Monday, 28 November 2011

The Winners

Many thanks to all who entered the give-away and I am pleased to announce that the winner of the Zebra wood pop-a-bobbin shuttle in the blue box, is Tattin' Kat, congratulations, please can you send your address to  The window sticker has been won by Teresa, again congratulations and please can you also do the same.

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Circles and squares Snowflake from Martha's new book 'Playing with picots',  I only finished this today and it is unpressed and thrown on the scanner so excuse the way it looks at an angle!

The really interesting part of the give-away post was reading what you all like (with the exception of few including my sister!) to listen to whilst tatting.  I did research a few of your choices,  particularly the ones that I was unfamiliar with, and thanks to Gill Devon who prompted me to watch 'The Choir' on BBC iplayer.  Being once a serviceman's wife (I'm in the garage used to be in the Army)  I could relate to how these wives live. Thank you Gill, and no not all husbands will make tatting shuttles, unfortunately!  Perhaps you should try locking him the garage until he does!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

St. Cecilia - Giveaway

Today is the feast day of St. Cecilia and in honour of this 3rd century martyr, who is the patron saint of music, I am announcing my giveaway..........   a zebra wood pop-a-bobbin shuttle and it will be packed in the blue box that you saw in my last post.

All you have to do is to leave just one comment on this blog and, if you are a music lover, tell everyone what you enjoy listening to most, especially when you are tatting. I will use a random number generator to determine the winner.

This is a photograph of the St. Cecilia window in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford which I took whilst visiting the city back in June.  The window was made in 1874.

Another milestone has also been achieved in 'tats heaven' as this is my 180th post, so I am also giving away an angel from my piece of heaven, playing her musical instrument, it is a window sticker and it will be given to the second number that comes up when using a random number generator, so please only comment once as the same comment will be used for both the shuttle and the window sticker.

Good luck to everyone, you have until Sunday 27th November and I will announce the winner on Monday 28th.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Getting ready for a giveaway

As promised I am holding a giveaway, but not quite yet!  Details will be given in my next post, which will be within the next week or fortnight, depending on when everything is ready - a bit of a hint there!  Although my intention is to make it as soon as possible as it would be good if the winner were to receive the gift by Christmas, especially if it has to be posted abroad.

This is the latest box that I decorated, there are a few of these boxes painted and ready for their bits of tatting but somehow I never seem to get them completed, a sort of on going project.

Thank you to all who follow this blog, near or far,  and keep watching!

Friday, 11 November 2011

11 11 11 11

The garage is buzzing with activity at the moment especially since the arrival of two different woods.    The first was the zebra wood which you can see in this post. The second is thanks to Ladytats who posted a huge box of  American black walnut to me.  The wood is from her father's yard and I am sure she is eager to see a shuttle made out of it.   Well here are two shuttles made from the woods, not by any means finished, they also have a slightly different shape to them and at the moment this is being tested.

The American Walnut in its raw state resting in the garage before getting the chop!

The zebra wood after being cut

Today at the 11th hour of this the 11th day of the 11th month in the year 2011 we will be ringing the bells in our churches, after  two minutes silence,  remembering those who died in wars and conflicts of the past and those who are serving in the armed forces at the present  time.  Another unique date.

And to link with all the 'ones' in this date, I am soon going to announce a giveaway and you might be the 'one' to win it!

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Remember, remember the 5th November........

My neighbour had an abundance of lavender this year in their garden and so they let me gather as much as I wanted.  Last weekend I made these bags and filled them with the pieces I had dried.  I now owe them a bag or two for letting me pick the lavender.   The only tatting is the little butterflies which I have sewn on the ribbons.  

It has been an exciting evening watching the pop-a-bobbins fly out of Jane's Etsy shop together with listening to the fireworks as it is Guy Fawkes night here in England.  We remember the day in 1605 when Guy Fawkes was found in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament in London with several dozen barrels of gunpowder.  Obviously we never forget these things!

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...

As most of you probably know, Jane lives quite a distance from me, over two hours drive away.  Down in this neck of the woods 'Im in the garage' has been busy today starting to make the next batch of shuttles.   Some more wood has kindly been sent by one of my blogging friends, which I am going to tell you about very soon.  In the meantime a slightly different pop-a-bobbin is being worked on, same principle just the design has been modified.  I can't show you any pictures today as it is evening and the light isn't good enough even with the firewords banging and popping outside.
So congratulations to those who managed to buy a shuttle this evening, you might even remember the 5th of November!   As I publish this there is only one left in the shop!

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

1.1.11 - and would you believe it another one?!

Today is one of those rare combinations with all the ones in the date.  It is also All Saints Day in the church calendar.
Yesterday though marked 60 years since the introduction of zebra crossings in the UK   The first appeared in Slough, Berkshire, in 1951. However, more than 1,000 have been removed over the past five years and the threat of them going altogether has just been announced in the news.  Some have already been replaced by more sophisticated alternatives with lights and flashing signs.  The number of deaths on the crossings has doubled since 2007, in part because of a growing reluctance of drivers to stop at them, which they are supposed to do when they see a pedestrian waiting or actually stepping on to the crossing.
So let me introduce to you a piece of Zebrano - otherwise known as Zebra wood. This wood was recently purchased to make more pop-a-bobbin shuttles from and it is still in this state so I cannot show you any yet.    The stripes in it are very distinctive.  As you can see the ends of the wood are a different colour as they have been waxed.  The wood originates from Central Africa but we purchased it from a wood supplier in the north of England.

One of the most famous zebra crossings in the world is probably the one that appears on the Beatles Abbey Road album.  And yes we do have the LP -  here it is, not thrown out in the latest clear out!

This particular zebra crossing in London was given a Grade II listed building status (of historical interest) by English Heritage in December last year, so it should therefore be safe, indeed it is a tourist attraction.
                                                     Today's date as a zebra crossing!

Hope you have been over to Jane's blog to give your opinion as to the time of day the latest pop-a-bobbins should be listed.