Let me tell you, some of my favorite creations are in my Snappy Couture line of jewelry. One-of-a-kind, and very labor intensive, these designs allow me to let my creativity out to push the limits of lace-making. When I was a little girl I wanted to be an architect, interior designer or a clothing designer…or a zookeeper (until I found out you don’t get to just play with the animals). To me, creating wearable works of art satisfies both the artistic designer and the analytical engineer in me, effective use of both sides of my brain!
There are over 25 different pieces of Snappy Couture all over the world. And the collection is continuously being added to. One Snappy Tatter follower requested a smaller version of the Full Bloom bouquet necklace that was more affordable for her.
I worked within her budget and was able to design a smaller rose bouquet using the same colors, smaller flowers and tighter Aspen leaves instead of the Oak that are in the original. The leaves are tatted together for a super durable base. The flowers are hand sewn into the design. I love the 3-D pop up effect of my roses! At her request, I added ivory Swarovski pearls instead of gold ones and finished the necklace with Sterling Silver jewelry components and ivory ribbon. The beading is minimal. There are only a few matte green/bronze seeds down the center veins of the leaves. Petite Full bloom is one of those designs that only needs a little embellishment because the lacework is the showstopper!
I entered a contest for jewelry designers last week. My effort is to get my work noticed by the panel of celebrity judges to fulfill my dream of “Snappy Tatter on the Red Carpet”. I entered my Couture necklace “Full Bloom” trying to knock the socks of off, well, everybody. I also entered a small wreath pendant from 2011 thinking that since the theme is “holiday necklaces”, the Wreath may get more votes. The unfortunate part is that the voting is based on appearance alone. No one knows my work is tatting or that it is the result of tying knots for many many hours. They just see the finished piece. Turns out both of these very different designs are getting attention. Yay!
I need the help of all my supporters and followers, fans, family and peeps! The more 5 star votes I get from the general public the more likely my work will make the final judging round in front of the professional panel of designers. I could win money but more importantly, I could win recognition.
Voting is free. You do not need to sign up for anything or enter any information. Just visit http://www.andthedesignwinneris.com and click the stars on Full Bloom and the Wreath on pages 2 and 3 of the gallery. You can only vote once for each entry. Every vote is so important. There are some beautiful designs in the galleries that I am competing with. All of you know that I put my heart and soul into my work, that my designs are original and take a considerable amount of time to create and that I am living my dream one knot at a time! I thank you all so very much for your support!
I am so glad I had this give away contest to name my new flower design. It was nice to hear flower names that I wouldn’t have thought of. Camelia is perfect for this design. Thank you Debbie A.! Your pink and white full size Camelia is done and ready to ship. Heidi, yours is the smaller one in Terra Cotta and a variegated cord called “spice cake”. It is a different version with 12 petals instead of ten. It is denser and a little flatter. I hope you like it. And for Christine, a black and medium charcoal 10 petal small version. It is less cupped than the larger one but I like it just as much as the other ones.
~New Camelia Bobby Pins~
The large black and silver one in my hair is my own. It took me about 20 shots to get a good picture of the back of my head. Yes, the pink is back in my hair! 🙂
The Camelias will be invading my shop by the end of the week. There are over 35 color options not including several variegated colors to choose from. Watch facebook for their listings.
The Bobbies will ship tomorrow! I hope you all like them!
I am loving so many of the flower name entries that I have received and am inspired to use many of your suggestions for future designs.
I found three of the entries very intriguing for the general design. And yes, Christine, I love “Bella Noir” for the specific bobby that was shown. I was looking for a more general name that could be used with any color combination. And I was looking for a feminine name that was visually close to the design. I perused the internet via my own search and your links and I came up with these three finalists…
~The Lenten Rose~
entered by Heidi O.
entered by Debbie A.
entered by Monica B.
This was very hard to choose and I slept on it but the same winner keeps coming to mind…Debbie Arnold who entered the Camelia!
I love the tight, rounded, overlapping features of the Camelia. And visually, when I put the photos side by side, the Camelia jumps out as the closest flower to my design. Congratulations Debbie! And thank you for naming my newest flower design! You can choose up to two colors in the photo below and I will tat this new design for you and create a bobby pin with a pearl center. I can also make a brooch. Contact info is at the bottom of this post.
Because the choice was so difficult, there are runner-ups in this contest. Yay!
Heidi O., thank you for the Lenten Rose. Monica B., thank you for the Gardenia. In the future I will be working to create more accurate representations of both of these flowers. And Christine B., I looooove your enthusiasm 🙂 and must admit that Bella Noir is a beautiful name for the black and silver flower. The three of you will each get their own Bobby in a smaller size (2 layers instead of 4) in up to two colors.
So-Debbie, Heidi, Monica and Christine, please choose a primary color and secondary color by number or letter from the photo above and send the information in a Facebook message or comment below, or to my email address: email@example.com.
Thank you to all the ladies who participated! You can many more hair accessories in this section of my Etsy shop. This was so much fun. Stay tuned for the next Give-away and more Snappy Tatter happenings!
Okay, you have all been very enthusiastic about this give-away. Let me give you the list of flower names I have so far…
day night bloom
If you don’t see your entry send me a message! And remember each name can only be entered once and the first person to enter the name is chosen. I have contacted everyone who has entered a duplicate name. So pick your brain and see what else is in there.
And while I spend some time thinking about these names and looking up photos you can still send me your entry until 11 pm EST tonight! You can find the details and photos for this give-away here.
Do you know how hard it is to photo the back of your own head without a tripod…or another person for that matter. I decided to photo my hair because I am wearing the unnamed flower in my hair today. And yes, my hair is a normal color right now, no pink. Ha! Closeups of these pics may not be too crisp but you can get the idea of how it looks.
And to answer some questions that have popped up: Yes, I can make it smaller. Yes I can make it in one color instead of two. Yes it can be bigger as well, and flatter too. And I would be happy to make it into a brooch instead of a bobby pin.
To learn more about the big “Name that flower” give-away click here.
What flower does this Snappy Tatter design make you think of? Keep the answers coming. I’m getting some good ones!
Live, Love, Tat!
p.s. I’ll let you know if you have given me a name that has already been entered. 🙂
Hello Peeps! I’ve missed you all so now it’s give-away time!
While I have been “taking it easy”, I have created a new flower. Yay! As most of you know or have realized by now, I love designing flowers and flora and their associated fauna, (mostly insects) and this one needs a name. This give-away is easy to enter and fun to boot! The question is: what flower does this design remind you of? This flower is circular with many overlapping petals and could be considered a little trumpeted. Think 3-D, pop-up and large. Think of the flowers in your gardens that are big and showy. If you are not a gardener, botanist or floral decorator, 😉 share this contest with your friends and family and see what they come up with for flower names. Many of you are international Snappy Tatter fans or from different parts of the US than western Pennsylvania so think of flowers that are native to your area. I am eager to see what you have out there!
Here are the “Name that Flower” Give-away rules:
~Send me your flower name that you think best represents this design. If you can find a link to a great picture that would be very helpful. I would like a common name, not a Latin name (unless there is only a Latin name, in which case I will come up with a nickname).
~The winner will be the person whose flower name I have chosen.
~In the event that more than one person has entered the same name, I will award the prize to the person who FIRST sent in the name. Thank goodness everything is time stamped these days! It could be down to seconds, ladies!
~You may enter more than one name. Entering the same name more than one time will not increase your chances, it will just take up your precious time.
~I have patterns for a Mum, Dandelion, Marigold, Rose, Lily, Pansy, and Daisy so those names cannot be entered.
~Enter by posting a commenting below or on this post on Facebook or you can send me a Tweet or what is now becoming sooooo yesterday…you can actually send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Prize? How about a custom Flower Bobby for yourself! Yay!
Here are more photos for you to use as a reference:
You will be the first kid on the block to be wearing this exclusive Snappy Tatter design and you can have it in your favorite colors. It pops up just a little so you can nestle it sweetly in your hair. The flower measures 2″ across and has a decorative glass pearl at its center. I have silver bobbies with white, pink, cream and silver pearls. The metal bobby pin measures 1.50″ long and is short enough to embellish shorter hair. These are the colors of cordonnet the winner can choose from for their bobby so you can start thinking about what you will choose!
Keep it for yourself or give it to someone special. It will come in a gift box wrapped in lovely Snappy Tatter floral paper with a red ribbon accent.
The black and silver bobby shown is for me but I will make one to go in my shop soon. I will time myself now that I have the pattern so I can get an accurate price. I am thinking the price will be between $28-$35 but don’t hold me to that. It takes a lot of time to work out a pattern and this may not take as much time as I think now that I have the numbers to go by. And no, I am not selling the pattern. Sorry ladies, maybe later this year!
This Give-away will end at noon (12 pm EST) July 31st and the winner will be announced shortly after. The newly named flower bobby will ship in 2-3 weeks!
Sorry for the delay everyone! Some nights life just gets in the way and last night was that night! To fill everyone in, I had no response from the first winner drawn for the weekend give-away I held almost two weeks ago so I decided I should draw a new name. The NEW winner of the pendant below is “Another Bonnie”! Continue reading →