Tuesday, December 30, 2008

25 Motif Challenge - Completed & Starting the Challenge Again for 2009

I have been slow to post all I have tatted in the last few months, but I finally can say that I have completed my 25 Motif Challenge. I completed it sometime ago, but could not show many of the pieces because they were for the Secret Santa Exchange I was in. I posted those pictures in my last post. Here are a few more tatted gifts that I gave out for Christmas.

Here is Motif #25. The bead tatted tree was tatted for a friend from church and I also made her this tatted pin.

Now I will start the 25 Motif Challenge over again. The pin above is Motif #1 and the pins below are #2 & #3.

Here are two other pins that I made and sold recently:

I am looking for a supplier for these porcelean flowers. If you know of a company that sells them, the flowers range from 6mm to 15 mm, Please let me know. I bought a lot of these flowers 15 years ago when I started making these kind of pins and I only have a couple flowers left. These ones were made by "Duncan" and I don't think they make them any longer.

I also tatted a pair of earrings for another good friend. I used
Yarnplayer's HDT "Tourmaline". I like how these earrings turned out. Motif # 4.

That's all for today. I still have more pictures to post, but I want to go tat on my latest project. I received a pair of cream colored gloves for Christmas and I tatted a navy motif with silver beads to put on the glove and I am tatting an edge in the same thread and beads to put on the cuff of the gloves. I have one done already and I am just starting the edge of the second glove. I'll post the gloves when I finish them.

I have also received some awards lately. The first one is from Judy at CJ Stitching & Blooms. It is the Kreativ Blogger. I also received an award from TattingChic, and it is also the Kreativ Blogger. Thank you so much Judy and TattingChic. I appreciate the award. I will forgo passing on the awards, atleast for now.

Happy New Year and Secret Santa Gift Exchange


I wanted to wish everyone Good Health and Happiness in 2009!!

I joined in on a Christmas Exchange on Gina's Threads of a Tatting Goddess again this year. It was so much fun preparing a package for my partner, LB Locke. What I enjoyed most was tatting the brooch for her. I read on her preference list that she liked brooches, so I found the prettiest brooch I could find, it was a Jane Eborall design and tatted it for her. This is Motif #17 in the 25 Motif Challenge:

Well, I liked it so much that I had to have one for myself, so I made another one. I also made one for my Mom for Christmas too. Actually I made two for myself, one in blue and one in rose. I used antique mother of pearl buttons that i had and I think they are all so pretty. Motif #18, 19 & 20.

I also enjoyed tatting a little edge on this felt mitten that I found. I used a size 50 thread, so it would look delicate. I also tatted some little snowflakes to put on the gloves too. The clear, silver lined beads made the tatting sparkle. Motif #21.

I also tatted a snowflake and attached it to a card that she could take off and put on her tree. The snowflake was Kim Millar's found on Georgia Seitz website. Motif #22.

I also tatted a motif to go inside a paper weight and a motif in a refrigerator magnet. That makes my 25 Motif Challenge # 23 & 24.

Here is a picture of all the gifts I sent LB.

Bina Madden, had me as a partner and I want to give a big THANK YOU to her for all the wonderful things she sent me.

First off there was a very cute Coca Cola Roadside Diner Tin, that held all my gifts.

A ball of Olympus size 40 in red. I can't wait to try this thread. I have not tatted with this brand before.  A Susan Bates shuttle, you can never have enough shuttles.  Some little plastic rings that come apart and are used as markers on glasses, to let people know which glass is theirs. small barrettes to clip onto thread. A tube of Ceylon Dusky Blue Beads. 
A Silver Wire Star, which I will use as a thread winder.  A porcupine quill, which is so cool, it is used as an unpicker. A tin of Barkley Mints.

 A photo album to put my tatting in.  A pretty little star tatted in a silver metallic thread.

A BEAUTIFUL Pair of Beaded Earrings in this lovely gold thread. These earrings are absolutely GORGEOUS. The beads are pearls and garnets!! Bina designed these awesome earrings.

Thank you so much for all the lovely gifts Bina! Everything is very special.  A big Thank you to Gina for hosting another successful Secret Santa Exchange!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

William, My Leprechaun

I was catching up on reading the tatting blogs and came across Pamela's Tats a Kool Challenge Blog. I learned about the Leprechaun's she is making for her tatting friends. I was lucky enough to receive William from Pamela last year in a Secret Santa Exchange, and William was sitting with me, talking on his cell phone and having a cup of tea and cake reading all the tatting blogs too. Well.... he got so excited when he read that some of his relatives would be coming over to the states that he jumped up so fast and ran to the next room.......

and headed for the closet and pulled out his suitcase and informed me he was going on a road trip.

I asked him how he was traveling on this road trip and he ran back to the closet and pulled out his bike and was ready to go!

William also wanted to take along my new HDT that I got from Heather - The Tarnished Tatter.

I told him it was too far to travel on his bike, so he jumped off his bike and came back in his mini van.

William had it packed so full that it was overflowing with tatting supplies, shuttles and lots of thread.
I hope he has a good time visiting with all his relatives, so far he knows of Oisin, he is with Laura at Laura's Tatting Muse Blog, then there is Killian, he is with Diane at Lace Lovin Librarian Blog & Cormac is with Gina at Tatting Goddess Blog and Danny is with Martha at Martha's Tatting Blog. William needs to locate one more Leprechaun so he can finish planning his trip. He hopes he checks in and blogs about his where abouts.

I Won a Giveaway

The newest trend these days are blog giveaways. So many generous and talented tatters are doing this. I entered one and I won. The giveaway was given by Heather, The Tarnished Tatter.

Heather posted a mystery photo and asked if anyone could guess what the picture was. Heather takes some amazing photos. She even has a photography Etsy shop as well as an Etsy shop for 2 tatting books she published and some HDT.

My prize arrived yesterday and was I surprised!! Heather said she would send a sample of her HDT, well she sent more than a sample, she sent 7 skeins to try out. The colors are all gorgeous. I can't wait to try it out. I'll post pictures of what I tat so you can all see the thread tatted up.

Here is a photo of all the lovely HDT Heather sent.

Shades of Rose, Taffy, Peach Parfait, Berry Punch,
Marshmellow Rope, Golden Cranberry Avocada & Blue Raspberry

Thank you very much Heather for all the Lovely HDT.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Catching Up & Picture of TIAS #4 That I Tatted, Motif #16

I have been absent from blogger world for too long. What's my excuse......I don't have enough time in the day to do everything I want to do. LOL! I can barely keep up with all the tatting blogs anymore. Now this is a good thing, that just means more people are blogging about their tatting, which I think is Fantastic!! I get a few minutes here and there and will go directly to the tatting blogs. But once I start looking at one tatting blog, it leads me to another that leads me to another and so on.....

I have been tatting in my long absence, I just haven't had the time to blog about it. I think I have possibly tatted enough motifs that I will surpass my 25 Motif Challenge. I will try to post one or so a day and try to get caught up.

The first thing I want to post is my TIAS #4 that was hosted by Lady Shuttle Maker. (Thank you Sherry for doing this). I had no clue until the end what we were making. This TIAS has been the most challenging for me so far. I have only done block tatting a couple of times, so this was great practice for it. But I think I still need more practice on block tatting. Plus, I never did the front side, back side tatting either, and I will need to work on this also. I enjoyed trying the techniques and will continue to use them. I did have a problem with the Lighthouse though. After I finished, I looked at my Lighthouse and then everyone else's and realized I left out a whole section. So my Lighthouse is shorter than all the others. But that's ok, I like it anyway.