Thank you to my readers! I started this blog so that I would have a record of my tatting, but I have made many online friends because of it. Thank you for allowing me to share my life with you! On a personal note--I came down with pneumonia (third time this year) last weekend. God is so gracious that I was healthy for my trips this year! My little drawing will include: Some duplicate tatting books that I have, a few really old Workbaskets that were my grandmother's, a tatted item, some handmade items, a few tatting tools, maybe some non-tatting items....hopefully a nice collection of things that will brighten your day.
Tatting Angels Among Us--13th Annual Tat Days
September 4-5, 2015
Above: Cynthia S. Erin E. and I were roommates this year
Cynthia and I met back in 2010, when she advertised that she was going to the Finger Lakes Tatting Conference--and "Would anyone like to share expenses and ride with her, she was traveling from Oklahoma to New York?" I emailed her and found out that she lives about two and a half hours away from me. I took her up on her offer, not knowing anything about her except that I had seen her name on the "tatting" internet for quite awhile. (She teaches the beginners online tatting class and is a monitor for the group "firstname.lastname@example.org"). My thought was, "After all, she had to be safe because tatters were not ax murderers!" So in April, I jumped in the car of someone I had officially met 5 minutes before and headed off to New York. (Since then, someone has asked on one of the tatting sites, "I'm teaching tatting in a prison--does anyone have any suggestions for tools I can take into the prison with me?"--So warning! Ax murderers might just be tatters!)
Cynthia is one of the most outgoing and generous people I know. We are extremely alike in so many ways...and extremely different in just as many ways. I think we really enjoy and look forward to the other's company for the small amounts we see each other scattered throughout the year. Along with short assorted visits during the years, we have now traveled to Finger Lakes each successive year, as well as to Georgia for Tat days this year, as well as in 2011. I am already ready for our next adventure!
Cynthia also met Erin online, and asked me about Erin rooming with us. "The more tatters the merrier!", in my opinion! Erin was an enthusiastic, fairly new tatter who was attending her first conference. I hope she had as good a time as I had this year!
After an almost brutal (long hours in the car with a very few, short breaks) car trip, Cynthia and I arrived at the Georgia Baptist Conference center. I think we were the last to arrive on Thursday night. We missed Thursday night dinner, for which we had reservations. More than that, we missed the additional little Thursday night class that we had been looking forward to attending. We received our goodie bags (NICE tote bags!!) and moved everything into our room. Then we went downstairs for a little fellowship with the few tatters who were lingering around.
The last thing in the bag was the official "book" for Tat Days 2015. This 48 page, 5x8 inch book is a "mini-guidebook" to Tat Days. It includes bios of each teacher, a list of the teacher assistants for each class,
a schedule, and list of participants and their contact information. There was a nice section that covered the rules for the Silent Auction and how to vote on the items that people had brought for the Tatting Display. There were acknowledgments for everyone who helped make Tat Days a success (THANK YOU!!!) Touching my heart, was a lovely tribute to three great tatters who have died in the past year and the impact they made on our craft---Bobbie Demmer, Terry McGuffin and Judi Banashek. I never met any of them, but have benefited from the generous sharing of their knowledge and skill. A lot of work went into this book!
About midnight I climbed into bed...ready for a few hours sleep--Early Bird class at 6a.m! Join me for Friday at Tat Days 2015 in my next post!