This is why I'm sitting here just happy, and so tickled; and, well pretty much like a kid at Christmas!
Festive Butterfly earrings Designed and Tatted by Jane Eborall, UK
Jane will surely be having a good laugh! I left a comment today on her blog, "Tatting and Not Much Else",
wondering how the magnets for the bookmarks were enclosed. Now I know! This is truly an ingenious idea and Loyal was very impressed. Truly 'form and function"; terribly clever is our Jane.
I am truly blessed in our friendship.
Really, this is as though I had Christmas morning quite early!
Meanwhile, I've been doing a bit of embroidery since I've been home; and, it will be ready to mail to California December first. All I have left to do is tat a couple of small motifs to applique to the top of one of the potholders I purchased for youngest daughter's Christmas gift.
(Don't worry, since she works with computers, she never goes near one any other time!)
The 'funny' part of this, which I may have caught at the last pressing, is do you see the 1/4-inch that I left unstitched? LOL I managed to do one of these a day, so it is seven days work.
Of course, there are two more but I became weary of using up space for embroidery! Simple stuff, but to make it interesting for me, I Googled each spice for the correct colors. There were many choices as most spices have many varieties. Many of them seem to have hues of lavender and purple. I learned quite a lot about the spices that I researched! Because we use variegated thread in tatting (I never used the variegated embroidery threads when I did a lot of counted x-stitch and free embroidery) I blended a couple of colors to get interesting root colors; as with the garlic. Stitching is back stitch and french knots. I did a bit of satin stitch on the Saffron and decided I didn't want to do that much work; and, as these will be put in the washer repeatedly I kept it simplistic.