Tuesday, August 18, 2009

And This Heart of Mine Will Be Free...

IF you don't consider the stuff I had to BUY from Handy Hands to GET it!

Hmmmmm? Were you expecting some deeper thought or sentiment? I'm sorry, these days I only have time for shallow thoughts and deep breathing as we plunge into back-to-school mode.

I was VERY excited about making my first motif with clunies last week and wanted to do more cluny tatting. So I ordered a booklet, Cluny Tatting Designs by Joy Botchlet. It has been YEARS since I ordered from Handy Hands, so to stop there would have shown more restraint than I possess. Therefore it came as no surprise to me when I chucked Celtic Tatting Knots & Patterns by Rozella Linden, a couple more colors of Cebelia #30, and a GIGANTIC, "Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves" shuttle made by Tatsy into my cart! When I pick up that shuttle I know how Baby Doll must feel when she gets hold of one of my clovers - like I got the WORLD by the tail! Hope it tats well for me, cause I'll look pretty silly just sitting there holding it with a big, goofy grin on my face!

Anyway, Handy Hands threw in a sample of Lizbeth #40 in Grape Pizzaz with my order - nice! Then, in the catalog, I saw the pattern for this heart - very nice!! It is called Clover Leaf Heart and is by Mrs. J.M. Blackman from Modern Priscilla 1917. It was an easy, fun heart to tat - nicest part of all!!!

Now, my only remaining question is - IF my heart is INDEED free, will it STILL be free if I order the mini hook set and celtic shuttle I ran across while WORKING... on my FREE heart?


Fox said...

LOL! Oh , Ann , you are funny! I know exactly how you feel, as I have a love/hate relationship with Handy Hands. I actually am the possessor of the original Dr. Strangelove magical purchasing hand that emerges when I open the catalogue!

Have fun with your goodies - you are going to appreciate them as the new school year closes in on your family! : )) Fox

sewmuchfun4 said...

You make me laugh too Fox! I am convinced the folks at Handy Hands are evil geniuses! Just when I think I'm out, they pull me back in! And of course I don't mind a bit and have zero buyer's remorse!
:) Ann

TattingChic said...

I know, I know! I ALWAYS try and rationalize all the stuff I buy from Handy Hands and Lacis and other places by telling myself "just think how many things I'll be able to make with THIS", LOL!
Your heart is nice. It's good to be free!

sewmuchfun4 said...

Hi Tatting Chic!
There is an art to rationalization isn't there? We all have our favorites. Mine is, "well, it's cheaper than ________." We should all share our favorites and compile them in list titled, "101 Reasons It is Prudent and Wise That I Buy This." How handy would that be?
:) Ann

Martha said...

Ann -- that is a really lovely heart and the thread is gorgeous. Needleworkers are just natural horders, I guess -- buying books and materials is just as fun for me as actually making stuff.

sewmuchfun4 said...

Thanks Martha!
Yes, it's like you must always be planning and gathering for your NEXT project. Idle hands are just TRAGIC!
:) Ann

Bonnie said...

Very pretty!!

sewmuchfun4 said...

Thank you Bonnie!