New items for sale!

J Kohr Couture Summer Gala II

New additions to my collections have been added today. Summer Gala II, shown above, is a stunning work of fiber art that I will talk about later. And lately I have been creating roses so I turned the one below into a simple pendant with a leaf and wooden disc accent. I also decided to tat and sew a chain of leaves to create the stunning Aspen Leaf Cuff that follows.

Rose pendant in brilliant orange
Aspen Leaf Cuff

I shall return when feel more chatty. All three of these items can be found in their appropriate categories at the top left of the page with more information, pricing and the easy ability to purchase. Today is a gloomy day outside and my mood reflects that. So rest and more artwork is the antidote. Talk soon.

Live, Love, Tat!
J

New Photography on Pixels

I have had the wonderful luxury of living in places surrounded by mountains, national and state parks with some of the most beautiful scenery in the US. I have also documented where I have been and some of the glorious scenes I have found through photography. I enjoy closeup photography as much as beautiful large scenery. I have a new camera with the ability to take long panoramic photos as well as crisp macro photos. Hopefully we will be out soon and I can show you the beauty of Idaho. Seriously, Idaho is gorgeous. The photo above is from Utah from last year. Below I have a thistle, ice in a black barrel, the Columbia river, a scene from a logging site, our kitty contemplating the clouds from when we lived on the mountain, and a golden field of Canola flowers.

All are available and much more on my Pixels shop. At Pixels, you can order prints, not just to hang on the wall but for beach towels, phone covers, small bags and t-shirts. The possibilities are really extensive. Please stop by. I would love if you could comment on my works. Thank you in advance!

Live, Love, Tat, Photo!
J

the Elephant Mandala

Elephants are one of my favorite animals. I love the way they live together, protecting and caring for each other in large herds. I love the way the little ones are always looked after by the matriarchs of the family. So recently I made an elephant with 5 different Mandala sections all over its profile. The one above I colored myself but it is available in black and white on both my Etsy shop as a colore-able download and my PIXELS site, where it can be downloaded as wall art or any number of items like phone covers, beach towels, mugs, etc. I also have another new Mandala (shown below) that I have colored for sale on PIXELS. I color them so you don’t have to but can still enjoy having a peaceful and beautiful Mandala in your life.

New Couture is on its way…a beautiful, wearable bouquet of flowers and leaves. I have created a new bracelet design that is very geometric and modern. And a Leaf bracelet that will be adorable any time of year! It’s all coming soon to Snappy Tatter-land.

Live, Love, Tat!
J

You are never bored if you have a hobby.

I am naturally self-entertaining. I frequently work on new lace patterns or existing patterns that I know people like. I can work when I am not feeling well which is why being an artist is something that I not only was born to be but also never really feels like work. I even like the oodles of paperwork I have to keep so I know if my shops and sales are doing well. I also draw and paint. Now I work mostly digitally thanks to Corel software. That would be why I have 3 shops. One on Etsy where I sell Made to Order items, one on PIXELS where you can have any of my drawings, Mandalas or paintings put on just about anything from traditional canvas to a cell phone case or shower curtain. Then I have here where all the works you see listed under my category Snappy Tatter products for sale are ready made and ready to ship.What began as busy work so long ago brings me to a small shop owner 11 years later.

But what does a Snappy Tatter do when she is not creating something new? Why, she does her nails, of course! I LOVE to paint and decorate my nails. I have not kept a photo of every single design but do have photos of some of my favorites, starting with this wicked orange and gold combo. Orange is my favorite color, btw. All nails have the same base color of a warm yellow-orange. My ring fingers have a gradient of gold glitter fading from bottom to top and my pinkies, pointers and thumbs have a stamp that looks like a dandelion went to seed under gold glitter. My middle fingers have gold striping tape and a small round gold “dot” at the base. My nails were left really long, which I like, but makes typing a nightmare. So most of the time they are squared at the tip so I can type better.

Here I have…Purple, white and lavender nails. all nails are painted white on the tip and either purple or lavender diagonally across the nail. My pinkies and pointers have a lace stamp overlay. All nails have either silver or purple striping tape. My ring fingers and pinkies have small red crystals on them. This was a lot of work but it just looked fabulous so it was worth the time.

Next I fooled around with making pink and white tuxedo style French tips with small metal balls that graduated in size. This was a very fun design but the beads did not last long because they caught on things and I only sealed them with UV topcoat. I have since purchase a high strength glue to make metal and crystal and plastic pieces stick more permanently to the design. I like these…very chic, I think.

Next it was wicked green nails with a sparkling gradient at the base and little crystal flowers in the center of the sparkles. Simpler, adorable and the color is fantastic to me. Unfortunately, These did not last long because the little flowers got picked off one by one as I didn’t have my new glue yet.

Next I did a similar design but the gradient was from top to bottom, dark to light. This color was very complimentary to my skin and I like that. In the center at the bottom are purple/bronze crystals.

I tried something more bold and wasn’t very happy with the results. I French tipped long nails and then stamped a black floral pattern. I think it looked a bit obnoxious instead of glamorous so it did not last long before I created new designs and ditched this one.

This design was beautiful to me. I used four coordinating metallic colors on my nails, with my ring fingers in dark olive green. Then all nails except my ring fingers had striping tape on both sides of a row of crystals in gold and green colors. My ring fingers had a large, oval, dark green crystal surrounded by smaller gold and silver round crystals. This has been one of my favorite designs, so far. My nails were very long here so typing was not much of an option for awhile…lol.

Recently after watching many tutorials on YouTube, I decided to try hand painting flowers on my nails. It was surprisingly simple with the right brushes. I love the Spanish look of the flowers. I painted them nude first and then hand painted with a small paint brush each flower and the little leaves.

Here is another labor intensive design. It took time but was not that difficult. I have dried flowers so I decided to give that a whirl. My ring fingers have a large red flower and tiny orange and yellow flowers dried onto the nail and coated several times with a strong topcoat. The red blends into the orange base too much but at least I got the gist of how to work with them. All of the rest of my nails are the same, translucent orange paint, silver striping tape and a see through chrome rubbed onto the tips. I added little silver flowers with a dot on each side right below the tape. And i used the new glue I have so this lasted until I wanted to take it off. Love it!

And what I am currently wearing…silver leaf patterns over a gold iridescent paint. Tiny metallic stars embellish the joints of the leaves. This design inadvertently ended up looking like a computer chip to me. All the little stars are sticking and the design is wearing well. My cuticles needed cleaned up a little before I took the photo but you can see the design clearly and that was my intention.

So there you have it. This is one of my favorite things to do when I have time or need a break. I have some other designs in reds, blues and black but I did not take a photo of them so I am bummed. It is like art on my nails and feels like the equivalency of throwing out a nice drawing. I hope you enjoyed seeing what else is artistic in my life.

Live, Love, Tat!
J

Crazy Snow

Snow in Snappy Tatter-land on April 15 is CRAZY! Snow ornaments in snappytatter-land for sale, not so unusual. I make new ornaments each year so the assortment I have available is always changing. Currently I added all of these:

Look for these in the tatted ornaments section. My ornaments sell fast each year.

Live, Love, Tat!

J

Fall down 7 times, get up 8…

I am a work at home artist. A couple of decades ago I became “permanently disabled” by the government guidelines after years of working through crippling anxiety and a rare neurological disorder that causes extreme head and eye pain multiple times a day. At the time I felt like life was over for me and I became extraordinarily depressed and rarely left my apartment for the next 3 years. Fast forward a bit, time and less depression led me to taking my creativity to the next level. I had desire to contribute to society as well as take better care of myself, I had been working as an artist for as long as I can remember. I draw and paint and embroider and always have. I am largely self-taught although I did take art and design classes during my years at college when I was young but my degree is in Opticianry.

Not knowing what to do next but knowing I wanted to try to do something outside the home, I answered an ad in the paper to be a private caregiver for the elderly. I was able to work a few hours a week which helped my quality of life on every level. During this time I was learning to tat. I had had one lesson from a woman who belonged to a lace-makers guild and from there I took the basics and began to create my own designs…mostly snowflakes and simple pendant and bracelet patterns.

One night I saw the online platform for artists and the handmade movement, Etsy, as a blurb on the nightly news. I was curious, looked into it, opened a bare bones shop, and sold a bracelet. BOOM…Snappy Tatter was born. That was April 30th of 2009 and I have learned so much since that time. My work has now sold to every continent except Antarctica, of course. And if penguins wore pendants…I may sell there as well. Lol.

Later in 2009, I was in a gallery outside Pittsburgh, PA, and the curator noticed the dragonfly necklace I was wearing. My then husband piped up and told him I had created it. I soon became a best selling artist in the Blue Heron Art Gallery for the next two years. I worked hard to create new patterns from scratch for my Etsy shop and the gallery. I also coordinated the other artists in the gallery for the Director. We had a wonderful enterprise going on until the board that oversaw the gallery decided to disband us and use the building for other purposes.

I was heartbroken. I loved being around the other artists and the activities and fund raisers we had. I began to go to art festivals to sell my work. How I did this, I do not know. The preparation and actually working the festival was incredibly draining. Aside from the 3 days in bed I would spend after the festival was over, I did have heavy lifting help from my then husband. I did shows and festivals for a couple of years. But with divorce and my neurological condition overwhelming me, it has not been an option for me to work a festival for several years.

So what’s a Snappy Tatter to do…back the car up turn the wheel and go another direction! I moved to Northeastern Washington state to live rustically with my now husband in a 600 sq. ft. A-frame cabin on a mountain in the woods. We were surrounded by hundreds of acres of untouched Washington forest that was unbelievably beautiful. We had electricity, one satellite TV station from Canada and a 55 gallon homemade stove for the long, drafty, cold winters. Notice I did not mention running water. That would be because we did not technically have it. Although, Jay, my partner, did rig a garden hose and pump system in a 275 gallon holding tank outside the kitchen window. He drilled a hole in the wall, brought the hose through and voila….I had water that ran on an electric on/off switch for my lovely stainless steel double sink. The work it took to live in Washington where I had to haul fresh spring water daily made me slim down considerably. Life was simple, but it was hard. I got to bathe outside in the sushine in a large rubbermaid tub because I am just that small. Bathing and having to have Jay wash and rinse my hair was probably one of the most amusing things we had to do. My sense of what a “clean house” means had to change with living with a barrel stove. The house would get sooty and always smelled like smoke so no more tatting for me unless I created and finished it outside. Jay purchased digital software and a tablet for me to paint/draw digitally so that artistic part of my self was satisfied. Jay worked to keep wood cut, harvesting the trees on his 4 acres and I worked hard to keep the inside of the cabin clean and dinner ready. It was a very conventional relationship and we both were very happy except I was getting sicker by the day.

Eventually we had to do something. Every day I was going through this cycle of attacks that brought excruciating pain into my face, the back of my head and straight through one eye all on the right side of my head. I have a rare trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia which is fancy for “Cluster Headache”. But Cluster Headache does not give this condition the weight it deserves and that is why people call it “suicide headache”. People have and will kill themselves to escape the non-stop excruciating attacks that involve so much more than pain and feel more like an aneurysm with stroke like symtoms. It hurts worse than broken bones, burns or even childbirth and it’s only saving grace is that it stops before you die and comes back later. I was diagnosed the same year I became disabled after suffering seasonally for years and was put on basic treatment but did not follow up. I lived with CH until the attacks became daily and that was when I moved to Washington. We sought out a new specialist who confirmed my diagnosis and told me…I had changed to an Intractable CH patient. Intractable as in, does not stop. Attacks come all through the day at roughly the same times and are treated with heavy meds and 100% oxygen inhaled at a high rate. It was horrific and became my “new normal”. Lord knows I have adjusted to so much and this was the next thing.

We decided to move off the mountain after 2 years of very satisfying “living off the grid”. We moved back onto the grid here in Idaho where we have a nice half acre and a much larger A-frame home…with running water in the high desert surrounded by 2 mountain ranges with less than a thousand people in our “city”. Lol. By now we got used to the daily 3-4 attacks I would get and always traveled with oxygen and medications. And to get back to my lacework has been made possible because the air is clean and I have less hard work to do during the day.

I suppose I should wrap this up. I am up early this morning and just started writing…too much coffee, maybe, maybe not. I like to get to know the people I buy handmade from and was thinking that my patrons may feel the same. I am now married to Jay, living in sunny Idaho and the clusters are not a daily issue due to new treatments and nerve blocks that are injected around my eye and back of my head. My extreme anxiety doesn’t fail me, though, so I still work through that. One thing that counters my anxiety is my work. Whether I am drawing Mandalas, painting or lace-making…I am cool as a cucumber, so my work serves as a therapy for me. God works like that, I believe. Every bit of the life I have shared has been touched by something greater than me at work.

I may miss taking sunset “spa baths” outside in my Rubbermaid tub but running water in a real home can’t be beat. Me, my husband Jay, the dog, two cats and two little guinea piggies are right where we are supposed to be. I do hope you enjoyed the little snapshot into my life. I gotta get to work now…life is waiting. Bless all of you that took the time to read about my life.

Stay safe and Live, Love, Tat!
Jennifer

New items in the shop!

I have been working diligently to get the final items into my shop and available for sale. You can find the items in the photos above in the Brooches, Pins and Hair Accessory section to the left and up top. Right now I am grateful I have been able to work at home all these years. I have been working hard on Etsy, Pixels and here to make available items that someone may want. I know many of us don’t have much money. None of us have much room to spend money on anything but necessities, but birthdays, holidays and special occasions still happen. And your online and local artists and artisans hope to help make your occasions even more special with their one-of-a-kind creations. I do hope everyone thinks about this. These shops allow me a meager income that helps assist our very fixed income. Art and artisan work isn’t just for income. It is to fulfill something we each feel a drive to experience in our souls. It keeps us afloat emotionally and makes us feel special when others love our things as much as we do. I guess my message is simple, if you are able:

BUY HANDMADE <3!

Keep on Living, Loving, Tatting and staying safe,

Jennifer

New Mandala for sale

Visit my Etsy shop to purchase this beautiful, intricate, 4 sided, Mandala. Here is a direct link: www.etsy.com/listing/623801469
I will also have this Mandala available in my PIXELS shop where you can turn it into a throw pillow cover, a shower curtain, a hanging picture, a notebook, phone cover and on and on.

Tips for printing and coloring my Mandalas and printables.
-print on “best” quality setting and make sure the entire image fits the paper
-use heavyweight cardstock that is meant for marker and pen
-wait until the ink is fully dry before coloring
-try not to cross heavy black lines with marker to avoid bleeding
-color tight spaces the same color as adjacent spaces to create color blocks when the spacing seems tight.
Ask me anything, I have been coloring all of the Mandalas myself, partly to kill isolation time and partly because I like to show what they look like when they are colored.

In the works I have an elephant coming and a new painting of a stunning Lily. I also have new pendants that are soon to be listed here.

Stay safe everyone,
Live, Love, Tat!
J

My PIXELS are getting bigger and bigger

Bloom

Hi all! Some of you may know I have an additional shop that I run along with Etsy and here where I sell my tatted works. I am also a traditional artist and sell my work on PIXELS.com. I mostly work in realism, recreating realistic subject matter from my own photography, but my surrealism/expressionism is popular and some of my favorite works.

“Baby” painted from the reference photo below
Photograph of our kitty kitty, Baby

The cool thing about shopping on PIXELS is the variety of items my work can be printed on. Here are a few options aside from traditional prints, stretched canvases, metal prints and fully framed items: pillow covers, phone cases, beach towels, tote bags, small pouches, greeting cards, coffee mugs and t shirts. I may have missed a few options but the sizes and options of prints and products is staggering.

I also sell my photography on PIXELS.com…here are a few of my faves:

My expressionism can be very raw at times. The work is often inspired by emotional pain and the physical pain of my neurological disorder. I am disabled and have been for a long time but I am an artist and my work gives me a love of life, even through the pain I have to endure. Here are a few of my surrealism and expressionism works:

Coloring has become popular as of late. People like to color and relax. I admit it is very relaxing. I started off by making the black line drawn blanks using software, thinking I really didn’t want to color them in. And then that all changed when I saw what happens when you add color when my little sister and her daughters filled some in for me. So I have blank black line drawings for sale and if you don’t want to color it yourself, I can sell you what I have colored in myself. You can use PIXELS to print what you want on many of the options I listed above. You can also visit the section “Printables to Color” in my Etsy shop and download and print the Mandala on paper (I recommend heavy cardstock) and color it in yourself. Many of them are so tedious in design, you can spend hours filling in all the spaces, like the one below.

At PIXELS.com you can find endless options when it comes to buying my artwork. If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest, you will find that I post from all three shops, this shop, Etsy and PIXELS. It’s a great way to see what I have and keep up with new works.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and take a moment to visit PIXELS to see the endless possibilities of how my work can be made into something just for you.

Live, Love, Tat, Photo, Draw!
J

Snappy Tatter gets her groove back!

I have finally been getting back into the groove of things around here. After Jay’s hospitalization, we were both finding we felt weak and tired. It was just a common reaction after such a long, stressful event. My husband is still struggling with his energy but we are both concerned that we will not be able to do the things we want to this summer, like hiking, if we don’t get used to moving our bodies more. So we are trying to take some walks and strengthen our muscles.

I have been working through the days adding new products to this shop and creating announcements that Snappy Tatter is moving to a second shopping website. My Etsy shop WILL remain open and all listings will be Made to Order (MTO). It is so much easier to choose variations for custom MTO work on Etsy that I am leaving those listings up and will be adding more. If an item is already made and ready to ship, you will find it here at http://www.snappytatter.com. If you order from Etsy, I will promptly create your order and ship it.

I have been with Etsy for 10 years now. I have seen so many changes and I have built up a nice customer base. I don’t want to lose that. The Etsy platform is easy to work with as well. I hope to expand my patrons and audience with this shop and my PIXEL.com shop where I sell paintings and drawings. I will talk about PIXELS later.

I want everyone to know that you can find all items a little less expensive here. Etsy has raised certain fees and changed their marketing structure (making it more expensive) forcing me to change my pricing on Etsy ONLY. There is free shipping if you order over $35 worth of items on Etsy though. Here the prices will be lower because of fewer fees and shipping is a flat rate of $4.50 for anywhere in the US.

These are changes that are happening but not completed. Now that I am feeling more rested and more pulled together, I am checking off my long list of things I have wanted to do for my work.

Here are a few of the latest listings that have been added to the category Motif necklaces and pendants and Fully tatted necklaces. There are more details, such as size and materials in the listings. Feel free to explore!

Live, Love, Tat!
J