the mood hit & I picked out three paperbacks.

These are the ones I selected:

The House at Riverton

NYTimes book review

Let The Great World Spin
2009 National Book Award Winner's "Book of the Year"

This book has terrible reviews; however, a couple GFs said that it was funny. Chic Lit.

I still am interested in reading
The Lace Makers of Glenmara
-- coming out in paperback June 22nd.

What's in your book bag?

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Small Butterflies

Since this is a "snow day", decided to put up my feet and practice some tatting.
I used a beginner level pattern for butterflies.
I kept at it & found they became easier as I went along.
these are done with #10 crochet cotton.
I would like to try using a finer fiber - but, for learning - #10 is a pretty good size (IMO).
The most challenging thing for me is getting the picot the same size
THEN, trying to get the rings close together without GAPS!!!
maybe will have better luck tomorrow.