I do not know what has been in the air for my husband and I lately. From a beloved family member passing to a sick cat, then sick dog, then our major source of heat failing with high Idaho desert winter bearing down on us…car issues, traveling issues…what on earth is going on? Is something in retrograde? Aside from all of this stress I have been drawing and tatting. I have more work finished that will go into the galleries for sale here on this website, to be found nowhere else! I also have been steadily tatting orders for Christmas. I will be adding the new work to the left gallery for sale tomorrow. Tonight, I will relax, but here are some photos of what my next talk will be about!
There are just a few things available but I have gotten the hang of how to add items to my website for sale so soon you won’t have to run around the web to buy my work! The top menu to the left shows what is available. All work is currently available and it will ship USPS first class unless you need it faster, in which case, please email me, so I can accommodate you. All Snappy Tatter work is also guaranteed so if something goes wrong, please let me know. I will write out what my guarantee covers soon. The piece above, named Valor, is available under the Tatted motif menu! This is so exciting!!!!!!
I upgraded my website awhile ago so that my customers and readers would be able to purchase my work directly from me through PayPal. I am not a techy person and often struggle for hours to figure out how to do something simple…or supposedly simple. I am just an artist, after all. Lol. I read and re-read the tutorials for how to set up payment on this website and over and over it was a difficult task. Why weren’t the options showing up that they were promising were there??? Luckily, I am rather mellow this evening and felt like taking on the task. I finally figured it out and will be adding “buy” buttons to eligible items in the galleries. I also will add “buy” buttons when new items are showcased. If you have any questions, I MAY have an answer. For now I have a few kinks to work out and then I will begin with my Couture collection, adding the latest works and “buy” buttons so you no longer have to run around the internet to find my shop to purchase things.
In the meantime…pop on over to the Watch Gallery. The watch shown above is for sale and now you can buy it straight from me with ALWAYS FREE SHIPPING!!! Who doesn’t love that!
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.
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.
The previous version of Flyaway
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 available in my Etsy shop in the J Kohr Couture for sale 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!
I have been waiting for the day I could shout this from the rooftops! My lacework is in the October issue of Country Living Magazine! Back in July they commissioned me to design a panel of tatted words surrounded by a simple old-fashioned lace design. I worked hard for perfection, spending two weeks, emailing and phoning back and forth to get the editors at Hearst Magazine what they were they were envisioning. And I tatted around the clock to meet their deadline! The final result was this panel:
The panel was over-nighted to their offices in New York and then I waited anxiously to see if it actually made it into the magazine. It is one page of a two page introduction to an article called ” Arsenic and Old Lace”, an article about old-fashioned fall and Halloween themed home decor including lacework. The actual panel was cropped for the magazine page and shot up close. It is on page 84. My name and web address are on the seam side of the page.
I am soooo excited to have been noticed and asked to attempt this task. Yahoo!!! Another good thing that came out of this project is that now I have a basis for a tatted script alphabet.
The original panel before the ends were tied in:
The detail of the lacework: I tried to be as perfect as possible!
I continue to count my blessings as I continue my career as a fiber artist. And I thank everyone, especially my husband, for all the support and encouragement I continually receive. It truly means so much to me.
I know many people had planned to see me the second day at the ArtFest or were talking to me about custom work when everything fell apart with the weather. So for June, I would like to offer 20% off all custom jewelry*. You can search my Blog galleries, my Etsy shop and mysold items and find what you like and have it made in the color, size and style you would like.
This discount is for everyone to enjoy! I am always happy to take sales directly through email with PayPal or checks and now my Etsy shop has direct checkout so I can take any credit card directly though my shop. Email me anytime with your ideas and requests. I try to respond within 24 hours.
*note: one-of-a-kind Ice Crystals, Snowballs, Snappy Couture and Fiber Art is not available for custom creation. 20% does not apply to packaging/shipping charges.