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.

Live, Love, Tat!

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A fish tale…Bubbles

I live in an area where outdoor life is the center of everything. Not only is the culture

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the biggest fish I ever caught!

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

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Ray the Tatterpillar

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.

Welcome Bubbles!

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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!

Live, Love, Tat!

J

Hearts for your Valentine

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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.

Live, Love, Tat!

J

Fingers Crossed…

Good news no matter what! I have been handpicked by an editor of a magazine to possibly show my work in a gallery or article. I was contacted last week and am now waiting patiently with fingers crossed while my work is presented to the publisher for approval. If approved I could be published in June! The current J Kohr Couture pieces below are being reviewed this week. I should hear by the end of the week whether they are interested or not. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

~Petite Summer Gala~

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~Spanish Gala~

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~Leaf Garland~

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~Pink Dianthus Gala~

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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!

Live, Love, Tat!

J

 

A bonfire on my desk

I follow this blogger…and you should too… 🙂

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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.

It isn’t…

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HEY IDAHO…WHERE’S THE SNOW?

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…

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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!

Live, Love, Tat!

J

 

 

The date is official!

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!

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

 

I like to Move it, Move it…

Hello all! It has been awhile, I know. I am still here and am hoping to be moving to another online space soon. My new space will be custom designed for Snappy Tatter. In the meantime, I am working to open Snappy Tatter back up on Etsy after a short vacation where I made some dramatic changes in my life.

I am in Idaho now. Surprise! Jay and I moved to a small, high desert town surrounded by beautiful mountains. We moved from an A-frame with no running water, wood heat and about 600 sq. feet on a small isolated mountain…to a different A-frame with twice the space and pellet heat in a small western town where I have a lovely studio of my own…oh, and running water. Lol. And my work no longer needs to be stored away because here it is clean and warm and I have space to work.  Did I mention the water thing?

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So back to happy tatting, I go. My work will soon be displayed in a lovely little shop in Blackfoot called the Artisan’s Corner Shoppe so that is what I am working towards right now along with getting my new studio sorted and organized.

The past 3 or so years I have struggled with an illness that flattens me at times. It is extraordinarily painful with a host of debilitating symptoms that repeat throughout the day. I have had this for a long time but it became more frequent and difficult to treat since my last year in Pennsylvania. This disability has kept me from my work a bit so I am adjusting the way that I do things in Snappy Tatter-land. Purpose is important for everyone, including the disabled. Creating handmade work and self-expression is vitally important for any artist. It is what makes our heart hum. I have found that working lace, drawing and embroidery are a wonderful distraction during times that I have fewer symptoms. So I must continue to “do” and create a new normal.

This “new normal” means I understand my limits and get the best out of my abilities. So behind the scenes I am working to streamline my more tedious processes, even though I love the tedious. I am also going to only list works that are readily available for shipping in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter, for the time being. This takes a little pressure off of me. The important part is to create…so that is what I am working towards.

For my March birthday, which is also a horrible time of year for my condition, my sweetheart bought me a Wacom drawing tablet and digital software so I could create paintings on my laptop, on the sofa, between attacks of illness. I was instantly addicted once I started to get used to the elaborate tools involved. I have been able to create paintings using several different digital mediums.

“Fire Flower” was created using mostly variations of pastels, blenders, and oil paint from a photograph that my friend, Jan, took and posted to her Facebook page. I created this and then posted it on her page to thank her.

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Next I finished “My Mac” a drawing using mostly variations of charcoal, pen and pencil. Mac is one of my furbabies. In this picture he was asleep at the top of the stairs in my home in PA. The sun streamed in on him as he dozed and I snapped the shot.

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The latest muse, “Mariposa’s Guest”, was found here in the desert. There are beautiful flowers called Mariposa here and I have been snapping photos left and right of them. When I snuck up on this one I found a wee little friend…a see-through spider. I am a recovering arachnophobic for sure. The rustic cabin in Washington with spiders the size of spatulas about cured me of that fear. I spotted and killed them so frequently I nicknamed them “dailies”…because I literally saw one daily. So creating this painting out of the oil, pastel and various blender variations was an exercise in tolerance…and keeping down my lunch.

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I am hoping to get some professional prints made and offer them for sale or maybe some blank notecards with my paintings on the front. That is just another thing on the list for now.

So we live in a different place and are making new friends and are finding our way around the small western towns of lovely Idaho. We travel through the mountains and I have so many pictures of red sunsets. I deal with my illness as it waxes and wanes and have a new treatment that is helping, nerve blocks in my skull. We have a little family here with our crazy border collie, our kitties and silly guinea piggies. We saw the full eclipse in the middle of the desert in August. A week later Jay asked me to marry him on a mountain top. ❤ We are blessed in this little town and I never lose sight of the things that I do have over what is difficult for me.

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Please do not hesitate to let me know if you are interested in custom Snappy Tatter work. I am very excited to get back to this aspect of my life!

Blessings everyone!
Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer