I am a Fiber Artist and Shuttle-Tatted Lace designer. My fiber art designs are handmade and original, created in my home studio. I am a nature lover, tea drinker, and intractable cluster headache survivor, taking life one day at a time.
This is my little space in the world to talk about the joys of my work, my life challenged by a disability, and the people and activities that amuse me.
My second fish is swimming into Snappy Tatter-land! In lilac and peach with berry colored seeds and silver lined gold glass for a “pop”…this brilliant little fish turned out perfect! Fishy Fishy has perfect Swarovski crystals embedded in the tail and front fin. The rocailles that make the gold stripe along her back have a square hole making them more sparkly than regular round beads. I have made long Strand earrings that match, too!
You can find this on display down at the Artisan Corner Shoppe in Blackfoot where I am doing very well as an artisan. Much of my expensive showy work is selling and it is the slow season! I am very happy to have found a brick and mortar shop that is a good fit for Snappy Tatter. What I really want to do is one-of-a-kind and glammed up…really special work that sings to me, my nature, and is an expression of what’s in my heart. I feel like it is appreciated here in Idaho!
Fishy Fishy is listed on Etsy in my JKohr Couture section as well.
More work and news is coming to Snappy Tatter-land soon. I did not get into the magazine that had messaged me. That is fine. Although the Editor loved my work, the publisher was not as interested. The jewelry designers in the magazine are fabulous but the work is more traditional than my handmade lace. Still, it is nice to be noticed and she did ask me to submit pieces in the future if I am interested.
I am getting through the most difficult part of the year with my chronic illness a little easier because of the nerve blocks I get. So that is good news. I hope I can stay on top of Snappy Tatter things better. I just try to take it day by day. God gives me what I need and I try to be as helpful to my fellows as possible! Everything works out better when I live that way!
I live in an area where outdoor life is the center of everything. Not only is the culture
farm oriented…but hunting, hiking, fishing are all activities that make up the lives of the people of Idaho. I love to fish although I am not very skilled at it. my partner was an Alaska commercial fisherman for much of his younger life which, if you watch any cable television, is a hard life that forges tough men. Tis true. 🙂
I get all kinds of natural designs on my mind from time to time. It started with the obvious, butterflies and flowers and developed later into
tatterpillars (giggle), lots of various leaf designs and now…fish. Bubbles is my newest original Snappy Tatter creation. I spent many hours designing different tails before I ventured into creating an actual fish so there will be more coming in various shapes and sizes.
Not only is Bubbles available in my Etsy shop through this listing, he can be visited in person at Artisan’s Corner Shoppe in Blackfoot. He is a one-of-a-kind Fish so if he sells online or in person, he will not be available again. But a new Fish will be spawned soon, just stay tuned to my Etsy shop and Snappy Tatter-land!
Valentine’s Day is coming and I have been thinking of Heart’s. One of my very first necklace designs years ago was called “Heart’s Desire”. It was a white string of hearts with wee periwinkle seed beads tatted into it. It was the first item of mine to sell when I joined the Blue Heron Gallery. It sold for a mere $20, I believe, before I was paying myself a livable wage and taking things like hours of tatting, packaging, travel and materials into consideration. Silly business expenses. Lol.
Years later, I was going to recreate the necklace as I only created it that one time but I altered it slightly and decked it out in brilliant multicolor beading instead…and now “Heart String” has been born. Using heavier weight cordonnet and beading as I go, this is a sturdy work. My friend and Artisan Corner Shoppe owner, Jennifer Moon, pointed out that it looks a little like a string of owls, as well. Now I have to design an owl…lol. That goes on the to-do list.
I also created a pair of earrings called “Valentine“. I will be recreating those in the future in different variations. Heart String will remain one-of-a-kind, belonging to my J Kohr Couture collection because the beading was quite intense and took hours.
Valentine and Heart String are both now down in Blackfoot, Idaho on display.
Even if I am not chosen for the magazine…it is very exciting that I was handpicked by an editor. The magazine, that I do not want to name yet, is absolutely amazing. So this is just very exciting for this small town tatter. All of the pieces above are still for sale but have been pulled from the shop in Blackfoot so that I can promptly ship them. If they are purchased through my Etsy shop there will be a wait time to receive the items so they can be shipped to the publisher, photographed and returned to me. Very exciting, peeps! Fingers crossed and prayers of thanks up!
It’s been raining since Thursday… the solar panels are starving and I haven’t been able to use my laptop, for fear of draining my batteries beyond recovery. Sometimes I think I have watched enough water fall from the sky to wash the world away.
No matter. I have been writing letters. Yes, those letters, the ones I’ll be mailing copies of, to the dozen brave first customers who came to my ETSY shop over the past two weeks.
But there have been other letters, besides. Friends, and strangers, will also be getting something in the post from me this February. It’s International Correspondence Writing Month (InCoWriMo) and, for 28 days, hundreds of people have pledged to write a letter (postcard, gift card…) a day. You can write to people you know, or you can pick some lucky ducky from the list of addresses submitted to the InCoWriMo page.
So listen Idaho…we really love it here. The house is comfy and warm. We are settling in really well. Your scenery is just spectacular and I have to tell you, Idaho, I just love the western charm. You have some beautiful cities with the culture I love and these adorable quaint towns that are themed or just have some classic country charm. BUT WHERE IS THE SNOW??? I mean, we have a weird coating in the yard that refuses to melt because it stays just cold enough in the shade to create a jigsaw puzzle of white…but otherwise…nada. Nothing. Zero. Zilch. Zip. I believe we get a reporting of possible snow from who Jay is now calling the “Weather Liars” almost daily…and there is an occasional flake in the air…it gets bitter and I mean, BITTER cold here but no white stuff. I am disappointed. 😦 We are almost to February and I am waiting…I will give you till April to show me a pure white fluffy blanket of the stuff I love.
I am joking, of course. When we moved here in the beginning of last summer we were warned about the previous winter. I guess it was really rough around here. We were up on the Canadian border last winter and in our own winter wonderland. Snow is one of my favorite things. At the beginning of the season we braced ourselves and when we went on a couple of our last scenic drives I took a few photos. Pretty beautiful…
I have never stood on frozen water before…that ^^^^ is Mackay Reservoir above and the ice is several inches thick. I stood on it, freaked out a little, and headed to the shore. Lol.
I have been working on this website. I changed the theme to one that matches the branding I have developed over the years for Snappy Tatter. I like it and think it looks more sophisticated. The galleries of work are still to the left but now social networking is to the right and is larger.
I have been having wonderful success down at Artisan’s Corner Shoppe. I will set up a gallery of what people are buying soon. It seems that Idahoans are scooping up my larger works, mostly statement necklaces. It was a good Christmas and continues to be exciting.
I have created a few new things. I concentrated on “Snowballs” this year, lace covered satin balls and eggs ornaments. I have a new large cuff design I am working on that will belong to my Couture line. I also have a heart necklace and earring and just created a Fish over the last few days…yes, a Fish. And he is a snazzy Fish, too.
I hope to showcase these things shortly. Now that the website is how I like it (I think) and I am patiently waiting on snow…I hope to pull my social networking around again. With everything available I still find that here is the best place to keep an ongoing journal of happenings and galleries of my works!
Snappy Tatter will be moving into the Artisan’s Corner Shoppe in the cultural shopping district of Blackfoot, Idaho, this coming Tuesday, October 10th! I am very excited to be planted somewhere. My Etsy shop will still be thriving as usual. I will probably make more made to order, “MTO”, listings available online. But one thing at a time…or like 20 things at a time. It feels good to have a purpose and focus again. You can visit the shop’s Facebook page here: Artisan’s Corner Shoppe.
Photos of recent work and new listings will be showcased soon!