Monday, April 27, 2009

Mother of Pearl Button Brooch

Don't you all just LOVE Jane Eborall's patterns? I know I sure do.

Thank you Jane for sharing so many wonderul patterns with us!!

I have made quite a few of her Mother of Pearl Button Brooches, but this one has to be my favorite so far. It was a gift for a new friend.

I found a lot of Mother of Pearl Buttons in my button stash and thought this is a perfect pattern to use them with.

The thread is size 20 Flora color 62, which is a soft variagted pink and the beads are a mix that I got from DS9 Designs, Miyuki Mix 18 "Abracadabra" I did add some cream colored beads to the mix. Debbie, at DS9 Designs, has a lot of cute bead mixes for projects. Click on the picture to see how pretty these beads look with the thread.
The weather has been so nice here in Western Pennsylvania this past week. I am thinking about summer already. I did another doodle, thinking about my garden and planting sunflowers.

Happy Spring!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

I've been Tagged and Doodling

I've been tagged by The Lady Who Tats at Your Crowning Glory!!

The rules are:

1. go to your documents/pictures.
2. go to your 5th file.
3. go to your 5th picture.
4. blog about it.
5. tag 5 people …...

Ok... The picture that I am blogging about was in my 5th file, the 5th picture. Which works out great as this was a tatted notecard that I made and didn't get to blog about it yet.

I made this cute little tatted basket added some tatted flowers and used some scrapbook paper. It's pretty enough to frame.

The basked was on th
e Tatting Pattern Calendar on July 16, 2007 by Laurie Walton.

Now to tag 5 people, which are blogs that I enjoy checking for updates.


Vinnie at Vinnie's Tatting

Heather at The Tarnished Tatter

Carolyn at Draffin Bears

Steph at Steph's Tat Stuff

I also have been doodling and thought I'd put this quick doodle on here.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Mary Had a Little Lamb & I've been given an Award, The Renee Award

HAPPY EASTER!!!!! I wish everyone a very joyous day with loved ones!!

Mary Had a Little Lamb..... Lamb.... Lamb.... Lamb. She has 4 so far. I loved making this little lamb. I have wanted to make this lamb for sometime now. Ever since Jane Eborall had her Tat It And See (TIAS) of the button girl. There is a new TIAS going on right now if, so if you want to give it a try, click here. The pattern is given in parts and you don't know what you are making till the end. It's a lot of fun!

This little button lamb is so cute. The pattern is by Martha Ess and can be found here on Jane Eborall's Site. Martha just published a new tatting book, "Tea is for Tatting". The Teapots are fantastic. I have to get this book.

Wow.... I can't believe that I have been given this awesome award by TattingChic and also by Pamela at Tats a Kool Challenge, The Renee Award, it was created by Bella Sinclair.

Here's what Bella has to say about why she created this award:
"This one is meaningful to me in three profound ways. Firstly, it was created in honor of Renee, one human being who has made such a difference in the lives of many just by being. Her honestly, wit, intelligence, and grit are a tremendous source of inspiration. She can elicit raucous laughter and guffaws in her banter, and then turn right around and offer the most heartfelt, gentle words of wisdom and emotional support. She is a spreader of love, simple and true. And her love is infectious.
Secondly, this award was created in collaboration with one of my best friends, Ces. She is, in Renee's own words, truly original. She is an incredible artist, both in pen and ink and paint. She is fiery passion with a gentle hand. She is laughter, fun, joy, intellectual stimulation, a sister. The concept and design of the award belong to Ces.
Thirdly, this is a brand new award, and I have the pleasure and honor of spreading the seed, watching it grow. I hope it finds its way to those who are like Renee: the acorn, a small package becoming a tall and sturdy oak giving more acorns, becoming tall and sturdy oaks, giving acorns…"

I really like that these awards didn't have any "rules".
You can pass it on or not. You can pass it on to as many or
few as you want. It's very cool!

Thank you so much for the very touching award. I am very honored to receive an award that was created with love!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Am I Late or Just Super Early for Next Year - Shamrocks and My Leprechaun, William

That is the question of the day. Am I late or just super early for next year? I was planning on tatting Shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day. I had all good intentions of giving a few out, one to my Mom, one for my Aunt and one for my Sister and of course one for myself. Well, I didn't make it in time. So am I late or am I early???? I have 7 Celtic Shamrocks completed, and I think I will give them out now, so I don't loose them if I wait a whole year to give them out. LOL!! Now the second problem here, well not really a problem, but I made the Shamrocks in different shades of green, and I had a hard time choosing which to keep for myself. I may have to make on in each shade, I like them all.

I wanted to thank Marilee (Yarnplayer) for posting her part of the Shamrock pattern. I think it is an awesome Shamrock. Thank you Marilee!!! Also Ruth Perry for her instructions on the Celtic center. Thank you!!

As you can see, I did each Shamrock slightly different. The lighter green is the new Lizbeth thread, Spring Green, I used a solid green center on some, that was Flora thread and the variegated thread is Manuela. I just need to add the split ring finding on the top so they can be worn as pendants. My Leprechaun, William, is having fun just laying around in his field of Shamrocks. LOL!! He is just getting back from an adventure of his own. If you want to see what William has been up to, go visit him at the Leprechaun's blog.
I guess this completes my second round of 25 Motifs. I lost count and did over the 25. Guess I'll start again. I got this round done rather quickly.
I have also tried something new. I have been so inspired by some art sites that I have been following (Bella Sinclair Doodlespot) and (Gem n I) that I thought I would try drawing. Below is one of my attempts. I had this cute birthday card and I just copied what I saw. I think I did ok for my first try. The drawing is very light, I didn't want to press real hard with the pencil, because I did a lot of erasing. LOL!