I have finally been getting back into the groove of things around here. After Jay’s hospitalization, we were both finding we felt weak and tired. It was just a common reaction after such a long, stressful event. My husband is still struggling with his energy but we are both concerned that we will not be able to do the things we want to this summer, like hiking, if we don’t get used to moving our bodies more. So we are trying to take some walks and strengthen our muscles.
I have been working through the days adding new products to this shop and creating announcements that Snappy Tatter is moving to a second shopping website. My Etsy shop WILL remain open and all listings will be Made to Order (MTO). It is so much easier to choose variations for custom MTO work on Etsy that I am leaving those listings up and will be adding more. If an item is already made and ready to ship, you will find it here at http://www.snappytatter.com. If you order from Etsy, I will promptly create your order and ship it.
I have been with Etsy for 10 years now. I have seen so many changes and I have built up a nice customer base. I don’t want to lose that. The Etsy platform is easy to work with as well. I hope to expand my patrons and audience with this shop and my PIXEL.com shop where I sell paintings and drawings. I will talk about PIXELS later.
I want everyone to know that you can find all items a little less expensive here. Etsy has raised certain fees and changed their marketing structure (making it more expensive) forcing me to change my pricing on Etsy ONLY. There is free shipping if you order over $35 worth of items on Etsy though. Here the prices will be lower because of fewer fees and shipping is a flat rate of $4.50 for anywhere in the US.
These are changes that are happening but not completed. Now that I am feeling more rested and more pulled together, I am checking off my long list of things I have wanted to do for my work.
It’s happening! My shop is filling up with all kinds of goodies so far. My entire collection of J Kohr Couture jewelry, earrings and two new jewelry sets can be found here now. This shop will fill with items that are ready to ship and easy to purchase. Just put it in your cart and hit the pay button and it will be on it’s way.
I have been with the Etsy platform for over 10 years now and there were times when working with them was so easy and fair in the beginning. It was a ready made platform that was simple to understand for someone like me that is NOT a computer nut. I happily hummed along in my little shop learning the ins and outs of what makes an Etsy shop successful. Then Etsy began to change some of the game including their fees and how and who is advertised where. With hundreds of thousands of sellers at their disposal they can make changes that make it hard for established sellers like me to decide to move or to just adjust. I know it has caused some to move on and find other online venues. I have stuck with them but after realizing that Etsy is advertising other tatter’s and other seller’s work in my shop pages…I am going to limit my use and hopefully completely expand to being here over time.
You can purchase from Snappy Tatter-land easily. Notice the restructuring of the menu at the top. Directly under the banner is a menu for items that are already made and ready to ship. You will also see that the pricing is a little different. That is because I do not get nickel-and-dimed with fees here on my own website so pricing can be a little lower. YAY!!!! There is little I like about having to raise my prices to meet excessive fees. Shipping will also be a flat rate of $4.50 for the US no matter how many items you buy and a flat $12.50 everywhere else. I will probably re-evaluate that later to make sure I can afford to give such reasonable shipping charges like any shop owner would but for now…simple is what I am striving for.
This is all a very exciting part of my journey as an artist. All kinds of thoughts are swirling around of what I want to offer and how. Now I feel like I am my own shop-owner and not a member of someone else’s giant international bazaar. And things are working in my favor. I truly believe that when things are meant to go the way you are headed, there is an ease about it. Problem solving has few blockades and things just…work. So far, setting up listings and advertising, social media and a handful of behind the scenes things has happened with exactly the ease I speak of. I am grateful for that and hope it continues to be simple.
Here you will find ready made jewelry, snow and snow covered satin ornaments, small works of fiber art, including the boxes and framed works, stationery that has been hand drawn and embellished with tatting and more. I believe I can also offer digital works for sale so my printable Mandalas may move here as well. My paintings and drawings will remain with www.jennifer-kohr.pixels.com. unless I decide to start offering prints here. That’s down the road. See? The wheels are turning like it has a hamster in it that drank a pot of coffee.
Ultimately the plan is simple…(muttering…simple, she says)…but this is my idea for the time being. Here in Snappy Tatter-land you will be able to purchase ready made items that will ship within a couple of business days. Those items are also remaining in my Etsy shop (at a slightly higher price) until I feel comfortable emptying the shop EXCEPT for Made to Order items (MTO’s). Those items will remain in Etsy because of the ease of choosing the variations you want for custom work. You don’t even have to talk to me…you can just make selections there and I will fulfill your request and ship it so it is very easy to use. Here I do not quite have that same option. As I create new creations they will come here only but I will remain with Etsy and I will continue to advertise there (and get lost in a sea of other advertisers). I will let you know if there are changes in this idea.
So, for now, shop for J Kohr Couture, earrings and jewelry sets by clicking the menu at the top under my banner. Please let me know in the comments if you are interested in custom work or bridal work. You can also always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the works right now…more Rose jewelry, more tatterpillars and up next Bracelets and Cuffs will be added to the sales menus.
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.
I have added missing pictures of previous Couture designs to the J Kohr Couture gallery. There are more that were personal requests and as I find them I will add them as well. This gives you an opportunity to see what is on sale as well as what I am capable of and have created in the past. I welcome custom requests and love to do wedding work, too.
Head’s up my peeps! I am offering my Couture items here at a lower price. I am able to do this with less overhead here. What is Couture, you may ask. It’s J Kohr Couture and to me it means a lot of things but mostly, it is my finest work. It is one-of-a kind. It takes hours and often days to handmake and will never be duplicated. It is so unique it cannot be duplicated, as a matter of fact. I am extremely proud of the Couture I have made over the years and ultimately I want it sold here. Here I can talk about it, show progress photos and offer it at a lower price than the ever increasing outside venues. You can find what I am offering at the top of the page to the left or right depending on what device you are using. I can update as more things are added. For now, you can visit Bubbles the fish…
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!
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.
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!
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.
We like to travel the mountains. It soothes our souls and resets our brains when there has been a lot going on. Here in the high desert of Arco, Idaho, we are already a mile high. And we are surrounded by various mountain ranges, desert, buttes, and a river called the Little Lost River because at some point it disappears into the earth. It adds up to endless opportunities to explore. Here are a few photos from our journey over the pass and back on the highway going home.
Snappy Tatter, my online shop!, is up and running again. My wedding was lovely and I will have photos soon.
Over the next couple of days, I will be changing listings that have free shipping back to their appropriate shipping category so feel free to take advantage of what remains labeled as “free domestic shipping” while I get it changed.