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I am an Artist and Shuttle-Tatted Lace designer. My fiber art designs are handmade and original, created in my home studio. I am a wildflower hunter, tea drinker, and intractable suicide headache survivor, taking life one day at a time.

This is my little space in the world to sell my work, talk about the joys of designing, my life challenged by a disability, and the people and activities that amuse me.

Live, Love, Tat!

A simple wedding for a beautiful romance.

Jay and I married on June 18th of this year! There are so many details to think of when you get married these days. We chose not to fret about too many. It became a question of, “what is most important for this day”? This question was not difficult for me to answer. KEEP. IT. SIMPLE.

  • dress-Ross dress for Less! Yes!
  • shoes-Ross again…it was a jackpot!
  • jewelry-I will make it, of course
  • I also found pretty table decorations!
  • cake-the local store makes a delicious sheet cake-simple
  • clothes for my dashing husband to be
  • venue-something simple, green, and inexpensive
  • Officiant-we needed help here so God stepped in
  • invitations-designed from my own Mandala
  • guests
  • oh and newfound little sister and family from Kansas that I have never met 🙂 (More about that later)

I am disabled. Many of you do not know this or realize the extent of it because I do not focus on it here. Partly because of a neurological disorder and partly because of an anxiety disorder, I have to keep things simple. I have no choice and this, my friends, is a blessing for any bride. Lol. I am always a glass half full, sunny-side up kind of girl. So I prioritized the above list and tackled things one by one.

First we needed a marriage license and an officiant so we could also determine a day. Thank God for tiny towns. As we sat there all excited filling out the paperwork for our license, we asked the kind woman behind the desk if she knows of a non-denominational officiant. Well, it just so happens it was one stop shopping! She would be happy to preside over our simple wedding. (Officiant Shelly with my husband to be, patiently waiting for me to arrive at the tree we chose.)

How much? She didn’t charge anything and that was exactly how much we could pay. (I kid-she was tipped very graciously).

On to the venue…We have a lovely and very green shaded park a couple blocks from our home. It has a pavilion as well. Even though where we live is high desert and gets less than 10″ of rain a year and has 200 sunny days…you never know if THAT day will be the one time it rains. It just so happened, it is free to use the park and the pavilion if you give them notice. We decided for our modest wedding that cake and coffee would be sufficient and scheduled the wedding in mid afternoon. The kind pastor at the Episcopal church where I attend the local fellowship said it would be no problem for us to borrow a few chairs! So far so good. I do believe that when you are following God’s or your higher power’s will, things come easily. I was grateful for the ease of pulling things together.

Since we have moved here to the middle of Idaho in this wee town of Arco, we have met a few people. Our families were far away in Washington and Pennsylvania and New York and…Kansas where I was originally born and adopted. One thing I really really felt was necessary to make this day complete…I wanted my little sister as my matron of honor. No more than one phone call and her and her husband Larry pulled together plans and funds to get all the way to Idaho with their two beautiful girls in time to attend my wedding. You don’t see him in many photos because he graciously offered to take the pictures that you see and a video of our ceremony. He helped Jay get chairs and the venue set up. He was invaluable when it came to making this day go so smoothly.

In the meantime, Mia, my little sister, and her daughters,Marissa (orange/red dress) and Vanessa (purple dress) helped me with my hair and jewelry and soothed my nerves and shared my joy and excitement.

We were late as we ran to pick up the cake, but I was told that was okay cause I was the bride-lol. As we pulled up and I began to walk to my husband-to be with my sister by my side and my nieces following, I was just filled with joy. Our ceremony was simple and traditional and afterwards we enjoyed cake on small plates that my nieces had carefully decorated.

Etsy is back online!

My Etsy shop is back online. Visit http://www.snappytatter.etsy.com for ready to ship handmade lacework just in time for the holiday season. I will have made to order listings added as soon as I get the mountain of boxes in my soon to be studio sorted out. Thank you all for your patience while I moved across the US. We are now settled in West Virginia in a sweet new home. Happy shopping with Snappy Tatter and please feel free to ask for custom work during while I get settled!

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

Moving and Grooving

our new home awaits

We are in the process of moving back east, closer to where I am from. I grew up in northern PA and lived in Pittsburgh for most of my adult life. We found this adorable Cape Cod in WV and will be moving in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, my Etsy shop is in Vacation Mode as most of my tatting and jewelry supplies are packed. Although I am unable to create new work, the work that is available in this shop is already made and can be shipped promptly. Up until a week before we move, I will be able to sell and ship from here.

I also have new work listed for sale. You can find them in the categories on the left side of my page where you can shop. Here are photos of what is new: Flash earrings, Daisy Chain Bracelet, Decadence Cuff, Double Halo Bracelet, Flair Cuff, Shell Pendant, Innocence Choker, Tendril Necklace, Frilly Flourish two-tone Pendant

Feel free to shop to your heart’s delight here in Snappy Tatter-land! I will keep you posted when I move and my Etsy shop is up and running again. In the meantime…packing, packing, packing. Ugh!!!

Live, Love, Tat!

J

I work for you…custom and bridal work available.

Over the years I have frequently had custom requests and requests for bridal work. Here are some of the requests I have had.

One of my favorite customers has requested custom work many times from me. I am always happy to collaborate with her to get her very own unique jewelry. She really liked my Aster pendant and wanted a matching barrette. This is the pendant and what I made to match.

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Aster Pendant
Custom design Aster Barrette

This same customer often asks for full sets with multiple pairs of earrings, a 3″ barrette, necklace and/or pendant, and cocktail ring. This gray, black and white set is based on a necklace with a decorative pendant. I really enjoyed creating this body of work for her.

She also asked for a custom watch design, and I happily obliged.

A customer from Texas found me through my Etsy shop and asked if I might be able to design Apple watch bands. She works as a nurse and wanted bands that were more interesting than what was available that would match her scrubs. After creating the first design, she asked for two more. She supplied the apple watch connections and clasps for me and I tatted them into the lacework.

I created a Couture design called Full Bloom (sold), made of full size roses and deep green leaves. A customer contacted me wanting a small version of the design because she could not afford the original necklace. I keep my prices as low as I can so I rarely have room to discount my work, especially when it comes to my J Kohr Couture line that is so labor intensive. I happily created a small rose with leaves and my customer was very happy. It is the picture below the original, Full Bloom.

Petite Full Bloom

One of my other favorite Couture designs, Leaf Garland, was found by a customer who was the mother of the bride in her daughter’s upcoming wedding. She loved the design but needed the colors changed. I do not keep track of my Couture patterns because they are meant to be unique but I did recreate the design pretty closely in black and peach. It was stunning! First picture is Leaf Garland which is available for sale here in my shop. The second picture was my custom request.

Leaf Garland
Custom Leaf Garland design

Black jewelry for bridal parties seemed to be popular one year. I never know what kind of request I will get and I will spend hours talking to brides about what they want so I can get them the perfect colors, sizes, designs and beading. Both sets are based on the Dainty Flower Bracelet design. Beaded with clear, silver-lined, gunmetal seeds and hematite rounds, this one was very striking.

Another black set I created was beaded with blue seed beads and brilliant black crystals throughout. Not only did it include necklace, earrings and bracelet, but also a bobby pin for the bride’s hair.

For another bridal party, I created 5 of the same kind of bracelet, the Lacey design, in a lightly variegated off white thread. Beaded with glass pearls and clear fringe beads, these bracelets turned out beautiful.

One of the most labor intensive sets of bridal party jewelry was created in sunflower yellow and cream. Two necklaces and one bracelet, each of a different design and matched with a pair of earrings for 3 bridesmaids. It is one of my favorite requests.

Last year, I got married myself and designed my own jewelry. I created and amazing cuff that took forever to create. Every intersection in the cuff is beaded with silver-lined clear seed beads. I also made a head band to wrap around my braided bun. And I made myself earrings to match. I embellished the headband and earrings with Swarovski crystal pearls and Aurora Borealis Swarovski Crystals. I felt like a little princess!

Among other works that have been custom requested is this green Infinity Bracelet:

Also, a very petite version of the Summer Gala necklace with a simple flower, butterfly and leaves:

I created a new design all together, called Woven, for someone who sent me a picture of what she was looking for. Long tatted chains woven together create this lovely design:

A friend of mine wanted a design that would allow her to wear her father’s dogtag daily. I know her well and created a simple, bold, design that suited her beautifully edgy personality. I have been trying to recreate the design as a bracelet or maybe a watch band and boy am I struggling. I think I may have to just sit here at my computer and blow up one of the photos and count to figure out how this was made!

Lastly, a customer wanted matching butterfly barrettes for her granddaughters in green. This is what I designed:

I do create a lot of custom work and am always happy to collaborate. Business has been terribly slow but I am not surprised. With the pandemic and so many people struggling with money, buying tatted jewelry and artwork is on the back burner. I understand. But if you are looking for a great custom gift or wedding work, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Live, Love, Tat!
Jennifer

Getting over trauma. 7 ways to help yourself.

It has been nearly 6 months since my husband left the hospital where he stayed, critically ill, for 30 days. I wrote about it in this article: https://snappytatter.com/2020/03/10/a-painful-event-in-my-life/. Trauma is not an easy thing to go through or get over for me. I already have a CPTSD diagnosis since I was a child. Trauma lingers in my mind and effects me physically, mentally and spiritually. I know this happens to many of us so I wanted to write about it.

My husband is precious to me. We had only been married about 6 months when illness struck him down and my greatest support suddenly needed supported beyond my capabilities. Luckily, I suppose, it was right before Covid struck so I was able to be at his bedside in the hospital as much as possible. We had a terrible flu which laid me out for a week and became an extraordinarily complicated 30 day inpatient journey for Jay.

PTSD twists the lens you are looking through, causing emotional pain, fatigue, flashbacks and many other symptoms that manifest mentally and physically because of a traumatic event. For me, it meant I began to struggle with very high anxiety and I became hyper-vigilant when it came to my husbands recovery AFTER the hospitalization. I worried about him falling back into illness day and night. I watched him struggle with a lack of strength, imbalance, extreme fatigue, excessive sleep and his own heightened anxiety. My own PTSD symptoms began to mimic his recovery as I was fatigued and unsteady. And I not only have physical signs of anxiety, like suddenly trying to catch my breath, crying and panicking, I have mental symptoms of getting lost in random thoughts and flashbacks, and feeling lost, useless, and unfocused. This has effected my work life. I am disabled due to the extent of my PTSD, which is actually diagnosed as CPTSD, or Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to multiple traumas during a long period of my life.

I have not been able to work outside the home except for a couple of easier periods in the last twenty years. Social Security Disability does allow you to work to a degree, while continuing the financial and medical help. I wish more people realized this and tried to work, even just a little. There is so much value and self-esteem tied to work. My work here at home has suffered lately, not only because of the lack of business because of Covid, but also because CPTSD is still aggravated from Jay’s hospitalization. I still struggle with a lack of motivation and it pains me.

Through the decades of my life I have had to learn how to pick myself back up and dust myself off many times. I have always said that I don’t break, I bounce. Sometimes it just takes longer to bounce back. That is the case right now. Here are my thoughts on how to get back on track for anyone that is or has gone through a trauma that has affected them.

  1. 1. Talk to someone. Talk to a therapist trained in helping people through trauma and help those, like me, that have lived with continuous PTSD, depression and anxiety for decades. And do not forget the power of talking to friends. Not only is social connection helpful and grounding, it gives you a chance to be helpful to others which takes your mind off of yourself for the moment. And don’t sweat the small stuff, for now. I can’t figure out how this paragraph is indented and I am okay with that. It still says the same thing that it would if it wasn’t.

2. Take care of your home. Cleaning your home from top to bottom is a seemingly daunting task that I could rarely get done. Lack of motivation to take care of yourself and your life are very real symptoms that hurt your self-esteem and can create growing chaos around you. Pick one to three things to do each day and you will find that your home stays tidy, which leads to a feeling of wellness.

3. Don’t beat yourself up. Sometimes I just can’t. I just can’t adult that day. And sometimes that feeling lasts for days and it is hard on me. I have to remember…I have a mental illness and a rare illness that causes spells of extreme pain. Trauma exacerbates those symptoms and I can be left feeling lifeless. Remember that you are human and ups and downs in life are natural for EVERYONE. “This, too, shall pass” is an excellent saying for when you “just can’t”.

4. Make it a group effort. Find a group of people that have been where you are. Whether it is grief, abuse, an accident, or drug or alcohol dependence, there is literally a group for everyone. You just have to look for it. Google local groups using the keyword of your issue and you may find a place to go have coffee with a group in person, which I recommend. And Facebook isn’t always a giant time-suck…it has literally thousands of groups that cover every issue you can think of. They are often closed or even secret so your privacy is a little protected. Being in a chat with others is helpful in getting perspective and feeling like you are part of the solution in your own life and other’s. You will realize that some always have it worse and other’s have it better but the effects can still be the same bringing us all into the same boat. And POOF…connection trumps isolation.

5. Find a non-human pal to care for. I have guinea pigs. I love them to death. They are fun, amusing, and docile. When I am particularly disassociated or struggling with mental pain, my husband will pick up a piggy and plop it in my lap and suddenly my mood will change. Get a fish to feed and watch. Or if you can make a bigger commitment go to a shelter and adopt a kitty or pup. Science shows that petting an animal lowers our blood pressure, depression and anxiety. This has been true for me. I have always had a pet. We have 2 cats, a very sensitive doggy that lets me sob on him, and two adorable guinea pigs.

6. Aside from finding a purpose in your day…find a hobby or interest you can sink into. Find something that requires attention and feels pleasurable that you can get lost in. There are literally so many different hobbies out there, I won’t bother to list them. My suggestion is either to scour the internet for a new interest, or take up something you used to enjoy, or embark on a new interest. Stick with the simple, though…so it does not get onto that list of things that suck the energy out of you. I played Mah Jong and solitaire online for years. It kept me from ruminating on my complex and difficult life at the time. It kept me preoccupied through mental anguish, which is the purpose because “this, too, shall pass”.

7. Now, Tomorrow, Whenever. It is important to declutter your brain when you are dealing with trauma. A simple way to do this is keep ongoing lists. One for Now that needs immediate attention, one for Tomorrow that can wait till the immediate is taken care of, and one for Whenever for things that have no real time limit to them. Just make sure that you keep an interest, a hobby, or something to relax you on Now’s list. Make a habit of doing something just for you each day and your mind will ease from the frays of stress. When you find something is running through your brain like a hamster in a wheel…put it on a list and LET IT GO. You have it written down so you do not have to ruminate on it.

Some days are easier than others. I think keeping things small and simple and taking it moment by moment is as helpful as it gets. When depression and anxiety don’t lift for you or they are getting in the way of your career, family or spiritual life, do not hesitate to seek a professional. I am not a professional except at lacemaking. There are many good medications out there that can help you stay on track and ease symptoms of mental disorder.

I do hope you have found this helpful and please share this post to anyone that is struggling. I would hope my thoughts can be helpful.


Live, Love, Tat!
J

Want to shop without a mask?

Don’t we all…but that is not the safe or practical thing to do for now. BUT…you can always shop with Snappy Tatter online, from the comfort of your home! I have added new photography to my PIXELS shop, updated listings in my Etsy shop and am working on new designs for this shop! Stop by and shop with me…no mask required.

http://www.jennifer-kohr.pixels.com
http://www.snappytatter.etsy.com
http://www.snappytatter.com

Live, Love, Tat!

J

New Photograpy on Pixels.com

Hello all! Come see my new photography listings on Pixels! There you can shop for everything from clothing to gifts and home decor with your favorite photos and paintings on them.

Stop by and shop online or just sneak a peek at these photos and other work I have been busy with. New tatting is coming soon. More chatting is coming too!

Live, Love, Tat!
J

Fresh Ink!

Mandala number 30 is vibrant in shades of red, pinks, purple and yellow. If you don’t like to color or don’t have time, you can buy my already colored Mandalas by visiting my online PIXELS shop! I also have Photography and original paintings and drawings available for sale. I love how this Mandala has so much flexibility in how it can be colored. The black and white line drawing will be for sale on my Etsy site as well, if you would like to color it the way you prefer.

Live, love, tat!
J

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