Snappy Mandalas

Some of you may know that when I am not tatting, I draw. Drawing is relaxing to me. I found a great feature in my Corel digital drawing software that allows me to make Mandalas. I figured, as much as people like to fill these in with color, is about how much I enjoy drawing them myself. Late at night, when I feel like doing something relaxing, I set up my software and draw on my laptop while we watch The Walking Dead or The 100…

 

These designs are from my brain to my computer to the Artisan’s Corner Shoppe, in Blackfoot, and also to my Etsy shop. You can download larger versions without the watermark by purchasing any of them in the Printables to Color section. I would love to know what everyone thinks. Leave a comment below!

Live, Love, Tat DRAW! 🙂

J

 

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We like to move it, move it!

Artisan’s Corner Shoppe has been making a move over the last month…across the street! I re-joined the group of local artists and artisans this past Thursday. I am very excited at the larger space and new ideas that the very sharp, Jennifer Moon, is presenting. She works hard to make the shop possible in quaint, up-and-coming, Blackfoot, Idaho. I can’t wait to see things fill out as the other members bring their work in to display. These are just a few snaps I took before leaving. My paintings will be joining the display this coming Tuesday.

Along with changes at Artisan Corner Shoppe, there have been changes here at home where we welcome late spring weather, graciously. Jay has been avidly gardening a large 30′ x 30′ plot on our half acre. I have been working on a smaller flower garden and have plans to prune the overgrown honeysuckle and lilac. It is amazing how different everything looks compared to when we purchased this house and land last year around this time! The lawn is actually a green lawn! We spend a lot of times in the mountains and have purchased a small camper so we can make overnight stays comfortable.

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Adorable, right? This photo is from Mosquito Flat Reservoir.

Another change in Snappy Tatter-land was the re-working of one of my Couture designs. As you know, my Couture work is one-of-a-kind, wearable, fiber art that takes hours and days to design and create. Sometimes, something I have created just doesn’t sit right with me. That is true of Flyaway Butterfly Gala. I did not like the way the center butterfly sat. It didn’t look attractive to me and I felt I could do better. So I dismantled it some time ago with the intention of reworking that center piece. FINALLY, I got to it with everything that has been going on in the last couple of years. Yes, it can take me that long to get to something now. Between moving, living, my neurological condition, and the things that make up daily life, it took me time to get back to Flyaway. But, I am grateful I did. I love what developed so much more than what it was. By now I have more butterfly patterns under my wing (so to speak) so I chose Gloria to take up the space of the butterfly I did not prefer. She is 3-D, which I love, and is a magnificent crescendo in this modern display of natural delights.

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The previous version of Flyaway
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The new version of Flyaway Butterfly Gala

I love this so much more!!! In the new version of Flyaway, a Vivien Butterfly tags along at the bottom giving the bib necklace a better “plunge” look and the extra PIXIE butterfly was added at the top to attach around the neck, mirroring the other side. Instead of stabilizing the work with trimmed and sealed organza on the backside, I added flesh tone rings where stability was needed. The butterflies are more transparent and look bolder. Flyaway is on display in Blackfoot or available in my Etsy shop in the J Kohr Couture section! I would love to hear what you have to say about the Flyaway transformation. Please feel free to comment below!

Thanks everyone for stopping into Snappy Tatter-land. Feel free to use coupon code “LOVELACE” for free domestic shipping…it’s still active for a limited time!

Live, Love, Tat!

J

Here Fishy Fishy!!!

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 J Kohr 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!

Live, Love, Tat!

J

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

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… 🙂

drunk on color

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