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?
So back to happy tatting, I go.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Live, Love, Tat!