New Minimalist jewelry available in my shop!

Keeping It Simple, Silly…KISS

Sometimes the simplest designs are the most elegant. Understated Minimalist style is my design preference at times. I like to provide a wide variety of styles from simple to ornate at every price point so there is something for everyone in my shop. These latest simple designs are now available and ready to ship!

~The Halo bracelet variations~

Made with simple split rings the Halo design has been made into chokers, necklaces, and bracelets. Here are 3 of my latest designs and a link to the listing in my shop, Snappy Tatter.

~Halo Steps~

simple silver metallic asymmetrical rings with a hook and eye clasp.


~Halo Wave~

in navy blue with silver jewelry components and a toggle clasp


~Graduated Halo~

graduated rings in creamy ecru with a hook and eye clasp


~Flash Drips~

my simple Flash Drip pendant and earrings set in black with pewter fringe beads, leather necklace, pewter bail, spring ring clasp, and French wire earrings


~Frilly Drips~

pendant and earrings set in white cordonnet with teardrop shell accents, white satin necklace, flower bail, spring ring clasp, and French wire earrings.


~NEW design! Shamrock Set~

shuttle-tatted in vareigated greens and embellished with green Swarovski Crystal Pearls, black leather necklace, pewter bail, French wire earrings

All of these simple designs are priced between $14-19 and $36.50 for the Shamrock set. Feel free to use COUPON CODE “LOVELACE” for FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the US. Enter code during checkout for the discount.

I hope you like my new work!

Live, Love, Tat!

J

Labor Day Weekend Sale!

Snappy Tatter is having a sale till 9/6/21! FREE SHIPPING on all domestic US orders. Minimum order of 3 items. The discount will be applied at checkout in my Etsy shop!

Thought I would take a moment to showcase my latest J Kohr Couture design, Garden Watch IX. It sold within a day of being listed but there will be more coming soon.

I have made 10 watches so far. This one was a real treat to design. The watch face is extra large at 2″ wide. It is an antique Betsy Johnson watch I found at a garage sale. I love the rose gold flowers on the face and the bright pink embellishments of the second hand and side button. I tried to coordinate my design with these features.

The base tatting is a split ring design attached directly to the face. It is edged on both sides with a variegated cordonnet that transitions from brown to green to blue. The edging also has matte olive colored seed beads. The vine of small leaves that weaves its way along the band and side of the face also has matte seed beads. It is permanently attached to the side of the face as well. The flowers in dark pink, purple and lavender, are embellished with clear and Aurora Borealis Swarovski Crystals that are 2mm and 3mm in size. The purple flowers also have pink bugle beads tatted into their design. A final little surprise on this band is the bright red PIXIE Butterfly with a yellow Swarovski Crystal center. She is permanently affixed to the watch face.

All of the tatting is mounted on a light leaf green cotton band and secured with hand sewing and an industrial resin. All flowers are stiffened and waterproofed. Metal jewelry components that match the band and face are added along with an extension chain and lobster clasp for a secure fit. A new battery was added before I packaged it in a white box and shipped the watch. There is access to the back of the watch face to change the battery.

I hope you love it! I will make new Garden Watches soon. They are very labor intensive and the perfect one-of-a-kind accessory. This is something you won’t find anywhere but Snappy Tatter!

Come shop the sale! Buy whatever you like and forget the shipping costs. Sale will end at the end of the day on 9/6.

Live, Love, Tat!

J

A relaxing day in the sunshine…with Emgality

Beech Fork Lake

I suffer from Intractable Cluster Headache Syndrome (Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgia). I have had this illness for four decades. It is a very rare and extraordinarily painful condition. My faulty hypothalamus causes the blood vessels in my brain to swell and squeeze the fifth branch of the trigeminal nerve. This causes multiple attacks each day of excruciating facial pain around and in one eye. Imagine an ice pick boring through your temple and a finger pushing your eye out from the inside while the back of your head is hit with a blast of a shotgun. All on one side of the head. My eyelid droops and tears up. My nose runs and gets clogged. My tooth feels like it is falling out. My temple and around my eye swells and turns red and my face droops on one side like a stroke. I find it difficult to speak, my digestion often stops, and I have to rock in my chair because laying down makes the pain even worse.

To treat it, I am on a preventative that helps ease pain and number of attacks each day. I take an injection and hyperventilate on 100% oxygen to constrict the blood vessels around my brain. I use lidocaine on my temples, straight liquid capsaicin in my nostril, melatonin to stop nighttime attacks, and Boswellia Serrata to reduce overall inflammation.

Cluster Headaches are also called “suicide headaches” because people have killed themselves to escape its wrath. I belong to a small support group on Facebook. One year we lost 14 members to suicide. The pain and incessant attacks are just that bad. It is known to be the most painful condition known to medical science, worse than natural childbirth, burns, and broken bones.

Recently, I began a new treatment. The first of its kind that is for my specific illness. It is a once a month set of three 100mg shots called Emgality. It is also for chronic migraines, a very different illness that is much more common. Migraines effect about 13% of the population while CH (Cluster Headaches) affects about 0.1% of the population. In my lifetime I have only met 2 other sufferers in person, one of which is the doctor who diagnosed me.

I took my first shots of Emgality on July 26th. At first, I struggled with the same amount and intensity of attacks but the timing of them was off. CH attacks tend to occur in a cycle around the same time of day depending on the month and time of year. After about 7 days my attacks became fewer and less intense and more easily treated. Up until the 16th of August I was having only one or two attacks, some of which were so mild and brief I did not need medication. This was a huge change from 4-5 painful attacks a day. On the 12th I had NO attacks at all for the first time in about 3 years. From the 16th to the 21st I was struck with 5 attacks a day…all were excruciating and difficult to get under control, especially in the evening. I cried A LOT. Now I am back to enjoying more pain free time and easily treated attacks.

On Friday night as I suffered through the evening I told Jay come hell or high water I want to go out kayaking tomorrow afternoon. And I meant it. I needed the relief and some sunshine after spending the week sick and inside. We recently bought inflatable kayaks and all the gear necessary to enjoy the local lakes and streams. We went to Beech Fork Lake and settled in. Jay fell in the water trying to get on his kayak giving me belly laughs! We paddled around the quiet lake enjoying the warm sunshine and wildlife. It was heavenly for me. I was so relaxed. I got an attack and treated it while in the middle of the lake. I just floated around till it eased. We had to paddle in because more attacks were to come. Overall, I enjoyed myself immensely, got some exercise and got out of the house.

I have my next round of Emgality shots on the 27th. I am hoping to have an easier month but the medication doesn’t reach its full effect till month three. So you have had a little look into my life and the condition that disables me. I pray I am like some of my support group fellows and have complete relief some day. With this illness I have learned to live between the pain. I cherish the times that my head is as clear as a bell in between attacks. Some days are better than others. Sometimes I just have to take the day off. But no matter what I try to live a life worth living as an artist, a wife and a friend. We all have hurdles to overcome but life was meant to be lived with purpose and love and I try to fulfill that everyday.

I hope you share this post…there are sufferers out there that do not know there is a solution to this rare disease.

In my next post, I will showcase my newest works!

Live, Love, Tat!

J

Christmas in July SALE is on!!!

Starting today until the end of the month I have a Christmas in July sale going on in my Etsy shop! You can find all available listings here in the “on sale” section. Below are screenshots of the listings straight from my shop.

Shop early for the holiday season or find early gifts for upcoming office parties or buy the perfect piece of jewelry that you have had your eye on. Only items that come with an option for a different color and are included in the sale in a color other than white, otherwise special requests for custom work will be full price. Feel free to shoot me a message through Etsy, here, Facebook or Instagram if you want more information.

Live, Love, Tat!

J

Earrings BONANZA!

Hi there Peeps! I have been busy in Snappy Tatter-Land again. This time making oodles of earrings that are available now in my Etsy shop. There are new tatting designs, new beading styles, and something for everyone! Here is a gallery of what is new in my shop:


Below you will find an easy and fast direct link under the photo of each of the 22 pairs that are new. As they are sold, the link will go to my shop but not directly to the listing. On the front page of my shop you can find all of what is available (right now over 90 pairs) in my entire earring collection.

sold

I hope that you see something that you love. I would love to read your comments, too! Next up are more earrings, pendants, one-of-a-kind J Kohr Couture necklaces, and more decorative boxes! I will showcase new work here as it becomes available.

Live, Love, Tat!

J

Bracelets, bracelets, bracelets and NEW Cube Cuff

I was busy making new jewelry when I was struck with pneumonia recently! I was laid up for a couple of weeks but am doing much better now. I am sore from withdrawing from steroids though. My skin feels like it is bruised all over. Anyhoo-I found the time to get down to my huge studio and take pictures of the bracelets I finished a few weeks ago with my new lighting system. My photos are turning out perfectly with little editing needed. It saves so much time to get the photos right the first time.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/1042413629

Introducing the NEW Cube Cuff! Shuttle tatted in light blue and a variegated cordonnet that transitions from blues to greens, this design is simple but labor intensive to create. Rings and chains make repeating squares and an outside edge chain adds stability so the shape will be retained perfectly. I also hand beaded rows of tiny green Aurora Borealis coated seed beads between the cubes for a subtle sparkle. Shuttle-tatting is s knotted lace technique that is very durable making this cuff wearable for years. You can find this beautiful cuff in my Etsy shop through the link under the photo.

And there’s more! I completed 5 more bracelets and they are available in my Etsy shop now. First I have a new version of the Chantilly cuff available in charcoal gray with a large Hematite accent bead. Chantilly is one of the first designs I created years ago. It has been sold many times over since the beginning. I wear one in black with no beads.

www.https://www.etsy.com/listing/1041923119

Another early design that I have made over an over is called Effervescence. I made one in soft shell pink with glass beads. I love the color! Delicate looking but every bit as durable as any lacework I make.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/1028208008

AND Obsession is the third wide cuff design I created years ago. Currently it is available in 3 listings in my shop. There is a black one with Hematite beading, a charcoal gray one with Hematite tubes shown below and there is a custom listing where you can choose your favorite color and length.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/1027959406

I have made a new Halo bracelet with smaller rings and 4mm glass pearls in silver. It’s a modest and simple design. I can totally see a bride or bridesmaid wearing this for the bride’s special day. I always welcome bridal work and have created custom designs for bride’s, bridesmaids and mothers of the bride or groom. I have made ornate sets of jewelry for the whole party and have made simple earrings or a bracelet for a one-of-a-kind accessory.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/1041926797

Finally, another new design has been created. I made one in charcoal for my BFF’s birthday. And then I recreated it with fewer beads in go-with-everthing navy. The glass beads are matte with shiny matching seed beads between. It is called “Elegant Infinity” and is based on my simpler Infinity pattern. I have been wanting to expand my bracelet selection lately and adding Cube and Elegant Infinity to my collection of private patterns expands what I have available.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/1028210778

That’s it for now! Next I am working on earrings and will post a gallery of what I have made here. I inherited some wonderful gems, crystals and stones from Jay’s sister and am excited to incorporate them into my work for one-of-a-kind creations you won’t find anywhere else!

Live, Love, Tat!

J

The Vine, the Strand and the Scallop.

New work has been created and is now ready for sale in the category “Currently for Sale” on the left or the right depending on what device you are viewing this with. I have not created my design called “Vine” in a long time and decided to revisit it. In olive and deep red, I think I hit the mark. I altered the pattern to have two leaves before each flower instead of one. The result was a winding vine that retains its shape with red flowers along the way. I have also decided that people seem to request sets of jewelry often so I made Vine earrings to go with the bracelet. The center bead is a rich, garnet red, Swarovski crystal pearl. The beading in the petals of the flowers are Aurora Borealis amber Czech glass drops.

Strand is one of my favorite designs for its simplicity and elegance. Again, I made a set of jewelry this time but it was a pendant and earrings set. Wee blue seed beads with copper centers are woven into the tatting and along the ends before ending in brilliant turquoise colored crystals that I have acquired. Simple, unique, elegant, the pendant is suspended from a simple silver chain. Perfect for day or night, you can find this jewelry set with the other in the new category to the left, right or below (depending on your device-lol).

Finally, as many of you know now, I got married this summer. And I designed all of my jewelry and hair accessory. The above pendant is the design I used for earrings. My husband helped me aptly name it “Scallop”. Possibly because of the scalloped edges, possibly because he used to be a commercial fisherman. Either way, I love the name. There are silver-lined Czech glass seeds tatted into the intersections and a brilliant Swarovski crystal in the center, a Celestial crystal dangles from the bottom, as well. Brilliant but not flashy and very white with the white satin cord necklace…I think the holidays and beyond will suit this pendant well.

Along with tatting and drawing and painting and living, I have been pondering about my site here on wordpress. I own my own domain…that is why you are at http://www.snappytatter.com and not “ww.snappytatter.someplace.com”. And earlier this year I upgraded so you won’t be bothered by ads while I chit chat. Now I am thinking of upgrading further so that this domain will become a place for full service shopping. Right now, you can buy any of the items I have listed one by one but my main shop is still on the Etsy platform (whose practices have become irritating and unhelpful as of late). It costs more money (of course) to turn this into a platform where I chat and you can shop endlessly, so I am giving this serious thought. My question to those of you reading this tonight/day…would you like to shop here along with hearing about my life, projects, and other ideas I may explore? Right now, you can buy things one at a time. An upgrade would mean you get to shop and purchase more than one item. And as always I am available to chat about custom work. It would just be through email, which is actually faster for me. So chime in, please, I would love to know what you think. In the meantime I will do more research on how simple the change is or isn’t.

I will return soon with more new work and more thoughts on upgrading.

Live, Love, Tat!

J

I got married!

Actually, I was married to Jay Rickert on June 18th of this year but a bunch of things interrupted my ability to tell all of you until now. I figure, it’s never too late to share that I got married!!!

I married the most wonderful man. I have always felt an almost magical connection to Jay, a joyful and deeply intimate connection. When we first were together I drew the portrait behind his head from a photo he had sent to me. We were still 2300 miles apart and our romance was budding long distance although we had both flown to meet each other by the time I had drawn this. I have never felt so close to someone as when I drew this portrait. That I did not expect. Jay looks a little weepy, a joyous weepy. This photo was taken the day he married me.

So, about the wedding…

We actually were married for less that $200, which is a feat in itself and deserves talking about. My little sister and her family came from Kansas to help us pull everything together a couple of days before the wedding. Mia, my sister, and my nieces, Marissa and Vanessa, helped me get dressed and Larry, my brother-in-law, help Jay get our modest venue prepared.

Read more!

The Butte County Fair-I did a thing.

I have not entered an art show of any kind for years. This is our 3rd summer here in Arco and I decided to spread my wings a little and enter 3 of my embroidered paintings into the modest art show. And I WON! Yay!!!! All 3 of my works earned first place in their categories with two of them also winning the Judge’s Choice award. This is so exciting for me!

DreamerJudge’s Choice Award
The Electric Rose

There will be more embroidered paintings and tatted sculptures coming in the future. I have been working more and am excited to share with you what has been happening around here.

In the meantime,

Live, Love, Tat!

J

Free shipping for Memorial Day!

There is FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING on all items that are already made and ready to ship from now until 5/28! Come snag those earrings, that special piece of fiber art or J Kohr Couture without paying a shipping fee if you live in the US. Message me if you are outside the states and I can offer reduced shipping to you, as well! The Shipping is already adjusted on items that are ready to go! With 78 items that have Free shipping, you are sure to find something to love! Here are just a few…

Come stop by between bar-b-ques and camping…I will be here all ready to pack and ship in Snappy Tatter-land!

Live, Love, Tat!

J