Spring Moment Bunnies!
French Provincial Birdhouse with Tatted Trim
French Provincial Birdhouse Close Up
Tatted Blue Bow Bouquet
Dove Garden Notecard
Peaches 'n' Cream Paper Roses
St Patrick's Day Card Shamrock Garden
St. Patrick's Day Cards, Mugs and More
If you like, you can check out the mugs, cards, baby wear, etc. at http://www.cafepress.com/tattingangel The cards that I have created for St. Patrick's Day locally have been well received. Hope March 17th is a day of celebration for you and yours!
I scheduled a new tatting class at the shop where I offer my work. It's been a while since I sat with new tatting friends and helped them catch the tatting bug. The main focus of each class is to make sure that everyone understands and can create the basic concepts of tatting with a needle. No amount of class fees can replace the pleasure of knowing that no one was left out or abandoned as unteachable. What a joy when I enter a hall full of crafters and see one of my students with a table replete with their beautiful work for sale. They are just as excited about sharing their successes with me as I am to see them again. But there is a fly in the pudding right now. I have a challenge. Monday evening's class (yes this Monday) is only days away and suddenly I'm thinking that my class booklet is not adequate for what I have in mind. Last week I began a revamp, including an attempt at creating my own learn to tat video. We'll see how that goes. The video camera's battery died so I couldn't finish the first attempt this afternoon when things were moderately quiet in the house. Technology ~ a blessing and a curse at the same time arggghhhh. But it's now time to have some fun. A slow economy will probably keep the class size small but that is fine with me. When it comes to tatting I only take 4-5 students at a time. How about you? Could you find a tatting class or other craft class to attend this winter? If you live in the frozen north, it's one of the finest ways to pass the long dark evenings that I know, unless you have a nice fire to sit by with a sleepy puppy curled up on your lap..... nothing compares to that kind of retreat from our busy planet. Happy winter..... joyous tatting!
It's All In The Name
It's All In The Name
In summer, my daughter asked me to create a name plate for a special client of hers. Browsing through my craft closet, I winnowed the possibilities down to making it a paper project. That first Savannah name plate sparked interest among my daughter's co-workers. Asking me what my price was, I decided to set it a bit higher to keep the number of orders manageable in my already busy schedule. The price proved no deterrent at all. A mom wanted 3 name plates (Sophia Rose, Kaylee and Ashley) for her daughters newly remodeled bedrooms. The boss wanted one for her office. A dad wanted the male version on a bookmark for his son. Another client who was struggling received her name plate from my daughter. Finally I found time to make this one for my granddaughter. She loves butterflies so one floats among her flower garden name plate. I cannot wait to see her face light up. She is such a dear treasure to me. My only granddaughter among the four tremendous grandsons I have. She is a teenager now. I don't know how much longer she will prefer to snuggle on our couch and watch movies with me and Papa or tag along with her much younger boy cousins for grandkid's camp, but I will treasure the memories long after she has filled her life with college, a boyfriend and a career. Someday I pray she will coddle her grandchildren and remember the fun that she had with her Nana.
Calendar of Crafts
2011 is the year I am going to buy a large block calendar just for my craft projects. I need a head start to get enough note cards and greeting cards made for sending to those special people who love to get them each year from me for birthdays, anniversaries, get well, weddings, baby showers, thinking of you and blank all occasion ones plus Christmas cards. But first I need percolating time.... time for my ideas to reach maturity and time to get enough of these finished so that I can restock my in-store inventory, craft show inventory, class samples and collection of gifts and maybe write another book of tatting patterns ( Tatted Angels & More 26 Tatting Patterns http://tattingbliss.ecrater.com/p/8538266/tatted-angels-more-26-tatting-patterns ). Holidays, especially Christmas, require starting this process in August and then working away until I am content that I can meet the demand. I always need serendipity time too, when I can just play with my crafts and dream of new projects that aren't necessary but feed my creative juices. I also need downtime to reconnect with my inspirations (family, nature, art, photography, music, reading, work, faith and camping ~ oh and shopping ~ when I take my camera taking photos of textures, colors, designs, the certain cast of light that changes things in an instant). All these influence my crafts. Even an off-hand comment or glance through a dark and rainy windshield can brew some new thing in my brain and heart. I know that life interrupts the best plans and a slow drift into a period of laziness can rearrange my plans somewhat but I have hope that most of what I dream of can be salvaged and like the spreading light of a new dawn the creation of new craft ideas and projects will flood my new year, leaving in their wake the joy of each person who is touched by what I do, who will feel loved and cared for, encouraged, blessed or a little less lonely because of me. That is a feeling I am addicted to, one hopefully I can enjoy all the days of my life and beyond.
Sea Glass Tatted Motif
Plastic trash bags filled with colored ink soaked wrapping paper was ruining my Christmas morning and other gift giving occasions. I knew there was a greener way. Some people would get gift bags from me which they could reuse, if they chose. I wanted to encourage recycling of this type of gift wrap, so I delved into my craft supplies and created these dandy gift bags with extra gift tags tucked into the bottom of the bag so making it easier for the recipient to give a gift to someone else afterward. This eliminated my wrapping paper misery. Also, when giving gift cards it made the gift seem more festive and special. I usually get gift cards in envelopes which sometimes got tossed or forgotten on some dusty shelf never to be redeemed. What a shame that was. While snuggled up in my house this winter I am going to make a few for Valentine's Day, some birthdays, Mothers Day, Easter and Fathers Day. Here's a hug for you Mother Nature!
Tatted Angels & More 26 Tatting Patterns
Tatted Angels & More
Writing a book of tatting patterns was a joy!. I enjoyed hand sewing the starched angels to the front of my greeting cards. This allowed the person I sent it to to clip the attaching threads and keep the angel to hang in a window, place on a wreath or tree or put it in a shadow box with other mementos. The greatest pleasure is hearing from customers who had a favorite or shared what they did with their finished angels, penguin, heart, cross, etc.