Spring has Sprung!

Spring has sprung in Snappy Tatter-land. After an exceptionally cold winter here in western Pennsylvania by blooming Daffodils and crocuses are a welcome sight. There have been many changes in the Kohr household over the past few months which have pulled me away from Snappy Tatter-land more than I want. Today I thought I would showcase a few of the Etsy shop listings that are spring themed in honor of the beautiful bright blue day outside. Enjoy!

~Leaf Garland~

listing: https://www.etsy.com/listing/94545995

~Petite Summer Gala~

https://www.etsy.com/listing/193362215

~Hot Pink Frilly Fleur~

https://www.etsy.com/listing/106186728

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~Diana Butterfly Stickpin~

available in 35 different colors and several styles of beading…

https://www.etsy.com/listing/101468338

https://www.etsy.com/listing/75276378

~Daisy Chain~

https://www.etsy.com/listing/83649458

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Happy spring everyone, Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

New work for the Arts on the Riverwalk Festival!

Hello Peeps. I will have to keep my chatting to a minimum because there is so much work waiting for me upstairs. I thought I would drop in and share a few new items that are going to the New Castle Arts on the Riverwalk Festival on July 11th and 12th. Everything that is ready made in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter, will be going with me as well. Here is a gallery of new items that are packed and ready to go!

~Infinity Cuff~

Always a fan fave, this version is made in dark charcoal cordonnet and embellished with turquoise colored glass, Sterling spacers and silver-lined gunmetal Czech pressed glass.

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~Midnight Rhapsody~

A new dramatic Couture collar that is embellished with Czech glass in shades of blue and black and has a medallion in cobalt blue and black. It is 18″ long and ruffles elegantly around your neck.

~Indulgence~

Originally made in navy and mocha for my mother, I re-visited the pattern creating all white lace this time. The beading is perfect Swarovski crystal pearls and silver-lined clear Czech glass. Sterling accents and picot edged ribbon add to the elegance of this design.

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~Pink Sweetie Mini Box~

I will come up with an adorable name for this small box that is a little less than 2″ across. The components are a Daisy, PIXIE butterfly and an Aspen leaf that are embellished with Mill Hill beads and Swarovski Crystal Pearls in silver and white. The garden is mounted on a softly colored damask upholstery fabric and trimmed with handmade cable with a metallic thread running through it. All of my small boxes are lined with matching felt. Everything but the metal box is handmade in these little fiber art designs.

~The Rosebud Blackwork Box~

A 3″x3″ metal box that is fully lined with deep red felt. The components are a Victorian Red Rosebud with a frilly center that surrounds a large Swarovski Crystal Pearl, evergreen Holly leaves and Blackwork embroidery of original design embellished with more pearls. Mounted on Damask Aida cloth that has a brilliant shine, this contemporary design is completely handmade, as well.

Hope you enjoyed the gallery. I’m off to finish more work which I will post soon.

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

Adams Ridge Holiday Show

This is where I will be this coming weekend peeps! All work that is available in my shop that is not Made to Order will be there with me. So you can actually see it in 3-D reality and touch it too. And if you really like it you can take it home with you for the fee on the tag plus a little tax so the misers of the State can get their share. ūüėÄ All Made to order listings will remain in my shop and be available to purchase through the event. Ready made items will not be available online from Friday to some time on Sunday after I recuperate from all the excitement.

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And I have great news: I will be able to take credit cards on the spot thanks to Intuit’s GoPayment app! Yahoo! I hope to see my local peeps there. And if you are the adventurous type and would like to come for the event, I can recommend a nice hotel for you to stay in. Happy Holiday shopping you crazy people!

Live, Love, Tat!

Jennifer

September is Free Shipping for Facebook fans, Twitter and Blog followers!

Howdy all! Here’s the latest Snappy Tatter promotion for the month of September! Enjoy Free Shipping on everything until the next e-Newsletter by entering the code “SNAPPYSHIPPING” in the coupon box during checkout in my Etsy Store. Ask me for free shipping if you would like to purchase outside of my shop through email, blog or facebook. Read the September e-Newsletter in full…

Fresh Photos of Fiber Art!

The August earring bonus continues in my Etsy Shop, Snappy Tatter. I will make a set of Drip, Drop, Rush or PIXIE Butterfly earrings for each item purchased from my Fiber Art section. Find pictures of the qualifying earrings and Fiber Art in this post.This bonus is only available for a few more days!

I recently updated my Fiber Art listings paying particular attention to the accuracy of the detailed descriptions and photos. Here are a few of the newest photos for some of my Garden boxes: (click the pics for full descriptions, pricing and more photos)

Sunshine Flutter

The Crystal PIXIE Garden Party

close up!

Black and Gold Abagail Butterfly

Sophie’s Garden

side view

The Cobalt Butterflies Rejoice

detail view

side view of the pop up butterflies and texture

inside is fully hand lined with evergreen felt

One of my favorite Butterfly Gardens!

Pansy Paradise

detail view of beading and Pop up Tangerine PIXIE Butterflies

fully lined hinged metal box

I hope you all enjoyed this small gallery. I will be adding these photos to the Fiber Art category at the left. Next post will be about the making of my latest Couture design, Teeny Tat Chic.

Cheers!

Jennifer

Rearranging the Shop Sections!

I spent a little time today rearranging the sections in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter. A couple of my sections were getting really full with listings. and since I am only allowed 10 sections I have to juggle my listings at times.

The newest layout for my Categories goes like this: (click the heading to be taken to the entire shop section)

Snappy Couture Jewelry

Enchanted

Spring Gala

Fiber Art Designs

The Crystal PIXIE Garden Party

Candie the Tatterpillar

Limited Edition Ornaments

Snowball No.16

Snowball No.10

Tatted Necklaces and Bracelets

Phoenix

Petals

Tatted Pendants and Earrings

Decadence

Brilliance Choker

Fancy Tatted Cocktail Rings and Brooches

Flair Cocktail Ring

Vivien Butterfly

Tatted Barrettes and Bobbies

Lily Bobby

Rosette Barrette

Teeny Tats Stationery

Teeny Tats Handmade Stationery

Teeny Tats Handmade Stationery

Gift Certificates

Snappy Tatter Gift Certificates never expire and cover shipping too!

Cheers everyone!

Introducing Strung up Sophie…

My Sophie Butterfly has become a necklace. She is bold and modern without frills or fru-fru. She likes to make a statement and she does it well. She has been shuttle-tatted with harvest orange and black cordonnet and beaded with black Czech glass rounds, dark orange seeds, and black faceted crystal. She is sharp!

She can be found in my Etsy Shop where she is chillaxing with tatted flowers and leaves and many more butterflies.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/75565575

Rockin’ fine Sterling chain, she makes a beautiful impact as precious jewelry.¬† Go Sophie!

Sophie is a versatile gal and has been sold as large applique on JJBeads, my second Etsy shop where I sell applique and supplies from my stash. http://jjbeads.etsy.com

She also has her own Garden. In Salmon and Azalea pink, she is softer and more feminine and makes a wonderful addition to a delicate Fiber Art garden.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/72613933

Sophie's Garden

 Since my attendance at the New Castle Riverwalk Arts Festival two weeks ago I have been busy reorganizing my inventory and packing up the supplies I took with me in organized boxes so I know where everything is. I have also been busy with an influx of new orders and custom requests from my patrons, current customers, family and friends.

I designed a MOD style bracelet with salmon pink centers accented with black Czech glass beads. I have never made the MOD style in two colors before and was truly pleased with the outcome. It looks more floral than usual as there is such a distinction in the center rings. I also took the same style of bracelet and lengthened it to fit one of the show organizers. A standard size is available in my Etsy Shop. The Cobalt blue MOD Bracelet is one of my favorite designs. Glitzy and bold. http://www.etsy.com/listing/25091790

The MOD design is still one of my all time most popular styles. It is the only design I have that is a modified version of an antique pattern. It is the first pattern I turned into jewelry. It has become bracelets, pendants, chokers, double and triple wide cuffs, earrings and now a Bobby Pin which was a custom request from a regular customer.

I also completed a custom request from my BFF, Cindie (Cindie-Lou-Hoo) to make a Sunflower for a friend of hers. I researched the flower online and modified my Gerbera pattern to become a Sunflower. I tatted dark gold beads into the black center and silver-lined gold beads into the outer petals. I hand sewed more glass beads through the center rings and embellished the black center with a large, black Czech glass round. Long, uniform picots make the outer edge frilly and make the flower a large pendant. Voila! Sunflower!

I loved it so much, I made a second for my Etsy shop strung on black Italian leather.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/73596477

Custom tatted earrings in white with dangling crystals were made for a customer’s bridesmaids. She has Ecru Frilly Drips with Ivory pearls to wear at her wedding.

So now, as of today, I am caught up on custom orders and focusing on new work as well as filling Etsy orders from customers who saw me at the show and went home to order online. Mystique from my Snappy Couture line sold to a customer who saw me at the show to someone in North Dakota.   The show continues to be more and more successful as the exposure I got was just priceless!

I have added many more pics to my galleries at the left for all of you to enjoy! Here’s a run-down of newly listed pics:

Faith cross pendant in cream

Infinity Bracelet in navy

Flourish Bracelet in black with red jade centers

Majestic Dragonfly with a new style of beading

Crystal PIXIE Garden Party Box in the Fiber Art Gallery

More Diana Stick Pins

Purple POP in the Mini Box Gallery

And I rearranged the Barrettes and included some pics of smaller ones

SUPER BLOGGING!!!

As for family life here at the Kohr household, Jackie, our Chinese Water Dragon is getting healthier by the minute. She is a lovely shade of green now and my father is looking into helping us build a nice large habitat for her. He is amazing at making furniture!

Seth and I spent last Friday night building a fire in our backyard fire pit. We roasted late night wienies and enjoyed “campfire confessions” with a few rum and cokes.

We spent all evening Monday putting in our garden and planting annuals. Wonderful! We can’t wait to reap the benefits!

Cheers everyone! Have a fantastic weekend!

Jennifer

New creations on Etsy!

The Birch Leaf Pendant

Tatted Birch Leaf pendent in a rich evergreen color. I just got the color in and love how deep it is. I think it will make a striking Gala necklace at some point. I am currently working on a Gala for the Spring that uses a lighter leafier green and the blossoms are shades of peach, lilac, lavender and purple. I truly enjoy making organic designs of flowers and leaves. This Leaf is suspended with Sterling on supple brown Italian leather. 

http://www.etsy.com/listing/72683850

Diana Brooch

I added an olive colored leaf and deep Terra Cotta Diana butterfly to a Sterling brooch to make the next design. She has reddish purple glass beading in her wings and a metallic purple Czech glass bead in her center. The Beads in the leaf are matte and have a greenish brown color that I like. It looks less “glam” and more natural. Diana has been stiffened to curve her wings and antennae. Mounted on off-white fabric with batting behind it, Diana and her leaf are securely glued to the brooch base and the prongs are clamped to add more security.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/72686041

Sophie’s Garden

Mounted on a 3″x3″ metal box, an orange and salmon Sophie buzzes out of clusters of Teeny Tat flowers and fly-stitched leaves. She has a little beading in her wings in a matching pink color and a Swarovski crystal sparkling in the center of her body. I made her with the finest cordonnet to make her as small as possible. Her colors remind me of orange creamsicles or yogurt. The background is a white on white floral cotton. The handmade light silver cable has a metallic thread spun into it for a delicate glitter around the edges of the garden. The 2″ deep interior is fully lined with fuchsia felt. Sophie’s Garden is gentle and feminine to me.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/72613933

The Orange Blossom Mini Keepsake

This is The Orange Blossom. A mini keepsake that only measures 2″ across. I made a multi-layer flower I call “Frilly Fleur” in shades of light and harvest orange…I felt the creamsicle effect again. The flower itself took over two hours to carefully graduate the chains and make sure the picots were uniform throughout. I mounted the flower on cream colored linen and sewed glass beading in clear yellow, cream, and silver-lined clear in a radiating pattern. The center is an orange Cat’s Eye bead. The handmade cable edge was made with two shades of soft green and the interior was fully lined with matching felt. Orange Blossom. Yummy.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/72507342

Butterscotch Blaze

And another mini keepsake…Butterscotch Blaze. Butterscotch because that is the name of the fantastic saturated yellow thread and Blaze because it just seems to be on fire! My lovely tatted Double Flutter PIXIE butterfly has glass beading tatted into the wings and a small round Red Bamboo Coral bead in the center. The Teeny Tat flower is gold and Terra Cotta colored with a red crystal and tiny leaves below it. The cotton fabric the garden is mounted on is absolutely gorgeous saturated shades from green to Carnelian red, red hot orange and deep yellow. There are gold swirls and lines embossed on the fabric. Ooooo…I just LOVE the color!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/72684628

My mini keepsakes just tickle my fancy in general. Love it! And I hope you are enjoying it as well! You can find more work in the left menu or in my shop http://snappytatter.etsy.com.

Cheers! Jennifer

Poetry in April…

My love affair with small boxes continues to evolve as I explore the endless ways to embellish them. I have tons of fabrics to choose from, 3 styles of metal boxes, literally hundreds of threads, thousands of beads, crystals, shell, pearls, Sterling and glass, and mountains of ideas.

I usually begin by creating tatted elements that go together but in the case of this rectangular box I began with the fabric and embroidery.

The Poetry of the Garden

Crewel is one of my favorite forms of embroidery. I learned from a nationally renowned teacher when I was a member of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America. Not only do I like that the style is less rigid than other forms of embroidery but there is flexibility in the fabric and thread choices and endless styles of stitches to choose from. I basically used a free style of satin and long and short stitch for this design. I very faintly drew with a pencil a light design of the stems and where the flower and buds would go. I find if I don’t do this I will work right off the area I am limited to or will not make use of my space as well as I could have. A piece I am designing right now is less sketched out…we will see where that goes.

The stem was worked first, not only in the chartreuse I had chosen but a warm gray to tone down the green and make the stem recede more and add dimension. The leaves are mainly satin stitched and I tried to keep in mind that the light is coming from the upper left corner. So colors on the surfaces of leaves, buds and flowers needed to be brighter on the edges that face this direction. I use a horizontal long and short stitch for the buds allowing me to wrap the deeper colors around the bottom and light on top.

¬† I like the natural greens and spicy flowers on the buttery colored fabric. The grays match the warm poetic writing in the background and I don’t actually know what it says. I didn’t stop to read the fabric. I liked the appearance and nostalgic feel.

The large blossom is several shades from pale peach to orange, rust and brick. I kept adding stitches, painting the flower into the fabric. The floss gives a wonderful sheen and like most crewel-work the entire garden is raised and has a lot of visual texture.

And how to finish my work? With sweet little 3-D PIXIE butterflies, of course! I chose a nice dark turquoise for contrast and stitched the little tatted buggers to be flitting around the garden. Ahhhh…the poetry of it all. Edged in matching satin cord that is doubled and fully lined with Victorian red felt this 4 1/4″ x 3 1/8″ hinged box was finished. I haggled through a few days trying to decide the name and finally it came to me…The Poetry of the Garden. Find this treasure and many others in my Etsy shop, Snappy Tatter

http://www.etsy.com/listing/72498734

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Cheers! Jennifer

new item…

I am not sure why I had to search for this photo but I finally found it! Good thing I am in the habit of backing up my back-up.

My newest Fiber Art box “The Cobalt Butterflies Rejoice”¬† is listed in The Gallery of Fiber Art 2011 to the left.

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