Thursday, August 7, 2014

The PTG Scholarship Quits for 2014

Oh, my goodness! Have you seen them? They are FANTASTIC!!

Thanks to all the tatters who so generously donated their tatting. Georgia and Erin have done another great job (no surprise there) of co-ordinating the effort. The quilting itself is wonderfully done by Pinky!

On behalf of the PTG officers and especially our TatDay Chairman, DonnaT, won't you:
 
PLEASE help us spread the word for folks to take a look at our Tat Days Scholarship quilts! They are GORGEOUS! THANKS to all in the tatting community that made these possible!
 
 
Facebook it! Tweet it! Blog about it!
 
 
I have been lucky enough (and greedy enough) to get some of the quilts (the smaller ones) from previous years. I absolutely love each one but the ones this year take the pieces to a whole other dimension. I need to save some more bucks so I can make my donation and possibly go home with quilt; I can always use another one!
 
The important aspect of these items though is the number of tatters that the WWTC (World-Wide Tatting Community) allows the Palmetto Tatters to assist. We certainly could never do this alone.
 
The funds from these quilts are ear-marked for our Scholarship fund. This fund allows PTG to enable folks who couldn't otherwise come, to join the annual TatDays Event. Not only does this further someone's tatting knowledge but every person in attendance, whether a teacher, aide, participant or those important "others" to join in a weekend of fun and fellowship. In 2013 there were (if memory serves correctly) seventeen ... that's right 17 ... full and partial scholarships awarded.

Take a look using the link above and prepare to be AMAZED!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

PTG TatDays 2014 - Tatting Tea & Toffee and much, much more

Have you seen all the work that's gone in the website 2014 TatDays? Donna and Jeff have done a tremendous job ... as always.

Great list of teachers and some fun classes! I still have my old dilema ... How can I clone myself so that I can be everywhere and see everyone. I've volunteered as Registrar so be a little patient with me as there are some of the background things that I'm just getting used to doing. That means my better half will be busier than every in the vending room.

If you're thinking about coming, check out the website and register. There are some of the classes that are nearly full. Key vendor again this year is Tatting Corner and we really look for to seeing Jennifer and Jerry again.

Very eventful year as our older son and his lovely wife moved to Rock Hill, SC. It's so nice to have them nearby. Certainly 40 miles beats the heck out of 740 to Arnold, MO. Both our boys are motorcycle techs and doing great! Our sweet daughter-in-law is working as a risk analyst and doing more work on her book. She has a book of poetry that she published several years ago. Very talented ... sometimes it's hard to believe that they haven't been married quite three years.

The biggest event came when hubby FINALLY retired from his job! Probably the best day in both of our lives. One week out of the trenches and then we left on our annual trek out West. Had a wonderful time and guess what? No work laptop and no cellphone. I had threatened to throw his Blackberry into the head waters of the Missouri last year!

Had a wonderful visit with everyone at Camp WannaTat and learned some new techniques. After leaving the Flathead lake area, we spent quite a bit of time in and around Yellowstone National Park. Not all the roads were open yet when we where there. Yellowstone Lake was still frozen and there was LOTS and LOTS of snow! Hubby got to stop in at Blue Ribbon Fly Shop in West Yellowstone and then we went over to Ennis where hubby fished at the Varney Bridge on the Madison River.

We met two wonderful couples while we were at Ennis. One of the guys (C.G.) makes beautiful, hand-crafted fishing nets. He's made a lot of the furnishings in their Ennis home. Caroline (C.G.'s wife) made me feel at home and as though I had known her for my whole life. Most of the year they make their home in Orange, VA.

The other guy (Ken) is a professional photographer and will soon publish a coffee-table style book. I can't wait to get it. We got to see a preview of some of the photos and they are STUNNING. Ken and his wife Penny made us feel at home as well ... heck, they're transplanted Texans as we are. Ken hails originally from Lockney and Penny grew up in Monahans.

Ken even took a slide show of hubby fishing (and yes, CATCHING) and put them on his site. If you're interested, go to See I Told You So! I was actually sitting and tatting in the SUV you can see in the background of some of the first pictures in the slideshow.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Beginnings and Passages

With a New Year, we all think of beginnings and make resolutions. But beginnings are precluded by endings ... rather passing through yet another doorway. Philosophy has never been my strongest point but the passing of my mother has given me many quiet moments for thought. On my father's side, she was the last of the generation. Mother was the oldest of all the cousins on her side and all the surviving cousins were saddened by her passing; there was a real reason she was known as "Sister."

Yet other doorways have opened. Two of my sister's children have bought their first homes. Both my sisters and my brother are grandparents with one sister a great-grandmother. One of my nieces has just had a baby and another is expecting in April. It's so strange to think of all those little girls and boys being grown up, with responsible jobs and having children of their own.

I've done a bit of tatting but have completed half of the challenge that my mentor, Bobbie, gave me in June of 2011. I have completed one hand-knit sock (I can't believe i actually turned the heel ... we just won't say how many times I had to attempt it before I was successful) and only lack about two inches on the second before starting the heel. I just shouldn't have used 4" DPNs as they have a tendency to dig into my palms. Once I get the second sock completed, I'll post a picture.

For the coming year, I hope to continue to gain skills I've wanted to learn and would challenge everyone else to do the same. I'm actually teaching my husband and younger son how to do some cooking (will be better on the pocketbook for sure). They've been raiding my cookbooks and recipe box for easy meals. They are starting to get a better understanding of the time and preparation that goes into preparing meals. I just need to be a bit more patient with them. I'll also need to write out preparation directions that I always took for granted. Hubby plans to make another attempt the weekend at Lemon Chess pies but I'm not sure anyone can make them like my grandmother did ... Slim's pies were famous!

Jane E will be starting another TIAS soon and I am resolved to participate more as I haven't done so in several years. I really have missed that and they are so much fun. I've also resolved to do quite a bit more tatting with the goal to get enough snowflakes completed so that all my nieces and nephews can add to their trees in December ... they won't all be white because I have a lot of stash that isn't white. We won't talk about the entire boxes of DMC white in 70 and 100 that I have!


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

After a very difficult six months, my mother passed away in early November. My focus has not been so much on tatting (although I have done some ... just for the therapy!) but rather on family as well as some major reporting to government agencies for my company. I certainly hope to remedy that more in the coming months.

I would however like to give my thanks to everyone who sent personal notes on my various e-mail accounts and through Facebook. I've also received many cards ... especially a very special one from Bobbie in Montana. I am extremely grateful for the time and thought that went into all the notes; your graciousness means more than I can say.

I would also like to express my gratitude for family and especially our extended family. Under our sad circumstances, I was able to speak with cousins from across our country from Alaska to Florida. While many I had not spoken with in a number of years, it was as though those years simply melted away.

I wish you all a wonderful fall season; well, what there is left of the season. I also want to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and happy new year in 2013.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Last Night along the US Northern Tier

Tonight is our last night on the Northern US tier of states. We have stopped at Mitchell, SD and will go into Sioux Falls to get the oil changed before turning south on I-29. It was really hard to say goodbye yesterday to the wonderful weather in Thompson Falls yesterday.

Since we left Billings, MT this morning it's been hot, hot, hot and of course VERY WINDY! Then, it's always windy across South Dakota. Lots of folks heading to the vacation spots of Mt. Rushmore and then Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

Should be home Sunday afternoon in time for DH to pick up a rental car and then onto work for him at one of the plants, next week he'll be in Mississippi and I'll be home then I'm back to work on the 9th.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

2012 Trip to Western Montana

Our trip this year is nearly done and we'll be starting home later this week. Really enjoyed our time in MT ... just wish DH could have had a vacation as well. He spent all our time traveling (since 6/16/12) answering business calls, emails and working estimates. He actually has not had a real vacation in 7 years.

Enjoyed being will all my tatting camp friends and meeting new ones.

  • Jack and Gwen from Washington
  • Dick and Tess from British Columbia
  • Louis and Irene from Oklahoma
  • Debbie, Gary and Randy from Colorado
  • Brad and Diana from Utah
  • Char, Bobbie, Diane, Teri, Prue and Lydia from Montana
  • Sabrina from Idaho.
DS#2 is house-sitting and called us to let us know that there were issues with the HVAC on the lower floor. A call to our long-time service company indicates that a new compressor will have to installed. Oh, well ... it's only $$. Hope it gets done before we get home as it's sweltering there.

Also enjoyed Father's Day Weekend with DS#1 and his wife. Had dinner one night at the Triumph Grill in St. Louis. The food was great and DH enjoyed the part of the museum they could enter; most of the display closes at 4:00 PM daily. DH is already planning another trip, this time on his KLR; he has to test out the new suspension he'll be installing onto the bike after we get home -- at least between his business travels.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sometimes Technology Just Sucks!!

Finally ... finally. My 3-year notebook computer DIED the Monday after we got back from TatDays! Don't know why but the motherboard conked out and that makes the 2nd time in about 15 months!

I wound up purchasing a new one and then my online backup service had to restore my files twice!! Their techs worked with me for several evenings until the wee hours each night. I only had to rebuild two weeks of daily stuff that I do but my critical files are back and whole.

Now, I'll be able to get some serious tatting done ... YEAH!! Maybe I can even get pictures posted. Fall is here and almost wish we were going up the Blue Ridge Parkway; I'm betting that the foliage will be beautiful for the next ten or so days.